We round up our favourite mooncakes flavours for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017
If you love mooncakes as much as us, mama, you’ll want to take note of all the cool new releases this season. The Mid-Autumn Festival – a kid-friendly celebration of the phases of the moon and the enchanting goddess Chang Er, with fun lanterns thrown in for good measure! – will happen on Wednesday 4 October this year, so mark your calendars and start placing those orders!
If you’re new to Singapore or unfamiliar with mooncakes, they’re a sweet treat that come in two main varieties: the traditional baked version includes a salted egg yolk (representing the full moon) surrounded by lotus seed paste in a flaky pastry. Snowskin mooncakes are lighter (and slightly lower in calories and cholesterol), and come with a variety of fillings that can include chocolate, Champagne, nuts, and liqueurs. One of this year’s special editions even includes root beer filling!
Check out our gallery for our top picks for 2017!
Handmade with the finest artisan ingredients, Imperial Treasure’s traditional mooncakes feature silky smooth lotus seed paste specially imported from Hong Kong. Some special 2017 varieties include Mini Snow Skin Mao Shan Wang Durian Flesh and Teochew Yam Pastry filled with Velvety Taro Puree and a single golden egg yolk.
If you place your order online BEFORE 5 September, you can enjoy up to 35% off regular prices!
Place your order by calling (+65) 9171 2978, or email [email protected]
We’re salivating at this year’s new featured snowskin flavour – Golden Caramel Crunch – which comes encased in creamy chocolate couverture. All snowskins are made in-house; other perennial faves include Imperial Yuzu Chocolate Crunchy Pearl, Champagne Truffle & Chocolate Ganache, and Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffle.
All of Fairmont’s yummy snowskin collections come in a unique and playful peach shape that’s echoed by the assortment box ($72 for 8 pieces). You can also nab yourself some classic baked selections (we’ve got our eye on Roasted Pine Nuts in White Lotus Paste — YUM!), with the option of an exquisite Premium Mooncake Box ($98 for four pieces) that’s a two-tiered, red leather-clad jewellery drawer chest inspired by Anti:dote’s afternoon tea set. It even comes with fragrant tea leaves encased in a contemporary bamboo container. Sounds like an amazing gift to us!
Order online by 17 September for a 20% early bird discount! Mooncakes will be available for purchase at Fairmont Singapore from 24 August to 4 October; at Takashimaya from 31 August; and at Vivo City from 5 September.
Always luxe and elegant, Cherry Garden has taken things up a notch this year with Pandan with Dried Cherries and Pistachio baked mooncakes, while also bringing back their popular Sea Salt Caramel with Single-Yolk baked variety.
New snowskin offerings this year include a Mini Snowskin Mooncake with Custard Paste, Rose Petals and Chestnut, and a Tangy Passionfruit Paste and Pistacchio variety. As ever, the delectable Lychee Martini and Chocolate Truffle snowskin mooncake is not to be missed! Props to Cherry Garden as well for offering a low-sugar option: silver lotus paste mooncakes with double or single yolk.
Mooncakes will be available for purchase at the hotel from 10 August. You can also find them at locations like Takashimaya Square, Junction 8, and Tampines Mall. Click here for ordering info!
The coolest part about these mooncakes is that they come in a super-cute, travel-themed suitcase, complete with vintage brown trim, shiny gold hardware and a matching luggage tag! Besides traditional lotus seed varieties, this year’s new snowskin flavour is an inventive Salted Green Bean with Taro Snowskin, to go along with the perennially popular Lychee Bits with White Lotus Paste Snowskin. Traditional baked mooncakes are priced at $70 for four ($53 for early birds!), while snowskin mooncakes are $85 for four ($64 for early birds – be sure to order by 31 August for the early bird discount, mamas!). And no worries, you don’t have to trek out to the airport to pick these up, they’ll also be available for purchase at Junction 8, Tampines Mall, Jurong Point and Compass One!
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (Lobby Lounge), 75 Airport Boulevard #01-01, Singapore 819664, Tel: (+65) 6823 5367, www.changiairport.crowneplaza.com
Root Beer Snowskin headlines this year’s special editions, and it is DELISH, mamas! Particularly as the yummy, creamy filling also contains a dash of vanilla beans and even some rum! Other highlights for 2017 include a sweet and tangy Apple Cider Snowskin, and a pretty pink Prickly Pear variety with a dash of lovely Bergamot (all priced at $36 for two pieces or $52 for four). Of course you can also grab traditional baked varieties, or a decadent Mao Shan Wang Durian Snowskin ($80 for 4).
Available for purchase online or at the hotel from 23 August; online orders get a 15% discount!
