As we celebrate the passing of more than half a year (how time flies!), it’s also the season where we’re constantly on the hunt for our 2018 mooncake fix. This sticky baked delicacy, beloved as a treat in observance of mid-autumn festival, has since grown into quirky flavours and textures we wouldn’t even have dreamed of during our childhood days.
Not sure where to start? Below, our top picks on where to get mooncakes in 2018. They might be a little pricey, but hey, a treat once a year is well worth it.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
If your go-to beverage is Milo Dinosaur, you might want to start placing orders right now. The Fullerton Hotel has specially created a Milo-flavoured mooncake for all you OGs. Coated with silky smooth snow skin, there’s even bits of Milo crunch inside.
Haven’t satisfied your cravings for durian? Lay your hands on these decadent pieces of creamy and authentic mao shan wang filled mooncakes from Golden Moments. They only do one flavour, so you know they must do it pretty damn well. Each piece comes with smooth charcoal snow skin and edible gold dust.
Not gonna lie — we were more enticed from the design of the mooncakes than the flavours. Inspired by Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental’s in-house restaurant, the snow skin mooncakes are shaped in the award-winning establishment’s trademark floral pattern. New flavours for this years include Black Sesame with Ambrosial Osmanthus and White Lotus with Mandarin Peel.
The Marmalade Pantry
Not sure to opt for drinks or dessert? What if we tell you that you can have both? Introducing cocktail-inspired mooncakes from The Marmalade Pantry — meant to taste deliriously good. Flavours include Orange Whisky, Honeydew Dry Gin, and Strawberry Vodka. Also comes in non-alcoholic versions.
Those with a lighter-flavoured palate would enjoy Raffles Hotel’s take on this sinfully sweet treat. Combining acai berries and chia seeds, we’d bet on this one to be the most refreshing. They even have Greek yogurt-flavoured mooncakes.
Pan Pacific Singapore
Indulge in flavours of the tropics as Pan Pacific rolls out a series of fruity tasting snow skin mooncakes. Besides the ever sweet Durian Gula Melaka, there’s also Cempedak and Lychee & Soursop.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Order from Crowne Plaza if you’re looking to stick to the traditional lotus paste with yolk flavours — they do it impeccably withlower sugar levels. Also try their Champagne Truffle Snowskin Mooncakes which comes in Black Sesame, Chestnut, Pandan, and Red Dates. In addition, every purchase also comes with a limited edition reversible leather tote bag.
For a taste of royalty, Shangri-La offers mini baked custards with bird’s nest. They also have a chicken sausage ham series — though we’re not quite sure how that will taste like. Apart from that, most of their collection this year comes in reduced sugar as well.
St. Regis Singapore
This year, San Francisco-based and Michelin-starred pastry chef Melissa Chou lends her culinary expertise to St. Regis’ mooncake collection. Making its debut is the Black Sesame Paste with Salted Peanut Truffle Snow Skin Mooncake, which we anticipate to be the perfect marriage of sweet and savoury. Also worth looking out for is the Red Date and Wolfberry Paste with Almond Flakes Snow Skin Mooncake.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Offering one of the most unique flavours —and also making its debut—, Sofitel presents The Luxe, comprising foie gras and truffle oil. Yep, you read that right. They also have The Oriental, which’s green tea paste and melon seeds.
Marina Bay Sands
Possibly the prettiest mooncakes of them all — MBS never disappoints. This year’s edition provides healthier options and fresh new flavours, from traditional multigrain to calming tea-based creations and refreshing yogurt treats. For fans of the snow skin mooncake, the Strawberry Yogurt Champagne and Japanese Sweet Potato are delectable treats. On top of that, the packaging qualifies them as perfect gifts.