Mooncake Mania 2017

By SALT Magazine | 08 September, 2017 | Food, Restaurants
2017-09-08 14:59:35 2017-09-11 15:59:31

The Mid-Autumn Festival is here again and we've got a list of next-level mooncakes to tempt your tastebuds

Yan Ting (St. Regis) presents the Reduced Sugar Green Apple paste with Macadamia Nut snowskin mooncake
Yan Ting (St. Regis) presents the Reduced Sugar Green Apple paste with Macadamia Nut snowskin mooncake

St. Regis Singapore

Yan Ting takes on a healthier approach this Mid-Autumn season with the debut of several new snowskin flavours for those who are watching their waistline. The Reduced Sugar Green Apple Paste with Macadamia Nut mooncake ($75 for a box of eight) is brimming with macadamia nuts which are low in cholesterol and sodium, and high in omega-9 fatty acids. Another snowskin debut is the antioxidant-rich Green Tea Paste with Almond Flakes ($75 for a box of eight), a perfect marriage of green tea paste with almond flakes. For those who are throwing caution to the wind, try the Champagne Truffle with Chocolate Paste ($73 for a box of eight). The decadent mooncake is wrapped in black sesame skin and features a rich bittersweet chocolate paste complete with a champagne truffle.  Available now till 4 October at Yan Ting restaurant.

29 Tanglin Road, Level 1U, Singapore 247911. Tel: +65 6506 6852. Visit their website for more information.

Ritz-Carlton's new Mangotini and Orangetini mooncakes
Ritz-Carlton’s new Mangotini and Orangetini mooncakes

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

You don’t need to hit a bar to get your boozy fix with these treats. Summer Pavilion brings back their popular martini-infused snowskin mooncakes with two new tropical and fruity flavours: Mangotini and Orangetini, available in assorted boxes of 8 ($72) together with other signature flavours like the lycheetini and espressotini. This is definitely one for the ladies who love their cocktails. Available now till 4 October 2017.

7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799. Tel: +65 6434 5190, www.rcmooncake.com.sg

Si Chuan Dou Hua - Filo Pastry with Yam Moon Cakes
Si Chuan Dou Hua – Filo Pastry with Yam Moon Cakes

Si Chuan Dou Hua

Spiral pastry mooncakes are a hallmark of southern Chinese states such as the Szechuan region. At Si Chuan Dou Hua, the Baked Filo Pastry Yam Paste Mooncake with Single Yolk ($58 for box of 4) shows off well defined lamination and striations that run in parallel across the pastry, that when wrapped around smooth yam paste, is a delightful crisp contrast in textures. This one is not new but an old favourite for good reasons. Available now until 4 October 2017. Orders can be made online at www.tianfutearoom.com

PARKROYAL on Beach Road ,7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591 

Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste with Banana Apricot Praline
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium: Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste with Banana Apricot Praline

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

The minions love bananas and so do we, which is why Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium’s new Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste with Banana Apricot Praline ($58 for a box of 6) is getting us all excited. Chocolate, bananas and a hint of apricot, what’s not to like? Another new low sugar alternative is the Red Lotus Seed Paste with Peanut Praline ($58 for  box of 6). Available from now until 4 October 2017.

317 Outram Road, Singapore 169075. Tel: +65 6731 7173 . Order here.

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Cherry Garden’s new snowskin mooncake flavours

Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Two of our favourite flavours from Cherry Garden’s premium snow skin range is the osmanthus and walnut that comes with a lingering scent of sweet florals, and the tangy passionfruit paste and pistachio treat that is decked with nuts. Also making its debut is a mooncake with a creamy blend of custard, chestnut chunks and rose petals. Available now until 4 October 2017.

