Toffee Cappuccino features toffee lotus paste with a delicate cappuccino chocolate truffle ball, nestled within a lightly infused cocoa snowskin; while the Chocolate Hazelnut consists of a blend of hazelnut paste with chocolate cream, complemented with toasted hazelnut sequins for extra crunch. Raspberry Truffle combines white chocolate and raspberry jam within a sweet lilac snowskin.
While most restaurants and hotels has their very own signature flavours, the uniqueness of Prima Deli's lies in the huge variety of mooncakes, in particular the snowskin selection. Imagine 9 different flavours, all in a single box.
Having ate so many boxes of mooncakes purchased from restaurants, hotels and bakeries since 2009, we have become very technical in defining our favourite mooncakes, from the fragrance of the skin to the pairing of ingredients and quality of the lotus paste (smoothness, whether it is "teeth-sticky", fragrance) and in this case, Prima Deli's mooncakes proves us very wrong in our judgement. When we first tried the mooncakes from Prima Deli, we thought it pales in comparison with the ones we have from Raffles Hotel, Carlton Hotel and Mandarin Orchard. However, when I bought both boxes of mooncakes to share with my colleagues, I was proven so wrong then.
Mooncakes lovers can be very distinctive with their preferences, while some loves it with huge egg yolks, others prefer a lighter combination. Having shared with my colleagues with Carlton Hotel's signature moontarts when all agrees that the lotus paste was outstanding, I received another big thumbs up from them 1 week later for Prima Deli's Golden Jade baked mooncake and their snowskin selection. Golden Jade with 1 Yolk steals the limelight among the 3 types of lotus paste offered by Prima Deli. Made with pandan flavoured lotus paste and green bean paste, most felt that the pairing was good. Although the pandan flavouring is weak, somehow or rather the green bean paste and lotus paste provides a good contrast of texture.
With Raffles Hotel triumphing with their fragrant mochi-like snowskin (Note: ate this year but didn't blog about it), Carlton Hotel surprising us with their refreshing combination of pineapple and pandan, Prima Deli selection of snowskin wins the hearts of my colleagues. Described by them to have a fabulous variation and pairing, all the snowskin has a contrasting flavour and texture.
Nutella lovers with be pleasantly surprised by the Mini Oreo Chocolate and Mini Chocolate Hazelnut, for it is quite similar to eating a chocolate snack.
Mini Strawberry Chocolate with its jam-like filling and the Mini Raspberry Truffle were described to be a refreshing treat with ice-cream-like texture.
Mini Black Sesame with Mochi caught my attention for the chewy glutinous core which I have never come across in any snowskin till date.
While the hotels definitely triumps in terms of fragrance and texture of the snowskin as well as lotus paste, Yuan personally feel that Prima Deli will appeal to the mass market for its competitive pricing as well as their large range of flavours.
Prima Deli's mooncakes are available from now to 30 September 2012 at all Prima Deli bakeries. For more ordering information, refer to the form attached below.
Thank you very much to Ms Celina Lim from Foreword Communications for the complimentary boxes of mooncakes.
With so many branches island-wide, it is best to check their website for more details.