Mooncake Festival 2020 – Best mooncakes in Singapore
We round up our favourite mooncakes in Singapore for the ultimate mooncake shopping guide for Mid-Autumn Festival 2020!
This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls outside September in a rare occurrence — specifically, mooncake festival 2020 in Singapore starts on Oct 1 and ends Oct 8. During these unprecedented times of Covid-19, as with other special occasions, we will all be celebrating our annual traditional mooncake festival a little differently this time.
Forget the usual throngs of crowds making their way through samples and samples of mooncakes at the highly popular Takashimaya Mooncake Fair, or Singaporeans arriving in droves rushing to get the best mooncake deals. Crowd control is real. We’d best just order our favorite mooncakes online, from the comfort of our homes.
For many of us, the mooncake festival signifies family reunion and a time for family gatherings. It is said that the moon is the brightest and the roundest on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. And the main star of the day? Traditional, rich pastries filled with lotus paste, best paired with a pot of hot, aromatic Chinese tea.
A much-anticipated delectable array that includes a mix of classic baked mooncakes and quintessential snowskin mooncake favorites (durian!) would grace the table after dinner to be enjoyed with the whole family.
Here our team has compiled some of the best mooncakes of this year we’ve tried and tasted. Let the joyful gifting and family reunions begin!
1. Peach Garden, for freshly baked classic mooncakes like the Golden Pandan Paste with Charcoal Skin
Usher in the Mid-Autumn festivities with Peach Garden’s traditional handcrafted baked mooncakes. Serving up Cantonese dim sum and cuisine, Peach Garden has long gained a spot in the hearts of Singaporeans, young and old alike. We recommend their classic, baked mooncakes like the Golden Pandan Paste with One Yolk and Signature White Lotus Paste with Macadamia Nuts, which are handmade with reduced sugar. The lotus paste was rich without being cloyingly sweet. Infused with aromatic Pandan and baked in charcoal skin, this one was a bit reminiscent of Pandan kaya desserts.
We also tried their newer, exciting flavours like the Healthy Purple Sweet Potato Paste and the Refreshing Pomelo Cheese Paste with Orange Peel. The Purple Sweet Potato Paste is a much healthier option compared with its sweet lotus paste counterparts, and would make a perfect gift for your MIL — if she digs this sort of thing. The Pomelo Cheese Paste with Orange Peel — savoury cheese paste infused with pomelo puree and a whiff of orange peel — was a crowd pleaser too. Don’t miss this if you love cheese and citrusy desserts.
Price: $58.21 nett for a box of four traditional, freshly baked Signature Golden Pandan Paste with One Yolk (Reduced Sugar) mooncakes (U.P. $72.76). Comes in a cute orange lantern box, or top up $5 for the limited edition giftbox which doubles up as a jewellery organiser after you’re done eating the mooncakes in the box, complete with small mirror and LED lights (!)
Promo: Ongoing 20% promo until 30 Sep.
Locations: OCBC Centre, Hotel Miramar, Thomson Plaza, Chinatown Point, The Metropolis
Order here (at least 1 day in advance).
2. My Mum’s Cookies, for rich MSW durian mooncakes; healthier naturally sweetened baked mooncakes
My Mum’s Cookies reminds us of the heart-warming tastes and smells of authentic home-baked goodness. We especially love that their freshly baked No Cane Sugar Lotus Mooncakes are made with maltitol, a natural ingredient derived from wheat and corn, and not sugar. Traditional baked mooncakes are usually sugar-laden, so this is a great option for a healthier mooncake option that does not compromise on taste. It also makes a lovely treat for beloved grandparents who need to watch their sugar intake for health reasons.
Another bestseller is their Mao Shan Wang Durian mooncakes. Made of 100% premium Mao Shan Wang flesh, we could see why — their durian mooncakes are richly indulgent, filled with durian pulp in every bite. Their durian mooncakes also do not have any preservatives, added sugar or cream. A must-eat for all durian lovers.
Price: $98 for a giftset of four MSW Durian Mooncakes; $63 for the Elegant Mooncake giftset comprising four healthier baked mooncakes including their No Cane Sugar White Lotus with Salted Mung Bean and Yolk.
