Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 – Gold Dusted Red Date Mooncake and Oreo Mooncakes!
The Mid-Autumn festival arrives on September 13 this year, and we are all excited to try all the different mooncake flavours. Although mooncakes are considered a traditional dessert/snack, it has not stopped many hotels and restaurants from reinventing this delectable sweet treat. This year, new flavours have been thrown into the line-up and we are here to make sure you are informed of where the best ones are!
In this article, we go through the best mooncake options you can purchase for your family and friends to share on Mid-autumn!
Best Traditional Mooncakes
Sometimes, simplicity is key. With all the new additions to the mooncake scene, it is easy to lose sight of what made mooncakes special. Go back to basics with this selection of traditional mooncakes, and see for yourself what made the mooncake world famous.
Conrad Centennial Singapore
If you have ever wondered what it’s like to eat mooncakes like a Crazy Rich Asian in the 70s, you will want to visit the Conrad Centennial Singapore for their offerings.
Doubling up as serving trays, the mooncake boxes look just like old-fashioned jewellery boxes. You can choose between Auspicious Red, Limited Edition Emerald Green and Limited Edition Burgundy Red. The limited-edition boxes that are wrapped in crocodile skin are now sold out but you can still get your hands on the Auspicious Red box!
Mooncakes wise, you can get a contemporary take on the baked mooncakes with their Traditional Baked Single Yolk in White Lotus Paste (from SGD$82), Traditional Baked Red Bean Paste and Orange Peel (from SGD$82), But we strongly recommend the fragrant Traditional Baked Honey Osmanthus (from SGD$82) that looks simple but tastes heavenly. If you are a vegetarian, the Red Bean Paste with Orange Peel and Honey Osmanthus are both suitable for you.
For Citibank, UOB, HSBC and Maybank cardholder, enjoy a 20% discount for orders made from 12 August to 10 September 2019.
- Price: from S$82 for a box of four assorted flavours
As tantalising as mooncakes are, we are all aware they are extremely unhealthy. Chocked full of sugar and whatnots, most of us dismiss it as we only have it once a year. However, if you are watching your weight and sugar count, TungLok Group mooncakes are your safe haven.
All TungLok Group mooncakes are crafted within the Health Promotion Board Healthier Dining Programme guidelines. Given the Healthier Choice Symbol, these mooncakes are made with 25% less sugar than your average mooncake. And instead of the usual palm oil, the mooncakes are made with pure peanut oil, which is high in monounsaturated fat (or good fat)!
Get the TungLok Perfect Duo (from SGD$83.46) and experience the best of two flavours, Double Yolk White Lotus and Double Yolk Red Lotus. Alternatively, get bite-sized mooncakes to share with everyone! TungLok Bite-Sized Mooncakes (from SGD$70.62) with 16 individual pieces of 8 different flavours such as Lotus with Orange Peel and Green Tea. The Bite-Sized Box is also decorated with glow-in-the-dark that is sure to delight the young kids.
- Price: from S$70.62
Pan Pacific Singapore (Hai Tien Lo)
Sometimes, old is gold. And as for Pan Pacific, the usual White Lotus Sea Paste stays ever so popular while inviting new flavour such as the Charcoal Black Sesame Seed Paste with Melon Seeds.
You will be glad to find that Hai Tien Lo has also collaborated with Alumni Artists for Pathlight School to design a limited-edition mooncake box and tote bag (S$15). Each set of mooncakes sold will see a donation of S$1 and S$10 for the tote bag, to the Autism Resource Centre in Singapore. There’s nothing better than celebrating the spirit fo Mid-Autumn while contributing to a good cause at the same time.
You will also get up to 20% savings when you place your order before 14 September. So hurry and order now!
- Price: from S$68.80 for a box of 4
Best Contemporary Mooncakes
Snow skin, snow skin everywhere! The mooncake has been revolutionised so many times throughout the course of its history, but we are nowhere near the end of the road! Below, you will find the newest mooncake innovations in the market. They might look a little scary to try out but the tastes will definitely be different. They may look and feel the same, but it will definitely not taste the same.
Irvins Salted Egg
Honestly, it does make sense. Most mooncakes come with a salted egg yolk in the middle anyway, so why wouldn’t a company called Irvins Salted Egg make mooncakes?
This year, Irvins offer up two flavours for their mooncakes, Yam and Mung Bean. Each box contains eight pieces, all for the price of S$40. Titled as Irvins Salted Egg Lava Mooncakes, these cute little black circles house a small amount of salted egg yolk lava in the centre. It is best to microwave the mooncake for ten seconds, to melt the salted egg so it becomes gooey and oozes out as you slice into it. You can purchase them both online and at any of their shops littered around Singapore.
NOTE: The mooncakes are not halal-certified unlike the rest of their products. However, they do not contain any pork or lard.
- Price: S$40 for a box of 8 (plus Cashback when you shop via ShopBack!)
Oreo. Mooncakes. Sounds like someone had an epiphany while having both foods and decided to merge them. But unlike most food mergers (kale and pizza? Ew.), these are actually decent! Albeit a little too sweet.
The Oreo Mooncake box contains 4 flavours, Brownie Chocolate, Double Chocolate with Milk, Strawberry Jam and Cappucino. They retail for $23.50 per box and are decent sized mooncakes. Kids will love these as the mooncakes are sugary and colourful. The boxes are nothing spectacular but are festive looking and well made.
Try them out if you have a sweet tooth and would love a little surprise.
- Price: S$11.75 for a box of 4 (plus Cashback when you shop via ShopBack!)
Aroma Truffle & Co
If you are the kind that loves intense flavours that kicks you in the face with every bite, the Aroma Truffle & Co mooncakes will do just that. Mixing both east and west, the Premium Truffle Durian Snow Skin Mooncake (from S$88) mixes 100% Mao Shan Wang flesh with black Italian truffles! Each mooncake is wrapped in bamboo charcoal snow skin and sprinkled with edible gold flakes. Opulent.
And if you dislike Durian, you can always opt for the Premium Truffle Chocolate Molten Snow Skin Mooncake (from S$88). White chocolate replaces the durian in the mooncake and is paired with chocolate flavoured lotus paste and macadamia nuts.
The brand logo vaguely resembles the Avengers logo. And even though it isn’t, but we are very sure you will love it 3000.
- Price: from S$88
Taking a contemporary twist and infusing berries into their mooncakes is a genius yet humble idea. There are 4 berry-licious flavours – Blueberry, Cranberry, Raspberry and Strawberry – and all have a white chocolate centre that balances out the tautness of the berries.
Those who would like to try this out but do not have a sweet tooth can give the Raspberry flavour a try. While the flavours are simple, Carlton excelled in the execution and brought out the essence of each fruit in the mooncake.
UOB, OCBC, DBS/POSB AND Citibank debit/credit cardholders get enjoy a 25% discount.
- Price: from S$69.30
Featured Image Credit: TungLok Group (Facebook) and Carlton Hotel Singapore (Facebook)
The Mid-Autumn Festival is in 4 days so hurry and get your favourite mooncakes before they are sold out! We hope this guide has given you more options to choose from and share with us in the comments what are your favourite mooncakes this year!