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epicure September 2018

epicure is a monthly gourmet lifestyle magazine designed for bon vivants who share the belief that food is the ultimate universal language. We are on an enthusiastic quest to seek out the latest dining trends, sniff out remarkable wine vintages, and uncover the dynamics and intricacies of the local and international culinary scene.

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some things do not change and that’s okay

We are nine months into 2018 and this season typically heralds the arrival of the Mid-Autumn Festival. As I’m putting this issue to bed, my team and I have already nibbled our way through at least 40 new variants of mooncakes since the beginning of June. Each other day would bring with it a mystery box delivery: there was no guessing what new-fangled flavour we were about to get. Baked, snow skin or ice cream? Vodka or gin infused lotus paste? Spicy hae bee hiam or foie gras and truffle oil? Perhaps as a nod to our soaring temperatures, citrusy flavours like yuzu and pineapple continued to be star ingredients in almost every hotel’s marketing collaterals. Mooncake packaging designs have increased several notches above boxes that double up as jewellery cases…

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kai sengokuhara

Banish thoughts of a fusty and old-school ryokan. KAI Sengokuhara marries modern minimalism with an inn 700 meters up in the mountains of Sengokuhara, Hakone. Each of its 16 rooms feature masterpieces from 12 Japanese and international artists, mesmerising glass fixtures from contemporary glass artist, Mio Muraki, and a private outdoor bath filled with the mineral-rich spring water from the volcanic Owaku-dani Valley. An atelier, overlooking lush gingko trees (or cherry blossoms in springtime), not only comes with painting and drawing materials for guests to channel their inner Murakami, but also conducts workshops for time-honoured crafts such as tenugui (traditional hand-dyed cotton-based towels). Likewise, the outdoor hot spring is perched above the greenery and is enveloped by a sublime glow, thanks to the dramatic water gardens and bioluminescent stones come…

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trusty gems

The St Regis Singapore’s Reduced Sugar White Lotus Paste with Macadamia Nuts Baked Mooncake ($75 for box of four) will satiate the health-conscious. Purists will prefer the classic Baked Mooncake with White Lotus Paste and Single Yolk ($79 for box of four). The popular White Lotus Paste with Assorted Nuts and Yunnan Ham Baked Mooncake ($82 for box of four) is a lovely combination of sweet and savoury flavours. Level 1U, Yan Ting, 29 Tanglin Road. Tel: 6506 6852 Peach Blossoms at Marina Mandarin offers a new mooncake flavour that you won’t be able to say no to. The White Lotus Paste and Charcoal Black Sesame Paste with Pine Nuts Mooncake ($68.80 for four) is one. Combining white lotus and black sesame paste, the baked treat is further elevated with added…

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teochew tradition

The mooncakes from PUTIEN are produced using Madame Leng’s recipes (she is the longest running server of the Chinese restaurant chain). There are no fancy ingredients, just a soft crumbly shell and smooth, luscious red bean paste infused with refreshing hints of orange peel. Pine nuts are also embedded into the paste for added crunch. PUTIEN has also really gone all out with the salted egg yolk ingredient, offering double yolk ($62 for four) and four yolk ($68 for four) varieties, as well as the Custard Egg Yolk Blend ($62 for four), which is filled with sweet egg custard surrounding a centre layer of salted egg yolk paste. putien.com The mooncakes from Thye Moh Chan are, true to the roots of the iconic local confectionary, similar to traditional tau sar pia,…

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10 minutes with… desmond chang, founder of ruyi and the ceo of inhesion asia

Tell us more about RUYI. RUYI tells the story of eastern culture – its philosophies and wisdom – through five tableware collections. Infini, our maiden series, showcases Taoism. It represents Yin and Yang; the fluid lines are feminine, while porcelain is masculine. Next is the Han Tang collection that's inspired by intricate bronzework and lacquerware from the two dynasties. The Aroma collection speaks of tea, a quintessential part of our culture and will be designed in collaboration with a renowned tea master. The last two are Buddhism (titled Lotus) and Confucianism. I choose these five elements as they are still respected throughout Asia and form the backbone of oriental culture. How does Infini reflect what chefs are looking for these days? While it is a short collection of only 12 pieces, it covers…