The Mid-Autumn Festival which falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, will be on the 1st of October (Thurs) this year.
Looks like the welcoming of the festivities have already started, with shops pushing out mooncakes earlier than expected and consumers grabbing hold of the various early-bird deals.
While the traditional big mooncake fairs for us to sample different treats are a no-go in 2020, many brands are going online and offering various delivery options and promotions.
If you are looking at some of the best mooncakes in Singapore for 2020, look no further. (I really styled, photographed and ate my way through all of them and more…)
Here are 12 must-have mooncakes, and also included are details such as the new flavours, box design, purchase venue and corresponding promotions. So, enjoy!
Exquisite Classic Baked Mooncakes and Chocolate Truffle Mooncakes
The Awfully Chocolate Mid-Autumn Collection 2020 comprises two distinct styles of mooncakes of Classic Baked Mooncakes and Chocolate Truffle Mooncakes.
Each chest of Classic Baked Mooncakes boasts four different flavours, baked in either light golden Shanghai pastry or signature dark chocolate pastry ($88 per box of 4 mix flavours).
You can look forward to the NEW flavour of Six Treasure with White Lotus, which is inspired by the traditional “Five Nut” mooncake. Enjoy velvety white lotus lavished with supple cranberries and golden fruit, hand-roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, cashews and almonds encased in their signature dark cocoa mooncake pastry.
The Must-Have Mooncakes:
The Chocolate Truffle Mooncakes series comes in four different luxury cacao flavours – Chocolate Autumn Berries, Matcha Dark Chocolate, Dark Milk Espresso and Caramel Calamansi.
Priced at $88 per box of 8, with 2 pieces of each.
The Dark Milk Espresso remains as one of Awfully Chocolate’s classic, with a beautiful combination of rich dark milk chocolate ganache and a velvety double espresso yolk.
Awfully Chocolate has designed a matching set of bespoke wooden chests meant for more than just a single-use.
Each hand-painted chest is one-of-a-kind and comes with reusable gold fork-knives. Their Classic Baked Mooncakes come individually packaged in brushed gold tins with engraved wooden lids, that doubles as a plate. These elegant keepsake chests are good as an accessory box.
25% OFF Early Bird Special (Till 31 Aug)
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
Mini Snowskin Lychee Rose, Durian Mao Shan Wang, Plantation 1840 and Tiramisu
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel has introduced six exciting flavours of Mini Snowskin Mooncakes.
The highlight would be the rum-based Mini Snowskin Plantation 1840 ($78 for 8 pieces) which transformed from the hotel’s signature cocktail to an edible form, a sweet treat with an alcoholic kick.
Other indulgent Snowskin flavours are the Tiramisu ($78 for 8 pieces), Valrhona 70% ($78 for 8 pieces), Salted Caramel ($74 for 8 pieces), Lychee Rose ($74 for 8 pieces) and Mao Shan Wang Durian ($86 for 8 pieces).
Assorted mini Snowskin flavours are also available at $78 for 8 pieces.
If you are looking for the traditional baked mooncakes, the ones offered here come in bite-sized pieces and are good to pair with tea.
They include Pandan Paste with Melon Seeds ($70 for 8 pieces), citrusy Red Bean Paste with Orange Peel ($74 for 8 pieces), classic White Lotus Seed with Egg Yolk and reduced sugar ($78 for 8 pieces) or with Macadamia Nuts and reduced sugar ($74 for 8 pieces).
Want to try it all? Then go for the Assorted Mini Baked Mooncake box ($74 for 8 pcs).
The Must-Have Mooncake:
Will be tough to choose from the Mini Lychee Rose and Mini Mao Shan Wang Durian. The former has light and floral notes with delicate-fruity sweetness; whereas the latter is stuffed with real creamy Mao Shan Wang durian flesh for a powerful punch.
A visually stunning, intricately designed and multi-functional wooden jewelry box dressed in a vibrant crimson colour of Kempinski’s iconic Lady in Red.
The design draws inspiration from two key landmarks of Singapore’s Civic District – Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES, the stained glass windows in CHIJMES Hall is crafted onto the top of the mooncake box.
