Traditionally a harvest festival celebrated in mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Vietnam, the Mid-Autumn Festival (sometimes known as Mooncake Festival) falls on 21 September this year. And the festival has its own official snack: the mooncake! This sweet pastry is shared between friends and family during gatherings. While they’re usually baked with lotus seed or sweet bean paste, many shops have given their creative spin by launching unique flavours and variations. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites below.
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
Available for collection from 6 August to 21 September 2021, modern Cantonese restaurant Madame Fan’s mooncakes come in a variety of unique flavours. The baked blueberry paste with chia seeds mooncake has returned this year, and it’s not hard to see why! Filled with a luscious mix of fruity blueberry filling and healthy chia seeds, this rendition puts a refreshing spin to the traditional baked mooncake. Snowskin fans should try the signature green apple with soju truffle, as well as the milk tea with Bailey truffle. Love durian? The best-selling Mao Shan Wang snowskin mooncake also sees a comeback this year!
The mooncakes are housed in a gorgeous gift box: Blue Blossom or Peranakan Teal. Whichever you choose, make sure you order before 31 August 2021 to enjoy up to 25 percent discount!
The St. Regis Singapore
This Mid-Autumn Festival, Cantonese fine dining restaurant Yan Ting is offering these handcrafted gems from 6 August to 21 September 2021. Encased in a stunning glass box, this year’s mooncake collection features both traditional and modern interpretations. There’s the time-honoured baked white lotus paste (with a low sugar option), plus mini snowskin mooncakes in local-inspired flavours like pandan paste with macadamia nuts. For gifting, check out the Noble Collectible Gift Set, which includes four baked mooncakes or eight mini snowskin mooncakes.
St. Regis Supper Club and Marriott Bonvoy members can enjoy 20 percent off their purchase. American Express, UOB, Maybank, and Standard Chartered cardholders enjoy 15 percent off, plus an additional 5 percent discount for orders made by 31 August 2021.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
Cherry Garden at the Mandarin Oriental is offering tea-infused versions, alongside old favourites like the lychee martini and the chocolate truffle snowskin flavours. For something more traditional, go for the low sugar silver lotus paste with double or single yolk. Tea aficionados can look forward to the newly introduced traditional baked Tieguanyin with macadamia nuts or the BiluoChun green tea with guava and chestnut snowskin mooncake. Housed in an elegant box embellished with floral motifs, these mooncakes are perfect for gifting.
Enjoy a 20 percent discount for online pre-orders before 16 August 2021. Simply apply the promotion code EarlyBird20 upon checkout! The mooncakes are available from 16 August to 16 September 2021.
The Pine Garden
This traditional, homegrown bakery has over 37 years of history. This year, new flavours include the red bean rose melon seeds, and the gula melaka wth coconut mochi. Both are available in baked and snowskin versions. You’ll also find classic mooncakes like the assorted nuts, which comprises of walnuts, almonds, bitter almonds, melon and sesame seeds, with the addition of Chinese candied citrus and winter melon strips. On top of mooncakes, The Pine Garden also offers traditional must-haves like pea cake. Also known as Tau Sar Piah, this freshly-baked pastry has a flaky, crisp and buttery pastry with a sweet or salty filling.
Enjoy 15 percent early bird discount on orders placed by 28 August 2021! Collection is from 21 August to 21 September 2021.
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