Looking for traditional lotus seed paste and salted egg yolk fillings, or fancy more ambitious flavours like Champagne, durian and peanut butter? Get your mooncake fix at these hotels and Chinese restaurants
UPDATE: Here’s where to buy the best mooncakes in 2017
From custardy durians to stuffed glutinous rice dumplings known as bak chang, Singaporean foodies are always looking forward to the next seasonal food trend. And set to make mouths water islandwide this August and September for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, mooncake mania is just around the corner. Traditional, doughy, round pastries often filled with sweet, creamy, lotus seed paste and salted egg yolk, these are best shared amongst friends and family (trust us; it’s too heaty for just one person!). Often, you’ll even find alternative sweet and savoury fillings within the softer, lighter snowskin variations – truffle, sweet potato, peanut butter, and even Champagne. We fill you in on where to find these tasty mooncakes in Singapore this year; one munch, and you’ll be over the moon.
Count on the kitchen masters of the Szechuan Court to be in on the mooncake hype! The highlights are unquestionably their snowskin mooncakes, possessing an elegant peach shape and presented in a cheongsam-inspired box adorned with Chinese knots. New flavours that enter the fray include the Imperial Yuzu (mini snowskin yuzu chocolate crunchy pearl) and the Cranberry Snow (mini snowskin cranberry and white lotus). These join other mouthwatering favourites like the rum & raisin chocolate truffle, and the Champagne truffle and chocolate ganache. Decidophobia – it’s real.
Szechuan Court, 3/F Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560, p. 6431 6156. Available from 8 Aug to 15 Sep.
If both drinking tea and the prospect of munching on mooncakes make you calm, then here’s a combo that demands your attention (and appetite). Connoisseurs of tea, TWG, unveil tea-infused mooncakes this season – adding a caffeinated twist to the Chinese classic. Sample the orange-hued Flame with a Festive Night Tea-infused citrus mousseline and cherry ganache heart, or the Sencha-infused Jade with mesmerising celadon skin. Other flavours include Jewel (Paris-Singapore Tea) and Ruby (Ivory Palace Tea); talk about a novel-tea!
Available at all TWG Tea Salon & Boutiques from 13 Aug.
The St. Regis always knows how to pamper, and it’s outdone itself yet again this mooncake season. Available in both sweet and savoury options, Yan Ting’s soft snowskins will appeal to the former camp with the debut of the citrusy pomegranate truffle with red bean chendol paste, while those less sugar-inclined will fall in love with the salted peanut truffle with black sesame paste. Other palate-enticing options include the purple sweet potato with water chestnut and salted yam paste, the Portuguese custard paste, and the Pure Mao Shan Wang Durian Indulgence for the ultimate medley of heady flavours.
Yan Ting, Lvl 1 The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, p. 6506 6887. Available from 30 July to 15 Sep.
To us, indulging in a mooncake during the Mid-Autumn Festival is as good as gold, so it’s apt to find these traditional pastries served in gorgeous treasure boxes (save these for ornamental keepsakes!). But traditional renditions aside – like the double yolk in white lotus paste – you can also find off-kilter goodies from Golden Peony’s signature mini snowskin selection such the green tea with white chocolate and cranberry cheese. And remember to go easy on the alcohol-containing rum and raisin, and Champagne and strawberry varieties; keep the kiddos away!
Golden Peony, Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982, p. 6334 8888. Available at The Terrace (Lobby Level) from 1 Aug to 15 Sep.
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Presented in yet another chest of goodies too beautiful to bin, Grand Hyatt’s mooncakes come packed in a mother-of-pearl case with rose gold accents. Pop open the lid, and you can find unorthodox flavours like the strawberry with lime tequila truffle, caramel macchiato truffle, and the black sesame mixed with a citrusy Buddha’s Hand truffle. How can you not be intrigued with a mash-up like that?
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, p. 6738 1234. Available from the mezza9 shop (9 Aug – 15 Sep) and the lobby shop (12 Aug – 15 Sep).
The iconic hotel isn’t just known for its Singapore Sling cocktails; swing by during mooncake season, and you’ll savour yet another tradition that many Singaporeans await every year. Either bag home a perennial favourite – double yolk with macadamia nuts and white lotus paste – or try more unique variations on the Chinese pastry like the Champagne truffle and ganache, Earl Grey tea and chocolate pearl truffle, and peanut butter milk chocolate feuilletine if you craving a lil’ crunch.
Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673, p. 6337 1886. Available at the North Bridge Road Atrium from 19 July to 15 Sep.
Another favourite on our list that we can count on year after year, the pastry chefs from InterContinental Singapore remind us why we’re always mad for their mooncakes. More than just sweet snowskin flavours like yuzu and sakura peach, you also have the smooth, buttery avocado paste mooncake. And if you’re not feeling fruity, you can always go for their mooncakes filled with sea salt caramel.
InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, p. 6820 8519. Available from July to Sep.
Goodwood Park Hotel
They never fail to impress us year after year, and 2016’s Mid-Autumn masterpieces are truly taking it up a notch. Because for the first time in the hotel’s lengthy history, it’s introducing alcoholic and chocolate versions of its beloved mooncakes. So don’t be surprised to find dark chocolate crunchy hazelnut snowskins and gin pineapple snowskins this season; good to know that they’re moving with the times!
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221, p. 6730 1867. Available from 1 Aug to 15 Sep.
From Matcha Fetish food festivals to salted egg yolk croissants – not to mention its superb spread of pastries and desserts – is there anything Antoinette can’t do? Clearly, mooncakes aren’t excluded either, with these decadent snowskins that’ll appeal to anyone who’s a sucker for truffle. Try the low sugar white lotus paste with salted egg truffle, or chestnut lotus paste with white chocolate matcha truffle; and for something tropical and refreshing, the longan goji berry with cashew nuts snowskin.
Antoinette, #02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897, p. 6836 9527. Available from 1 Aug.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant & Feng Shui Inn
For the ultimate level of exquisiteness when it comes to mooncakes, how about having them prepared by Singapore’s only three Michelin star restaurant? A collaboration between Joël Robuchon Restaurant and Feng Shui Inn, these French-inspired mooncakes are crafted by Chef-Patissier Antonio Benites, boasting bold flavours such as Champagne ganache, salted caramel, and raspberry ganache. While on the more traditional side, Feng Shui Inn’s Chef Li Kwok Kwong unveils the premium white lotus paste mooncake with wild cordycep, pearl powder and red bean custard – a healthy alternative with anti-aging properties.
Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, p. 6577 8888.