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2018 Top 10 Mooncake Flavours You Wouldn’t Want to Miss At Takashimaya

Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore is pretty much one of two the big events happening annually (the other being CNY) and where else to get your mooncake fix other than Takashimaya, Singapore’s largest selection of mooncakes under one roof.

This year, I feel that the percentage of mooncakes offering out of the box flavours have declined, but I still enjoyed pushing through crowds of people at the fair to sniff out interesting tastes. You’ll see that I’m biased towards snowskin flavours and that’s because snowskin mooncakes are like blank canvases where creativity can really flourish. Here are my top 10 picks (in descending order) for 2018:

(Couldn’t possibly get nice pictures of the mooncakes behind frosted glasses so… all screenshots taken from the respective websites unless mentioned otherwise)

10. Mao Shan Wang Durian with Gula Melaka Flavoured Snowskin, ChangHoSek

(The mooncake in this picture isn’t the one with the gula melaka flavoured snowskin, but it’s the only one with the pretty tingkats)

ChangHoSek’s durian snowskin is not new to the scene, but I gotta say their packaging this year wins everybody hands down! Imagine gifting these pastel coloured tingkats to your friends and family.

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9. Sweet Potato Chia Seed, The Connoisseur Concerto

There are a couple of chia seed snowskin mooncakes out there this year, but what made the cut for me was the choice of sweet potato. Couldn’t resist this purple tuber in the form of a snowskin.

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8. Salted Egg Lava, Phoenix Lava

Didn’t know Phoenix Lava was a famous lava bun eatery from Bangkok till I did my research. This only affirms my choice then, that their Salted Egg Lava Mooncake is definitely worth the calories.

They only have a website meant for their Thai customers, so you’ll have to go down to Takashimaya for theatest deals.

7. Avocado Macadamia, Kele

Kele has been known for their fruity swiss rolls and it should come as no surprise that they would do well in the mooncake department. Their avocado is extremely creamy with bits of macadamia bits within.

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6. Salted Yam, Baker’s Well

We’ve all heard of salted caramel but salted yam? I guess those who aren’t too adventurous with their snowskin flavours can give this a try since this isn’t too radical.

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5. Blueberry Lava, The Baker Haus

The Baker Haus seems pretty new to the mooncake scene. They don’t have a website detailing their mooncake flavours and it’s a pity because I really wanted to show you a cross section of their Blueberry Lava Snowskin. Their lava snowskin can be eaten two ways — 1. frozen which gives an ice cream texture, or 2. slightly melted (left at room temperature for 10-15 minutes) which gives you that gooey goodness in the middle. Yumyum.

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4. Red Wine Cranberry with Japanese Yuzu and Lemongrass, Mandarin Orchard Singapore

I must admit what stood out for this snowskin was the addition of the lemongrass. Red wine cranberry and yuzu are acidic fruits which will no doubt give that refreshing bite to any mooncake, but the lemongrass adds a delicate, subtle dimension.

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3. White Chocolate Lemon Orange Marmalade Yolk Truffle, Awfully Chocolate

Okay this is a little of a cheat since it’s not technically snowskin but just chocolate truffles. Nevertheless, still a conversation starter during the mid-autumn gathering.

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2. Barrel-aged La Louisiane Cocktail with Yuzu and Green Bean Paste, Regent Hotel

Regent just leveled up the alcoholic snowskin scene by many notches. For once the alcoholic snowskin mooncake doesn’t contain the likes of vodka and Bailey’s. Sure, these don’t come cheap, but hey, Singaporeans love these indulgences don’t they?

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1. Green Apple, Basil and Trigona Honey Truffle Snowskin, Grand Hyatt

I am once again affirmed that Grand Hyatt has got a solid team of dessert chefs. Last year, I remember concluding the mid-autumn season feeling really impressed with their flavours. This year, I am equally overwhelmed. Many flavours in their box of 8 would make it to the top of my list anytime, but I really liked the Green Apple, Basil and Trigona Honey. It sounds so exotic but yet tastes wonderfully sweet!

The Mid-Autumn Festival at Takashimaya runs from now till 24 Sep (Monday). Do check in-store for the latest promotions and pricings.

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8 CNY snacks to usher in the new year, Takashimaya

It’s pretty in pink at Takashimaya this CNY 2018 as local and overseas bakeries bring forth their best cookies to the table. Littlemissramen visited the fair on the first day of the event and here are my top favourites.

1. Yuzu Orange, Divine Cookies

This is my top favourite because after eating all the heavy and dense foodstuff everybody stuffed you with (because CNY), this unassuming, petite biscuit magically breaks the tardiness with it’s refreshing and light texture. You’re good to chiong again, and you’re welcome.

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2. Purple Boo-Berry, The Cookie Museum

Unfortunately the sales girl stopped me before I could get a better picture.

The name doesn’t do justice to what’s inside the cookie. It has purple wheat, purple corn, blueberry, oats and white chocolate. How’s that for a super power healthy cookie? You probably can’t tell there’s so much goodness in one single cookie because of the intense flavour of the blueberry, but I’m not complaining. the taste is excellent. These do not come cheap but they’re definitely worth a try.

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3. Bak Kut Teh Cookies, Old Seng Choong

Having this around will definitely break the silence during awkward CNY gatherings. Kampong Spirit also carries other unique flavours such as cereal prawn, but I felt that the Bak Kut Teh was the most outstanding.

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4. Caramel Oat Cookies, Kele

Yet another healthy cookie on the list this year. Those watching your weight will definitely feel less guilty munching this snack. I do shudder at the thought of an oat cookie, but caramel makes everything taste and sound good for some reason. Side point: Kele’s infographics are way too cute!

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5. Pink Champagne, Christine’s by The Cookie Museum

Okay I’m familiar with champagne in mooncakes but champagne in cookies? Now that’s something new, and definitely a crowd pleaser. Pink Champagne not only has liqueur, but also rose petals, grapefruit and cereal within. While the alcoholic tones weren’t particularly obvious, the grapefruit and rose petals certainly helped to carry the flavour through.

6. Three Layers White Cloudy Cookies, The Bakerhaus

If you’re tired of eating too much of the crumbly cookie texture, then I suppose the Three Layers White Cloudy Cookie would be a nice alternative. In all honesty the name of the cookie sounds a little silly, but trust me, you’ll be wanting your second piece in no time. There’s a crumbly layer yes, but quickly you’ll also feel an airy, sweet meringue layer.

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7. Salted Egg Potato Chips, Aunty Esther

The salted egg hype has been given a new breath of air because of the recent Straits Times article. I would say that their chips are really light yet the salted egg flavour is both creamy and gao.

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8. Lychee Kueh Bangkit, Butter Studio

Kueh Bangkit is one of my childhood favourites and I’m so glad Butter Studio still has the lychee flavoured ones this year. I ate this last year and made a mental note to find them again this year and so I did.

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Bonus: CNY Hampers, Asian Treasures

If you’re feeling generous this year and would like to up your hamper gifting game, do check out Asian Treasures for their CNY hampers. I particularly like this year’s hampers because apart from the usual Chinese delicacies like abalone, Asian Treasures’ hampers have incorporated local bakes like salted egg yolk cookies.

The Takashimaya fair runs from now till 14 Feb 18.

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