Whether you prefer the traditional version or you’re a fan of the more uniquely inspired mooncakes, it has become a great way to express creativity all while maintaining the ode to tradition.
The practice of offering sacrifices to the moon has given way to a celebration of the festival with family and friends. Friends and family gather round to celebrate the festival by lighting up paper lanterns, sipping tea, and everyone’s favorite: indulging in decadent mooncakes. Baked mooncakes representing the moon are eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival to symbolize unity and togetherness. Beyond the traditional lotus root paste with egg yolk and custard, the best part about the annual Mid-Autumn Festival is the myriad of new, luxurious and unconventional flavors available.
With so many new flavours to explore and tantalise your taste buds, here’s some we decided to try to help you get an idea for your mooncake spread this year.
- Golden Red Date Baked Mooncakes with Pistachio, Jambon de Bayonne, Sesame & Salted Egg
The lotus paste in each mooncake contains pistachio, Jambon de Bayonne, sesame, and salted egg. It’s a full-bodied, super-rich flavoured mooncake. The sweetness from the red dates contrasts with the smokiness of the cured ham. The texture in each bite is a great combination from each element, especially the crunchy pistachios.
- White Rabbit Truffle with Cranberry Paste Mooncake
Take a journey into nostalgia with these White Rabbit mooncakes. Remember the sweets we all loved and enjoyed as kids? Introducing the mooncake version. This nostalgic delicacy is infused with luscious truffle filling. A tart cranberry paste cuts through the sweetness and provides a great contrast. It’s sure to be a hit with both kids and adults, not forgetting how pretty they look as well. They come in various different colors and would look great on your feed (for the foodstagrammers out there).
- Unicorn with Raspberry Yolk Mooncake
Many are recreating and experimenting incorporating ice cream into it. Made with artisanal ice cream, this unicorn flavor ice cream is a light mix of raspberry yoghurt and blue pea flower, with a raspberry yolk in the middle. The raspberry centre cuts the taste of the ice cream and is a refreshing surprise once you sink your teeth into it. Make sure not to leave these out for too long, as it’s not your traditional mooncake and you’ll just return hours later with it melted away (albeit we think it’ll still taste delicious as melted goodness).
- Snow Skin Amaretto Lotus Paste with Blueberry Cheese Feuillantine
Cheese in mooncakes? Yes, you saw it right. A crossover between Eastern and Western influences, this mooncake is alcohol-infused and contains Amaretto Lotus Paste with Blueberry Cheese Feuillantine. The blue snowskin makes the mooncake’s aesthetic a gentle and delicate one, almost too pretty to eat. The tangy cheese placed at the center makes for a very unique mooncake that mimics the sweet yet savoury taste of red velvet cake that we all know and love.
- Wasabi and Miso Yolk Mooncake
Don’t let the name scare you off just yet. This wasabi and miso yolk mooncake shows the creativity of classic Chinese flavors with a Japanese touch, It is surprisingly enjoyed by many and you might be pleasantly pleased with this very unique mooncake flavour pairing. The traditional salted egg yolk is substituted with distinctive wasabi and miso fillings, resulting in a unique flavor profile for mooncake fans to experiment. It is something different from your typical salted egg yolk mooncakes and the wasabi gives a nice kick to the mooncake. If you’re adventurous, definitely try this one if you can get your hands on it.
- Almond-baked skin with pandan, cream cheese salted yolk and chestnut
Mooncakes are oh so delicious but if we were to count the calories in a single mooncake, they’re definitely what one would classify as a sinful indulgence. If you’re cautious about the calorie intake and generally quite a health-conscious person, this would be a good option to go for. It’s a healthier alternative to the traditional mooncakes. It is a pandan-infused almond-baked skin mooncake with salted egg cream cheese and a chestnut at its center. The mooncake’s skin is made of high-fibre almond bulbs and is designed in the shape of a beautiful flower.
- Royal Earl Grey Milk Tea with Chocolate Truffle Snowskin mooncake
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There’s no denying it. The bubble tea craze has taken over the world and it’s no surprise they are also replicated in the form of mooncakes. There are many different available flavours for boba tea mooncakes and we’re sure you’ll be able to find your go-to bubble tea drink in mooncake form. Some would call it gimmicky but if there’s a demand, why not?
One of the must-try from the boba range includes the Royal Earl Grey Milk Tea with Chocolate Truffle Snowskin mooncake. A sinful chocolate ganache truffle centre is surrounded by a delicate earl grey skin, milk tea lotus paste, and a sinful chocolate ganache skin. Some even include the pearls inside the skin and the texture of the chewy pearls and smooth paste inside makes for a heavenly combination. Bubble tea fans unite, this one’s for you!
While we do love the traditional stripped black flavours of the original mooncakes, these innovative takes on the traditional mooncake has us swooning. We are confident that even the most cynical will be blown away by the newer creations.
As the Mid-Autumn festival comes closer, you might go a little crazy with your mooncake options this year. As more and more different and unique flavours come about, there’s so much to choose from. With the slightly different restrictions in place this year, you can always opt for mooncake delivery Singapore for a wide array of options to get your mooncake fix. May this Mid-Autumn bring along with it good fortune and harvest smiles all year long.