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Where to buy mooncakes in Singapore 2021

Leap over the moon with these mooncakes that are sure to please during the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 21

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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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  • Marina Bay

THE LOWDOWN From the kitchens of the integrated resorts comes three adorable bite-sized mooncake creations, each baked in small batched daily to ensure maximum quality. Flavours include lotus paste with melon seeds; pandan with melon seeds, made using freshly squeezed extract from the aromatic leaves; and yam with lotus paste, stuffed with salted egg yolk dipped in Chinese wine. 

WHAT WE LOVE Away from the standard boxes, the mooncakes at MBS ($88 for eight) come packed in two floral-splashed tea tumblers, complete with TWG Tea’s pu-erh blend. 

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

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  • Art, craft and hobbies
  • Bukit Timah

THE LOWDOWN Two homegrown brands, leather goods maker Bynd Artisan and ice cream café Sunday Folks have come together this Mid-Autumn season to debut a unique mooncake creation. The collaboration marries the strength of both labels; Bynd Artisan has created a minimalist packaging adorned with Nappa leather handle and reusable leather rabbit charm, while Sunday Folks fills each order with bunny-shaped mochi mooncakes. 

WHAT WE LOVE What’s not to love about these cute and dainty parcels? Fashioned into the shape of bunnies, each mochi skin mooncake is filled with sweet Japanese shiro-an or white bean, perfumed with yuzu zest. Each box with six pieces goes for $88. 

ORDER HERE byndartisan.com/products/tugether

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THE LOWDOWN Take your pick from the signature offering from Yan – four of its traditional mooncakes go for $70, including the popular thousand layer yam mooncake, where flaky, buttery pastry comes stuffed with smooth yam paste. Other highlights include the traditional white lotus paste variant with single or double salted egg yolk, or macadamia nuts. 

WHAT WE LOVE Jazz up the set with a range of accompaniments, both classic and modern. A tea pairing option (from $80) comes with chrysanthemum pu-erh from Kindred Tea, while those looking for a boozy tipple can opt for the cocktail pairing set (from $96). 

ORDER HERE yan-restaurant.myshopify.com

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The Peninsula

THE LOWDOWN Hailing from Hong Kong, the mooncakes from The Peninsula are particularly sought after every year by those living around the region. It helps that the kitchen comes helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tang Chi Keung, who adds a winning touch to the hotel’s mooncake collection. 

WHAT WE LOVE The mini egg custard mooncake ($83 for eight pieces) is a clear stand-out. Using a recipe that has been around since 1986, duck eggs, butter, and coconut milk is mixed together (alongside other ingredients) to yield an addictive morsel packed with buttery fragrance. Pop it in the microwave and have it warm for maximum enjoyment. Other flavours to consider: walnut and fig-flavoured egg custard, to the honeyed date lotus seed paste. 

ORDER HERE store.takashimaya.com.sg/the-peninsula-boutique

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  • Hotels
  • Orchard

THE LOWDOWN Savour the winning treats from Michelin-starred Jiang-Nan Chun. Chef Alber Au imbues each tasty parcel a touch of elegance – each befitting of the luxurious jewellery box packaging that the mooncakes come in. 

WHAT WE LOVE While traditionalists will find comfort in the baked collection (from $80), the snowskin collection offers a surprising touch to the annual varieties. From the medley ($92 for eight), tuck into the bright kumquat and lemon, wrapped in a smooth vanilla-lemon pastry cream; or reach out for the creamy mao shan wang. Otherwise, the bird’s nest with custard makes for a nourishing tea-time snack, and the hazelnut chocolate is perfectly indulgent and rich. Wash it all down with some organic sparkling tea from Danish label Copenhagen ($88). 

ORDER HERE fourseasonssingapore.oddle.me/en_SG/

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  • Orchard
  • price 3 of 4

THE LOWDOWN Away from the fancy selections, Mitzo presents three well-loved flavours for a timeless treat. Baked yam mooncakes are decadently rich, while baked white lotus seed paste is made with reduced sugar, and can come scented with lychee. 

