Mooncakes 2023: 8 Healthier Baked & Snowskin Fruit-Tea Varieties

For the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore, try these mooncakes infused with antioxidant-rich fruits and teas.

By Mandy Lim Beitler        29 August 2023

Once a year, during the Mid-Autumn festival, we wax lyrical about the luminous moon, delve into Chinese folklore and indulge in delicious mooncakes. But with Singaporeans getting more health-conscious by the day, we decided to seek out healthier choices. On 29 September (or even earlier) this year, savour these varieties of baked and snowskin mooncakes infused with antioxidant-rich fruits and teas. They make presentable and caring gifts for loved ones too!

1. Pineapple with Custard Snowskin Mooncake – The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore

The standout among Goodwood Park Hotel’s offerings this year is undoubtedly the new Pineapple with Custard snowskin mooncake. Its striking tri-coloured snowskin of pink, orange and white hues hides a delicate buttery pastry encasing layers of creamy custard and a house-made pineapple jam. Reminiscent of the Taiwanese pineapple cake, each bite is a burst of textures and flavours, while pineapple adds anti-inflammatory benefits too.

You can also sample it as part of the Snowskin Combo, alongside returning favourites, Mango with Pomelo, Cempedak and D24 Durian flavours. Presented in opulent gold boxes, the preservative-free mooncakes are artfully handcrafted by the hotel’s culinary team, together with Hong Kong chefs who specially fly in every year to lend their expertise for this seasonal affair.

Price: $50 nett for 2 pieces, $78 nett for 4 pieces

SAFRA members enjoy 20% off; find out more at safra.sg/promotions/the-deli-mooncakes

22 Scotts Road

2. Kumquat and Yuzu Mini Snowskin Mooncake – Hua Ting Restaurant, Orchard Hotel Singapore

For a refreshing treat, try Hua Ting Restaurant’s new Kumquat and Yuzu snowskin mooncake. The citrusy and tropical appeal of the fruits pair perfectly with premium lotus paste for an indulgent yet refreshing experience. While kumquat and yuzu pack in lots of vitamins and phytonutrients, the brilliant orange snowskin contributes to the cheery festive spirit too.

It joins other new locally inspired options, such as Pineapple and Taro snowskin mooncake and Chendol Lotus with Melon Seeds baked mooncake, and is also one of four flavours that make up the Hua Ting Snowskin Treasures gift set. Book lovers will appreciate the elegant packaging, which at first glance looks like a precious hardcover tome in either rose or celadon designs.

Price: $74+ for 8 pieces

SAFRA members enjoy up to 25% off; find out more at safra.sg/promotions/hua-ting-restaurant-mooncakes

442 Orchard Road

3. Immunity Boosting Orange Baked Mooncake with Orange Peel and Pine Nuts – Peach Garden Chinese Restaurant

Understanding exactly how wellness is a priority these days, homegrown Peach Garden Chinese Restaurant insists on reduced sugar and oil, as well as zero preservatives in their mooncakes. And for the new Immunity Boosting Orange Baked Mooncake with Orange Peel and Pine Nuts, they take it a step further. Expect a zesty dose of vitamin C, complete with the satisfying crunch of heart-healthy pine nuts.

In fact, the team of master chefs behind this creation are so confident it’ll be popular that they also made a mini snowskin mooncake version. This means you can enjoy the same goodness two different ways. You can also choose to top up $5 nett to receive your mooncakes in a limited-edition carousel lantern box or wireless charger box.

Price: $69+ for 4 pieces

SAFRA members enjoy an additional 5% on top of existing early bird discounts; find out more at safra.sg/promotions/peach-garden-midautumn

Various outlets

4. Baileys Chocolate With Da Hong Pao Tea Mini Snowskin Mooncake – Song Garden, Mercure Singapore Bugis

Pretty in pink, the Baileys Chocolate with Da Hong Pao Tea mini snowskin mooncake from Song Garden is a marriage of east and west. Firstly, lotus paste is infused with the famed oolong tea from the Wuyi mountains in China’s Fujian province, which is known for its numerous health benefits and the hefty price it commands. In contrast, its praline centre boasts creamy notes of the chocolate liqueur for an indulgent finish.

This refreshing pairing is presented in a classy pink gift box that just happens to match the shade of its contents. It also makes the perfect gift for Barbiecore fans. Other unique flavours in this year’s mini snowskin collection include Soju Chocolate with Black Sesame Paste, and Melon Seeds with Cheese Purple Sweet Potato.

Price: $78.80 nett for 8 pieces

SAFRA members enjoy up to 25% off; find out more at safra.sg/promotions/song-garden-mercure-singapore-bugis

122 Middle Road

5. Assam Tea and Hokkaido Milk with Raisin Baked Mooncake – The Marmalade Pantry

Homegrown bistro The Marmalade Pantry is known for weekend brunch and afternoon tea. But did you know they make a mean baked mooncake too? Crafted from low-sugar and no-lard recipes, a must-try this year features Assam Tea and Hokkaido Milk with Raisin. Under the golden-brown crust, fragrant and antioxidant-rich tamarind tea and lemon peel elevates classic lotus paste. In the centre, creamy Hokkaido milk-infused lotus paste is studded with sweet raisins. Presented in a special edition Jewel Vault, it is exclusively available in The Marmalade Mix of four different varieties.

Price: $88+ for 4 pieces

Find out more at themarmaladepantrymidautumn.oddle.me

6. Mini Fruity Egg Custard Baked Mooncake – The Peninsula

The Peninsula has been reinventing millennia-old Mid-Autumn traditions since it launched its now iconic egg custard mooncakes in 1986. Yet after pleasing palates for almost four decades, the heritage Hong Kong brand continues to innovate. This year, it introduces the new Mini Fruity Egg Custard Mooncakes to its line-up. Creamy duck egg custard is infused with two variations of nutrient-rich fruits – one with sweet strawberry, the other with tangy mango and passionfruit. Every box contains three of each flavour, all wrapped up in the familiar light, buttery casing.

Price: $78 nett for 6 pieces

Find out more at peninsulaboutique.oddle.me

7. Bi Luo Chun Tea Lotus Seed Paste Baked Mooncake – Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant

Infused with the floral flavours and antioxidants of the world-famous green tea from Suzhou, China, this low-sugar Bi Luo Chun Tea Lotus Seed Paste baked mooncake not only makes for guilt-free snacking, but is also a feel-good purchase that contributes to a worthy cause. Besides partnering with Extra•Ordinary People in the design of the limited-edition gift box and fabric bag, Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant is also hiring persons with special needs to assemble the mooncake boxes. The mooncakes are halal-certified to boot, making it an inclusive choice for family and friends.

Price: $36+ for 2 pieces, $70+ for 4 pieces

Find out more at sichuandouhua.oddle.me

8. Dirty Matcha Latte Mini Snowskin Mooncake – Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

The dirty matcha latte obsession that took TikTok by storm during the pandemic shows little sign of abating. If you’re one of those who’s helping the trend stay viral, then you don’t want to miss Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant’s new Dirty Matcha Latte mini snowskin mooncake. In place of the traditional salted egg yolk, a cafe latte praline hides in the centre of silky matcha lotus seed paste, which is then enveloped in a fragrant, tender green tea snowskin. Each mouthful is a fusion of earthy matcha and rich coffee – a must-try for caffeine junkies.

Price: $76 for 6 pieces

Find out more at singaporeatrium.holidayinn.com/eshop

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