Promo: Get 2 FREE pieces of MSW Durian Mooncake (worth $50) with any full-sized mooncake giftset purchase, while stocks last. Take an additional 5% off for ACH readers with promo code <ACH5OFF>.
Order online here. Free shipping available with purchases above $100.
3. The Fullerton Hotel: Snow Skin Mooncake Treasures
Fullerton’s Snow Skin mooncakes never fail to impress year after year. Handcrafted by the award-winning Jade Restaurant, this year’s Snow Skin Treasures feature their mooncake rendition of familiar local flavours, like the Yuan Yang Snow Skin and Passion Fruit with Chin Chow Snow Skin.
Perfectly combining the rich flavours of Nanyang-style local kopi with Hong Kong-style milk tea, the Yuan Yang Snow Skin gives you just the right amount of delicious bitterness and sweetness melded in one. A must try for all coffee lovers. The Passion Fruit with Chin Chow Snow Skin is their tropical tangy take on another local favourite, Chin Chow drinks and dessert.
Their classic White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk Snow Skin is also worth a mention — the creamy lotus paste, egg yolk and mochi textured mooncake skin are perfectly done and go wonderfully well together. One of our favorite snow skin mooncakes that we absolutely recommend.
Price: $70 for Fullerton Snow Skin Treasures mooncakes, in classic box of 4.
Promo: 15% off selected snow skin mooncakes.
Location: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
4. Shangri-La Hotel’s pampering treat: Signature Baked Custard Mooncake with Bird’s Nest
Shang Palace is well-known for their exquisite, quality mooncakes, complete with beautifully designed gift boxes. Wrapped in baked golden pastry Hong-Kong style, its Signature Baked Custard Mooncake with Bird’s Nest is super luxurious. Every bite you take is a generous serving of bird’s nest, with smooth, creamy custard. This makes for a perfect, pampering gift for your parents or if you want to impress the fussiest of in-laws.
Or opt for their limited edition Peranakan-inspired gift set which houses a set of four baked mooncakes, filled with bak kwa, pork floss and nuts – a savoury twist to the classic lotus seed paste mooncakes.
Price: $120 for the Signature Baked Custard Mooncake with Bird’s Nest , 8 mini pieces; $118 for baked mooncakes filled with bak kwa, pork floss and nuts, 4 large pieces in a Peranakan-inspired gift box.
Location: 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350
Order here (at least 2 days in advance).
5. Mdm Ling Bakery: Cookie-inspired Himalayan Salt Chocolate Almond Mooncakes
We had the opportunity to try Mdm Ling Bakery’s all-new cookie-inspired mooncake series that is launching next week, 9 September. Taking inspiration from their most popular cookies and buns, these mooncakes are handcrafted with local flavours in mind.
Each mooncake tin come complete with a traditional Snake & Ladders game that you can play with the fam bam and comprises four cookie-inspired mooncakes — Local Kopi Siew Dai Mooncake, Pink Himalayan Salt Chocolate Almond Mooncake, Purple Sweet Potato Mooncake with Pandan Lotus Paste and Mung Bean with Sesame-Lotus Paste.
The crowd favorite was the Pink Himalayan Salt Chocolate Almond Mooncake. We bit into delicious dark chocolate infused paste with a hint of sea salt, a lovely balance between sweet and salty. Get this if you like a more interesting spin on your usual traditional baked mooncakes.
Price: $56 for the Signature Cookie-Inspired Mooncake Series for a box of 4.
Promo: 25% off mooncakes (excluding bundles), till 15 Sep. Free islandwide delivery with min. order of $45.
Location: 38 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2, Singapore, 569511
6. Fairmont Singapore: Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffle Mooncakes
We don’t know about you, but we’re a fan of anything rum and raisin! Fairmont Singapore’s perennial favourites are their Rum & Rasion Chocolate Truffle and Champagne Truffle with Chocolate Ganache. Definitely a treat for chocolate lovers!
This year, they added two new flavours to their mooncake collection — the Caramel Sea Salt Mini Snowskin and their Fragrant Pu Er with Chia Seeds Snowskin mooncakes. It may be a tad sweet, so wash it down a lovely cup of tea.
