Mid-Autumn Festival Delicacies – Mooncakes! Yummy!

Mid-Autumn Festival is round the corner again and we were spoilt for choices with so many kinds of mooncakes available. From the traditional baked mooncakes with lotus seed paste to the chilled snow skin mooncakes with truffles *by the way, the flavours are getting more exciting and outrageous!*, we ask ourselves which are the best mooncakes? Which are the new flavours which we can’t miss?

Our team at Tampines 1 very excitedly organised a mooncake tasting session so that we can provide suggestions for our shoppers!

Oh wait…before we get into that, being the informative blog that we try to be :p, do you all know how mooncakes came about? There is a folk tale about the overthrow of Mongol rule facilitated by messages smuggled in mooncakes.

Mooncakes were used as a medium by the Ming revolutionaries in their espionage effort to secretly distribute letters to overthrow the Mongolian rulers of China in the Yuan dynasty. The idea was to circulate a rumour that a deadly plaque was spreading and the only way to prevent it was to eat special mooncakes.  This prompted the quick distribution of mooncakes, which were used to hide a secret message coordinating the Han Chinese revolt on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.  

We sound knowledgeable, don’t we? :p And before you start yawning, let’s move on to the best part – putting these mooncakes to the test!

We sampled different kinds of mooncakes from 5 stores at Tampines 1 and these are our recommendations.

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Left: Classic premium egg yolk mooncakes – $52 for a box of 4pcs. Right: Classic melon seed mooncakes – $44 for a box of 4pcs.

Classic premium egg yolk mooncakes. Just look at the thick paste of salted egg yolk! Definitely not for the faint-hearted!

I’m a salted egg yolk lover I admit. So imagine my excitement when I dug into these mooncakes! I love these mooncakes! They were of the right sweetness, texture and taste. The unique part was that their salted egg yolk was very generously spread in the middle of the mooncake like a paste, rather than the usual whole egg yolk. There were comments too that the salted egg yolk paste does taste a little processed and does not stick to the lotus seed paste well.  

Bakerzin has cute little snow skin mooncakes as well. Top left: Mung bean egg yolk snow skin mooncakes. Top right: Pink champagne truffle snow skin mooncakes. Bottom: Mung bean yam snow skin mooncakes.They are all available at $48 for a box of 8pcs.

If you’re a fan of exotic tastes and like to try something out of the ordinary, you will like Bakerzin’s snow skin mooncakes. They have them in all sorts of flavours, from Valrhona Chocolate Pearl, Durian, Mung Bean Yam to their alcohol truffle series, Rum & Raisin, Whisky and more. We like it that they were not too sweet. The taste however was quite mild and not as strong as we would like it to be. We would prefer them to have a more defined taste.

Rive Gauche Patisserie B1-13

Single yolk with white lotus paste with macadamia nuts. $38 for a box of 4pcs.

We were told there was no egg yolk for their mooncakes last year and their shoppers asked for it. To cater to their requests, they introduced a single egg yolk this year. This is what we call delighting customers! 🙂 What we like about their mooncakes was that there were macademia nuts in them (and lots of them!), and not the usual melon seeds. Though a little dry, we like the crunchy feel.

The Icing Room B1-K1

Aren’t these little snow skin mooncakes cute? Especially with the rabbit imprints. $18.80 for a box of 4pcs.

We love how adorable these little rabbit mooncakes look! These 4 new flavours were launched this year:

– Yuzu lemon truffle: Sour and tasted more like lemon cake

– Mango passion truffle: Very light mango fragrance

– Coffee chocolate: Coffee and chocolate lovers will adore this. We were told this was the most popular flavour with their shoppers.

– Raspberry lotus truffle: Very refreshing. Not too sweet.

Most of us really liked the Cranberry cream cheese flavour. You taste the sweetness of the lotus paste and when you bite into it further, the sour taste of cranberry slowly kicks in…a perfect mixture of sweet and sour flavour. As for the classic melon seed lotus, it was melon seeds galore.

Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert B1-K12

Mini snow skin mooncake set. Top left: Green tea. Top right: Yam. Bottom left: Chocolate. Bottom right: Lotus seed paste with melon seeds. $28 for a box of 8pcs.

We absolutely love the green tea mooncake. There was a very nice fragrance to it. We can taste the yam flavour immediately as it was strong. The density of the yam paste made the flavour more intense and it was also very smooth. Yam tends to be a little sweet but this one was not. The chocolate one tasted more like a chocolate cake and the texture of the classic lotus seed paste one was soft and smooth.  

Emicakes B1-15

You either love this one or hate it. And we LOVE it! Now you know there are a lot of durian lovers at Tampines 1.

Crystal skin D24 durian snow skin mooncakes. $63.80 for a box of 4pcs.

We were brimming with delight as we savoured the luscious, creamy durian filling enveloped in a delectable snow skin. The smell was simply irresistable for any durian lover. We were told that for durian snow skin mooncakes, we would need to put them in the fridge within one hour of purchasing it to maintain its quality. We had to try this one last so as not to overwhelm our taste buds! :p 

Besides the quality and taste of the mooncakes, what we also noticed was that the mooncakes came in very pretty and fancy packaging. Makes for very lovely gifts to family and friends!

Bakerzin’s box came with a presentable classic chinese bow.
The box has 4 little drawers which you can reuse it as a storage container for jewellery and little knick knacks. How thoughtful!
 
 
Put your hands up if you like cutsey things! The mini snow skin mooncakes were inside this pretty pink rabbit casing. Swweeet!
Emicakes box with a pretty lady
Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert

I personally prefer traditional baked mooncakes to snow skin mooncakes. I don’t know about you, but Mid-Autumn Festival is all about having a traditional baked mooncake with a pot of Chinese tea. Snow skin mooncakes are nice, but to me they can’t replace the traditional baked mooncake with a single yolk and white lotus paste.
 
Sure, I don’t mind trying out samples of the new exotic flavours at the various mooncake fairs, but if I am buying them as gifts,  I will stick with the traditional baked mooncakes and some of the more popular snow skin mooncakes.

Some people like traditional mooncakes, while others prefer snow skin mooncakes. No matter what is your preference, I hope you are enjoying them with your loved ones. Have a happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Love, Tampines 1

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