Mid-Autumn festival means mooncakes galore! Here are our best picks of these indulgent and tasty treats.
Growing up, the Mid-Autumn Festival was one of my favourite cultural holidays of the year (and it still is!). The family would get together and enjoy the evening by sharing these lotus paste-filled pastries, and the kids would play with their cellophane lanterns (before they caught on fire… thankfully, there are battery-operated ones now!). And, the highlight of every Mid-Autumn festival is checking out the range of mooncakes and the gorgeous boxes that double up as storage tins or gifts for friends and family. So, mark your calendars: this year the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 21 September 2021, which means now’s the time to find the best mooncakes in Singapore. There’s something for everyone! Don’t forget about the durian-flavoured ones, too – if that’s your thing!
The best mooncakes in Singapore 2021
1. Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza‘s award-winning restaurant, Wan Hao, not only serves up delightful Cantonese fare, they also produce some fantastic mooncakes, too. This year, from perennial classics to unique flavours, Wan Hao’s eight sets of handcrafted traditional and snowskin mooncakes will delight the whole family. Wanna go over the top? Nab the luxurious, gold-dusted black truffle baked mooncakes with San Daniele ham, single yolk, and pistachio. Got a love for bird’s nest? Check out their rose bird’s nest with golden custard paste snowskin mooncakes. There’s also the Champagne truffle and cognac truffle snowskin mooncakes for an alcoholic twist (we won’t judge). If you’d rather stick with the traditional flavours, they also have white lotus seed paste with single and double yolk baked mooncakes.
When & where: 16 August – 21 September. Order online. Alternatively, you can call 68314708 or visit the hotel’s mooncake stall in the hotel lobby.
2. The Marmalade Pantry
We adore the Marmalade Pantry for its hearty yet healthy dishes, so it’s only fair that we take a peek at their Mid-Autumn offerings. This year, the homegrown restaurant’s debuting two new flavours: the pandan kaya with melon seeds, and classic earl grey infused lotus paste. Of course, they also have their signature flavours this year, such as the baked charcoal with black sesame and macadamia nuts, and the classic double yolk with white lotus paste. These baked goodies come in sets of four, and you can choose to mix and match, stick with the classics, or go big and then go home with either the gold Moscato set of 12 or the dual deluxe set of 16 mooncakes. Whichever floats your boat!
When & where: 13 August – 21 September. Available at all outlets and online. Early bird discount of 15% with Mastercard with code ‘MCG15’. Order at least three business days in advance. Standard delivery is $15+ and express delivery is $40+. Mastercard cardholders can enjoy free delivery with a min. spend of $100 (before GST) with code ‘MCFREE’; $10 off delivery with a minimum spend of $80 (before GST) with code ‘MC10’; $3 off delivery with a minimum spend of $50 with code ‘MC3’.
3. Goodwood Park Hotel
This year, Goodwood Park Hotel continues to herald the festive traditions with an impeccable range of Mid-Autumn delicacies. And trust us, you won’t want to miss this. Newbies on the menu this year include the tropical tropicana snowskin mooncakes, and the buttery and salted eggy chicky duo baked treats. Fan favourite flavours that are making a comeback this year including the Mao Shan Wang and black thorn durian snowskin mooncakes, the cempedak snowskin mooncakes, and the blue pea flower with white lotus paste and melon snowskin mooncake. There’s also the quintessentially traditional baked goods with classic white lotus and lotus seed paste, and the nostalgic piglet biscuits to complete any Mid-Autumn celebration. Yummm!
When & where: 13 August – 21 September. Order online for delivery and self pick-up, or purchase directly at The Deli. Order five days in advance. Minimum online order of $100 is required for self pick-up and deliveries, with a delivery fee of $20 (except Jurong Island). Free delivery to one location (except Jurong Island) for online order of $800 and above. Call Goodwood Park hotel at (65) 6730 1868 for any allergens or mooncakes enquiries.
Every year, Yàn’s mooncakes are a tantalising treat, including the gorgeous packaging they come in. And this year’s no different! You have a choice of getting either a set of four mooncakes which come in the limited-edition get-together gift box set, or the stunning bamboo tote, or a set of two that fits in a box with equally beautiful satin ribbon handle. Flavours wise, you can expect to see all the classics such as white lotus paste with single or double salted egg yolks mooncakes, thousand layer yam mooncakes, and Mao Shan Wang durian snowskin mooncakes. To elevate your mid-autumn feast, opt for the tea pairing gift set with Kindred’s tea Chrysanthemum Pu-Erh Tuocha; the chocolate gift set with tea-infused bars from Fossa Chocolate; and the cocktail gift set with two bottled cocktails from Smoke & Mirrors.
When & where: Until 21 September. Order online, call +6563845585, WhatsApp +6581983398. You can also place your order directly at Yàn, located at level 5 of National Gallery Singapore.
5. Mitzo at Grand Park Orchard
For the Mid-Autumn Festival this year, Mitzo has something special in store for you and the whole fam. This year’s line-up showcases three crowd favourites, such as baked yam mooncakes, baked white lotus seed paste mooncakes, and baked lychee white lotus seed paste mooncakes. Go grand with its mixed mooncakes box of four, or choose a cosier option and opt for its twin mooncake set. Looking for the perfect alcoholic accompaniment to your mooncakes? How about Mitzo’s cocktail pairing gift set, which comes with two pieces of white lotus seed paste with single yolk and two choices of cocktails from Smoke & Mirrors? We think yes!