– 20% Early Bird Discount is available until 31 Aug 2020 for orders made through the hotel’s online store at www.shop-capitolkempinski.com
– 20% privilege on all mooncakes for AMEX, and 15% privilege for UOB, OCBC and DBS card members. Not applicable in conjunction with bulk purchase privileges and online orders.
Goodwood Park Hotel
Orange with Grape Snowskin Mooncake, and Japanese Sweet Potato with Pumpkin-Coconut Centre Snowskin Mooncake
Widely known for its delectable Durian Snowskin Mooncakes, durian fans can look forward to the return of Goodwood Park Hotel’s signature D24 Durian, Mao Shan Wang, and Black Thorn Durian Snowskin Mooncakes with their luscious bittersweet fillings.
To mark 120 years of legacy, Goodwood Park Hotel has also introduced the ultimate 16.5cm wide 120th Anniversary Mooncake ($108) filled with white lotus seed paste and 12 salted egg yolks, bound to make a striking impression. Available in limited quantity.
The Must-Have Mooncake:
If you are looking out for something new, there are two which may just capture your heart – the Orange with Grape ($37 for 2 pcs, $58 for 4 pcs) and Japanese Sweet Potato with Pumpkin-Coconut Centre ($41 for 2 pcs, $66 for 4 pcs).
The Orange with Grape Snowskin Mooncake is light and refreshing (plus full of Vitamin C) that comes from the red grapes slices embedded within a fruity mousse, complete with bright notes from fresh orange juice.
The Japanese Sweet Potato with Pumpkin-Coconut Centre Snowskin Mooncake is almost akin to eating the real Japanese Sweet Potato fruit itself, with a mix of smooth and earthy flesh and rich centre packed with pumpkin puree and desiccated coconut.
Its appearance is also dazzling, with a cross-section that resembles the root with its vibrant reddish-purple outer layer and golden yellow and orange luscious filling.
Website: goodwoodparkfestive.oddle.me (Last pre-order date 24 Sep 2020, 5pm)
Minimum $100 purchase is required for online pre-orders (delivery or self-collection) 5 days advance order is required from order date for delivery or self-collection. Delivery fees apply
Tel: +65 6730 1868
– Legacy Bundle price of $120 (U.P $177, till 11 Sep 2020)
Bundle comprises 1 box of Baked Combo, 1 box of Snowskin Combo, 2 pieces of Japanese Sweet
Potato with Pumpkin-Coconut Centre Snowskin
– 20% OFF selected mooncakes for Healthcare Workers (only available at The Deli till 1 Oct 2020)
– 20% OFF selected mooncakes for Citi, DBS/POSB, OCBC, UOB Cardmembers (on 12 – 13 Sep 2020 at The Deli, walk-in purchases only)
– 15% OFF selected mooncakes for Citi, DBS/POSB, OCBC, UOB Cardmembers (till 1 Oct 2020)
Peranakan-Inspired Chendol, Pulut Hitam, Durian Pengat, and Pandan & Coconut Kaya Snow Skin Mooncakes
InterContinental Singapore has introduced snow skin mooncakes with Peranakan flavours, inspired by the hotel’s rich heritage along with the geographic location within the historic and cultural streets of Bugis.
Crafted in Man Fu Yuan’s iconic shape of the blooming rose, unique and interesting flavours include Chendol – Gula Melaka with Red Bean, Coconut & Pandan Jelly, Pulut Hitam – Dark Glutinous Rice with Candied Longan & Coconut, Durian Pengat – Durian with Gula Melaka & Butterfly-pea, and Pandan and Coconut Kaya.
These are part of the Heritage Collection which goes for $84 nett for a box of 4.
The flavours this year are bold and distinctive, infusing the fragrant coconut – a key ingredient used in Peranakan cuisine, within most of their snow skin mooncakes.
Worthy of mention is that the texture of the snow skin mooncake is delicately light and soft, almost mochi-like.
The Must-Have Mooncake:
The Durian Pengat Snow Skin mooncake, generously packed with durian pulp with slight bitterness, complemented well by the sweetness from the Gula Melaka.
