Venue: Lajpat Nagar
Date: 28th March 2017
Delhi is a melting pot of cultures. When it comes to food, this pot overflows and yet there is always space for a little more. Like Taiwanese sweets.
Hugo Wang, a Taiwan citizen trained in India, studied our obsession with confectionery. Hailing from a family with long roots in the food industry, he got this business in India under a cool Indian name – Moon of Taj. They operate out of a store in Lajpat Nagar (the lane opposite to KFC) and we were recently invited for a review session.
They basically make various flavours of three desserts – tarts, cookies and nougat. The fruit filled tarts are the first items that we tried. Unlike tarts that we are familiar with, these were flaky envelopes made of flower with fillings. Pineapple is a very popular filling in South East Asia and we loved the pineapple tarts and coconut tarts. The mint mango was a little off for our taste though. We loved the chocolate cookie and thought the green tea cookie was a good twist. The soft chewy nougat was the best dessert. These sticks are loosely like candies and are an anytime snack. Fruit flavoured nougat was a first for us. All the desserts are dry and mild on sweetness, just the way we like it. We had all the items with soft and aromatic warm green tea.
To cater to Indian sentiments, most or their desserts are eggless. They have some egged varieties too and we liked these better. We feel adding desi ghee to these items to cater to Indian palate was trying too hard. The items are very well packaged and as per Mr. Wang, have a shelf life of a month consequently making them great gift options.
We were glad to have tried a different range of desserts. We hope they push the envelope further and introduce more authentic fare like red bean paste fillings, tapioca items, moon cakes and kaya baos at Moon of Taj.