When & where: Until 21 September. Order online. A delivery charge of $15 applies. Free delivery for orders of 50 boxes and above. Early bird privileges include 25% off on all orders before 15 August and 20% off before 31 August. Not applicable for the cocktail gift set.
6. The St.Regis Singapore
Mid-Autumn festivities just won’t be complete without St.Regis’s stalwart Chinese restaurant Yan Ting. This year, Yan Ting is bringing back its classic baked mooncakes in four flavours: white lotus paste with single, double, and four yolks, the decadent white lotus paste with assorted nuts and yunnan ham, and the reduced sugar white lotus paste with macadamia nuts. Want to have a taste of something more unique? Check out the modern flavours we think you will love. We’re talking black and white sesame paste, salted peanut truffle, Mao Shan Wang durian, royal milk tea paste with gula melaka truffle, pandan paste with macadamia nuts, and yuzu paste with lemon citrus. There’s just so much to look forward to!
When & where: Until 21 September. Order online.
7. Origin + Bloom at Marina Bay Sands
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with artisanal mooncakes and fine teas from the humble (but incredible) cafe Origin + Bloom inside Marina Bay Sands. This year, the integrated resort’s pastry team is honouring the timeless artistry of traditional mooncakes with three nostalgic flavours: low sugar lotus paste with melon seeds, premium pandan with melon seeds, and yam and lotus paste with salted egg yolk. Each set comes with eight mooncakes and two tumblers filled with imperial Pu-Erh tea from TWG tea, which makes it perfect as a gift for friends, families, and colleagues.
When & where: 25 August – 21 September. Order online or in-store at Origin +Bloom located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 3 lobby. Early bird discount 25% off for all orders until 24 August, plus 10% instant rewards.
8. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
If you need us this Mid-Autumn Festival, you’ll definitely find us sitting on our couches and feasting on the Ritz’s new baked osmanthus oolong mooncakes and lychee tea paste with macadamia mooncake. Talk about a perfect combination of floral, fruity, and nutty notes! We heard the mini snowskin amber treasure mooncakes, which comprise of red date infused liquor and house blend vermouth, are also to die for. And while you’re at it, be sure to have a bite of its signature mini snowskin lycheetini mooncakes. Now, who doesn’t love a liquor-infused sweet treat?!
When & where: Until 21 September. Order online or in-store at the Colony Bakery, located at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia. Citibank, DBS, HSBC, OCBC, POSB, and UOB local cardholders enjoy a 20% privilege on all mooncakes from now until 21 September 2021.
9. JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
Madame Fan does it again this Mid-Autumn! Making a grand return this year is the baked blueberry paste with chia seeds for all the health-conscious folk out there. There’s also a wide selection of snowskin mooncakes with signature flavours that are set to whet appetites. From the green apple with soju truffle to the milk tea with bailey truffle and Mao Shan Wang durian, Madame Fan has something for everyone! We’ve also got our eyes on its two beautiful gift boxes: the blue blossom marble box encased in royal blue cherry blossoms, and the Peranakan teal covered in vibrant and multi-cultural motifs.
When & where: Until 21 September. Order online or at the festive counter, level 1 JW Marriott.
10. Sheraton Towers Singapore
One of the best parts about mooncake season in Singapore is looking at the gorgeous box offerings that hold these decadent treats. And, Sheraton Towers Singapore probably has one of the nicest mooncake boxes in town this year – a one-tier treasure trove featuring a gorgeous 3D paper-cut against a backdrop of floating sky patterns. Not to mention, its handcrafted baked and snowskin mooncakes from award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Li Bai. Indulge in its new flavours: white lotus seed collagen paste with single egg yolk and mini snowskin brown sugar mochi.
When & where: Until 21 September. Order online. Early bird privilege of 25% off is valid for all online purchases made by 22 August 2021. 15% off for purchases made using selected credit/ debit cards between 23 August and 17 September 2021. Order three days in advance. Delivery fee of $30 is applied for orders less than 30 boxes.
11. Shangri-La Singapore
This Mid-Autumn Festival, Shangri-La Singapore is dropping the freshest and most exclusive mooncakes! From kid’s gift sets featuring mini dino milo mooncakes, to their limited-edition 50th anniversary mooncakes, Shangri-La is going all out this year to celebrate their big 5-0. Some fab flavours that we’re eyeing include the 50 year-aged mandarin peel with rose and red bean, and bird’s nest. They’ll also be rolling out their limited-edition Peranakan-inspired gift box set by Benny Ong, which comprises of flavours like assam tea with almond, and sakura shrimp with peanut. Want even more bird’s nest? Opt for their bird’s nest gift box which includes nine mini custard bird’s nest mooncakes and one NestBloom premium custard almond cream bird’s nest! Looking for snowskin mooncakes? Its mini premium Mao Shan Wang, and kaya with reduced sugar white lotus paste, are oh-so-good! Sticking with something more traditional? There’s the classic black sesame with taro and melon seeds, and the usual reduced sugar white lotus paste. Happy 50th anniversary, Shangri-La!
When & where: Until 21 September. Order online or shop at the mooncake specialty counter at hotel’s tower wing lobby.
12. Lady M
How could we leave out Lady M when it comes to sweet mooncake treats? This Mid-Autumn Festival month, Lady M has unveiled its ‘celebration of lights’ gift set as this year’s limited-edition mooncake set. Order yours, and you’ll find six signature mooncakes all packed in a custom-designed ferris wheel box. Flavours wise, you can look forward to its golden rich custard and dense, cocoa-infused chocolate. Mhmm… so much yum!
When & where: 17 August-21 September. Order online or shop at Lady M boutiques in Singapore.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, folks!