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Where to buy mooncakes in Singapore 2020

Leap over the moon with these mooncakes that are sure to please during the Mid-Autumn Festival on October 1

By Fabian Loo
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We're in peak mooncake season and the forecast is a flurry of sweet treats in a multitude of unconventional flavours packed in a pretty box. The variety can be overwhelming – remember the days when we just needed to choose between salted egg or plain? Now there's durian, truffle, milk tea and a whole new world of flavours. Save yourself the trouble and zoom in on these options.

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Nouri
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Nouri

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

THE LOWDOWN It's not every day you see a Michelin-starred restaurant that isn't dedicated to Chinese cuisine join the mooncake fray. But this year, Nouri has teamed up with Minerva Passion to create a set of four mooncakes that keep in line with its crossroads cooking concept. It's evident in bakes like "The Moonshot", which is inspired by middle Eastern Halva and packed with black sesame paste, Bronte pistachios and candied oranges. Drawing inspiration from the middle eastern confectionery dessert called Halva, the black sesame paste is blended with Bronte pistachios and candied orange.

WHAT WE LOVE Not only are the boxes gorgeously designed, they're also plastic-free and made using a compostable material. Here's hoping that this kickstarts trend towards more sustainable mooncake packaging in the future!

ORDER HERE shop.appetitesg.com

Yan mooncakes 2020
Photograph: Yan

Yan

Restaurants Chinese City Hall

THE LOWDOWN Yan’s Mix and Match Set ($68) is the best way to sample the best of the Cantonese restaurant’s mid-autumn offerings – it comes with white lotus paste with macadamia nuts, white lotus paste with single yolk, and two of its well-loved yam mooncakes. There’s also the mao shan wang durian snowskin mooncake, a must-get for lovers of the fruit, where premium bittersweet pulp is wrapped around soft snowskin. 

WHAT WE LOVE The return of its Thousand Layer Yam Mooncakes (from $33 for two). Each handcrafted parcel is prepped fresh upon order, where flaky layers of buttery pastry surround a luscious, sweet yam paste middle. It’s great as is, but even better when the sweetness is balanced with a single yolk core. 

ORDER HERE yan.com.sg/estore/mooncakes

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Marina Bay Sands mooncakes 2020
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Marina Bay Sands

Things to do Marina Bay

THE LOWDOWN Tired of the usual lotus and snowskin variant? This year, Marina Bay Sands puts a pastry-making spin on traditional mooncake, creating two novel versions. First, there’s the baked variant ($12 each) that feels more like a pie than a mooncake. Puff pastry, similar to those found encasing chicken pot pie, is used here to surround a middle of tropical cempedak and salted egg yolk. These freshly baked treats are made daily, and are best consumed within a day. 

WHAT WE LOVE The cool chocolate shell mooncakes ($12 each), which feels like tucking into an oversized chocolate truffle. Encasing a brittle dark chocolate shell is two different flavours: the black sesame, perfumed with hojicha, that comes sitting on a banana biscuit base; and the Japanese sweet potato, layered with pandan coconut ganache, sweet potato lotus paste, and sweet potato roll biscuit base. It’s an imaginative treat unlike any we’ve sampled. 

ORDER HERE marinabaysands.com/deals/restaurants/mooncakes-online-order.html

Resorts World Sentosa mooncake 2020
Photograph: Resorts World Sentosa

Feng Shui Inn

Restaurants Chinese Sentosa

THE LOWDOWN Besides just reducing the sugar content, Feng Shui Inn at Resorts World Sentosa has gone one step further by fortifying its snowskin mooncake collection ($98 for six) with nourishing ingredients that help boost immunity and even come packed with anti-oxidants. For instance, the purple sweet potato is sweetened, naturally, with manuka honey snowskin exterior and a velvety smooth Japanese sweet potato middle. 

WHAT WE LOVE Our favourite is the rose lingzhi spores with longan that’s pretty in pink. It gets its pastel hue from natural additions of rose petals and raspberry powder, and comes perfumed with longan honey, dried longan, and lingzhi spores, a prized ingredient that's widely believed to come packed with immunity-boosting properties. Roasted pine nuts help lend a delightful crunch in every bite. 

ORDER HERE rwsentosa.com/mooncakes2020

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Regent mooncake 2020
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Regent Singapore

Hotels Orchard

THE LOWDOWN Sample the best of Regent Singapore’s culinary concepts through its mid-autumn collection. Chefs from the property's various restaurants, including One-Michelin-starred Summer Palace, award-winning Manhattan bar, and Basilico, have once again come together to present an eclectic snowskin collection ($85), elegantly packed into a lantern-like box. 

