The time of the year where we feast on the traditional Chinese goodies is drawing near! If the traditional style filled with lotus paste and salted egg yolk isn't your thing, this read is for you.
The non-baked snow skin mooncakes have always been a canvas for the creativity of (Chinese) restaurants and hotels, and this year's pickings don't disappoint.
From Mao Shan Wang to Pandan to the Singapore Sling; here are eight places to shop for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival 2019.
Of course, good mooncakes don't always come with hefty tags. Shop with UOB Cards to score the best mooncakes deals. Get 'em deets below.
CHERRY GARDEN, MANDARIN ORIENTAL, SINGAPORE
Aside from authentic Cantonese cuisine, Cherry Garden makes pretty interesting mooncakes too.
The Mother of Dragons snowskin mooncake (S$81.30 for eight) featuring candied dragonfruit and lime zest, inspired by its popular namesake cocktail at MO BAR, is new this year.
Other exquisite flavours back by popular demand, include the floral Custard paste with rose petals and chestnut (S$81.30 for eight), and the Lychee martini and chocolate truffle (S$81.30 for eight).
UOB Card Promotion: 15 per cent off from 8 Aug to 13 Sep.
SUMMER PALACE, REGENT SINGAPORE
With five new savoury and sweet creations added to their snowskin selection, the F&B team at Regent Singapore has been busy getting ready for Mid-Autumn.
For some fragrant choices, opt for their Osmanthus Tea and Purple Cauliflower or Tea Lounge Yuzu Strawberry Cheesecake.
The adventurous should try the savoury Italian-inspired Basilico Truffle Carbonara, while fans of Manhattan Bar should definitely go for the Manhattan Hanky Panky.
UOB Card Promotion: 30 per cent off orders placed before 7 Aug, 15 per cent off for orders made between 8 Aug to 13 Sep, and Bulk order discounts up to 40 per cent off for orders between 8 Aug to 14 Sep.
GOLDEN PEONY, CONRAD CENTENNIAL SINGAPORE
Packed in an intricate jewelry case, the mooncakes at Conrad Centennial Singapore are a blend of classic and contemporary.
Their new snowskin flavours of Maple Walnut and Blue Pea Flower Cream Cheese will certainly appeal to those looking for a surprise.
If you're looking for more traditional treats alongside quirky snowskin morsels, there's also the Baked Honey Osmanthus (S$82 for four).
UOB Card Promotion: 30 per cent Early Bird Discount for orders made by 11 Aug, 20 per cent Discount for order made by 13 Sep. Discounts are only available at The Terrace, Conrad Centennial Singapore and online purchases. Discount is not applicable at the Takashimaya mooncake booth.
Available at The Terrace, Lobby Level, Conrad Centennial Singapore from now to 13 Sep 10am-8pm daily, and Ngee Ann City, B2 Takashimaya Square from 8 Aug to 13 Sep 10am-9.30pm. For orders, please visit their online shop here.
THE FULLERTON HOTEL SINGAPORE
Snowskin takes the centre stage at The Fullerton Singapore, and it's just in time with National Day.
Making their debut are local flavours Ondeh Ondeh and Bandung (S$62 for four) - alongside the favourite Pandan with Gula Melaka.
The first is a rich combination of coconut, pandan, and gula melaka, while Bandung's a rose-scented snowskin inspired by the local kopitiam beverage.
UOB Card Promotion: 25 per cent off with min. purchase of 10 classic boxes from now to 19 Aug. Up to 20 per cent off on select mooncakes in classic box, and 10 per cent off on 4-piece baked or snowskin selection in premium box from 30 July to 13 Sep.
Available at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore from now to 13 Sep. For orders, please call +65 6877 8943.
PAN PACIFIC SINGAPORE
There's no better place to look than Pan Pacific Singapore if you want something fresh and fruity in your mooncakes this year, with new flavours like Gianduja and Yuzu, Earl Grey and Cherry, and Coconut and Pineapple (S$73.62 for four).
Each tin box's designed with artworks from alumni talents from the Artist Development Programme (ADP) by Pathlight School, and the best part? S$1 and S$10 will be donated to Autism Resource Centre with every mooncake box and tote bag sold respectively.
UOB Card Promotion: 25 per cent off from now to 4 Aug, 20 per cent off from 5 Aug to 14 Sep.
JANICE WONG SINGAPORE
Love all things Japanese? So does Janice Wong this Mid-Autumn.
The Mooncake Box Set (S$65) features nine snowskin mooncakes featuring ingredients from various Japanese prefectures that are sourced by Janice personally.
Think kinako (roasted soy flour) from Hokkaido, ume (plum) from Wakayama, hojicha (roasted Japanese green tea) from Kyoto, and chestnut from Kumamoto.
UOB Card Promotion: 28 per cent off from now to 13 Sep.
For orders, please visit online store here.
CROWNE PLAZA CHANGI AIRPORT
Tea lovers will fancy Crowne's Plaza tea-infused snowskins: Chrysanthemum with Winter Melon Bits, Red Date with Wolfberries, Earl Grey with Tapioca Pearls, and Matcha with Adzuki Beans (S$85 nett for four).
Craving something more traditional? Go for the White Lotus Paste with Jackfruit or Black Sesame Paste with Melon Seeds (S$70 nett for four).
UOB Card Promotion: 25 per cent off from 1 Aug to 13 Sep for purchase of whole box of mooncakes.
Available for purchase at the Lobby Lounge, Level 1, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport from now to 13 Sep, and various mooncake booths (check list here). For orders, please click here or call +65 6823 5367 (daily 8am-10pm).
Mandarin Orchard's innovative mini snowskin mooncakes boast a combination of alcohol and fruits.
From Lychee Martini and Chocolate to Red Wine Cranberry Paste with Japanese Yuzu and Lemongrass, there's bound to be something you've never tried.
Their Limited Edition Piglet-shaped Mooncakes - available in Adzuki Red Bean and Low-sugar White Lotus Paste - are also perfect for the 'gram.
UOB Card Promotion: 20 per cent off from 6 to 16 Aug, and 15 per cent off from 17 Aug to 13 Sep.
Available at Mandarin Orchard Singapore's Festive Counter, Level 1 Lobby from 6 Aug to 13 Sep, 11am to 7pm daily. For orders, please call +65 6831 6320/6262.
This article was first published on City Nomads.