Mid-autumn festival in 2019 will fall on the 13th of September and once again, hotels in Singapore have prepared some of the most exquisite mooncake flavours for the season. Whether you are looking for snowskin or traditional baked mooncakes, do check out this list which will be updated regularly as with previous years. I will also try my best to highlight some of the most unique mooncake flavours – not just the durian mooncakes but also fruity, tea, acai, bird’s nest and alcohol-infused ones where relevant. I will also highlight which hotels have the best and prettiest mooncake boxes in 2019 for your convenience.
If you are planning to order mooncakes for mid autumn festival, whether in the physical outlets or online, the best credit cards to use this season are those from DBS/POSB, UOB and Citibank where discounts ranging from 15 to 30% can be had from some merchants. If you are planning to make your purchase online, you may wish to consider getting the Citi Rewards Card where you can earn 4 miles per S$1 for online transactions. Currently, there is also a separate promotion where successful credit card applications with Citibank earn up to S$200 vouchers for new cardholders and S$30 for existing ones while successful card applications with UOB earn a cash reward of S$50.
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Raffles Hotel Singapore
Compared to other hotels in Singapore, Raffles Hotel Singapore’s mooncakes seem to be perpetually encased in tin boxes. Yet, they almost always have some of the top-selling mooncakes in Singapore every year. This year, their mooncakes are again encased in a tin box – a lilac one this time. Annual favorites such as the Champagne Truffle Snowskin and Cognac Truffle Snowskin will make another appearance this year alongside the new flavour – Avocado and Mango Yuzu Snowskin. This new creation will see the blend of not just mango and yuzu puree as well as avocados but also the inclusion of flaxseeds.
Dates: 23rd July to 13th September 2019
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
The mooncake collection from JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, which draws inspiration from Madame Fan, captures a wide variety of tastes as the collection has alcohol, fruit, tea, durian, nut and even chendol-based flavours this year. At the center of this comprehensive mooncake collection is Tian Mi Mi, which is derived from one of Madame Fan’s signature cocktails. At the center of this mooncake is a white chocolate shell filled with whiskey, honey and mandarin orange. Another mooncake flavour which I personally liked is the Blueberry baked mooncake which comes with dried blueberry bits. Yummy!
Prices: From S$74 for a box of 4 (traditional); from S$72 for a box of 8 (snowskin)
Dates: 12th July to 13th September
Order: firstname.lastname@example.org or +65 6818 1908 (early bird discounts available for Marriott Bonvoy members and DBS/POSB cardholders)
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza
The mooncakes at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza are known to be handmade in-house which contrasts with some hotels or Chinese restaurants that outsource to external vendors. In my four years of sampling the mooncakes of various hotels, theirs consistently ranks among the top 3 I try each year. A specialty of this hotel is its ham-infused baked mooncakes, often topped with gold flakes. This year, it comes in the form of Golden Red Date Baked Mooncakes with Pistachio, Jambon de Bayonne, Sesame & Salted Egg. This mooncake can be ordered with a luxurious two-tier gold satin box along with a bottle of premium wine.
If you don’t need your mooncakes to come with wine and are okay with a simpler box (the normal box is still a chic, two-tier Chinese cabinet with intricate floral motifs, gold coloured knobs and ring holders), you can check out other interesting flavours such as the White Lotus Seed Paste Baked Mooncake with Jambon de Bayonne, Lavender & Pistachio or the evergreen White Lotus Paste Baked Mooncake with Double Yolk. Among snowskin mooncakes, a new flavour this year is the Raspberry Yoghurt Snowskin Mooncake with Rosemary Honey Praline.
Prices: From S$70 for a box of 4 (traditional); from S$70 for a box of 8 (snowskin)
Dates: 8 August to 13 September 2019
Order HERE or call +65 6831 4708
Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore
The mooncakes at Ritz Carlton are known for coming in practical boxes that can be re-purposed and this year it is no exception. This year’s boxes are presented in either red or gold and can be transformed into a stationery box. Inside the box, you’ll find a magnetic desk calendar, a miniature photo frame, and a three-slot pen holder, while the versatile top box and four side drawers double as storage compartments for all stationery needs.
A new flavour this year in the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore’s mooncake range is the White Lotus Seed Paste with Black Sesame mooncake. This new flavour comes with a nutty fragrance and adds a mild touch of sweetness to the traditional baked lotus seed mooncake.
Prices: From S$78 per box of 4 (traditional); From S$72 per box of 8 (snowskin)
Dates: 8th July to 13th September (online); from 2nd August to 13th September at various retail locations including at the hotel
Mandarin Orchard Singapore
Mandarin Orchard Singapore unveils a wide assortment of mooncakes this year including the Limited Edition Piglet-shaped Mooncake that comes in two flavours – Azuki Read Bean Paste and Low Sugar White Lotus Paste. Other new additions include the Duo Collection which will showcase new flavours such as Cempedak with Low Sugar Pandan Paste, and the elegantly gold-dusted Charcoal-baked Yuzu and Mixed Nuts with Black Sesame Paste, all made with premium ingredients.