WHAT WE LOVE Basilico’s novel usage of Italian ingredients in a traditional Chinese treat makes for a fun surprise. Amarena cherries from Bologna are used by executive chef Angelo Ciccone to create a pistachio, fig, and Amarena cherry version, while coffee lovers will enjoy the double espresso and almond marzipan. A series of cocktails ($24 each, $80 for four), concocted by Manhattan’s head bartender Sophia Kang, are also available to pair with these novel treats. Try the Cherry Blossom, with chocolate spirit and elderflower notes to complement the tartness from the Amarena cheery mooncake; or Lecce, made with Amaretto and Mr Black Coffee Amaro to echo the bittersweet notes from the espresso mooncake.

ORDER HERE regenthotels.com/regent-singapore/overview/news-events/regent-mid-autumn-2020

Old Seng Choong mooncake 2020
Photograph: Old Seng Choong

Old Seng Choong

Restaurants Bakeries Raffles Place

THE LOWDOWN Hot favourites from Old Seng Choong’s mooncake collection are making a return this year. The line-up includes its mini mao shan wang snowskin mooncakes ($88.80 for eight), well-loved for its rich, creamy centre, alongside four baked treats made without preservatives or artificial flavourings. 

WHAT WE LOVE The Celestial Premium Gift Box ($168) offers a little of everything – from baked treats right down to loose tea leaves. Within a faux leather case comes four different treats, with highlights of the red lotus paste with hand-chopped bakwa, and the white lotus paste where salted yolk comes blended and incorporated within for a creamier, decadent filling. And to wash it all down, brew up some prized Da Hong Pao tea which comes as part of the set.  

ORDER HERE oldsengchoong.com

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Si Chuan Dou Hua mooncake 2020
Photograph: Si Chuan Dou Hua

Si Chuan Dou Hua

Restaurants Raffles Place

THE LOWDOWN This year, Si Chuan Dou Hua presents a series of low-sugar mooncakes that comes packed within a regal, embroidered gift box. Inside, choose to fill it with options of white lotus paste with single ($16.50 each) or double yolk ($18) each, or sample the popular charcoal white lotus seed paste mooncake that’s studded with macadamia nuts. 

WHAT WE LOVE The complimentary fortune cookies that come with every order of a box of four mooncakes. Unique flavours aside (there is butter, mocha, and strawberry), each cookie cracks open to reveal gifts that can be redeemed at Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant. Depending on your luck, prizes range from a bottle of wine to free Peking duck, to even massage treatments from PARKROYAL on Beach Road.  

ORDER HERE sichuandouhua.com/en/shop/products

Swensen's mooncake 2020
Photograph: Swensen's

Swensen's

Restaurants American City Hall

THE LOWDOWN If you’re a fan of Swensen’s ice cream, you’ll need to try its mochi snowskin mooncake ($10.90 each, $39.80 for four). Each comes with a chewy exterior, and wrapped with the restaurant’s iconic frozen treat – a perfect icy dessert for the warm weather.

WHAT WE LOVE We love the Sticky Chewy Chocolate, a classic flavour that you cannot go wrong with. But new flavours this year are also worth a try, including the zesty grapefruit that makes for a refreshing treat, and the kueh salat-inspired version that comes with pandan coconut ice cream within. 

ORDER HERE swensens.com.sg

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Mdm Ling mooncake 2020
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Mdm Ling

THE LOWDOWN Add some fun to your mid-autumn celebrations with the quirky collection from Mdm Ling Bakery. Inside each board game themed mooncake tin is a series of cookie-inspired mooncakes ($56 for four). You’ll find unique flavours that tap on the bakery’s signature cookies as reference. Popular options include the coffee-infused kopi siew dai, the pink Himalayan salt chocolate almond, and purple sweet potato with a pandan-lotus paste middle. 

WHAT WE LOVE Mooncakes are best enjoyed with a cup of tea, and Mdm Ling Bakery has teamed up with bubble tea store, Teabrary. Beyond traditional oolong tea leaves, there’s also a set that comes with cold-brewed tea – perfect for our warm weather. The champagne darjeeling’s moscato-like sweet notes, for instance, is best paired with the earthy purple sweet potato mooncake. Bottles even come in-built with a strainer, so there’s no need to worry about sipping on tea leaves. Each set, with a box of mooncake and two cold brew tea, goes for $48. 

ORDER HERE mdmlingbakery.com/en_SG/

Goodwood Park Hotel mooncake 2020
Photograph: Goodwood Park Hotel

Goodwood Park Hotel

Hotels Orchard

THE LOWDOWN It's a double celebration at Goodwood Park Hotel. This year’s mid-autumn festivities fall on the hotel’s 120th anniversary, and with it comes a luxurious 120th-anniversary mooncake that spans 16.5cm wide and is stuffed with 12 salted egg yolks. There’s also the Legacy Bundle ($120), a well-priced promotion that comes with a box of baked mooncakes, a box of assorted snowskin mooncakes, and two pieces of Japanese sweet potato mooncakes. 

