From timeless classics to modern creations, you’ll need this roundup of mooncakes for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival
The Mid-Autumn festival essentially marks a traditional harvest celebration, but it’s also the start of mooncake mania. As always, several restaurants and shops pull out all the stops to bring us the most creative and innovative mooncakes. This year is no exception. From perennial classics such as durian and salted egg flavoured to creative ones like tea-infused pastries, here are some places to satisfy those mooncake cravings.
Man Fu Yuan
Once again, Man Fu Yuan does not disappoint. It’s all about the exquisitely handcrafted mooncakes at this award-winning restaurant, and this year, they’ve taken their creations up a notch by bringing four new tea-infused gems from the snowskin mooncake: tea collection. Take your pick from elegant flavours such as black sesame with ambrosial osmanthus, matcha with white chocolate, white lotus with mandarin peel and for those craving a western touch – earl grey with strawberry chocolate. For those who love the 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, available for order online from now till 21 September and at the shop from 3 August to 24 September as well as eight other locations, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966
Yes, enjoying a mooncake, sans the calories is possible. As we await Raffles Hotel’s facelift, the hotel celebrates the revamp with a new entry in the form of a nutrition-packed acai berry and chia seeds snowskin mooncake in an irresistible pastel pink hue. If you’re a sucker for perennial favourites, the traditional macadamia nuts and white lotus paste (with single or double yolk) mooncakes along with earl grey-infused chocolate ganache from the snowskin selection make a comeback. But it’s the boozy champagne truffle in snowskin, that takes the…(moon) cake.
Raffles Mooncakes, the collection is available from 3 August to 21 September at Raffles Hotel Singapore, North Bridge Road Atrium, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
The Fullerton Hotel
Leave it to The Fullerton Hotel to do things in style. Like clockwork, the crowd-favourites are back – pandan with gula melaka snowskin mooncake, golden custard mini mooncake and traditional baked pastries. If you’re mad about milo (who isn’t!), you need to get your hands on this year’s special delicacy. With the iconic The Fullerton Building (Singapore’s mile zero) turning 90, the hotel has created an extra special milo-O mooncake. Made of smooth milk lotus paste and crunchy pops of milo, it’s cannot be missed!
The Fullerton Hotel, the collection is available from 11 August to 24 September at 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178.
Hai Tien Lo
Durian is all the rage now, eh? Love it or hate it, Pan Pacific’s Hai Tien Lo launches a quartet of snowskin mooncakes with very, very local flavours. Durian, lychee, soursop and cempedak make an appearance this year for the delicate and pastel snowskin range while the baked mooncakes remain traditional with perennial favourites like the traditional red lotus seed paste with single or double yolk and mixed nuts with chicken ham. Mooncakes too calorie-loaded for you? There’s something for the health-conscious too like the charcoal melon seed with sesame paste with detoxifying benefits and other low sugar options like pandan paste with single yolk and white lotus seed paste with macadamia nuts.
Pan Pacific Singapore, the collection is available from 23 July to 24 September, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant
Lovers of our national fruit are in for a treat with Xin Cuisine’s famous Peranakan durian snowskin mooncake. Decadent durian filling will be encased within a purplish-blue soft-skin case and is guaranteed to transport you to mooncake (and durian) paradise with every bite. Apart from that, the calorie conscious can revel in two new low sugar flavours such as white lotus seed paste with hazelnut crunch or orange praline. For a blast from the past, go for the nostalgic mid-autumn treat in the form of the Teochew yam paste with single yolk mooncake.
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, the collection is available from 27 August onwards at 317 Outram Road, Holiday Inn Atrium, Singapore 169075
Oriental beauty and romance are the themes this year for Fairmont Singapore’s elegant range of mooncakes and headlining the list is the mini salted egg caramel edition. With its delicate texture and perfect blend of flavour, it sure presses all our buttons. The baked plum and figs mooncake makes its debut. Health conscious take note: these fruits are high in antioxidants too! Of course, there are the traditional mooncakes to be enjoyed. We’re especially in love with the peach-shaped single yolk and macadamia nuts in white lotus paste. Oh and did we mention? The beautiful blush-hued gift box with pretty cherry blossoms makes for the perfect icing on the (moon)cake.
Fairmont Singapore, the collection will be available from 16 August to 24 September, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560
Goodwood Park Hotel
In order to come out top in Singapore’s annual mooncakes war, you have to be creative. And Goodwood Park Hotel never fails to let us down with their innovations. This year, they have a new addition to their famed fruit-based snowskin mooncakes – a soursop with calamansi one. Expect a burst of decadence with the delicious soursop pulp mixed with a velvety calamansi puree. Mooncake aficionados will be delighted to hear that the almond beancurd with longan is back by popular demand, and will be sporting a new pastry skin. Plus, this hotel offers a range of amazing traditionally baked flavours. Don’t miss out on the assorted nuts with ham pastry!
