TRENDSETTING MOONCAKES | Bakerzin | This artisan dessert hotspot causes a stir seasonally with its trendy creations. The Bliss snowskin collection is one of three new series of selections that will appeal to the adventurous, especially with its truffle-centric flavours such as Frangelico truffle, pink champagne truffle, Grand Marnier chocolate truffle and whiskey truffle (eight pieces for $60, two pieces of each flavour per box) – all packed in one beautiful Moon Rabbit-themed designer box, each box comes in an equally trendy, reusable, temperature control tote bag. Early bird discounts of up to 25 per cent are applicable if you order online before 24 August. Available until 8 September at all Bakerzin outlets.
LUXE DESIGNER BOXES | BreadTalk | This season, BreadTalk is introducing five unique mooncake boxes. The three-tier royal mooncake packaging (ten pieces for $88.80) is an eye-catching, luxurious rhinestone-studded vanity box awashed with autumn colours of orange and dark brown. The range of mooncake flavours include lotus with yolk blend, olive seed with single yolk and lotus with melon seeds. Available until 8 September at all BreadTalk outlets.
WIN | TROPICAL SURPRISE | Carlton Hotel | Packed in a stylish box spotting gold ripples against a dark purple shade, Carlton Hotel's mini cempedak (smaller cousin of the jackfruit) and pineapple snowskin mooncake (eight pieces for $60) is a fruity treat for the adventurous. Taste the zesty pineapple and sweet cempedak flavours as you sink your teeth into the palm sugar-flavoured snowskin, a pretty good combination, we reckon. Do also try the new and on-trend mini red velvet snowskins filled with cream cheese paste ($58 for a box of eight). Available until 8 September at the hotel Lobby. To win Carlton Singapore mooncakes, click here.
COCKTAIL FRENZY | Crowne Plaza Hotel | Two new cocktail snowskin mooncake creations are offered by Crowne Plaza, following the positive response to its lychee martini varietal last year – good news, it is back this year (six pieces for $65). The first new offering is white peach bellini (six pieces for $65), a spin on the Bellini with a truffle core filled with champagne and infused white chocolate. The second is a more intense chocolate rum and raisin (also six pieces for $65). This year's packaging has also been spiked up a notch – it's a beautiful lilac box that mimics a trendy handbag. Available until 9 September at Lobby Lounge, Crowne Plaza Hotel.
TRIPLE TREASURES MOONCAKES | Fairmont Singapore | Fans of petite snowskin mooncakes are spoilt for choice this season, especially with Szechuan Court’s latest Triple Treasures snowskin mooncake (eight pieces for $58). These gems contain water chestnut lotus paste embedded with melon seeds and sweet corn – adding crunch to each bite. The restaurant’s snowskin bestseller – champagne truffle with chocolate ganache (eight pieces for $60) – is back due to popular demand. Available until 8 September at Szechuan Court’s mooncake booth. If you're looking to have a meal at Szechuan Court, you can book a table here.
HEALTH-GIVING GINSENG AND COCONUT MOONCAKES | Feng Shui Inn | Resorts World Sentosa's Feng Shui Inn serves up a healthy offering this season, introducing its flaky American ginseng and coconut mooncake. The flaky crust style of mooncake has been revived, this year with additional sprinkles of sesame seeds at the base. While ginseng has a number of positive health properties - promotes blood circulation and increases alertness - it does leave a slightly bitter taste, thankfully negated by the sweet preserved candied coconut. Guests can purchase the premium box (six pieces for $62) containing both the ginseng and coconut version as well as the flaky lotus roots and butter mooncake. Available until 8 September at Feng Shui Inn.
WIN | SAVOURY MOONCAKES | Four Seasons Hotel | Chef Alan Chan and his able team from Jiang-Nan Chun are pushing limits in terms of crafting creative mooncakes. One example is the traditional baked variant that contains assorted nuts with kaffir lime and BBQ chicken (four pieces for $65) – yes, chicken. This savoury delight is a refreshing alternative to its sweeter cousins on the market, and four of these can be packed into a pretty red and gold textured box. A minimum order of 200 boxes will reward the guest with a 20 per cent (bulk) discount, so if you’re looking for a viable corporate gift, here's an option. Available until 8 September at Jiang-Nan Chun. To win Jiang-Nan Chun mooncakes, click here.
BLACK THORN DURIAN SNOWSKIN MOONCAKE | Goodwood Park Hotel | Renowned for producing some of the best durian snowskin mooncakes in town, Goodwood Park is adding another prestigious variant to its cap – the limited edition black thorn durian snowskin (two pieces for $48, four pieces for $80 for four pieces). This tropical fruit is a relatively new breed, fast gaining popularity due to its intense flavour – sweet but with a bitter aftertaste. Tucked under a regal layer of gold-dusted black charcoal snowskin, we think this treat is akin to mooncake royalty. Available until 8 September at the Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel.
