With the Mid-Autumn Festival just around the corner, we’re already stocking up on our favourite mooncakes. After all, nothing feels more festive than tucking into the delectable confections with close friends and family, against the backdrop of glowing lanterns and a full moon.
Mooncakes are traditionally baked with a thin pastry exterior encasing lotus seed paste and egg yolk. But recent years have seen a surge in popularity of snow skin variations, which are wrapped in multi-coloured glutinous rice skins and stuffed with fillings ranging from chocolate to green tea and red bean paste. A number of restaurants have even trotted out mooncakes in unusual flavours of chilli padi and purple sweet potato.
Experimental flavours aside, snow skin mooncakes also typically come in vibrantly-hued, meticulously designed exteriors — making them oh-so-photogenic. To get you all geared up for the upcoming season, here’s our pick of 7 gorgeous mooncakes that are sure to jazz up your Instagram gallery (and earn you more followers).
Bold and beautiful, Yan Ting’s snow skin mooncakes come in striking shades of grey, green, purple and yellow. Their innovative flavours range from pomegranate truffle with red bean chendol to salted peanut truffle with black sesame paste.
Try the purple-hued mooncake, which contains purple sweet potato with water chestnut and salted yam paste, or the yellow Portuguese custard paste option — which is packed with creamy salted egg yolk.
Yan Ting, The St Regis Singapore, Level 1U, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, +65 6506 6887, www.yantingrestaurant.com
Sheathed in pale pink and green skins, these dainty mooncakes from Cherry Garden are both photogenic and delicious. They come stuffed with fillings such as lychee martini chocolate truffle and green tea paste and cranberry.
Our pick is the lychee martini mooncake, which contains a rich chocolate truffle centre infused with booze for an indulgent twist.
Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797, +65 6885 3500, mandarinoriental.oddle.me
Janice Wong Singapore
Local dessert queen Janice Wong has created a collection of colourful mochi mooncakes, which have a marble-like skin and made with Lima white beans instead of the traditional lotus paste. The sweet confections comprise four layers, with unusual local-inspired fillings such as chilli padi and laksa leaf lemongrass stuffed in a chocolate shell, which is in turn wrapped with soft mocha, white bean paste and finally, a snow skin.
Only 300 boxes of Wong’s Limited Edition Singapore Flavours (which include chendol red bean and salted egg) are available. There are also more conventional options such as durian, salted caramel and white chocolate yuzu.
Janice Wong Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, #01-06, Singapore 178897, +65 9712 5338, www.janicewong.com.sg
Crafted in a cerulean blue skin with adorable bird motifs, these mooncakes from Four Seasons Hotel Singapore’s Jiang-Nan Chun restaurant are almost too pretty to eat. They are infused with the establishment’s signature Heaven on Earth cocktail, which comprises a blend of Scotch whisky, sake, camomile and lime.
The mooncakes are limited edition and are presented in an ornate box reminiscent of traditional Chinese drawers and adorned with golden bird motifs.
Jiang-Nan Chun, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646, +65 6831 7220, www.fourseasons.com
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has rolled out oval-shaped mooncakes embellished with intricate patterns and presented in lovely hues of orange, pink and green.
Flavours include tangerine lemon with matcha red bean paste and orange with chocolate paste, both of which contain low sugar, so you can feast without guilt. Also available are the hotel’s signature options of pandan with gula melaka, and white lotus seed with egg yolk.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, +65 6877 8943, shop.fullertonhotel.com
Grand Hyatt Singapore
If you can’t stop at just one snow skin mooncake, grab Grand Hyatt Singapore’s box set, which features nine tantalising flavours such as black sesame with Buddha’s Hand truffle, caramel macchiato truffle and strawberry and lime tequila truffle; caramel macchiato truffle.
Must-try options include the pink strawberry and lime mooncake, which is imbued with tipple, and black sesame — which is infused with the tangy Buddha’s Hand fruit (a type of citron), and is presented in a black exterior speckled with luxurious gold dust.
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, +65 6887 5492, singapore.grand.hyatt.com
Known for its decadent pastries and desserts, Antoinette has jumped on the mooncake bandwagon with a repertoire of delicate snow skin creations. The mooncakes come in pretty, eye-catching colours of pink, green and brown, and are offered in flavours such as chestnut lotus paste with white chocolate matcha truffle and low sugar white lotus paste with salted egg truffle.
Savour the mooncakes chilled, or warm them up before eating so you get a molten, oozing truffle centre for maximum enjoyment.
Antoinette, 30 Penhas Road (off Lavender Street), Singapore 208188, +65 6293 3121, www.antoinette.com.sg