Not exactly a box, but a tingkat carrier (which is also known as the traditional tiered lunch box) which is modernised with pastel-like blush and turquoise hues and Peranakan design motifs using architectural elements within the hotel. Gorgeous.
Website: InterContinentalShoppe.sg (till 28 Sep 2020)
Man Fu Yuan Shoppe (Entrance of InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction), till 1 Oct 2020
DFD Readers can get 35% OFF InterContinental Singapore’s baked mooncakes with promo code: ICSDFD35 Head over to this link.
Red Dates Longan Mooncake, Almond Egg Custard Mooncake, Coconut Egg Yolk Mooncake
While travelling to Hong Kong may not be that possible now, one-Michelin-starred Kam’s Roast Goose will be offering its three delectable Hong Kong-style mooncakes to the Singapore market.
Created by Executive Chef Wong Kwan Sang, they include Red Dates Longan Mooncake ($68+ for 6 pieces in a box), Almond Egg Custard Mooncake ($68+ for 6 pieces), and Coconut Egg Yolk Mooncake ($68+ for 6 pieces) with a balance of sweet fresh coconut and savoury premium salted duck egg yolk.
Regular favourites such as Kam’s Roast Red Bean Orange Peel Mooncake ($68+ for 6 pieces in a box) and Kam’s Roast Assorted Nuts with Roast Duck Mooncake ($68+ for 6 pieces in a box) are also making a return.
All mooncakes are also available at $10.80+ per piece.
The Must-Have Mooncake:
I am always a fan of the HK style Egg Custard Mooncake, so this brings it a level up. The Almond Egg Custard Mooncake contains lusciously-smooth golden egg custard, enhanced with fragrant almond paste made with premium hand-ground almonds.
Bonus: the mooncakes are made with reduced portions of sugar and oil.
A Chinese imperial inspired gift box in royal colours of red, gold and purple that symbolise prosperity and luck. Look for a surprise within the box – a unique repurposed porcelain coaster.
Kam’s Roast at Pacific Plaza (#01-04) and Jewel Changi Airport (#02-210)
– 15% OFF exclusive pre-order on YQueue (1 Aug – 1 Oct 2020)
– 20% OFF for corporate orders of 20 boxes and above
– 20% OFF Kam’s Roast Mooncakes with Joy Luck Teahouse receipt (located at ION Orchard B4) within 2 days of purchase, or 15% OFF when purchase is made by 30 Sep 2020
Mandarin Orchard Singapore
Yam and White Chocolate Snow Skin, Green Tea and Azuki Red Bean Snow Skin Mooncake
The perennial favourite of Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s mooncake selection is the Double Yolk and White Lotus Paste Baked Mooncake ($76 nett for 4 pieces), with creamy-smooth white lotus paste and flavourful dual of salted egg yolks.
For gifting, consider getting the Mandarin Collection ($74 nett for 4 pieces) comprising four assorted baked mooncakes – Mixed Nuts and Jamón Ibérico, Double Yolk and White Lotus Paste, Macadamia Nuts and Low Sugar White Lotus Paste, and Azuki Red Bean Paste and Pine Nuts.
Special mention goes to the Baked Mooncake with Macadamia Nuts and Low Sugar Lotus Paste which comes with the same pleasure and less of the guilt.
The Must-Have Mooncake:
Ever popular is the Hotel’s range of pastel-hued mini snow skin creations including Yam and White Chocolate, Red Wine Cranberry with Japanese Yuzu and Lemongrass, Lychee Martini and Chocolate, and Red Wine Cranberry Paste with Japanese Yuzu and Green Tea and Azuki Red Bean Snow Skin Mooncakes.
Get a box of Assorted Mini Snow Skin Selection ($70 nett for 8 pieces) which will include two pieces of each flavour.
Being a Japanese dessert lover, my pick would be the Japanese-inspired creation of Green Tea and Azuki Red Bean Snow Skin, which showcases sweet and earthy azuki red bean in a creamy decadent matcha-infused paste.
A glossy medium-blue gift box, embellished with a lattice-patterned crest and a customisable leather patch in rose gold.
