Milk Moons – No Need for a Full Moon to Have Appetising Cakes!
According to an online site, a milk moon usually appears in the month of May. That’s when the pastures that the livestock feed on are at their greenest and healthiest stage. This, in turn, results in the livestock producing rich, vitamin-laden milk. Hence, the milk moon represents a period of abundance and purity, which goes in line with what patisserie Milk Moons embodies.
Milk Moons is the newest project by the Chalk Farm, which currently has an outlet in Paragon, and Parkway Parade.
The takeaway store, which opened on 17 November, showcases a myriad of local sweet delights as well as sophisticated café-style cakes.
They have a few signature cakes, some of which can be found at Chalk Farm. The Salted Caramel ($9/slice, $72/whole), Red Velvet ($8.60/slice, $68/whole) and Berry Orange ($6.40/slice, $64/whole) are very popular.
The Salted Caramel cake, which was rich and moist, had crushed macadamia nuts studded throughout. A thick and creamy salted caramel frosting separates the two sponge cake layers. Besides the two main flavours, I tasted hints of coconut as well. I have to say that the coconut flavour complemented the caramel cream very well.
Red velvet is a common cake flavour in the market. Yet, few bakeries do it well. There is usually a lack of the taste of chocolate, and the cakes are inked with too much artificial colouring. We are happy to report that the red velvet here has a rich chocolatey taste!
The Berry Orange cake looks like the perfect cake for a 5-year-old princess. Adorned with a ring of piped cream, strips of tangerine peel, and edible silver balls, this pastel purple cake will make anyone’s day. The main ingredients found in the cake are tangerine pulp and lingonberry, which gives a zesty and citrusy flavour to the sweet sponge.
I always applaud patisseries who keep the dying art of traditional kueh making alive. Milk Moons is one of them. Some local kueh delights offered by the takeaway kiosk include Kueh Ko Swee ($4.50/3 pieces, $36/whole), the Rainbow Kueh Lapis ($3.80/slice, $48/whole), as well as my favourite, Kueh Salat ($5.80/slice, $69/whole).
Although rainbow kueh lapis usually sport multiple colours, Milk Moons’ version comes with just three – red, green and yellow. Nevertheless, the chewy kueh carries a strong and pleasant aroma of pandan and coconut.
I wasn’t very used to seeing long pieces of kueh ko swee. The usual ones that I get are cut into small cubes, which I could pop easily into my mouth. Milk Moons’ version has a more ‘jelly-than-kueh’ texture, which I think could melt in my mouth if I left it there long enough.
The star kueh-kueh for me would be the kueh salat. The top green custardy part of the kueh was very aromatic. The eggy and fluffy texture went very well with the chewiness of the glutinous rice. Super addictive. Enough said.
I am a self-professed little baba. I enjoy making Peranakan cuisine, but not as much as eating it. It’s gratifying to know that there is another place that can sate my hunger for delightful Nyonya kuehs.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.