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Best new mooncake flavours to try 2013

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The Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner. It’s one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar and is celebrated with brightly lit lanterns and of course eating mooncakes and giving mooncakes as gifts to loved ones.

With so many selections around, it’s difficult to know where to buy the best mooncakes in town. Whether you’re looking for a box of traditional flavours like egg yolk or lotus paste, or something a little out of the ordinary, like pearl milk tea and Iberico Ham. The Dining Table did the legwork and sampled offerings from 10 of the best places to go in town. Here are our top picks (not in any order) for best new mooncake flavours this year:

Mini Snowskin Power Berries Berries Mooncake

Price: $55 (8 pieces per box)

Availability: 1 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: Peony Jade @ Clarke Quay, Blk 3A, Clarke Quay, #02-02, Singapore 179020; Tel: 6338 0305, Peony Jade @ Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club (Level M), Singapore 109918; Tel: 6276 9138, or order online at http://www.pjmooncake.com and http://www.peonyjade.com.

Mini Snowskin Power Berries Berries Mooncake

Mini Snowskin Power Berries Berries Mooncake

A fresh blend of berries and soft, snowskin pastry makes this mooncake a winner. Packed with antioxidant and vitamin C, this fruity mooncake is a superb mix of five tasty berries of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants and mulberries in a rich crimson tone, that complement each other perfectly to deliver a great harmony of flavours. Limited to just only 500 boxes, you have to act fast to get your hands on one of these yummy mooncake.

 

Mixed Nuts and Iberico Ham Mooncake

Price: $60 (4 pieces per box)

Availability: 19 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230; Tel: 6839 5636/5623

Mixed Nuts with Iberico Ham Mooncake

Mixed Nuts with Iberico Ham Mooncake

Specially handcrafted by award-winning Chef Chung Yiu Ming and his culinary team, the baked Mooncake with mixed nuts and Iberico Ham makes a debut to the classic mooncakes selection. The Master Chef works wonders with a combination of Mixed Nuts and Iberico Ham to produce a savoury winner for those with an adventurous palette. The ham gave the mooncake a slight salty and savoury taste, while the fresh mixed nuts provided that extra crunch with each bite.

 

Mini Blueberry Cream Cheese Snowskin Mooncake

Price: $56 (8 pieces per box)

Availability: 1 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: Carlton Hotel Singapore, Lobby, 76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558; Tel: 6349 1292 or at Carlton City Hotel Singapore, Lobby 1 Gopeng Street (14 Aug to 19 Sep), ION Orchard, Event Hall, Basement 4 (2 Sep to 18 Sep), JCUBE, Main Atrium, Level 1 (2 Sep to 18 Sep), Junction 8, Atrium, Level 2 (2 Sep to 18 Sep)

Mini Blueberry Cream Cheese Snowskin Mooncake

Mini Blueberry Cream Cheese Snowskin Mooncake

Cheesecake lovers are in for a treat. New this year is the delightful Mini Blueberry Cream Cheese Snowskin Mooncake from Carlton Singapore. With the sweet and smooth cream cheese mousse enveloping the refreshing blueberry jam that is placed in the centre of this handcrafted snowskin mooncake, this perfect combination akin to the mouthwatering blueberry cheesecake is sure to be a crowd pleaser this Mid- Autumn Festival!

 

Low Sugar Baked Piglets with Pandan Paste and Single Yolk Mooncake

Price: $64 (4 pieces per box) or $34 for 2 pieces

Availability: 16 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: Majestic Restaurant, New Majestic Hotel, 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore, 089845; Tel: 6511 4718

Baked piglets with pandan paste and single yolk mooncake

Baked piglets with pandan paste and single yolk mooncake

Who said mooncakes have to be round or squarish in shape? This Mid-Autum Festival, pastry chefs at Majestic Restaurant has meticulously handcrafted baked mooncakes in the shape of piglets.  These  low sugar baked piglets with pandan paste is filled with a single yolk. With a perfect balance of the delicate flavours of the smooth pandan white lotus paste and savoury yolk, this baked treat is sure to entice both young and old.

 

Imperial Treasure Mooncake with Mangosteen Rind and Durian Paste

Price: $64 (8 pieces per box)

Availability: 22 July to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: Cherry Garden, Level 5, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797; Tel: 6885 3500

Imperial treasure mooncake with mangosteen rind and durian paste

Imperial treasure mooncake with mangosteen rind and durian paste

This unique flavour mooncake made from Durian and Mangosteen will send you to heaven. The captivating flavours of the durian filling are encased in the dainty pink mangosteen snow skin, forming the perfect marriage between the king and queen of tropical fruits. Each bite is aromatic and refreshing and you will surely crave for more.

