Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with the most imaginative and creative mooncakes in Singapore this year!
The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) falls on Sunday, 15 September this year and as usual, there’s lots for the family to enjoy! Bring the kids to see the elaborately handcrafted lantern sets at Garden By The Bay and get interactive with the immersive multimedia installation there, soak in the atmosphere at the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2016, and feast on some of these deliciously creative mooncakes!
Go Bananas with a Minion Mooncake!
It’s Minion madness! Available exclusively at Universal Studios Singapore in Resorts World Sentosa, this adorable Minion Mooncakes Set ($58) comes stamped with the faces of your favourite minions! There are four flavours — Matcha, Banana (but of course!), Pandan and Red Bean. The set comes in a signature Minion-yellow mooncake box, and a DIY Minion lantern that the kids (and some adults I’m sure) will go gaga bananas over because it’s super cute!
Available only at the mooncake kiosk outside Hollywood China Bistro inside Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, from 1 August till 15 September 2016, while stocks last. Note that they are only available during the theme park’s operating hours, and that regular theme park admission is required.
Savour a piece of Heaven On Earth
If this limited edition Heaven on Earth mini snow skin mooncake ($66 per box of eight pieces) doesn’t make them say “wow!” I don’t know what will. Each culinary objet de art boasts delicate bird motifs Cast in a calming cerulean blue – award-winning Chinese restaurant Jiang Nan Chun’s signature colour. If you can even bear to bite into it, you’ll taste the restaurant’s signature Heaven on Earth cocktail with one per cent alcohol that was exclusively concocted for the restaurant. This is a light aromatic blend of Scotch 12 years whiskey, sake, camomile and lime that’s a light and refreshing change from the usual mooncake fillings!
We’re also bowled over by the Smoked Duck with Assorted Nuts and Lime baked skin moon cake (see main image, $72 per box of four). Why? Well Jiang-Nan Chun is one of the rare places in Singapore to roast its duck in a wood-fired oven, so every bite of this delectable treat offers an explosion of aromatic smoked duck, enhanced by a potent mix of crunchy nuts and zesty lime.
Available at the Four Seasons Hotel from now till September 15, 2016. To order, contact Jiang-Nan Chin at 6831 7220 or email [email protected]
The Pine Garden is tops in innovation when it comes to baked goods and confectionary. It’s no different with this year’s mooncake selection! For something really different, try the Lemon Blood Orange Mooncake. This offers a perfectly balanced blend of refreshing lemon bean paste, mixed with Blood Orange peels from Japan. Most of all, the overall favour is light and not overly sweet, with just the right hint of citrus notes from the peels. ($15.70 per piece)
There’s also the Coffee Durian Mooncake, another new creation for this year that we love! Bite into this locally-inspired creation and let the aromatic coffee bean paste and durian paste explode in your mouth. The Crispy Skin White Lotus Paste with Nonya Filling mooncake (see above), whose hearty centre of sweet braised pork and shallots gave savoury bliss to a traditionally sweet treat, is a savoury winner.
From The Pine Garden, Blk 529, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-2369, 8.30 am – 9.30 pm daily (closed on Thursdays). Tel 6459 5507. Website
Get A Taste of the King (of Fruits)
Thye Moh Chan is a local Teochew confectionary brand and its traditional Teochew mooncakes are always highly anticipated during the mid-Autumn Festival each year. Try the limited edition Mao Shan Wang durian-infused bean paste in Thye Moh Chan’s signature flaky pastry with six to seven thin layers – the benchmark for ideal flakiness ($39.80 for four pieces). Other flavours from this 70-year old heritage brand include Teochew Yam with Salted Egg flavours, also a limited edition, sweet and salty tau sar, Yuan Yang with salted egg yolk, as well as the traditional Teochew mooncake with maltose, white sesame, citrus strips and five-spice powder.
Available at Thye Moh Chan stores located at Chinatown Point and Paragon.
Enjoy the Dark Side with this Lava Chocolate Mooncake
It’s cconfirmed. Hong Kong Mei Xin’s indulgent and decadent Lava Chocolate Mooncake ($33.80 for four pieces) is lick-the-plate good! HK Mei Xin worked with French Cacao Barry to create this and the quality shows. First of all, it starts with a dark chocolate mooncake crust. Next, when you bite or cut into it, you’ll reach the treasure — a rich chocolate lava centre. Finally, the packaging comes with a sophisticated gold foil embossed design on an elegant dark box, making it a classy-looking gift for the season. Hint: heat in the microwave oven (1000 W) for three to five seconds before serving before cutting into the mooncake and watch the chocolate lava oozing out!
Call 6862 2166 to order, or order online here.
Feed Upon the Force
Available not in a galaxy far, far, away but right here in Singapore, these Star Wars-themed mooncake sets are another of HK Mei Xin’s creations. The Stormtrooper-themed tin has four egg custard mooncakes, while the Darth Vader-themed tin comes with four chocolate lava mooncakes. The kids will love these! (And you can recycle the tins to store their Star Wars toys too!)
Available via Groupon for a limited time.
Be Dazzled By the Gold One (that you can’t eat!)
You can’t eat it, but you can certainly admire SK Jewellery’s 999 Pure Gold Mooncake gift set! The three-dimensional mooncakes are accompanied by a fine china tea set so you can celebrate the quintessential Mid-Autumn experience of tea-drinking while luxuriating in the glow of your golden mooncakes. Each 999 Pure Gold Mooncake air weighs approximately 0.5 grammes and comes mounted on a background etched with symbols of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Each 3D mooncake has the Chinese characters “花好月圆” on it, offering perfect happiness and harmony and making this a perfect gift too!
Available at SK Jewellery showrooms. The gift set (999 Pure Gold Mooncake, five-piece tea set and light up gift box) costs $198.