Purple Cane, 2015 Mooncakes: Restaurant Review

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September 5, 2015
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Balancing classic tradition with contemporary trendiness, Purple Cane’s tea mooncakes are uniquely beautiful creations that capture the mid-autumn season’s spirit, harmoniously blending familiar mooncake flavours with subtle notes of Chinese tea.

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An Alluring Variety

An alluring variety, with tea laced in the crust or the paste. The most distinctive mooncakes have a green tea crust, with red bean paste (RM7.60), dates paste (RM9.30), black sesame lotus (RM10.20), white lotus (RM10.20), assorted nuts (RM10.80) & salted egg yolk custard with pandan lotus (RM10.80). There’s also a purple potato crust with white tea lotus paste (RM10.20) & Cantonese crusts with black tea red bean paste (RM7.60), green tea lotus paste (RM9.30), puer tea lotus (RM9.30), jasmine tea lotus (RM9.60), rose tea bamboo charcoal lotus (RM10.20) & puer tea, dang gui & Chinese wolfberry nuts (RM11.50). Note that all prices are subject to 6 percent GST.

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Goldfish Biscuits

There are also cute Goldfish Biscuits available in three choices – puer tea, green tea & bamboo charcoal. All these mooncakes are halal, & almost every one of them is vegetarian-friendly, abiding by an ethos of light & wholesome eating, featuring the natural benefits of tea, relatively low sugar & no preservatives, to cultivate a sense of indulging with solely pleasure, no guilt.

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Our personal favourites include the green tea crust with either dates paste or pandan lotus paste & salted egg yolk custard, as well as the Cantonese crust with rose tea bamboo charcoal lotus paste – the nuances are lovely, with undercurrents of delicate complexities that buoy both the flavours & fragrance. We gobbled a lot in one sitting but still felt relatively refreshed by the end.

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The colourful packaging & boxes are also cool, with vibrant, evocative illustrations. These mooncakes are now available at Purple Cane restaurants & stores, with wide-ranging locations including Shaw Parade, Mid Valley Gardens, Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall & Paradigm Mall. You can also buy them online at www.purplecane.my – for Eat Drink KL readers, use the eShop voucher code eatdrinkkl to get a discount of RM5 off each mooncake order (valid for the first 20 orders, until Oct. 31).

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If you’re visiting to purchase mooncakes, make it a full meal with Purple Cane’s hearty array of tea-tinged recipes. We had a terrific lunch: Prawns with mashed salted egg yolks, oats & Ding Ding Oolong tea (RM39),┬áchicken bak kut teh with Dong Ding Oolong (RM36), mixed vegetable curry hot pot with lychee black tea (RM23), stir-fried abalone mushrooms with dried chillies & lychee black tea (RM19), pan-fried egg with anchovies & Tie Guan Yin (RM13), & the most satisfyingly thick & flavoursome Lei Cha tea soup we’ve had in recent memory (RM7.90). Many thanks to Purple Cane for hosting us.

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Checking out Purple Cane in Shaw Parade? Take a peek at their store upstairs, where the invigorating aroma of tea is unmistakably in the air. A calm, soothing space, where tea tasting & classes are held to complement the store’s vast products.

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Location and Contact Details

Purple Cane

Shaw Parade Shopping Mall

Tel: 012 907 3399

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