7 Mooncakes That’ll Make Great Gifts This Mid-Autumn Festival
It’s already September (I know, right?), which means that the Mid-Autumn Festival is about a month away. The festival falls on Oct 4 this year, and it’s customary to buy boxes of mooncakes as gifts to friends, family, and even your work associates or clients. Not sure where to get the pastries from? We have some ideas for you…
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Mickey and Minnie Mouse mooncakes
OH. EM. GEE. How adorbs is this? Crystal Jade’s Mickey and Minnie Snow Skin Collection ($78) contains eight pieces of mooncakes in four flavours: chocolate manuka honey, molten-centre raspberry truffle with white lotus, chocolate yuzu, and our fave – pandan lotus with gula melaka. And the elaborate packaging would definitely thrill any Disney fan. The lacquered box is designed after Mickey Mouse’s signature red, white and black outfit, with two drawers and a gold backdrop of Mickey and Minnie kissing under a full moon. Whoever received this from you would definitely use this as a jewelry box after the mooncakes are finished.
Available till Oct 4 at all Crystal Jade outlets. Advanced orders can also be placed online at www.crystaljade.com.
Hello Kitty mooncakes
Know an aunt or a friend who’s a huge fan of this iconic feline? Then remember to drop by Hello Kitty Orchid Garden at Terminal 3 of Changi Airport, where they’ll be selling – you guessed it – traditional mooncakes with Hello Kitty’s face ($33.80 for a box of 2) embossed on them. They’re filled with white lotus paste, melon seeds, and a single egg yolk. Some might find it too cute to eat though!
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden is at Arrival Hall Central #01-22, Terminal 3, Changi Airport. Mooncakes are available for walk-in customers only till Oct 4, while stocks last.
Prickly pear mooncakes
First of all, it’s hard not to fall in love with this pretty shade of blush pink and we’ve never seen a mooncake look more dainty. Goodwood Park Hotel’s Prickly Pear with Bergamot Snowskin Mooncake ($52 for four pieces; $32 for two) definitely deserves a place on your Instagram feed, and in your tummy too. Prickly pear is basically the fruit of the cactus plant, and it’s considered a health food in some cultures. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, they also have an Apple Cider Snowskin Mooncake ($36 for two) that comes with diced apples, and a Root Beer Snowskin Mooncake ($36 for two) that contains a hint of rum. Yum!
Available till Oct 4. To order, call 6730 1867 from 9am to 7pm on weekdays, and 9am to 1pm on weekends and public holidays. Online orders can be made here.
In a collaboration with Little Miss Bento, OLLELLA has launched a series of snowskin mooncake, called The Bunny Collection. Inspired by the lore of the Jade Rabbit, these cuties come in four flavours: White Peach Champagne with Strawberry Gelèe, Dark Chocolate Rum with Almond Crunch, Mango Yuzu White Chocolate with Candied Ginger, and Raspberry Rose with Lychee. We imagine these will be popular with both kids and kidults!
Available till Oct 4 at #01-01 Residences@Somme, 3 Petain Road and online at www.ollella.com. Also available at the Mid-Autumn Fair at Takashimaya.
There’s just something so decadent about these durian mooncakes. It might be glitterly gold dust on the charcoal snowskin, or the fact that the Golden Moments Signature Premium Durian Snowskin Mooncake ($66.60 for a box of 4) visibly contains loads of rich, creamy, Mao Shan Wang pulp. And you shouldn’t feel too guilty about indulging in them, because these babies contain no preservatives, cream, or added sugar.
Available online at www.goldenmoments.sg.
Four yolk mooncakes
Know someone whose favourite part of the mooncake is the yolk? Then you’ll definitely get on their good side with the decadent White Lotus Paste with Four Yolks mooncake ($108+ for a box of four) from St Regis’ Yan Ting restaurant. Seriously, four yolks!!
Available at St Regis’ Yan Ting restaurant, level 1U, and La Pâtisserie, lobby level.
Traditional mooncake with a bold red crust
It’s hard not to be intrigued when a mooncake is called Daydream. Dreamt up by TWG Tea, this traditional mooncake stands out from the crowd with its bold red crust. Inside, you’ll find blueberries, white lotus paste, and an almond and blueberry puree center infused with Red Balloon Tea. The gift set also conveniently comes with the Lotus Jade Tea – an aromatic green tea with lotus blossoms, a perfect pairing for this decadent treat.
TWG Tea’s set of two mooncakes paired with Lotus Jade Tea retails at $70; a set of four mooncakes retails at $16, and an individual mooncake in a gift box retails at $16. Available at all TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques till Oct 4.