WHAT WE LOVE Mitzo’s cocktail spring gift set ($75) brings together the option of two mooncakes, paired with bottled tipples from top bar Smoke and Mirrors. Sip on the classic Manhattan, or try the fruity rum-based Got Milk with pandan and pumpkin.

ORDER HERE mitzo-mooncakes.myshopify.com

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Raffles Place

THE LOWDOWN Local pastry chef Daniel Tay adds an imaginative and local touch to the annual baked goods. The mini-sized parcels are perfect for snacking, and can come packed in attractive boxes gilded in gold, adorned with adorable bunnies, and dressed in shades of teal or magenta. 

WHAT WE LOVE A fun spin on traditional flavours ($76.80 for eight), like the red lotus paste that comes scented with black truffle; or the pandan gula Melaka with bird’s nest. Lotus paste gets spiced up with hae bi hiam in another, while the usual yolk middle gets blended to a smooth, creamy consistency. 

ORDER HERE https://www.oldsengchoong.com/

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  • Chinese
  • Orchard

THE LOWDOWN The mooncake collection from Yan Ting comes packaged within luxurious glass boxes, making for an exquisite buy as gifts and personal enjoyment. For the ultimate indulgence, there is also a limited edition Noble Collectible Gift Set ($198/$248), made in collaboration with The Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City, that comes with an elegant tumbler and oolong osmanthus tea. 

WHAT WE LOVE Otherwise, the mini snow skin mooncake collection is an equally exciting treat. An assortment of eight ($83) comes packed in your choice of a pink or red box, and is filled flavours that include the signature black and white sesame paste, royal milk tea with gula Melaka ruffle, yuzu paste, and pandan paste with macadamia nuts. 

ORDER HERE giftwithstregis.oddle.me/en_SG/

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  • Bakeries
  • Chinatown

THE LOWDOWN Forget the usual varieties, PAUL has launched a collection of moon tarts this year – French-style entremets that will make for the perfect sweet treat. More dessert than anything else, these moon tarts are a novel, fun alternative to those who aren’t a fan of the usual baked treats. 

WHAT WE LOVE The colourful variety in each box of moon tarts ($48 for eight) means that there is something for everyone. In particular, Mango Passion packs a sweet-tart combination with mango cubes and passionfruit mousse sitting atop chocolate tart crust; and Berry More will have you reaching out for another with its refreshing blend of lychee jam, fruit bits, yoghurt crunch, and raspberry mousse. The box also comes with a cheese azuki dome, creamy and decadent; and Caramel Chocolate Fantasy finished with edible gold leaves. 

ORDER HERE paul-singapore.com/ordering/

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  • Chinese
  • Orchard

THE LOWDOWN This year, Crystal Jade looks to Hong Kong for inspiration, recreating popular flavours from the country into colourful bites. Each comes housed in understated boxes, complete with Chinese lattice motif. 

WHAT WE LOVE Macau peanut candy brings turns the classic sweet into a cool snow skin dessert. Or your attention to the milk tea-inspired mooncake, perfumed with the bittersweet aroma of tea leaves. Otherwise, the Hong Kong-style red date and creamy salted egg yolk are safe bets too. Get all four for $42, or eight for $68. 

ORDER HERE crystaljade.com/index/

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  • Restaurants
  • Jurong East

THE LOWDOW This durian specialist adds a royal touch to its mooncake packaging, creating a dramatic box fitted with lights and billows of smoke from the dry ice. 

WHAT WE LOVE But don’t let the fancy light show distract you from what you’re truly after: durian mooncakes ($118 for eight), made using pure, hand-peeled mao shan wang. The labourous creation process means that there is a three-week-long waitlist – so it is best to place an order pronto. 

ORDER HERE WhatsApp 8186 8552

  • Restaurants
  • Raffles Place

THE LOWDOWN For convenient gifting, the low-sugar mooncakes from the Chinese restaurant come encased within an elegant clutch, adorned with a red and blue peony motif and a bamboo handle that feels luxe to the touch. The inside of the box can come filled with classic lotus with single ($70) or double yolk ($72), or the jet-black lotus with crunchy macadamia bits ($68). 