Prices: From S$73 per box of 4 (traditional); from S$70 per box of 8 (snowskin) — discounts of 15 to 20% apply for UOB and Citibank cardholders. You can apply for a UOB card here and a Citibank card here – receive vouchers of up to S$200 with every successful application
Dates: From 6th August to 13th September
Order: email@example.com OR 6831 6320/6262
Pan Pacific Singapore
This year’s mooncake boxes from Pan Pacific Singapore were designed with a cause. The boxes feature artworks from gifted alumni with autism from Pathlight School – “Bird and the Blossom” by Selena Seow on the cover and “Botanical” by Nurul Amirah Binte Zain on the side. “Botanical” is also featured on a special tote bag, available for purchase at $15 each. $1 for every mooncake box and $10 for every limited edition tote bag sold will be donated to Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) which runs Pathlight School.
For durian lovers, Pan Pacific Singapore’s popular Durian Mao Shan Wang Snowskin is making another appearance this year, alongside the pina colada-inspired Coconut and Pineapple Snowskin and the tangy Passionfruit and Mango Snowskin with sweet dried mango bits.
Prices: From S$68.80 for a box of 4 (snowskin); from S$69.80 for a box of 4 (traditional)
Dates: 1st July to 14th September 2019
At the centerpiece of this year’s mooncake collection by Shang Palace is the delectable, limited edition Shangri-La’s Signature Mini Baked Custard With Bird’s Nest which comes in a box of eight. I vividly remember having a box all to myself last year and was hooked with its glorious, creamy custard and generous serving of bird’s nest. Apart from this, other interesting flavours at Shang Palace include the Kaya Truffle Snowskin Mooncake and the tangy Yuzu Sake Truffle Snowskin.
Prices: S$120 per box of 8 (bird’s nest custard mooncake); from S$80 per box of 8 (snowskin); from S$74 per box of 4 (traditional)
Dates: 9 July to 13 September 2019
Order: firstname.lastname@example.org OR call 6313 4398 / 6213 4473
Man Fu Yuan at InterContinental Singapore is offering its signature rose shaped snowskin mooncakes this year, infused with Ronnefeldt tea. Flavours include Irish Whiskey Cream Assam Tea with Milk Chocolate Truffle, Soft Peach Tea with Pumpkin Seeds and Ginger Passionfruit Jelly Truffle as well as Peppermint Tea with Chia Seeds and Lemon Hibiscus Jelly Truffle. Aside from this, the usual assortment of traditional baked mooncakes consisting of white and red lotus pastes as well as low sugar version are also available.
Prices: From S$68 for a box of 4 for traditional mooncakes; S$76 for a box of 4 for snowskin mooncakes
Dates: Available from 25th July to 13th September at the hotel (entrance of InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction); also available across multiple island-wide mooncake fairs from 8th August
Order: <link to be available soon> (orders made by 11th August get a 30% discount, with additional 5% discount if made online)
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Xin Cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium is launching two new flavours this year. First is the White Lotus Seed Paste with Singapore Sling Praline which is sweet and flavourful, perfect for dessert and drink lovers. For a therapeutic blend, there is the White Lotus Seed Paste with Rosemary Honey Praline. Mooncake boxes this year will feature two styles – the classic box as well as the moon box.
Prices: From S$66 for 6 pcs (snowskin); from S$66 for 4 pcs (traditional)
Dates: 1st July to 13th September 2019
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
This year, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore continues a theme that it picked up last year which is to feature local flavours into its mooncake selection. This year, one can look forward to the likes of the Bandung Snow Skin Mooncake and Ondeh Ondeh Snow Skin Mooncake for that bit of local flair. Favorites from previous years will also make a comeback, including the Pandan with Gula Melaka Snow Skin Mooncake, which is a blend of pandan and caramel-flavoured palm sugar; The Fullerton Golden Custard Mini Mooncakes, a combination of savoury salted egg yolk and sweet custard encased in light butter pastry; and the White Lotus Seed Paste with Egg Yolk Snow Skin Mooncake, which features a smooth salty-sweet white lotus seed paste.
Prices: From S$62 for a box of 4 traditional / snowskin mooncakes
Dates: 30th July to 13th September 2019 (15 to 20% discount for orders made online til 19th August)
The mooncake collection from Hilton Singapore this year comes in two types of packaging – either a four-tier tiffin-style carrier with bold floral motifs or a limited edition designer handbag packaging. Each of these boxes can accommodate 4 mooncakes, of which there are quite a few interesting flavours to choose from including Purple Sweet Potato with Walnut and Citrus Peel Apricot White Lotus among traditional mooncakes and Lychee Chocolate Truffle and Blueberry Cheesecake among snowskin mooncakes.
