Sure to send you over the moon is this list of the yummiest mooncakes available during the Mooncake Festival 2018. The gorgeous packaging they come in makes them great gifts too!
The Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on 24 September this year, is an occasion to admire the full moon and recall the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess. But let’s face it: what our taste buds and tummies truly care about are those circular morsels of yummy goodness. And that’s why many of us like to call it the Mooncake Festival. With hotels, restaurants and bakeries offering new-fangled snowskin flavours alongside traditional baked varieties, there’s one – or five – favourites for everyone. The extravagant packaging? Well, apart from being beautiful gifts for family and friends, they’re also great for storing knick-knacks all year long.
Also, if you’d like to try samples of mooncakes before actually purchasing, drop by one of the many mooncake fairs. Scroll on down to find the dates for all the fairs going on around the island for Mooncake Festival 2018. Enjoy!
1. Milo Dinosaur Snow Skin Mooncake – The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
The Fullerton Building is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has specially commissioned a mooncake in tribute to its home as ‘Mile Zero’. Sure to be a hit with the little ones, the “Mile-O” or Milo Dinosaur Snow Skin Mooncake (from $61 per box of 4) comprises a smooth milk lotus paste and crunchy pops of Milo wrapped in velvety snowskin. The mooncakes are beautifully boxed in auspicious red, gold and pastel blue, adorned with peacocks and cherry blossoms.
Also available Also new to the snowskin collection is Yuzu with Chia Seeds, while signature flavours Pandan with Gula Melaka and White Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk return. New baked varieties White Lotus Seed Paste with either Macadamia or Hazelnut complement the classic Single and Double Yolk options. Also back by popular demand are the Fullerton Golden Custard Mini Mooncake and the extravagant Fullerton 15 Treasures Premium Gift Set.
How much From $60 per box
Promotions Up to 25% discount off bulk orders
Get it at shop.fullertonhotels.com (11 Aug – 24 Sep)
2. The Line Friends Collection – Häagen-Dazs
Sure to be a hit with fans of Line Friends characters and all kids alike, Häagen-Dazs has launched four super-cute ice cream mooncakes in collaboration with Line Friends. The Line Friends Collection ($64 for a box of 4) feature the characters on mooncakes coated with Pumpkin White Chocolate, Hojicha, Purple Potato White Chocolate and Green Tea Chocolate. If you can bear to bite into them, you’ll find Macadamia Nut, Vanilla, and Green Tea ice cream fillings within. You can also pair them with either the Herbal Retreat or Green Tea Rejuvation X Tea Forte hamper.
Also available Four other collections include Lune et Etoiles (dark chocolate-coated assorted flavours in the shape of a moon surrounded by seven stars), Twinkle Night Mix (white, milk and dark chocolate-coated assorted flavours), Harmony Mochi (strawberry and mango ice cream wrapped in Japanese mochi skin), and Crispy Collection (crispy wafers sandwiching assorted ice cream covered in smooth chocolate).
How much From $29.90 per box
Promotions Early bird discounts of up to 25% off
Get it at All Häagen-Dazs outlets (14 Aug – 24 Sep, while stocks last) | online at Tangs.com | selected mooncake fairs
3. Durian Snowskin Mooncake – Conrad Centennial Singapore
The new highlight of this year’s mid-autumn festivities at Conrad Centennial Singapore is the Durian Snowskin Mooncake ($88 per box of 8). Lush durian pulp is delicately encased in golden yellow melt-in-your-mouth snowskin, sure to leave durian lovers craving for more. The mooncakes are presented in elegant elongated boxes decked in oriental floral prints in either Champagne Cream or Crimson Red.
Also available Other snowskin flavours include Royal Chocolate Hazelnut, Ondeh Ondeh, Passion Fruit and Green Tea. There’s also a selection of Traditional Baked Mooncakes and the Golden Peony Signature Filo, featuring sweet potato in crispy filo pastry.
How much From $73 per box
Promotions Discounts of up to 25% are applicable for purchases online or at the Millenia Walk mooncake booth
Get it at www.connoisseur.sg/mooncakes (pre-order till 20 Sep) | Takashimaya (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | Millenia Walk (25 Aug – 24 Sep)
4. Champagne Truffle Snow Skin Mooncakes – Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s new Champagne Truffle Snow Skin collection ($78 per box of 4) comprises four flavours. These are nutritious Black Sesame, nutty Chestnut, aromatic Pandan and delicate Red Date. The brightly hued boxes they come in bear orchid motifs reminiscent of the hotel’s iconic façade. Every box also comes with a limited-edition PU leather reversible shopper tote, flipping from bold orange to classic tanned brown.
Also available Traditional baked mooncake fans can pick from five variations filled with White Lotus Paste, with options of Melon Seeds, Single Yolk, Double Yolks and online exclusive of Four Yolks.
