Amid joyous reunions and traditional mooncake flavors during the Mid-Autumn Season, one of the best reasons to celebrate is undoubtedly the new influx of choices and flavors available in today’s mooncake offerings. As each brand tries to one-up their culinary counterparts in friendly competition, us consumers are definitely the ultimate winners in this friendly, palatable little tug-of-war.
With the Mid-Autumn festival literally around the corner, here are 5 characteristic flavors that caught my tastebuds the most, among others this year.
Charcoal Tangerine Red Bean by Bakerzin
Part of Bakerzin’s Royal Collection, the Charcoal Tangerine Red Bean mooncake is a re-imagination of a classic oriental dessert: Red Bean Soup. A homely and heart-warming dessert, the flavours of the red bean soup are reshaped into a mooncake with red bean paste and tangerine bits for some zest. Limited to an availability of only 1,000 boxes nation-wide at SGD66 per box of 4 pieces, the other choices in this signature egg yolk blend mooncake collection includes other local flavors such as Osmanthus, Pandan, and Beetroot Gula Melaka.
Orh Nee by Antoinette
Blueberry Lava by The Baker Haus
With the invasion of the lava craze into modern day foods, mooncakes are not spared as we can very well see from The Baker Haus’s offerings this year. With a lovely gooey center oozing out as the cake is cut, the only shame is having to leave some of that blueberry goodness on the plate… unless we lick it clean! – Parents, hold on to your kids! Other flavors available in this selection include strawberry, mango, and durian lava, while patrons can also choose non-lava varieties such as the Blueberry Purple Sweet Potato and Pure Custard snowskin mooncakes. Needless to say, The Baker Haus also offers the traditional baked selections, with a radical twist of flavors such as the Sambal White Lotus, and Charcoal Baked Skin mooncakes. Available in boxes of 2 or 4 pieces, the price ranges from SGD66 – 72 for 4 pieces, and SGD39.60 – 43.20 for 2 pieces.
Lychee Tea by Kwong Cheong Thye
Known for their vegetarian mooncake selection, Kwong Cheong Thye brings us choices with infusions of fruit flavors that range between not-so-sweet, to an ultimate treat for sweet tooths. Aside from flavors such as Honeydew, Yuzu, Mango, and the usual Durian, the Lychee Tea mooncake carries itself well with a mildly sweet center, infused with a light lychee flavor, leaving a clean aftertaste that allows us to eat more than one mooncake at a time. Available in boxes of SGD40 for 8 small pieces or SGD48 for 4 large pieces, each flavor can also be purchased individually at SGD5 per small piece, or SGD12 per large mooncake.
Earl Grey by Minamoto Kitchoan
Filled with Earl Grey tea flavored sweet bean paste, this Japanese mooncake is made with a smooth blend of egg yolk and white bean paste that brings a slight twist to the usual offerings of the season. Available in boxes of SGD25 for 4 pieces, SGD45 for 8 pieces, and SGD65 for 12 pieces, the other flavors in each box include the most famous Japanese Matcha Green Tea, Fruits & Nuts, as well as a nutty Caramel flavor so suit a variety of palates. While you visit, be sure to check out their Usagi-san rabbit cakes too!
For your last minute shopping, the above brands – with the exception of Antoinette – are now available at the Takashimaya Mid-Autumn Festival booths until 24 September 2018.
Takashimaya Mid-Autumn Festival 2018
Wed, 22 Aug – Mon, 24 Sep 2018
Takashimaya Square, B2
391 Orchard Road Singapore 238873
For more info, please visit Takashimaya Mid-Autumn Fair.