As much as we adore snow skin mooncakes for their beautiful, Instagrammable exteriors, sometimes old is gold, and we find ourselves jonesing for the traditional baked types. There’s just something innately comforting about digging into velvety lotus paste and being rewarded with the little surprises hidden along the way — be it a salted egg yolk centre, assorted nuts or even nourishing Chinese herbs.
In celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival this Thursday, 15 September 2016, we’ve put together a list of 7 delectable baked mooncakes that are worth trying. Some of these are limited edition, so place your orders soon.
With their rich filling and typically high-calorie content, baked mooncakes certainly add to the waistline. But sometimes, we really just can’t say no. The solution to this? Bite-sized mooncakes that contain the same amount of deliciousness, but are a little smaller than the usual…so we feel less guilty about indulging. Try Summer Pavilion’s mini white lotus seed mooncakes, which are filled with antioxidant-rich black sesame and come in a set of eight.
Summer Pavilion, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799, +65 6434 5286, www.rcmooncake.com.sg
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Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Wan Hao pairs white lotus paste with healthy Angelica herb and premium Nagasaki Karasumi (salted mullet roe) in this latest addition to its mooncake repertoire. Covered in a crispy and slightly crumbly crust, the mooncakes feature a scrumptious medley of sweet, savoury and herbal flavours. They are available in a limited edition gift set that includes aged old Pu’er tea.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865, +65 6831 4708, www.singaporemarriott.com
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Feng Shui Inn
This posh Cantonese restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa has rolled out mooncakes filled with white lotus paste and nourishing wild cordyceps — which boast anti-ageing properties. The baked confections come with a tantalising red bean custard centre, and are infused with pearl powder for a dash of luxury.
Feng Shui Inn, Crockfords Tower, Level G2, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, +65 6577 6599/ 6688, www.rwsentosa.com
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Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant
For something a little different from the usual round mooncakes, try Li Bai’s latest limited edition offering, which comprises silky yam paste ensconced in layers of flaky golden pastry. A salted egg yolk at the heart of the mooncake helps cut through the sweetness of the yam, creating a delightful contrast of flavours.
Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230, +65 6839 5623, www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton
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For a tasty yet nutritious treat, munch on Szechuan Court’s white lotus paste mooncakes, which are studded with five different types of grains including sunflower seeds, melon seeds, almonds and walnuts. The crunchy seeds and nuts are packed with protein, so you can snack on these without guilt.
Szechuan Court, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560, +65 6338 8785, www.celebrationscentral.com.sg
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Hai Tien Lo
Hai Tien Lo at Pan Pacific Singapore has created several new baked mooncakes this year, one of which is this unusual combination of green tea paste with a single egg yolk. The green tea paste isn’t too cloying, and it imbues the golden pastry with a delicate, sweet fragrance. For an extravagant feast this Mid-Autumn, get the restaurant’s Traditional Four Treasures Mooncakes set, which offers the green tea mooncake alongside other flavours such as black sesame and vegetarian mixed nuts.
Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595, +65 6826 8240, pacificmarketplace.sg
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If you’re craving for a no-frills, traditional mooncake full of eggy goodness, go for InterContinental Singapore’s double yolk option. This savoury treat showcases a simple but winning formula of salty egg yolk enveloped in a sweet, smooth lotus paste. Presented in a set of four, the mooncakes are beautifully packaged in a latticed box.
InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, +65 6820 8519 / 8520, singapore.intercontinental.com