Ajinomoto Umami Seasoning
Now in Paper Packaging

Ajinomoto Umami Seasoning brand ambassador Iya Villania-Arellano holds up the new Ajinomoto Umami Seasoning in paper packaging

IN response to ongoing efforts to preserve the environment by saying no to plastic, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC Group) is proud to launch a new milestone—the iconic Aji-no-moto Umami Seasoning 45g seasoning in paper packaging.

Well-loved by millions of Filipino cooks and homemakers whose cooking has been enhanced by the seasoning mix, Aji-no-moto Umami Seasoning shifts to paper packaging as its way of doing its share in shaping a more sustainable future. The paper packaging, which provides consumers with an alternative to plastic, is made from a natural and renewable paper material that can be planted, grown, harvested, and replanted. This paper is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a leader in sustainable forestry.

“We, at Ajinomoto, hope that the new paper packaging inspires homemakers and consumers to make everyday lifestyle choices that they and future generations can be proud of. We invite everyone to join us in our journey of taking small steps for sustainability because we believe that working together creates a big difference,” says APC Group chief sustainability officer Ernesto Carlos.

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Super Special Mooncakes
from Hong Kong MX

Hong Kong MX’s White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks

MOONCAKES are forever evolving. These days, they come in different shapes, sizes, and designs. Even their filling and the number of salted egg yolks that can be found in each mooncake differ to give customers a wide range of choices. More so with premium brands of mooncakes, such as Hong Kong MX Mooncake, because their mooncakes come in cans, and even the design of these cans change from year to year.

Here are Hong Kong MX’s offerings for Mid-Autumn Festival 2022:

CLASSIC TREATS

Among the classic mooncakes available this year are the White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks and Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks. Both are made with meticulously selected lotus seeds that are boiled and processed into the smooth and creamy treats loved all over the world.

Even the can which serves as the mooncakes’ packaging always bear the traditional Chinese myth characters of the Mid-Autumn Festival even as they change designs per year—Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess; and the rabbit; among others.

LAVA CUSTARD MOONCAKES

Hong Kong MX’s Lava Custard Mooncakes

The traditional lotus seed paste filling of Hong Kong MX Mooncakes sometimes gives way to a more innovative creamy lava custard filling and crispy crust. It is the result of a double baking technique using top quality savory egg yolks and premium ingredients to achieve the lava custard consistency.

Lava custard mooncakes promise an elevated experience when they are reheated in a microwave oven and cut in half to reveal the golden custard melting from the core.

IT’S SPIDER-MAN!

Marvel – Spider-Man Tokachi Red Bean Mooncake

The newest addition to the Hong Kong MX mooncake collection, released for this Mooncake Festival, is the Marvel – Spider-Man Tokachi Red Bean Mooncake in a special cylindrical gift box adorned with the face of Spider-Man. The can has a hidden mechanism in the lid that can project the face of Spider-Man, and—what do you know?—each of the four mooncakes in the can is embossed with the superhero icon!

White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 6 Egg Yolks

Hong Kong MX Mooncakes are available at the brand’s physical stores located at SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura Premier, V-Mall Greenhills, and Ayala Cloverleaf. Orders may also be placed via official website (doubledownimportexportinc.storehub.me), Facebook (Hong Kong MX Products Philippines), Instagram/TikTok (@hkmxproductsph),  Lazada/Shopee (Hong Kong MX Products Phils), GrabFood (Hong Kong MX Bakery), Pickaroo/MetroMart (Hong Kong MX), or call 0917-1708585 and (02) 75294012.

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Midnight Bakers Offers
a Different Kind of Mooncake

Midnight Bakers’ delicious mooncakes

MOONCAKES for the Mid-Autumn Festival… Oh, yes, they are! They do not look like the usual square or round shape with a flattened top whose golden brown outer pastry is embossed with Chinese characters. Instead, Midnight Bakers’ mooncakes take on a round—really round—shape, following the shape of the salted egg yolk within. No embossed Chinese characters here, just a lovely flaky crust.

These mooncakes come in three flavors—Black Monggo, White Monggo, and Ube—and customers may choose to have them plain or with pork floss or nuts. They are sold in boxes of 6, with plain ones priced at Php450 per box and with pork floss or nuts priced at Php510 per box.

To order, call 0917-6267211. Delivery charge via courier to be shouldered by client. Allow one day lead time.

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Kee Wah Mooncakes Are Back
for the Mid-Autumn Festival

Kee Wah Bakery’s White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks

IT’S Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Mooncake Festival, and Kee Wah Bakery is back to regale everyone with its premium, authentic mooncakes from Hong Kong.

Kee Wah Bakery’s Supreme Mooncakes also come in Mini sizes

Leading the pack are Kee Wah Supreme Mooncakes, which come in Kee Wah Bakery’s signature tin can decorated with a classic emperor’s portrait, signifying sovereignty. They are made of high-quality lotus seed paste, premium peanut oil, and top-grade salted egg yolks. Variants include White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Yolks and Golden Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake, both 185 grams per piece, and packaged in fours per tin at Php3,400. They also come in Mini Golden Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Yolk and Mini White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Yolk, both 65 grams per piece, 8 pieces to a box, at Php2,500; Red Bean Paste Mooncake and Red Bean Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks, 185 grams per piece, 4 pieces in a tin for Php3,100; Assorted Nuts Mooncake, 4 pieces in a tin, for Php3,200; Quadrangle Mooncake Gift Box, 4 pieces assorted mooncakes, for Php4,500; Supreme Assorted Mini Mooncake, 8 pieces assorted, for Php2,600; and Supreme Selected Mini Mooncake, 8 pieces assorted, for Php2,500.

