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12 September, 2020

[FOOD] Review: Purple Cane (紫藤) Halal Tea Mooncakes (茶月饼)

Happy Mooncake Festival! 

It's almost the time for the tradition of the year to savour some delicious mooncakes with authentic Chinese tea. This year, we have a wide collection of Halal Tea Mooncake (茶月饼) from Purple Cane (紫藤). 

With up to 13 unique tea flavours, there is definitely a tea mooncake that suits your most discerning palate! For those who wish to learn the art of pairing the right tea with the tea mooncake, feel free to check out their Ultimate Guide to Mooncakes and Tea Pairing.

Purple Cane has been famed for making the first ever Tea Mooncake in Malaysia, since its first introduction in 1998. Individually priced from RM9.90 onwards, all the mooncakes are Halal and most of them are vegetarian, unless indicated otherwise. 

How is Tea Mooncake being Made?
I find it interesting when I first tasted Purple Cane's mooncakes because it gives a beautiful whiff of tea in the crust. The mooncakes are infused with tea (black tea, oolong tea, green tea and puer tea) by grinding the tea leaves into fine powder form and incorporating it into the pastry crust, before wrapping the crust around the delicious fillings such as red bean paste, lotus paste and assorted nuts.
Not only the attention to detail in the process of mooncake making, Purple Cane also pays great emphasis on the vibrant oriental packaging of the mooncakes, making them perfect gifts for this auspicious festival.  

Tea Mooncake Set (6 in 1)
The above set contains:
❤ Dates Paste Green Tea Mooncake (枣泥绿茶月饼)
❤ Assorted Nuts Green Tea Mooncake (伍仁绿茶月饼)
❤ Black Tea Red Bean Paste Mooncake (豆沙红茶月饼)
❤ White Tea Purple Potato Lotus Paste Tea Mooncake (紫薯白茶月饼)
❤ Rose Tea Bamboo Charcoal Lotus Paste Tea Mooncake (黑玫瑰花茶月饼)
❤ Pandan and Golden Yolk Custard Lotus Paste Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Mooncake - 
Non-vegetarian (班兰金沙奶皇蝶豆花茶月饼 - 非素食)
❤ FREE lantern riddles and 1 sachet of Cane's tea bag (附赠灯谜 + 康氏袋泡茶)

The 6-in-1 mooncake gift set comes with the crowd's favourite flavours of mooncakes, beautifully crafted in various designs and colors. Don't worry, the colors are sourced from natural ingredients (for example, purple pastry crust is made of purple sweet potato). 

Mooncakes are commonly perceived as "high-calorie" and "pure sugar" but this is definitely not the case in Purple Cane. Purple Cane's Tea mooncakes with cantonese style pastry crust and filling taste mildly sweet, are low in fat content and contain no preservatives. Suitable for the health-conscious!

The gift set also comes with a cute lantern riddle (it is a tradition among ancient Chinese to attach riddles to their lanterns during Mid-Autumn Festival). Purple Cane's "modernised" version is equally interesting too!

Assorted Nuts Green Tea Mooncake (伍仁绿茶月饼)

Among the 6 flavours, my No.1 all-time favourite is the green tea mooncake filled with assorted nuts. It tastes so nutty, yet feels light on the mouth. A delighful piece to pair with hot green tea for that refreshing taste and aids digestion. 

Pandan and Golden Yolk Custard Lotus Paste Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Mooncake

If you prefer something more creamy and smoother on the palate, I'd recommend the one with smooth pandan and golden yolk custard lotus paste. The flavour is just on point - rich enough yet not too overpowering. I don't mind having the whole piece to myself :P 

Rose Tea Bamboo Charcoal Lotus Paste Tea Mooncake (黑玫瑰花茶月饼)

Interestingly, there is a "gem" hidden in this charcoal tea mooncake - it is filled with lotus paste filling that exudes natural sweet aroma of rose tea. Light and healthy, yet not too sweet for my liking. 

Delightful Autumn Tea Mooncake Gift Set

The above set contains:
❤ Red Bean Paste With Dried Tangerine Peel And Double Yolk Puer Tea Mooncake - Non-vegetarian (陈皮普洱双黄豆沙月饼 - 非素食)
❤ 1 pack of Puer Tea (75g) (盒普洱)
❤ FREE Lantern Riddles & 1 Cane's Tea Bag

If you prefer something simpler or a more affordable gift pack, the mooncake and Puer tea leaves duo may be of your interest. It comes with a double yolk mooncake and tea leaves packet which makes it best for enjoyment at home with the family. 

Their Double Yolk Puer Tea Mooncake is a must-try! Nothing beats the best of tradition: the rich and juicy egg yolks, thick and creamy red bean paste, and the crunchiness of the crust which combine well together. I love how the dried tangerine peel added a delightful twist to the overall aroma and flavour too.  

Goldfish Tea Biscuit
Puer Tea Goldfish Biscuit / Green Tea Goldfish Biscuit

To perfect this mid-autumn festival, don't forget to get some goldfish tea biscuit and sip some tea!

Shop now at Purple Cane online store, Shopee, Lazada or physical outlets!

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