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Mooncake flavours to please every palate

epicure 8 September 2020
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epicure rounds up these popular selections for your Mid-Autumn Festival celebration.

Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Enjoy both classic and contemporary mooncakes crafted by the hotel’s culinary team. Each two- or four-piece selection is presented in a lustrous blue gift box, embellished with a lattice-patterned crest and a customisable leather patch in rose gold. A perennial favourite is their Double Yolk and White Lotus Paste Baked Mooncake ($76 for box of 4), while the signature Mixed Nuts and Jamón Ibérico Baked Mooncake ($76 for box of 4) remains a popular choice with its sweet and savoury notes. The hotel’s range of snow skin creations include the likes of their pastel-hued mini Lychee Martini and Chocolate, as well as the Red Wine Cranberry Paste with Japanese Yuzu and Lemongrass ($70 for box of 8). Place orders online.

Aroma Truffle

Aroma Truffle's Harmony Bundle

From the good people who brought you truffle potato chips come traditional durian mooncakes with a twist. Indulge in Aroma Truffle’s gold-dusted Black Charcoal Musang King and blue Butterfly Pea Musang King Mooncakes, infused with premium Italian black winter truffles harvested from Spoleto. With a creamy filling of pure Musang King from Raub Pahang, the durian’s mildly savoury and bitter notes are accentuated with a strong truffle aroma.  Regular Bundle Box ($78 for four), Fortune Bundle Box ($88 for four and two Aroma Truffle chips) or Harmony Box ($98 for four and four Aroma Truffle chips). Order online

Bakerzin

Bakerzin’s latest Aromatic Latte Mooncake ($15.75/piece or $63 for four), boasts fragrant coffee notes with a bitter-sweet 80% Arabica and 20% Sumatra Mandheling ratio in its smooth, chocolatey filling. Also available are the low sugar-lotus paste Signature Egg Yolk mooncakes ($17/piece or $68 for four) flanking local flavours including Pandan Egg Yolk, Classic Melon Seed or Classic Premium Egg Yolk. This year, the Snowskin Fruit Series ($17 for two or $68 for eight) also gets a healthy twist with chia seeds in a choice of Honey Dew Chia Seed, Orange Chia Seed, Strawberry Chia Seed or Lychee Chia Seed. Black sesame lovers can choose from the ever-popular monochromatic, Pure Black Sesame Snowskin or Black Sesame and Peanut Butter Snowskin (both at $15.75 for two or $63 for eight); while mod alcohol-infused mooncakes return with the Apple Vodka Truffle Snowskin or Latte Kahlua Truffle Snowskin (both at $17.00 for two or $68 for eight). Order online

Szechuan Court, Fairmont Singapore

Baked favourites from Szechuan Court, Fairmont Singapore.

Crafted by chef Mandy Yeo from Szechuan Court, Fairmont Singapore’s mini snowskin mooncakes are presented in adorable peach shapes, complete with surprises in the centre. The new flavours are Caramel Sea Salt and Pu Er with Chia Seed, the former rich and textured with a Malteser-like salted caramel ball in the centre, while the Pu Er is more subtle with a chocolate truffle centre. You can get these flavours separately or in an Assorted Mini Snowskin Mooncakes ($76 for eight) together with Champagne Truffle with Chocolate Ganache and Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffle. They’ve also introduced Traditional Mixed Nuts baked mooncakes ($72 for four), which is fully loaded with almonds, walnuts, pine nuts and sunflower and melon seeds. Place orders online.
Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore
Snowskin flavours from InterContinental Singapore.
Peranakan dessert flavours are featured, with Man Fu Yuan’s rose motif encapsulating large, plump snowskin creations. Presented in a pastel tingkat (tiffin carrier), with designs further inspired by the hotel’s architectural elements, each tier holds a different flavour mooncake. Durian Pengat with a jammy filling is identified with a bright blue skin, tinted with blue pea flower, while Pulut Hitam has added textures from candied longans and coconut. The Pandan and Coconut Kaya tasted like the real thing as it has kaya in the centre, but it was the Chendol that stole the show for us – beautifully textured with chunky red bean adding bite and just enough pandan jelly and coconut to feel like the real thing. The thick skins don’t deal well with warm weather, so it’s best to store and eat these right out of the freezer for maximum enjoyment. $88 for box of 4, with 30% early bird discount till 26 August. Place orders online.
Janice Wong
Chocolate mooncakes from Janice Wong

 

