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An Affair With Food’s Guide to Best Mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival 2016

August 22, 2016

The Mid-Autumn Festival is once again upon us, and this year it’s no surprise to see so many new and interesting flavours. Celebrated on the 15th day of the eight month of the Chinese Lunar calendar, the mooncake festival is by far one of the most competitive seasons all year round, with each brand coming up with a range of adventurous flavours, all clad in different presentation styles. Whether it’s a luscious snow skin mooncake or your traditional hand-crafted ones, there’s definitely a favourite one for everyone. Here we’ve curated a guide to get your mooncake fix this 2016.

1. Bakerzin

One of Singapore’s most well-loved artisan dessert cafes, Bakerzin, presents a selection of eight different range of mooncakes and more than 15 flavours to choose from this year. Themed as the ‘Infinite Memories Mooncake Collection’, Bakerzin has brought back its retro Osmanthus designed metal tin packaging, symbolizing abundance, grace, happiness and blissful reunion. Ideal as gifts, the mooncakes are packaged in metal tins that magically transports youback to yesteryears, perfect to keep as a memorabilia.

Our favourites for this season include Bakerzin’s assorted classic mooncakes, the traditional premium egg yolk and classic Melon Seed mooncakes encased in a fragrant buttery shell.

If you prefer something a little different, Bakerzin’s new collection of the Egg Custard Mooncake is a simple yet satisfying treat to have with a creamy egg custard centre wrapped in a layer of delicate baked skin.

Bakerzin 2016 Mooncake Collections will go on sale from 1 August 2016 until 8 September 2016. They are available for online order at www.bakerzin.com, at all Bakerzin and Nom La La by Bakerzin outlets in Singapore, and at all Bakerzin Mid-Autumn Festival Booths. Early Bird Discount of 10% is happening now to 31 August 2016. HSBC and DBS/POSB Card Members enjoy 15% discount (on top of the early bird discount) from 1 August to 15 September 2016.

Bakerzin
Jurong Point
Address: 63 Jurong West Central 2, #03-58/59, Singapore 648331 (Map)
Contact: +65 6791 2155
More outlets can be found here: https://www.bakerzin.com/locations/
Website: https://www.bakerzin.com/eshops-subcategory/mooncake-2016/
Email Address: enquiry@bakerzin.com

Bakerzin Mid-Autumn Festival Booths
– TAKASHIMAYA: 13 August to 15 September 2016
– SERANGOON NEX: 29 August to 15 September 2016
– NORTH POINT: 29 August to 11 September 2016
– IMM: 29 August to 14 September 2016
– WATERWAY POINT: 5 September to 15 September 2016

2. Park Hotel Group

Celebrate the season of family togetherness with Park Hotel Group’s baked traditional mooncakes. Back by popular demand, this year Park Hotel Group’s presents their all-time classic autumnal treasures of the sweet and buttery pastry with smooth lotus paste and salted egg yolk. Savour traditional baked delights, exquisitely crafted using premium-grade fresh lotus paste and paired with yolk specially hand-selected from Hong Kong.

Park Hotel Group’s mooncakes are available from 1 August to 15 September 2016. Citibank and DBS cardmembers enjoy 20% off mooncakes purchase.

Collection Points:
Grand Park Orchard
Address: 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857 (Map)
Contact: +65 6432 5555

Grand Park City Hall
10 Coleman Street, Singapore 179809 (Map)
Contact:  +65 6336 3456

Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Address:  1 Unity Street. Singapore 237983 (Map)
Contact:  +65 6593 8888

Park Hotel Alexandra
Address:  323 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159972 (Map)
Contact:  +65 6828 8888

Website: http://www.parkhotelgroupmooncakes.com/
Email Address: mooncake@parkhotelgroup.com

3. Raffles Hotel Singapore

Raffles Singapore presents an enticing array of hand-crafted mooncakes with new and novel snowskin flavours of the Earl Grey Tea and Chocolate Pearl Truffle mooncakes. Also available are the perennial favourites such as the snowskin Champagne Truffle and Ganache mooncake – imagine a powder-soft snowskin wrapped around creamy white lotus paste infused with a champagne truffle centre. Also a worthy mention from the delectable range of snowskin mooncakes are the Cognac Truffle mooncake featuring a brandy mixed in a dark chocolate truffle, Dark Chocolate Crunchy Pearl mooncake, and Irish Coffee Truffle mooncake.

All mooncakes are available for sale from 19 July to 15 September 2016.

