Best traditional mooncakes to buy in 2013
Every time Mid-Autumn Festival comes around, pastry chefs and bakeries in Singapore turn into a baking frenzy to come up with new and creative mooncake flavours. You may want to try the fancy flavours, but the traditional mooncakes with fillings of lotus or red bean paste and egg yolks are the way to go because they are synonymous with the festival.
Here are our top picks for the best traditional baked mooncakes with fillings of lotus or yam paste and egg yolks:
Original Ex-Crown Prince Flaky Teochew ‘Orh Ni’ Mooncake with Double Egg Yolks
Price: $62 (4 pieces per box) or $35 for 2 pieces
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.
Peony Jade’s flaky Teochew yam paste mooncake is truly traditional. It is hands down, our favourite traditional mooncake for this year. Improvised from the original Crown Prince’s recipe, the pastry crust crumbles beautifully, revealing a delicate and smooth yam paste (or known as ‘Orh Ni’). It’s sweet but not overwhelming. If you love the savoury egg yolk, you may opt for the one with double egg yolks.
Silk Road Double Yolk with White Lotus Paste Mooncake
Price: $64 (4 pieces per box)
Availability: Now to 19 September 2013
Where to buy: Silk Road Restaurant, Level 2, 165 Tanjong Pagar, Amara Singapore, Singapore 088539; Tel: 6227 3848 or 6879 2655
This Mid-Autumn, savour delectable Silk Road’s mooncakes the traditional way while moon gazing. Baked to perfection, the mooncake is filled with sweet white lotus paste and egg yolk. Packed in an elegantly designed gift boxes, embossed with enchanting floral motifs, these baked golden brown mooncakes is the perfect giveaway for business associates, family members and friends.
White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts Mooncake
Price: $52 (4 pieces per box)
Availability: 13 August to 19 September 2013
Where to buy: At all Si Chuan Dou Hua outlets. PARKROYAL on Beach Road (Tel: 6505 5722); PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road (Tel: 6428 3170); TOP of UOB Plaza (Tel: 6535 6006)
This year, indulge guiltlessly in your favourite moon cakes with Si Chuan Dou Hua’s low-sugar mooncakes fused with premium macadamia nuts. Free of cholesterol and packed with antioxidants, macadamia nuts make a healthy alternative to salted egg yolks and add a refreshing crunch to the white lotus seed paste. You can also select from traditional favourites including White Lotus Seed Paste moon cakes at $50 and White Lotus Seed Paste moon cakes with double yolks at $54.
Pine Nut with White Lotus Paste
Price: $53 (4 pieces per box)
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
Nut lovers will love this baked mooncake filled with pine nuts and white lotus paste. Packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins B and E, as well as fatty acids, this prized nut is also high in antioxidant and helps to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes. For the health-conscious, this sweet, fruity-flavoured pine nut mooncake is an excellent choice for a guilt-free Mid-Autumn celebration.
Green Tea and Black Sesame infused Lotus Seed paste Mooncake
Price: $57 (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
For the Green Tea lovers, here’s a nutrient rich Green Tea and Black Sesame infused Lotus Seed paste mooncake exquisitely handmade by award-winning Chef Chung Yiu Ming. It is studded with Melon Seeds, giving it a delightful crunch to the silky smooth lotus paste.
Mini Walnut Moontart
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)
These cute little tarts are based on the traditional baked pastry mooncakes that we have all grown up with but are molded into cute little nuggets and are loaded with a piece of walnut and egg yolk. With a crisp and fragrant crust on the outside and a smooth texture on the inside, this all-time favourite is also available without egg yolk and in a low sugar option.
White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolks Mooncake
Price: $54.80 (4 pieces per box) or $32.80 for 2 pieces
Availability: 15 July to 19 September 2013
An all-time classic favourite, the White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolk is simply delicious and comforting – certainly pleases everyone this Mid Autumn Festival. Baked to a beautiful deep golden brown, these traditional mooncakes scintillate the taste buds with a dreamily smooth texture and sweet white lotus seed paste that oozes wholesome goodness.
See also, Best new mooncake flavours to try 2013.
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