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Mooning over mooncakes

This story was first published in The Sunday Times on Aug 25, 2013

Every year, restaurants, bakeries and hotels try to outdo themselves when mooncake season comes round.

Last year, Angry Birds parachuted their way into the mooncakes sphere with fondant covered pastries. This year, diners can buy cheeky baked mooncakes in the shape of perky human buttocks - sexy thong included. Hello Kitty fans will go gaga over Hello Kitty-imprinted mooncakes from BreadTalk.

Or tuck into everything from fruit-based mooncakes filled with pink guava, avocado and passionfruit to ones that taste of milk tea. There are also alcoholic ones with vodka, Irish cream and sake chocolate-truffle centres; savoury mooncakes of lotus paste with Nonya dumpling sweet-braised meat; as well as giant 12cm mooncakes filled with luscious durian pulp.

The pastry is eaten in celebration of the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. Legend has it that mooncakes were used to pass along secret messages to start a rebellion in China under the rule of the Mongols. The mooncakes were embedded with letters, while the patterns on the surface of the pastry also served as coded messages.

The festival will be celebrated on Sept 19 this year.

Behind the buttock mooncakes is lifestyle store Goods Of Desire, a Hong Kong offshoot located at The Central. Its owner Douglas Young, 47, says, the mooncake is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the 15th day of the eighth month, which in Cantonese is slang for buttocks. He adds: "Similarly, in English, to 'moon' someone means showing them your backside. It's a fun play on words. We are all about taking something traditional and giving it a modern twist."

Mooncake sellers say they create new flavours to keep abreast of competition as well as to entice new and younger customers.

Indeed, competition is stiff.

Despite that, there are at least four new entrants selling their versions of the pastries this year. They include Laurent Bernard Chocolatier with outlets in Robertson Quay, Portsdown Road and Takashimaya Department Store; Au Chocolat at Marina Bay Sands; popular xiao long bao chain Din Tai Fung; and Heng Hwa restaurant chain Putien.

For example, Din Tai Fung will be rolling out baked mooncakes with Taiwan Songshan pineapple filling complemented with white lotus paste from Sept 1, while Laurent Bernard Chocolatier is offering chocolate-based mooncakes.

Mooncake sellers say sales this year have been brisk so far and are on a par with those in previous years.

Of the 20 restaurants, bakeries and hotels that SundayLife! spoke to, some also report increases in corporate sales of up to 15 per cent. Prices are also up by between 2 and 10 per cent this year due to rising costs of quality ingredients, sellers say.

While they up the ante each year with new creations, traditional baked mooncakes with lotus paste and salted egg yolks still remain popular, making up between 55 and 80 per cent of overall sales.

Diners say they enjoy the novelty of new flavours but will never tire of traditional versions. Madam C.K. Wong, 65, a retired secretary, says: "I always buy newly created snowskin mooncakes such as those with cheese or fruit for my grandchildren to try. For us older folk, we will taste what is new, but we will always go back to the favourites - wu ren (nuts and Chinese ham) and lotus paste with salted egg yolk."

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All mooncakes listed are available until Sept 19.

This story was first published in The Sunday Times on Aug 25, 2013

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TRADITIONALLY BAKED

TRUFFLE OIL AND BACON

What: Do not miss this savoury mooncake with bacon and the aroma of truffle oil permeating the white lotus paste and single egg yolk from Pine Garden's Cake. Other highlights include crispy skin white lotus paste filling with Nonya-style sweet braised pork; and red tea white lotus paste with fragrant roselle flowers and melon seeds.

Where: Pine Garden's Cake, Block 529 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, 01-2369/2329

Price: $14 a piece (truffle oil), $13 (roselle), $12.50 (nonya)

Info: Call 6457-6159 or order five days in advance online at www.pgcake.com/default.aspx

WALNUT TIRAMISU

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What: Bakery chain Delifrance launches baked mooncakes for the first time with six flavours. Unusual ones include white lotus with QQ milky green bean; mango lotus with diced mango; walnut tiramisu; and white chocolate with cranberry paste.

Where: Available until Sept 30 at selected Delifrance outlets, including Tampines Mall, United Square and Jurong Point.

