Timeless classics, traditional mooncakes with modern twists and interesting flavours – this year’s lineup of mooncakes in Singapore is the most unique one ever
The Mid-Autumn festival which falls on 13 September, essentially marks a traditional harvest celebration, but it’s also the start of mooncake mania. As always, several restaurants and shops have gone above and beyond to bring us the most creative and innovative mooncakes in 2019, and we’re all for it. Traditionalist or not, you can’t deny trying perennial classics such as durian and salted egg flavours or creative ones like tea-infused pastries. Oh, and you can’t ignore all the gorgeous packaging! Read on as we unveil the best places to scoop mooncakes in Singapore. We’ll be adding more to the list, so stay tuned!
Hai Tien Lo at Pan Pacific
Pan Pacific’s Hai Tien Lo debuts four new fruity snowskin numbers – gianduja and yuzu; earl grey and cherry; coconut and pineapple; along with passionfruit and mango. Durian lovers, the all-time favourite Mao Shan Wang durian snowskin also makes a comeback while traditionalists will love the signature white lotus seed paste with double or single yolk options. There’s even a healthier option too with debutant low-sugar jade paste and melon seeds and the re-introduced low-sugar white lotus seed paste with macadamia nuts. It’s not all about the mooncakes at Pan Pacific.
See the gorgeous tin pictured above? It was designed by Selena Seow, one of two alumni artists with autism from the Artist Development Programme (ADP) by Pathlight School. Also, swap your plastic bag with a beautiful tote bag featuring Botanical by Nurul Amirah Binte Zain. A dollar for every mooncake box and $10 for each limited edition tote bag will be donated to the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore).
Hai Tien Lo, get your mooncakes from 1 July to 14 September, snowskin mooncakes are available from 1 August to 14 September, Pan Pacific, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Snowskin lovers, rejoice. Grand Hyatt dishes out two new snowskin flavours this year. Bubble tea enthusiasts will enjoy the brown sugar milk tea truffle, an interesting combo of Assam tea infused with gula melaka and milk. The matcha with red bean truffle has the perfect balance of sweetness from the red bean and umami flavour from the matcha. Psst… loved last year’s flavours? Two popular hits – the indulgent black sesame and walnut truffle, and acai berry truffle are making a comeback. Even the traditional flavours like white lotus with roasted melon seeds and sesame lotus double yolk with bamboo ash; or boozy numbers, lychee martini truffle and champagne truffle are ones to try.
Grand Hyatt Singapore, get your mooncakes from 8 July to 10 September at the online store and from 5 August to 13 September at Mezza9
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Taking the innovative mooncake game to the next level, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel has crafted five new and unique additions including a limited edition gift set. Get your hands on creative and decadent snowskin pastries – think flavours like white lotus seed paste baked mooncakes with jambon de Bayonne ham, lavender and pistachio, raspberry yoghurt snowskin with rosemary honey praline, mocha snowskin with rose liqueur praline and coconut snowskin with champagne praline.
But all eyes are on the limited edition Wan Hao premium gift set featuring gold dusted red date baked mooncakes with pistachio, jambon de Bayonne, sesame and salted egg, with a bottle of Chateau Rieussec Cru Classé Sauternes, France 2015. Decadent mooncakes accompanied with a bottle of white wine? It doesn’t get any more luxurious than this. Mooncake purists will be glad to know that chicken bak kwa baked mooncake with assorted nuts and pure mao shan wang durian snowskin mooncakes will also make an appearance.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, the collection can be pre-ordered online and will be available from 8 August to 13 September at Forecourt Stall, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Man Fu Yuan at InterContinental Singapore
Once again, Man Fu Yuan does not disappoint. It’s all about the exquisitely handcrafted mooncakes at this award-winning restaurant. I mean, who could resist that Insta-worthy rose shape. This year, they’ve taken their creations up a notch by bringing six Ronnefeldt tea-infused gems from the snowskin mooncake tea collection. Take your pick from elegant flavours such as Irish whiskey cream and milk chocolate truffle infused in Assam tea, mango and citrus fruits blended with sencha packed with crunchy hazelnut chocolate pearls and a refreshing peppermint tea with chia seeds. For those who love classics, you won’t be left out. Apart from the fan favourite low-sugar white lotus paste mooncakes, enthusiasts of this delicacy can also look forward to baked mooncakes with assorted nuts or with a choice of single or double egg yolks.
Man Fu Yuan, get your mooncakes from 5 July to 13 September at InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966
As you can tell from our list, we’re all for admiring gorgeous packagings and attention to detail that every restaurant gives to its mooncake sets. One such crowd-pleaser is the baked mooncake collection from Andaz Singapore. The limited edition low sugar mooncakes (white lotus paste with yolk blend and lotus paste with melon seeds) are presented in a sleek black lacquered wooden box – the outcome of an exclusive collab with local brand home-grown brand Qua by Brex. The Peranakan-style tiles also add a chic local touch.
