In celebration of our 53rd birthday this August, we’re kicking off our coverage of this year’s mooncake offerings with some of our favourite local flavours alongside more traditional options.
*All prices quoted are for a box of four mooncakes unless otherwise stated
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Built in 1928, the magnificent Fullerton Building was once home to Singapore’s General Post Office. In honour of its 90th anniversary, The Fullerton Hotel has specially commissioned the Milo Dinosaur snow skin mooncake ($61 per box), inspired by the ever-popular ‘Milo Dinosaur’ (for initiates, this is a chocolate malt beverage topped with a heaving heap of Milo powder). There is plenty to like about this mooncake with smooth milk lotus paste studded with crunchy pops of Milo. But why Milo? It’s actually a pun on the name—the “Mile-O” mooncake is a tribute to the Fullerton Building, which was marked ‘Mile Zero’ in the 1840s, as part of an imperial mapping system to measure road distances.
Signature favourites also make a comeback, such as the aromatic pandan with gula melaka snow skin ($61 per box); and The Fullerton golden custard mini mooncake, with its light buttery pastry shell filled with savoury salted egg yolk and sweet custard. Another new addition is the yuzu with chia seeds snow skin mooncake ($61 per box), filled with a tangy yuzu paste studded with a healthy crunch of chia seeds. Traditionalists will be pleased with the hotel’s array of classic baked mooncakes filled with white lotus seed paste (with macadamia or hazelnut bits, $60 per box; with single yolk, $63 per box; with double yolk, $66 per box).
For the ultimate gift of elegance, however, The Fullerton 15 Treasures premium limited edition gift set ($198) is definitely the top pick. An extravagant baked white lotus seed paste mooncake with eight egg yolks, symbolising the full moon on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, takes centrestage in this gift box. Encircling it is an assortment of 14 mini baked mooncakes each filled with a different flavour such as red lotus seed paste, orange, jasmine, coffee, rose and osmanthus.
To order, contact The Fullerton Cake Boutique at 6877 8943 or visit their online store.
1 Fullerton Square. Tel: 6733 8388
Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore
Back by popular demand, Hai Tien Lo’s decadent Mao Shan Wang durian snow skin mooncake ($88.80 per box) makes its welcome return. There are also three new exciting flavours this year—durian gula melaka, cempedak, and lychee and soursop (all $68.80 per box).
All four tropical flavours are included in The Four Treasures snow skin collection ($88.80) ,which comes packaged in a pretty pastel coloured box with delicate floral detailing, doubling up as a functional yet attractive repository for your small trinkets or accessories.
For the health conscious, the striking black and gold charcoal melon seed with sesame paste baked mooncake ($69.80 per box) boasts beneficial nutrients and detoxifying properties. Alternatively, consider the low-sugar baked mooncakes that come filled with either jade-coloured pandan paste with single yolk ($69.80 per box) or light white lotus seed paste with macadamia nuts ($63.80 per box). Hai Tien Lo’s signature baked mooncakes, like red lotus seed paste with single ($69.80 per box) or double yolk ($73.80 per box) and mixed nuts with chicken ham ($73.80 per box) are still a favourite amongst those who enjoy the more traditional flavours.
To order, call the restaurant directly or visit their online store.
Level 3 Marina Square, 7 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6826 8240
Goodwood Park Hotel
This year, Goodwood Park Hotel presents a snow skin mooncake ensemble of eye-catching colours and enticing flavours. As a tribute to Singapore, their almond beancurd with longan snow skin mooncake ($56 per box) is coloured in pretty shades of red and white, with juicy bits of longan adding sweetness and texture to the smooth almond beancurd paste.
Using blue pea flower essence as a natural food colouring, the elegant shade of blue is delicately interspersed with brushstrokes of white to decorate their white lotus seed paste with melon seed snow skin mooncake ($64 per box). Dressed in a striking lime green casing, the sweet and tangy complementary flavours of their soursop with calamansi snow skin mooncake ($54 per box) make a refreshing addition to the collection.
Along with these newcomers, the popular mango with pomelo ($54 per box) and cempedak ($62 per box) snow skin mooncakes make a comeback, as well as the signature Mao Shan Wang durian ($68 per box) and D24 durian ($88 per box) snow skin selections. In contrast to these vibrant fruity flavours, the baked mooncake collection is kept simple and traditional with fillings such as assorted nuts with ham ($72 per box), lotus seed paste (with melon seeds, $58 per box; with double yolk, $68 per box; with four yolks, $72 per box) and white lotus seed paste (with single yolk, $68 per box; with double yolk, $70 per box).
To order, contact their Mooncake Call Centre at 6730 1868 or visit their online store.
22 Scotts Road. Tel: 6737 7411
Conrad Centennial Singapore
Conrad Centennial’s mini snow skin selection includes a special ondeh ondeh mooncake inspired by the beloved kueh. With its centre filled with gula melaka and finely shredded coconut bits, how can any kueh lover resist?
Alongside are flavours like royal chocolate hazelnut snow skin, which was inspired by the hotel’s signature cake of dark chocolate mousse and almond sponge atop a crunchy hazelnut praline base. Alternatively, try the refreshing passion fruit snow skin and earthy green tea snow skin (all $76 per box of eight). The highlight of their snow skins, however, is the decadent durian snow skin ($88 per box of eight) filled with rich and creamy durian pulp and encased in a melt-in-your-mouth skin.
Their classic baked favourites include the traditional white lotus paste ($73 per box; with single yolk, $73 per box; with double yolk, $76 per box), and mixed nuts ($76). Last but not least, their signature sweet potato-filled crispy filo pastry variety ($75 per box of 8) will also be included in this year’s selection.
To order, contact Conrad Centennial Singapore Festive at 6432 7486 or visit their online store.
2 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6334 8888
The Pine Garden
Banging out quite the mooncake variety this year, The Pine Garden offers new delectable baked and snow skin creations in a wide range of flavours. The new jade-green pandan paste filled baked mooncake comes jazzed up with toasted sesame seeds and a sticky-chewy coconut dodol centre ($15 per piece).
Inspired by scallion pancakes, aromatic scallions make their way into the new scallion mixed nuts baked mooncakes ($15.80 per piece) which include pieces of candied citrus peel and winter melon strips. For the snow skin lovers comes a white lotus seed paste mooncake infused with Kyoto-Uji matcha and hints of jasmine with crispy white chocolate cereal pearls ($17.20 per piece); as well as a decadent double custard salted egg mooncake ($17.20 per piece) with a sweet and savoury blend of salted egg yolk lotus seed paste and delicate toasted pine nuts.
The Rocky Road snow skin ($17.20 per piece) makes its debut, with bittersweet chocolate custard, baked macadamias, brownie bits, marshmallows, and crunchy dark chocolate pearls. Also joining the fun flavour mix are the tangy yuzu white lotus seed paste snow skins ($17.20 per piece), each filled with bits of candied citrus and playful pop rocks. The Pine Garden’s classic favourites also make a comeback like the lychee martini snow skin ($17 per piece); the baked red bean with a rich orh-ni centre ($11.40 per piece); and the traditional white lotus paste ($13.70 per piece; with single yolk, $14.20 per piece; with double yolk, $15.40 per piece).
To order, contact the bakery directly or visit their online store.
Blk 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 (check website for other outlets). Tel: 6457 6159