Price: $10.70 a piece, $42.80 for a box of four

Info: Call 6874-9622 (9am to 6pm on weekdays only) or go to www.delifrance.com.sg

MIXED NUTS WITH IBERICO HAM

What: One of Li Bai restaurant's three new baked mooncakes include yellow lotus seed paste with black dates, dried longans and wolfberries; and green tea and black sesame infused lotus seed paste with melon seeds.

Where: Li Bai, Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road, lower lobby level, 11.30am to 10.30pm daily; lobby mooncake booth, 11am to 9.30pm daily; mooncake fairs at Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Junction 8 and Change Alley

Price: $57 for a box of four (yellow lotus paste and green tea), $60 for a box of four (Iberico ham)

Info: Call 6839-5636/ 5623 or e-mail mooncake.singapore@sheraton.com

BUTT MOONCAKE

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What: The four buttock designs from Goods Of Desire may amuse your guests this Mid-Autumn Festival. The single yolk mooncakes are made by famed Hong Kong bakery Mei-Xin Fine Goods.

Where: Goods Of Desire, The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, 02-08

Price: $14.50 each, $52 for a box of four

Info: E-mail Singapore@goodsofdesire.com

SUNNYHILLS

What: If you have eaten too much lotus paste, try SunnyHills' signature pineapple cakes for a change. Made with Japanese flour, New Zealand butter and organic pineapple and eggs, these cakes are not too sweet and go well with a cup of tea.

Where: SunnyHills store, Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road, 03-05; mooncake fair at Takashimaya Shopping Centre

Price: From $13.80 (box of five) to $50 (box of 20)

Info: Call 8522-9605 or go to www.sunnyhills.com.sg


GO FRUITY

Those who find the usual lotus paste and salted egg yolk mooncakes a little heavy might want to try fruit mooncakes instead.

Some are made with fruit purees and pulp that range from pink guava to blackberries, while others contain light lotus paste fillings blended with fruit. Think tangy mango-accented lotus paste.

Restaurants and hotels say they offer fruit mooncakes as an alternative for the more health conscious, as well as the younger, more adventurous crowd.

Several have opted to include passionfruit in their offerings this year for its refreshing tangy taste. It also complements other tropical fruit such as mango and pink guava.

GRANNY SMITH APPLE WITH LEMONGRASS CHOCOLATE

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What: The Regent Singapore has two fruity creations this year. One is made with Granny Smith apple puree blended with lotus paste, with a lemongrass-infused white chocolate centre.

The other, Very Berry, features red and black currants, Saskatoon berries, raisins and blueberries in tea-infused snowskin.

Where: Summer Palace, The Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, noon to 2.30pm, 6.30 to 10.30pm, daily; lobby booth at the hotel, 11.30am to 9pm daily; mooncake fairs at Takashimaya Shopping Centre and VivoCity

Price: $54+ for a box of eight mini mooncakesInfo: To order, call 6725-3239 or e-mail foodbeverage.rsn@fourseasons.com

PINK GUAVA WITH AVOCADO AND PASSIONFRUIT

What: The exotic fruit-based mooncake at Peony Jade is made with Malaysian pink guava, passionfruit from Israel and avocado from Australia. Other fruit ones here include the Power Berries Berries mooncake with mulberries, blueberries and blackberries. Both types of mooncakes do not contain lotus paste.

Where: Peony Jade, two outlets - 3A Clarke Quay, 02-02; Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Road, mezzanine level; mooncake fairs at Jurong Point, Takashimaya Shopping Centre and Bugis JunctionPrice: Pink guava mooncakes are priced at $52 for eight mini ones, while the Power Berries Berries mooncakes are priced at $55 for a box of eight mini onesInfo: Call 6659-4159, 6659-4918 or 6659-4161, or go to www.pjmooncake.com or www.peonyjade.com for online orders

SOURSOP AND CHOCOLATE CRUNCH

What: The mooncake is filled with fresh soursop pulp and crunchy chocolate pearls. Another tropical fruit option here is the tangy passionfruit and mango mooncake. These do not contain lotus paste.

Where: Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, 317 Outram Road; mooncake fairs at Jurong Point, VivoCity and IMM.

Price: $50 for a box of six mini mooncakes

Info: Call 6731-7173 or e-mail xin.sinhi@ihg.com to order

SUMMERY POMELO MOONCAKE IN MANGO SNOWSKIN

ST 20130825 LIFPARADISEGROU 3805698

What: The Paradise Group has created four fruit flavours this year, including one with a pomelo paste. Other flavours include a strawberry snowskin mooncake filled with cranberry puree, a green apple variation and a citrusy orange mooncake with walnuts and almonds.

