8 places where you can get your mooncake fix
SINGAPORE (Sept 4): Here’s the story of how the mooncake festival began: Hero Houyi saved earth from the harsh rays from 10 suns by shooting down nine. Earth is saved but he got greedy and he found an elixir that will make him immortal and he became unbearable to live with. His wife Chang’e could not stand his behaviour and the way he treated people so she stole the potion, drank it and she fled to the moon and became the spirit of the moon. Now you know.
Every year, we honour her brave act by eating mooncakes, washing it down with tea during the mid-autumn festival. Haven’t bought your mooncakes yet? Here’s our list of what’s out there that will take you to the moon and back.
Low sugar White Lotus Paste with Yolk and low sugar Lotus Paste with Melon Seeds baked mooncakes are crafted by Executive Chef Soren Lascelles who was inspired by Singapore’s rich heritage and tradition (main image). These cakes are packed in limited-edition handcrafted lacquered wooden boxes.
The Fullerton Hotels Singapore
From the kitchen of Jade Restaurant comes a delicious collection of mooncakes dedicated to local flavours such as Ondeh Ondeh Snow Skin; Bandung Snow Skin; Pandan with Gula Melaka Snow Skin mooncakes.
Goodwood Park Hotel
Durian lovers rejoice! The famous durian D24 Snow Skin mooncakes are back. Also back is the Blue Pea Flower with White Lotus Seed Paste and Melon Seeds plus a variety of traditional baked mooncakes. For those who prefer some fruity goodness will love the Kiwi Dragonfruit Manuka Honey.
This Shanghainese restaurant reopens just in time to usher in the mid-autumn festival in grand style with an assortment of mooncakes including a local favourite of Lava Egg Custard with Salted Egg Yolk. These lunar delicacies are packaged in 1930s style of opulence that the city enjoyed during this period.
Hai Tien Lo
In total there are 11 varieties of mooncakes: the Snow Skin ones are made with Gianduja Chocolate wrapped in Yuzu Snow Skin. Fancy a bit of alcohol? Try the Pina Colada mooncakes that are made with Coconut and a Pineapple Snow Skin. We love the packaging as it was designed by Selena Seow and Nurul Amirah Binte Zain, both from Pathlight School’s Artist Development Programme (ADP).
Inside each treasure chest-inspired box are handmade traditional favourites such as Four Yolk White Lotus Paste and Double Yolk White Lotus Paste mooncakes. Take your time savouring these treats and enjoy the silky-smooth lotus paste as it was specially imported from Hongkong.
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
Together with Madam Fan, the hotel offers some tasty flavours found in the baked and Snow Skin versions of mooncakes. For the health-conscious folks, don’t worry as these mooncakes have been specially made with less sugar and other healthy ingredients. Case in point: the Pu’er Tea that has chia seeds in the mix while the Premium Mixed Nuts are stuffed with Pecans and almonds.
Resorts World Sentosa
Enjoy the gooey deliciousness of the Salted Egg Yolk Lava mooncakes that is the creation of Executive Chef Li Kwok Kwong of Feng Shui Inn. For the Crispy White Lotus Custard Milk mooncake, Chef Li sprinkles each cake roasted white sesame seeds, inside sits a rich molten lava custard core that oozes a perfect blend of sweet and salty with salted egg yolk and dairy milk, coconut milk and salted butter. You have a healthier choice of skimmed milk and low sugar white lotus paste.