Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore is pretty much one of two the big events happening annually (the other being CNY) and where else to get your mooncake fix other than Takashimaya, Singapore’s largest selection of mooncakes under one roof.
This year, I feel that the percentage of mooncakes offering out of the box flavours have declined, but I still enjoyed pushing through crowds of people at the fair to sniff out interesting tastes. You’ll see that I’m biased towards snowskin flavours and that’s because snowskin mooncakes are like blank canvases where creativity can really flourish. Here are my top 10 picks (in descending order) for 2018:
(Couldn’t possibly get nice pictures of the mooncakes behind frosted glasses so… all screenshots taken from the respective websites unless mentioned otherwise)
10. Mao Shan Wang Durian with Gula Melaka Flavoured Snowskin, ChangHoSek
(The mooncake in this picture isn’t the one with the gula melaka flavoured snowskin, but it’s the only one with the pretty tingkats)
ChangHoSek’s durian snowskin is not new to the scene, but I gotta say their packaging this year wins everybody hands down! Imagine gifting these pastel coloured tingkats to your friends and family.
9. Sweet Potato Chia Seed, The Connoisseur Concerto
There are a couple of chia seed snowskin mooncakes out there this year, but what made the cut for me was the choice of sweet potato. Couldn’t resist this purple tuber in the form of a snowskin.
8. Salted Egg Lava, Phoenix Lava
Didn’t know Phoenix Lava was a famous lava bun eatery from Bangkok till I did my research. This only affirms my choice then, that their Salted Egg Lava Mooncake is definitely worth the calories.
They only have a website meant for their Thai customers, so you’ll have to go down to Takashimaya for theatest deals.
7. Avocado Macadamia, Kele
Kele has been known for their fruity swiss rolls and it should come as no surprise that they would do well in the mooncake department. Their avocado is extremely creamy with bits of macadamia bits within.
6. Salted Yam, Baker’s Well
We’ve all heard of salted caramel but salted yam? I guess those who aren’t too adventurous with their snowskin flavours can give this a try since this isn’t too radical.
5. Blueberry Lava, The Baker Haus
The Baker Haus seems pretty new to the mooncake scene. They don’t have a website detailing their mooncake flavours and it’s a pity because I really wanted to show you a cross section of their Blueberry Lava Snowskin. Their lava snowskin can be eaten two ways — 1. frozen which gives an ice cream texture, or 2. slightly melted (left at room temperature for 10-15 minutes) which gives you that gooey goodness in the middle. Yumyum.
4. Red Wine Cranberry with Japanese Yuzu and Lemongrass, Mandarin Orchard Singapore
I must admit what stood out for this snowskin was the addition of the lemongrass. Red wine cranberry and yuzu are acidic fruits which will no doubt give that refreshing bite to any mooncake, but the lemongrass adds a delicate, subtle dimension.
3. White Chocolate Lemon Orange Marmalade Yolk Truffle, Awfully Chocolate
Okay this is a little of a cheat since it’s not technically snowskin but just chocolate truffles. Nevertheless, still a conversation starter during the mid-autumn gathering.
2. Barrel-aged La Louisiane Cocktail with Yuzu and Green Bean Paste, Regent Hotel
Regent just leveled up the alcoholic snowskin scene by many notches. For once the alcoholic snowskin mooncake doesn’t contain the likes of vodka and Bailey’s. Sure, these don’t come cheap, but hey, Singaporeans love these indulgences don’t they?
1. Green Apple, Basil and Trigona Honey Truffle Snowskin, Grand Hyatt
I am once again affirmed that Grand Hyatt has got a solid team of dessert chefs. Last year, I remember concluding the mid-autumn season feeling really impressed with their flavours. This year, I am equally overwhelmed. Many flavours in their box of 8 would make it to the top of my list anytime, but I really liked the Green Apple, Basil and Trigona Honey. It sounds so exotic but yet tastes wonderfully sweet!
The Mid-Autumn Festival at Takashimaya runs from now till 24 Sep (Monday). Do check in-store for the latest promotions and pricings.
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