MOONCAKES WITH A LIQUEUR CENTRE | Grand Hyatt, Singapore | Two new creations have been added to Grand Hyatt’s snowskin series – the white lotus with passion fruit truffle, and white lotus with rose truffle – taking its tally to nine and offering a greater variety for customers to choose from. The former (eight pieces for $69) comprises passion fruit ganache and Grand Marnier liqueur within a white chocolate truffle, while the latter (eight pieces for $69) takes on the goodness of raspberry liqueur and carries the scent of Damask rose. Available until 8 September at mezza9, Grand Hyatt. If you're looking to have a meal at mezza9, you can book a table here.
WIN | CLASSY PACKAGE, UNUSUAL MOONCAKE FILLINGS | Mandarin Orchard | Apart from Mandarin Orchard’s delectable baked debutant mooncake with azuki red bean paste and pine nuts (four pieces for $57) and the Sichuan style eight-treasure made with mala (Sichuan peppercorn) and jamon iberico (four pieces for $65) – the elegance of its mooncake box cannot be missed. The box spots shades of brown that are paired cleverly with gold lattice patterns; what stands out is its use of classy burgundy that scores it plenty of style points. Available until 8 September at Deli Counter. To win mooncakes from Mandarin Orchard, click here.
CITRUS MOONCAKES | Mandarin Oriental | For those who prefer to have a slight tanginess in your traditional mooncake, Cherry Garden's Oriental mooncake with silver lotus paste, yuzu and melon seeds (four pieces for $63) should do the trick. Alternatively, choose from their healthy range which uses a low-sugar silver lotus paste as its base. The fillings range from double yolk (four pieces for $63) to macadamia nuts (four pieces, $60). If you're looking to have a meal at Cherry Garden, you can book a table here.
WIN | SHANGHAINESE MOONCAKES | Intercontinental Singapore | Taste the well-crafted buttery pastry crust of Man Fu Yuan’s Shanghai mooncake series, created by talented dim sum chef Simon Poon. Each mooncake is filled with smooth lotus seed paste, paired with either mixed nuts (macadamia and pine nuts, for pieces for $55) or single salted egg yolk (four pieces for $57). The packaging is a lovely amethyst-hued coffret, specially designed by students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Available until 8 September at Tea Hut at The Lobby. To win Man Fu Yuan mooncakes, click here.
WIN | FRAGRANT, NUTTY MOONCAKES | Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel | At Hai Tien Lo, chef Lai Tong Ping and his team have expertly combined fruit, nuts and floral ingredients to please snowskin lovers. We like the melon seeds with oolong and chrysanthemum, as well as hazelnuts with honey and grapefruit (eight pieces for $60). Although both are different in flavour – subtle fragrance from the former, citrus notes from the latter – they pair well with Chinese tea. These petite snowskin mooncakes can be purchased in a box of eight, together with the two new flavours: almonds with custard and longan, as well as pistachio nuts with osmanthus and Chinese herbs. Available until 8 September at Hai Tien Lo. To win Hai Tien Lo mooncakes, click here. If you're looking to have a meal at Hai Tien Lo, you can book a table here.
NUTRITIOUS PUMPKIN DELIGHT | Grand Park City Hall | For a bite-size treat filled with antioxidants and vitamin C, opt for Park Palace's golden pumpkin with mung beans and single yolk mooncake (four pieces for $68). Its light flaky crust protects the inner pumpkin and mung bean paste, with an additional salted egg yolk residing at the core. Available until 8 September at the hotel’s mooncake booth. If you're looking to have a meal at Park Palace, you can book a table here.
WIN | A MOONCAKE GIFT SET | PrimaDeli | Looking for the perfect mooncake gift set that can be shared among friends and family? PrimaDeli entices with a royal gift set ($45.80) that comes with nine mini snowskin mooncakes, of which three flavours are new – green apple ($4.90 per piece), orange with valrhona chocolate pearls ($4.90 per piece), and soursop with guava ($4.90 per piece). Do check out the zesty green apple snowskin, stuffed with apple and white chocolate filling. Available until 8 September at all PrimaDeli outlets. To win PrimaDeli mooncakes, click here.
WIN | ORH NEE MOONCAKE EXCELLENCE | Peony Jade | It looks like Peony Jade has done it again, adding to its mooncake array which garnered rave reviews last season. Introducing five new snowskin flavours this term, the pick of the lot (for us) is the mini snowskin teochew orh nee (yam paste dessert), pumpkin, and coconut truffle (eight pieces for $62). This is a snowskin version of its acclaimed traditional flaky sibling (four pieces for $59). The yam paste is reassuring on the palate, while having coconut truffle at the centre is a surprisingly deft touch. Available until 8 September at Peony Jade @ Clarke Quay. To win Peony Jade mooncakes, click here. If you're looking to have a meal at Peony Jade @ Clarke Quay, you can book a table here.