Janice Wong leads the charge with Floral Snow Skin mooncakes, filled with local hawker flavours as tasty as they look. They comprise Cheng Tng Yam and Red Date, with just the right amount of sweetness; Red Bean Tea that’s richly packed with red bean; Peanut taking its cue from peanut pancakes; and Lychee Rose with a bandung inspiration. The skins are medium in thickness, and add to the enjoyment of the mooncakes. $78 per box of 8, early bird price of $50.70 till 30 August. They’ve also teamed up with fine flower boutique Fiore Dorato to offer the Floral Snow Skin mooncakes with an exquisite blooms box, comprising Saponaria, David Austin, Craspedia and Astrantia flowers at $138. Place orders online.
Madame Fan, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
Celebrate the mid-Autumn festivities with Madame Fan’s decadent handcrafted old world classics such as the rich, low-sugar Double Yolk Lotus Paste ($82 for four), Pu’er with Chia Seeds ($76 for four) and the crunchy Premium Mixed Nuts ($78 for four), brimming with melon seeds, pecans, sesame seeds, almonds and preserved melons. But our favourite was the new, signature low-sugar Baked Single Yolk Lychee Lotus Paste ($80 for four), making its debut appearance this year. Better yet, order the Baked Mooncakes Medley for one mooncake of each flavour ($78 for four). Another debut flavour is the Bird’s Nest with Japanese Sweet Potato Mini Snowskin ($88 for eight), along with the classic Mao Shan Wang Snowskin for durian lovers ($82 for eight). Call 6818 1908 or purchase online 
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel
Bring home a piece of Singapore’s timeless heritage with The Capitol Kempinski Hotel’s mini snow skin mooncakes in six different flavours housed in a limited edition red jewellery box. Savour the hotel’s signature rum cocktail, Plantation 1840, in the Mini Snowskin Plantation 1840, a tribute to La Scala Ristorante through the Mini Snowskin Tiramisu, or the indulgent Mini Snowskin Valrhona 70% (all $78 for 8). Also available are the Mini Snowskin Salted Caramel with notes of rich, treacle-like centre, the Mini Snowskin Lychee Rose (both $74 for eight), and the creamy Mini Snowskin Mao Shan Wang Durian ($86 for eight). Traditional baked varieties include the Mini Baked Pandan Paste with Melon Seeds ($70 for eight); the Mini Baked Red Bean Paste with Orange Peel ($74 for eight); reduced sugar Mini Baked White Lotus Seed with Egg Yolk ($78 for eight) and Mini Baked White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts ($74 for eight). We recommend getting the Assorted Mooncake boxes for a taste of everything. Order online

Marina Bay Sands

Eschewing the extravagant package designs most are still going for this year, the iconic MBS is opting for a more sustainable and practical approach this time for their mooncake boxes. So feel guilt-free as you indulge in their unique creations. Their baked mooncakes this year are all reimagined as puff pastries, with Baked Cempedak Mooncake and Baked Azuki Mooncake options to choose from. Meanwhile, instead of snowskins, find chocolate shell pastries instead. It’s part of the integrated resort’s new range of offerings, including the Chocolate-covered Sweet Potato Mooncake and the Chocolate-covered Black Sesame Mooncake. A box of four is $48, available in three different combinations — assorted, baked or chocolate-covered. Place orders online.
Paradise Group

New this year in Paradise Group’s line-up of mooncakes are their Fruity Liqueur Snow Skin Mooncakes ($62 for box of 8) that come in flavours like Japanese Yuzu with Sake, Passionfruit with Choya and Red Cherry Griottine. All are handmade and produced upon order. Their ever-popular baked options make a return too, with their oozingly-good Mini Baked Custard with Molten Salted Egg Yolk ($56 for box of 8) sure to be a hit again. If you’re looking for truly traditional Teochew Yam Pastry Mooncakes ($54 for box of 4), you’ll find those here too. So look no further. Place orders online.

Regent Singapore

Snowskin Collection from Regent Singapore.

Carrying on the tradition of creating flavours by its various restaurants, Regent takes inspiration from Italian flavours at Basilico with the Pistachio, Fig and Amarena Cherry snowskin mooncake with prized cherries from Bologna that’s known for its luscious notes, Sicilian pistachios and dried figs. The Double Espresso and Almond Marzipan snowskin also embodies the Italian spirit of coffee drinkers. Tea Lounge, on the other hand, presents a Green Tea with Melon Seeds snowskin crafted from the finest tea from Gryphon. For an alcoholic touch, Manhattan features the Plantation Rum, Spiced Coconut and Yuzu in its Macapuno mooncake. Summer Palace stays true to its tradition by whipping up bestsellers such as the Signature Black Sesame Paste and White Lotus Paste with Salted Egg Yolk and Melon Seeds. Comes in 4- and 8-piece sets ranging from $78 to $86. Call 6725 3283 or place orders online.

Feng Shui Inn, Resorts World Sentosa

Snowskin flavours from Feng Shui Inn, Resorts World Sentosa

Boost your health and immunity with Premium Snowskin Mooncakes by Feng Shui Inn, created with ingredients such as lingzhi spores, manukau honey, matcha and aged tangerine peel. No artificial flavourings or colourings are used. These snowskin mooncakes come in Rose Lingzhi Spores with Longan Snow Skin, Matcha with Tangerine Peel Snow Skin and Purple Sweet Potato with Manuka Honey Snow Skin. Each premium speciality mooncake set retails at S$98 nett per box of six pieces. The Timeless Traditions: Baked Mooncakes set is also available at $68 for 4 pieces. Call 6577 6599 or place orders online.

