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What are your first memories of the Mid-Autumn Festival? Did you try to spot a rabbit on the full moon? Were you trying hard to keep your flickering candle lit as you gingerly walk with paper lanterns? Were you gifted plastic lanterns with cheesy music on repeat? Have you tried unsuccessfully to unravel puzzling lantern quizzes? Did you relish the super sweet mooncakes? Is the imagery of Chang’e floating into the sky etched on your mind?
Commonly referred to as Mooncake Festival, which falls on the fifteenth of the eighth lunar month, it is said that the moon is the roundest and brightest on this day. The full moon and round mooncakes are symbolisms of reunions. Sipping tea, eating mooncakes, and bringing the children out for walks with lanterns under the full moon shall always remain fond memories for anyone growing up in the 80s and 90s.
No matter your recollections of this day, this year’s Mid-Autumn will be different from previous years. For one, moon appreciation parties are limited to 5 guests. Which means, if you are used to spending the evening with your extended family, you may need to make use of technology to hold virtual gatherings instead. Not to mention the other bummer of how we will most likely be attending related events and live performances virtually instead.
However, one thing that is sure to stay during this pandemic is our practice of buying delectable mooncakes for the elderly as a mark of care and respect. Happening on 1 October, how would you be spending the evening?
Do not shortchange our Gen Zs of such beautiful memories. Why not recreate these warm moments with them? If there’s anything we have learnt from the on-going pandemic: Do not wait to show your loved ones you care, for we never know what tomorrow brings. So, set a date for a mini get-together with the young and the old in your family, and make memories with your closest and dearest.
Here are some mooncake deals and tea pairing suggestions to make your reunions sweeter!
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One-of-a-kind taste sensations
Are you adventurous when it comes to food? Time to dig into these creations and satisfy your palate!
Try: Mao Shan Wang Snowskin Mooncake, Docello Hazelnut Chocolate Mao Shan Wang Snowskin mooncake, Premium Lychee Martini Snowskin Mooncake
Try: Kueh Salat Snow Skin Mooncakes, Baked Nyonya Mixed Nuts
Try: Signature Teochew Hae Bee Hiam White Lotus Mooncakes, Teochew Yam Mooncakes, Signature Premium Mao Shan Wang Snowskin Mooncake
Try: Mini heroes- Avengers mooncakes, Lava cheese mooncake, Egg custard mooncake, Mixed nuts mooncake, Low sugar mooncake with pine nut
A slice of tradition
As they say, “Old is gold”. If you love classics, these traditional bakes will wow you and your family’s discerning palate.
Try: Traditional baked mooncakes, Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffle, Pu Er with Chia Seed
Snowskin - the all-time favourite
If snowskin has singlehandedly resuscitated your love for mooncakes, especially with its endless renditions, this one’s for you, Team Snowskin!
Try: D’Luxe Collection Mao Shan Wang Snowskin Mooncakes, D’VINE Collection: Assorted Mini Snowskin Mooncakes
Try: Low-Sugar White Lotus Paste with Macadamia Nuts
Mooncakes are never complete without beverages. How would you know you are picking the right teas to go with the wide range of mooncakes available? Be sure to pick teas that complement, rather than overwhelm your tastebuds. Too mind-boggling? A rule of thumb when picking out your teas: Black teas like oolong and pu’er are strong and will pair well with buttery pastries, heavy fillings and intense flavours. Green, white and flower teas possess lighter flavours, so simply pick out similar taste profiles to fully enjoy your bonding sessions.
Here are some tea suggestions – from kombucha, green tea, floral tea to Chinese tea – we think may go well with your mooncakes.
Did you know you can also make your kombucha? Get started with this Kombucha starter culture.
Mooncake gift hampers
Celebrating a special occasion? Wish to be in the good books of your future parents-in-law or simply want to bring smiles to your parents faces? Look no further. Combine your mooncake selections with birds’ nest, fresh flowers, chocolates or wines. These mooncake gift hampers from Flower Advisor are designed to impress.