While the current situation does not allow for physical mooncake fairs that everyone loves, here are some recommendations to bring to that mooncake party, or to just indulge yourself with.
Flavours with a twist
1. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Fancy mooncakes in your favourite Singaporean dessert flavours? Crowne Plaza’s new collection of snow skin mooncakes will satisfy that dessert craving in a bite. The mango pomelo snow skin mooncake has the perfect combination of the mildly bittersweet pomelo flavour and the sweet, tangy taste of mango, while the Orh Nee (yam) snow skin mooncake is filled with smooth, creamy yam paste and ginkgo nuts.
Beneath the beautiful blue pea flower snow skin of the Nyonya Kueh Salat (glutinous rice with pandan custard) mooncake lies a smooth kaya custard, lightly infused with pandan juice. The all-time favourite Pandan Kaya snow cake mooncake charms the palate with rich, creamy pandan-infused coconut custard.
Price and how to order: S$74 for a box of four assorted flavours. Shop online and enjoy exclusive offers (up to 40% off), or contact Crowne Plaza via 6823 5429 / 9336 3529 (Whatsapp) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Durian Mpire
For the durian lovers out there, since the supply of durians is seemingly scarcer this year, enjoy Durian Mpire’s Mao Shan Wang durian mooncakes, with 100% durian purée encased in a thin layer of snow skin. All mooncakes are painstakingly handmade with love.
Price and how to order: S$135 for 4 regular pieces or S$98 for 8 mini pieces. Order online or in store and enjoy 20% off for all mooncakes, while stocks last.
Location: Terminal 3 #02-94, Jewel Changi Airport #03-206
3. Bee Cheng Hiang
Baked with melon seeds, nuts and orange skin peels, this classic mooncake with assorted nuts is made perfect with bits of Bee Cheng Hiang's Gourmet Bakkwa (grilled meat jerky). Its bakkwa recipe remains unchanged since 1933 and is still handcrafted over traditional bamboo sieves. The meat is smoked for hours over charcoal, not only retaining its flavours, but also the tradition.
Price and how to order: From now till 27 September, enjoy 20% off the Signature Bakkwa Mooncake (4pcs/box), U.P. S$70.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport #01-226
4. Thye Moh Chan
Another brand that has a long heritage since 1943, Thye Moh Chan has a loyal following with its handcrafted traditional Teochew baked goods, especially its tau sar piah (bean paste pastry). Its yuan yang with salted egg yolk mooncake is a combination of spicy pork floss, salted egg yolk and savoury mung bean, encased in flaky sheets of pastry that crackle gently with each bite.
Price and how to order: A box of four mooncakes retails for S$35.80.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport #B2-231
Can’t travel to Japan for now but you can tantalise your tastebuds with this Japanese style mooncake. It is made with sweet potato paste, chopped chestnuts and sweet red bean paste wrapped in a Japanese-style cake (manju).
Price and how to order: A box of six mooncakes retails at S$26 or opt for a box of six with an addition of muscat flavoured goldfish jelly at S$45.60.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport #B2-221
6. Shang Social
Shang Social’s Four Jewels are impeccably handcrafted mooncakes and come in four delectable flavours – white lotus paste (reduced sugar), white lotus paste with double egg yolk (reduced sugar), Hong Yu black tea with pumpkin seed, as well as pandan with salted green bean and shredded coconut. If you’re looking to give mooncakes as a gift, this one will impress.
Price and how to order: A box of Shang Social Four Jewels retails at S$78. Shangri-La’s Golden Circle members enjoy 25% off selected mooncakes and UOB cardmembers enjoy 15% off Shang Social Four Jewels.
Location:Jewel Changi Airport #01-219-222
More than Mooncakes
For those who aren’t die-hard fans of mooncakes, here are some options so that you won’t feel left out at a mooncake party.
7. Gin Thye Ice Cream Mooncake
Gin Thye’s mooncakes have the appearance of a mooncake but is actually filled with ice cream – green tea, mango, chocolate and strawberry flavours. These mooncakes are sure to be a hit among the kids.
Price and how to order: Purchase the four-piece assorted ice cream mooncake and 10-piece durian mochi set at S$29.90 from the convenience of your home at iShopChangi. From now till 30 September, shop for a variety of mooncakes ;such as from Hang Heung and Fragrance on iShopChangi and enjoy extra 10% off with minimum spend of S$60, capped at S$15 with the promotional code “MOON10”.
