By: Alexandra Lin
Szechuan Court, Fairmont Singapore
Fairmont Singapore’s mooncakes are lovingly handcrafted by Szechuan Court’s highly experienced dim sum Chef Mandy Yeo and her team. The hotel’s snowskin variety includes the ever-popular Champagne Truffle with Chocolate Ganache, Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffle, and Caramel Sea Salt. This year, Yeo adds Pu Er with Chia Seed Mini Snowskin Mooncake to the collection. Wrapped within the pastel green snowskin is lotus paste infused with Pu Er tea, and speckled with chia seeds for textural contrast. Complete your celebration by pairing these treats with your favourite Chinese tea. The delicate mooncakes come in eight pieces per box (S$76). Available for delivery or collection from the Fairmont Singapore lobby booth from now to 1 October.
Jade Signatures Mooncake Collection 2020 offers three new unique snowskin favours. Those who like Hong Kong’s favourite beverage will enjoy the aromatic Yuan Yang (coffee with milk tea) snowskin variety. Adding a burst of fruity brightness is the Passion Fruit with Chin Chow, and Orange with Salted Kumquat mooncakes. If you prefer a more classic taste, go for the White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk snowskin version. Perfect for gifting, these sweet gems are presented in a classic pink or turquoise box (four pieces at S$70 or S$80 for premium box). Also new this year are the Baked Mixed Nuts and Black Dates as well as Baked Red Bean and Pineapple with Tangerine Peel. Available from now to 1 October at the hotel’s booth.
The hotel’s new collection of snowskin mooncakes is infused with local flavours such as Mango Pomelo, Kueh Salat, Pandan Kaya and Orh Nee. Just like the popular Chinese dessert, the Mango Pomelo snowskin mooncake melds mildly bittersweet pomelo flavour with tangy-sweet mango. Those who like traditional Teochew desserts should try the Orh Nee snow skin mooncake, which is filled with smooth yam paste and ginkgo nuts. The Nyonya Kueh Salat comprises kaya custard infused with pandan juice and wrapped in soft snowskin tinged with blue pea flower. And the Pandan Kaya snowskin mooncake harbours a creamy pandan-infused coconut custard filling. Presented in a box of four (S$74), these delicacies are available for islandwide delivery from now till 1 October.
Paradise group’s new Fruity Liqueur Snow Skin Mooncakes (S$62 per box of eight pieces) are handmade and contain no preservatives. Each of them is filled with silky smooth white lotus seed paste and a chocolate truffle core infused with different liqueurs. Encasing the soft centre is a thin layer of crunchy chocolate shell made using premium, natural chocolate from Valrhona’s Inspiration, the famous chocolate brand’s first-ever range of fruit and nut couvertures.
This year, the group introduces four flavours: Japanese Yuzu with Sake comprises yuzu purée and Japanese sake within a white chocolate shell made with Valrhona’s Inspiration Yuzu. The Passionfruit with Choya is made with passionfruit purée and ume wine, housed within a dark chocolate shell made with Valrhona’s Inspiration Passionfruit.
The White Peach Crème de Peche marries white peach purée and Crème de Pêche, that’s coated with Valrhona’s Opalys (creamy white chocolate). The Red Cherry Griottine incorporates red cherry purée with Griottine (brandy-soaked cherries) and perked up with Valrhona’s Inspiration Strawberry. The mooncakes nestled within a gold-plated acrylic box embellished with floral motifs are great for gifting.
This year, Crystal Jade has launched four different snowskin flavours. Two of them are infused with local flavours: Taro comes with a soft and fluffy yam centre, and Coconut incorporates chocolate truffle shell with a grated coconut filling. There are also the harmonious combos of Sea Salt Caramel and Lychee Martini to sink your teeth into.
You can’t go wrong with Crystal Jade’s traditional baked signatures, featuring thin, golden-brown pastry skin, and premium low-sugar natural white lotus paste filling. Choose from three different mooncake packaging: Minimalist box, Classy Turquoise gift box and Exquisite Two-tier gift box, which contain either two or four pieces of baked mooncakes, or eight pieces of mini snow skin mooncakes. Crystal Jade’s mooncakes are available at all outlets from now to 1 October.
Xin Cuisine, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
The established Xin Cuisine restaurant celebrates Mid-Autumn this year with two new snowskin flavours: Green Tea Paste with Jackfruit Praline as well as White Lotus Seed Paste with Grand Marnier Praline. Another unique boozy option to try is the White Lotus Seed Paste with Singapore Sling Praline Mooncake.
Durian fans will love the best-selling Peranakan Durian Snowskin Mooncake – creamy bitter-sweet durian flesh is encased within a bluish-purple snowskin. These mooncakes (S$66 for six pieces) are available from now till 29 September. Those who are more health-conscious may opt for the baked low sugar white lotus seed paste mooncakes.
Old Seng Choong
Old Seng Choong has rolled out its Mini Mao Shan Wang Durian Snowskin mooncake (S$66.60 for eight pieces) for this year’s festival. Each piece brims with Mao Shan Wang durian flesh that’s rich and creamy with bittersweet notes.
These delicate mooncakes are assembled in an elegant box with bird and peony motifs. For something different, try the savoury-sweet Red Lotus Paste with Bak Kwa baked mooncake (S$54.60 for four pieces), which goes well with Chinese tea. Gather the family to enjoy these festive treats, available online or in-stores from now until 1 October.
If you’re looking for a luxurious gift filled with baked mooncakes, go for the beautifully-designed Celestial Premium Gift Box. The Tiffany blue faux leather tiered case adorned with watercolour florals and peacocks comes with Red Tea and Da Hong Pao tea blends to boot (S$126).
Grand Shanghai Restaurant
This year, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s Grand Shanghai showcases three new exquisite snowskin mooncakes. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted using only the finest ingredients with no added preservatives or artificial flavouring.
Sample the new Taro Paste with Ginkgo Nuts and Green Bean Paste with Pandan and Custard (both at S$58 per set of six). Or luxe up your celebration with the limited-edition Bird’s Nest with Almond Paste Snow Skin Mooncakes (S$68 per set of six). Encased within the snowskin is luxurious premium bird’s nest and silky almond paste. These treats are presented in a luxurious box reminiscent of the restaurant’s iconic 1930s Shanghainese splendour.
Sheraton Towers’ Cantonese restaurant Li Bai has created two new snowskin mooncakes this year: Mini Snow Skin Green Tea (S$70) featuring a green tea truffle with creamy white lotus seed paste, and Mini Snow Skin Yuan Yang (S$70), the well-loved combination of coffee and tea.
The chefs have also rolled out the popular Mini Snow Skin Champagne (S$70) and Mini Snow Skin Lychee Martini (S$70) for those who like a boozy fragrance. Back by popular demand are baked varieties like the Green Tea and Black Sesame mooncake (S$72) as well as White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nut (S$70). These treats are available until 1 October.
Kam’s Roast is introducing three Hong Kong-style mooncakes for this year’s celebration. They are packed in an elegant gift box adorned with the Chinese imperial colours of red, gold and purple. Inside the box is also a unique porcelain coaster.
Three new flavours (S$68 for six pieces) to savour are the Red Dates Longan Mooncake, Almond Egg Custard Mooncake, as well as Coconut Egg Yolk Mooncake, featuring premium, salted duck egg yolk with fresh coconut. Kam’s Roast’s mooncakes are available for order in stores, and https://kamsroast.oddle.me/
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