It's been described as romantic and occasionally haunting. Smiling and, just once every two and a half years or so, blue. Without a doubt, our fascination with a full moon has effectively transcended its astrological attraction.
Be it a comparison to a pizza pie in the sky (if you like Dean Martin and are in love) or lunar cheese, the moon's associations with some of our favourite foods has been equally distinct. Take this year's assortment of mooncakes. It is one thing to say that the allied chefs in question have a remarkable knack for coming up with engaging new-fangled creations year after year. But this year's in-season Angry Birds assortment takes the proverbial cake.
Not that Peony Jade would need a trendy flock of brick-busting birds of fray to win over consumers this mid-Autumn celebration. But the restaurant was the first in late July to launch their quirky edible fake-feathered confections early in the season and with surprising success. Created in partnership with Rovio Entertainment and Pacific Licensing Studio, Peony Jade's culinary team has handcrafted a limited 3,000 boxes of its 3D Angry Birds mooncakes filled with its winning velvety egg custard. The expertly shaped shells or skins boast natural fruit flavours like blackberries and blueberries.
Meanwhile, Szechuan Court's version is a set of four unique Angry Birds Space-inspired snow skin mooncakes by Chef Mandy Yeo, which are also a limited edition world's first. Each of the 8,000 sets features four flavours, namely the Salted Caramel Truffle; Grape Pop Rock with strawberry ganache; the Choco Pop; and a less-then-out-of-this-world pandan mooncake lifted by the addition of macadamia nuts.