For a traditional festival with a pretty dark but interesting origin, it’s only right to celebrate by indulging in some unique-tasting mooncakes. These moon-shaped sweet treats come in all sorts of flavors and forms – from baked to snow skin and the traditional lotus paste and durian to assorted wacky combinations. We’ve picked the cream of the crop to bring you to the moon and back this Mid-Autumn Festival.
Goodwood Park Hotel
For years, Goodwood Park Hotel has been known for its durian snow skin mooncakes and they’re back again this year. For S$78, the Premium Duo pairs the intensely flavored Black Thorn durian mooncake with a bittersweet and creamier version made with Mao Shan Wang durian. Preorders for this are so overwhelmingly large that you can only purchase it by walk-in – if you’re lucky. New to this year’s collection is the ondeh ondeh snow skin mooncake with a pandan centre and the strawberry snow skin mooncake filled with soursop and strawberry purée.
Mooncakes can only be purchased via walk-ins, but you can check out the menu beforehand.
Can’t eat without any entertainment? The mooncakes from Madam Ling’s come with a limited edition Monopoly board game. The Yummylicious! Cookie-inspired Baked Series of four (S$97) that comes with it includes a savoury-sweet chicken floss mooncake, a zesty and crunchy cranberry florentine and assorted nuts mooncake, a traditional salted mung bean mooncake and a hearty Japanese purple sweet potato mooncake.
Order mooncakes for the festivities from Madam Ling online.
This fruit-based mooncake is one for the health-conscious crowd. Its bestselling pineapple custard mooncake is made from organically grown pineapples from family farms in Taiwan. The custard is made with salted egg yolk lending a rich flavor and luscious texture to the snack. The other popular fruity option this year is the Kougyoku apple mooncake made with sweet and sharp ruby apples from Aomori Ken in Japan. The mooncakes come in an illustrated cardboard box – a refreshing change from the over-the-top fancy packaging you’ll see this season.
Get a lil’ fruity with SunnyHills’ mooncakes and get them online or at the stores in Raffles Hotel and Ngee Ann City.
Janice Wong x Roku Gin
This year, Janice Wong collaborated with Japanese gin makers Roku for a 8-piece collection of mini snow skin mooncakes. There are three unique mooncake flavors inspired by Japanese botanicals used in the gin. The three refreshing flavors are Sakura strawberry gin, bergamot yuzu gin and matcha lemon thyme gin. As an added perk, each bundle comes with a bottle of Roku and shot glasses.
The Roku Gin x Janice Wong Snow Skin Mooncake collection is available for order at $138.
Photo: Green Common
Vegan mooncakes? Now you’ve seen it all. No eggs are used in the custard mooncakes – the filling is a creamy eggless custard formula made with an award-winning organic vegan butter, and a golden casing made of coconut milk, flaxseed powder and agave syrup.
Make preorders online or walk in the store at Vivocity to pick up these vegan custard mooncakes.
Mooncakes are meant to be indulgent and what can be more indulgent than putting the king of fruits and truffles together? Aroma Truffle’s truffle Mao Shan Wang snow skin mooncakes come in a box of eight bite-sized pieces, retailing at S$108. Each bundle also includes a complimentary Eight Treasure Organic Tea in a handcrafted tube and to top off the indulgent experience, a set of gold-plated cutleries is also be included in the set.
Get ready for high tea and order your super luxurious mooncakes online.
Photo: The Marmalade Pantry
The Marmalade Pantry
When it comes to packaging, swap the traditional fancy mooncake box for a more fashionable rattan handbag. When it comes to the main part – mooncakes, that is – traditional bakes are favoured here. The Marmalade Mix (S$88) comes with festival must-have flavors like lotus with double yolk, black sesame with macadamia nut, hojicha matcha with raisin and lotus paste studded with macadamia nuts.
Collect your festival mooncakes in the fashionable pink rattan bag by ordering online or at any Marmalade Pantry outlet.
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