The Mid-Autumn Festival’s coming round on Sep 10 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.
Lady M is taking things up a notch this Mid-Autumn Festival with its Glowing Lights Mooncake Gift Set. Adorned with intricate gold details, the limited-edition spinning lantern is a visual treat itself as it illuminates an intricate, hidden moonlit scene while the luxurious golden handle and exquisite foil details celebrate the elegance of this beloved holiday.
Within the set, you’ll find a tower of six Lady M’s famous miniature mooncakes (2 Earl Grey, 2 Caramel Coffee, 2 Purple Yam), made in collaboration with Kee Wah Bakery.
For coffee lovers, you’ll definitely love the Caramel Coffee mooncake which puts a twist on the classic with its robust coffee flavour, topped with a dash of caramel. Otherwise, if you like something that’s more traditional, you can try the Earl Grey and Purple Yam mooncakes that are as equally mouthwatering and not to mention, it also makes for the perfect gift to your loved ones for the special occasion.
$99 for a box of six, available from now till Sep 10, 2022. Visit Lady M’s website to order or you can also purchase them at their boutiques.
ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove will be bringing in a divine ensemble of both traditional baked and snow skin mooncakes with sublime flavours this Mid Autumn Festival. While there are flavours like Strawberry Mascarpone, Japanese Yuzu, White Lotus with Double Yolk, Mung Bean Pecan Pistachio, and Assam Tea with Longan, there’s one particular flavour that we really like and it’s none other than the Gula Melaka Lava snow skin mooncake.
Wrapped in mint-coloured pandan snow skin, this locally inspired mooncake is made with a blend of coconut mousse, Myers’s Rum, and a milky white chocolate ‘Bon Bon’ filled with palm sugar glaze – it will bring a hint of nostalgia to your tastebuds.
Alternatively, there’s also the Premium Mao Shan Wang that’s made with 100% pure Mao Shan Wang durian flesh wrapped in charcoal snow skin, which is perfect for those who can’t get enough of durians.
From $68 for a box of four, available from now till Sep 10, 2022. Visit ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove’s website to order.
Starbucks is offerings its own range of mooncakes this year and while it is known for its signature coffee, the brand will also be bringing in its own unique mochi mooncake line, that boasts a soft mochi core in the middle. Take, for instance, its Black Sesame Mochi mooncake.
Featuring a lightly-sweetened mochi center, the mooncake pairs very well together with the black sesame paste, that’s reminiscent of your fragrant black sesame tangyuan.
But if Black Sesame Mochi isn’t your thing, then you can try the other flavour, which is the Pandan Salted Egg Mochi, which complements the fragrance of pandan that delivers a sweet and savoury bite.
$62.90 for a box of eight, available from now till Sep 10, 2022. Visit all Starbucks stores, Mobile Order & Pay, Starbucks® Delivers, on the Starbucks® Online Store, LazMall and ShopeeMall. Single mooncakes are also available via GrabFood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo.
Scotch whisky brand, Glenfiddich — known for its single-malt whiskies — has partnered with Chinese restaurant Hai Tien Lo at Pan Pacific Singapore to offer two different alcoholic snow skin mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Inspired by and infused with flagship Glenfiddich whiskies, the purple snow skin mooncake is made with whisky-infused praline truffle, Hokkaido milk and orange filling in Acai snow skin.
However, if you prefer a mooncake that has a bolder flavour to it, then we recommend trying the teal-hued mooncake which boasts Glenfiddich 18 Year Old’s rich and heavy notes of oak and caramel.
From $59 for a box of two. Available from now till Sep 2, 2022. Visit Since 1887’s website to order.
Two festive goodies come together with this baked mooncake that is filled with hand-chopped chunks of moreish bak kwa in a red lotus paste that’s just the right amount of sweet. A touch of black truffle oil adds another dimension to the sweet-meets-savoury confection, and the black and gold exterior looks pretty impressive too.
$88.80 for a box of eight, available from now till Sep 10, 2022. Visit Old Seng Choong’s website to order or at its stores at L1-72 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, and #01-48 Clarke Quay Central.
Andaz Singapore’s Cantonese restaurant 5 On 25 has rolled out its inaugural mooncake collection. If milk tea is your choice of beverage, then you’ll want to give the Teh Gao Siew Dai Baked Mooncake a whirl. The rich silky lotus paste is punctuated with the fragrance of milk tea, with almond flakes giving it a satisfying crunch.
Other novel flavours to try include an osmanthus-perfumed mooncake infused with 5 On 25’s signature tea, and a Ruby Pandan, with red bean paste and pandan lotus paste. There’s also The Dating Longans, a red date-infused lotus paste creation with aromatic dried longan flesh.