WHAT WE LOVE The latest creation, orange with grape ($37 for two), is a cool, summery treat that’s perfect for the warm weather. Tart-sweet citrus mousse, made using fresh orange juice is mixed with fresh red grapes – a juicy burst in every bite. Also worth a try is the newly created Japanese sweet potato with pumpkin-coconut centre ($41 for two), made with blended sweet potato and a pumpkin puree middle. 

ORDER HERE goodwoodparkfestive.oddle.me/en_SG/

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Kele mooncake 2020
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Kele

Restaurants Bakeries Harbourfront

THE LOWDOWN Kele’s fruit-forward snowskin mooncakes make for a lighter treat to the usual rich variants. It’s recommended that you let them defrost at room temperature for 15 minutes before consuming, but we like leaving them out for under 10 minutes, which gives it an ice cream-like texture.

WHAT WE LOVE The tropical flavours ($15.50 a piece, $68 for box of four) make it all too easy to finish these sweet treats in one sitting. Avocado macadamia snowskin mooncake feels like biting into a creamy milkshake that isn’t overly sweet, and mulberry with cream cheese has just the right tartness to balance out the sweetness from the cream cheese.

ORDER HERE kele.sg/festiveshop

Mitzo mooncake 2020
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Mitzo

Restaurants Cantonese Orchard

THE LOWDOWN Baked yam mooncakes make for a great mid-day treat: its buttery crust is rich and savoury, and the smooth yam paste fillings help add a touch of sweetness. And Mitzo’s home-baked version ($78) ticks all the boxes. Each also comes with the requisite salted egg yolk middle, along with pistachio nuts to add texture and crunch. 

WHAT WE LOVE Forget tea and mooncakes – Mitzo has concocted a special libation to pair with the baked treat instead. The Moonlighter ($15) is an Asian-inspired tipple – with eight treasure tea-infused Milagro tequila, grapefruit juice, chrysanthemum syrup, and orange bitters –that’ll help cut through the rich, decadent parcels. 

ORDER HERE mitzo-restaurant-bar.myshopify.com

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Hai Tien Lo mooncake 2020
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Hai Tien Lo

Restaurants Chinese City Hall

THE LOWDOWN Given the variety of mooncakes – both traditional and modern – available at Hai Tien Lo, you’ll definitely discover a new favourite here. Choose from five snowskin flavours (from $68.80 for four pieces), including three new creations of matcha with black sesame, soursop with lychee made with fresh bits of fruits, and raspberry chocolate with crunchy raspberry pearls. Those looking to revisit old favourites can also look forward to the mao shan wang version and the hazelnut yuzu. 

WHAT WE LOVE Low-sugar variants are easily available on its menu. The Four Treasures Baked Mooncakes set ($73.80), for instance, features a sampling of the reduced sugar jade paste with melon seeds, alongside timeless classics of assorted nuts with chicken ham, double yolk white lotus, and charcoal black sesame. It’ll be hard to part with the packaging, too. Each set comes packed in a satin-covered crimson box that feels, and looks, luxurious. 

ORDER HERE shop-panpacificsingapore.panpacific.com/en_SG/

Mandarin Orchard
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Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Hotels Orchard

THE LOWDOWN If it's the classic bakes you're after then look no further than The Mandarin Collection ($69.16) a mixed box featuring mooncakes packed with nuts and Jamón Ibérico, double yolk and white lotus paste, macadamia nuts and low-sugar white lotus paste, and azuki red bean paste and pine nuts. You're sure to find something that appeals to every taste.

WHAT WE LOVE Not going to lie, we adore the blue gift box these mooncakes come in. Each is adorned with a gold-coloured crest and has a customisable rose gold leather patch for you to add a personal touch to your gift.

ORDER HERE shop-orchard.meritushotels.com/en_SG/

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Crystal Jade mooncake 2020
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Crystal Jade

Restaurants Chinese River Valley

THE LOWDOWN You’ll find an unfussy curation of mooncakes – both baked and snowskin – at Crystal Jade. The Chinese restaurant keeps things simple, and classy, with traditional variants of white lotus paste with single or double yolk (from $40.70 for two pieces) – all made using less sugar. Orders can also come in a multi-functional two-tiered box that can double up as extra storage. 

WHAT WE LOVE The petite snowskin mooncake collection ($72.80 for eight pieces) offers flavours suitable for both the young and old. There’s the boozy lychee martini, along with sea salt caramel for those with a sweet tooth, while taro comes filled with a soft, smooth centre and coconut contains a decadent chocolate truffle middle. 

