The mid-autumn or mooncake festival in 2020 will fall on the 1st of October, a little later than usual. In the lunar calendar, the mid-autumn festival is celebrated every 15th of the eight month. Despite the “current situation”, this looks to be another year filled with interesting and even some unusual flavors. This guide will be regularly updated with this year’s catalog of best traditional baked mooncakes and snowskin mooncakes, with sub-specialties including durian mooncakes, halal-certified mooncakes, low-sugar options and even alcohol infused ones. I will also aim to show what the containers look like, so that you’ll know which hotels have the best and most beautiful mooncake boxes for 2020.
One trend I am already seeing is that price increases compared to previous years are minimal or even non-existent. Another trend is that many providers have chosen not to sell mooncakes this year due to the current climate. One upside though is that mooncake promotions look more generous than usual, with one provider even giving out 1-for-1 mooncakes for early-bird orders (find out the details below!). Providers are also now more willing to do mooncake delivery – with free delivery for orders from as little as 1 box.
As most providers have ramped up their online ordering systems, the best credit cards to use for your mooncake purchase would be those that give bonus points / miles for online spend. If you are simply looking for cashback, the UOB One Card gives up to 5% cashback as long as you can spend consistently. For miles, the Citibank Rewards Card still gives you 4 miles per S$1 spend when it comes to online transactions. Citibank Citi Cashback Plus on the other hand, rewards you with 1.6% cashback with no cap on the monthly spend. There is also a promotion at the moment where you get S$300 cash reward for every successful new Citibank cardholder application.
Will there be any mooncake roadshow / fairs in 2020?
There is no formal announcement yet by the usual venues but given the current situation and the move to online orders and mooncake deliveries, there will not likely be any mooncake fairs or roadshows in 2020.
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Man Fu Yuan at InterContinental Singapore stays true to its mooncake design – taking the shape of a flower as with previous years. While the appearance may be the same, the flavors have taken a different turn. This year’s mooncake theme of InterContinental Singapore is that of Peranakan desserts. Folks can look forward to the likes of Chendol, comprising Gula Melaka with Red Bean, Coconut, and Pandan Jelly; Pulot Hitam, made of Dark Glutinous Rice with Candied Longan, and Coconut; Durian Pengat filled with Durian Cream, Gula Melaka, and Butterfly-pea; and Pandan and Coconut Kaya, featuring fragrant Pandan Kaya Jam, with a Coconut Kaya Jam centre.
The box: Man Fu Yuan’s mooncakes are presented in elegant tingkat carriers – traditional tiered lunch boxes – which unveil a mooncake as each layer is revealed. The tingkat carriers are given a modern update with striking blush and turquoise hues, and feature subtle Peranakan design motifs drawn from architectural elements of InterContinental Singapore’s facade. This is by far, the most attractive mooncake box I have seen this season.
Prices: S$84 (4 pcs snowskin) / From S$66 (4 pcs baked) – Up to 25% discount for online orders
Dates: Now til 1st October 2020
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza
The mooncakes from Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza continue to be one of the most premium mid-autumn bakes in the country. Their mooncakes are all made inhouse without using preservatives. This year, their Gold-dusted Black Truffle with Bayonne Ham makes another appearance. One can have it as a normal box of 4 or in a more premium box with a bottle of Laurent Perrier champagne included. I have tried variations of their gold-dusted mooncakes with ham in previous years and I must say that this is a flavor to try if you like to check out something that’s really savory. The medley of black truffle, ham and salted egg yolk encapsulate the earthiness of this mooncake flavor.
Among snowskin variations, highlights this year from Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza include the Rose Tea Snowskin with Champagne Truffle, Almond Custard Snowskin with Osmanthus Truffle and Mandarin Orange Snowskin with Caramel Sea Salt Truffle. The hotel also offers islandwide mooncake delivery service at S$74.90 per location.
The box: If you choose the premium set, the box comes in 4 compartments and can easily be configured as a jewelry box especially since it also comes with a mirror!