Mandarin Orchard Singapore, at Level 5 Coffee & Crust
– 30% OFF for DBS/POSB card holders. till 1 Sep. 25% OFF thereafter
– 20% OFF for UOB and Citibank card holders, till 1 Sep. 15% OFF thereafter.
Pan Pacific Singapore
Raspberry Chocolate and Matcha Black Sesame Snowskin Mooncakes
The chefs from Hai Tien Lo at the Pan Pacific Singapore has hand-crafted an ensemble of eleven mooncakes, including the Four Treasures Snowskin Mooncakes with vibrant flavours.
The exquisite box includes Hazelnut Yuzu, Raspberry Chocolate, Matcha Black Sesame, and Soursop Lychee – different from the typical offerings.
Instead of the usual fruits puree and ice cream, the snowskin mooncakes have a mousse-like texture, almost akin to that of a decadent dessert.
My favourite is the Soursop Lychee – citrusy and refreshing with a fruity punch; and the Raspberry Chocolate with raspberry crunchy pearls and delicious ruby chocolate.
The Must-Have Mooncake:
For those seeking traditional mooncakes, go for the Four Treasures Snowskin Mooncakes ($68.80+ for a box of 4) which features the signature White Lotus Paste with Double Yolk, Charcoal Black Sesame Seed Paste with Melon Seeds, Assorted Nuts with Chicken Ham, and low-sugar Jade Paste with Melon Seeds for the health-conscious.
Decked in a strikingly red which symbolises overflowing luck and happiness in the Chinese culture, this satin-covered crimson box is adorned with intricate florals and a wooden lattice centrepiece.
Website: ppsinshop.com (till 1 Oct 2020)
Tel: +65 9009 5936
Self-collection and delivery available from 11:30am – 9:30pm via drive-through at the hotel’s main entrance driveway. Enjoy complimentary delivery for orders above $100.
– Advanced orders with eligible credit cards (till 31 Aug 2020) will enjoy an exclusive early bird deal of 25% savings on all prepaid orders.
– Up to 15% savings on orders placed between 1 Sep – 1 Oct 2020.
Japanese Yuzu with Sake, Passionfruit with Choya, White Peach Crème de Peche, and Red Cherry Griottine
Handcrafted and freshly made upon order with no preservatives, Paradise Group has introduced new Fruity Liqueur Snow Skin Mooncakes this year with an elegant floral print appearance, synonymous with the design on their mooncake boxes.
Expect each mooncake to be filled with silky smooth white lotus seed paste and a chocolate truffle core infused with different liqueurs.
Not just any ordinary chocolate, but chocolate from the world-leading chocolate company Valrhona’s Inspiration series is used for the truffle centre.
By popular demand, the Mini Baked Custard with Molten Salted Egg Yolk ($56 per box of 8 pieces) and Traditional Teochew Yam Pastry Mooncake ($54 per box of 4 pieces) are back this year. Note that a pre-order of 3 days in advance is required for the Traditional Teochew Yam Pastry Mooncake as they are freshly made.
The Must-Have Mooncake:
Paradise Group’s Gems of the Full Moon line-up include citrusy and fruity flavours such as Japanese Yuzu with Sake, Passionfruit with Choya, White Peach Crème de Peche, and Red Cherry Griottine.
My vote will go to the Japanese Yuzu with Sake featuring bright-citrusy yuzu puree and mildly-sweet Japanese sake encased within the white Valrhona chocolate truffle shell.
Gold-plated acrylic box with intricate floral motifs, which can be reused to serve snacks during festive occasions.
At all Paradise Group of restaurants (excluding Canton Paradise Noodle & Congee, Le Shrimp Ramen and LeNu outlets), till 30 Sep 2020. Collection of mooncakes is available from 25 Aug – 30 Sep 2020, at participating outlets. Visit https://www.paradisegp.com/restaurant-locator/ to view outlet locations and details.
– 20% OFF for Citi, Maybank and PGR Cardmembers. Till 31 Aug 2020
– 15% OFF for Citi, Maybank and PGR Cardmembers. From 1- 30 Sep 2020
– Public will enjoy 25% discount for orders above 10 boxes of mooncakes
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Handcrafted Apricot and Sourplum Snow-skin and Yuzu and Osmanthus Truffle Snow-Skin Mooncake
The signature Raffles Hotel Champagne Truffle Snow-Skin Mooncakes ($78) need little introduction, well-received for its velvety-smooth white lotus paste, also known to sell out every year.
