This year’s mooncake scene takes inspiration from myriad ingredients, sweet and savoury alike—from cinnamon and wine to salted egg custard.
Mandarin Orchard Singapore
It’s choices galore at Mandarin Orchard Singapore this year. Japanese ingredients come under the spotlight with its limited edition mini baked mooncakes. Available in four flavours, they are crafted from premium ingredients sourced from Japan—specifically, purple potato, chestnut, matcha red bean and white kidney bean ($75 for eight in assorted flavours).
Sweet without being cloying, the purple potato version makes an impression with its deep, rich flavour and pretty purple filling. Or opt for the popular mini snow skin mooncakes such as the crowdpleasing lychee martini and chocolate. Traditionalists will also be pleased with the selection on offer: Sweet and savoury mixed nuts studded with Iberico jamon ($75 for four), and traditional double or single yolk and white lotus paste ($74 and $72 for four). 333 Orchard Road. Tel: 6737 4411
Conrad Centennial Singapore
Conrad Centennial Singapore’s new mooncakes are fun and playful this year, some of which take inspiration from popular drinks. Its Golden Peony Snowskin Treasures ($68 for eight) come in four flavours. The mango cream cheese mooncake encases a full-flavoured cream cheese filling interspersed with delightful chunks of mango, while the green tea with yuzu truffle features a flavourful green tea paste holding a yuzu truffle centre.
For the adventurous, there’s bubble tea with butterscotch which takes its inspiration from the Taiwan tea beverage, sweetened with a butterscotch centre. Cocktail lovers meanwhile can enjoy the gin and tonic mooncake, with a lotus paste bursting with flavours of the well-loved cocktail and a similarly flavoured truffle centre. 2 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6432 7486/7489
Top-of-the-range at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant this year is the limited edition Wan Hao Baked Treasures Premium Gift Set. It comprises salted white lotus seed paste with parma ham, pistachios and single yolk baked mooncakes and a bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne ($228 nett for a box of four). The gold-dusted, charcoal-skinned mooncakes manage to balance a host of strong flavours.
Other new flavours from the restaurant include white chocolate with apricot snow skin mooncake ($63 for a box of four) and honey lemon lotus paste with lychee martini truffle snow skin mooncake ($63 for a box of four). But don’t miss their stalwart bestsellers like white lotus seed paste with chicken bak kwa and assorted nuts baked mooncakes ($66 for four) and pure Mao Shan Wang premium grade durian snow skin mooncakes ($73 for eight). Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza, 320 Orchard Road. Tel: 6735 5800
Two new mooncake offerings at Summer Palace restaurant at Regent Hotel Singapore this year pay tribute to Singapore’s history as a spice hub. The pineapple peppercorn mini snow skin mooncake ($69 for a box of eight) has a chilli-infused snow skin that envelopes a tangy pineapple paste and pink peppercorn chocolate pearl core. The cinnamon red bean with spiced wine mini snow skin mooncake ($69 per box of eight) is made up of a red bean paste and spiced wine ganache filling rounded off by a soft cinnamon spice-infused snowskin.
The box that the mooncakes come in is a thing of beauty too. Made of pine wood, the cover is etched with a striking illustration of Singapore’s old spice trading port. Within the box, each mooncake is placed in individual gold-tinted tins that can be re-used as spice containers. Signature mooncakes like mini black sesame paste with melon seeds snow skin ($67 for a box of eight), mini durian snow skin ($72 for a box of eight) and parma ham and pork floss with assorted nuts baked mooncake (from $49 for two) are also available. Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 6725 3288
Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant at Sheraton Towers Singapore unveils three new flavours this season: Salted egg custard ($72 per box of eight), a baked mooncake with a ‘liu sha’ molten lava custard and salted egg yolk centre; and two fruit-inspired snowskin flavours ($60 per box of eight)—white lotus seed paste with a strawberry sea salt truffle centre; and green tea white lotus seed paste with passion fruit truffle. Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road. Tel: 6839 5636