Traditionally a harvest festival celebrated in mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Vietnam, the Mid-Autumn Festival (sometimes known as Mooncake Festival) falls on 10 September this year. And the festival has its own official snack: the mooncake! Friends and families share these sweet pastries during gatherings. While they’re usually baked with lotus seed or sweet bean paste, many shops in Singapore also add their own creative spin with unique flavours and variations. We’ve rounded up some of the best for you to try below.
For delectable snow skin mooncakes with an aesthetic flair, try Ding Mooncake. With the theme of timeless treasure, this year’s mooncakes come packaged in a luxurious celadon green box made out of wood with leather trims.
In addition to to its traditional Pandan Double Yolk mooncakes and signature White Lotus Double Yolk mooncake, Ding Bakery offers new snow-skin mooncake flavours, including Koean Yuzu, Authentic Gula Melaka, French Earl Grey Lavender and Treviso Tiramisu. These are perfect for kids or those looking for a modern twist!
Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant
Worried about your calorie or sugar intake? Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant’s Mid-Autumn Collection offers low-sugar mooncakes that promise to be just as decadent. In addition to classic flavours such as White Lotus Paste Single Yolk and White Lotus Paste Double Yolk, the collection includes the popular Lychee Paste with Rose and the new Nyonya Brown Sugar with Shredded Coconut.
Ideal for the eco-conscious, the restaurant’s collection also comes in a wicker woven straw tote bag. You can reuse this to carry light items when you’re out and about. Each purchase of the four-piece set also comes in a drawer box that’s handy for storage in the future.
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore’s mooncakes are great gifts for a decadent treat. The tastes of Thailand serve as the inspiration for the signature Baked Royal Thai Milk Tea Mooncake. It’s rich, aromatic and luscious flavours balance earthly and nutty notes. Classics in the baked selection include the Baked Mooncake with Traditional Mixed Nuts and timeless favourites such as Baked Low Sugar White Lotus Paste Mooncake, available in Double Yolk or Single Yolk. Guests can mix and match their preferred flavours to create a box of four.
The hotel also partnered with Penan Women Project to package the mooncakes in an exquisite tote bag. The tote bags come in five colours, each one with a tag listing the name of the Penan woman who made it.
Mdm Ling Bakery
Following the success of its game board sets releases, such as Snacks & Ladders, Imperial Chinese Chess and International Chess Mooncake Set, Mdm Ling Bakery has launched the Monopoly Mooncake Street Smart Edition this Mooncake Festival. Inspired by the most beautiful streets in the world, the box is sustainably designed to transform into a Monopoly game board set.
Players will learn the origins of popular cookies and their ingredients as they the play the game. They’ll also discover universal definitions of different streets that are interestingly named after these delicious cookies and their ingredients.
The Monopoly Mooncake Street Smart Edition features a selection of four mooncake series. There’s the Lavalicious Signature Series, Dessertlicious Nostalgic Series, Yummylicious Cookie-Inspired Series and also the Luscious Traditional Classic Series.
The Clan Hotel
Taking inspiration from its signature brews – the Nanyang Ritual Oolong and The Ritual Osmanthus – two of the hotel’s baked mooncakes are infused with aromatic hints of premium Oolong and Osmanthus. They’re best savoured with the accompanying Lotus & Osmanthus tea blend that comes with the Mid-Autumn Gift Set. The gift set includes the Traditional White Lotus Paste and Traditional White Lotus Paste with Double Yolk mooncakes. These come packaged in a bag embossed with The Clan Hotel’s name and logo.
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