Options is moonstruck by this year’s selection of mooncakes and ordering them online has never been easier
Just last year, the Mid-Autumn Festival, also popularly known as the Mooncake Festival, meant colourful light exhibitions in Singapore, as well as mooncake fairs being held in mall atriums. But the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a change in the way we celebrate festivities. With safe distancing measures still in place and physical exhibition events not encouraged, skip the queues and let the mooncakes come to you by placing your order online.
Here are some of this year’s offerings that Options has narrowed down for you to add to your cart.
If traditional and snowskin mooncakes are not your cup of tea, try these chocolate mooncakes instead. From $65 onwards for a box of four mooncakes, these mooncakes come in three delightful different fillings. The Black Cherry flavour features a creamy blend of black cherry, dark chocolate and almond paste, while the Matcha & Cocoa Nibs is a delectable mix of pistachio and green matcha tea ganache and crunchy nibs. Both these flavours are covered with a layer of 75% dark chocolate. There’s also the Didama flavour, a gluten-free hazelnut biscuit and soft gianduja covered by 56% dark chocolate.
The mooncakes at Mandarin Orchard are best for gifts as it comes in a lustrous blue gift box, embellished with a lattice-pattern crest. As beautiful as it is on the outside, try out some of Mandarin Orchard’s pastel-hued mini snowskin mooncakes, featuring flavours Yam and White Chocolate, Red Wine Cranberry with Japanese Yuzu and Lemongrass, and more.
Goodwood Park Hotel
In honour of its 120th anniversary, Goodwood Park Hotel will be unveiling its grand 120th Anniversary Mooncake (limited pieces available) with 12 sumptuous salted egg yolks in a lavish white lotus-seed-paste baked mooncake spanning 16.5cm wide. Fancy something a little more modern? Try out the two new flavours of snowskin mooncakes — Orange with Grape and Japanese Sweet Potato with Pumpkin-Coconut Centre — and their famous range of durian mooncakes.
Resorts World Sentosa
For the health conscious, take a bite off RWS’s Health Flourishes: Premium Snow Skin Mooncakes by Feng Shui Inn. Leave the guilt aside and indulge in wholesome mooncakes that boast natural sweeteners without any artificial flavourings or colourings, as well as a variety of health-boosting ingredients. Starting from $98 for a box of six, choose between three delightful flavours: Rose Lingzhi Spores with Longan; Matcha with Tangerine Peel; and Purple Sweet Potato with Manuka Honey.
For something a little more traditional, dig into the passionately crafted baked and snowskin mooncakes by dim sum maven, Chef Mandy Yeo of Szechuan Court. Apart from the traditional lotus paste and yolk flavours available, Fairmont is introducing some new and modern flavours this year, such as the Caramel Sea Salt snowskin mooncake; Pu Er with Chia Seed snowskin mooncake; and Traditional Mixed Nuts baked mooncake.
Aroma Truffle & Co
Although the durian season is coming to an end (it’s usually from June to August), Aroma Truffle is making sure you get the last bits of sweet and creamy durian in their two mooncakes flavour this year — Black Charcoal Musang King and Butterfly Pea Musang King. And adding an extra twist, Aroma Truffle has infused these goodies with premium Black Winter Truffles harvested from Italy and topped them off with edible gold flakes.
Luxury cake boutique Lady M has partnered with Netflix and Pearl Studio’s animated musical, Over The Moon, to launch a collectible limited-edition Mooncake Lantern. Inspired by the musical, the character and scenes are featured intricately on the lanterns. The lanterns open to unveil a collection of six individually-wrapped mooncakes custom-designed with Kee Wah Bakery and available in two flavours: sweet egg custard, and chocolate custard.
Get your dose of caffeine with Bakerzin’s new Aromatic Latte Mooncake. Expect fragrant coffee notes that yield to a bitter-sweet filling with a ratio of 80% Arabica and 20% Sumatra Mandheling coffee beans for a delightfully smooth, chocolatey and rich blend. Don’t forget to also dig into Bakerzin’s popular snowskin flavours, including the Strawberry Chia Seed, Black Sesame & Peanut Butter, and the boozy Latte Kahlua Truffle.
Virtual mooncake fairs
Prefer to buy a variety of different mooncakes? Here are some online mooncake fairs featuring several brands all across Singapore.
Oddle Eats Online Food Festival — The Mooncake Edition
From now till Oct 1, log on to Oddle Eats’ website and shop for mooncakes this Mid-Autumn Festival. The one-stop online festival will feature a selection of over 55 types of mooncakes and Instagram filters that will help you out if you can’t decide which mooncake to eat next. Choose from an assortment of mooncakes, from delicate snowskin to the buttery, flaky Teochew-style mooncakes and the traditional baked varieties, along with numerous filling options to suit every taste preference.
Mooncakefair.com by Sinpopo
Be spoiled for choice at this online fair with over 35 brands showcasing their mooncake offerings this year. You can select across the array of brands and check them out together in one cart. One important feature for corporates and bulk orders is that discounts can be applied by combining orders across all brand partners. So, there is no need to commit to a large quantity from any one brand before getting that corporate price or bulk discount.