How much From $70 per box
Promotions Order online to get 30% off and a complimentary $20 buffet dining voucher (limited period)
Get it at bit.ly/cpmooncakes-estore (pre-order till 21 Sep) | Junction 8 (10-23 Sep) | Tampines Mall (12-23 Sep) | Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Lobby Lounge (11-24 Sep) | Compass One (11-24 Sep) | Parkway Parade (10-23 Sep)
5. Disney’s Mickey and Friends Musical Carousel Collection – Crystal Jade
Riding on the popularity of last year’s Mickey and Minnie snowskin series, Crystal Jade launches a new collection ($88 per box of 8) in two flavours. Pandan Lotus with Gula Melaka blends two complementary ingredients, while Chocolate Manuka Honey matches premium Manuka honey with quality milk chocolate. But let’s be honest. The true attraction here is the rose gold-gilded musical carousel tin decorated with drawings by Disney’s artists. Even lighting up from the inside, the lovely collectible holds a two-tier dessert tray within. You know they’ll sell out quick, so get yours soon!
Also available The traditional baked series features low-sugar premium white lotus paste with melon seed, single and double yolks. Another firm favourite is the Signature Mixed Nuts and Chicken Ham variety. The traditional baked series are showcased in a turquoise gemstone-inspired gift box.
How much From $58 per box
Promotions Jadeite members, DBS/POSB and Citibank cardholders enjoy discounts of up to 20%
Get it at estore.crystaljade.com (pre-order till 18 Sep) | Crystal Jade outlets (19 Aug – 24 Sep)
6. Baked Plum and Figs Mooncake – Fairmont Singapore
This year, Fairmont Singapore introduces the new Baked Plum and Figs Mooncake ($68 per box of 4). Fibre- and antioxidant-rich plum and figs are enveloped in white lotus paste and baked to a golden perfection by dim sum maven Chef Mandy Yeo. The mooncakes come in a dainty blush-hued quadratic gift box, accented with cherry blossoms chinoiserie-style.
Also available More traditional baked classics include White Lotus paste with Roasted Pine Nuts, Double Yolk and (peach-shaped) Single Yolk & Macadamia Nuts. Snowskin options comprise the new rose-hued Mini Salted Egg Caramel, and perennial favourites Mini Champagne Truffle & Chocolate Ganache, Mini Rum & Raisin with Chocolate Truffle, and Yuzu Chocolate Crunchy Pearl.
How much From $68 per box
Promotions Order at least two boxes online by 2 Sep to enjoy up to 20% off; OCBC, Accor Plus and Far Card members get up to 25% online discount till 24 Sep
Get it at www.celebrationscentral.com.sg (pre-order till 21 Sep) | Fairmont Singapore Level 2 (16 Aug – 24 Sep) | Takashimaya (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | VivoCity (28 Aug – 24 Sep)
7. Smoked Duck with Assorted Nuts and Lime Baked Mooncake – Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
While not new, this treasured treat from Four Season Hotel Singapore’s baked mooncake collection is definitely worth a mention. The Smoked Duck with Assorted Nuts and Lime ($78 per box of 4) is inspired by Jiang-Nan Chun’s signature Peking Duck, prepared in a mesquite wood-fire oven. The mooncakes are housed in delicate rose gold embroidered jewellery boxes inspired by the florals and design motifs gracing the interior of Jiang-Nan Chun and the hotel.
Also available Other baked mooncakes include fragrant Osmanthus Oo Long Tea Paste, and Silver Lotus Paste with citrusy Yuzu and Melon Seed or Double Yolk. Silver lotus is made from fresh, young lotus seeds, requiring less oil and sugar to create the paste. The snowskin collection includes Bird’s Nest with Custard, Mao Shan Wang Durian, Hazelnut Royaltine and Milk Tea, and Macadamia Nuts with Lotus Paste.
How much From $68 per box
Promotions The 30% early bird discount on all mooncake orders ends on 12 Aug, so hurry!
Get it at bit.ly/FSMooncake2018 (till 24 Sep)
8. Blue Pea Flower with White Lotus Seed Paste and Melon Seeds – Goodwood Park Hotel
Using the natural indigo tinge from the butterfly pea flower, the highly-Instagrammable Blue Pea Flower with White Lotus Seed Paste and Melon Seeds ($64 per box of 4; $42 per box of 2) is Goodwood Park Hotel’s new addition to its snowskin collection. Newly designed gold boxes are boldly adorned with an elegant peony and accompanied by a reusable golden tote bag.
Also available Sporting a new (snow)skin, Almond Beancurd with Longan, and Soursop with Calamansi return by popular demand. Crowd-pleasers Mango with Pomelo, Cempedak, D24, and Mao Shan Wang snowskin mooncakes make a comeback as well. Six baked varieties are also available, from Lotus Seed Paste with Melon Seeds, Double Yolks or Four Yolks to White Lotus Seed Paste with Single or Double Yolks, as well as the classic Assorted Nuts with Ham mooncake.