A box of any four flavours is priced at $85 nett, and an individual flavour at $22 nett per piece. AMEX, Citibank, DBS/POSB, HSBC, OCBC, Standard Chartered and UOB cardholders are entitled to an early bird discount of 25 per cent from now till Aug 26, 2022, and a 15 per cent regular offer from Aug 27 to Sep 10, 2022.
Order online, or physically at 5 ON 25, Ngee Ann City and VivoCity.
Or if you’re more of a kopi lover, then Cat & The Fiddle’s snow skin concoction with coffee-infused lotus paste will be your cup of, well, joe. It holds a silky coffee lotus paste paired with a white chocolate truffle ball filled with dark chocolate ganache. It’s part of a Meowsketeer Trio set, which also includes Teh Peng and Bandung mooncakes.
That’s not all. The mooncakes come in a box with nostalgic illustrations of an HDB block and a kopitiam, along with a quirky and functional kopi dabao bag.
The Meowsketeer Trio set is at $68.90, available from now till Sep 10, 2022. Visit Cat & The Fiddle’s website or its stores to order.
The Dragonboat Festival may be over, but if you’re still in the mood for rice dumplings, consider this a hybrid of a Nyonya dumpling and flaky Teochew-style mooncake. Instead of the usual orh ni (yam paste) filling, you get a centre of white lotus paste and a sweet-meets-savoury meat filling.
$19.63 per mooncake, available for collection from Aug 27 to Sep 10, 2022. An advanced order of three days is required. Visit Pine Garden’s website to order.
Comvita Gourmet Honeys has teamed up with dessert maven Janice Wong to launch a series of honey-flavoured treats. Pear Manuka Honey, Biscoff Manuka Honey, Lavender Multifloral Honey, and Avocado Multifloral Honey, each filled with the unique and distinct flavours of Comvita Gourmet Honeys from New Zealand.
Plus: Janice Wong also has a line-up of boozy Japan-inspired mooncakes. Click here to read more.
$88 for a tin of eight snow skin mooncakes. Visit Janice Wong’s website or outlets to order.
Michelin-starred Table65 and Ocean Restaurant have teamed up to offer a Treasured Snow Skin Mooncakes set starring two sumptuous mooncakes.
From Table65’s Chef de Cuisine Dayal Kesha, you can sink your teeth into the Pearl of the Sea Snow Skin Mooncake that marries sweet velvety white chocolate ganache and a sencha and white lotus paste with briny pops of caviar.
Meanwhile, Ocean Restaurant’s local Chef de Cuisine Bernard Lim has dreamt up the Ocean Sapphire Snow Skin Mooncake that envelops Aonori dried sea lettuce, flavoured green pea paste, candied lemon, sea salt buckwheat biscuit and roasted pine nuts within an acai berry snow skin.
At $218 nett per box of four pieces, inclusive of a 750ml bottle of Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Visit Resorts World Sentosa’s website to order.
This year, Marina Bay Sands is giving the traditional baked mooncake a contemporary update. Filled with umami flavour, this savoury mooncake has lightly spiced XO dried scallops together with Wu Liang Ye, a robust Chinese liquor from Southern Sichuan that’s distilled from five types of grains.
It’s part of the Premium Edition (Modern) set, which also has a bird’s nest, truffle bak kwa, and jinhua ham mooncake.
Premium Edition (Modern) set is at $88 for a box of four mooncakes. Visit Marina Bay Sands’ website to order. Collect the mooncakes at either of the two booths located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 2 lobby or B2, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (near the Sampan Ticketing Counter) between Aug 4 to Sep 10, 2022.
New this year from Goodwood Park Hotel is the Ondeh Ondeh snow skin mooncake. Ondeh ondeh-inspired treats aren’t all that new, but Goodwood Park’s version comes with a pandan centre enveloped in choux pastry that adds texture, and uses gula melaka imported from Java.
We also like the Strawberry snow skin mooncake that’s packed with strawberry and soursop puree as well as chunks of strawberry — enjoy this one frozen for a sorbet-like treat.
The Ondeh Ondeh mooncake is at $52 nett for two pieces and $82 nett for four pieces. The Strawberry mooncake is at $48 nett for two pieces, $75 nett for four pieces. Visit Goodwood Park Hotel’s website to order.
Local distillery Brass Lion Distillery’s Butterfly Pea Gin stars in this boozy treat by Raffles Hotel Singapore that’s also melded with fresh pandan as well as the citrusy aroma of lemongrass. You can get it as a bundle that includes a limited edition of the Butterfly Pea Gin with an exclusive custom label illustrated with Raffles Hotel’s iconic
Brass Lion Distillery x Raffles Hotel Singapore Mid-Autumn Bundle is at $188, and is available for collection and delivery from now till Sep 7, 2o22. Visit Raffles Hotel’s website to order.
