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Munch on mooncakes

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, which is on Sept 19 this year. The Chinese believe that it's the day the Moon Goddess will send her blessings.
The New Paper - August 12, 2013
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Munch on mooncakes

In the last few years, mooncake flavours went slightly berserk, with unlikely combinations that didn't always work.

This year, things have calmed down. Ignore the attention-seeking ones and celebrate mooncakes that are actually tasty.

While the Mid-Autumn Festival is not until next month, some places are already selling mooncakes.

1) Xin Cuisine

One of my favourite mooncakes this year come from Xin Cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.

The soursop and chocolate crunch snowskin mooncake ($50 for six pieces) combines the sweet, tart taste of soursop and the smoothness of chocolate. The texture is also pleasing, thanks to the chocolate crunch.

It is not a new flavour for Xin Cuisine, but it is still worth checking out.

Call 6731-7173 to order.

2) Carlton Hotel Singapore

Carlton Hotel Singapore is offering a healthy, less sugary option this year.

The mini walnut moontart ($56 for eight) comes in a low sugar option without egg yolk.

The taste is not lost, and some might even like that it's less sweet than usual. Buy it before Sept 1 to get 15 per cent off.

Mooncakes will be available at the hotel from this Wednesday.

3) The Fullerton Cake Boutique

Fullerton Hotel Singapore's Golden Custard Mini Mooncake ($69 for eight pieces) is a buttery bite-size piece with salted egg yolk and custard.

This is a good option for those who want to keep it light.

The mooncakes are now available at the lobby level of The Fullerton Hotel. Call 6877-8178 to find out more.

4) Goods of Desire

Now, I did say to forsake the gimmicky ones, but these mooncakes from Hong Kong brand Goods of Desire are too quirky to ignore.

The Butt Mooncake ($14.50 each) may make some people blush. The packaging resembles a traditional Chinese calendar.

Place your orders in-store or via e-mail ( from Aug 23. Order before Aug 31 and UOB card members get 15 per cent off.

5) Goodwood Park

While Goodwood Park is often associated with durian creations, it is the guava item which stands out this year.

The pink guava with passionfruit and rambutan snowskin mooncake ($26 for two pieces) is refreshing, sweet enough and has the right crunch, thanks to the rambutan bits.

You wouldn't think it's a mooncake.

It's available now and you can get yours at the Deli (9am to 9pm daily) or call 6730-1867.


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