The Mid-Autumn Festival is just a couple days away on 4 October, so if you haven’t yet stocked up on mooncakes, there’s no better time than now. Whether you’re inclined towards sweet, dessert-like snow skin mooncakes, or the baked types filled with white lotus paste and salted egg yolks, there’s a myriad of options to choose from. And if you can’t decide, we’re here to help with this guide to the best snow skin mooncakes in Singapore. Some come in unusual flavours, while others are presented in intricate shapes and showstopping hues.
But if all you’re jonesing for this festive season is a traditional baked mooncake, we’ve got you covered too. While the classic combinations of white lotus paste with egg yolk and nuts are aplenty, a number of restaurants and hotel have also dreamt up more unusual confections incorporated with ingredients such as pandan, dried cherries, coconut and ginger tea. There are also mooncakes with reduced sugar, for those who are watching their diet.
To get you all set for the upcoming festival, here’s our pick of 7 baked mooncakes to try. One of them even contains a molten salted egg yolk centre, liu sha bao style. We can’t think of anything more indulgent.
Over at Marina Bay Sands, three new baked mooncake flavours take centre stage. The most intriguing of the trio is the brown sugar longan ginger tea mooncake, which carries a slightly spicy undertone thanks to the infusion of ginger. Those with a sweet tooth will probably prefer the caramel lotus option, which has a buttery consistency, or the lychee rose — comprising a mélange of floral and fruity flavours. These mooncakes come packaged in a beautiful box decorated with floral motifs.
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956, +65 6688 8588
If the usual salted egg yolks and mixed nuts seem a little too mainstream for you, consider Cherry Garden’s new mooncake, which features fragrant pandan mixed into its lotus paste, and punctuated with pistachio bits and sweet dried cherries. Another equally tempting offering is the restaurant’s sea salt caramel mooncake, which contains a single egg yolk for a juxtaposition of sweet and savoury.
Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Level 5, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797, +65 6885 3081
For those planning to host a Mid-Autumn party with your loved ones, here’s a box of mooncakes that’s perfect for sharing. Created by Shang Palace, this Mini Eight Treasures set features eight mini baked mooncakes in flavours of red bean with almond, and low sugar white lotus seed paste with quarter yolk. The latter is particularly ideal for the health conscious.
Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, +65 6213 4398/4473
Hai Tien Lo at Pan Pacific Singapore has rolled out a slew of new baked mooncakes in options of pandan paste with egg yolk, caramel with white lotus paste and egg yolk, and a low sugar purple sweet potato with white lotus paste and egg yolk. Those who prefer nutty mooncakes can try the restaurant’s mixed nuts with chicken ham mooncake, which is packed with a mix of sesame seeds, walnuts, melon seeds, olive seeds, almonds and macadamia nuts. These are interspersed with bits of chicken ham for a savoury twist.
Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, +65 6826 8240
Instead of the usual white lotus seed paste, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant has filled its latest baked mooncake with a creamy coconut stuffing. Coconut flesh is embedded within for an extra tropical kick, while hazelnuts are added for crunch. If this sounds a little too unconventional for your tastebuds, the eatery also serves more traditional options such as white lotus seed paste with egg yolk or assorted nuts.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865, +65 6831 4708
The humble liu sha bao (salted egg yolk bun) gets a festive makeover at Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, which has reinterpreted the dim sum staple as a mini baked mooncake filled with a molten egg yolk and custard centre. These decadent treats are baked with a thin and crisp crust, and boast the perfect pastry-to-filling ratio.
Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230, +65 6839 5623
As much as we enjoy checking out innovative new creations during the Mid-Autumn season, sometimes all it takes is a no frills, classic baked mooncake to really hit the spot. Fairmont Singapore’s traditional options are the answer to that. Available in variations such as white lotus paste with double egg yolk, macadamia nuts, and roasted pine nuts, there’s bound to be something to suit every palate.
Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560, +65 6338 8785