Raffles Hotel Singapore
Address: 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673 (Map)
Contact: +65 6412 1122
Website: http://www.raffles.com
Email Address: mooncake@raffles.com

4. Regent Singapore

Presenting the theme of ‘Mid-Autumn Nostalgia’, Regent Singapore introduces a stellar line-up of mooncakes by Summer Palace Dim Sum Chef Leong Kwok Sing, including two new snowskin mooncake flavours inspired by home-grown desserts: Chendol with White Chocolate and Momordica Fruit with Longan.

The exquisite snowskin mooncake selections presents familiar flavours infused with a nostalgic local touch. The Chendol with White Chocolate is a delightful blend of creamy milk and sweetness, while the Mormodica Fruit comes with hints of sweet notes and a dose of antioxidants.

Also not forgetting that these mooncakes are presented in an elegant textured red box enveloped in soft felt fabric. These easy carry-on bags also doubles up as a Chinese chess board, a fun yet ingenious feature for guests to enjoy a traditional game of Chinese chess. One of the most unique styles and mooncakes to gift families and corporate partners, don’t miss out Regent Singapore’s other signature snowskin selections.

Regular orders from August 11 to September 15, 2016 will enjoy a 15 per cent discount with the following credit cards: AMEX, ANZ, Bank of China, CIMB, Citibank, Diners Club, DBS, HSBC, JCB, Maybank, OCBC, POSB, Standard Chartered and UOB.

Regent Singapore
Address: 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715 (Map)
Summer Palace, Level 3 (Collection time: 12 to 2:30pm or 6:30 to 10:30pm)
Hotel Lobby, Level 1 (Collection time: 11am to 8:30pm)
Contact: +65 6725 3239
Website: http://regenthotels.com/
Email Address: foodbeverage.rsn@fourseasons.com

5. Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Shangri-La Hotel knows how to pamper your tastebuds with a luxurious Honey Chocolate Collection of mooncakes this year. Going at $88 per box of 8 with two of each flavour, the collection features four flavours of Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and Salted Toffee, White Chocolate Passion Fruit with Mang, and Roasted Sicilian Pistachio. Incorporating raw and unprocessed Leatherwood Honey, each mooncake comes with a delicate chocolate shell infused with a creamy mousse-like filling that’s endlessly pleasurable. Not forgetting Shangri-La Hotel also offers perennial classics such as the traditional baked lotus paste mooncake!

Guests can purchase Shang Palace’s mooncakes at the lobby of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore from 28th July to 15th September 2016 and at retail booths located at shopping malls island-wide, including Takashimaya, Vivocity, Parkway Parade and more.

Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Address: 22 Orange Grove Rd, Shangri-La, Singapore 258350 (Map)
Contact: +65 6213 4398/4473
Website: http://slsfestive.oddle.me/
Email Address: dining.sls@shangri-la.com

6. Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

This year, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant presents a range of low-sugar mooncake creations and a limited-edition premium Royal Mid-Autumn Gift Set. I was amazed by the exquisitely designed two-tier red treasure chest where each piece of mooncake lay hidden for guests to unravel in. One of the more unique presentation styles, the Mid-Autumn Gift Set showcases the White Lotus Seed Pasted Baked Mooncakes with Prized Karasumi & Angelica, and an elegant Aged Old Pu’er Tea set encased in a chic red faux Crocodile Skin, two-tier treasure chest ($188/ box of 4)

For those who would like a little of everything, The Assorted Snow Skin Mooncakes ($66 / box of 8) contains these two new flavours, along with returning favourites – Sencha Green Tea with Japanese Red Bean and White Lotus Seed Paste with Egg Yolk. Latest flavours include Chocolate Brownie with Cookies & Honeycomb and Salted Caramel with Peanut Praline. Chocolate fans like me will be awed by Chocolate Brownie with Cookies & Honeycomb with cookie bits infused in the chocolate brownie and white lotus paste. Oh yes and completed with an oozing honeycomb comb centre, so sinful yet heavenly!

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant’s mooncakes are available from 11 August to 15 September 2016 at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel’s Forecourt Stall (by the hotel entrance). From 1 September to 15 September, enjoy 15% discount for all mooncakes for HSBC, Citibank and Maybank holders and 10% discount for all mooncakes for the rest of the cardholders.

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Address: 320 Orchard Road, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore 238865 (Map)
Contact: +65 6831 4708
Website: www.singaporemarriott.com/mooncakes
Email Address: mooncakes@marriott.com

7. Swensen’s

This year, fans of Swensen’s can look forward to their latest ice cream mooncake collections, themed as the ‘Moon Treasures’. Comprising six delectable flavours, Swensen’s offers surprising and innovative new flavours of Salty Eggy, Coco Yammy and Aroi Milk tea! By far one of the trendiest flavours to date, the salty eggy is a burst of salty egg ice cream, while the coco yammy is a refreshing swirl of coconut ice cream enveloped in a soft pastry skin. Other all-time favourites include the Durian Royale, Sticky Chewy Chocolate and the Strawberry Fields Forever.

