Review: 10 exotic mooncakes to tempt your tastebuds

Review: 10 exotic mooncakes to tempt your tastebuds

SINGAPORE - From bite-sized treats to surprising macaron mooncakes, we review some of the best and most unusual mooncakes available this Mid-Autumn festival in Singapore.

If the traditional lotus paste mooncakes aren't your cup of tea, why not try some of these more unusual flavours? Be it macaron mooncakes or mousse-filled treats, these new hybrid mooncakes will allow you to indulge your every dessert whim.

Instead of tried-and-tested flavours, we made sure to pick the most creative mooncake options around for this Mid-Autumn festival.

We did a taste test on 10 boxes of mooncakes; and these are the results:

TWG

These snowskin mooncakes won't just look pretty on the plate; the tea-infused white chocolate mousse within each mooncake is surprisingly light and airy, while chocolate pearls give them that extra crunch. There's also a piece of white chocolate at the heart of each mooncake, which never gets too sweet thanks to its fruity ganache centre. Our favourite: The gold Longevity mooncake, which features a chocolate core with zesty yuzu marmalade.

Verdict: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Prices: From $15 each to $52 for a box of four TWG Tea snowskin mooncakes. Go to www.twgtea.com for the full store locations in Singapore.


Regent Singapore

With mooncakes being typically rich and dense, bite-sized portions work wonders; we're just surprised that we've yet to see more of these mini mooncakes. Try Regent Singapore's mini gold-leafed amedei chocolate Amarena Fabbri and Grappa mooncake for a brandy kick that's been infused into the smooth chocolate-flavoured paste. The mix of the zesty Amarena cherries and brandy makes this mooncake taste quite akin to plum pudding. Then move on to the mini Bird's nest with custard mini mooncake, which features slivers of bird nest within its oozy custard centre for a decadent, chewy texture.

Verdict: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Prices: $88+ for the Regent's Gold Treasures box, featuring a box of 10 mini mooncakes; five each of the two flavours reviewed here. Get it from Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, Tel: 6725 3239.

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