TREAT YO SELF!
Mooncakes only come once a year, so don’t feel bad about digging into them. We round up this season’s yummiest offerings, available till the Mid-autumn Festival on Sep 15. FYI: A quarter-slice baked mooncake with lotus paste is worth 179 calories, while the snowskin version will cost you 246. Savour every bite!
1 Tunglok’s Jackfruit with Pomelo Mini Snowskin Mooncake ($54 for eight assorted flavours, Tunglok restaurants) has bits of jackfruit and pomelo embedded in lotus paste for a sweet and sour kick. 2 The Momordica Fruit with Longan Mini Snowskin Mooncake ($64 for eight, Regent Singapore) from Summer Palace delivers subtly sweet notes and a dose of antioxidants from the Chinese herb luo han guo, while teasing the palate with mild flavours of cheng tng, a popular local dessert. 3 The passion fruit-infused lotus paste pairs perfectly with the tangy plumflavoured snowskin in the Passion Fruit Paste with Plum Snowskin Mooncake ($56 for six, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium) from Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant.
4 Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant’s low-sugar White Lotus Seed Paste with Prized Karasumi & Angelica Baked Mooncakes and Aged Old Pu’er Tea Set ($188, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel) features salted mullet roe and angelica herb, known for its blood circulationboosting properties. 5 Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant’s traditional Mixed Nuts Mooncake with Li Bai Signature XO Sauce ($72 for four assorted flavours, Sheraton Towers) has premium Japanese scallops that add zing.
6 The Chlorella with Melon Seeds Mini Snowskin Mooncake ($28 for four) from Crystal Jade provides crunch from the melon seeds, as well as a trace of health benefits from chlorella, such as boosting the immune system and improving digestion. 7 Inspired by the Hong Kong red bean soup dessert, the Old Seng Choong Red Bean Orange Peel with Yolk Blend & Pine Nuts Mooncake ($58 for four, www.oldsengchoong.com) has refreshing hints of orange peel infused in a rich red bean paste, with pine nuts for extra texture.