Looking for traditional lotus seed paste and salted egg yolk fillings, or fancy more ambitious flavours like Champagne and durian? Get your mooncake fix at these hotels and Chinese restaurants
For Chinese Singaporeans, the Mid-Autumn Festival is coming closer; while for foodies, that means the return of mooncake mania all over again. These traditional, round pastries are often filled with sweet, custard-y lotus seed paste and salted egg yolk, but that hasn’t stopped these restaurants in Singapore to shake up the recipe. From parma ham to durian, and even alcoholic varieties, these are some places to get mooncakes in Singapore. This list not big enough for you? These were the best places to get mooncakes in Singapore in 2016.
Man Fu Yuan
Mooncakes are already aesthetically pleasing to begin with, but these renditions from the InterContinental Singapore Chinese restaurant take the (moon)cake. Carved in the shapes of blooming flowers, the Garden Collection is a new batch of snowskin mooncakes – called “ambrosial autumn treasures” – with equally delicate flavours. Opt for the rose and pistachio, or the roselle and red date – the latter uses a lighter red date paste that substitutes the traditional lotus seed paste.
Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, p. 6338 7600. Available from 10 Aug to 4 Oct.
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Prefer your mooncakes a lil’ boozy? A sweet way to end your meal as a dessert – or a midday perk-me-up – Grand Hyatt Singapore’s premium snowskin mooncakes will leave you intoxicated, figuratively speaking. Must-tries include the Violette & Gin, infused with Tanqueray No. TEN Gin and crème de violette liqueur; and the Strawberry-Lime-Tequila Truffle, a potent pastry that’s both fruity and intense.
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, p. 6738 1234. Available from the mezza9 shop (28 Aug – 4 Oct) and the lobby shop (29 Aug – 4 Oct).
Mooncakes and bak kwa (BBQ pork) are two Chinese seasonal snacks that peak at different times of the year. But if you can’t wait for Chinese New Year in 2018, you can get your bak kwa fix with these unconventional mooncakes. Introducing Golden Peony’s custard and bak kwa mooncake with crispy charcoal filo pastry – a sweet and savoury combination that’s sure to be a hit. Other new varieties include the mango cream cheese snowskin mooncake, and bubble tea with butterscotch.
Golden Peony, Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982, p. 6334 8888. Available at The Terrace (Lobby Level) from 14 Aug to 4 Oct.
While often serving Western classics in its restaurants islandwide, The Connoisseur Concerto also rolls out its own spin on Chinese mooncakes this year. There are alcoholic options galore here – from the Baileys Amore and Grand Marnier Orange Peel, to the Zesty Yuzu Bacardi and Cherie Brandy flavours. Who needs a bar when you’ve got these mooncakes, right?
TCC is available islandwide, including ION Orchard, Marina Bay Sands, Clarke Quay and Vivocity. Available from 17 Aug to 4 Oct.
Nothing’s more sumptuous than offerings from Shangri-La Hotel, and these royalty-worthy offerings are no exception. A delicacy in Chinese cuisine, bird’s nest is used in these mooncakes from Shang Palace, complemented with a tangy yuzu filling and encased in fluffy snowskin. Other standouts include the the chocolate salted toffee flavour, and great for sharing, the Mini Snow Skin Eight Treasures collection that’s presented in silk boxes in a spectrum of hues, resembling Imperial jewellery boxes.
Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350. Available from 1 Jul to 4 Oct.
When it comes to the creme de la creme of pastries in Singapore, Bakerzin takes the (moon)cake. The famed establishment unveils its Creme De La Creme mooncake collection this year for those looking to indulge. Aside from the usual flavours, Bakerzin has savoury baked skin mooncakes up its sleeve, with flavours ranging from tom yum to sakura ebi, and even chicken bak kwa. More palatable as a dessert are mooncakes featuring apple vodka, latte kahlua, and even durian.
Bakerzin is available islandwide, including Gardens by the Bay and VivoCity. Available from 7 Aug to 2 Oct.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
This prestigious hotel might not have the most curveball creations when it comes to mooncakes, but it certainly has a reputation of producing these pastries with the highest quality. Its mini snowskin mao shan wang snowskin mooncakes are a delight for dessert connoisseurs, as is the mini custard lava with vanilla mooncake. For a play on the traditional recipe, the hotel is also debuting its white lotus seed paste with five grains mooncake, a rendition that will appease the more health-conscious.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799. Available from 4 Sep to 4 Oct.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Bak kwa mooncakes aren’t the only savoury picks you’ll find this season; this restaurant of Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza has unveiled a salted white lotus seed paste with parma ham (yes, you read that right), pistachios and single egg yolks. Another best-seller returns to the fray as well, but granted, it’s not for everyone – yup, we’re talking about the Mao Shan Wang durian snowskin mooncakes available here too.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865, p. 6735 5800. Available from 30 Aug to 4 Oct.