Price: $71.03 for a box of 8 Assorted Mini Snowskin Mooncakes.
Promo: Take 15% off early-bird promo for all online orders; 25% off for AMEX Platinum Cardholders and AccorPlus members. Min. purchase of 2 boxes of 4-piece mooncakes and above is required to enjoy early-bird promo, till 17th Sept 2020. Delivery is free above $100.
Location: 80 Bras Basah Road, Level 1 Lobby, Singapore 189560
7. Mandarin Oriental: Lugu Oolong Tea Traditional Mooncakes
Much to the excitement of Oolong tea lovers, Mandarin Oriental is debuting its Lugu Oolong Tea with Melon Seeds Mooncake for the first time. Bite into an aromatic tea-infused pastry, paired with sessions of endless tea sipping. For the health conscious, you can even opt to buy a box of 2 pieces to limit calorie intake. They also have a snow skin version for this oolong tea — the oolong tea infusion, dried apricot, pumpkin seeds snow skin mooncake.
Price: $84 for box of 4 Lugu oolong tea with melon seeds baked mooncakes; $78 for Oolong tea snowskin mooncakes (box of 8). Box of 2 starts from $46.
Location: 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797
8. APSN Café mooncakes for a cause
APSN Café for all is the go-to place for homemade baked mooncake treats for a cause. Specially handcrafted by the trainees from APSN’s Bakery Enterprise, their mooncake collection this year comprises 4 unique flavours — Matcha with Toasted Macadamia Nuts, Dark Chocolate Skin with Coffee Lotus Paste & Toasted Hazelnut, Lotus Paste with Single Egg Yolk and the Salted Black Sesame Lotus with Black Sesame Seed. They are all healthier options containing less sugar.
We tried the mooncakes and they were deliciously baked, especially the Salted Black Sesame Lotus with Black Sesame Seed. The rich, black sesame melded surprisingly well with its salted egg centre.
APSN — Association for Persons with Special Needs — is a launchpad for adults with special needs to gain vocational skills such as cooking, baking and serving. All proceeds from the mooncakes will fund operation costs and allowances for their trainees.
Price: $58.80 nett for box of 8 mini mooncakes, assorted flavours. Free delivery with purchase of $200 and above.
Location: APSN Café For All; 11 Jln Ubi, #01-31 Block 4, Singapore 409074
Contact APSN to order (order by 14 Sep and collect by 25 Sep).
9. Delcie’s Desserts: Best vegan mooncakes
Homegrown Delcie’s Desserts was founded by Delcie Lam with a mission to bring delicious desserts to all, including those with dietary concerns. Using organic, plant-based ingredients, some of their desserts are low-GI certified and are perfect for the health-conscious sweet tooth.
This year, Delcie’s mooncake collection has vegan mooncake options like the Adzuki Red Bean Spiral Mooncake and is cane-sugar free. Adzuki Red Beans are known to be chockful of nutrients and fiber, so having these mooncakes give you none of that guilt and all of that pleasure. Their Pandan Spiral mooncakes are a flaky Teochew take on mooncakes — we bit into fragrant, Pandan lotus paste filling enveloped in crusty pastry skin and were surprised that it did not compromise on taste. Pro tip: warm the pastry up in the oven for crispier skin.
All their mooncakes are vegan-friendly and do not contain wheat, gluten, peanuts or nut sources unless stated otherwise.
Price: $58 for box of 4 of Spiral Flaky Mooncakes; $98 for box of 4 cane-sugar free mooncakes.
Promo: Take 10% off using promo code <ACH10> any items, till 31st Dec 2020. Valid for all mooncakes and desserts, extending beyond Mooncake Festival! Every box of 4 purchase comes with a beautiful rose gold cooler bag.
Location: 34 Whampoa West, #01-83, Singapore 330034
10. Four Seasons Hotel: Litchi with Raspberry and Rose Snowskin Mooncake
This year, Four Seasons’ Jiang-Nan Chun has a delightful medley of snowskin mooncakes that rival Shangrila’s. A box comprises delectable flavours like Bird’s Nest with Custard, Mao Shan Wang Durian, Hazelnut Royaltine Chocolate and the all-new Litchi with Raspberry and Rose which makes its debut appearance this year. These handcrafted snowskin mooncakes also make for beautiful photo ops worthy of the ‘Gram.
