Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore 2019: 8 places to satisfy your mooncake cravings this year

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The buzz around Mid-Autumn Festival seems to happen earlier each year, but we don't suppose you'd mind, since it means we get to enjoy more of the luscious morsels that we call mooncakes.

The festival wouldn't be complete without sharing them with your loved ones, so here are some of the best mooncakes - velvety snowskin or traditional baked - from local Chinese restaurants and hotels that money can buy in Singapore this year.

MAN FU YUAN, INTERCONTINENTAL SINGAPORE

The star of Man Fu Yuan's 2019 mooncake selection is the Tea Collection (S$76 nett for 4).

These snowskin treats with premium infusions from German teahouse Ronnefeldt will tickle your tastebduds, whether it's the rich Irish Whiskey Cream and Assam Tea with milk chocolate truffle or the Aromatic Peach Tea Infused with Bouquets of Roses and Hibiscus with a refreshing ginger passionfruit jelly centre.

For something traditional, the baked low sugar White Lotus Paste Mooncake (S$72 nett for 4), comes texturised with a sprinkle of crunchy macadamia nuts.

The deets: Available from now to 13 September 2019 online or at the Man Fu Yuan Shoppe located at the entrance of InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction. Guests enjoy 30 per cent early bird savings for orders by 11 August 2019, and an additional 5 per cent savings when purchased online.

Man Fu Yuan Shoppe is located at InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966, p. +65 6825 1131/1132. Opens daily, 11am-9pm

XIN CHINESE RESTAURANT, HOLIDAY INN SINGAPORE ATRIUM

Xin Chinese Cuisine Restaurant brings two new snowskin flavours this year that are inspired by the bustling nightlife of city living.

The White Lotus Seed Paste with Singapore Sling Praline Snowskin Mooncake (S$66 nett for 6) is refreshing and fruity, while the White Lotus Seed Paste with Rosemary Honey Praline Snowskin Mooncake (S$66 nett for 6) goes herbaceous and savoury.

For an enhanced experience, pair them with a fragrant cup of tea off Xin Cuisine's exquisite tea menu (S$18 nett per tin). Bring home the Xin's Signature Mini Egg Custard with Yolk (S$68 nett for 6) and Assorted Nuts Mooncake (S$74 nett for 4) for an alternative to the classic baked style.

The deets: Enjoy up to 35 per cent off when you pre-order online. Also available from the hotel lobby from 12 August 2019.

Xin Chinese Cuisine Restaurant is located at 317 Outram Rd, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Singapore 169075, p. +65 6731 7173. Opens Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm and 6.30pm-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 10.30pm-2.30pm and 6.30pm-10pm.

GRAND HYATT SINGAPORE

The pastry chefs at Grand Hyatt Singapore have been busy; on top of bringing back their immensely popular Champagne Truffle and Lychee Martini Truffle snowskin flavours this year, they've also launched the very much in-trend Brown Sugar Milk Tea Truffle, and the Matcha with Red Bean Truffle.

On the alternative baked mooncake front, they've come up with a Sesame Lotus Double Yolk with Bamboo Ash and a Red Lotus Double Yolk with Roasted Melon Seeds. Get a box of 4 traditional baked mooncakes or 8 snowskin flavours for S$80 nett.

The deets: Available online from now till 13 September 2019, or for retail at mezza9 from 5 August to 13 September 2019. From now till 29 August 2019, enjoy 35 per cent off online pre-orders of any snowskin or traditional mooncakes. From 30 August till 10 September 2019, enjoy 30 per cent off online orders of any snowskin or traditional mooncakes.

Mezza9 the shop is located at Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd, Grand Hyatt, Singapore 228211, p. +65 6738 1234. Opens daily, 11am-10pm.

YÀN

Yàn's Thousand Layer Yam Mooncakes (S$64 nett for 4) is a time honoured favourite, boasting rich yet earthy yam paste enveloped in a paper-thin pastry crust.