Andaz Singapore, 1 August to 13 September. Enjoy 25% off for purchases made before 31 August 2019; 5 Fraser St, Singapore 189354
Truffle carbonara, yuzu strawberry cheesecake, osmanthus tea and purple cauliflower-flavoured mooncake? Regent Singapore’s award-winning restaurants and bars, including Asia’s 50 Best Bars contender, Manhattan, have whipped up a series of eight unique snowskin mooncake flavours (including five new ones!) this mid-autumn festival. The flavours may raise eyebrows but if you have a curious palate, this one’s for you. Traditional flavours such as white lotus paste with double yolk and melon seeds and parma ham and pork floss with assorted nuts are also available. True to Regent Singapore’s style, the mooncakes are packaged – taking a page out of the hotel’s iconic bubble lifts – in a luxurious red sturdy box, laced with gold Oriental designs.
Regent Singapore, 8 August to 13 September, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
First of all, can we talk about that fuchsia box that doubles up as a jewellery box for a second? Major Love. Cantonese restaurant, Yan has dropped five traditional mooncake flavours such as the classic white lotus paste to the flaky thousand layer yam as well as the new Mao Shan Wang durian snowskin mooncake. These babies are available in a set of four, packed in boxes with designs inspired by Chinese-Influenced fabric embroidery from the restaurant’s vivid feature wall. Customised packaging is also available should you require a personalised gift.
Yan, July to 13 September, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 178957
Goodwood Park Hotel
Goodwood Park Hotel is debuting two flavours, the refreshing kiwi dragonfruit manuka honey and the decadent premium duo: ‘Mao Shan Wang’ and Black Thorn Durian snowskin mooncakes this year. We know how well these guys celebrate durian around here and these robust mooncake flavours do not disappoint. Still craving for last year’s blue pea flower, mango with pomelo and cempedak mooncakes? These, along with the traditional baked mooncake series are also making a comeback! All mooncakes come in an uber-chic yellow box embossed with gold peonies.
Goodwood Park Hotel, 8 August to 13 September, 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221
The dessert connoisseur is taking her love for Japan to greater heights with a limited-edition mooncake box that highlights unique ingredients from nine prefectures in Japan. Trivia: she personally travelled to the country to source out these ingredients herself. Flavours include sweet potato from Tokushima, azuki (red bean) from Mie and Aichii, chestnut from Kumamoto, hojicha (roasted Japanese green tea) from Kyoto, ume (Asian plum) from Wakayama and matcha (Japanese green tea) from Shizuoka. We can’t think of a better way to get a taste of Japan.
Janice Wong, the collection can be pre-ordered online from 1 July
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
Once again, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach collaborates with Madame Fan to showcase a new collection of mooncakes to Singapore fans. Tuck into two new baked mooncake flavours – blueberry and a premium mixed nuts mooncake with a crunchy blend of pecans and almonds. If you’re on team snowskin, you gotta try the tian mi mi, Madam Fan’s signature cocktail embodied in a mooncake. Returning favourites, like pu’er tea is now filled with chia seeds, and the popular Asian flavours such as chrysanthemum and osmanthus will return.
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, get your mooncakes from 12 August to 13 September at the Festive Counter and at Madame Fan, 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763
Mooncakes in Parisian gift boxes? Yes, please! True to Antoinette’s elegant style, the artisanal mooncakes prepared by Chef Pang Kok Keong perfectly embodies Asian flavours with a Parisian twist. Get your hands on traditional baked flavours including the sweet and spicy salted yolk hae bee hiam and low-sugar white lotus paste with melon seeds. Or go for the mochi-like snowskin flavours such as salted yolk truffle with a molten salted egg yolk centre and the much-awaited ondeh ondeh filled with coconut flakes, pandan paste and a gula melaka centre.
Antoinette, get your mooncakes from 1 July to 30 August at various locations or order online
Blue Lotus’ timeless and signature flavours, the premium egg yolk blend with white lotus paste and Mao Shan Wang durian snowskin come in adorable four-tier Tingkat tin boxes. Available in pastel blue and white, the design features Blue Lotus’ signature lanterns which symbolise good fortune.
Blue Lotus, 1 July to 13 September, enjoy up to 30% for purchases made before 25 August, available at all three outlets at Sentosa Cove, Alexandra Road and Tanjong Pagar
Thye Moh Chan
So you’ve had countless traditional baked and snowskin mooncakes – even tried the craziest flavours. If you’re interested to try something new, Teochew mooncakes should be on your list for sure. Helmed by Teochew pastry connoisseurs, Chua Cha Lai and Tan Ching Huat from the original store in Geylang, you can bet your best buck that these mooncakes are the real deal. Bite into seven layers of flaky goodness, featuring modern flavors like milky yuzu and crowd favourite, Mao Shan Wang durian; as well as classics such as salty tau sar with salted egg yolk, sweet tau sar with melon seeds, yuan yang (mung bean paste with spicy pork floss) and yam with salted egg yolk.
Thye Moh Chan, 3 August to 10 September, available at various locations at Chinatown Point, Paragon, Jewel Changi Airport (selected flavours) and Thye Moh Chan Mooncake Kiosk