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Sep 25, 2012 12:28 PM

Best Mooncake in Singapore

I understand that Fullerton's mooncake is highly recommended. Are there others out there to hand carry back to Canada?
Nothing exotic like durian mooncake! Will be going to Ngee Ann City basement to check it out, but there are so many of them.
Any lead will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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  1. Can you bring foodstuff, e.g. mooncakes that contain duck's eggyolks into Canada without them being confiscated by customs at the airport?

    It's never easy to recommend the best mooncakes - I think I'd mentioned in another thread that mooncakes are seasonal and, oftentimes, the bakers/chefs may have moved on to another place in the intervening period. So, the best spots for mooncakes last year may *not* be the same ones this year.

    For example - I usually buy Raffles Hotel's mooncakes every year. This year, I bought a box but found the mooncakes much too sweet for my taste. Not as good as the ones I had in recent years.

    Another old fave of mine are the ones from Li Bai Restaurant, Sheraton Towers Hotel - I always found their lotuspaste mooncakes have perfect texture, balance of flavors and the right amount of "oiliness". I'd not been back to Li Bai this year, however, as I'm currently based in KL and am only back in Singapore for a weekend or two each month.

    Mooncakes are also high-carb, high sugar food items, so woe betides anyone trying to do a taste-test of a dozen or so places within the limited time they are available.

    That said, we're lucky that some Singapore publications have taken it upon themselves to marshall their troupe of food-tasters and journalists to go round trying the various brands and report back to us would-be consumers. One example is Wine & Dine, one of Singapore's oldest and most established food magazine. Their list of choice recommendations this year included:
    1. White lotus paste with custard and hazelnuts mooncakes from Hua Ting (one of Singapore's premier Cantonese restaurants), Millennium Orchard Hotel.
    2. Snowskin custard with bird's nest mooncakes, baked mooncakes with assorted nuts & XO sauce filling, and baked mooncakes with infused milk tea and coffee-flavored lotus paste, all from Jiang-Nan Chun, Four Seasons Hotel.
    3. Mooncakes with Sea Salt Caramel Truffle, Mung Bean with Coconut Truffle, Kopi "O" Truffle, Champagne Truffle, Lychee Martini Truffle and Black Sesame Yuzu Truffle fillings from Grand Hyatt Singapore.
    4. Snowskin mooncakes with chestnut & Baliey's Irish cream, Green Tea paste with sake, Yuan Yang chestnut paste and Dried longan paste fillings from Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel.
    5. Baked mooncakes with roasted pine nuts in lotus paste, mini-snowskin pandan with macadamia nuts filling, and the "fun" Angry Birds mooncakes ;-)
    6. Snowskin mooncakes with blueberry cheese filling, baked mooncakes with chicken "bak kwa" (dried, barbecued, caramelised chicken jerky) with assorted nuts in lotus paste, snowskin mooncakes with Peach & Choya Praline filling, and Rich Chocolate and LotusPaste with Whisky Praline mooncakes from Marriott Hotel.
    7. Lavender macadamia white lotus snowskin mooncakes, Osmanthus white lotus paste snowskin, and Orange Lotus with Wintermelon snowskin mooncakes from the Fullerton Hotel (I've left out their durian mooncakes here as you'd indicated you're not interested)
    8. Mooncakes with cranberry yoghurt filling, roasted sweet potatoes & yam filling, and Oreo chocolate with pistachios filling from Tung Lok restaurant chain (also have durian ones)
    9. Baked mooncakes with lotus paste filling augmented by various types of Chinese herbs (kumquat, wolfberries, etc.) from Eu Yan Sang, Singapore's premier Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) chain of medical stores. They are good.
    and many, many more.

    I'd also recommend that you check out the mooncakes by the Crystal Jade Group of Restaurants, Imperial Treasure Group of Restaurants and Taste Paradise - they normally set very high standards for Cantonese fare, including their seasonal mooncakes.

    Do your mooncake tasting at Ngee Ann City's Basement 2 atrium. Remember - it all ends this Sunday, 30 Sep.

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    1. re: klyeoh

      Thank you for taking the time to share your extensive experience of mooncakes available in Singapore. It is very much appreciated.
      They certainly are high carb/sugar, but it is once a year of indulgence.

      I have heard of extreme custom regulation of egg yoke mooncake into Australia,but have so far,not encountered Canada custom problem in the past. They will be hand carried together with Begawan Solo cakes.

      Usual preference is for traditional mooncake w/without yoke, but will certainly attempt those with other fillings from your list, which I believe may be unique to Singaporean taste.

    2. Also check out this website, where the Singapore Press Holdings' food journalists brought together their list for 2012:

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        1. re: towkay

          Most welcome - do let us know which brand you eventually went for.

          BTW, #5 Angry Mooncakes on my 1st post above is from the Fairmont Hotel Singapore (City Hall MRT).

          Also, have you tried Subway Niche's Nyonya cakes? They taste better than Bengawan Solo's, IMO. The closest outlet to Ngee Ann City is at Wisma Atria.

          1. re: klyeoh

            I agree with you totally re: Subway Niche's Nyonya cakes vs Bengawan Solo, although their selection is somewhat. limited. Whatever I cannot find in Subway, I will make my way to Bengawan Solo at Takashima for the rest.
            The kueh lapis from Bengawan is pretty good though. Flavourful and not too sweet!
            Thanks for the confirmation re: Subway.