Part 2 of our mooncake special, this year’s mooncake scene takes inspiration from myriad ingredients, sweet and savoury alike—from butterscotch and root beer to peanut butter and black garlic.
Fairmont Singapore, you’ll find four snow skin mooncakes in pretty pastel hues, shaped delicately to resemble peaches. We recommend the assorted box of four flavours ($72 per box of eight), which include crowd favourites Imperial Yuzu, a yuzu and crunchy chocolate pearl confection encased in white chocolate praline (which otherwise goes for $68 per box of eight).
There is also the rum and raisin chocolate truffle ($68 per box of eight) and the chocolate truffle and chocolate ganache snow skin ($70 per box of eight). Also included in this assortment is the new Golden Caramel Crunch mooncake. Sporting a delicate robin-egg blue, these feuilletine chocolate snow skins are inspired by executive pastry chef Sebastien Cocquery Beraud’s French roots, and are also available for purchase in boxes of eight ($68). Level 2 Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road. Tel: 6338 8785
Gourmet cake boutique Lady M releases its inaugural Grand Lantern mooncake collection this year. Available exclusively online, it features four pieces of white lotus paste snowskin mooncakes with a luscious chocolate centre ($109.50 per box). Customers will have the choice of two truffle cores: the savoury peanut butter chocolate, or the delicately sweet cranberry cheese white chocolate.
Accompanying these desserts is an elaborately crafted, yet functional lantern inspired by New York City’s brownstone townhouses. The lantern comes complete with battery and a metallic chain for those traditional Mid-Autumn Festival strolls. #01-17 South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road. Tel: 6702 6735
Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore rolls out four new flavours this year. Start with the pandan mooncake comprising a creamy lotus paste infused with aromatic pandan, and studded with dried cranberries and chopped pistachios ($34 for two). Or try the three new flavours of mini snow skin mooncakes ($72 for eight).
The custard paste, rose petals and chestnut mooncake with a whole chestnut in the centre makes a delightful dessert, as does the delectable lotus paste mooncake infused with passion fruit and pistachio combining sweet and tangy flavours. The fragrant osmanthus and walnut snow skin mooncake plays up on traditional Chinese flavours, and is perfect with a good cup of Chinese tea. Level 4 Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6338 0066
Dessert cafe Bakerzin has released seven mooncake collections, each tailored to appeal to different palates. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Bold collection ($61.68 per box) which comprises four baked mooncakes with stronger flavours like ginger, tom yum, American Ginseng and Sakura ebi.
Black sesame fans will especially enjoy the newly launched Heavenly snowskin collection ($52.84 per box of eight), with four variaties: Original, butterscotch, peanut butter and coconut egg custard. #03-03 Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive. Tel: 6455 8885
Goodwood Park Hotel
Goodwood Park Hotel sees three adventurous new additions to its range of snow skin mooncakes this year (all priced at $32 for a pair). The first is prickly pear and bergamot, a delicately sweet mooncake with crunchy diced pears and aromatic citrusy notes.
Then there’s its apple cider mooncake, which offers a refreshing take on the traditional confection, showcasing a perfect balance between sweet and tangy. Finally, the playful root beer mooncake is a lovely whimsical twist with flavours of sarsaparilla—think of the retro soda called Sarsi—spiked with a tinge of rum. 22 Scotts Road. Tel: 6737 7411
Calling all Disney fans. Crystal Jade’s latest snow skin mooncake collection comes in a limited edition box sporting a gold-embossed Mickey Mouse. Inside are eight mini snow skin mooncakes ($78) of four delicious new flavours.
The pandan lotus mooncake with gula melaka plays up on local flavour pairings, while the chocolate Manuka honey mooncake comprises rich and velvety smooth chocolate paste with a hint of honey. Another chocolate option is perked up with an infusion of zesty Japanese yuzu, and finally, the white lotus paste mooncake encases a surprising centre of liquid raspberry. #05-22 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road. Tel: 6734 6866
Feng Shui Inn
Feng Shui Inn at Resorts World Sentosa keeps health in mind this mid-Autumn season. New this year is a black garlic with white lotus and custard paste mooncake ($68 per box of six). The baked mooncake features house-aged organic black garlic, a superfood known to be a good antioxidant. But be warned, the flavour takes some getting used to.
The molten lava-like black garlic centre tastes a bit savoury and tangy, like prunes and soy sauce all rolled in one. More conventional baked mooncakes with egg yolk, assorted nuts, or black sesame with matcha red bean (from $56 per box of four) are also available. Level G2 Crockfords Tower, Resorts World Sentosa. Tel: 6577 6599
The Fullerton Hotel
The Fullerton Hotel’s signature flavours, pandan with gula melaka snow skin mooncake and golden custard mini mooncake are back (from $60 per classic box). But there are four new flavours to tempt the palate—kopi with salted Hokkaido milk snow skin mooncake, tangerine lemon and pistachio snow skin mooncake, pandan with coconut baked mooncake and salted taro with peanut butter baked mooncake.
We love the mini custard mooncakes best for its egg yolk-custard savoury-sweet combo, but the tangerine lemon is also delightful with its simple, zesty flavours. shop. 1 Fullerton Square. Tel: 6733 8388