How much From $34 per box (2 pieces); from $54 per box (4 pieces)
Promotions Early bird discounts of 25% for online purchases from 14-20 Aug and for on-site purchases at The Deli from 18 to 24 Aug; further online and on-site credit card exclusives also available
Get it at festivepromotions.goodwoodparkhotel.com (pre-order 14 Aug – 19 Sep) | The Deli @ Goodwood Park Hotel (18 Aug – 24 Sep) | Takashimaya (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | VivoCity (28 Aug – 24 Sep) | NEX (3-24 Sep)
9. Butter Me Up Ice Cream Mooncake – Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Designed to delight Hello Kitty fans is Butter Me Up ($33.80 per box of 2) from Hello Kitty Orchid Garden. The delicate pastry skin is embossed with you-know-who and filled with rich salted butterscotch ice cream hiding tasty cookie crumble bits within. It’s available for dine-in or takeaway – in a white and gold oriental floral design Hello Kitty Secret Treasure Box.
Also available A second new flavour is Pink Passionfruit Punch, made with tangy passionfruit ice cream. Over The Moon, the 24-hour café’s traditional baked mooncake with lotus seed paste, single yolk and lotus seeds, also returns.
How much $33.80 per box (2 pieces)
Promotions Early bird price of $29.80 applies from 15 Aug to 7 Sep
Get it at Hello Kitty Orchid Garden, #01-22 Arrival Hall Central, Changi Airport Terminal 3 (15 Aug – 24 Sep)
10. Purple Sweet Potato with Walnuts Baked Mooncake – Hilton Singapore
New from Hilton Singapore is the antioxidant-enriched Purple Sweet Potato with Walnut Baked Mooncake ($64 per box of 4; $36 per box of 2). The healthier option will surely surprise traditional baked mooncake devotees. The elegant packaging it comes in is a classic Chinese-style treasure box in auspicious red and gold.
Also available Other baked mooncakes include plain White Lotus, with single or double yolks, infused with fragrant Osmanthus or traditional mixed nuts. Two new mini snowskin creations are Salty Mung Beans with Yuzu & Honey, and Dark Chocolate with Crunchy Pearls. They’re joined by last year’s favourites Lychee Chocolate Truffle, and Black Sesame with Hazelnut Praline.
How much From $35 per box (2 pieces); from $62 per box (4/8 pieces)
Promotions An exclusive 30% discount will apply to early-bird orders placed by 2 Sep; Citibank and Standard Chartered cardholders enjoy 15% off throughout
Get it at D9 Cakery @ Hilton Singapore (22 Aug – 24 Sep)
11. Low Sugar White Lotus Paste with Orange Praline Mooncake – Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant introduces a new snowskin flavour, the Low Sugar White Lotus Paste with Orange Praline Mooncake ($60 per box of 6). Also new is the Low Sugar White Lotus Paste with Hazelnut Crunch Mooncake, featuring a chocolate centre with crunchy hazelnuts. The elegant red and gold packaging opens to reveal a classic Chinese trinket box.
Also available Back to complete the snowskin collection are Peranakan Durian, Pandan White Lotus Seed Paste with Champagne Praline, Green Tea Paste with Baileys Irish Cream Praline, and Passion Fruit Paste with Plum. Xin’s Signature Mini Egg Custard with Yolk, Teochew Yam Paste with Yolk and large Peranakan Durian mooncakes also return. Baked classics comprise Assorted Nuts with French Raisin, and Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste plain, with single, double and four yolks.
How much From $58 per box
Promotions Enjoy early bird discounts of up to 30% till 20 Aug and 10% off premium collection mooncakes till 21 Sep; online exclusives apply
Get it at holidayinnfestive.oddle.me (pre-order till 21 Sep) | Takashimaya (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | Hotel Lobby @ Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium (27 Aug – 24 Sep) | VivoCity (28 Aug – 24 Sep) | Jurong Point (3-23 Sep) | NEX (3-24 Sep) | Northpoint City (8-23 Sep) | SingPost Centre (10-23 Sep) | Bugis Junction (10-23 Sep) | Lot One Shoppers’ Mall (10-23 Sep) | Causeway Point (10-23 Sep) | Tampines Mall (12-23 Sep) | Plaza Singapura (12-23 Sep) | Clementi Mall (14-24 Sep)
12. Teochew Single Yolk Yam Pastry – Imperial Treasure
In the classic style from the dialect group, Imperial Treasure delivers Teochew Single Yolk Yam Pastry ($59 per box of 4). Airy pleats of delicate puff pastry cocoons creamy lavender-hued taro puree and a single golden salted egg yolk. A ribbon-bound handsome chest unlocks to reveal individual drawers that each hold a mooncake.
Also available The classic selection handmade by the team of chefs in-house include premium Lotus Paste or White Lotus Paste, either plain, with single or double yolks, as well as the traditional Mixed Nuts with Barbecued Pork. Their perennial bestseller, however, is the decadent Four Yolk White Lotus Paste Mooncake.
