Have your mooncake and eat it too
With so many choices for mooncakes, we help you narrow down the best one for your palate
Mooncake season is back with so many choices and it gets confusing. Let us clear that path a little and guide you along.
For those who like durian
Online retailer Old Seng Choong (www.oldsengchoong.com) offers the Mao Shan Wang durian snowskin mooncake ($80 for eight).
The type of durian is famous for its bittersweet taste, and fans love it.
For the cutie-pies
Who does not like Hello Kitty?
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden (Terminal 3, Changi Airport, Tel: 6241-6127) stamps the iconic character on regular mooncakes, instantly making it adorable.
Cute does not come cheap ($33.80 for a box of two) but imagine the squeals of joy you will hear when you present this to someone.
For those who like it tart
If you love your food tart and sharp, mooncakes are probably not your favourite food.
Thank goodness The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (Tel: 6877-8943) has introduced the tangerine lemon and pistachio snowskin mooncake (from $60, above). The brightness from the citrus helps lighten the taste and the bits of pistachios add crunch.
And while the prickly pear with bergamot snowskin mooncake (from $32, right) from Goodwood Park Hotel (Tel: 6730-1867) is not quite tart, it is refreshing and a break from the usual mooncakes.
The prickly pear keeps it juicy and the bergamot makes it fragrant.
For those who need alcohol
Yan Ting (The St. Regis Singapore, Tel: 6506-6852) offers champagne truffle with chocolate paste ($73 for a box of eight).
The chocolate paste is rich and bittersweet, and the mooncake is bursting with the vibrant taste of champagne.
It is a stately mooncake too; the black sesame skin is accentuated with hints of gold.
For the health-conscious
Mooncakes are not known to be healthy snacks, but the black garlic with white lotus and custard paste mooncake ($68 for a box of six) from Feng Shui Inn (Resorts World Sentosa, Tel: 6577-6599) is great for those watching their sugar intake.
It has less sugar and brown sugar is used instead of refined white sugar.
For those who do not really like mooncakes
Birds Of A Feather (115, Amoy Street, Tel: 6221-7449) has The Golden Moon ($13, available between Oct 2 and Oct 8).
The golden salted egg yolk is now salted egg cream, with lotus seed paste and caramelised five grains. It is so well disguised, you won't even know you are eating a mooncake.
For your posh boss
This packaging is perfect for bosses, clients or in-laws, anyone you need to kiss up to.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport's (Tel: 6823-5367) premium gift box (from $118) comes with four baked mooncakes and a bottle of Bottega Gold sparkling wine. It really does not matter how the mooncakes taste because the packaging should already impress.