5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797. Tel: +65 6885 3081 

Raffles Hotel new mooncake flavour: strawberry yogurt
Raffles Hotel Singapore new strawberry yogurt mooncake flavour. Photo: Lim Minglong

Raffles Hotel Singapore

Imagine a mooncake that is Japanese Apollo strawberry chocolate candy meets Yakult and you have Raffles Hotel Singapore’s new snowskin mooncake flavour. Soft and pliant, Millennial Pink-hued skin wraps around not-too-sweet lotus seed paste and a core of Strawberry Yoghurt and Crunchy White Chocolate Pearl ($70 for box of 8) for a delectable dessert. Available from now until 4 October 2017.

1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673. Tel: +65 6412 1122. Order here.

InterContinental Singapore, Man Fu Yuan's new snowskin mooncakes
InterContinental Singapore, Man Fu Yuan’s new snowskin mooncakes

Intercontinental Singapore

Not only are Man Fu Yuan‘s new snowskin mooncakes shaped to look like pretty flowers, they are infused with lovely botanicals and floral flavours for a garden inspired theme. Available in a mixed boxed set of four ($72 nett) are flavours like Rosemary with Almond and Green Tea; Rose with White Lotus Seed and Pistachio; and Pandan with White Lotus Seed and Macadamia Nuts. Our favourite is the Roselle with Red Date Paste, a mildly sweet alternative to the traditional white lotus seed paste. Available now till 3 October 2017.

80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966. Tel: +65 6825 1131 / +65 6825 1132

 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178. Tel: +65 6877 8943/8178 or order online.

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Crystal Jade’s Mickey and Minnie snow skin collection

Crystal Jade

Take home a bit of Disney magic with their Mickey and Minnie snow skin collection ($78 for box of 8), which features eight mini snow skin mooncakes in four flavours: pandan lotus with gula melaka, chocolate manuka honey, white chocolate Japanese yuzu, and white lotus with a molten raspberry truffle centre. All these come packaged in an squealing-ly cute lacquered box featuring motifs of the world’s most famous mouse.

Available now until 4 October 2017 at all Crystal Jade outlets, or order online.

Goodwood Park Hotel Apple Cider and Root Beer Snowskin Mooncake
Goodwood Park Hotel’s new Apple Cider and Root Beer Snowskin Mooncake

Goodwood Park Hotel

Goodwood Park Hotel’s two new snowskin flavours take inspiration from thirst-quenching fizzy beverages that you’re more likely to consume at a summer barbecue or a picnic than during Mid-Autumn festival. The zesty apple cider infused mooncake packed with diced apple pieces is a refreshing, slightly alcoholic treat ($36 for box of two). Root beer fans will delight in the exotic root beer mooncake ($36 for box of two) boosted with a mix of vanilla beans and rum. Available now till 4 October 2017.

22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221. Tel: 65 6730 1867 / 68

Regent Singapore Snow skin Mooncakes
Regent Singapore Snow skin Mooncakes

Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel

This year, Summer Palace’s new snowskin flavours are inspired by Singapore’s rich history as an entrepôt for spice trade in the early 1800s. Standouts include the Pineapple and Pink Peppercorn ($69 for box of 8), a treat that consists of tangy pineapple paste instead of lotus seed paste, and a pink peppercorn chocolate pearl core – the unconventional dessert tastes more Chinese New Year than Mid-Autumn Festival. Be warn: the heat from the spice lingers. For cinnamon, spice, and everything nice, try the Cinnamon Red Bean with Spiced Wine snow skin mooncake ($69 for box of 8) filled with red bean paste filling and spiced wine ganache.

Tel: +65 6725 3239 or email foodbeverage.rsn@fourseasons.com
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Bakerzin’s Bold mooncake collection

Bakerzin

They’re releasing 8 different collections totalling 23 flavours. What you want to be looking out for though, are the Bold ($66 for box of 4) and Prestige ($60 for box of 8) collections. The former, limited to only 500 boxes, features unique baked mooncakes with ginger, tom yum, sakura ebi, and American ginseng — each representing an auspicious quality. The latter promises to spice up your Mid Autumn festivities, with boozy snow skin flavours like coconut liqueur and apple vodka. Available now till October 2017.