Goodwood Park Hotel, the collection is available from 18 August to 24 September at 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221
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. Get your hands on creative and decadent snowskin pastries – think flavours like mango yoghurt with lime margarita truffle, mocha with milk chocolate royaltine and white lotus seed paste with salted egg truffle. And mooncake purists will appreciate chicken bak kwa baked mooncakes with assorted nuts made with an age-old recipe. So, you’re a traditionalist? They’ve got the baked classics too along with durian skin mooncake that might pique your interest.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, the collection can be pre-ordered online and will be available from 20 August to 24 September at Forecourt Stall, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Getting adventurous with their Mid-Autumn mooncake flavours, Grand Hyatt are dishing out delightful and interesting snowskin mooncakes like acai berry truffle, teh tarik with chocolate truffle, green apple and basil with Trigona honey truffle and black sesame with walnut truffle. Tangy, creamy, indulgent flavours and textures to be explored with this pack!
Grand Hyatt Singapore, the collection can be ordered online from 16 July to 15 August and will be available from 16 August to 24 September at Mezza9, 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211
Old Seng Choong
Well, it might be a heritage brand that celebrates everything old school, but Old Seng Choong got inventive with its mooncakes this year. Chef Daniel Tay whipped up seven different flavours – three traditional and four entirely unique, boozy ones, each packed in a colourful tin box. Traditional flavours include white lotus with yolk blend and mixed seeds, durian paste and longan with wugu. Making things interesting, all four new mooncakes have a truffle ball centre filled with alcoholic goodness – we’re talking brandy cherry, yuzu martini, Baileys Irish cream and whiskey with white chocolate pearls and rum and raisin with dark chocolate pearls.
Old Seng Choong, the collection can be ordered online from 1 Aug to 23 Sept and will be able at the Flagship store at Clarke Quay Central and B2, Takashimaya Square from 22 Aug – 24 Sept.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
The folks at Sofitel have put their best into four new mooncakes this year, each with a different personality. The Les Fleurs De Lumiere mooncake collection, like the name suggests, gives this local Mid-Autumn festival treat a Frenchie touch. Inside the box with floral artwork designed by Italian artist Arianna Caroli, you’ll find these flavours – white lotus paste with single yolk (traditional), French foie gras and truffle oil with assorted nuts (luxe), green tea paste with melon seed (oriental) and red date paste with slivered almonds (dedicated to Singapore).
Sofitel Singapore City Centre, available to order online and at the shop till 26 September at 9 Wallich Street Singapore 078885, p. 6428 5000.
Keeping it traditional, Yan’s mooncakes celebrate an age-old festival with symbolic and sweet treats. Packed perfectly in a pale pink tin box are an assortment of pastries and one adorable bun shaped like bunny. A purist, are you? Trust us and dive fork first into the golden brown white lotus mooncakes with macadamia nuts and one or two salted yolks. And we loved the thousand layer yam mooncake with a crispy crust and sweet filling that also comes in a single yolk version. Let’s not forget the Insta-worthy rabbit bun with steamed milk custard that’s a hark back to the folklore.
Yan, available till 24 September, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore 1 St. Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957
For Mid-Autumn festival, Andaz did something brand new. They’ve launched the Andaz Baked Mooncake Quartet Collection – a beautiful gift box packed with four interesting flavours inspired by Singapore’s heritage. Most importantly, they’re crafted for calorie counters. You don’t have to worry too much with these treats that come around once a year. The four low sugar flavours include pandan, white lotus paste with single yolk, green tea lotus paste and mixed nuts (wu ren that’s perfect for vegetarian).
Andaz Singapore, $73 nett, available till 24 September, 5 Fraser St, Singapore 189354
Guess who’s experimenting with textures? Deviating from the traditional doughy treats, Grand Park Orchard’s Mitzo has created mille-feuille style mooncakes. As you’d expect, they’re light, buttery and oh-so-crispy! These housemade baked mooncakes with yam filling also incorporate a salted egg yolk and crushed pistachios nuts. Dig in…
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, available till 24 September, Grand Park Orchard, Level 4 Grand Park, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857
Michelin one-star Summer Palace has one of the most unique takes on mooncakes this year. Sure, they’ve got the classic white lotus paste ones with egg yolks, but we’ve really taken to their special boozy treats. Dim sum chef Leong Kwok Sing collaborated with Manhattan’s bar manager Philip Bischoff to craft two delicious mooncakes with American whiskies. We’re talking snowskin mooncakes filled with barrel-aged Sazerac 6-year-old rye with coffee and chocolate and a barrel-aged La Louisiane cocktail with yuzu and green bean paste. Need something even more exotic? Give the decadent bird’s nest with custard mooncake a try.
Summer Palace, available till 24 September, Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel, Level 3, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
One of the most beautiful mooncakes boxes we’ve seen this year came from Madame Fan. Deep red with a lace pattern and gold accents, this gorgeous case holds four traditional baked mooncakes or eight mini snowskin ones. Purists can chow down on flavours like five coarse grains lotus paste and Pu Er tea paste. Love a change? This fine dining Chinese restaurant have whipped up snowskin mooncakes with jackfruit, green tea, champagne and chocolate as well as creamy durian fillings too.
Madame Fan, available till 24 September, The NCO Club, 32 Beach Rd, Singapore 189761
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