Mooncake season is here!
This 2020, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 1 October. Already, mooncake purveyors have started to pimp their offerings, and there’s a plethora of new flavours hitting the shelves this year.
The origins of this harvest festival go back some 3,000 years, and mooncakes are so-named because these tasty baked treats were meant to be eaten while gazing at the bright lunar surface (find out more about Mid-Autumn legends here).
Folklore suggests that mooncakes were used during the Ming revolution, when secret messages of rebellion against the reigning Mongol empire were smuggled within the baked goods. These tasty cakes today contain everything from Champagne to caramel and chocolate, instead of messages. And, many luxury hotels and pâtissières consider mooncakes to be a chance to show off their culinary skills.
The more traditional style has a baked-skin cake with lotus paste and a salted egg core. But, there are lots of new offerings. We’ve highlighted 13 that you should try. Munch on!
Where: Regent Hotel Singapore
Price: $72.90 for a box of 8
Availability: 24 September – 1 October
This year, Regent Singapore presents a collaboration between chefs from Summer Palace and Basilico, and Head Bartender from Manhattan. It has specially concocted four exclusive cocktails – Macapuno, Lecce, Orb of Night and Cherry Blossom to pair with four seasonal snow skin mooncakes – Macapuno, Orange & Pine Nuts, Pistachio, Fig & Amarena Cherry, and Double Espresso & Almond Marzipan. They have even brought back some of the favourites from last year – Parma Ham and Pork Floss and White Lotus Paste with Melon Seeds. The creations this year are housed in a unique vertical box that takes inspiration from the structure of the hotel’s bubble lifts – its most distinct feature within the John Portman-designed atrium.
Where: Janice Wong
Price: $78 for a box of 8
Janice Wong’s limited-edition Mooncake DIY Kit Set (S$65) allows you to make your delicious treats right at home with your family. The kit comes with a snowskin premix, flower mooncake mould, and different filling flavours – Praline Chocolate Milo, Red bean Tea, Lychee Rose and Peanut. If you do not want to put in some elbow grease to make your mooncakes, then order her delicious ready-made mooncakes. This year, she is offering is a local twist to the Chinese festival snack by featuring floral mooncakes with flavours of Singapore ($58.50). They include Cheng Tng Red Date Yam, Red Bean Tea, Peanut Pancake, and Rose Bandung all wrapped in snowskin.
Order online at www.janicewong.online. Orders reaching S$120 and above will receive free delivery.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Price: $37 – $43 for a box of 2
Availability: 28 May to 1 October
Known for its exquisite mooncake cases, this year you’d be spoilt for choice. Go for traditional baked mooncakes such as White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolk, White Lotus Seed Paste or get the hotel’s contemporary snowskin mooncakes, such as the ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Durian mooncake that comes in a chic gold box. Both of them feature a magnetic top and front flaps which open up to reveal a magnetic desk calendar, a miniature photo frame, and a three-slot pen holder. It also has four side drawers. These will serve you in good stead as stationery or makeup box on your office desk.
Visit colonybakery.oddle.me/en_SG/ to make an order.
Where: Royal Durian Cafe
Price: $118 for a box of 8
For the first time ever, Royal Durian unveils its premium Mao Shan Wang snowskin mooncake for the joyous Mid-autumn festival. Owners of Royal Durian picked the best team of chefs behind Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel’s award-winning Chinese restaurant,Wan Hao, to produce their top-notch snowskin mooncakes. Crafted skilfully with 100% premium Mao Shan Wang durian flesh, this limited-edition is bound to satiate your durian cravings. Durian aficionados will be delighted with the creamy texture and bittersweet taste of Royal Durian’s premium Mao Shan Wang snowskin mooncakes.
Royal Durian Cafe at 134 Jurong Gateway Rd, #01-303A, 600134. Drop by the store to purchase the mooncakes in-store or submit your orders via 8218 3137 on Whatsapp for home delivery.
Where: The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
Price: $59.50 – $66.30 for a box of 8
Availability:9 September to 1 October
This year, the hotel has created bite-sized and adorably petite delights cocooned within a limited edition jewellery box. The multi-functional crimson red wooden jewellery box symbolises Kempinski’s iconic Lady in Red, and celebrates Stamford House, Capitol Building, Capitol Theatre and CHIJMES in a gorgeous. stained glass design. They are featuring a wide variety of flavours this year with the traditional baked mooncakes that come in both classic and contemporary flavours such as Baked Pandan Paste with Melon Seeds ($59.50) and Baked Red Bean Paste with Orange Peel ($62.90). New to the collection this year are the snowskin offerings that come in unique flavours like Tiramisu ($66.30), Lychee Rose ($62.90) and Salted Caramel ($62.90).
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 15 Stamford Road, 178906. Whatsapp 9817 2750 or head here to make your orders.
Where: foodpanda x Pan Pacific x Hai Tien Lo
Price: $68.80 for a box of 4
Indulge in something different with snowskin mooncakes co-produced by foodpanda, Pan Pacific, and Hai Tien Lo. These limited edition mooncakes come in a box of 4 different flavours of Hazelnut Yuzu, Raspberry Chocolate, Matcha Black Sesame, and Soursop Lychee that are all made in foodpanda’s signature pink. The box that the mooncakes are encased is adorable! Embossed with foodpanda’s logo, the box is perfect to be reused as storage for your keys and other knick knacks.