Prices: From S$72 per box (baked) / S$72 per box (snowskin)
Dates: Now until 1st October 2020 (collection starts from 27th August)
One of my personal all-around favorite mooncake flavor each season is Shangri-la Singapore’s Signature Mini Baked Custard with Bird’s Nest. Filled with rich and creamy custard on the outside and generous bird’s nest at the center, this is one addictive treat! Shangri-la Singapore is also one of the few providers to offer a vegan mooncake. While it can be argued that those plain lotus paste mooncakes are also vegan, their Limited Edition Mini Vegan mooncake even thoughtfully replaces the usual egg yolk with a sphere made of sweetened pumpkin.
For an alcoholic treat, check out the Hennessy XO Chocolate Mini snowskin. This is a unique combination of chocolate, which has its dark cocoa notes amplified due to the liqueur. Another alcohol-infused mooncake is the Yuzu Sake Mini snowskin. These pastries aim to refresh the palate with their citrusy notes coupled by the sweetness of sake.
The box: The limited edition Peranakan-inspired gift box set by Benny Ong has an exterior printed with blue and white motif that’s emblematic of the Nyonya culture. Inside, there are three drawers where you can store jewelry. Each box has a unique serial number from 001 to 999. This box comes with orders for Shangri-la Singapore’s baked mooncakes filled with bak kwa, pork floss and nuts. The Mini Baked Custard with Bird’s Nest mooncakes come in a dainty metal box of crimson with a sweet blossom pattern. The vegan mooncakes, on the other hand, come in a special dark green box depicting mid-autumn night.
Prices: From S$76 per box (4pcs baked) / S$88 per box (4pcs snowskin) / Mini Baked Custard with Bird’s Nest goes for S$120 for 8pcs
Dates: From now until 1st October 2020 (early bird discounts of up to 30% until 16th August)
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Their mooncakes need no introduction. The mooncakes by Raffles Hotel Singapore are among some of the most highly sought after each mid-autumn festival. This is despite them retaining the same and rather plain type of tin box each year. Their popular Champagne Truffle Snow-Skin will be available this season as well as new flavors like Yuzu and Osmanthus Truffle Snow-skin & Apricot and Sourplus Snow-skin. The latter was inspired by the Plum-picked Tomatoes with Crunchy Turnip & Sweet Vinegar at yi by Jereme Leung.
The box: This year, Raffles Hotel Singapore is changing its box. Mooncakes are now presented in a creamy ivory box designed with gold lotus flowers and palm leaves.
Prices: From S$76 (8 pieces for snow-skin; 4 pieces for classic baked) – as much as 30% discount for early-bird HSBC cardholders from 16th June to 31st July 2020
Dates: From 10 August to 1 October 2020
Pan Pacific Singapore
For the 2020 mid-autumn season, Pan Pacific Singapore has no less than 11 flavors of mooncakes available. There will be three new snowskin flavors – Raspberry Chocolate, Matcha Black Sesame and Soursop Lychee. Popular flavors from previous seasons will also be available such as Hazelnut Yuzu and Mao Shan Wang Durian Snowskin as well as the baked Signature White Lotus Paste with both double and single yolk. For a more guilt-free alternative, check out the low-sugar flavours of Jade Paste with Melon Seeds and White Lotus Paste with Macadamia Nuts. Halal-certified mooncakes of the same flavors are also available, upon request.
The box: All Pan Pacific Singapore mooncakes are presented in a majestic satin-covered crimson box adorned with intricate florals and a wooden lattice centrepiece.
Prices: From S$68.80 (4 pcs snowskin) / S$69.80 (4 pcs baked)
Dates: Now until 1st October 2020
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Xin Cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium has two new snowskin mooncake flavors this year – the White Lotus Seed Paste with Grand Marnier Praline and Green Tea Paste with Jackfruit Praline. Along with this, some of the bestsellers from past years will also be made available this year like the Low Sugar White Lotus Paste with Double Yolk and the Peranakan Durian. All of Xin Cuisine’s mooncakes are baked inhouse so you are assured that this year’s flavors were also formulated with the care and thought of an inhouse team rather than through a mass producer.
