With the Mid-Autumn Festival barely a week away on 4 October, we’re already making a list of mooncakes to purchase for the upcoming festivities. The traditional mooncake is, as we all know, usually baked and filled with lotus seed paste that culminates in an egg yolk centre. For those seeking a more indulgent option, a number of restaurants and hotels even offer mooncakes stuffed with two or four salted egg yolks. Your cardiologist won’t be too pleased, but, well, everyone deserves a treat every now and then.
Less traditional but no less delectable are snow skin mooncakes. Typically on the sweeter side, these are available with a variety of fillings spanning chocolate, fruit, nuts and even champagne and cognac. They are also often ensconced in colourful exteriors to make them look extra tempting and Instagram-worthy. Recent years have seen hotels and eateries pushing out increasingly innovative and unconventional snow skin mooncakes, making us very much spoilt for choice.
Taking into account the festive season, we’ve put together a list of 6 best snow skin mooncakes to try. From floral-inspired options to tea-infused creations and mooncakes stuffed with champagne and martini truffles, these scrumptious pastries are truly worth breaking your diet plans for.
While other restaurants and hotels are adding booze into their snow skin mooncakes, Man Fu Yuan bucks the trend by looking to botanicals for inspiration. Its new confections for 2017 come in intriguing combinations of roselle and red date; rosemary, almond and green tea; rose and pistachio; and pandan and macadamia. These are even shaped to resemble dainty flowers. We particularly like how subdued and delicate all the flavours are.
Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, +65 6825 1131
Grand Hyatt Singapore has released several new snow skin mooncake options for this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival. Our pick is the Violette & Gin, which comes in a lovely purple hue and packs a boozy punch with its infusion of Tanqueray No. Ten gin and crème de violette liqueur. Other flavours include chocolate-mint fondant and strawberry-lime tequila truffle.
Treat yourself to a lavish spread this festive season with The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore’ eight-piece set of mini snow skin martini mooncakes, which come in options such as lychee and espresso. For this year, the hotel has introduced two new creations in orange and mango. Our favourite is the latter, which showcases bright and tropical flavours with a subtly boozy twist. There’s much to like about the packaging too — the mooncakes are placed in an exquisite fuchsia box, making them ideal for gifting.
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, +65 6337 8888, Singapore 039799, +65 6434 5190
Raffles Singapore has long been known for its decadent champagne truffle snow skin mooncakes, but its new strawberry yoghurt option is a noteworthy contender. Comprising a pastel pink exterior stuffed with sweet yoghurt and crunchy white chocolate pearls, it makes for a treat that’s a feast for the eyes and stomach. Other snow skin flavours include cognac truffle, and Earl Grey tea with chocolate pearls.
Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673, +65 6412 1122
Yan Ting has rolled out four new snow skin flavours for this year; one of which is the eye-catching champagne truffle with chocolate paste. The mooncake is clad in a black sesame exterior brushed with gold for an extra luxurious finish, and encases a mildly sweet chocolate centre that culminates in a champagne truffle. For the health conscious, the restaurant also offers a reduced sugar mooncake stuffed with green apple paste and macadamia nuts.
Yan Ting, The St Regis Singapore, Level 1U, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, +65 6506 6852
In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, TWG Tea has launched a series of new snow skin mooncakes. Our pick is “Moonlight”, a sugary sweet and visually-arresting confection covered in a striking jade green snow skin. It contains mousse infused with the brand’s new Lotus Jade Tea, as well as a white chocolate centre filled with Nashi pear marmalade. You can get the brand’s mooncakes at any of the TWG Tea salons and boutiques in Singapore.