Order your mooncakes from pandamart on the foodpanda app.
Price: $39.80 for a box of 4
If you want a playful take on mooncakes, then the Swensen’s mooncakes are perfect for you. Customers can curate their own mooncake box by picking any four of Swensen’s newest mochi-snowskin ice cream mooncakes, which include – Sticky Chewy Chocolate, Yam, Durian King, Lotus Paste and Grapefruit. Each Swensen’s ‘Create Your Own’ mooncake box also comes with a special limited-edition Deliveroo paper lantern, designed by a local papercraft artist. The lantern comes beautifully adorned with ornate paper flowers in Deliveroo’s signature teal and white colours, providing the perfect addition to your evening activities or as even as a decorative piece in your home (limited to 20 pieces)!
Click here to order your mooncake set from Deliveroo.
Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel
Price: $56 for a box of 8
Availability: 24 September – 1 October
Grand Hyatt Singapore has a wide selection of snowskin mooncakes, delicately made by its in-house pastry chefs with its gorgeous box being made entirely from sustainable materials. Dig into mooncakes inspired by the hotel’s famed martini bar such as the Champagne Truffle and Lychee Martini Truffle snowskin mooncakes and two new snowskin mooncakes flavour – Mellow Apple Calvados Truffle (alcohol) and fairtrade Wu Liang Ye Truffle (alcohol). Personalise your box of 8 with any of their nine snowskin flavours!
Grant Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd, 228211. Head here to order your mooncakes.
Where: Goodwood Park
Price: $58 – $110 for a box of 4
In honour of its 120th anniversary, the hotel has created a 120th Anniversary baked mooncake spanning 16.5cm wide (limited pieces available) with 12 salted egg yolks enveloped in a white lotus seed paste. Besides the usual traditional baked favourites, the hotel has introduced two new snowskin mooncakes — Orange with Grape and Japanese Sweet Potato with Pumpkin- Coconut Centre. They have also brought back some delicious favourites from last year – Black Thorn Durian, D24 Durian, Blue Pea Flower with White Lotus Seed Paste and Melon Seeds snowskin mooncake.
The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221. Call 6730 1868 (general enquiries) or 6730 1867 (corporate enquiries) from 9am to 7pm (Mondays to Fridays) and 9am to 1pm (Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays) to check for availability. Only available through walk-in purchase.
Where: TWG Tea
Price: $60 for a box of 4
Availability: 17 August to 1 October
TWG Tea adds a modern twist to time-honoured classics with the Sky Lantern Tea Mooncake Collection, showcasing the Sky Lantern Tea in the Haute Couture Tea Collection® and a seasonal line-up of handcrafted mooncakes delicately blended with the unique flavours and aromas of the finest harvests and exclusive tea blends. Known for its exquisite luxury teas packaged into gorgeous tins and boxes, it’s no surprise that the brand’s mooncake offerings are equally elegant and infused with some of its aromatic tea blends. From the classics like the iconic Constellation baked mooncake infused with Singapore Breakfast Tea, roasted melon seeds and an embedded salted egg yolk heart; to new favourites such as the snowskin mooncake accented with SkyLantern Tea, raspberry bits and a white chocolate heart of raspberry rose confit;
Available at all TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques in Singapore.
Where: Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Price: $25 for a cocktail, $75 for 10 tins of mooncakes
Swear by traditional mooncakes? The Mandarin Oriental’s Traditional Baked Mooncakes are perfect for you! Each mooncake is packed in a tin, in assorted colours and with a beautiful cherry blossoms design on it. If you are feeling more adventurous, give their mooncake-inspired cocktails a shot this Mid-Autumn festival. MO BAR has concocted an exquisite collection of cocktails – whisky oolong milk punch, matcha mule and single yolk old fashioned.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039797. Head here, call +65 6885 3500 or email email@example.com to place your orders today.
Where: Blue Lotus
Price: $58 – $88 for a box of 4
Availability: 10th September to 1st October
Blue Lotus has put an incredibly traditional spin on the mooncake with their Handmade Teochew Style Pure Yam Flaky Mooncakes. Expect a buttery and crispy layer of puff pastry that breaks apart to reveal a premium premium yam paste made with low sugar. They also offer their signature Snowskin Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncake, a decadent mooncake filled with pure and creamy ‘Mao Shan Wang’ durian.
Blue Lotus Singapore, 31 Ocean Way, #01 – 13, 098375. Order your mooncakes from their website for delivery and self pick-up.
Where: Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks
Price: $55 for a box of 4
Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks launches their first ever line of mooncakes – The Golden Lotus Mooncake Set. The set is a great showcase of the best of Taiwanese flavours. The mooncakes have a unique twist; while they are baked, the skin takes on the soft texture and the look of snow skin. The five mooncake flavours you can choose from are – Sakura Pomegranate Mochi, Ube Sweet Potato Mochi, Molten Salted Egg Custard, Traditional Coconut Green Bean and Brown Sugar Dragon Boba. The mooncakes come in a beautiful multi-purpose box that will be perfect for future jewellery, make-up and even mahjong tiles storage.
Available at all Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks
By Kathleen Siddell, August 2017; Updated by Sean Tham & Xie Huiqun, August 2015/ Updated by Jashleen Kaur, September 2020
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