The box: Xin Cuisine’s mooncakes come in their trademark red box that can be opened like a drawer.
Prices: From S$66 (4 pcs baked or 6 pcs snowskin) — Buy 1 get 1 offer from now til 9th August 2020
Dates: Now til 1st October 2020 (delivery starts 1st September 2020)
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with Cherry Garden’s collection of exquisitely crafted traditional baked favourites and snow skin mooncakes. Perennial favourites include the Low Sugar Silver Lotus Paste with Double or Single Yolk, a perfect choice for a healthier indulgence, or its most coveted snow skin flavour, the Lychee Martini and Chocolate Truffle mooncake. Taking centre stage in this year’s debut range will be the Oolong tea-inspired creations namely the traditional baked Lugu Oolong Tea with Melon Seeds and the snow skin Oolong Tea Infusion with Dried Apricot and Pumpkin Seeds.
The box: Mandarin Oriental Singapore’s mooncakes are housed in an elegant box adorned with oriental floral motifs
Prices: S$78 (4 pcs snow skin) / from S$78 (4 pcs baked)
Dates: 24th August to 1st October 2020
With the numerous distinctive dining options at Regent Singapore, this year sees dining outlets such as Summer Palace, Manhattan, Basilico and Tea Lounge collaborating to introduce some pretty offbeat flavors. From Basilico comes the Pistachio, Fig and Amarena Cherry snowskin – using prized Amarena cherries from Bologna paired with Sicilian pistachios and the honeyed sweetness of dried figs. From Basilico, the Double Espresso and Almond Marzipan snowskin is one of the few coffee-infused mooncake flavors to be made available in Singapore this year while Tea Lounge’s contribution is the Green Tea with Melon Seeds snowskin. If you are looking for alcohol-infused mooncakes, look no further than Manhattan’s Plantation Rum, Spiced Coconut and Yuzu mooncake. Regent Singapore is also making available a Durian snowskin mooncake flavor this year.
The box: An elegant red & yellow box with floral motif that can transform into a lantern
Prices: From S$78 (4 pcs baked) / from S$80 (8 pcs snowskin) – 15% discount for UOB cards
Dates: Now until 1st October 2020
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
While unique mooncake flavors are usually found among snow skin variants, JW Marriott Singapore’s collection this year also has a couple of noteworthy baked mooncakes including Baked Single Yolk Lychee Lotus Paste with its distinct floral tinge and Baked Pu Er with Chia Seeds with its perk-me-up tea flavor. Among snow skin flavors, the Bird’s Nest with Japanese Sweet Potato snowskin stands out while durian lovers will be pleased to see a return of their best-selling Mao Shan Wang Durian snowskin. For this year, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach is delivering its mooncakes for free islandwide for a minimum of S$80 purchase or roughly the price of a box.
The box: Classic allure red box that can be made to stand on its own, suitable also as a display case.
Prices: From S$76 (4 pcs baked) / from S$82 (8 pcs snowskin) – 30% off for Marriott Bonvoy members and select cardholders til 16th August – apply for a Citibank card here and get up to S$300 cash reward; 25% off after 16th August
Dates: 3rd August to 1st October 2020
A reasonably-priced brand from where you can get your mooncakes for mid-autumn festival 2020 is Bread Garden, a popular and highly-reviewed bakery that doles out yummy festive treats (think: Christmas, Lunar New Year, etc). Bread Garden has been delighting fans and customers over the years with their signature MSW (Mao Shang Wang) Durian mooncakes and traditional baked mooncakes. This year, they have new exquisite snow skin mooncakes like Yuzu Mango, Lychee Roselia and Coco Lava which as the name suggests, has a lava core filled with hazelnut coco bits.
Bread Garden’s mooncakes are good for halal consumption as Bread Garden is a halal bakery.