Their Mao Shan Wang Durian Snowskin Mooncakes (S$98 nett per 4) make a debut this season, taking full advantage of the mouthwatering bumper crop while traditionalists can look to their classic White Lotus Paste Mooncakes (S$64/$68 nett for 4) are available in single and double yolks, or with buttery macadamia nuts (S$64 nett for 4).

The deets: Available for purchase online from now to 13 September, purchases of Thousand Layer Yam Mooncakes, orders need to be placed at least one day in advance. For more details, email reserve@yan.com.sg or call +65 6384 5585.

Yàn is located at 1 Saint Andrew's Road, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957, p.+ 6384 5585. Opens daily 11.30am-2.30pm and 6pm-10.30pm.

LI BAI CANTONESE RESTAURANT

Mid-Autumn Festival is a resplendent one at Li Bai, with a curation of traditional baked and contemporary snow skin mooncakes by the award-winning culinary team.

The Super Seeds Mixed Nuts Mooncake (S$76 nett for 4) packs a wholesome punch of sweet and savoury flavours in a medley of chia seed, walnut, macadamia nut, and almonds, amongst others.

Quintessential favourites like the Mini Snow Skin Champagne Mooncake (S$68 nett for 8) make a comeback, along with new options like the Mini Snow Skin Chia Seed Dark Chocolate (S$68 nett for 8).

The deets: Available online from now to 13 September 2019, or for retail in store or at Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel Lobby.

Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant is located at 39 Scotts Road, Sheraton Towers Singapore, Singapore 228230, p. +65 6839 5623 . Opens Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm and 6.30pm-10.30pm, and Sun 10.30am-2.30pm and 6.30pm-10.30pm.

HUA TING RESTAURANT

Fresh from their Gold award win in The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao's Best Asian Restaurants, Hua Ting Restaurant latest array of autumnal treasures feature novel snowskin creations from Master Chef Lap Fai.

His Hawthorn with Melon Seeds Mooncake (S$70++ for 8) blends the familiar tang of hawthorn with nutty melon seeds for a dose of childhood nostalgia, while the Mini Salted Egg Yolk Custard (S$70++ for 8) sees a morsel of salted egg enclosed within velvety custard paste.

The deets: Available online and for retail at Orchard Hotel Lobby Kiosk from now till 13 September 2019.

Hua Ting Restaurant is located at Orchard Hotel Singapore, Level 2, 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879, p. +65 6739 6666. Opens Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm and 6pm-10.30pm, 11am-2.30pm and 6.30pm-10.30pm.

OLD SENG CHOONG

Familiar flavours get a delectable face lift at Old Seng Choong this year with the new Red Lotus Paste with Bakwa Mooncake making a debut in their Classic (S$68.80 for 4) box of baked treats.

The chilled Yam with Pumpkin Snowskin Mooncake sets the stage for their theme of modernity-meets-traditional, while the nutty Wu Ren with Bakwa Mooncakes (S$68.80 for 4), remains a crowd-favourite with a mixture of white sesame, olive and melon seeds, almonds, candied winter melon pieces, finely-chopped bak kwa and a zesty hint of kaffir lime leaves.

The deets: Available for order from now to 13 September 2019, in-store, online, and at its booth in Ngee Ann City Basement 2.

Old Seng Choong is located at 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central @ Clarke Quay, #01-48, Singapore 059817, p. +65 6282 0220. Opens daily, 9am-5pm.

SINGAPORE MARRIOTT TANG PLAZA HOTEL

Enjoy the comfort of a traditional buttery golden brown crust, with the novelty addition of savoury Bayonne ham in the White Lotus Seed Paste Baked Mooncakes with Jambon de Bayonne, Lavender & Pistachio (S$80 nett for 4) this year. Prefer your mooncakes sweet?

Dig into the a light and sweet Raspberry Yoghurt Snowskin Mooncake with Rosemary Honey Praline (S$70 nett for 8), or toast to an evening of celebration with the Coconut Snowskin Mooncake with Champagne Praline (S$72 nett for 8).

The deets: Available online or Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel Forecourt Stall, located at Hotel's entrance from now to 13 September 2019.

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is located at Tang Plaza, 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865, p. +65 6735 5800.

This article was first published in City Nomads.

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