How much From $50 per box
Promotions Online purchases enjoy up to 20% off till 16 Aug and up to 15% off from 17 Aug to 10 Sep
Get it at estore.imperialtreasure.com (till 22 Sep) | Selected Imperial Treasure restaurants (17 Aug – 13 Sep)
13. Snowskin Mooncake: Tea Collection – Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore
Debuting this season are four new tea-infused gems making up the Snowskin Mooncake: Tea Collection ($74 per box of 4). They comprise Black Sesame with Ambrosial Osmanthus, Matcha with White Chocolate, White Lotus with Mandarin Peel, and Earl Grey with Strawberry Chocolate. The floral crafted mooncakes are encased in vibrantly hued latticed chests with bird and flower motifs.
Also available Fans of tradition will enjoy the series of baked white or red lotus paste mooncakes with single or double yolks. Or savour the baked mooncake with assorted nuts, or perennial favourite, low-sugar white lotus paste studded with crunchy macadamia nuts.
How much From $66 per box
Promotions Enjoy 25% early bird savings for orders till 31 Aug, plus an additional 5% discount for online orders
Get it at intercontinentalshoppe.sg (pre-order till 21 Sep) | Man Fu Yuan Shoppe @ InterContinental Singapore (3 Aug – 24 Sep) | Change Alley (20 Aug – 24 Sep, weekdays only) | Takashimaya (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | VivoCity (28 Aug – 24 Sep) | NEX (3-24 Sep) | Jurong Point (3-23 Sep) | Junction 8 (10-23 Sep) | Compass One (11-24 Sep) | Tampines Mall (12-23 Sep)
14. Chocolate Snow Skin Mooncakes – Janice Wong Singapore
Combining her signature works of chocolate art with Chinese tradition, acclaimed local dessert chef Janice Wong breaks all mooncake boundaries. The Chocolate Snow Skin Mooncakes ($58 per box of 9) boasts nine unique flavour combinations, each wrapped in fresh snowskin before being sealed in dark single origin chocolate 72%. The flavours within each hand-painted masterpiece comprise Salted Bak Kwa Lotus Paste, Yuzu Candied Orange Lotus Paste, Date Mandarin, Mark De Champagne Matcha, Oolong Date, Jasmine Matcha, Snow Skin Matcha Custard, Black Sesame, and Salted Egg Lotus Paste.
Also available If you’re really not into chocolate, however, the box set is also available as Snow Skin Mooncakes, sans chocolate shell. By the way, you can click here to watch the fascinating making-of video.
How much $58 per box (9 pieces)
Promotions Enjoy 25% early bird discount until 16 Sep
Get it at www.janicewong.online (3 Aug – 24 Sep) | #01-06 National Museum Singapore (10 Aug – 24 Sep) | #B1-k28 Paragon (10 Aug – 24 Sep) | #B1-48 Raffles City (10 Aug – 24 Sep)
15. Pandan with Red Bean and Melon Seeds Baked Mooncake – Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
In a nod to nostalgia, the Pandan with Red Bean and Melon Seeds Baked Mooncake ($72 per box of 4; $38 per box of 2) features a delectable red bean core studded with melon seeds. Another new baked variety features Sea Salt Caramel with Taro and Shredded Coconut. They come in intricate teal-coloured chests with flowers and bird motifs, featuring the hotel’s iconic gold fan emblem as handles.
Also available Other traditional baked mooncakes comprise Low Sugar Silver Lotus Paste with single or double yolks. New to the mini snowskin collection is refreshing Mango Puree with Macadamia Nuts, while the signature Lychee Martini with Chocolate Truffle, Custard Paste with Rose Petals and Chestnuts, and Osmanthus and Walnut are back by popular demand.
How much From $38 per box (2 pieces); from $72 per box (4/8 pieces)
Get it at Mandarin Oriental Singapore (16 Aug – 24 Sep) | Takashimaya (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | Bugis Junction (10-23 Sep) | Junction 8 (10-23 Sep) | Tampines Mall (12-23 Sep)
16. Pu Erh Tea Baked Mooncake – SweetSpot, Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is focusing on new wellness mooncake offerings this year. Rich in antioxidants, the nutritious Pu Erh Tea Baked Mooncake ($78 per box of 4) is best savoured with – you guessed it – a brew of pu erh tea. Pick up your mooncakes in an elegant pink tote lined with luxurious purple velvet. Held together with a golden clasp, the packaging doubles up as chic arm candy!
Also available Another new introduction is the high-fibre Multigrain Baked Mooncake. It features a blend of lotus and melon seeds, pepita and sunflower kernels, rolled oats, black sesame and walnuts. Its new snowskin collection highlights Strawberry Yoghurt Champagne, Passion Mango Yoghurt, and Japanese Sweet Potato flavours.
How much $78 per box
Promotions Enjoy 25% off pre-orders; Sands Rewards and Citibank cardholders enjoy up to 20% discounts
Get it at SweetSpot @ Marina Bay Sands Hotel Lobby Tower 3 (pre-order till 22 Aug; available 13 Aug – 24 Sep)
17. Mini Salted Egg Custard Lava – Song Garden, Mercure Singapore Bugis
One of Song Garden’s all-time favourite baked mooncakes is the Mini Salted Egg Custard Lava ($62.80 per box of 9). The aromatic buttery crust holds a molten salted egg lava core that oozes delightfully when cut open. The mooncakes are packaged in a timeless red and gold Song Garden signature gift box.