WHAT WE LOVE The restaurant’s latest creation: lychee paste with rose ($68). Cut into the golden pastry to reveal a pink-hued interior, suffused with floral notes and fresh lychee bits. Its delicate flavour makes it an easy favourite – and best paired with the accompanying exclusive tea blend. 

ORDER HERE sichuandouhua.com/en/restaurant/promotions-restaurant/134-mid-autumn-festival-2021a

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  • Hotels
  • Orchard

THE LOWDOWN The hotel continues its annual tradition of working with chefs from its various dining and drinking establishments – including Summer Palace, Manhattan, and Basilico – to create a line-up of fun, whimsical snowskin mooncakes. 

WHAT WE LOVE Sample through the creative minds of these top chefs through Regent’s Snowskin Collection ($90) – eight different parcels, each vastly different in inspiration and flavours. Some highlights: From Basilico, Amalfi Limoncello comes paired with hints of basil; and from Manhattan, indulge in the fruity and boozy Kyoho Grape and Kyoto Dry Gin, featuring botanicals of yellow yuzu and hinoki wood. Tea Lounge creates an aromatic Gryphon Garden of regent, where oolong tea comes blended with lily buds, ginger flower, and pink cornflower. Summer Palace’s floral and fruity goji berries with osmanthus and dried strawberries are light, delicate, and all too easy to consume. 

ORDER HERE regentsingapore.com.sg/offer/mooncakes2021/

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  • City Hall

THE LOWDOWN The thoughtful design of JW Marriott’s packaging is an apt nod to the festival; boxes are fashioned to resemble ‘月’ or the Chinese character of the moon. Put two of the boxes together, and the meaning changes to refer to friendship (朋) – a sweet, poetic way to show some love this season.  

WHAT WE LOVE The property’s Cantonese restaurant, Madame Fan, has a series of baked treats to fill the box (from $80) with. You won’t go wrong with the signature blueberry paste with chia seeds, a novel take on the usual lotus variant with the addition of superfoods for some (almost) guilt-free snacking. It joins traditional treats of lotus paste with single or double yolk, and mixed nuts with red dates. 

ORDER HERE shopatjw.oddle.me/en_SG/

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  • Restaurants
  • River Valley

THE LOWDOWN Homegrown bakery The Marmalade Pantry introduces a stylish packaging this Mid-Autumn season: an Asian-inspired bag with woven rattan texture and bamboo-like handle. More than just looks, the mooncakes within are crafted without lard and made with lower sugar content. 

WHAT WE LOVE Traditional and modern bakes come mixed together in a convenient get set. From The Marmalade Mix ($72), savour must-haves of lotus with double yolk, and black sesame studded with macadamia nuts. Also within are creative bakes to switch up the annual traditions; pandan kaya with melon seeds comes with a kaya paste middle, and earl grey-infused lotus paste is an aromatic take on the classic flavour, highlighted by floral and citrus notes. 

ORDER HERE delivery.themarmaladepantry.com.sg/en_SG

  • Hotels
  • Tanglin

THE LOWDOWN Look forward to a series of limited-edition treats to indulge in. The Shangri-La 50th Anniversary Gift Box ($149) is a treasured set that spotlights mandarin peel, aged for some 50 years, mixed with red bean paste and dried rose petals. Or grab the nourishing Bird’s Nest Gift Box ($238) with mini custard bird’s nest mooncakes for a healthful snack. Even the young ones aren’t forgotten – sample the mini Dino-Milo Mooncakes ($48), bite-sized bakes filled with milo nuggets and malty chocolate. 

WHAT WE LOVE For the traditionalists, stick with the Shang Palace Four Treasures ($80), which comes with lotus in single and double yolk, crafted with reduced sugar, mixed nuts with chicken ham, and plain white lotus. 

ORDER HERE shangri-la-sgdining.com/singapore-celebrations/web/order-now.aspx

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What makes – or breaks – a good mooncake

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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