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 in Singapore have added their own creative spin by launching unique flavours and variations. We’ve rounded up some for you to try below.
Ding Bakery’s range of handcrafted premium snowskin mooncakes features an intriguing variety of contemporary flavours. The snowskin assortment includes matcha, dark chocolate, Earliglow strawberry, and passionfruit and mango mooncakes (two pieces each). A box of eight Mao Shan Wang Mooncakes is also available – and sure to be a treat for durian lovers! If you prefer the classics, keep things simple with the range of traditional baked mooncakes available with either a plain lotus or pandan-infused filling and optional yolks.
Ding Bakery’s award-winning mooncakes are handcrafted with fine natural ingredients and are lower in sugar. They also come packaged in an exquisite display case, and you’ll enjoy free delivery for orders above $100.
Fancy something traditional with a bit of a twist? Fyre’s traditional slow-baked mooncakes feature unconventional additions like floral cherry blossoms and sweet lychees. The handcrafted mooncakes are also smoked in-oven with lychee wood for an enhanced flavour. Fans of durians will enjoy the rich Mao Shan Wang snowskin mooncakes with sakura and lychee extract. Fyre also offers Teochew-style taro yam lotus and lychee lotus mooncakes that feature a flaky thousand-layer skin. Because they’re baked rather than fried, Fyre’s versions are slightly lower in calories than traditionally prepared Teochew mooncakes.
Janice Wong Singapore
Singaporean pastry chef Janice Wong effortlessly blends food and art with this year’s selection of signature drip-painted chocolate mooncakes ($98 for a box of eight). These contemporary renditions of the mooncake feature flavours including coffee and chocolate, peanut butter Snickers, coconut vanilla Biscoff and more. Modern snow skin mooncakes ($88 for a box of eight) are also available in yuzu cranberry, mung bean pecan pistachio and gula melaka macadamia flavours. Traditionalists can opt for the baked double yolk with lotus paste mooncakes ($88 for a box of four).
These Mid-Autumn Festival treats come packaged in a striking display case, unique to each collection of mooncakes.
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
Available for collection until 21 September, 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, either in Blue Blossom or Peranakan Teal.
The St. Regis Singapore
This Mid-Autumn Festival, Cantonese fine-dining restaurant Yan Ting is offering these handcrafted gems until 21 September. 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.
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 mooncake with macadamia nuts, or the Biluochun green tea mooncake with guava and chestnut snowskin. Housed in an elegant box embellished with floral motifs, these mooncakes are perfect for gifting. Available until 16 September.
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. Collection runs until 21 September.
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