Also available Four other hand-crafted traditional classics include plain White Lotus, with single or double yolk, and Classic Mixed Nuts. You can also enjoy all four in the Classic Baked Collection.
How much From $50.80 per box
Promotions All orders made before 1 Aug receive 25% off
Get it at Song Garden (pre-order till 21 Sep)
18. Longan with Wugu Baked Mooncake – Old Seng Choong
Heritage brand Old Seng Choong presents the new Longan with Wugu ($66.80 per box of 4) this festive season. Founder Chef Daniel Tay combined pure dried longan paste, dried longan and ‘wugu’ – a mix of five seeds and berries. These comprise pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, fructus lycii (a mix of wolfberries and goji berries), white sesame and black sesame. The mooncakes are presented in individual retro Chinese metal tins, held in an tasteful gift box.
Also available Other new baked varieties are White Lotus with Yolk Blend & Mixed Seeds, and White Lotus Paste with Durian Paste. Wu Ren with Bakwa, and Black Sesame with Yolk Blend & Melon Seeds also return. Four new alcoholic snowskin creations are Brandy Cherry, Yuzu Martini, Bailey Whiskey with White Chocolate Pearl, and Rum and Raisin with Dark Chocolate Pearl. Completing the list is annual bestseller Old Seng Choong Mao Shan Wang Durian Snowskin.
How much From $60.80 per box
Promotions Early bird discount of 25% apply online and in-store till 21 Aug; discounts of 5-20% apply from 22 Aug; DBS/POSB and Maybank cardholders get an additional 5% off
Get it at www.oldsengchoong.com (pre-orders till 24 Sep) | #01-48 Clarke Quay Central (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | Takashimaya (22 Aug – 24 Sep)
19. Mini Fruity Noon Tea Snowskin – Hua Ting Restaurant, Orchard Hotel
Featuring a refreshing green apple filling, the Mini Fruity Noon Tea ($69 per box of 8) snowskin mooncake hides a white chocolate core. It’s infused with Hua Ting’s premium tea, a blend of bright floral notes and hints of orchard fruits. The Millennium Mooncakes are presented in chinoiserie turquoise and gold gift boxes. The Deluxe version is reusable as a knick-knack box, while the limited-edition Premium design doubles up as a bedside lamp, complete with LED lights and a Bluetooth speaker!
Also available Another new snowskin gem is the Mini Salted Egg Custard, while Blueberry with Vintage Hua Diao Wine, and White Lotus Paste with Champagne Ganache make a much-anticipated return. Timeless baked classics include the low-sugar White Lotus Paste in plain, single or double yolk with macadamia nuts. There’s also the signature Seeds of Harmony, and Red Bean Paste with Melon Seeds.
How much From $69 per box
Get it at bit.ly/MillenniumMooncakes2018 (pre-orders till 24 Sep) | Orchard Hotel Lobby kiosk (16 Aug – 24 Sep) | Copthorne King’s Singapore | Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore | M Hotel Singapore | M Social Singapore | Studio M Hotel Singapore
20. Four Treasures Snowskin Mooncakes – Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore
Hai Tien Lo introduces a quartet of snowskin mooncake flavours this year. Four Treasures Snowskin Mooncakes ($88.80 per box of 4) features Mao Shan Wang Durian, Durian Gula Melaka, Cempedak, and Lychee & Soursop. The pastel hues are reflected in the charming gift box that doubles as storage for treasured accessories.
Also available The new gold-dusted Charcoal Melon Seed with Sesame Paste baked mooncake will please the health-conscious. Low-sugar baked mooncakes also include Pandan Paste with Single Yolk, and White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts. Perennial favourites Traditional Red Lotus Seed Paste with single or double yolk, and Mixed Nuts with Chicken Ham also return.
How much From $63.80 per box
Promotions Enjoy 20% savings with promo code MOONCAKE20, with 15% savings on Mao Shan Wang Snowskin Mooncakes
Get it at www.pacificmarketplace.sg (pre-orders till 21 Sep) | Hai Tien Lo & Level 1 Mooncake Booth @ Pan Pacific Singapore (24 Aug – 24 Sep; baked mooncakes available from 23 July)
21. Baked Skin Pandan Jade Coconut Dodol – The Pine Garden
Heritage heartland bakery The Pine Garden debuts the Baked Skin Pandan Jade Coconut Dodol ($15 per piece) mooncake creation. Jade-green pandan paste is jazzed up with chewy coconut dodol and toasted black and white sesame seeds. For something really different, a traditional handmade Teochew Large Sweet Pea-Cake with Bacon Bits ($88 per set) is housed in a Valet Tray laced with a suede cord and gold ring, an exclusive collaboration with Bynd Artisan.
Also available Other new baked mooncakes include Winter Melon with Pine Nuts, and Scallion Mixed Nuts. Classic baked varieties include Assorted Nuts, plain White Lotus Paste and with single or double yolks, and Red Bean Orh-Ni. Snowskin flavours include the new Kyoto-Uji Matcha Crunch, Double Custard Salted Egg, Rocky Road, and Yuzu Pop Rocks. Returning snowskin White Lotus Paste mooncakes include plain, with single or double yolks, and the popular Lychee Martini.