Price: $88 for Jiang-Nan Chun Medley Snowskin Mooncake collection.
Location: 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646
Order here (collect/arrange for delivery between 1 Sep and 1 Oct).
11. Goodwood Park Hotel: Japanese Sweet Potato with Pumpkin-Coconut Mooncake
Featuring silky pumpkin purée and desiccated coconut shreds nestled within premium Japanese sweet potato filling, Goodwood Park Hotel’s Japanese Sweet Potato with Pumpkin-Coconut Centre is a healthier, plant-based option. Light and fluffy, it reminds us of quality Japanese handcrafted desserts. If you’re a fan of Japanese sweets, you would love this.
Special mention also go to their Blue Pea Flower with White Lotus Seed Paste and Melon Seeds for an ethereal, beautiful rendition of the classic white lotus paste snowskin mooncake.
Price: $66 for a box of 4 Japanese Sweet Potato with Pumpkin-Coconut Centre; $68 for a box of 4 Blue Pea Flower with White Lotus Seed Paste and Melon Seeds.
Promo: Take 15% off for payments made via Citi, DBS/POSB, OCBC, UOB Credit & Debit cards, till 1 Oct 2020. Not applicable for Black Thorn Durian and other promotions.
Location: 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Order here (at least 5 days in advance). Collect/arrange for delivery from now till 1 October.
12. St Regis Singapore: Green Tea with Oolong Truffle; Royal Milk Tea with Osmanthus Truffle
Freshly handcrafted by Yan Ting’s pastry chef Vanness Chai at St Regis Singapore, their snowskin mooncake collection this year is made up of refreshing new flavours like the Green Tea Paste with Oolong Tea Truffle Mini Snowskin Mooncake and Royal Milk Tea Paste with Honey Osmanthus Truffle. Bound to capture the hearts of both young and old, their exquisite mooncake pieces are perfect to be sampled and enjoyed amidst some good ol’ family bonding.
Price: $83.50 for a box of 8 Assorted Mini Snowskin Mooncakes.
Location: 29 Tanglin Road Singapore 247911
13. Crowne Plaza Hotel: Mooncake renditions of local desserts like Mango Pomelo and Orh Nee
If you’re a diehard fan of Singaporean desserts like Mango Pomelo and Orh Nee, you’ll be thrilled to know that Crowne Plaza has crafted snowskin mooncakes in those exact flavours you have grown to love.
Their Snow Skin Mooncakes series come in four local dessert flavours: Mango Pomelo, Orh Nee with Gingko Nuts, Nonya Kueh Salat and Pandan Kaya. Made with creamy, pandan coconut custard, the Pandan Kaya Snow Skin Mooncake is one of Crowne Plaza’s all-time favorites.
Price: $44.40 for a box of 4 Assorted Snow Skin Mooncakes. (U.P. $74).
Location: 76 Airport Boulevard, Level 2, Singapore 819664
14. Marriott Tangs Plaza Hotel: Mao Shan Wang Durian Snowskin Mooncakes
Specially for avid durian-lovers, Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel brings back its popular Pure Mao Shan Wang Premium Grade Durian Snow Skin Mooncakes. Bite into these handcrafted dessert and surrender your taste buds to the combination of sweet and bitter creamy durian filling. Definitely an indulgent and pampering treat for the whole family. Other snowskin mooncake flavours include the Rose Tea Snowskin Mooncake with Champagne Truffle, Almond Custard Snowskin Mooncake with Osmanthus Truffle and Mandarin Orange Snowskin Mooncake with Caramel Sea Salt Truffle.
Price: $84 for a box of 8 Pure ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Premium Grade Durian Snowskin Mooncake. Other snowskin mooncake prices start at $72.
Location: 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865
15. Janice Wong: Cheng Tng, Bandung Snowskin Mooncakes
These pretty paste-hued snowskin mooncakes from Janice Wong are inspired by the tastes of childhood — their collection this year includes familiar Singaporean flavours like Cheng Tng Red Date Yam, Red Bean Tea, Peanut Pancake and Rose Bandung. The texture of these mooncakes is similar to their signature Janice Wong mochis.