Two fan-favourites are also making a return this year, which are the Earl Grey Tea and Pearl Snow-Skin Mooncake ($76), and Cognac Truffle Snow-Skin Mooncake ($76) which features a blend of brandy and dark chocolate ganache.
If you are looking for something new, then look out for the two latest creations of Apricot
and Sourplum Snow-skin Mooncake ($76), and Yuzu and Osmanthus Truffle Snow-Skin Mooncake ($76).
The Must-Have Mooncake:
The Yuzu and Osmanthus Truffle Snow-Skin Mooncake is a perfect balance of the sweetness of the smooth lotus paste along with light tart flavour from the citrusy yuzu.
The Osmanthus tea leaves also add that alluring floral fragrance as you take a bite.
The Raffles Mooncakes are presented in a beautiful cream-coloured ivory box designed with gold lotus flowers and palm leaves, inspired by the lush greenery and pristine shades of white of the restored Raffles Hotel Singapore.
At the Raffles Mooncake Booth located at the North Bridge Road Atrium of Raffles Arcade. Till 1 Oct, 9am – 8pm daily
25% OFF all online mooncake purchases with selected bank partners (till 31 Aug 2020)
20% OFF all online mooncake purchases with selected bank partners (1 Sep – 25 Sep 2020)
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Hennessy X.O. Chocolate Mini Snowskin Mooncakes, Mini Baked Custard with Bird’s Nest
Highlights from Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore would be the Shang Palace Mini Snowskin Mooncakes ($88 for 8 pieces) which include the Hennessy X.O. Chocolate Mini Snowskin Mooncakes and Yuzu Sake Mini Snowskin Mooncakes, both available as part of a set of eight.
The first includes alluring cognac with rich, dark cocoa notes; while the other comprises white lotus paste complemented by bright citrus fragrance and sweetness of sake.
The Must-Have Mooncake:
Making a comeback this year is the Signature Mini Baked Custard with Bird’s Nest ($120 for 8 pieces), created by Shang Palace’s Executive Chef Mok Kit Keung.
What you get are Hong Kong-style baked custard mooncakes, with tempting egg custard wrapped in golden pastry and baked. Chef Mok brings up the luxurious factor by incorporating quality bird’s nest within – also for the added beauty and health benefits.
The classic Baked Mooncakes are packed in a box in elegant turquoise (pictured) or nostalgic red, patterned with flowers in full bloom to represent the bountiful harvest.
In addition, look out for the Limited Edition Peranakan-Inspired Gift Box Set by fashion designer and artist Benny Ong, with printed motifs similar to those found on the heritage blue-and-white plates commonly used in Peranakan homes.
Delivery and self-collect options at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore are available, till 1 Oct 2020.
20% OFF Classic Baked Mooncakes for online orders bit.ly/SLSMooncake20
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Red Date Baked Mooncake with Wolfberries & Pumpkin Seeds
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel’s mooncakes has a well-preserved tradition of sourcing for the finest ingredients to deliver mooncakes with no added preservatives or artificial flavouring.
You can look forward to a total of 10 signatures and new favourites, specially handcrafted by chefs from the award-winning Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant.
These include the Golden Black Truffle Baked Mooncake with Bayonne Ham & Single Yolk ($82 nett); Red Date Baked Mooncake with Wolfberries & Pumpkin Seeds ($74 nett); Rose Tea Snowskin Mooncake with Champagne Truffle ($74 nett); Almond Custard Snowskin Mooncake with Osmanthus Truffle ($72 nett); Mandarin Orange Snowskin Mooncake with Caramel Sea Salt Truffle ($72 nett).
Or take your celebration up a notch with a luxurious take on their specially-curated Mid-Autumn Premium Gift Set ($238 nett for a box of 4) that features 4 gold dusted Black Truffle Baked Mooncakes with Bayonne Ham & Single Yolk. The bonus? A bottle of 375ml Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne.