WIN | COFFEE LIQUER MOONCAKE GOODNESS | Raffles Singapore | It seems a coffee-flavoured mooncake can never go wrong. Raffles Hotel’s snowskin Irish coffee truffle mooncake (eight pieces for $64) will entice caffeine addicts with its well-worked combination of Irish whisky, chocolate and creamy coffee liquer. As always the traditional mooncake pleases, so try the baked mooncake with pine nuts, macadamia nuts and white lotus paste (four pieces for $64). Available until 8 September at Raffles Singapore’s mooncake shop or online. To win Raffles Hotel's mooncakes, click here.
WIN | PURPLE MOONCAKE TEMPTATIONS | The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore | At Summer Pavilion, chef Cheung Siu Kong and his team have come up with a line of quality mooncakes. New this year is the purple sweet potato with pumpkin which comes in a traditional selection (four pieces for $60). The perennial favourite white lotus seed with double yolk (four pieces for $66) is also available. This season, the mooncakes are packed in a tasteful mosaic-patterned wooden box, looking arguably like the perfect gift for business associates and loved ones. Available until 8 September at Summer Pavilion. To win Summer Pavillion's mooncakes, click here.
STUNNING, ARTFUL PINK-BOXED MOONCAKES | SUCRE | This gifted maker of gourmet pineapple truffles has switched its attention to creating quality traditional mooncakes, with a limited edition pink gift box. Its non-traditional packaging is the brainchild of design studio KNACK – commissioned by SUCRE – and spots intricate gold and black orb-like patterns. Each box can hold four mooncakes, and prices can range from $54 (choose from seven different flavours such as white lotus paste with double yolk and white lotus paste with melon seeds) to $58 (for four pieces of white lotus paste with melon seeds and dried cherries). Available at the Mid-Autumn Festival booths at Bugis Junction, Made by Lauren Jasmine, or online.
WIN | MOONCAKES FOR THE HEALTH CONSCIOUS | St. Regis Singapore | The team at Yan Ting is once again showcasing their finesse at creating mooncakes, with some healthy options for the whole family to enjoy. New to its stable is snowskin with red dates and wolfberries (eight pieces for $68), one of five premium snowskin choices available. For the traditionalist, they have a reduced sugar white lotus paste with macadamia nuts (four pieces for $68), a healthier alternative for calorie counters. Available until 8 September at Yan Ting. To win Yan Ting's mooncakes, click here.
RED LANTERN TEA MOONCAKE | TWG | Like before, the renowned tea brand has released a special collection where you can purchase a set of two mooncakes (choose from a variety of eight snowskin and baked mooncakes, $82) to pair with its Red Lantern Haute Couture tea – a unique blend of red and white tea spotting fragrant notes of jasmine, fruits and spices (great for this past National Day too). We recommend the Red Lantern tea mooncake, which is a baked variant packed with almonds, macadamia, pecans and hazelnuts lodged within a lotus paste filling. Available until 8 September at all TWG Tea outlets.
TRADITIONAL TEOCHEW-STYLE MOONCAKES | Thye Moh Chan | Backed by an illustrious history, this revived bake shop is set to pit its traditional Teochew-style mooncake selections against the contemporary market. Especially tempting is the signature savoury salty tau sar (mung bean, four medium-sized pieces for $25.80; one large 6-inch piece for $22.80) – comprising salty mung bean paste with a single salted egg yolk, fried shallots, white sesame and topped with white pepper. Produced in limited quantities, customers are encouraged to place their orders in advance. Available until 2 September at all Thye Moh Chan outlets.
HELLO KITTY MOONCAKES | The Icing Room | Kitty fever is back. With only 800 boxes while stocks last, get your hands on the petite Hello Kitty mooncakes at The Icing Room. Each box – aptly splashed in pink – contains four traditional mooncakes that come in two flavours: lotus with macadamia and lotus with cranberries (four pieces for $26.80). One for the kids (and the young-at-heart), the mooncakes are also embossed with the Hello Kitty face and insignia. Available until 8 September at all Icing Room outlets.
WIN | CREATIVE AND HEALTHY MOONCAKES | Xin Cuisine | The team at Holiday Inn Singapore Atriums’s Xin Cuisine restaurant has unveiled two new mooncake creations: a traditional baked mooncake option of assorted nuts with cordyceps (four pieces for $56) and a delectable lychee chocolate and apple lotus paste snowskin (six pieces for $50). The former is a healthier alternative compared to other variations. It leverages on the health benefits of the cordyceps (studies have shown it protects bone marrow and digestive systems in mice). The latter, is a well-balanced play between soft fruity notes of lychee, apple and chocolate. Available until 8 September at Xin Cuisine. To win Xin Cuisine mooncakes, click here.