Make Mooncake Festival Special
with Kee Wah Bakery’s Mooncakes

White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Yolk

WHAT’S the best way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is better known as simply the Mooncake Festival? Why, sharing really good mooncakes with family and friends, of course!

Fortunately, there is Kee Wah Bakery’s line of mooncakes from Hong Kong. Making authentic Chinese snacks that give everyone a taste of Hong Kong’s rich heritage, Kee Wah has been producing mooncakes since 1946, and its legacy of quality has expanded into more than 100 stores across Hong Kong, Macau, China, Taiwan, the United States, and the Philippines. It is well-known for its quality pastries and premium mooncakes.

Last year, Gemini Premium Label Inc. brought in to Manila the signature premium pastries of Kee Wah Bakery. This year, it has brought in its best-selling mooncakes for everyone to enjoy for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Available via its official social media channels, delivery apps and store branches are Kee Wah Supreme Mooncakes in the brand’s signature tin can decorated with a classic emperor’s portrait that signifies sovereignty. Classic choices are White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Two Yolks and Golden Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake, both 185 grams per piece and packaged in 4-piece tins that sell for Php3,400 per tin.

They also have mini variants, with each mooncake weighing 60 grams—Mini White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Yolk and Mini Golden Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Yolk, in 8-piece boxes that sell for Php2,100 per box.

Other variants available are the Red Bean Paste Mooncake (185 grams per piece) in a 4-piece tin for Php2,800; Assorted Nuts Mooncake in a 4-piece tin for Php3,200; and Red Bean Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks in a 4-piece tin for Php3,100.

Also available are Kee Wah Celestial Series MooncakesQuadrangle Mooncake Gift Box (which contains 4 pcs. Assorted Best-seller Mooncakes for Php4,500); Supreme Assorted Mini Mooncake (8 pcs. assorted mooncakes) for Php2,500; and Supreme Selected Mini Mooncake (8 pcs. assorted mooncakes) for Php2,400.

More novel creations that are also up for grabs include Eu Yan Sang Red Bean Paste Mooncake with Mandarin Peel, Mini Eu Yan Sang Red Bean Paste Mooncake with Mandarin Peel, Date Paste Mooncake with Pine Nuts, and Assorted Nuts Mooncake with Salted Pork.

And—what do you know?—Kee Wah Bakery has lower-calorie versions of its classic mooncakes that are made with maltitol, a natural sugar substitute. Check out Maltitol Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Yolks, Maltitol Low Sugar Mini White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Yolks, and Maltitol High Fiber Mini Assorted Nuts Mooncake.

Going beyond tradition and its quintessential lotus seed paste filling, Kee Wah likewise carries a line of Egg Custard Mooncakes, which are smooth and sweet egg custard baked inside crispy golden pastry. The variants are Egg Custard Mooncake, Chocolate and Egg Custard Mooncake, Earl Grey Tea and Egg Custard Mooncake, plus Fruit Yogurt Custard Mooncake.

Order through Facebook, Instagram, MetroMart and Pickaroo. Or via Lazada, Shopee, Pickaroo, MetroMart, and GrabMart.

Another channel by which purchases can be made is a visit to Kee Wah Bakery’s pop-up stores located at The Podium, Robinsons Magnolia, and Power Plant Mall.

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Celebrate Mooncake Festival
with Hong Kong MX’s Mooncakes

White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks

IT’S mooncake season, with the Mid-Autumn Festival (more popularly known as Mooncake Festival) taking place on September 21, 2021, and the Filipino-Chinese community celebrating with other Chinese communities all over the world.

This year, Double Down Import & Export Inc. once again brings in to Manila the whole roster of mooncakes from Hong Kong’s No. 1 mooncake brand—Hong Kong MX Mooncakes.

Choices include:

White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks

The classic Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake series. There is the White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks (the white lotus seed paste is consistently delicate and velvety) and the Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks (the lotus seed paste is creamy and smooth). These two flagship products now come in a newly designed gift box inspired by Chang’e, the beautiful Moon Goddess from Chinese mythology.

The Lava Custard Mooncake. A Hong Kong MX Mooncake original, this particular type of mooncake utilizes the double-baked technique, which folds pre-baked crushed golden egg yolk-laced creamy custard paste into layers of milky crust. It’s a perfect blend of silky custard and savory egg yolks that flow from the core.

Alongside the Lava Custard Mooncake, which is available in a box of eight, are the Lava Quartet Mooncake, Custard Duet Mooncake, and Delightful Moon Assorted Mooncakes.

Lava Quartet Mooncake

The Lava Quartet Mooncake consists of 2 pcs. of classic Lava Custard Mooncake, 2 pcs. of fragrant Lava Chocolate Mooncake, 2 pcs. of aromatic Lava Caramel Macchiato Mooncake, and 2 pcs. Lava Cheese Mooncake.

Custard Duet Mooncake

The Custard Duet Mooncake contains 3 pcs. of Lava Custard Mooncakes and 3 pcs. of Creamy Custard Mooncakes.

The Delightful Moon Assorted Mooncake combines 3 pcs. of the signature Lava Custard Mooncake with 3 pcs. of Lava Chocolate Mooncake.

Lace Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake

The newest addition this year is the Lace Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake. Hong Kong MX combines the popular molten dessert technique with traditional mooncakes for a revolutionary treat. This brand-new offering contains quality salted egg yolk filling, smooth white lotus seed paste, and a skin made of crushed caramelized peanuts.

There are also other gift box combinations, such as the Premium Assorted Mooncakes (which has a White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 3 Egg Yolks surrounded by seven small mooncakes); and White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 6 Egg Yolks (which comes in a generous portion).

