The Mid-Autumn Festival’s coming round on September 21 and if you’re already on the lookout for the mooncakes available this year, we’ve got a round-up of unique mooncake flavours to whet your appetite.
These little parcels packed with appealing fillings aren’t your traditional treats. Going beyond classics like lotus root paste with egg yolk and custard, hotels and bakeries alike have come up with the most delectable and novel confections to savour or gift your loved ones.
New this year from Goodwood Park Hotel is the Tropicana snowskin mooncake (from $42 for two), which takes inspiration from the tropics – think passionfruit and coconut puree studded with cubes of pineapple and coconut flakes. Enjoy it creamy and luscious, or straight from the freezer for a delectable treat.
And for an adorable take on the traditional baked mooncake, the hotel has introduced the Chicky Duo ($13.80 for a box of two), a pair of mooncakes baked in the shape of two chicks, and filled with lotus paste and egg yolk. Other offerings include mao shan wang, Black Thorn durian, Blue Pea Flower with White Lotus Seed Paste and Melon Seeds and cempedak snowskin mooncakes.
Available for delivery and pickup from Aug 13 to Sept 21, 2021. Last date for pre-orders is on Sept 16, 5pm, order at least 5 days in advance. Order here.
Goodwood Park Hotel is at 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221.
Conrad Centennial Singapore’s snowskin mooncakes come in mini versions and four flavours this year. We particularly enjoyed the Honey Osmanthus mini snowskin mooncake ($88 for eight), perfumed with a light osmanthus fragrance and just on the right side of sweet. You can also go for the Acai, Goji Berries and Dates Snowskin that is low in sugar, the chocolatey Royal Hazelnut Crunch or the Green Tea Snowskin.
Each purchase of four to eight mooncakes per set gets you the hotel’s classic orange gift box, but if you’re looking to inpress, there’s a striking red Limited Edition Faux Crocodile Leather Box that’ll double as a jewellery box.
Available from July 1 to Sept 21, 2021. Available for delivery from Aug 19 to Sept 17, 2021, order at least 3 days in advance. Order here. There’s an early bird discount of 35 per cent off for orders from now till Aug 10, 2021.
Conrad Centennial Singapore is at 2 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038982.
This nostalgic dessert takes the iconic White Rabbit milk candy from our childhoods and infuses it in a rich truffle filling. Think it sounds too sweet? There’s a tangy cranberry paste that cuts through the sweetness and balances it nicely.
And for a luxe mooncake that’ll appeal to beauty junkies, try the limited edition Rose Bird’s Nest with Golden Custard Paste Snowskin Mooncake infused with rose syrup. Other new flavours include Champagne Truffle with Milk Green Bean Paste, Cognac Truffle with Chestnut Paste, and Salted Egg Truffle with White Lotus Seed Paste.
We love that the boxes can be repurposed too – from the Premium Gift Set and two-tier Red Treasure Box that can double as jewellery boxes, to the Limited Edition Red Tingkat can that be used for dabao-ing your WFH lunch.
Available from Aug 16 to Sept 21, 2021. Order at least 3 days in advance. Enjoy an early bird discount of 30 per cent off from now till Aug 16, 2021 with a promo code. Order here.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is at 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865.
Caramelised Yunnan Dark Brown Sugar stars in this imaginative creation by the chefs at Raffles Hotel Singapore, which results in a sweet and toasty flavour. It’s paired with a delicious blend of rum and candied winter melon, imbued within a luscious truffle centre.
Also new is the Da Li Rose and Strawberry Chocolate Snow–Skin Mooncake, which takes inspiration from sister restaurant 藝 yì by Jereme Leung’s signature Da Li Rose Petal Ice Cream.
Order online from now till Sept 15, or at the Raffles Hotel Singapore Mooncake Booth (at the North Bridge Road Atrium of Raffles Arcade) from now till Sept 21, 2021. Order here.
Award-winning RWS Executive Pastry Chef Kenny Kong and Head Chef Li Kwok Kwong of Feng Shui Inn have teamed up to create four luxurious mooncake flavours that are also chock full of nourishing ingredients.
The classic green tea snowskin mooncake is infused with American ginseng, butterfly pea flower meets organic cereal, delicate cherry blossoms get a punchy hit with yuzu, and Shui Xian Oolong is further perfumed with osmanthus and longan. All come in the signature Snow Skin Mooncakes and Premium Teas Set ($128 nett, four mooncakes).
Pre-order available from now till Sept 19, 2021. Order here.
Sink your teeth into a smooth green tea paste perfumed with chrysanthemum and housing a luscious chocolate praline with this delightful snowskin confection ($70 for six) from Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium’s Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant. There’s also a Sea Salt Caramel Praline Snowskin Mooncake, and the crowd-pleasing Peranakan Durian.
Or if you like your Mid-Autumn festival treats spiked, then go for the ones flavoured with champagne, Grand Marnier, or the Singapore Sling.
All delicately handcrafted in-house by dim sum chef Cheung Kin Nam, who has his roots in Hong Kong, and in an elegant Oriental box.
Available for order from July 1 to Sept 18, 2021, or while stocks last, order at least 2 days in advance. Delivery or self-collection available from Aug 22 to Sept 20, 2021. Order here.
Janice Wong Singapore’s painted chocolate mooncakes ($98 for a box of eight) return this year, with a selection of new and returning flavours.
Think fun yet familiar flavours of Coffee & Chocolate with lashings of kopi ganache, Peanut Butter Snickers with peanut butter paste and salted caramel ganache, and Coconut Vanilla Biscoff spotlighting a crunchy Biscoff crumble with hints of caramel and vanilla ganache.
