6 Mooncakes To Please Every Generation

From sweet or savoury to durian and ice cream, this year’s mooncake offerings have something for everyone.

By Mandy Lim Beitler      31 August 2021

Spanning traditional baked classics from various dialect groups to contemporary snowskin nuggets even the kids will love, here’s a selection of mooncakes to suit every palate. SAFRA members enjoy special discounts at some of these merchants as well.

Tea-Infused Cantonese-Style Mooncakes, Cherry Garden

This year, Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental Singapore infuses time-honoured Cantonese-style mooncakes with tea. The new Tieguanyin with Macadamia Nuts, featuring Silver Lotus Paste blended with tea leaves harvested during summer to retain its honey-like fragrance, joins the baked collection. BiluoChun Green Tea with Guava and Chestnut, balancing bitter notes from the spring tea with fruity flavours, makes a debut in the mini snowskin range. They are presented in elegant floral packaging alongside other novel highlights from traditional baked Chestnut Paste with Hokkaido Milk, Apricot and Melon Seeds to Singapore-inspired Pandan Coconut snowskin.

SAFRA members enjoy 30% off with promo code “SAFRA30N”; more info at safra.sg/promotions/mo-mooncake.

From $80 per box; more info at singapore.mandarinorientalshop.com

Thousand Layer Yam Mooncakes, Yàn

Another traditional delight with Teochew and Taiwanese roots is the Thousand Layer Yam Mooncakes, a much-anticipated festive highlight at Yàn. Spirals of flaky pastry encase sweet and earthy yam paste, each piece painstakingly crafted only upon order. They are available plain, or with a salted egg yolk for a treat that’s both sweet and savoury. You can also mix and match with other classics including White Lotus Paste Mooncakes with Macadamia Nuts, Single Yolk or Double Yolk to fill the Get-Together Box or Bamboo Tote packaging.

SAFRA members enjoy 25% off with promo code “SAFRA”; more info at safra.sg/promotions/yan.

From $68 per box; more info at yan-restaurant.myshopify.com

Hainanese Traditional Savoury Mooncake, The Hainan Story

Paying tribute to its hardworking ancestors who settled on our shores, The Hainan Story headlines its first-ever mooncake collection with the Hainanese Traditional Savoury Mooncake. Made from a recipe passed down through generations, it’s distinguishable from typical mooncakes by its flatter shape and buttery, flaky crust. Inside packs a sweet-savoury paste made with 13 ingredients, including tangerine peel, fried shallots, sesame seeds, and melon seeds. It joins three other unconventional Hainanese flavours, Salted Mixed Nuts Mooncake, Hainanese Kopi Walnuts White Lotus Mooncake with Single Yolk, and Coconut Gula Melaka and White Lotus Mooncake, in a nostalgic limited-edition tingkat carrier.

$78 per set; WhatsApp 8401 8792 to order (10% early bird discount till September 5, 5% thereafter)

Traditional Teochew Baked Mooncakes, Thye Moh Chan

Well-known for skilfully handcrafted Teochew pastries, homegrown heritage confectioner Thye Moh Chan delivers a line-up of Teochew mooncakes in its signature baked flaky pastry. The new Olive Vegetable Tau Sar with Salted Egg Yolk sees the much-loved Teochew porridge side dish mixed into sweet mung bean filling, while diced aged orange peel adds a complex citrusy flavour to the Mandarin Peel Red Bean version. These innovative renditions join all-time favourites such as Salty Tau Sar with Salted Egg Yolk, Sweet Tau Sar with Melon Seeds, Yuan Yang with Salted Egg Yolk, and the iconic Teochew Double Delight.

From $10.80 per piece or $40.80 per box; more info at thyemohchan.com

Durian Snowskin Mooncakes, Four Seasons Durians

One for avid fans of the king of fruit, local durian pastry specialist Four Seasons Durians brings back its annual hit in two varieties. Imagine taking a bite into 100 per cent pure Sultan Durian – also known as D24, the rich and creamy puree encased in a thin layer of chewy snowskin. Some connoisseurs may prefer the complex bittersweet flavour of Mao Shan Wang Durian. Both varieties come in boxes of four regular-size or eight mini mooncakes. Can’t decide? The Mix Mooncakes box will deliver the best of both worlds.

SAFRA members enjoy 50% off each 4-piece box of Sultan Durian and Mao Shan Wang Durian mooncakes with promo code “SAFRA50”; more info at safra.sg/promotions/fourseasonsdurians.

From $78 per box; more info at fourseasonsdurians.com

Mochi-Snowskin Ice Cream Mooncakes, Swensen’s

The pioneer of ice cream mooncakes in Singapore upgrades this kid-friendly treat with a new-and-improved chewy mochi-snowskin that’s cleverly flavoured to match the creamy contents within. Chill over afternoon tea or take a coffee break with the new Black Milk Tea and Maple Macchiato. They join returning favourites the likes of Chempedak, Durian King, and of course, Sticky Chewy Chocolate. Choose from pre-mixed sets of four or pick from a total of eight enticing flavours to create your own combinations. Top up $9 to get a limited-edition Furoshiki wrap designed by talented artists from The Art Faculty by Autism Resource Centre (Singapore).

SAFRA members enjoy 15% off with promo code “SAFRA15MC” till September 6 and 10% off with “SAFRA10MC” thereafter; more info at safra.sg/promotions/swensensmidautumn21.

From $39.80 per box; more info at bit.ly/mochisnowskin21

Where do you get your mooncakes from? Share your favourites with us at magnsman@sph.com.sg!