8. Läderach Chocolatier Suisse
Enjoy assorted FrischSchoggi (200g of Läderach’s signature fresh chocolate) alongside the double yolk and macadamia nut white lotus paste (low sugar) traditional mooncakes. The Swiss brand is renowned for their delicious large slabs of FrischSchoggi handcrafted without additives or preservatives by artisans in Switzerland. Its founder, chocolatier Rudolf Läderach, patented the revolutionary concept to produce thin walled truffles hollow spheres in chocolates back in 1970.
Price and how to order: The Autumn Bliss Gift Box (pictured above) retails at S$88. From now to 1 October, enjoy 10% off with a minimum of five boxes purchased.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport #01-241
9. Aroma Truffle & Co
It can’t get more power packed than a combination of two of the world’s strongly flavoured foods – durian and truffle.
The Musang King mooncakes combine the sweet and creamy, yet mildly savoury and bitter pure musang durian flesh from Pahang, Malaysia. The rich durian filling is encapsulated in a black charcoal snow skin infused with premium black winter truffle from Spoleto, Italy, and garnished with edible gold dust for that extra sparkle. Alternatively, opt for the butterfly pea Musang King mooncake which comes in a beautiful blue hue. The core filling is that divine combination of Musang King durian flesh mixed with bits of premium black winter truffle.
For the truffle potato chips, choose from original, honey Dijon or parmesan cheese flavours. Place your bets on whether the mooncakes or chips will run out first!
Price and how to order: Purchase in store, and from now to 22 September, enjoy a discount of S$3 for the Aroma Truffle & Co Mooncake products and bundle if you purchase online on Changi Eats. Enjoy free delivery and an additional 15% off (with minimum spend $80) with MASTERCARD®. Simply apply the coupon code MC80FREE to your cart.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport #02-219
10.108 Matcha Saro
108 Matcha Saro has launched a limited edition Obanyaki (stuffed pancake) with mooncake prints in two flavours – taro and original dough as well as taro with custard and matcha dough. Perfect for those who are not mooncake fans, or for those who prefer a lighter dessert snack.
Price and how to order: These limited-edition taro flavoured obanyaki costs S$2.90 (original dough) or S$3.50 (matcha dough) each. Get a box of six as a gift for your loved ones. Available from now till 8 October, while stocks last!
Enjoy free delivery on Changi Eats for Durian Mpire, Aroma Truffle & Co., as well as 108 Matcha Saro orders, with a minimum spend of S$50, or an additional 15% off (minimum spend S$80) with MASTERCARD®. Simply apply the coupon code MC80FREE to your cart.
Location: Terminal 3, Level 2 (Public Area)
Bonus: Complete the mooncake tasting experience with these delightful beverages
TWG Geisha Blossom Tea
Elegant and highly refined, the TWG Tea Geisha Blossom Tea is a blend of green tea and refreshing, ripe southern fruits which infuses into a fragrant cup that will calm and appease after a day's disruptions.
A green tea with fruity and aromatic bouquets, this tea pairs perfectly well with red or green bean mooncakes. The Geisha Blossom Tea is also very refreshing and pairs well with mooncakes that have strong flavours and heavy textures like mochi.
Price and how to order: S$39.25 for a 100g tin, available on iShopChangi.
Sweet Bundchen x Birds of Paradise Coffee
Apart from the traditional tea pairing, pop a Sweet Bundchen x Birds of Paradise coffee pod into your Nespresso machine and add a swirl of milk for that caffeine kick. The coffee is shade-grown and cultivated on the rich volcanic soils of Purosa Valley in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Price and how to order: S$16 for 20 Nespresso compatible coffee pods, available on iShopChangi.
Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2019
Who says you can’t enjoy a good glass of tipple with mooncakes? The Yalumba Y Series is crafted with fruit from South Australia’s most celebrated wine regions. The 2019 Y Series Pinot Grigio label has the aroma of fresh pear juice with white flowers, a hint of feijoa and cinnamon. The fruity flavours of this Pinot Grigio will certainly complement the richness of the mooncakes.
Price and how to order: S$27 for a 750ml bottle, available on iShopChangi.
With a platter of mooncakes, a drink of choice in hand, and a view of the full moon, there’s no better way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival!
Want to soak in some Mid-Autumn Festival atmosphere? From now to 11 October, head down to Jewel Changi Airport where the Shiseido Forest Valley will be beautifully decorated with multi-coloured lanterns and sculptures which depict traditional festival motifs and characters. Right in front of the majestic HSBC Rain Vortex stands a 4.2-metre tall lantern, which contains paper lanterns. Guess the number of lanterns in the capsule and stand to win prizes. More details can be found on Jewel’s Facebook page.