The box: Mooncakes from Bread Garden come in a gorgeous gold metal box. There are two versions – single-tier or double-tier with LED lights. It’s not only presentable but also reusable for storage.
Prices: From $9.50 per piece; box set from $64 per box/set. 15% off all mooncakes (when you buy $80 and above) from now till 25th August 2020.
Dates: Now until 1st October 2020
Popular bakery Kele is again making available its signature snowskin mooncakes for mid-autumn festival in 2020. One can expect a number of flavors that very few (if any) other providers are offering including a most luscious Avocado Macadamia snowskin. The filling is made up of mashed avocadoes – a high concentration of the coveted fruit as I have personally tried – plus a good measure of macadamia nuts for that added crunch. Alongside this, Kele also has a couple of cream cheese snowskin flavors that go well with tropical fruits such as the Mango Cream Cheese and Mulberry Cream Cheese snowskin mooncakes. For those who fancy a tinge of alcohol in their mid-autumn treat, the Rum and Raisin snowskin and the Lychee Martini are a must-try. The latter differs from other providers’ lychee snowskin variations in the sense that Kele’s variation includes actual lychee bits.
For durian lovers, Kele has two versions of durian mooncakes – a Mao Shan Wang snowskin and D24 snowskin.
The box: Kele’s mooncake box is inspired by Japanese design. Featuring an abundance of shapes, their packaging is vibrant and bright. If you were purely going by the aesthetic, I would have to say that theirs is the most millennial-targeted mooncake box I have seen this season.
Prices: From S$68 (box of 4pcs)
Dates: Now until 4th October 2020
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport takes on a more local flare this year with new flavors such as Nyonya Mixed Nuts (almonds, white sesame seeds, macadamia nuts, walnuts and Buah Keluak) and snow skin varieties inspired by local desserts. Think Mango Pomelo, Orh Nee (Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts), Kueh Salat and Pandan Kaya,
The box: This year, the mooncakes from Crowne Plaza Changi Airport are presented in a gift box made from recycled material with floral motifs in a vibrant shade of plum.
Prices: S$74 (4 pcs snow skin) / from S$70 (4 pcs baked) – 30% off online purchase til 31st July 2020
Dates: Now until 1st October 2020 (collection starts 1 August 2020)
Four Seasons Singapore
It would not be Jiang Nan Chun without its iconic Smoked Duck with Assorted Nuts and Lime – a most savory type of baked mooncake that is even prepared over a wood-fire oven. Apart from this, you will also find on the menu the usual flavors such as Silver Lotus Paste with Melon Seed and Silver Lotus Paste with Single/Double Yolk. Within Four Seasons Singapore’ snowskin mooncake collection, there are a couple of new flavors such as Litchi with Raspberry and Rose. Enveloped in a soft, rose-infused snowskin, a raspberry-rose gelée gem is shrouded in a vanilla-litchi pastry cream. Another exciting flavor to watch out for this season is the exquisite Bird’s Nest with Custard mooncake where a velvety custard surrounds a core made up of bird’s nest.
The box: Four Seasons Singapore’s mooncake box this year is a powder-blue embroidered jewelry box with four drawers and a floral motif
Prices: From S$78 per box (baked) / S$80 per box (snowskin)
Dates: 1st September to 1st October 2020 (orders available from now with 20% off til 6th September / 15% off afterwards)
Conrad Centennial Singapore
Golden Peony at Conrad Centennial Singapore presents a nicely balanced collection of mooncakes this year. There is enough for those who seek traditional flavors but there is also something for those more adventurous to try. Aside from the all-time favorites such as the Green Tea snowskin and Royal Hazelnut Crunch snowskin, mooncake connoisseurs will have a tough time saying no to the new Sea Salt Gula Melaka and Purple Sweet Potato with Pumpkin snowskin. Conrad Centennial Singapore is also one of the few outlets in Singapore to offer the traditional Filo pastry style mooncake with their Sweet Potato in Crispy Filo Pastry.