The Must-Have Mooncake:
The Red Date Baked Mooncake with Wolfberries & Pumpkin Seeds ($74 nett) incorporates superfoods, resulting in a satisfying texture and well-rounded flavour.
This is one of the more few mooncakes that incorporate wolfberries, which medicinal properties have recently gained popularity due to their high dosage of vitamins A & C and antioxidants which aid in immunity.
A timeless piece of elegance and Oriental charm, the red-hued, two-tier box that can be recycled to contain your trinklets, signifies luck and prosperity. It is decorated gold ornate floral motifs symbolises love; sparrows that represent joy and unity; a gold helix clasp.
For a more luxurious indulgence, their Limited Edition Premium Mid-Autumn Gift Set comes in a gold, regal chest that unveils 4 gold-dusted baked mooncakes as well as a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne, and doubles up as a makeup box, complete with 2 side mirrors and 4 individual drawers.
Booth: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel’s Mid-Autumn Booth, Level 1, Hotel Lobby
Tel: +65 6831 4708
– 25% early bird discount on purchases made from 27 Aug to 11 Sep 2020 with the promo code: PUBLIC25 on website www.celebratorydelights.com/mooncakes
– 20% discount for purchases made between 12 Sep – 1 Oct 2020 with the promo code: PUBLIC20 on their website.
– Marriott Bonvoy, Club Marriott and TANGS Preferred/ Classic Card members enjoy 30% OFF till 1 Oct 2020.
– Online orders have to be made at least 48 hours prior to date of collection.
Yan Ting, The St. Regis Singapore
Tea-Infused Snowskin Gems In A Glass Mooncake Box
Tea lovers will rejoice as Yan Ting at The St. Regis Singapore has introduced an all new selection of snowskin mooncakes showcasing unique tea infusions.
A total of 4 different snowskin mooncakes are available, from Royal Milk Tea Paste with Honey Osmanthus Truffle ($78+ for a box of 8), Green Tea Paste with Oolong Tea Truffle ($76+ for a box of 8), Honey Purple Sweet Potato Paste with Orange Yuzu Truffle ($78+ for a box of 8), to Black Sesame Paste with Caramel Sea Salt Truffle ($78+ for a box of 8).
If you miss Yan Ting’s Pure “Mao Shan Wang” Mini Snowskin Mooncake ($118+ per box of 8), it is making a return this year, featuring yellow delicate snowskin with hints of gold, enveloping pure Mao Shan Wang of bittersweet goodness.
For those seeking traditional mooncakes, do not miss out on White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk ($79+ per box of 4) or Double Yolks ($82+ per box of 4), White Lotus Paste with Assorted Nuts and Yunnan Ham ($82+ per box of 4), White Lotus Paste with Four Yolks ($111+ per box of 4) or Reduced Sugar White Lotus Paste with Macadamia Nuts ($75+ per box of 4).
The Must-Have Mooncake:
My favourite is the Green Tea Paste with Oolong Tea Truffle ($76+ for box of 8) which combines Japanese matcha in the paste with Oriental Oolong tea within the truffle.
Other than the buttery creaminess, I loved the delicate tea fragrance – and Oolong is also packed with theanine that can reduce stress and aids in mind relaxation.
A custom-designed solid and sturdy glass box offering a luxurious touch of floral motifs and pastel colours, can double as a jewelry chest.
Built with an eco- friendly exterior, each intricate mooncake is encased within a limited-edition box in your preferred choice of colour – pastel pink or blue
Looking to order a smaller portion of mooncakes this year? Delight in their new and exclusive bright orange-hued boxes that can house two pieces of baked mooncakes or four mini snowskin mooncakes.
– 20% early bird discount for Citibank, UOB and OCBC credit card holders (till 6 Sep 2020)
– 15% OFF for purchases made between 7 Sep – 1 Oct 2020 for Citibank, UOB and OCBC credit card holders
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape and @DanielFoodDiary. This post is brought to you in partnership with Awfully Chocolate, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, Goodwood Park Hotel, InterContinental Singapore, Kam’s Roast, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Pan Pacific Singapore, Paradise Group, Raffles Hotel Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, The St. Regis Singapore