 

8 Treasures (8-yolk) with White Lotus Paste Mooncake

Price: $68 per box (1 piece)

Availability: 12 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: Peach Blossoms, Level 5, Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594; Tel: 6845 1118

8 Treasures (8-yolk) White Lotus Paste Mooncake with Twinings Tea

8 Treasures (8-yolk) White Lotus Paste Mooncake with Twinings Tea

If you are a traditionalist and a lover for salty egg yolks, this giant mooncake will wow you and your friends. This 6 ½-inch round festive pastry creation by the pastry chef at Marina Mandarin Singapore is the King of Mooncakes this year. This mooncake is filled with generous serving of 8 egg yolks and is packed together with 8 White Tea bags from Twinings for the entire family to savour. Naturally rich in antioxidants, Twinings White Tea is light and delicate with a refreshing aroma to give you a little taste of luxury. With smooth, velvety flavour, it complements the richness of the 8 Treasures Baked Mooncake perfectly.

 

Lychee Martini Truffle Mooncake

Price: $62 (7 pieces per box)

Availability: 19 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: Lobby Lounge, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, 75 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819664; Tel: 6823 5367

Lychee Martini Truffle Mooncake

Lychee Martini Truffle Mooncake

So you love your lychee martinis, imagine having your favourite alcoholic drink in a mooncake. Enjoy a blissful moment and unwind with a Lychee Martini Snowskin Mooncake. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has created a blend of sweet lychee lotus paste with small cranberry bits and an utterly irresistible ganache core which carries just the right amount of martini for an alcoholic perk-me-up.

 

White Lotus Seed Paste with Taiwan Songshan Pineapple Fillings Mini Mooncake

Price: $23.80 nett (4 mini pieces per box)

Availability: 1 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: At all Din Tai Fung outlets.

Din Tai Fung mini mooncakes

Din Tai Fung mini mooncakes

If you love pineapple tarts, you will enjoy Din Tai Fung’s velvety white lotus paste mooncake filled with delightfully aromatic pineapple filling in the centre. Using only Songshan pineapple paste imported from Taiwan, this golden treat reveal just the right amount of tanginess and low acidity that will delight enthusiasts of this fruit.

 

‘Pulot Hitam’ Mooncake

Price: $53.80 (4 pieces per box)

Availability: 15 July to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: The Teahut, entrance of InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, InterContinental Singapore, Singapore 188966; Tel: 6825 1008 or order online at http://www.facebook.com/ICSingapore

Snowskin Mooncake Combination

Snowskin Mooncake Combination

If you love the Peranakan dessert, Pulot Hitam, you will love this new mooncake infused with gula Melaka. The mooncake is filled with creamy centre of black glutinous rice pudding. The familiar flavours provide a nostalgic treat with an interesting textural contrast to the delicate snowskin wrap. It’s available as part of the sensational 4-piece collection of Snowskin Mooncake Combination, with other unique snowskin favourites including the aromatic Green Tea Paste with Dragonball Jasmine tea infused snowskin, smooth White Lotus with Macadamia Nuts and rich Sesame Paste with White Sesame Seeds.

 

Green tea with Sake Truffle Mooncake

Price: $62 (8 pieces per box)

Availability: 15 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: mezza9, Mezzanine level of Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211; Tel: 6887 5492

Green Tea Snowskin Mooncake with Sake Truffle

Green Tea Snowskin Mooncake with Sake Truffle

Sake truffles take centre stage in these green tea paste snow-skin mooncakes. The truffles let out heady aromas and in-depth flavours of sake. These delicate and handcrafted mooncakes come stylishly presented in an elegant turquoise-topped acrylic gift box for the added touch of luxe and make perfect gifts for family, friends and business associates.

 

Pearl Milk Tea Crunch Mooncake

Price: $54 (8 pieces per box)

Availability: 1 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: Summer Palace, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715; Tel: 6725 3239

Pearl Milk Tea Crunch Mooncake

Pearl Milk Tea Crunch Mooncake

You may have drink bubble milk tea before. But have you tried a bubble tea mooncake? The chefs at Summer Palace in Regent Singapore have put a playful twist on bubble tea to its mooncakes this year. Infused with top-grade Jasmine tea, the velvety smooth lotus paste in this creative creation peppered with indulgent Amedei chocolate pearls for crunch is a must-try sweet treat for all bubble tea lovers.