The box: Conrad Centennial Singapore’s mooncake box comes in a deep crimson red with several auspicious influences including dancing phoenixes and butterflies set amongst a floral Chinoiserie pattern. The boxes are interlocked with a golden floral motif latch.
Prices: From S$82 per box (4pcs baked) / From S$86 per box (8pcs snowskin)
Dates: Now until 1st October 2020 (collection starts 28th August)
Mandarin Orchard Singapore
For those who prefer traditional baked mooncakes, Mandarin Orchard Singapore offers a wide range this year with the likes of the signature Mixed Nuts and Jamón Ibérico mooncake. It is one of their more popular flavors due to its distinctive savory notes. Those looking for a guilt-free option will find the Macadamia Nut and Low Sugar Paste baked mooncake a worthwhile alternative. Adding a sweeter option to the lineup is the Japanese-inspired Azuki Red Bean Paste and Pine Nuts baked mooncake—sweet azuki red bean paste and crunchy pine nuts encased in delicate pastry.
The box: Each set of two or four pieces is presented in a blue gift box embellished with a lattice-patterned crest and a customizable leather patch in rose gold.
Prices: From S$43 (per box of 2pcs baked) / from S$70 (per box of 8pcs snowskin)
Dates: 25 August to 1st October 2020 (pre-orders from 1st August)
Texture is one key aspect of this year’s mooncake collection by Grand Shanghai. Their main draw this year is the Bird’s Nest with Almond Paste snowskin which intertwines the rich flavor of almond with the stringy texture of bird’s nest. Another notable items in their collection this year is the Shanghainese Crispy Yam Paste. Grand Shanghai is one of the few outlets to offer this style of flaky, crispy mooncake which is more popular in Shanghai itself. Grand Shanghai’s mooncakes also do not come with artificial flavoring or added preservatives.
The box: Grand Shanghai’s pink tin box comes with a 1930’s Shanghai motif.
Prices: From S$60 per box (4pcs baked) / S$58 (6 pcs snowskin)
Dates: Now until 1st October 2020
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore / The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
Fullerton Hotel Singapore continues its tradition of putting a local spin in its mooncake flavors, with what is probably the most creatively-concocted mooncake ensemble this year. You can expect the likes of Baked Mooncake with Assam Lotus and Mango – with the sourness of the tamarind giving it a bit of a tangy flavor or for something more savory, the adventurous ones can also try the Baked Mooncake with Mixed Nuts laced with Satay Sauce or the Baked Mooncake with Salted Lotus and Hae Bee Hiam.
Their snow skin collection is just as interesting. Flavors such as the Yuan Yang snowskin and Passionfruit with Chin Chow snowskin evoke the kind of ingredients one would expect from a local hawker.
Fullerton Hotel’s baked and snowskin mooncakes are halal-certified.
The box: Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s mooncakes this year are housed in a striking tingkat with four containers and is inspired by Singapore’s vibrant hawker scene.
Prices: From S$70 per box of 4pcs (baked/snowskin)
Dates: 18 August to 1st October 2020 (pre-order available from now)
St. Regis Singapore
This year’s mooncake collection by St. Regis Singapore was formulated by their inhouse pastry chef, Vanness Chai. Their flavors are a mix of the traditional as well as the inventive, without going too far out as what other providers have done. New flavors in 2020 include the Royal Milk Tea with Honey Osmanthus Truffle, the Green Tea Paste with Oolong Tea Truffle and the Honey Purple Sweet Potato Paste with Orange Yuzu Truffle. Within their selection of baked mooncakes, the White Lotus Paste with Assorted Nuts and Yunnan Ham will appeal to those looking for something more savory while those looking for guilt-free options can opt for the Reduced Sugar White Lotus Paste with Macadamia Nuts.
St. Regis Singapore provides islandwide delivery of their mooncakes at a flat rate of S$15 per location, between 10AM to 6PM daily.
The box: St. Regis Singapore is housing their mooncakes in the same box as last year due to popular demand. The box is custom-designed, made of glass and can double as a jewelry box.