ORDER HERE estore.crystaljade.com

The Marmalade Pantry mooncake 2020
Photograph: The Marmalade Pantry

Marmalade Pantry

Restaurants River Valley

THE LOWDOWN The Marmalade Pantry’s mooncake collection is made for easy gifting. Each gift set comes packed in a stylish woven bag, with oriental motifs of a bamboo carry handle and bamboo twist lock. It can come in four different flavours with The Marmalade Mix ($68), comprising of double yolk white lotus paste, macadamia nut with white lotus, baked taro with lychee, and golden charcoal with black sesame. Traditionalists can opt for The Classic Collection ($72) with four double yolk white lotus paste mooncakes. 

WHAT WE LOVE Tired of saccharine treats? These baked goods from The Marmalade Pantry are made with less sugar and without lard. The result: easily snackable creations that you can enjoy – sans the guilt. And beyond the usual white lotus paste variant, try the baked taro with lychee flavour for a change; the fruit adds a sweet aroma to the otherwise rich yam paste. 

ORDER HERE themarmaladepantry.com.sg/en/news-and-promotions/Mooncake

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Crowne Plaza mooncake 2020
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Crowne Plaza Hotel

Things to do Changi 

THE LOWDOWN Crowne Plaza Hotel is putting a local spin on this yearly treat. Aside from timeless baked versions – including the white lotus paste, available in low-sugar – there’s also the newly created Nonya mixed nut ($70 for four pieces) that draws from Peranakan cuisine. Inside, you’ll find a hearty mix of almonds, white sesame seeds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, and the iconic buah keluak that’s often used in Nonya cooking. 

WHAT WE LOVE The locally inspired line-up of Crowne Plaza is best represented in its snowskin mooncakes ($74 for four pieces). Each is made based on a Singaporean sweet treat. There’s the mango pomelo variant, made with bittersweet pomelo and tropical mango; the orh nee that comes stuffed with velvety smooth yam paste that’s studded with ginkgo nuts; a kueh salat-inspired number that comes with smooth lays custard underneath blue pea flower exterior; and a pandan kaya mooncake with pandan-infused coconut custard. 

ORDER HERE crowne-plaza-changi-airport.myshopify.com/

Madame Fan mooncake 2020
Photograph: JW Mariott Singapore

Madame Fan

Restaurants Chinese City Hall

THE LOWDOWN Madame Fan presents a selection of exquisite bakes for this year’s mid-autumn festivities. And aside from the usual mixed nuts and lotus paste, the restaurant also debuts two new flavours: single yolk lotus paste, perfumed with lychee; and a luxurious snowskin mooncake packed with bird’s nest and Japanese sweet potato ($88 for eight pieces)

WHAT WE LOVE There’s no need to brew a separate pot of tea. The specially crafted baked pu er with chia seeds ($76 for four) is packed with the aroma from tea leaves, while pops of chia seeds help provide some fun pops of crunch. The restaurant also puts a fruity spin on the classic baked single yolk mooncake ($80 for four); this year, the mooncake comes infused with the floral lychee to lend a bright note to the treat. 

ORDER HERE jwmarriottsg.oddle.me/en_SG/

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Shangri-La mooncake 2020
Photograph: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Hotels Tanglin

THE LOWDOWN Making a comeback this year is the restaurant’s iconic mini baked mooncakes with custard and bird’s nest ($120 for eight pieces). And to jazz up the festivities, Shangri-La has two boozy snowskin creations ($88 for eight pieces): the new Hennessy X.O. chocolate mini snowskin mooncake, redolent with dark cocoa notes; and the refreshing yuzu sake mooncake.  

WHAT WE LOVE Those watching their diets can still indulge with the new, limited edition mini vegan mooncakes ($138 for eight pieces). The usual salted egg yolk middle comes replaced with sweated pumpkin instead, and ingredients are thoughtfully sourced to create this healthier treat. Pumpkins from Japan, cinnamon from Sri Lanka, and the all-important white lotus paste are used to create this special plant-based mooncake.  

ORDER HERE buys.asia/sg/shangri-la/html/mooncake2020-checkout-en.php

What makes – or breaks – a good mooncake

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Baked mooncakes

The paste of a well-made mooncake should adhere to the thin shell. If there’s yolk, it should be embedded in the paste and not crumble easily. Needless to say, oily liquid shouldn't be oozing out. If you need more than visual cues, then trust your nose: the mooncake should have a fragrant, sweet smell.

Snowskin mooncakes

The outer layer on snowskin mooncakes should be stretchy with the consistency of mochi. It shouldn’t be overly starchy or taste like dough. If the mooncake has an artificial flavour – it's probably because it's heavy on the food additives – you’re better off not eating it.

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