Prices: From S$62 per box of 4 traditional mooncakes / from S$66 per box of 4 snowskin mooncakes
Dates: 10 August to 13 September 2019
Order HERE — Citibank cardmembers enjoy a 15% discount throughout the entire season. If you are placing your order online, I recommend using the Citibank Rewards Card so that you can earn 4 miles per S$1 spent! You can apply for the Citibank Rewards card here.
Regent Singapore has quite a creative theme for their mooncake collection this year that is sure to please fans of the hotel’s dining outlets. Each restaurant was required to come up with a flavour of its own so this year, expect contributions from Summer Palace, Basilico, Tea Lounge and even from the award-winning Manhattan Bar. Regent Singapore is probably the only place in Singapore to introduce an Italian-tinged mooncake – the Truffle Carbonara with its combination of truffle and cream cheese – which comes from Basilico. For something more Chinese in taste, the 1 Michelin starred Summer Palace has come up with the Osmanthus Tea and Purple Cauliflower as well as the Sugar-free Pandan Custard snowskins.
Prices: From S$78.10 for a box of 4 (traditional); from S$80.20 for a box of 8 (snowskin)
Dates: Now to 13th September 2019 (Citibank cardmembers enjoy a 15% discount from 8th August to 13th September. In case you don’t have one yet, you can apply for the Citibank card here.)
Conrad Centennial Singapore
One of the highly recommended flavours for traditional baked mooncakes this year is Conrad Centennial Singapore’s Red Bean Paste and Orange Peel which is also suitable for vegetarians. Among snowskin mooncakes, interesting varieties this year include the Blue Pea Flower Cream Cheese as well as the Hazelnut Crunch in White Lotus. Orders of 4 traditional or 8 snowskin mooncakes come in an elegrant 4-tier box that comes in 3 colours and can double as a jewelry chest.
Prices: From S$82 for a box of 4 traditional mooncakes / from S$85 for a box of 8 snowskin mooncakes
Dates: Now to 13th September 2019
The Capitol Kempinski Singapore
The Capitol Kempinski Singapore, in collaboration with Chef Alvin Leung, will be making its mooncake debut this year through a series of interesting flavours. Taking center stage is the Mini Theatre Combo set, a variety pack inspired by the history, colour and artistry of the Capitol Theatre after which it is named. Each set comes with four pieces of Caramel Mixed Nuts mooncakes and four Mini Golden Corn mooncake.
Prices: S$68 per box of 8 mooncakes for the Mini Theatre Combo
Dates: 8th August to 13th September 2019
Order: +65 6715 6871 or visit 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung
Four Seasons Singapore
This year’s mooncake collection from Four Seasons Singapore will include Jiang Nan Chun’s signature Smoked Duck with Assorted Nuts and Lime traditional baked mooncake as well as evergreen Silver Lotus Paste with Melon Seed and Silver Lotus Paste with Single / Double Yolk. For fans of snowskin mooncakes, the decadent Bird’s Nest with Custard, with its generous serving of bird’s nest at the very core, should not be missed.
Prices: From S$78 for a box of traditional mooncakes / from S$80 for a box of snowskin mooncakes
Dates: Now til 13th September 2019
St. Regis Singapore
Fans of bubble teas will probably love the Royal Milk Tea Paste with Truffle snowskin which comes with an intense creaminess with every bite. It has Oolong tea truffle as its core. I have also tried St. Regis Singapore’s mooncakes for a number of years now and always look forward to their Black Sesame Paste with Salted Peanut Truffle snowskin which thankfully makes another appearance this year. I love the rich aroma of the black sesame paste which is like a play of the tang yuan (glutinous rice balls) dessert. For durian lovers, St. Regis also makes one of the best durian mooncakes especially with its Pure Mao Shan Wang Durian snowskin.
Prices: from S$75 for a box of 4 (traditional); from S$76 for a box of 8 (snowskin)
Dates: 23rd July to 13th September 2019 (Citibank cardmembers enjoy a 15% discount throughout the entire season, with an extra 5% discount for purchases made until 23rd August. In case you don’t have one yet, you can apply for the Citibank card here.)
One of the most “exotic” mooncake flavours to grace the scene in Singapore is making a comeback this year. Antoinette is once again offering the Salted Yolk Hae Bee Hiam baked mooncake. A combination of sweet and savoury flavours, this well-loved mooncake comes in a box of 4 and is encased within a smooth low sugar white lotus paste with pumpkin seeds. Another interesting flavour from Antoinette is the Salted Yolk Truffle which is a play on the house specialty. After all, Antoinette was one of those who spearheaded the salted egg yolk craze a few years back.
Prices: S$60 for 4 pieces (baked mooncake); S$56.50 for 8 pieces (snowskin)
Dates: Now to 13th September 2019
Order: +65 6293 3121