Our favourites from the new selections are definitely the Coco Yammy and Salted Eggy, while the Sticky Chewy Chocolate and Durian stands out as our classic choices for this year! Swensen’s Moon Treasures Mooncake Collection goes at $35.80 for a box of 4 (with any choice of flavours). Individual mooncakes can be purchased separately at $9.50 each.

Bank of China, Citibank, HSBC, Maybank, OCBC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, and UOB cardholders can enjoy an early bird special of 15% discount from now till 31st August 2016, and a 10% discount thereafter until 15 September 2016. Swensen’s Cool Rewards & Kids’ Club members can enjoy 20% early bird special from now till 31st August 2016, and a 10% discount thereafter until 15th September 2016.

Swensens
ION Orchard
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B1-31, Singapore 238801 (Map)
Contact: +65 6884 5967
More outlets can be found here: http://www.swensens.com.sg/singapore
Website: http://www.swensens.com.sg
Email Address: swensens@abr.com.sg

8. Thye Moh Chan

Serving a loyal following for three generations since 1943, Thye Moh Chan remains one of the most iconic local Teochew confectionary brand here in Singapore. No exceptions on the traditional element of mooncakes, Thye Moh Chan continues to offer handcrafted mooncakes using traditional baking techniques passed on by veteran chefs.

This year, Thye Moh Chan celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with a range of flaky-skinned mooncakes of the Sweet or Salty Tau Sar, alongside new relished favourites such as the Mao Shao Wang Durian and the Teochew Yam with Salted Egg flavours. Not forgetting the Double Delight, infused with red bean paste and a crystal filling made with winter melon, melon seeds, citrus strips, white sesame and spring onions. Perfect as gifts for families and friends, these delectable mooncake selections are packaged in new vibrant colours of turquoise, cherry red and purple boxes with peony flower design.

Promotions (available till 31 August 2016)
Enjoy 10 percent off and receive a $2 gift voucher with every box of mooncakes purchased. Also receive a pair of free lanterns with minimum purchase of two boxes of mooncakes, while stocks last. Available from now till 15 September 2016 at Thye Moh Chan stores located at Chinatown Point and Paragon.

Thye Moh Chan
Collection Points:
Paragon
Address: 290 Orchard Road
B1-11/12
Singapore 238859 (Map)
Contact: +65 6732 8858
Operating hours: 10am – 10pm

Chinatown Point
Address: 133 New Bridge Road,
#01-45/46 Singapore 059413 (Map)
Contact No: +65 6604 8858
Operating hours: 10am – 10pm
Website: http://thyemohchan.com

9. Xin Cuisine, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

XinCuisine_Black Sesame Lotus Seed Paste

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium’s Xin Cuisine has launched a selection of new and unique flavours for Mid-Autumn Festival this year, adding on to their traditional baked classics, snowskin creations and their best-selling mooncake – Xin’s Signature Mini Egg Custard with Egg Yolk Mooncake.

This year, two new unique flavours from the snowskin selections are bound to tantalise your tastebuds, with the introduction of the Black Sesame Lotus Seed Paste with Strawberry Praline – an aromatic blend of silky black sesame with paste; and the Passion Fruit Paste with Plum – a refreshing and tangy core encased in a firm, snowskin texture.

For durian lovers like myself, definitely go for the Xin’s Peranakan Durian Snowskin Mooncake, which is now available in 4 large pieces or 6 mini pieces per box.

Xin Cuisine, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Address: 317 Outram Road,
Singapore 169075 (Map)
Contact: +65 6731 7173
Website: http://singaporeatrium.holidayinn.com/festive 

Hope this curated list of mooncakes will help you choose your mooncakes to share with your loved ones!

Sweet mooncakes will be served with our blessings. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
送上香甜的月饼,连同一颗祝福的心…中秋节快乐! <3

Article by Keith and Xue Wei

With lots of love,
Xue Wei
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A foodie at heart, Xue Wei’s passion for food and travel translates to her daily snippets of her affairs on her blog and Instagram. A quality that’s reflected in features like her ‘Best Matcha-places to go’ and ‘16 Must Eat Taiwan Food’ in collection, where she hunts out the best hits in all of the places she’s been to. When she isn’t chasing her love for food and adventure, she enjoys photography, travelling, volunteering and spending quality time with her family.

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A foodie at heart, Xue Wei’s passion for food and travel translates to her daily snippets of her affairs on her Blog and Instagram. She enjoys quality family time and hopes to fulfill her dream to travel around the world with her loved ones.
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