Price: $58.50 for their Singapore Signature Snowskin Mooncakes (U.P. $78).
Promo: Take 25% for orders made from 1 to 25 September.
Location: 290 Orchard Rd, #B1-K28, Paragon, Singapore 238859
16. Grand Hyatt Singapore: Alcohol-infused Snowskin Mooncakes
Grand Hyatt’s all-time mooncake favourites include their Champagne Truffle and Lychee Martini Truffle mooncakes, inspired by the hotel’s martini bar. This year, they have come up with two more handcrafted delectable snow skin mooncakes — the Wu Liang Ye Truffle and Mellow Apple Calvados Truffle — both creations also alcohol-infused. Perfect for those who love the smooth, buttery undertones of alcohol in their desserts.
Price: $56 for a box of 8 Snowskin Mooncakes, pick and choose from 9 different flavours (U.P. $80).
Location: 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211
Order here from now to 1 October.
17. The Durian Law: MSW Mooncakes
We don’t know about you, but durian mooncakes are a must during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Delicious, creamy, pulpy durian mooncakes wrapped in exquisite mochi mooncake skin — it really doesn’t get any better than that!
The Durian Law is a new brand in the market that was just established during the Circuit Breaker as a durian delivery provider and gets their golden fruit from the famed 818 Durians. They have also launched their Mao Shan Wang Snowskin mooncakes — though we weren’t able to make it to their factory for a sample test, with a name like The Durian Law it’s probably worth a try.
Price: $98 for their Mao Shan Wang Snowskin Mooncakes (box of 8).
Promo: Buy a box of MSW Snowskin Mooncakes and receive a whole box of their Assorted Snowskin Mooncakes FREE! The assorted Snowskin Mooncakes come in Matcha, Dark Chocolate, Red Bean Adzuki and Traditional Lotus flavours.
Location: 26 Defu Lane 10 #01-188. Free delivery for orders above $120.
18. Home’s Favourite: Popular MSW durian mooncakes
Home’s Favourite durian mooncakes come highly recommended by friends and family and apart from their bestseller Black Gold Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncake, they have since come up with a whole series of durian mooncakes. From Red Prawn Durian, Hulu Durian, D13 Durian, D24 Durian to X.O. Durian fillings, durian lovers can take their pick.
We love the generous pulpy mouthful of creamy bittersweet durian, combined with equally well-done charcoal mooncake skin with a soft and chewy bite. A must-have for durian connoisseurs.
Price: $73.60 for the bestseller Snow-skin Top Grade Black Gold Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncake, 4pcs. (U.P. $92).
Location: Purchase Home Favourites mooncakes at TANGS, Takashimaya and other locations. See full list here.
Order online here.
19. Intercontinental Singapore: Elegant Rose Mooncakes
Intercontinental Man Fu Yuan’s snowskin mooncakes this year come in shapes of beautiful, intricate roses and make for elegant and refined gifting. In four delicious Peranakan heritage flavours — Chendol, Pulut Hitam, Durian Pengat and Pandan and Coconut Kaya — these snowskin babies are not just a feast for the eyes, but also mouth-watering desserts. Housed in a well-crafted metal tingkat, their Heritage Mooncake Collection is a lovely gift indeed.
Price: $67.83 for Intercontinental’s Snowskin Mooncakes — Heritage Collection (U.P. $84)
Location: 80 Middle Road Singapore 188966
Order here or visit Man Fu Yuan on Level 1 of Intercontinental Hotel to purchase.
20. Bakerzin: Fruit-infused Mooncakes
A brand that focuses on artisan desserts, Bakerzin has long become one of Singapore’s go-to place for cakes, macarons and sweets. Their snowskin mooncakes like the alcohol-infused snowskin collection (Apple Vodka Truffle Snowskin) and fruit-infused snowskin collection are also very well-received.
Special mention goes to their distinctive Fruit Series Snowskin Mooncakes, which comprises the Orange Chia Seed Snowskin, Honey Dew Chia Seed Snowskin, Lychee Chia Seed Snowskin and Strawberry Chia Seed Snowskin. The dash of chia seeds enhances texture and also health benefits.