At the same time, it has also teamed up with homegrown nuts and snacks company, Tai Sun, to unveil four new snow skin mooncakes ($88 for a box of eight): Yuzu Cranberry, Mung Bean Pecan Pistachio, Coconut Pecan Baked Almond, and Gula Melaka Macadamia.
Enjoy early-bird discounts of 25 per cent off from now till Aug 30, and 10 per cent off from Sept 1 – 20, 2021. Order here.
Sakura shrimps meet crunchy roasted peanuts for this savoury take on the mooncake over at Shangri-La Singapore. It’s part of a special limited edition Peranakan-Inspired Gift Box Set ($118 for a box of four) designed by celebrated local designer Benny Ong. It also comprises two Assam Tea with Almond Mooncakes.
And to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Shangri–La Singapore has also rolled out a 50-year Aged Mandarin Peel with Rose and Red Bean Mooncake in a special anniversary gift box ($148 for a box of nine). Kids can also tuck into Mini Dino-Milo Mooncakes, which are part of an exclusive gift set ($48 for a box of four).
Delivery or collection available from now till Sept 21, 2021. Enjoy an early bird discount of 30 per cent off snow skin mooncakes and classic baked mooncakes, and 15 per cent off on limited edition mooncakes for purchases made by Aug 6, 2021. Order here.
Shangri-La Singapore is at 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350.
From the kitchen of InterContinental Singapore’s Man Fu Yuan restaurant, you’ll find snow skin mooncakes created in exquisite floral shapes and with various tea infusions.
Savour flavours like Rose Flower Tea Truffle with Pistachio, Japanese Matcha Green Tea Paste and Osmanthus Truffle, Oolong Peach & Black Sesame Truffle as well as a decadent Earl Grey Baileys Cream Truffle. Each elegant tin ($88, you can choose between gold or rose gold) comes with the four mooncake flavours, and you can also opt for gift bundles (online exclusives) that come with Moscato d’Asti or tea.
Available for online purchase till Sept 18, and from Aug 1 to Sept 21, 2021 at Man Fu Yuan Shoppe, located at the Level 1 side entrance of InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction mall. Enjoy early bird discounts of 30%+5% for orders placed before Aug 31, 2021. Order three days in advance. Orders may be collected or delivered from Aug 6 to Sept 21, 2021. Order here.
Those of you with adventurous tastebuds, spice up your celebrations with this interesting confection, which delivers some heat instead of your regular saccharine-sweet mooncake.
We know what you’re thinking – mala chicken floss, and mooncakes? But contemporary Sichuan restaurant Birds of A Feather has concocted just that, combining aromatic mala chicken floss and salted egg yolk with a white lotus paste that’s low in sugar.
And the restaurant promises the mildly spicy floss will elevate the savoury salted egg yolk too. It comes in a gorgeous black and gold box of four mooncakes ($68), which also includes two Single Yolk Macadamia Nuts with Low Sugar White Lotus Paste Mooncakes.
Available for pre-orders from Aug 26 to Sept 21, 2021. Order here.
Birds of A Feather is at 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935.
Swensens’delectable mochi-snowskin ice cream mooncakes ($10.90 per piece or $39.90 for a box of four) have returned, and filled with its well-loved ice cream flavours such as Sticky Chewy Chocolate and Durian King.
Coffee junkies, order the Maple Macchiato, a new flavour that combines Robusta and Arabica roasts with sweet maple syrup. Or if you prefer the aroma of tea, don’t miss the Black Milk Tea ice cream mooncake, which is also new.
The restaurant chain has exclusively collaborated with artists from social enterprise The Art Facultyc(TAF) to launch limited-edition Furoshiki wrap packaging for a box of four mochi-snowskin ice cream mooncakes, available in limited quantities.
Available for pre-orders from Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets island-wide, or order here.
Tropical fruits meet alcoholic mooncakes with Kele’s Boozy Tropicals Snowskin Mooncake Combination Set ($72 for a box of eight), with eight intoxicating flavours, four of which are alcoholic.
Enveloped with Valrhona chocolate truffles, each core is created with different fruit and alcohol; there’s the new Passionfruit Cognac and Pink Guava Ume, as well as the crowd pleasing Lychee Martini.
Best known for its roast duck, Kam’s Roast is doling out Hong Kong-style mooncakes that include one infused with – you guessed it — roast duck.
This unusual baked confection ($68+ for a box of six or $10.80+ per piece) houses five different types of nuts and seeds that add lots of texture to the mildly sweet paste and is also studded with small chunks of Michelin-quality roast duck from Kam’s Roast that packs a flavourful punch.
Other interesting mooncakes include Red Bean Orange Peel, Almond Egg Custard and Coconut Egg Yolk.
Paradise Group has brought back its line-up of Fruity Liqueur Snow Skin mooncakes. Enrobed within silky smooth white lotus seed paste is a chocolate truffle core infused with different fruit liqueurs, and the latest additions to the collection are the White Peach with Prosecco as well as a Cherry with Martell Noblige mooncake.
The former marries white peach puree with sparkling wine, and is housed within a Valrhona’s Opalys white chocolate shell. The latter is a decadent mix of red cherry puree with Martell Noblige. Each is handcrafted and made with no preservatives, and priced at $65 per box of eight pieces.
Available till Sept 21, 2021, for takeaway only. Available from Aug 25, 2021 onwards, at all Paradise Group of restaurants except Le Shrimp Ramen, LeNu and Canton Paradise Noodle and Congee House.
This article was first published in The Singapore Women’s Weekly.