In addition to six traditional baked mooncake varieties, Hilton is serving up four totally intriguing new mooncake flavours this year, most notably Caramel Cheese, along with Lychee Chocolate Truffle, Black Sesame with Hazelnut Praline, and the crowd-pleasing D24 Durian. Snowskins are priced at $55 for six pieces, or $62 for eight. Click here for all pricing info, mama, and get a 30% discount when you order before 10 September!
D9 Cakery at Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883, Tel: (+65) 6730 3392, website
OMG are these yummy, mama! And so pretty, too! Coming in four pretty pastel shades of pink, purple, and pale green and handcrafted to look like flowers, this year’s special “Garden Collection” snowskin varieties include Pandan and Macadamia, Rose and Pistachio, Almond and Green Tea, and our personal fave, Roselle and Red Date, in which the light, slightly smoky notes of roselle are perfectly balanced by a luscious red date filling that’s more robust than traditional lotus paste. Of course, traditionalists have nothing to worry about, as the wide array of baked mooncakes includes White Lotus Paste with either Single or Double Yolks, Red Lotus Paste, Assorted Nuts, as well as a Low-Sugar White Lotus Paste with Macadamia Nuts for a healthier indulgence.
Prices range from $64 to $72 for a box of 4 pieces, depending on the flavour. You can pick the boxes up through 3 October at the Man Fu Yuan Shoppe in the hotel, online at InterContinentalShoppe.sg, or at a variety of malls throughout Singapore. Save 30% if you order before 3 September, mama!
InterContinental Singapore (Man Fu Yuan), 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966, Tel: (+65) 6820 8519/8520, www.ManFuYuan.sg
Calling all cocktail lovers! Among this year’s special snowskin varieties you’ll find flavours like Mangotini and Orangetini, in addition to perennial faves like Espressotini and Lycheetini (all available in a box of 8 for $72). We’ve also got our eye on the uber-popular Mini Custard Lava with Vanilla ($78 for a box of 8). Traditional Lotus Seed and Snowkin Durian varieties are also available!
Available for purchase online or at Level 3 of the hotel from 4 September to 4 October, and at Takashimaya, Millenia Walk, Change Alley (Raffles Place), Vivo City and Tampines Mall on various dates from August and September. Click here for more info.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799, Tel: (+65) 6434 5190, www.rcmooncake.com.sg
OLLELLA, a modern French pastry store selling choux pastry creations, has launched their contemporary Mid-Autumn creation of Moon Choux ($12 box of 6 in different flavours) and round mooncakes plus the limited edition The Bunny Collection snowskin bunny mooncakes filled with signature choux fillings.
The one-of-a-kind The Bunny Collection mooncakes (from $54 for 4) are designed by award-winning bento artist, Little Miss Bento and inspired by the tale of the Jade Rabbit – Moon Goddess Chang E’s adorable companion. They come in four flavours: from White Peach Champagne with Strawberry Gelèe Centre to Raspberry Rose with Lychee Center
OLLELLA will be doing live demonstrations on assembling their bunny collection mooncakes from scratch:
Where: Takashimaya Mid-Autumn Fair
When: 1 September to 4 October – 12-2pm and 6-8pm
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant is going all out with twelve varieties of artisanal mooncakes; four striking new additions include Salted White Lotus Seed Paste with Parma Ham (!), Pistachios and a Single Yolk (limited to just 200 boxes, these also come with a bottle of Perrier Jouët Champagne!); Premium Coconut Paste Baked with Hazelnuts; White Chocolate Apricot Snowskin; and Honey Lemon Lotus Paste with Lychee Martini Truffle Snowskin Mooncakes. We love that a premium satin box option is available, too, as it can double as a beautiful photo frame.
Mooncakes will be available from 30 August through 4 October.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel (Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant), 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865, Tel: (+65) 6831 4708, www.singaporemarriott.com/mooncakes
The artisanal mooncakes at this elegant Chinese restaurant and club lounge at Clarke Quay come in two seemingly traditional varieties, although both have a very definite twist: The VLV Lotus Paste doesn’t have any old egg in it – instead it’s Salted Egg Custard (yum!). And the White Lotus Paste Black Sesame Mooncake features subtly sweet black sesame lava, encased in a striking charcoal pastry dusted with gold flakes. How positively decadent! A box of eight (with four pieces of each flavour) is priced at $62++.
VLV, Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Road, #01-02, Singapore 179020, Tel: (+65) 6661 0197, www.vlv.life
Bakerzin has quite an impressive collection from snow skin favourites to classic mooncakes, interestingly made with low sugar lotus paste, to ease the craving and guilt. The Bold Collection (limited to 500 boxes) ranges from Ginger to spicy Tom Yum. Look out for the traditional baked Chicken Bak Kwa Wu Ren Mooncakes packed with the goodness of five grains and blended with fragrant Chicken Bak Kwa. For something more refreshing, there’s the tangy Tangerine Wu Ren Mooncake.
