Mid-Autumn Festival is back once again, and what better way to lift the positivity during a global pandemic with some mooncakes? We’ve always love the festivities surrounding this occasion mainly because it’s always so exciting to see new and interesting flavours that are dreamed up by so many brands. This year, we’re doing things a little different and have rounded up 5 unconventional places you can celebrate the occasion with family and friends. From desserts, to durian XO-infused mooncakes, and even meaningful collaborations in support of non-profit organisations, check out our list and perhaps get something new this time round.
1. Angelina Tearoom
One of our favourite cafes – Angelina Tearoom, is celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with the launch of 6 new pastries and Gift Boxes perfect for gifting. Specialising in French baking techniques with modern flavours, savour all the pleasure of their desserts that are truly worth the calories. Our favourites from their selection this year include the Moka Cafe ($16), Emma ($16) and Monceau ($16). The Moka Cafe has a creamy and smooth centre that’s not overly sweet, topped with crunchy hazelnut bits. The Emma is a pistachio chou pastry that contains a pistachio crisp with a raspberry strawberry heart, topped with a rose ganache and a delicate rose chocolate petal. Lastly, the Monceau is a fulfilling combination of chocolate and caramel layered on a soft Joconde biscuit. We love every element of this dessert, truly satisfying our craving with every bite.
Besides their dessert selection, they have two gift boxes ideal for gifting with their wide selection of tea. We recommend trying Angelina’s Special Flavoured Tea – Oolong tea, which has a light fruity and floral notes. Each gift box also comes with a choice of tea and biscuit.
2. D.Lab by Durian Edition
This Mid-Autumn, D.Lab by Durian Edition will be offering a limited-edition ‘ D.Lab x Daniel Tay – Special Edition Durian Mooncakes’, in support of the local arts scene, artists and arts groups who have not been able to perform to live audiences during this period. In collaboration with Chef Daniel Tay, they have created a series of three durian premium cultivar snowskin mooncakes, packaged in a unique box that incorporates the iconic spikey silhouette of Esplanade. Each limited edition mooncake set comes with 6 durian snowskin mooncakes, including the Signature Musang King Snowskin Mooncake, XO Durian Snowskin Mooncake and Premium Oolong Snowskin Mooncake. Our favourite is their Signature Musang King Snowskin – made with 100% Musang King puree that’s extremely creamy with a perfect bittersweet flavour.
Their other two are also equally addictive – one made with 100% XO puree, and the other infused with Oolong tea bits. We love that each snowskin mooncake comes with a generous filling of fleshy durian and dusted with a fusion of gold for the finishing touches. The mooncake set retails at $88 and 30% of the proceeds will be donated to Esplanade in support of the national performing arts centre’s efforts to continue to bring the joy of the arts to everyone.
3. Enabling Village
Fancy doing some good while enjoying mooncakes and sipping tea this Mid-Autumn Festival? Check out Enabling Village’s mooncake set – a meaningful collaboration with Metta Café, MINDS and Teapasar that combines their expertise in baking with Teapasar’s quality tea set, and tea leaves that are packed by the folks at MINDS. More than just a box of mooncakes, the EV Series Mooncake Gift Set goes a long way in enabling lives and building a more inclusive society. For purchases of 3 or more boxes, you can use the coupon code “EV10OFF” for 10% off.
What’s in the box:
- 2 Mooncakes (either White Lotus Paste with Melon Seeds or Red Bean Paste with Melon Seeds)
- 1 Yixing Clay Teapot
- 2 Yixing-glazed Teacups
- 2 Oolong Tea Mini Tins
It’s always a delight to enjoy PrimaDeli’s mooncakes every year, and this year is no exception! Besides their expanding range and innovative flavours, they’ve introduced 4 new flavours to their fruity and sweet line-up of popular mini snowskin mooncakes – Mini Apple Cheese, Mini Peach Cranberry, Mini Pineapple Orange and Mini Lychee Rose. Each one comes with their own little surprise that will surely appeal to all tastebuds. Featuring all nine flavours, enjoy the delicious combinations with the Royal Gift Set priced at $52.80 per box. Traditional mooncake lovers will also be able to relish in the baked mooncakes filled with its quintessential lotus paste.
For those who prefer something a little different this year, don’t miss their limited edition Moon Rabbit Cake perfect for chocolate lovers. Designed in a cute and whimsical fashion, the cake not only looks and tastes good, it’s also affordably priced at just $15! Really worth it! Enjoy 15% off with a minimum purchase of either a box of 4 regular size or 9 mini-size mooncakes – valid till 1 October.
5. Song Garden @ Mercure Singapore Bugis
Song Garden at Mercure Singapore Bugis has launched their Tea-riffic Snowskin collection – which consists of 4 new flavours including the Green Apple with Osmanthus-Honey Tea, Lychee with Green tea, Pu’er tea with Orange Yuzu and Osmanthus-oolong tea with Pink Grapefruit and Apricot. Each handcrafted gem consists of a praline centre, enveloped in rich and silky lotus paste and a thin layer of soft snowskin. Order the Tea-riffic Snowskin Mooncake box which comes with 8 mini (2 flavours each) at $69.80.
For those who enjoy the classic baked mooncakes, relish in their Mixed Collection [Box of 4 (1 flavour each) at $68.80 which comes with Baked White Lotus Mooncake, Baked White Lotus with Single Yolk Mooncake, Baked White Lotus with Double Yolk Mooncake and Classic Mixed Nuts Mooncake Early Bird Special. UOB and POSB/DBS cardmembers can enjoy 20% off Song Garden mooncakes from now till 1 October 2020 for
Song Garden @ Mercure Singapore Bugis
With lots of love,
An Affair With Food