Mid-Autumn festival means mooncakes galore! Here are our best picks of these indulgent and tasty treats.
Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up (13 September!), which means the family will soon be enjoying lanterns and mooncakes. Gear up for our beast of a list on mooncakes galore… there’s something for everyone this year, from the hotel bakery classics to more quirky and unique ones that the kids will be curious to taste. If you’re feeling adventurous – or simply have the taste for it – why not try a durian-flavoured one?
Andaz Singapore has created a limited-edition Mooncake Collection this year, with some low-sugar treats to boot. One box contains two individually packed mooncakes, all housed in a beautifully handcrafted lacquered box. Andaz has collaborated with local lacquerware company Qua by Brex – not only will you get to indulge in delectable mooncakes, the box will be a beautiful home decor piece. Flavours include low-sugar white lotus paste with yolk blend and low-sugar lotus paste with melon seeds.
Mooncakes are available for purchase until 13 September for S$150 nett. An early bird discount of 25% is available for purchases made before 31 August, 2019.
Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore, Singapore, 189354, www.andazsingapore.com
One of our fave cafe and dessert bars, Awfully Chocolate, has got two Mid-Autumn treats to tickle your fancy this year. Purchase a package of four individually-boxed mooncakes (flavours include baked oriental custard with salted egg yolk, dark chocolate lotus paste with salted egg yolk, chocolate brownie with toasted pumpkin seeds and white lotus with caramelised macadamia nuts). Or opt for the unique chocolate mooncake truffles. Yep, this is definitely for all sweet-treat lovers. The pairings include different types of chocolate ganache and “yolk” centres made up of espresso or white chocolate lemon feuilletine.
A box of the mooncake collection is $88, a box of chocolate mooncake truffles is also $88. Mooncakes are available at mooncake fairs in Takashimaya Square B2, VivoCity, Raffles City, Great World City Atrium Level 1, Square 2, Serangoon NEX and Compass One. ION Orchard and Marina Bay Link Mall will also be selling the full mooncake collection, and all 13 stores will process pre-orders and collections. Online purchases come with free delivery with a minimum spend of $120.
Awfully Chocolate, www.awfullychocolate.com
Singapore’s premier bakery chain brings all sorts of sweet delights to the masses this mooncake season. PrimaDéli has four new snowskin mooncakes (mini yuzu with chia seeds, mini matcha red bean, mini mylo and mini raspberry vanilla) as well as traditional mooncake flavours such as red bean and pandan.
Mooncakes are on sale at PrimaDéli until 13 September. Mini mooncakes start from $5.90. Boxes of four traditional baked mooncakes are going for $53.80 and up, boxes of nine mini baked mooncakes are going for $52.80.
BreadTalk has paired with famed Hong Kong bakery Hang Heung Cake Shop. The 99-year-old establishment in the 852 is a heritage brand that locals over there love. This Mid-Autumn season, enjoy a taste of Hang Heung’s ever-popular white lotus seed mooncake with double yolk, which is individually handcrafted. Other BreadTalk varieties include red bean paste mooncakes and mixed nuts mooncakes.
Mooncakes are available from BreadTalk island-wide until 13 September. The white lotus seed mooncake with double yolk is $17 each, or $63 for a box of four.
For something more sophisticated – that hopefully the kids won’t be interested in – order your Mid-Autumn mooncake treasures from D9 Cakery at Hilton Singapore. Traditional golden baked mooncakes are on offer, with white lotus or classic mixed nuts options available. This year’s new creation is citrus peel apricot with white lotus… it sounds divine! D9 Cakery is also offering the ever-popular snowskin varieties, including this year’s signature flavour, blueberry cheesecake. But the pièce de résistance is the packaging. You’ll definitely impress your recipient with the beautiful packaging: the standard option is a four-tier tiffin-style carrier in shades of red, orange and yellow. Premium packaging (for an additional $50) adds a touch of luxury: the packaging is in the shape of a handbag with sturdy bamboo handles and a classy clasp.
Mooncakes are available until 13 September, pre-order them ahead of time. A box of four golden baked mooncakes is $62; a box of eight snowskin mooncakes is going for $66.
Hilton Singapore, D9 Cakery, Lobby Level, Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883, www.hiltonsingaporerestaurants.com/d9cakery
Cantonese restaurant Mitzo is offering up mini snowskin varieties this Mid-Autumn festival. There are four different flavours made with the freshest of ingredients: creamy durian; salted egg & crystal jade lotus paste; champagne, melon seeds and white lotus paste; and honey & dragonfruit paste.
Mitzo’s mooncakes are available until 13 September. Don’t forget to order ahead of time! A box of eight mini snowskin mooncakes starts from $72.
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, Level 4, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857, www.mitzo.sg
As per usual, Yàn has its four traditional mooncakes on offer, but new this year is the Mao Shan Wang durian snowskin mooncakes. Indulge in rich durian pulp encased in a layer of snowskin… if you have the taste buds for it! Opt for the white lotus paste varieties (single and double yolk!) or the thousand layer yam mooncakes if you prefer to stick to something classic.
A box of four Mao Shan Wang durian snowskin mooncakes is $98. A box of four in other flavours starts from $64. Click here to order at least one day in advance.
Yàn, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957, www.yan.com.sg
The kids are sure to love the ice-cream mooncake offerings from Häagen-Dazs! Themed around Line Friends (from the messaging app Line), there are two collections: Twinkle Night Mix and Lune et Etoilles. Flavours include chocolate, mango, summer berries and cream and vanilla coated with chocolate. Sounds lip-smackingly good!
Our favourite dessert bar Swensen’s has got a variety of mooncakes to suit all taste buds. Enjoy local flavours such as durian supreme, kaya and bandung mooncakes, or indulge in Mickey-themed ice-cream mooncakes in cookies and cream or sticky chewy chocolate.
Order online before 3 September, and collect before 13 September. A box of four original mooncakes is $42.80 (comes with an exclusive cooler bag). A box of four (one flavour each) of the ice-cream mooncakes is $69.80. Order online here.
The Marmalade Pantry
If you’re looking for mooncakes with no pork and no lard, The Marmalade Pantry has you covered with its two gift sets. The Marmalade Mix has one each of the four new flavours, including double yolk with white lotus paste mooncake, macadamia nuts with white lotus paste mooncake, jade paste with cempedak mooncake, charcoal baked mooncake with black sesame and melon seeds. The latter two are a modern twist on the traditional food item – they’re even low in sugar! The Classic Collection has four pieces of the double yolk with white lotus paste mooncake if you prefer to keep it traditional. Both of the gift boxes are packaged in a reusable ruby red bag made from PU leather. So chic!
The Marmalade Mix is $64 for a box of four; the Classic Collection is $68 for a box of four.
The Marmalade Pantry, www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg
No time to go running around for mooncakes? Grab some from your nearest Fairprice (NTUC) while on your grocery run. This year, Oreo has a kid-friendly box full of kid-friendly flavours: brownie chocolate, double chocolate with milk, strawberry jam and cappuccino.
A box of four is $22.50, available from Fairprice outlets island-wide; www.fairprice.com.sg
Top image: Photography by Andaz
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