Price: $54.02 for Fruit Series Snowskin Mooncakes (U.P. $63.55)
Promo: Get up to 25% off for volume purchases. Free islandwide delivery for mooncake orders $100 and above.
Order here (at least 2 days in advance). Daily cut-off time is 2pm.
21. JW Marriott: Single Yolk Lychee Lotus Mooncakes
Think: traditional baked mooncakes with a fruity twist. This year, JW Marriott’s Single Yolk Lychee Lotus Paste Mooncake is a modern take on the classic lotus paste mooncake, with a fragrant, fruity hint of lychee baked to golden perfection. They are also low-sugar options so less guilt, more indulgence!
The highlight for this year’s collection is their Signature Single Yolk Lychee Lotus Paste – think of traditional mooncakes but with a modern, fruity hint of lychee and baked to golden perfection. And you won’t need to feel so guilty about indulging in it and spoiling the Mid-Autumn fun as these babies are healthier, low-sugar options.
Their Baked Mooncakes Medley comprise alluring traditional bakes like the Lychee Lotus Paste Mooncake, Premium Mixed Nuts Mooncake, Pu Er Tea with Chia Seeds Mooncake and Double Yolk Lotus Paste Mooncake.
Price: $78 for the Baked Mooncakes Medley (box of 4).
Promo: Take 25% off with Citibank cards & 20% off with DBS/POSB/ OCBC/ UOB cards. Enjoy 20% if you are a JW South Beach Member, Marriott Bonvoy, South Beach Resident/ Tenant.
Location: 32 Beach Rd, The NCO Club, Singapore 189764
22. Regent Singapore: Dark rum and spiced coconut dreams
Regent Singapore continues to draw fans with its exquisite mooncake creations this year. Melding different cultures and cuisine, each dining outlet handcrafts their unique take on the classic mooncake to give it a refreshing spin.
The Plantation Rum, Spiced Coconut and Yuzu Snowskin Mooncake is dreamt up by Manhattan’s bartender, while the Pistachio, Fig and Amarena Cherry Snowskin Mooncake is crafted using luscious Italian ingredients to make this delicate Chinese pastry in a lovely melding of cultures. The Double Espresso and Almond Marzipan Snowskin Mooncake is also reminiscent of an almond pastry washed down with a cup of strong espresso coffee, while the Signature Black Sesame Paste Snowskin Mooncake crafted by the dim sum chef of Summer Palace is a yearly bestseller you cannot miss.
Price: $85 for Regent’s Snowskin Collection, Assortment (box of 8).
Promo: Enjoy 15% with credit cards from CIMB, UOB, HSBC, OCBC and Maybank.
Location: 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
23. Awfully Chocolate: Pure Chocolate Truffle Mooncakes
If you are obsessed with chocolate, don’t miss out on these luxurious cacao mooncakes from none other than Awfully Chocolate. Their specialised handcrafted pure chocolate (cacao) truffle mooncakes would send chocolate lovers to the moon and back. Their Chocolate Truffle Mooncake Set comes in four delicious flavours: Chocolate Autumn Berries, Matcha Dark Chocolate, Dark Milk Espresso and Caramel Calamansi Truffle Mooncakes. Each mooncake set also comes in an exquisitely-crafted wooden treasure chest that can be reused again as an organiser for all sorts of trinkets and knick knacks.
Price: $88 for a box of Chocolate Truffle Mooncakes.
24. Crystal Jade: Traditional classics to rely on
Enjoy the Mid-Autumn cheer with Crystal Jade’s familiar flavours. Their Traditional Baked Lotus Paste with Single Yolk is a lovely classic to fall back on. This year, their baked mooncakes come in a pretty two-tier gift box in lovely shade of teal with gingko tree motif, symbolising hope, peace and longevity.
Price: $66.30 for Traditional Baked White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk, box of 4.
Promo: Take 25% off for early-bird purchases made from now till 6 September 2020 for Jadeite members, Citibank and UOB Cardmembers. Enjoy an additional 10% off with promo code CJMID10.
Order here (at least 3 days in advance).
That’s the round up, folks! The team at After Clinic Hours wishes you a very happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Let the feasting begin and have a wonderful time with your family and loved ones.