Available at all Bakerzin and Nom La La outlets and online orders .

Li Bais Green Tea White Lotus Seed Paste with Passionfruit Truffle
Li Bai’s Green Tea White Lotus Seed Paste with Passionfruit Truffle

Sheraton Towers Singapore

Taking the traditional salted egg baked mooncakes one step further is Li Bai’s new Mini Salted Egg Custard flavour ($72 for box of 8), which comes filled with a savoury-sweet, molten centre that’s best served warm. There are also two new fruit-inspired mini snow skin mooncakes ($60 for box of 8): White Lotus Seed Paste with Strawberry Sea Salt Truffle, and Green Tea White Lotus Seed Paste with Passionfruit Truffle, where fragrant, fruit truffles centres balance out delicately sweet white lotus seed paste. Available now until 4 October 2017.

39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230. Tel: +65 6839 5623

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Old Seng Choong’s Black Sesame with Yolk & Melon Seeds baked mooncake

Old Seng Choong

Founder-baker Daniel Tay presents new baked flavours (from $60.80 for box of 4) this year, including a pitch-black Black Sesame with Yolk & Melon Seeds, which features a charcoal powder-tinged casing; and a classic wu ren that’s enhanced with kaffir lime leaves and bakwa (barbecued pork). This year also sees the debut of their snowskin mooncakes ($60.80 for box of 8, two of each flavour), which come with a truffle ganache centre, and features four boozy flavours like choya cranberry, coffee-and-Macallan, and chocolate with Myers rum — the lattermost is a nod to the old-school rum ball desserts. Available until 3 October 2017.

Order online here.

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Shang Palace’s Mini Snow Skin Eight Treasures Gift Set

Shangri-La Singapore

Their new Shang Palace Mini Snow Skin Eight Treasures Gift Set ($88 for box of eight) comes with two new indulgent flavours: Yuzu Bird’s Nest, where fragrant, citrusy yuzu meets a luxurious bird’s nest core; and Chocolate Salted Toffee, where area executive pastry chef Herve Potus has combined dark and milk French chocolate, and sea salt toffee in a crisp milk chocolate shell for a right treat. These come in a royal jewellery-like box, complete with pearl handles and flower motifs. Available until 2 October 2017 for order online.

22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350. Tel: +65 6213 4398/4473

Feng Shui Inn's Black Garlic with White Lotus and Custard Paste
Feng Shui Inn’s Black Garlic with White Lotus and Custard Paste

Feng Shui Inn

Packaged in an iridescent rainbow box is Hong-Kong born Executive Chef Li Kwok Kwong’s own health-conscious twist on mooncakes – the Mid-Autumn Star, which is a baked mooncake featuring house-aged organic black garlic blended with custard and white lotus paste ($68 for a box of 6). Black garlic has long been prized for its antioxidant benefits in fighting bad cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. More than being a superfood, it also promises a luscious taste, with a natural mellow sweetness and tartness that balances the richness of the traditional baked mooncake. Its melt-in-your-mouth texture and complex caramelised undertones promises to be a hit with all health-conscious mooncake lovers. Available now until 4 October 2017.

 For more information, visit the RWS’ website. Tel: +65 6577 6599

Marriott Tang Plaza's assorted snowskin mooncakes
Marriott Tang Plaza’s assorted snowskin mooncakes

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza 

Marriott looks to impress this year with 12 artisan mooncake creations by Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant’s team of culinary masters. New additions include the limited-edition Salted White Lotus Seed Paste with Parma Ham, Pistachios and Single Yolk baked mooncakes ($228 for a box of four with Perrier-Jouët champagne). Only 200 boxes are available. Also new is the Premium Coconut Paste with Hazelnut baked mooncakes ($78 for a box of four) made with premium coconut paste flown in from Hong Kong. In the snow skin department, two new flavours make their debut – the White Chocolate with Apricot Snowskin mooncakes and Honey Lemon Lotus Paste with Lychee Martini Truffle Snowskin mooncakes (both $63 for a box of four). The former will appeal to those with a sweet tooth, while the latter offers a zesty, boozy combination that will delight taste buds. Available until 4 October 2017. Order online.

