Foh San Mooncakes at Overseas Taste Restaurant (formerly Overseas Asian Restaurant) – My Brand of Choice for Mooncakes
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This is a quick post about my mooncake of choice this Mid-Autumn Festival (the Chinese holiday which you are supposed to eat mooncakes). I actually wrote about this brand briefly last year when I wrote about Overseas Taste Restaurant: http://www.lauhound.com/2010/09/overs...
However, this time I took pictures, so people could see what they look like. To recap, Foh San (富山茶楼) is a famous dim sum restaurant and mooncake bakery in Ipoh, Malaysia. Ipoh is a mainly Chinese city in Malaysia that is known for having very good Chinese food. I remember when I lived in Singapore people used to tell me I should go to Ipoh because the food there was amazing. Unfortunately, I never made it up there although I will one day. Interestingly, I got in a discussion with klyeoh on chowhound who actually went to Foh San for dim sum because of our conversation, which was pretty cool.
Anyhow, last year I found Foh San mooncakes at several Malaysian restaurants in NY, but I’ve been buying mine at Overseas since it’s easy to get to and it’s in the city.
Imperial Jade Mooncakes: Foh San has several different flavors, but I prefer the “Imperial Jade” (光輝翠月). One of the main differences between these mooncakes and other mooncakes you’ll find in Chinatown is that the lotus paste is mixed with coconut milk and pandan leaves and there are crunchy bits of melon seeds in there as well. I really like the flavor a lot better than the traditional version. Also, I prefer to get one egg yolk as the saltiness of the egg yolk contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the lotus paste. These are excellent. 8.5/10
If you’re buying mooncakes this year I’d highly recommend trying this brand.
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Thanks -- I'd really appreciate that, if it's not a lot of trouble and they still have them. (I assume the mooncakes are seasonal and it's not available all the time?)
I'll try to sample the regular crust mooncakes you mentioned, too, to compare to Kee Wah's in LA, where we usually have them shipped.
mid-autumn festival started 9/12 and it goes for a couple of weeks (there is an actual specific ending date on the lunar calendar, but i forgot what it is), so you end up having them the week going into it and then the two weeks of the festival, so it ends up being available for ~3 weeks (although there are bakeries that serve them all year round). however, in this case yes these foh san mooncakes are only going to be available during the mid-autumn festival and will not be available after that.
i havent had a kee wah mooncake in a long time, i remember them being pretty good...i think that might be the brand my family might get those back in CA. you'll notice a big difference bet the kee wah and foh san brands, the flavoring of the paste is completely different.
do u get the snow skin ones? i never really got used to those b/c i never ate them growing up, but i guess i should try them again
Ah drat. I went by Overseas, today, and they're all sold out. The cashier / hostess looked at me a bit funny when I asked for them and told me they'd been sold out for a while -- so I'm guessing you got the tail end of them. She also said they didn't sell snow skin mooncakes. I guess in retrospect, that wasn't a very good question on my part, since I think all snowskin mooncakes have to stay refrigerated, so it wouldn't make sense to ship them and sell them abroad.
Kee Wah mooncakes are pretty good, but still of the more traditional bent. I just order them because they're a reliable crowd pleaser for a bunch that includes some older folks who don't want the new fangled ilk.
I've never purchased the snow skin ones, except in Singapore. I did try making them last year using a bag of the special snow skin mooncake rice flour a friend brought back for me from Taiwan. I haven't seen the flour in grocery stores here, but I think I remember seeing threads a while back about purchasing snow skin mooncakes in NYC's Chinatown.