Timeless classics, modern twists and unique flavours – this year’s line-up of mooncakes in Singapore is out of this world.
The Mid-Autumn Festival (which falls on 21 September) essentially marks a traditional harvest celebration, but it’s also the start of mooncake mania in Singapore. As always, restaurants and hotels have gone above and beyond to bring us the best. Traditionalist or not, you can’t deny trying mainstays such as durian flavours or ones spiked with booze. Oh, and kudos to the ridiculously gorgeous packaging too! These are the mooncakes in Singapore we’ll be munching on throughout the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Most outstanding mooncakes in Singapore
1. The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
Oriental tradition meets western-inspired flavours at The Capitol Kempinski. Savour a mix of snowskin flavours like strawberry, champagne truffle, lychee rose and Mao Shan Wang durian in small but mighty bite sizes. The baked mooncakes also come in mini versions to enjoy with everyone at home. And trust us, you won’t be throwing away your boxes after. The stained-glass windows and cutout designs are a nod to Chijmes and Capitol Singapore. We envision these boxes with two-tiered drawers to be statement pieces at home.
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, until 21 September; mini baked mooncakes (from $70/box); mini snowskin mooncakes (from $80/box); enjoy 20% early bird discount until 22 Aug; order online or collect at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore,15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
2. Grand Hyatt Singapore
Grand Hyatt Singapore is setting up the scene for a delightful Mid-Autumn Festival this year. Treat yourself to a range of picture-perfect traditional baked and snowskin mooncakes, each delicately handcrafted by in-house pastry chefs. We can’t stop gushing over the delightful pops of colour – plus, everything tastes as good as it looks. Relish in new snowskin flavours like boozy cherry brandy, and strawberry cream cheese with Oreo crumble. Looking for non-alcoholic delights? There are four new flavours: walnut praline, basil and Trigona honey, black sesame and ginger, and Sarawak pineapple cookie. We’ll take one of each, please! Look out for perennial classics like champagne and lychee martini snowskin mooncakes too.
Traditionalists will love the new baked D24 durian with white lotus and double yolk, and reduced sugar white lotus with double yolk. We also can’t ignore the whimsical box design inspired by the festival’s folklore and traditions surrounding the moon.
Early bird perks: from 16 July to 15 August, enjoy 35% off your online orders with the promo code “35MCGHS”. Those ordering from 16 August to 21 September can also enjoy 30% off online orders using the promo code “30MCGHS”.
Grand Hyatt Singapore; collection from 21 July to 21 September; snowskin mooncakes (from $85/box of 8); baked mooncakes (from $85/box of 4); order online or collect at lobby or via drive-through at B1; 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211
3. The Marmalade Pantry
We’ve seen a fair range of extravagant packaging but this takes the (moon) cake. The gift sets are presented in chic scarlet hand bags. Available in two sizes, the classy accessories are designed in PVC leather with a woven rattan webbing. Ok, we digress… on to the mooncakes! Get ready for low sugar goodies including new flavours like pandan with melon seeds and Earl Grey-infused lotus paste. Also keep your eyes peeled for the favourite baked charcoal with black sesame and macadamia nuts, and double yolk with white lotus paste flavours.
The Marmalade Pantry, until 21 September; available in four gift sets (from $72/4-16 pieces); order online or collect at the Orchard, Novena and Tanjong Pagar locations
4. The Fullerton Hotels
Munch on new additions and familiar classics with The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Jade Signatures Mooncake Collection. Meet the new raspberry Hokkaido milk, rose green tea with pistachio, and osmanthus with wolfberry snowskin flavours, as well as rose coconut and oolong tea with dried cranberries baked mooncakes. Ardent fans will be pleased to know the nostalgic Clifford Pier Mooncake Tingkat from The Fullerton Bay Hotel will also make a comeback. Designed with depictions of our national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, each tiffin carrier contains four baked mooncakes with unique local flavours like baked mixed nuts with satay sauce, baked salted lotus with hae bee hiam, baked assam lotus with mango and baked pandan coconut with chendol.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore & The Fullerton Bay Hotel, until 21 September; Jade Signature Mooncake Collection (from $72/box of 4); The Clifford Pier Mooncake Tingkat ($98/box of 4); enjoy early bird discount up to 20% off until 31 Aug; order online or collect at Driveway of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
5. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
It’s all about floral, fruity and nutty flavours at Ritz-Carlton. This Mid-Autumn Festival, the five-star hotel brings us newbies such as lychee tea paste with macadamia. For a little buzz, bite into the mini snowskin Amber Treasure, a nod to Summer Pavilion’s signature cocktail – red date-infused liquor with a house blend vermouth. Perennial faves like the mini snowskin lycheetini and Mao Shan Wang durian mooncakes make an appearance too.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, until 21 September; mini snowskin mooncakes ($72/box of 8); traditional baked mooncakes (from $74/box of 4); specialty mooncakes (from $78/box of 4-8); enjoy a 25% early bird discount until 18 July; order online or collect at Colony Bakery, L3, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
6. Pan Pacific Singapore
Hai Tien Lo at Pan Pacific debuts two new snowskin flavours this year – mango passion fruit snowskin and virgin Singapore Sling snowskin for a sweet and tarty treat! And don’t you worry, bestsellers like Mao Shan Wang durian, matcha black sesame and Gianduja yuzu snowskin flavours are back as well. Watching those calories? Enjoy low-sugar choices like jade panda paste with melon seeds, white lotus paste with macadamia nuts and pu er lotus paste. The choice of packaging this year is an elegant ruby red leather-esque box, imprinted with ornate motifs of birds and flowers. Just like a timeless Chinese painting.
Pan Pacific Singapore, until 21 September; traditional baked mooncakes (from $76.80/box of 4); snowskin mooncakes (from $80/box of 4); order online or collect at the lobby, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
7. Regent Singapore
As always, the hotel treats us to a unique spin from each dining outlet. Prepared from the kitchens of Basilico, there’s the amalfi limoncello and basil snowskin flavour – an Italian digestif steeped in the fragrant herb. Then, feel the buzz with Manhattan’s Kyoho grape and Kyoto dry gin flavour. Also on our list: the herbaceous gryphon green tea with melon seeds. The hotel definitely hit the mark with its packaging this year. We’re looking at a sleek maroon faux leather case with gold locks.
Regent Singapore; until 21 September; mini snowskin mooncakes (from $85/8 box); baked mooncakes (from $87/box of 4); enjoy a 25% early bird discount until 15 Aug; order online or collect at lobby level 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
Which of these mooncakes in Singapore are you waiting to try this year? We can’t just pick one!