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Published October 3rd 2017
Salted Yolk Chicken Floss Mooncake. Photo courtesy of Antoinette
Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner. It's the time for friends and family to gather admiring the moon, solving riddles, sipping tea and feasting on mooncakes.
Traditionally, the moon-shaped pastries are filled with sweet lotus seed paste and have harder and thicker skins. Over the years, these customary Mid-Autumn festival treats have evolved to reach new heights of luxury, gastronomy, and decadence. Now the trendy and contemporary versions are on the rise with many varieties featuring ice cream, foie gras, cheese and durian.
Calling all non-fans of the traditional yolk-centred goodies, here are five unique flavours that are worth the calories:
Salted Yolk and Chicken Floss Mooncake
Salted egg craze isn't over! Award-Winning Chef Pang Kok Keong from Antoinette who has a penchant for experimenting with flavors, he has once again weaved his culinary magic by combining two distinctive ingredients that most locals love – salted egg yolk and chicken floss - resulting in Singapore's first-ever Salted Yolk Chicken Floss Mooncake! It comes with the creamy taste of low-sugar white lotus paste and pumpkin seeds. Currently, it is marketed at $58.
The Cow Jumped Over the Moon-cake (8 pieces Assorted Flavours). Photo courtesy of Cat and The Fiddle
Cat & The Fiddle, a specialist in cheesecakes established by the award-winning chef Daniel Tay who had also founded Bakerzin, has joined the mooncake craze for the first time. They have 2 types which are aptly named The King of the Moon - an 8-piece Mao Shan Wang durian and cream cheese mooncake in a white chocolate shell - and The Cow Jumped Over the Mooncake - an 8-pieces snow skin assorted flavors of cookies and cream, blueberry, alcohol-laced strawberry and chocolate. Both sets are priced at $68.80 a box.
Pillow Soft Snowskin Mooncakes. Photo courtesy of Janice Wong
Janice Wong, the award-winning pastry chef and the guest chef at MasterChef Australia season 7, launched a nostalgic new recipe of white lotus paste with 9 pieces special chocolate flavors: Gula Melaka Pandan, Salted Caramel, White Truffle, Salted Egg, Jasmine Tea, Champagne, Praline Poprocks, Yuzu Citrus, and Strawberry Shortbread. It retails at $65 per box.
Strawberry Yoghurt and Crunchy White Chocolate Pearl. Photo courtesy of Raffles Hotel Singapore
Strawberry Yoghurt and Crunchy White Chocolate Pearl Snow-Skin Mooncake
Delight in the charming handcrafted Strawberry Yoghurt and Crunchy White Chocolate Pearl Snow-Skin Mooncake from the iconic Raffles Hotel. Specially concocted for its 130th anniversary, the combination works. For many customers, it will be reminiscent of their favourite strawberry milk chocolate candy and Yakult - a Japanese probiotic drink. It is $70 for a box of 8.
Apple Cider & Root Beer Snowskin Mooncake. Photo courtesy of Goodwood Park Hotel
The new Apple Cider Mooncake is a cheery deep-pink version of the fizzy favourite and the Root Beer Snowskin Mooncake is a nostalgic crowd-pleaser with a dash of rum and vanilla beans for a boost! A box of two pieces is only $36 from Goodwood Park Hotel.