Prices: From S$74 per box (4pcs baked) / from S$76 per box (8pcs snowskin)
Dates: 6th August to 1st October 2020
Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore
The mooncake selection by the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore sees a return to old favorites such as the Mini Snowskin Lycheetini mooncakes has real lychee bits! Also now available in four regular sized pieces, is their ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Durian snowskin mooncakes. Those who prefer something more traditional can check out their assorted baked mooncakes which include the White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolk and the White Lotus Seed Paste.
The box: Baked mooncakes come in a luxe red box, while snowskin mooncakes come in a chic gold box. The magnetic top and front flaps on both boxes open up to reveal a magnetic desk calendar, a miniature photo frame, and a three-slot pen holder while the top box and four side drawers double as storage compartments for stationery needs
Prices: From S$74 per box (4pcs baked) / S$72 per box (8pcs snowskin)
Dates: Now until 1st October 2020
Goodwood Park Hotel
This year, In honour of its 120th anniversary, Goodwood Park Hotel unveils a grand 120th Anniversary Mooncake (limited pieces available) with 12 sumptuous salted egg yolks in a lavish white lotus seed paste baked mooncake spanning 16.5cm wide. Alongside this impressive commemorative mooncake, Goodwood Park Hotel welcomes the festival with its collection of new bakes and popular flavors. This year sees the introduction of two types of new snowskin mooncakes – Orange with Grape and Japanese Sweet Potato with Pumpkin- Coconut Centre. The latter is inspired by the Japanese sweet potato autumn harvest called satsumaimo. This mooncake variation strikes a balance between the creamy blend of luscious Japanese sweet potato flesh and a silky core of pumpkin purée with desiccated coconut.
Prices: From S$62per box (4pcs baked) / S$58 per box (8pcs snowskin) / S$108 per piece for the 120th anniversary mooncake
Dates: 25th August until 1st October 2020
One mooncake flavor which is unique to Yan is the Thousand Layer Yam mooncake. Crisp, golden swirls of pastry surround a filling made up of sweet yam paste and this is available plain or with single yolk. Orders of the Thousand Layer Yam mooncake need to be placed at least one day before. Another popular flavor offered by Yan is the Mao Shan Wang Durian snowskin. Each piece promises to be creamy and bittersweet with Mao Shan Wang durian pulp found within.
Islandwide mooncake delivery is available with no minimum order, at a standard price of S$14 per order. Free islandwide delivery applies for a minimum order of 50 pieces and above.
The box: Sets of four mooncakes come in two-tiered midnight blue boxes while boxes of two mooncakes come in vibrant orange parcels
Prices: From S$64 per box (4pcs) – early bird discount of 20% to 25%
Dates: 23rd July to 1st October 2020
Carlton Hotel Singapore
Wah Lok at Carlton Hotel Singapore is offering a few new mooncake flavors this year. The Mini Baked Custard mooncake is a reinterpretation of Wah Lok’s popular custard bun. This pastry is baked to a golden hue, with the flavor of salted egg yolk complementing the sweet custard. This mooncake is best eaten slightly heated over a microwave for that “molten lava” effect. Another interesting flavor to come from Carlton Hotel Singapore this year is the Mini Black Forest snowskin mooncake which has a base made of Valrhona chocolate. Within the filling you can also make out real cherry pieces and cherry ganache to complete that black forest effect. If you are a fan of their signature creations, the likes of their Mini Walnut Moontarts with Egg Yolk and Mini Mao Shan Wang Durian snowskin will likewise be made available.
The box: Carlton Hotel Singapore’s mooncake box this year comes in the shape of a tingkat (tiffin box) with a design showing the full moon against a sea of clouds.
Prices: From S$69.30 per box (8pcs for mini mooncakes / 4pcs for standard size mooncakes) / from S$72.75 per box (8pcs snowskin)
Dates: Now until 1st October 2020 (up to 30% discount for orders until 17th August for select cardholders)