Credits: Mandarin Orchard Singapore
The Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated this year on the 27th September 2015, always sees a flurry of mooncake varieties being introduced from hotels, restaurants and bakeries all prepped for the season. Be it the traditional baked variant to the more delicate and tender snow skin delight, you will be spoilt for choice in deciding which to choose for personal savour or as gifts for friends and family. GourmetEstorie presents a round up of mooncakes from 6 different establishments. For my personal recommendations out of the 6, go for Ritz Carlton’s Red Date Ginger Tea with Longan or Xin Cuisine’s Xin’s Signature Mini Egg Custard with Egg Yolk Mooncake. The rest are all good, with a little something for everybody.
Credits: Mandarin Orchard Singapore
Mandarin Orchard Singapore is back with their range of delectable mooncakes ranging from the popular Baked Mooncake with Mixed Nuts and Jamon iberico to the new Mni Snow Skin Red Wine Cranberry Paste, and even a Yuzu Lemonongrass Snow Skin variant. While the Jamon iberico may not be for everyone, I still very much appreciated its confluence of sweet savoury flavours that certainly stands out from the traditional lotus paste. Crowd favourite Mini Snow Skin Lycheee Martini and Chocolate Mooncake will also be a great gift for friends this festive season.
Mooncakes from $56 a box.
Orders: 6831 6320/6262
Promotion: DBS/POSB cardholders 20% discount. Other credit card holders 15% discount. Discounts only available at the hotel’s Deli counter.
Credits: The Ritz Carlton Singapore
The Ritz Carlton, together with Summer Pavilion’s Chinese Executive Chef Cheung Siu Kong, is proud to present a range of artisan snowskin mooncakes for this Mid Autumn Festival. Look out for items such as the Mini Snowskin Appletini or the Mini Snowskin Coffeetini. Surprisingly, I found the pairing with a range of champagne and liquors to be a delicate complement to the snow skin flavours, and most particularly pronounced when had with the tangy sweet appletini combination.
However, I would highly recommend the hotel’s new traditionally baked Red Date Ginger Tea with Longan. When I shared it with friends, it was an immediate crowd pleaser. The sweet red date flavours are nicely balanced out with the little spice of ginger. Beautiful.
Mooncakes from $60 a box
Orders: 6434 5286
Promotion: 20% discount from now till 12th September
Credits: Sheraton Towers
Lovers of salted egg yolk will be delighted with the selection from Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant. Chef Chung and his team has created the Traditional Baked White Lotus Seed Paste with Four Yolks Mooncake and even a mini snow skin version of Snow Skin White Lotus Seed Paste with Salted Egg Yolk.
While I would normally associate salted egg yolk housed within a traditional baked skin, the snow skin’s fluffy tenderness subtly compliments the more robust savoury sweet, grounded filling.
Mooncakes from $56 a box
Orders: At the hotel and various mooncake booths around Singapore
The Fullerton Hotel
Credits: The Fullerton Hotel
The Fullerton Hotel’s Snow Skin Treasures is making its return again this year with a contemporary take on the classics. Unique to the line up and my favourite is the Pandan with Gula Melaka Snow Skin Mooncake. While it may sound distant and hardly a flavour to imagine from a mooncake, I would say that Pandan and Gula Melaka is a perfect combination all on its own. Think chendol but packed in a beautiful snow skin mooncake casing. And if you do wish to go a little extravagant, order The Fullerton Golden Custard Mini Mooncake. Savoury salted egg yolk and sweet custard is nicely melded together in a buttery pastry shell.
Mooncakes from $58 a box
Orders: 6877 8943
Xin Cuisine, Holiday Inn Atrium
Xin Cuisine has always been one of my favourite restaurants for mooncakes. New this year are two additional mini snow skin delights that add on to their already impressive line up. Look out for items such as the Purple Sweet Potato with Macadamia Nuts Snowskin Mooncake and the Coffee White Lotus Seed Paste with Rum and Raisin Chocolate. Where contemporary traditionals must be had, I would recommend Xin’s Peranakan Durian Snowskin Mooncake. The durian filling is luxuriously encased in a purplish blue snow skin naturally coloured with the blue pea flower. It is sweet, rich, and yet indulgent just for that one piece that would leave you craving for more.
Alternatively, go for the Xin’s Signature Mini Egg Custard with Egg Yolk Mooncake. Rich and smooth creamy custard is paired with the flavourful salted egg yolk, baked with a crust and topped with a gold leaf.
Mooncakes from $38 a box
Orders: 6731 7173
Home-grown establishment BreadTalk will be presenting their range of mooncake collections with orchid adorned boxes, paying homage to the Singapore Botanic Gardens being inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Choose from their Royal ($118.80; 10 pieces), Joyous (from $63.80; 8 snow skin pieces) and Prestige (from $58.80; 4 pieces) combinations for a range of traditional to snow skin selections. The mooncakes are decent for the season, but the more attractive inclusion is the leather tote embossed with orchid motifs.
The leather tote, comes in either blue or mustard yellow.
Orders: BreadTalk Outlets
Promotions: From now till 12 Sep 20% off any mooncake purchased (excludes Hello Kitty mooncakes). UOB cardmembers enjoy 25% off 2 boxes of Prestige from now till 20 Sep 2015.