Then there is the Low Sugar Mooncake series. It has two variants: Low (Reduced) Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake (which has a salted egg yolk and white lotus seed paste), and Low (Reduced) Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Pine Nut (which pairs whole pine nuts with white lotus seed paste). Both come in a box of six.

To order, message Hong Kong MX’s Facebook, Instagram, Lazada/Shopee, GrabFood, Pickaroo, and MetroMart. Or visit the brand’s pop-up stores at SM Mall of Asia, Greenhills V-Mall, Robinsons Manila, Uptown BGC, and Ayala Cloverleaf.

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BB³C Makes the Best Butter Cake!

BB³C’s Orange Cake (left) and Classic Plain Butter Cake (right)

THESE days, when cakes are often a complicated mix of various sweet stuff, it is refreshing to find a pure, unadulterated and simple butter cake that is moist, naturally flavorful, and refreshing on the tongue, like BB³C’s Best Butter Cake.

Personally baked and assembled by Chef Gene Cordova, BB³C’s Best Butter Cake comes in two forms: Classic Pure Butter Cake, and Orange Cake.

Classic Butter Cake with Sweet Salt Croustillant on top

Classic Pure Butter Cake has two sizes—10 inches (Php1,110) and 7 inches (Php650)—and is nude, with just a generous sprinkling of Sweet Salt Croustillant on top.

BB³C’s 7-inch round Orange Cake

10-inch Orange Cake with candied orange peel on top

Orange Cake is also available in two sizes—10 inches and 7 inches—but both sizes have ’non-alcoholic’ and ‘alcoholic’ Cointreau variants, whose prices are Php1,195 for the 10-inch non-alcoholic round cake and Php1,245 for the 10-inch round cake with Cointreau, and Php695 for the 7-inch non-alcoholic round cake and Php745 for the 7-inch round cake with Cointreau.

For orders, call 0915-7798791 or 0920-9385645 or course them through BB³C’s FB (Best Brazo Cake) and IG (best_brazo_cake) accounts. Delivery via Lalamove may be arranged.

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Popeyes Launches Cajun Spice Menu

IF you like your fried chicken spicy, then you’d love Popeyes’ selection of items in the Cajun Spice Menu.

A signature item on the menu is Popeyes’ Spicy Fried Chicken, which is always freshly prepared and marinated in Popeyes’ signature spicy chicken marinade, then hand-battered and breaded in their Spicy crispy coating. You can enjoy it as is or with a full meal combo of rice, Cajun Fries, and drink. When sharing a meal with family and friends, you have the option of ordering a six-piece or eight-piece bucket with bundles that include Spaghetti, Biscuit, rice and drinks. And if you decide to order a regular fried chicken meal, yes, you can choose to have Spicy Chicken for no extra charge.

Then there’s the super famous U.S. Spicy Chicken Sandwich, which was launched in the Philippines in October 2020 and, despite the pandemic and the community quarantine, became a big hit. Perfectly cooked spicy boneless chicken with pickled Jalapeño, bacon strips and Spicy roasted garlic mayo on a toasted brioche bun, it continues to enjoy popular patronage from Popeyes chicken lovers.

Also on the menu is Popeyes’ Chicken Tenders with Hot Ranch Dip. Made with 100% chicken breast, these Chicken Tenders are slowly marinated in a unique blend of Louisiana seasonings, then hand-battered, breaded and cooked fresh every day. The Hot Ranch Dip gives them a delightful spicy kick.

Enjoy these spicy chicken treats in all Popeyes stores located at Arcovia City, Alabang Center, NU Mall of Asia, SM San Lazaro, Kroma Tower, SM Manla, SM Southmall, Ali Mall, Eastwood, Robinsons Place Manila, Eton Centris, Robinsons Galleria, SM Mall of Asia, Festival Mall, and SM North Edsa. Safety protocols are strictly followed in all Popeyes stores.

All these Popeyes’ spicy offerings are also available for delivery and pick-up via www.centraldelivery.ph, and GrabFood app. Get exclusive deals on your Popeyes favorites when you download the Central Delivery app via the Google Play store and the Apple App Store. For the latest deals and promos, visit www.popeyes.ph and follow @popeyesph on Facebook and Instagram.

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Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Jumpstarts Mooncake Season 2021

Lung Hin’s premium mooncake

THE Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 may be in September yet, specifically September 21, 2021, but the mooncake season is officially on at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, as the hotel makes its premium mooncakes available starting last July 26.

Fostering the spirit of unity and continuing to strengthen the ties that bind during these extraordinary times, the hotel’s award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Lung Hin, showcases traditional premium mooncakes in celebration of the auspicious Mid-Autumn Festival. This festival, also known in modern times as the Mooncake Festival, is the second most celebrated event in the Chinese lunar calendar, as it sees families and friends come together to share their blessings with one another.

The premium d mooncakes are available in Boxes of 4 and Boxes of 6

Now available for advanced orders are Lung Hin’s first-class mooncakes, which can be purchased individually at Php828, in a Box of Four (4) at Php2,958, and in a Box of Six (6) at Php3,988. For guests who wish to extend these presents in commemorative packaging for the Mid-Autumn Festival, Lung Hin recommends either the Limited Edition Box of Four (4), available at Php 3,128, or the Limited Edition Box of Six (6) at Php 4,128. This year’s featured flavors are red bean with double egg yolks, red lotus with double egg yolks, white lotus with double egg yolks, and mixed nuts. All selling prices indicated are inclusive of applicable taxes and charges.

Advanced orders enjoy a limited-time savings of 15%, applicable on orders of at least 20 Boxes of 4 or Boxes of 6.

For more information, call (632) 7720-7777 or email lunghin.mnl@marcopolohotels.com.

(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)

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