Si Chuan Dou Hua

Their low-sugar mooncakes are always a guilt-free treat, and this year, other than the classic White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncakes with Single and Double Yolks ($72-78 for box of 4), the popular onyx black Charcoal White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncakes with Macadamia Nuts ($68 for box of 4) makes its return this Mid-Autumn as well. Expect your mooncakes to come in elegant gold boxes with embroidery signifying prosperity and good fortune. Accompanying each box is also a golden pouch, containing eight pieces of fortune cookies in flavours like butter, mocha and strawberry. Crack them open and find surprise prizes ranging from complimentary Peking Duck or bottle of house wine during the next visit to any Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant outlet in Singapore. Place orders online.

Yan Ting, The St Regis Singapore

The St Regis Singapore mooncakes.

From exquisite tea infusions to truffles and Mao Shan Wang durian, Yan Ting captivates taste buds with new flavours as well as classics. The Royal Milk Tea with Honey Osmanthus Truffle Mini Snowskin Mooncake is made with Dong Ding tea leaves, while the Green Tea Paste with Oolong Tea Truffle Mini Snowskin Mooncake is made with premium matcha powder for a buttery creamy bite. For a contrast in flavours, try the salty-sweet Black Sesame Paste with Caramel Sea Salt Truffle and sweet-zesty Honey Purple Sweet Potato Paste with Orange Yuzu Truffle. Traditional baked favourites are available with single or double yolks as well as the White Lotus Paste with Assorted Nuts and Yunnan Ham. Call 9488 2741 or place orders online.

Jiang-Nan Chun, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

A Mid-Autumn Nights’ Dream by Four Seasons Hotel SingaporeMichelin-starred Jiang-Nan Chun crafted a luxurious, botanical-inspired gift box for an elegant Mid-Autumn celebration. Share the joyous occasion with the return of the signature baked mooncakes, Smoked Duck with Assorted Nuts and Lime ($78). Some highlights from the Snowskin Collection features Litchi with Raspberry and Rose ($80), Bird’s Nest with Custard ($88) and Mao Shan Wang Durian ($98). Pair them with organic sparkling tea selection by COPENHAGEN. Available until 1 October 2020. For orders, call at +65 68317523 or email festiveseason.sin@fourseasons.com and online here.

Goodwood Park Hotel

Goodwood Park Hotel’s 120th Anniversary mooncakeIn celebration of its 120th anniversary and Mid-Autumn festivity, the hotel unveils a special 120th Anniversary Mooncake creation. Lavishly made with 12 salted egg yolks and white lotus seed paste, the 16.5-cm wide baked mooncakes is priced at $108/piece. Expect new snowskin mooncakes flavours – Orange with Grape ($37/two) and Japanese Sweet Potato with Pumpkin-Coconut Centre ($41/two). Pre-order online for delivery and self pick-up here.

Crystal Jade Group
From Sea Salt Caramel to a boozy Lychee Martini, give these petite snowskin mooncakes collection ($72.80/eight) a try. Taro with its soft and fluffy centre as well as Coconut (chocolate truffle shell with grated coconut filling) is also available for your tasting pleasures. Alternatively, opt for the traditional baked mooncakes that comes in boxes of two ($40.70) or four ($72.80). Packaged in three different gift boxes options, indulge on the signature Traditional Baked White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk or Double Yolk. Order online here for self pick-up or delivery.

Crowne Plaza® Changi Airport
Available until 1 October 2020, the hotel’s collection of traditional baked mooncakes features classic flavours such as White Lotus Paste with Double Yolk, Low Sugar White Lotus Paste with Macadamia Nuts and the new Baked Nyonya Mixed Nuts Mooncakes ($42/two or $70/four). Give their assorted snow skin mooncakes new flavours a try. Inspired by Singaporean-dessert flavours: Kueh Salat Pandan Kaya, Mango Pomelo, and Orh Nee (Yam Paste with Ginko Nuts), priced at $74 for four. Get yours on the online store or at the hotel’s Lobby Lounge on Level 1.

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium’s Peranakan Durian Snowskin MooncakeSatisfy your curious palate with the hotel’s new mooncakes creations: Green Tea Paste with Jackfruit Praline and White Lotus Seed Paste with Grand Marnier Praline (both $66/six). For a more traditional take, opt for the Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolk ($74/four). Durian lovers will find Peranakan Durian Snowskin Mooncake ($66/six) with its bluish-purple snowskin cap a delightful treat. Place your order here. Mooncakes are available for order till 29 September 2020.

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