Friday, 21 September 2012

The Garden Lifestyle Cafe, Sunway Pyramid, Malaysia

Mooncake and Tea Pairing by Sunway Pyramid, aThe Garden Lifestyle Café

by Sam Gibbs

Garden Lifestyle Cafe, Sunway Pyramid
I recently had the privilege of joining the staff of Sunway Pyramid and the Garden Lifestyle Café to sample Mooncake and Tea. To be honest Mooncake and Tea Pairing all sounded a bit too celestial for the average Matsaleh. However I was soon to become a total convert given the dazzling array of beautifully prepared Mooncakes and the eclectic range of teas that one can best describe as being comparable to fine wine.

The tradition of the Mooncake festival is buried deep within the millennia of Chinese history. Dating back some 3000 years early texts made reference to the festival. There are many mythological tales that come with Mooncake. Was it the beautiful and immortal Moon goddess Chang’e who stole the pill to eternal life before escaping to the Moon, or the more mundane but none the less significant act of distributing Mooncakes with secret messages to the Chinese during the Mongol rule that belies the true origin of this legend?

Garden Lifestyle Cafe, Sunway Pyramid
Delicious Fillings and Yolks
The Mooncake and Tea Pairing session was held in a sun filled conservatory at the back of the Garden Lifestyle Café Sunway Pyramid. The ambience and products on display gave credence to the care and creative genius of the organizers and chefs responsible for the production of this event.

Garden Lifestyle Cafe, Sunway Pyramid
Puer Tea
As I am no expert on Mooncake, and probably only slightly more familiar with tea, my gastronomic odyssey was filled with anticipation. Laid out in carefully presented sets were a myriad of beautifully imprinted Mooncakes. My sole experience with mooncake many years previously was with a pithy red bean affair that stuck to the roof of my palate with very adhesive like efficiency… It was therefore with relief, and not the least a sense of surprise, that one is presented with an incredible array of combinations of fillings and flavours at this session. It was hard to know where to begin. Was it to be the Imperial Jade with Yolk, maybe the Foh San Cappuccino or my personal favorite the Charcoal Infused Mocha….yes I said charcoal.

Garden Lifestyle Cafe, Sunway Pyramid
Mooncake Gift Wrapping
But what Mooncake is complete without the tea? As Yin lives with Yang the sipping of fine tea as part of the Mooncake festival has become a popular and an ever more sought after complimentary element to this tradition. I was offered deliciously refreshing  Osmanthus and French Rose tea poured from sparkling clear glass pots that was soon followed by the dark and musky Puer Tea that captivated my senses and taste buds. As one absorbed these delicate and fragrant experiences, soothed by the melodious Zinther and tantalized by a myriad of Mooncake flavours one can easily see why the goddess Chang’e was reluctant to return from the Moon.

Garden Lifestyle Cafe, Sunway Pyramid
Beautifully Boxed Gift Sets from Dragon-i
Safe to say the special effort and craftsmanship put into this event would be reflected in the beautifully presented Dragon - i Mooncake gift box sets. I am now a total convert and would well recommend the whole experience that has been carefully mastered by Dragon-i and Legends of Tea for your special Mooncake gift or family celebration.

Dragon-I Restaurant Sdn Bhd
36-38 Jalan SS 20/10,
Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya.
Tel 03-77221888
Fax 03-77221887
For details call the Dragon-I hotline on +603 77221888


  1. Hey, how have u been? My apology for not coming by as I've been extremely busy. So are you getting a lot of moon cakes for review? This one looks real good!

    1. I know the feeling! Yes, yummy, yummy, mooncakes!

  2. hello, matsaleh :) oh have eaten more mooncakes than i do, i'm feeling a bit envious