 

Organic Japanese Purple Sweet Potato Mooncake

Price: $88 (8 pieces per box)

Availability: 16 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: Feng Shui Inn (Crockfords Tower, level G2), and Festive Hotel Lobby, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269; Tel: 6577 6688

Crispy Baked Mooncakes with Organic Japanese Sweet Potato Paste Mooncake

Crispy Baked Mooncakes with Organic Japanese Sweet Potato Paste Mooncake

For a healthier choice, go for the healthy and organic Flaky pastry with Organic Japanese Purple Sweet Potato at Resorts World Sentosa. The organic Japanese sweet potato filling is subtly and not overly sweet, and is not only aromatic, but also nutritious and packed with proteins and vitamins. Together with a crumbly skin, it’s healthy and yet indulgent. These mooncakes are also come in the version of the same flaky crust mooncake with organic Japanese golden sweet potato as filling.

 

Pink Guava with Passionfruit and Rambutan Snowskin Mooncake

Price: $26 for two pieces and $46 for four pieces

Availability: 5 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221; Tel: 6737 7411

Pink Guava with Passionfruit and Rambutan Snowskin Mooncake

Pink Guava with Passionfruit and Rambutan Snowskin Mooncake

Famed for its durian mooncakes, Goodwood Park Hotel introduces a brand new mooncake, Pink Guave with Passionfruit and Rambutan Snowskin Mooncake, to complete its collection of fruity snowskin mooncakes this year. Who would have thought that passionfruit and rambutan would make such a unique yet complementary pairing? Underneath that smooth snowskin reveals a novel blend of pink guava and passionfruit fresh and sweet juicy bits of rambutan bits. Every bite gives you that fresh, sweet and yet tangy taste that refreshes your palette. The juicy bits of lychee give it the extra crunch and texture.

 

Chempedak Bliss Ice Cream Mooncake

Price: $29.80 (4 pieces per box) or $8.60 per piece

Availability: 1 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: At all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets.

Chempedak Bliss Ice Cream Mooncake

Chempedak Bliss Ice Cream Mooncake

This is for those with adventurous taste buds. Chempedak, also known as jackfruit, is the star of this creation. The distinct flavor of the jackfruit blends perfectly with cream to create an unbelievably smooth and aromatic ice cream, with a slight fruity twist – a divine combination that will leave you wanting more.

 

Mini Chocolate Toffee with Macadamia Mooncake

Price: $38.80 (9 pieces per box) or $4.50 per piece

Availability: 12 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: At all PrimaDeli outlets. Tel: 6276 3333

Mini Chocolate Toffee with Macadamia Mooncake

Mini Chocolate Toffee with Macadamia Mooncake

This dainty treat features a rich chocolate centre sequined with macadamia nut bits nestled within complementary toffee, in a lightly infused cocoa skin – a winning combination indeed!

 

Snow Lotus Konnyaku Mooncake

Price: $20 (4 pieces per box)

Availability: 5 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: At most Crystal Jade outlets. Crystal Jade Mooncake Hotline at 6512 0800.

Snow Lotus Konnyaku Mooncake

Snow Lotus Konnyaku Mooncake

For those who prefer lighter, more contemporary mooncakes, Crystal Jade offers chilled selections of Konnyaku jelly mooncakes. Snow Lotus, a specialty of Yunnan Gui Zhou, was said to be well-loved by the Royal Family. Perfect for tea-lovers, this Snow Lotus Konnyaku Mooncake is fragrantly infused with tea and is aromatic and light to the palate.

 

Imperial Ivory Mooncake

Price: $58 (4 pieces per box)

Availability: 12 August to 19 September 2013

Where to buy: Concorde Hotel Singapore, 100 Orchard Road, Singapore 238840; Tel: 6739 8370

Mooncakes from Concorde Hotel

Mooncakes from Concorde Hotel

For a nutty twist, the Imperial Ivory mooncake from Concorde Hotel features a creamy milky butter pastry skin with winter melon paste made of chunky dried longan and melon kernel seeds, mixed with macadamia bits in single yolk.

 

See also, Best traditional mooncakes to buy in 2013, Unique Traditional Teochew Mooncakes by Thye Moh Chan.

Author: Javan Ng
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