How much From $11.40 per piece
Promotions Early bird savings of 15% apply for orders placed by 5 Sep
Get it at www.pgcake.com (till 24 Sep) | #01-2369, 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 | #01-13 AMK Hub | #B1-39 Compass One | #B2-01 Northpoint City | #B1-33 Century Square
22. Baked Ginseng Custard Paste Mooncake – Feng Shui Inn, Resorts World Sentosa
Named the Mid-Autumn Star ($78 per box of 6), this delicate mooncake from Feng Shui Inn celebrates American ginseng. The nourishing herb is blended with custard and white lotus paste, and chocolate pearls are added for crunch. Each mooncake is baked in a crisp buttery crust and contains more than five grams of premium American ginseng. They are then presented in an elegant gift box.
Also available Other baked varieties include plain Low Sugar White Lotus Paste, with single or double yolks, ‘Ng Yan’ Assorted Nuts, and Black Sesame with Salted Taro.
How much From $57 per box
Promotions RWS Invites members enjoy 15% off
Get it at www.rwsentosa.com/mooncakes2018 (pre-orders till 21 Sep) | Feng Shui Inn, Crockfords Tower Level G2, Resorts World Sentosa (22 Aug – 24 Sep)
23. White Lotus Seed Paste with Red Date and Longan Baked Mooncake – The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Debuting this year is the White Lotus Seed Paste with Red Date and Longan ($76 per box of 4). The new baked mooncake from The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore melds the wholesomeness of two popular Chinese tea ingredients to perfection. They are stylishly presented in a luxe red box, while their snowskin cousins come in a rose gold box. Lined with suede, they double as jewellery organisers, featuring multiple storage compartments including a ring holder, and a mirror.
Also available Other classic baked varieties include White Lotus Seed Paste, plain or with double yolks. New to the snowskin collection is Irish Martini, a concoction of espresso, Irish stout reduction, vodka, Campari and beer. Mini snowskin flavours back by popular demand are Green Tea, and White Lotus Seed Paste, with or without yolk, and the bestselling Mao Shan Wang Durian.
How much From $70 per box
Promotions Enjoy 20% discount on online purchases till 19 Aug, with 15% off Mini Snowskin Mao Shan Wang Durian mooncakes; Citibank, DBS/POSB, Maybank, OCBC and UOB cardholders enjoy 15% off till 21 Sep
Get it at www.rcmooncake.com.sg (pre-orders till 21 Sep) | The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore Level 3 (8 Aug – 24 Sep) | Change Alley (20 Aug – 24 Sep, weekdays only) | Takashimaya (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | Suntec City (28 Aug – 23 Sep)
24. Mini Baked Custard with Bird’s Nest – Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
Previously at the helm of two-Michelin-star Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La in Hong Kong, Executive Chinese Chef Mok Kit Keung recreates his most sought-after signature Mini Baked Custard with Bird’s Nest ($118 per box of 8) in Singapore for the first time. The limited-edition nourishing morsels are presented in Royal Red or Champagne Gold boxes with intricate imperial designs.
Also available Also new is the Mini ‘Eight Treasures’ Gift Set featuring four pieces each of Chocolate with Assorted Nuts, and Salted Taro with Red Bean and Almond. Traditional baked Reduced-sugar White Lotus Seed Paste mooncakes offer a healthier choice. These include varieties with single, double or four yolks, as well as Mixed Nuts with Chicken Ham.
How much From $70 per box; from $19 per piece
Promotions Early bird orders enjoy 25% off till 13 Aug and 15% off till 22 Sep; further bulk discounts apply
Get it at slsfestive.oddle.me (pre-orders till 22 Sep) | Shang Palace & Shangri-La Hotel Singapore Lobby (24 Jul – 24 Sep) | Change Alley (20 Aug – 24 Sep, weekdays only) | Takashimaya (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | Suntec City (28 Aug – 23 Sep) | VivoCity (28 Aug – 24 Sep) | Jurong Point (3-23 Sep) | NEX (3-24 Sep) | Parkway Parade (10-23 Sep)
25. Black Truffle Sea Salt Dark Chocolate with White Lotus Seed Paste Snowskin Mooncake – Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, Sheraton Towers Singapore
A new addition to Li Bai’s snowskin collection is Black Truffle Sea Salt Dark Chocolate with White Lotus Seed Paste ($62 per box of 8). It’s a surprising harmony of bitter sweet dark chocolate with a tinge of black truffle and sea salt. The classic box design comes in red, gold and rose gold options. Adding to the premium collection is an opulent champagne box – containing four matching individual mooncake boxes – that transforms into an elegant serving tray.
Also available Also new is the refreshing Lemon and Lemongrass with White Lotus Seed Paste snowskin mooncake. Joining them is Champagne with White Lotus Seed Paste, and Lychee Martini with White Lotus Seed Paste. Li Bai is also renowned for its traditional baked White Lotus Seed Paste, with or without single and double yolk, and Mixed Nuts mooncakes.
