Sunday, 10 September 2017

Leong Yin Mooncakes 梁贤月餅

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Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Leong Yin Pastry's factory in Bukit Mertajam, Penang. The Leong Yin 梁贤 brand of premium mooncakes are sold throughout Malaysia. Leong Yin also develops and produces mooncakes for premium overseas clients, exporting to 17 different countries around the world.

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You know what? You are very likely to have tasted Leong Yin mooncakes before, without knowing it 😄

You see, Leong Yin co-develops and produces mooncakes which are exported and sold under the clients' famous brands in 17 countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, China, USA, UK, Australia, Middle East etc. The list of export destinations keeps on growing. Leong Yin is a leading mooncake OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and ODM (original design manufacturer).

You could be an unknowing, Leong Yin mooncake fan. Now you know lah 😜

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Leong Yin Pastry is founded by Leong Seng Yoon (right) over 40 years ago. His son, Dr. Leong Kok Fei now runs Leong Yin Pastry, taking it to new heights. Leong Yin is already Malaysia's largest mooncake paste and mooncake manufacturer.

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I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about what goes into a delicious Leong Yin 梁贤 mooncake. I am glad to gain insights into the multi-million dollar mooncake industry.

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The first thing that struck me was how fastidious Leong Yin is about hygiene and a sterile clean environment. Even visitors had to put on all sterile clothing 😄

As the Leongs took us through the manufacturing process, I was impressed with the thoughtful design of the production line - every detail is streamlined for smooth, efficient production.

(Mr. Leong Seng Yoon is a multi-talented entrepreneur. One of his several business interests is a consultancy firm for design and set up of F & B factories.)

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Actually, the first step in making a Leong Yin mooncake doesn't start at the factory.

It begins in Leong Yin's Research & Development lab with designers and nutritionists co-creating the mooncake with the client (which could be from Singapore or Hong Kong, for example).

Leong Yin is strict about the safety, quality and nutritional value of their ingredients. They carefully track the origin of every ingredient that goes into a Leong Yin mooncake.

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Leong Yin now makes over 200 different types of pastes from traditional to new like cranberry, blueberry etc all with real natural fruits and never any preservatives nor chemical essence nonsense.

They were making traditional lotus seed paste when we were visiting the Leong Yin factory.

The lotus seeds were first given a tumble wash.

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The washed lotus seeds are then carefully hand and eye ball sorted.

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The hand picked lotus seeds were next given a thorough high pressure jet wash.

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The washed lotus seeds are next blended into a purée.

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Next step is to cook the purée, reducing it to a thick paste.

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The cooked lotus seed paste are then bagged and vacuum sealed.

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The vacuum bagged lotus seed paste are sterilised with boiling water.

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Leong Yin lotus seed paste packed, ready for shipping to a famous brand mooncake shop near you.

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Besides mooncake pastes, Leong Yin also makes ready-to-eat complete mooncakes for famous brands overseas in Singapore and Hong Kong etc.

Of course, Leong Yin also sells premium mooncakes under its own 梁贤 label.

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Leong Yin's signature mooncake is this 1.2 kilo mother of mooncakes retailing at RM3,888, making it the most expensive edible mooncake in the world. (Certified by the Malaysia Book of Records.)

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It is packed solid with rare ingredients like cordyceps, wild ginseng, saffron, bird's nest, Royal wild honey etc and dressed with 24K gold leaves.

Not really my cup of tea but Leong Yin already have dozens of orders for the coming Mooncake festival. The large mooncake is considered auspicious and the ingredients are all premium healthful and medicinal tonic. If you are into such things, it's actually value for money as this mooncake is sold nearly at cost.

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Leong Yin mooncakes are sold throughout Malaysia under the Leong Yin 梁贤 label. If you are in Penang, you can also get mooncakes directly at Leong Yin's office.

If you want to try your hand at making your own mooncakes, you can also get Leong Yin pastes at their office.

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Local favourites mooncake pastes - teh tarik and kopi O kaw.

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I tried making snow skin mooncakes before - it's fun and not that difficult even for beginners. Don't even need to have an oven 😄

Office address: 81, Jalan Patani, 10150 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
GPS: 5°24'33.8"N 100°19'22.1"E | 5.409399, 100.322818
Tel: 604-229 2943 | 229 3503 
Fax: 604 -228 2207  
Email: talk2us@leongyinpastry.com

If you want Leong Yin 梁贤 to design and make mooncakes for your company (i.e. ODM, OEM for you), contact them lah 😄 Many famous brands already do 😉

Leong Yin mooncakes and mooncake paste are certified HALAL.

Date visited: 4 Sep 2017

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