NEW FLAVORS

Red Bean Paste Mooncake with Mandarin Peel

Aside from long-established staples, Kee Wah now also offers exciting new mooncake variants, such as the Red Bean Paste Mooncake with Mandarin Peel, with a Mini version as well, and then there is the Assorted Nuts Mooncake with Salted Pork.

LOWER IN CALORIES

For people who are on a specific diet, Kee Wah has created lower calorie versions of its classic mooncakes. These include Maltitol Low Sugar Mini White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Yolks (60 grams per piece, 8 pieces in a box, at Php2,600); and Maltitol High Fiber Mini Assorted Nuts Mooncake (60 grams per piece, 8 pieces in a box, at Php2,500).

EGG CUSTARD FILLING

Earl Grey Tea and Egg Custard Mooncake

An innovative mooncake line has egg custard as filling in place of lotus seed paste. Presenting… Egg Custard Mooncake (35 grams per piece, 8 pieces in a box, for Php2,850); Chocolate and Egg Custard Mooncake (35 grams per piece, 4 pieces per flavor, for Php2,850); Earl Grey Tea and Egg Custard Mooncake (35 grams per piece, 4 pieces per flavor, for Php2,850); and Fruit Yogurt Custard Mooncake with Strawberry and Orange Peel variants (35 grams per piece, 4 pieces per flavor, for Php2,850).

NEW FOR 2022

Chinese Ham with Assorted Nuts Mooncake

A new flavor that is being introduced only this year is Chinese Ham. One variant of this perfect blend of sweet and savory mooncake is Chinese Ham with Assorted Nuts Mooncake (185 grams per piece, 4 pieces in a tin, at Php3,600). The other, more complex variant is Chinese Ham with Assorted Nuts and Betty’s XO Sauce Mooncake (185 grams per piece, 4 pieces in a tin, at Php3,800).

PANDA-THEMED MOONCAKES

Panda-themed Mooncake Box

Available this Mooncake Festival is a cute and adorable Panda-themed box that contains one Egg Custard Mooncake (35 grams per piece) and one Chocolate Custard Mooncake (35 grams) for Php995.

Visit Kee Wah Bakery’s pop-up locations at Robinsons Magnolia and Uptown Mall; call 0968-2288530; or check out the website www.keewahproductsphilippines.com/. Orders for delivery may also be placed via Lazada, Shopee, Pickaroo, Metromart, and GrabMart.

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Sebastian’s Ice Cream Presents
‘Avocado August’ Treats

IF you love avocado and ice cream, before the month of August (2022) is over, you just have to try Sebastian’s Ice Cream’s Avocado August offerings. The brains behind the brand, Ian Carandang, has made super delicious avocado ice cream and used it in the different concoctions he included in the Avocado August limited-edition items.

They all present avocado ice cream in different forms.

A scoop of Avocado Dream

Avocado Dream (Php140 per scoop and Php420 per pint). It is avocado ice cream made with fresh avocado and condensed milk spun into a rich and velvety ice cream. Sebastian’s original avocado ice cream happens to be one of the brand’s most requested flavors, so it is always on the menu whenever avocado is in season.

Avocado Macchiato

Avocado Macchiato (Php140 per scoop and Php420 per pint). Another original ice cream flavor of Sebastian’s, it blends coffee ice cream and avocado ice cream and adds in chunks of dark chocolate and toasted almonds.

Avocado Strawberry

Avocado Strawberry (Php140 per scoop and Php420 per pint). A new ice cream flavor created for this year’s avocado collection, it is avocado ice cream with a ribbon of strawberry sorbet swirled in. The sorbet is made with real strawberries and is easily my personal favorite.

Avocado Peanut Butter Dive Bar (Plate by Masflex)

Avocado Peanut Butter Dive Bar (Php135). It is an avocado ice cream bar that has been hand-dipped in sweet peanut butter and sprinkled with roasted peanuts. Ian Carandang, the brains behind Sebastian’s Ice Cream, first used imported peanut butter on the ice cream bar, but when it turned out to be too salty, he replaced it with local peanut butter and it was perfect.

Avocado Chocolate Chip Chilly Burger (Plate by Masflex)

Avocado Chocolate Chip Chilly Burger (Php140). It is two pieces of Milk Chocolate Chip Avocado Cookies sandwiching avocado ice cream. Fresh avocado has been blended into the cookie batter before milk chocolate chunks and toasted almonds are added, then scooped and baked. I thought biting into two pieces of cookies with a mouthful of avocado ice cream would turn out to be too sweet for my taste, but, no, it was bliss in every bite.

Avocado Almond Poppits (Plate by Masflex)

Avocado Almond Poppits (P145 for 8 pieces, P260 for 14 pieces). These are bite-sized nuggets of Sebastian’s signature avocado ice cream dipped in white chocolate and toasted almonds. Pop into your mouth and you simply won’t stop.

A slice of Avocado Butter Cake Ice Cream Cake (Plate by Masflex)

Avocado Butter Cake Ice Cream Cake (Php155 per slice and Php1,650 per whole 9-inch cake). It is made up of layers of freshly baked avocado butter cake and avocado ice cream on milk almond crumb, with sweet peanut butter drizzles for its topping.

Last few days to enjoy these avocado treats, so get them at Sebastian’s Ice Cream at The Podium or order through the online store sebastiansicecream.com.

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