How much From $62 per box
Promotions Selected credit cardholders enjoy 25% early bird discount till 21 Aug and 15% discount from 22 Aug to 24 Sep
Get it at deals.sheraton.com (pre-orders till 21 Sep) | Change Alley (20 Aug – 24 Sep, weekdays only) | Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant & Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel Lobby (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | Takashimaya (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | Full of Luck Restaurant @ Holland Village (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | Jurong Point (3-23 Sep) | Junction 8 (10-23 Sep) | Tampines Mall (12-23 Sep)
26. Charcoal White Lotus Seed Paste Baked Mooncake with Macadamia Nuts – Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant
Lightly sprinkled with gold dust, the onyx-coloured Charcoal White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncakes with Macadamia Nuts ($60 per box of 4) is the new addition to Si Chuan Dou Hua’s range of low-sugar mooncakes this year. The mooncakes come in a dainty box with turquoise blue and light pink covers featuring peony prints and gold rimmed ribbons securing an auspicious Chinese coin. Or go for the limited-edition Mid-Autumn Gift Box that comes with two persimmon-shaped tea caddies alongside your choice of mooncakes. Persimmons symbolising good fortune means that this makes a great gift, although you may not want to give these adorable tea caddies away!
Also available Other traditional classics include White Lotus Seed Paste with single or double yolks, as well as the popular Baked Filo Pastry Yam Paste Mooncake with Yolk. The latter are even prepared just before your scheduled collection to ensure they are really fresh.
How much From $56 per box
Promotions UOB cardholders enjoy 25% early bird discount till 26 Aug, while UOB, Citibank, DBS/POSB and OCBC cardholders get 15% off from 27 Aug to 24 Sep
Get it at www.sichuandouhua.com (pre-orders till 21 Sep) | TOP of UOB Plaza (13 Aug – 24 Sep) | Our Tampines Hub | PARKROYAL on Beach Road | PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
27. Gold-dusted White Lotus Seed Paste Baked Mooncakes with Chrysanthemum, Mixed Grains, Serrano Ham & Salted Egg Yolk – Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Its name is quite a mouthful, but each bite of this mooncake is also a delightful mouthful in real life. The Gold-dusted White Lotus Seed Paste Baked Mooncakes with Chrysanthemum, Mixed Grains, Serrano Ham & Salted Egg Yolk is part of the limited-edition Royal Mid-Autumn Gift Set ($238 per set) from Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant. Accompanying the four mooncakes is a bottle of premium Villa Girardi Amarone Della Valpolicella 2013 (375ml), wine opener and wine stopper. They are contained in an elegant two-tier red chest, hot-stamped with chinoiserie flowers and butterflies.
Also available Other baked mooncakes include the new Cempedak Paste with Pumpkin Seeds, Chicken Bak-Kwa with Assorted Nuts, and the classic White Lotus Seed Paste with single or double yolks, pine nuts or macadamia nuts. New snowskin flavours comprise Mango Yoghurt with Lime Margarita Truffle, Mocha with Milk Chocolate Royaltine, and White Lotus Seed Paste with Salted Egg Truffle. Pure Mao Shan Wang Premium Grade Durian, and Sencha Green Tea with Japanese Red Beans complete the snowskin list.
How much From $66 per box
Promotions TANGS and Club Marriott members enjoy up to 30% discount till 9 Sep and up to 15% discount from 10 to 24 Sep for on-site purchases; selected credit cardholders get up to 25% and up to 15% discount respectively
Get it at www.singaporemarriott.com/mooncakes (pre-orders till 21 Sep) | Forecourt Stall @ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel entrance (20 Aug – 24 Sep) | Change Alley (20 Aug – 24 Sep, weekdays only) | Takashimaya (22 Aug – 24 Sep) | VivoCity (28 Aug – 24 Sep) | Jurong Point (3-23 Sep) | NEX (3-24 Sep) | Novena Square (10-23 Sep) | Westgate (10-23 Sep) | Causeway Point (10-23 Sep) | Junction 8 (10-23 Sep) | Tampines Mall (12-23 Sep) | Clementi Mall (14-24 Sep)
28. Les Fleurs de Lumiére Mooncake Collection – Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Les Fleurs de Lumiére ($72 per box of 4), which translates as The Flowers of Light, is Sofitel Singapore City Centre’s inaugural mooncake collection. It comprises four distinctive baked mooncake flavours that blend local tradition with French luxury. The collection’s piece de resistance is The Luxe, made with French Foie Gras and Truffle Oil with Assorted Nuts. It is balanced by The Traditional – White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk, The Oriental – Green Tea Paste with Melon Seed, and Singapour Je T’aime – Red Date Paste with Slivered Almonds.
The collection is housed in an equally distinctive collectible box handcrafted with a premium metallic sheen. On it, the Bouquet Magnifique captures the hotel’s botanical theme. This exclusively commissioned art piece is the work of the hotel’s renowned Italian artist-in-residence, Arianna Caroli.
