Mid-Autumn Festival is the traditional feast that is prevalent in some countries in Asia, it is also the season where mooncakes are crafted and shared by the kin and friends to frolic in the moonlit night. In this annual custom of celebration, restaurants and hotels are showcasing their own version of the traditional mooncakes.
Some are preferring the traditional baked iterations while some fancy the unbaked snow skin ones. Either way, we certainly do not deserve these goody mooncakes but we at news Singapore handpicked the best of both worlds in presenting the best mooncakes in Singapore this year.
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel in Singapore never fails to amaze us with their decadent creations annually. The two snowskin variants that are added to the collection this year are the Da-Li Rose and Strawberry Chocolate Snow-Skin Mooncake is a thing of beauty and the Yunnan Dark Brown Sugar and Rum Truffle Snow-Skin Mooncake.
The Da Li Rose and Strawberry Chocolate Snow-Skin Mooncake are inspired by the ice Dali-rose ice cream creation of Jereme Leung.
Grand Hyatt Singapore
The Grand Hyatt has been serving handcrafted mooncakes each year since 2006. If you are hedonistic, then you will love their Cherry Brandy and Strawberry Cream Cheese with Oreo Crumble and Champagne Lychee Martini flavors.
If you are opting for the non-liquor stuff, their non-alcoholic snow skin variants are no different. Their scrumptious Walnut Praline, sweet and savory Basil & Trigona Honey, and rustic Black Sesame & Ginger will surely keep you enamored.
The liquor brand is incorporating mooncakes this year in collaboration with creative firm Chun Tsubaki with each mooncake stamped with their iconic logo. A pair of flavors comprised the mooncakes including the decadent Our Original Twelve Snow Skin Mooncake with matcha snow skin and the peppery Our Solera Fifteen Snow Skin Mooncake.
The Our Original Twelve Snow Skin Mooncake has a white chocolate-pear jam ganache, emblazoned with roasted barley and matcha-pistachio skin. The Our Solera Fifteen Snow Skin Mooncake, on the other hand, is filled with dark truffle ganache mixed with honey-orange paste.
Shisen Hanten is a Michelin-starred restaurant in Japan and they are infusing Japanese flavors in our traditional mooncakes. From the scrumptious Japanese Pumpkin and Sakura Petals with Low Sugar White Lotus Paste to the sweet and nutty Mixed Nuts with Jamón Ibérico, you will be glad that these things exist in this world.
Their mooncakes also come with dreamy packaging in a midnight blue box portraying the moonlit hills of Yokohama. This packaging is such a visual treat that you can keep it a keepsake.
Old Seng Choong
Old Seng Choong is presenting mooncakes this year with a twist to cater for all walks of life. Most of Old Seng Choong deviates from the traditional sweet flavor of mooncakes and goes with the savory side of things.
Their Black Truffle Red Lotus Paste with Bakwa is infused with umami flavors of bak kwa, truffle oil, and red lotus paste. The Hae Bee Hiam Red Lotus Paste on the other hand is embedded with lotus paste that is drizzled with dried shrimps.
Thye Moh Chan
Thye Moh Chan also hyping the nostalgic event with the new additions to their flaky Teochew mooncakes. The tangy Mandarin Peel Red Bean and the savory Olive Vegetable Tau Sar with Salted Egg Yolk.
Their Momoyama mooncakes with rich and buttery texture are best paired with the traditional Oolong Tea or any liquor that is appropriate for the evening festival.
Clearly, the Mooncake festival is not just a nostalgic annual celebration but also a feast of traditional foods that reflect the warmth and piety that togetherness brings.