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 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 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.
Available at $68+ for a box of six or $10.80+ per piece. Visit Kam’s Roast’s Oddle page to order or visit its outlet at #02-210 Jewel Changi Airport.
Origin Bar’s signature cocktail now comes in the form of a mooncake. For the first time, the bar, No. 66 on the Asia’s 100 Best Bars list, is presenting an eight-piece mooncake collection ($128 nett), which also comes with a bottle of Moon Tipplers Cocktail (250ml).
You’ll get four pieces of the Origin Signature Cocktail snow skin mooncakes, which draw on the bar’s signature tipple, and are filled with spiced pineapple marmalade, lime zest, white lotus paste, white chocolate gin truffle, dry gin and vermouth. The other four are inspired by the Negroni, and made with rich dark chocolate paste, spiced chocolate rum, Campari and vermouth.
They’re beautifully presented in a blue luggage case-inspired box, which nods to the spirit of train travel and Origin Bar’s concept of taking guests on a journey of discovery.
Available for purchase as well as delivery and collection from now till Sep 10, 2022. Visit Shangri-La Singapore’s website to order or for more information.
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant is turning to a well-loved classic for one of its new mooncake flavours this year Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant — Lychee Martini, with the sweet juiciness of lychees married with the kick of vodka. If rum’s more your poison of choice, there’s the Rum & Raisin Praline Mini snow skin mooncake ($73 for a box of six), studded with plump dark rum-soaked raisins will be right up your alley.
Available for order from now till Sep 6, 2022, for collection or delivery from Aug 8, 2022. Visit its eShop to order. Enjoy up to 35 per cent off traditional baked and mini snow skin mooncakes using promo code “MOONCAKE35” for orders placed before Aug 9, 2022.
Grand Hyatt’s perennially popular Strawberry Tequila snow skin mooncake has made a comeback. Inside, you get a sweet and tangy strawberry truffle elevated with a hint of fruity tequila, and encased within a smooth and velvety snow skin.
Other popular booze-filled mooncakes are the Grand Hyatt’s signature Champagne and Lychee Martini snow skin mooncakes. They’re part of a box of eight mooncakes ($80) with four flavours – Champagne, Lychee Martini, Strawberry Tequila, and Black Sesame & Ginger.
Visit Grand Hyatt’s online store to order or for more information.
Paradise Group’s Liqueur Snow Skin Mooncakes($68 per box of eight pieces) filled with velvety chestnut, jasmine or lotus paste are crowd favourites, and this year, it’s added two new flavours to the mix.
The Lychee Martini with Jasmine Paste is a take on the classic lychee martini with lychee puree and a Valrhona white chocolate truffle. Then there’s the Irish Coffee Liqueur with Lotus Paste, which presents a heady combination of coffee and alcohol.
The box of eight also includes two other alcoholic flavours; the Yuzu Sake with Chestnut Paste, and the Martell Cherry with Lotus Paste.
Available for order at participating Paradise Group outlets islandwide. Visit Paradise Group’s website for more information.
Handcrafted by chef-owner Wythe Soon, bakery-cafe La Levain has introduced a series of liqueur-filled snow skin mooncakes in delightful flavours.
Sink your teeth into a Raspberry Liqueur Truffle that has a Crème de Framboise filling cloaked by mung bean cream cheese, or a Boozy Apricot Passion Fruit Truffle packed with passionfruit cream cheese, Valrhona’s passion fruit couverture and Liqueur D’Abricot.
For a zesty option, there’s the Boozy Yuzu Pomme Truffle with Pomme Vert Liqueur. The last and only non-alcoholic flavour is the Japanese Sudachi Truffle snow skin mooncake, which tempts with hojicha burnt cheesecake, crunchy dark chocolate pearls, and a milk chocolate truffle shell filled with a tart sudachi cream.
Now at an early bird discount of $57.40, applicable before Aug 3 (U.P $88), for a box of four. Visit La Levain’s website to pre-order or for more information.
Savour the bold deep flavours of your favourite Negroni in the limited edition InterContinental Negroni Truffle snow skin mooncakes ($126 for a box of four). Housed in an elegant floral and butterfly printed box, the new creation has a delicate snow skin with a floral motif enveloping white lotus paste and a negroni truffle centre.
Visit Intercontinental Singapore’s website to order or for more information.
This article was first published in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. Additional reporting: Shazrina Shamsudin/Her World