The Mooncake competition is officially on. The mid-autumn festival which symbolizes togetherness and bonding, has turned into a match of sorts – to see which mooncake is better, cuter, prettier, weirder and only perhaps tastier. (Go for your traditional Da Zhong Guo if you want tastier, the traditional baked mooncakes have less calories than the snowskin anyway.)
Take a walk around Takashimaya Square basement 2, or some of the other malls such as Junction 8, IMM, Jcube, Nex, VivoCity, Change Alley, Century Square, AMK Hub, Square 2, Vivocity where there are mini-mooncake fairs to have a look. Then you will know what I mean.
Here are some mooncakes for your consideration. I took a bite out of every single one. My mum too. And we mean what we say.
G.O.D’s Butt Mooncake
This Butt Mooncakes by Hong Kong’s Goods of Desire G.O.D ($52 for a box of four) have made waves in all local papers and my instagram feed. There is no young local celebrity I followed who did not receive a box of this. (If you are a local celeb but didn’t receive it, emmm… get more attention on social media bah.)
They are shaped like buttocks (posterior is a better word) because they resemble the mid-autumn’s full moon. Giving a box of this is a joke. Your friends would love it. Your boss would question your taste. Your mother-in-law would think otherwise – so don’t give it to her. My mum said they looked ugly, the taste wasn’t fantastic fantastic, but they make a cute gift anyway.
Grand Hyatt’s Lychee Martini Truffle Mooncake
Grand Hyatt, you win. When your mooncakes arrived in a pretty tiffany-blue coloured acrylic gift box box, I am sold already. You make mooncakes look more luxurious.
At $62 for 8 pieces (expensive, but when I went Taka there was still an early bird discount), there are 3 new snowskin flavours are added to the collection; Green Tea with Sake Truffle, Yam with Coconut Truffle and White Lotus with XO Truffle. You can mix and match flavours. As I am a calorie watcher, I loved the size actually. There are some flavours which particularly made my mum go “Wow, ho chiak!” – The Champagne Truffle and Lychee Martini Truffle. I agree with her on that.
Man Fu Yuan’s Pulot Hitam Mooncake
Intercontinental Man Fu Yuan’s anticipated new creation is inspired by one of our favourite local desserts, the Pulot Hitam. We know they worked for ice cream, but would they for mooncakes. Actually, not quite sold. My Pulot Hitam snow skin mooncake melted faster than other flavours, and my mum thought they tasted “weird”.
She much preferred the other flavours which I agree too. The Green Tea Paste infused with Jasmine tea, White Lotus with Macadamia Nuts and Sesame Paste all worked well ($53.80 for 4 pieces). Special mention that they have created a new range of low sugar white lotus seed paste mooncakes, made with 50 percent less sugar, all coming with a classic elegant long packaging. Makes a suitable corporate gift.
TWG’s Gold Leaves Scarlet Red Mooncake
TWG Tea offers a set of two mooncakes paired with their Longevity Haute Couture Tea at S$78 and a set of four tea infused mooncakes at S$52. You know when you buy a TWG mooncake, you are not exactly looking at receiving something traditional. The colours are already shocking – plain white, dark black, purple and scarlet red covered with gold leaves. Decadence!
The scarlet red Snowskin Mooncake is filled with white chocolate mousse and crunchy chocolate pearls encasing a refreshing yuzu marmalade in a white chocolate heart. Infused with longevity tea. The downside? The black colouring stained my mum’s fingers while cutting, and they were tough to wash off.
Marina Mandarin’s 8 Treasures Baked Mooncake
This big 6½ inch 8 Treasures 8-yolk Baked Mooncake ($68 for box of 1) from Marina Mandarin Peach Blossoms perhaps want to prove that the bigger the better. This looks like a discus or a body pump weight, and is heavy.
The lotus paste was smooth and not too sweet. If you are a traditional baked mooncake lover and if size matters to you, then this will be your choice. Eat it like a birthday cake, get the whole family down to cut the mooncake together. This makes good family bonding.