320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865. Tel: +65 6831 4708

Hai Tien Lo (Pan Pacific Hotel) traditional mooncakes
Hai Tien Lo (Pan Pacific Hotel) traditional mooncakes

Pan Pacific Singapore

Hai Tien Lo boosts its traditional baked mooncake offerings this year with additions like the Pandan Paste with Single Yolk, and Caramel with White Lotus Paste Single Yolk (both $68 for a box of four). For the health conscious, the Low Sugar Purple Sweet Potato with White Lotus Paste Single Yolk ($68 for a box of four) is rich with antioxidants, while the Mixed Nuts with Chicken Ham ($72 for a box of four) is a savoury blend that highlights the mooncake’s nuttiness. Available now till 4 October 2017 at Hai Tien Lo or order online.

7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square Level 3, Singapore 039595. Tel: +65 6826 8240

Mandarin Orchard's assorted snow skin mooncake selection
Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s assorted snow skin mooncake selection

Mandarin Orchard Singapore

The Limited Edition Mini Baked Mooncakes are made using high quality ingredients sourced from Japan such as Purple potato, Chestnut, Matcha red bean and White kidney bean ($75 for 8 pieces). Part of the Mini Snow Skin Mooncakes range are favourites like Lychee Martini and Chocolate, and Red wine cranberry paste with Japanese Yuzu and Lemongrass (both $66 for 8 pieces). Each selection is presented in an elegant red gift box that features an intricate lattice pattern. Available until 4 October at Mandarin Orchard’s Festive Counter Level 1 and various shopping malls.

333 Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238867. Tel: +65 6831 6320/ 6262. Visit their website for more information.

Thye Moh Chan's Double Delight Mooncakes - red bean paste and winter melon
Thye Moh Chan’s Double Delight Mooncakes with red bean paste and winter melon filling

Thye Moh Chan

More than 70 years of history stands behind Thye Moh Chan, the local Teochew confectionery. This year, they are introducing a new flavour into their artisanal tau sar piah (mung bean pastries)–the Chef’s Private XO recipe, specially concocted using a blend of shallots, dried shrimps, scallops and chilli. The familiar flavours of salty mung bean paste are elevated with this XO sauce ($40.80 for a box of four). Thye Moh Chan’s mooncakes boast light, flaky layers of pastry and fillings created using authentic quality ingredients and traditional baking techniques.

Available now till 4 October at the brand’s two outlets located in Paragon and Chinatown Point.

Four Seasons Hotel's Jiang-Nan Chun restaurant presents its assorted snowskin collection
Four Seasons Hotel’s Jiang-Nan Chun restaurant presents its assorted snowskin collection

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

Smoked duck in a mooncake? Mooncakes take a turn for the savoury with the Smoked Duck with Assorted Nuts and Lime baked mooncake ($76 for a box of 4), inspired by Jiang-Nan Chun’s signature Peking Duck, which is prepared in a mesquite wood-fire oven. Other signatures include the Osmanthus OoLong Tea Paste and Melon Seed, Fuji Apple Paste with Melon Seed and Single Yolk (both $70 for a box of 4) and Six Grains with Lotus Paste ($68 for a box of four). In the snow skin section, their Bird Nest with Custard ($88 for a box of eight) is a work of art – the soft smooth taste of the custard compliments the generous serving of bird nest in the centre.  Available now until 4 October 2017 online.

190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646. Tel: +65 6831 7220; email festiveseason.sin@fourseasons.com

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