Salted egg fans, Bakerzin has you covered with their Premium Salted Egg Yolk Blend Mooncakes and there are some pretty Snow Skin Mooncakes too (which kids love) from citrusy sweet Yuzu Snow Skin to 100% Cempadak and even the alcohol infused like the Butterscotch Baileys Snow Skin!
Prices start at $56.00 8 pieces per box, available at all Bakerzin and Nom La La by Bakerzin outlets in Singapore.
Mooncakes and cheesecakes – now that’s something to think about! Cat & the Fiddle is a Singapore-born brand by Pastry Chef extraordinaire, Daniel Tay. Cat & the Fiddle, inspired by the classic nursery rhyme, is Singapore’s only premium online cheesecake shop.
There are four cheesecake snowskin mooncakes from chocolate, to durian, blueberry, Mao Shan Wang durian, strawberry, lotus paste and white chocolate martini ganache, to probably one of our favourites – cookies and cream. This mooncake of Oreo cookies and cream cheesecake is reinvented as a snowskin mooncake with lotus paste, biscuit crumbs, and dark chocolate ganache encased in a white chocolate sphere.
The Cow Jumped Over the Moon-cake comes in a box of eight pieces with two of each flavour $68.80. The mooncake boxes are also constructed with the design featuring a tray that shows the moon blooming into its full-moon glory as you pull out the tray. It’s neat that you can reuse the box as a magazine holder too!
The Fullerton Hotel’s collection this year comprises new and classic handcrafted mooncakes presented in a beautiful red box adorned with ornamental Jade pieces, beautiful cherry blossom motifs and gold birds.
The mooncake of the moment is the Kopi with Salted Hokkaido Milk Snow Skin Mooncake alongside other new flavours like Tangerine Lemon and Pistachio Snow Skin Mooncake, the Pandan with Gula Melaka Snow Skin Mooncake and Salted Taro with Peanut Butter Baked Mooncake (all 4 pcs/$60). Salted egg fans won’t be disappointed here – there’s The Fullerton Golden Custard Mini Mooncake (8 pcs/$71), a combination of savoury salted egg yolk and sweet custard encased in a light butter pastry – pretty delish!
For something luxe try The Fullerton 15 Treasures Premium Gift Set ($189) – an impressive eight-yolk mooncake centrepiece encircled by 14 assorted baked mooncakes.
Daniel Tay presents eight Old Seng Choong baked mooncakes, including new flavours such as Black Sesame with Yolk & Melon Seed, White Lotus Paste with Longan, Red Dates & Walnuts and Wu Ren Bakwa with Kaffir Lime Leaves.
Other delights include four mini snowskins with chocolate truffle ganache centres infused with all-time favourite liquors such as martini, whiskey, rum and Choya.
Look out for the limited edition range of animal-design baked mooncakes too – a fish filled with red bean paste flavoured with orange peel, a rooster with lotus paste and melon seeds and a little piggy of smooth egg custard – super cute!
Thye Moh Chan known for their traditional Teochew pastries has a new flavour this year Chef’s Private XO Recipe, as well as long-time favourites such as the Mao Shan Wang Durian (4pcs/$40.80) and Salted Egg Yolk (4pcs/$29.80). Thye Moh Chan keeps things classic with their mung bean paste filling, a key feature in Teochew pastries, which is produced after five hours of soaking, steaming, hand-grinding, drying and temperature-controlled cooking. The Chef’s Private XO Recipe is an interesting blend of shallots, dried shrimps, scallops and chilli (4pcs/$40.80).
Mooncakes are sold at the brand’s two outlets located in Chinatown Point and Paragon till 4 October 2017.
Thye Moh Chan Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, #B1-11/12, Singapore 238859, Tel: (+65) 6732 8858
Thye Moh Chan Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road, #01-45/46, Singapore 059413, Tel: +65 6604 8858
Godiva at ION is best known for their truffles and shell-moulded chocolates, European-style biscuits, and more recently Chocolate Soft Serve and Ice cream. Chocoholics will be delighted to know there are chocolate mooncakes by Godiva too. Godiva’s 2017 Limited Edition Chocolate Pastry Mooncakes come in gift boxes that are an alluring shimmering gold and red adorned with lotus flowers. The Pastry Mooncake Gift Box (4 pc /$51 or 8 pcs/$79 to the 10 piece Keepsake Gift Tin at $105.
There are four decadent chocolatey flavours – from Salt and Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Pastry made from sea salt hazelnut milk chocolate sponge topped with hazelnut milk chocolate, the sweetness offset by sea salt, to Raspberry Dark Chocolate Pastry made with tangy raspberry and almond chocolate financier topped with dark chocolate ganache.
Godiva, 2 Orchard Turn, #B1-05 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Tel: (+65) 65098924, www.godiva.com.sg
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