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Mad About Mooncakes – Vanessa Tai

Mid-Autumn Festival is almost on us once again! And we know what that means for F&B outlets across Singapore – an intense battle to see who can come up with the most unusual or extravagant flavours. Apparently, this craze for crazy flavours is a very local trend – our counterparts in China and Hong Kong prefer sticking to the traditional lotus seed paste variants (salted egg yolks optional.)

But because Singaporeans are known to be adventurous foodies, we’ve rounded up five of the season’s most exciting, exotic flavours just for you. Bon appétit!

Mini Snowskin Cream Cheese Mango from Peony Jade Restaurant

Peony Jade - Mini Snow-skin Cream Cheese Mango

Craving for a sweet ending after a hearty meal? The fresh flavours of the mango melds beautifully with the velvety textures of the cream cheese, making this a toothsome treat for dessert. Best part is, each mooncake is small enough so you won’t feel overly stuffed.

Price: $50 for eight pieces
Where to buy: For vendor listings, view this page

Pink Guava with Passionfruit & Rambutan from Goodwood Park Hotel

Goodwood Park Hotel -Pink Guava, Passionfruit & Rambutan Snowskin Mooncake

Goodwood Park Hotel has earned a loyal following with its variety of tropical fruit snowskin mooncakes, and this creation looks to be another hit. The light, delicate flavours of pink guava and passionfruit is given an added oomph from the rambutan bits. Equal parts sweet and tangy, this makes a refreshing mid-afternoon treat.

Price: $26 for two pieces, $46 for four pieces
Where to buy: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Tel: 6737 7411

Chempadak Bliss from Swensen’s

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Here’s another tropical fruit mooncake to tantalise your tastebuds. Chempadak (also known as jackfruit) is blended with cream to create a zingy-flavoured ice cream. Because of its naturally sweet, creamy texture, chempadak is an ideal ingredient to create smooth, delicious ice cream.

Price: $8.60 per piece, $29.80 for a box of four (with choice of flavours)
Where to buy: All Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets

Mung Bean Paste with Orange Ginger Truffle from Singapore Marriott Hotel 

SMH-Mooncakes-2013-(Silk Road of Spices) Mung Bean Paste with Orange Ginger Truffle

I know what you’re thinking … ginger in a mooncake?! But trust me, the ginger flavour in this snowskin mooncake isn’t overpowering. In fact, the slight hints of spiciness actually complements the thick, smooth and sweet mung bean paste very well. A must-try!

Price: $60 for a box of eight (comes with four assorted snowskin flavours)
Where to buy: Singapore Marriott Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Tel: 6831 4708

Yuzu Vodka Snowskin Mooncakes from Bakerzin

Bakerzin Moon Rabbits Mooncake 2013 - Heavenly Collection

Fans of this delicate citrus fruit from Japan will love this snowskin creation from Bakerzin. Sweet without being cloying, each bite is a harmony of different flavours – from the citrusy yuzu to crunchy white chocolate to the elegant nuances of vodka.

Price: $52 for a box of eight (comes with four assorted snowskin flavours)
Where to buy: All Bakerzin outlets

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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