From traditional baked mooncakes to eclectic flavours like lime margarita and earl grey, we bring you mamas the best of the 2015 Mid-Autumn season.
Every year when the Mid-Autumn festival hits Singers, everyone here goes on a mooncake frenzy! Here at Sassy Mama we too go loco over classic flavours; single yolk, double yolk to more adventurous and wacky recipes like chocolate truffle, lychee martini and the list goes on because there’s always a new fun flavour each year. Whatever your fancy, you’ll be sure to find something that’ll suit yours and the family’s palate. Don’t forget to send a box our way too!
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Packed in a colourful and stylish acrylic box (a signature), Grand Hyatt Singapore is celebrating the Mid-Autumn festival with five unique and new snowskin mooncakes. Go for the lime margarita truffle with a hint of strawberry or the creamy peanut butter punctuated with the striking taste of sea salt truffle if you’re the adventurous kind. Other flavours in the repertoire includes thousand flower blossom honey truffle; black sesame, Buddha’s hand truffle; Maotai and dark chocolate truffle. Best part of all? All the mooncakes are crafted by the hotel’s pastry artisans and are 100% preservative-free! So if you’re a mooncake lover and you love to try new flavours (just like us!), then these delectable treats are a must-try!
All mooncakes are available for sale at the shop in mezza9 from 24 August to 27 September 2015 (11:00am to 10:30pm) and at the lobby shop located on the hotel’s ground level from 31 August to 27 September 2015 (10:30am to 10:00pm). Click here to find out more about the mooncake pricing.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, InterContinental Singapore is releasing a special commemorative box that reflects the diversity of the historic Bugis district where the hotel has stood gracefully all these years. The mooncake tin box features whimsical illustrations by local artist Jacqueline Goh and it’s totally a collectable! If you love to sink your teeth into soft, velvety snow skin mooncakes, InterContinental Singapore is debuting its the Snowskin Tea Mooncake Collection ($66) that incorporates aromatic blends of earl grey and Baileys truffle with white lotus paste, Japanese matcha and the works – a perfect combination that will be a hot favourite amongst tea aficionados. Other flavours include the Baked Shanghai Mooncake and time-honoured favourites like the Baked Lotus Mooncake series, which has accents of mixed nuts for that classic flavour.
Mooncakes are available from 20 July through 27 September 2015 at Tea Hut, located at the entrance of InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction, and 9 locations across Singapore including Century Square, Compass Point, Junction 8, Jurong Point, NEX Serangoon, Parkaway Parade, West Mall, Takashimaya and VivoCity.
Enjoy an early bird discount of 30% off when mooncakes are purchased between 20 July and 30 August 2015. You can also purchase your mooncakes here.
Another brand that’s synonymous with rolling delectable handmade mooncakes, The Raffles Singapore is ushering the Mid-Autumn festival with a new addition: The Snow-Skin Earl Grey Tea and Pearl Truffle Mooncake, featuring a rich milk chocolate truffle infused with premium earl grey tea. A mandatory purchase from the hotel every year is the decadent Snow-Skin Champagne Truffle and Ganache Mooncake which our Sassy team are die-hard fans of! If you prefer traditional mooncakes, you’ll be sure to bite into soft and creamy treats baked with premium ingredients. Made with white lotus paste, the double yolk mooncakes are generously filled with macadamia nuts, while the single yolk versions are baked with mother-of-pearl powder; known to be full of medicinal and health benefits.
The Cherry Garden restaurant at Mandarin Oriental is definitely celebrating the Mid-Autumn festival! Taste the buttery pastry of the exquisite Charcoal snow skin mooncake with truffle oil lotus paste and egg yolk, as well as the new Traditional Mooncake which combines pecan, maple and praline. It’s like heaven on earth, we say! Another enticing flavour to try is the Lychee martini chocolate truffle mooncake – we’ve heard it’s a sweet, fruity combination with just the right hint of alcohol.
The Mooncake sale at Cherry Garden will commence on 19 August to 27 September 2015, at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. Visit here for more information.
Our favourite family restaurant is always finding a reason to celebrate and the Mid-Autumn Festival this year is no exception. With the SG50 celebrations in full swing too, Swensens is paying homage to this milestone by featuring the Merlion’s emblem on its brand new pastry skin! The improved texture will certainly be a hit amongst many with its signature ice cream mooncakes. This year, they’ve stocked up on six delectable options that celebrate some of our popular local flavours like Crunchy Milo, Lychee Dreams, Yummy Yam and, of course, hot favourites like the Durian Royale and Sticky Chewy Chocolate.
Swensen’s SG50 Moon Gems Mooncake Collection is priced at $35.80 (inclusive of GST) for a box of 4 (with choice of flavours). Available from 14 August 2015 to 27 September 2015 at all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets. No pre-orders are required.
Four Seasons Hotel
Looking for the perfect gift box set of mooncakes? Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Jiang-Nan Chun’s restaurant entices with a new pretty box that’s designed around the good fortune octagonal symbol, each of the four individual boxes within (for baked skin mooncakes) featuring the same shape and design. There’s even a customisable card insert and metallic gold tag that can be used as a keychain too! The exquisite selection of mooncakes includes a curated list of traditional mooncake favourites and new flavours. We were excited to find that the hotel has created a limited edition snow skin mooncake (in red and white no less!) dubbed the SG50 Singapore Sangria, which has been exclusively concocted by the bar’s creative partner Javier de las Muelas. Yummy!
Call (+65) 6831 7220 or email [email protected] for orders.
Boutique café chain tcc is hopping on the bandwagon of the Mid-Autumn festivities with their exquisite range of handcrafted mooncakes. Choose from classic baked to delicate mini snow skin novelties (perfect for sampling and gifting!). We heard they’re best served with a hot cup of tea. There’s also a special tcc Mooncake Gift Card that will grant you first dibs on reserving your preferred flavours!
Available from 22 June till 17 August 2015, tcc Mooncake Gift Card is sold on a first come first served basis, so head down to your nearest outlet stat!
Now here’s something a little different. Fancy making your own mooncakes? Then head on to Creative Culinaire to register for a creative mooncake course and learn to bake traditional mooncakes and modern recipes like Praline Truffle and Chocolate Ice Cream using wooden moulds! We’re planning to sign up for a class soon, we’ll see you there!
Go here to find out more about the courses at Creative Culinaire.
Singapore Airlines is more than just a great way to fly – they know how to serve up a mean plate of mooncakes! Celebrate this season of reunion and gift your loved ones an assortment of four specially selected exclusive flavours packed in the airline’s signature batik print. The delicious flavours are namely Sweet Potato & Water Chestnut, Cranberry & White Lotus, Melon Seed & Jasmine Tea, and Plum with Figs & White Lotus and Heritage flavours like White Lotus and Double Yolk.
Shop the Singapore Airlines mooncakes online and get exclusive discounts.
Peony Jade Restaurant
Every year, Peony Jade Restaurant gets raving reviews and requests for its mooncakes and this year is no exception! There’s not much news on new flavours for 2015, but stay tuned to find out more in the weeks to come. We’ve been stalking their Facebook page weekly for updates and this little teaser showcasing the Durian snowskin mooncake is enough to get us excited! One thing’s for sure – we’re keeping our eyes and ears peeled for Peony Jade’s mooncake updates!
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