How much $72 per box
Promotions An early bird discount of 15% applies till 15 Aug; AccorPlus and Carte Je’Taime members enjoy 25% and 10% off respectively
Get it at www.sofitel-singapore-citycentre.com (pre-orders till 19 Sep)
29. Sedap Chempedak Ice Cream Mooncake – Swensen’s
Family favourite ice cream parlour Swensen’s unveils six ice cream mooncakes this mid-autumn. One of its new creations is Sedap Chempedak ($39.80 per box of 4; $10.90 per piece). Each oval-shaped mooncake is filled with chempedak ice cream and fresh chempedak fruit bits. You can also mix and match four flavours to fill the midnight blue gift box, complete with matching chiller bag. The ice cream mooncakes are also available for dine-in.
Also available Joining the new selection are Feel Good Passionfruit, Wild Floral Honey Crumble, Salted Butterscotch Crumble, and Mao Shan Wang. Back to complete the collection is the all-time favourite, Sticky Chewy Chocolate.
How much $39.80 per box; $10.90 per piece
Promotions Swensen’s Cool Rewards and Kids Club members enjoy 20% early bird discount till 9 Sep, and 15% from 10-24 Sep; Citibank, Diners, HSBC, Maybank, OCBC and Standard Chartered cardholders also enjoy 15% and 10% respectively
Get it at www.swensens.com.sg (pre-orders till 9 Sep) | All Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets (1 Aug – 24 Sep)
30. Royal Elixir Snowskin Series – tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto
New from tcc is Royal Elixir ($68 per box of 8), comprising four mini snowskin mooncakes injected with alcohol. New flavours Osmanthus with Single Malt Whiskey, Matcha Sake, and Pomelo Dry Gin are joined by the signature Baileys Amore. We haven’t seen the packaging yet, but if previous years’ are anything to go by, it’s worth looking forward to.
Also available For something non-alcoholic, there’s the new Grandeur snowskin series. It comprises the new Strawberry Rose Truffle, Sweet Potato Chia Seed, and Kuro Goma, with signature Choco Hazelnut. Baked varieties available are D’Classic with Egg Yolk Blend, and D’Classic with Melon Seeds. Both are made with less sugar premium lotus seed paste for a healthier dose of yum.
How much From $58 per box
Promotions Purchase the tcc Mooncake Gift Card by 16 Aug ($45 for tcc members + $5 gift voucher; $52 for public) to redeem a box of tcc mooncakes at this special rate; tcc members enjoy early bird rate of $45 per box with every 2 boxes from 17-31 Aug; selected banks and memberships enjoy 28% off from 17-31 Aug; more specials apply when purchasing in-store from 1-24 Sep
Get it at All tcc outlets (17 Aug – 24 Sep)
Mooncake Fairs in Singapore during Mooncake Festival 2018
Of course, the above is just a small taste of all the mooncakes out there. So as promised, here’s a list of where you can go to browse all the mooncakes available this Mooncake Festival:
- Bugis Junction | 10-23 Sep
- Causeway Point (Level 1 Atrium) | 10-23 Sep
- Change Alley (Chevron House Ground Floor) | 20 Aug – 24 Sep, weekdays only
- Clementi Mall (Level 3 Event Square) | 14-24 Sep
- Compass One (Level 2 Atrium) | 11-24 Sep
- Junction 8 (Level 2 Atrium) | 10-23 Sep
- Jurong Point (Level 1 Atrium) | 3-23 Sep
- Lot One Shoppers’ Mall | 10-23 Sep
- Millenia Walk (North Galleria) | 25 Aug – 24 Sep
- NEX (Level 1 Atrium) | 3-24 Sep
- Northpoint City | 8-23 Sep
- Novena Square (Level 1 Atrium) | 10-23 Sep
- Parkway Parade (Basement Atrium) | 10-23 Sep
- Plaza Singapura | 12-23 Sep
- SingPost Centre | 10-23 Sep
- Suntec City (Level 1 East Atrium) | 28 Aug – 23 Sep
- Takashimaya Square (B2 Atrium) | 22 Aug – 24 Sep
- Tampines Mall (Level 1 Atrium) | 12-23 Sep
- VivoCity (Level 1 Atrium) | 28 Aug – 24 Sep
- Westgate (Level 2 Atrium) | 10-23 Sep
But mooncakes aside, don’t forget that the festival has a couple of other monikers. Children know it best as the Lantern Festival. And no wonder! After all, there’s nothing cuter than watching the concentration on the face of a young child carefully carrying their lantern. So parents, do take the kids down to the annual Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay (6-24 Sep).
Of course, its other name is the Mid-autumn Festival, and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay will be presenting the 14th edition of Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration (21-23 Sep). It features traditional and contemporary Chinese arts performances, talks and activities, both ticketed and free. Kids will especially love the storytelling and craft activities at PIP’s PLAYbox, as well as the popular Lantern Walkabout.
Happy Mooncakes-Lantern-Mid-Autumn Festival 2018, everyone!
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