Where: Selected Paradise Group outlets including Paradise Inn at Bedok Point, tel: 6447-8083; KungFu Paradise at Bugis+, tel: 6884-7375; and Taste Paradise at Ion Orchard, tel: 6509-9660; mooncake fairs at Takashimaya Shopping Centre and VivoCity

Price: A box of four assorted flavours costs $24, while a box of eight costs $44

Info: Orders can be made online at www.paradise group.com.sg till Sept 16 for a minimum order of two boxes. Collect orders or purchase directly from selected Paradise Group outlets

PINK GUAVA WITH PASSIONFRUIT AND RAMBUTAN

What: This is Goodwood Park Hotel's newest flavour. It also offers other fruit-based mooncakes in flavours such as mango and pomelo, and cempedak. These mooncakes do not contain lotus paste.

Where: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road

Price: $54 for a box of four large mooncakes

Info: To order, call 6730-1867 or 6730-1868, 9am to 7pm (weekdays), 9am to 11pm (weekends). Orders can be made directly at the Deli between 9am and 9pm daily. To order online, go to festivepromotions. goodwoodparkhotel.com. The deadline for all orders is Sept13, 5pm

MIXED BERRIES SNOWSKIN MOONCAKE WITH STRAWBERRY PASTE

What: Yan Ting's Mixed Berries mooncakes is a good option for those who enjoy the sweet-tartness of berries blended in lotus paste.

Where: Yan Ting, The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, 10am to 10pm daily; there is also a booth in the hotel's lobby

Price: $66.80 for a box of eight mini mooncakes

Info: Call 6506-6887 or e-mail yanting@stregis.com

PASSIONFRUIT WITH STRAWBERRY

What: The Tutti Fruitti box of eight mini snowskin mooncakes comes in four flavours: passionfruit with strawberry; honeydew with tropical fruit; mango and apricot; and durian with chestnut. These are fruit-based and do not have lotus paste

Where: Tung Lok Group restaurants including Tung Lok Signatures at Orchard Parade Hotel, tel: 6834-0660; Tung Lok Xihe Peking Duck at The Grandstand, tel: 6466-3363; and Shin Yeh at Liang Court, tel:6338-733

Price: $52 for a box of eight assorted flavours

Info: For inquiries, call 9088-8008. For corporate and bulk orders, call 6337-2055 or e-mail banquet@tunglok.com. Go to www.tunglok.com


NOVEL TASTES

HELLO KITTY

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What: As part of the launch of its new Hello Kitty collection, BreadTalk will introduce mooncakes featuring the famous cat from Sept 7 to 19. The flavours are azuki milk and nuts; green tea apricot; chocolate walnut; and glutinous rice yam. They are presented in a collectible carrier.

Where: All BreadTalk outlets

Price: $25 for a box of four

Info: www.breadtalk.com.sg

PURPLE SWEET POTATO PASTE

What: Orchard Hotel's mini mooncakes have snowskin made with either pumpkin or beetroot, and comes plain or with chocolate truffle. Other flavours include custard with yolk and green tea twist with yolk.

Where: Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road, lobby level Mooncake Booth, noon to 8pm daily

Price: $8 (plain) or $9 (with chocolate) a piece, $56 (plain) or $64 (with chocolate) for a box of eight

Info: Call 6739-6577/6578 or e-mail f&breservation. ohs@millenniumhotels.com

RED BEAN PASTE WITH DICED ALMOND

What: Two new snowskin options at Shang Palace are red bean paste complemented with the crunch of diced almonds; and low-sugar purple sweet potato. Returning favourites in mini snowskin are durian paste and bird's nest with custard.

Where: Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road, lobby level; mooncake fairs at Takashimaya Shopping Centre and VivoCity

Price: $9 to $14 a piece, $60 to $88 for a box of eight

Info: Call 6213-4448/4473 or go to www.slsrewards.com.sg/mooncake2013

KAFFIR LIME

What: Two refreshing new flavours at Raffles Hotel are tangy kaffir lime and rum-soaked golden raisins. Where: Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Mooncake Booth, 9am to 8.30pm daily

Price: $64 for a box of eight

Info: Call 6412-1122 or e-mail raffleshotel.mooncake@raffles.com. Order online at www.raffleshotelmooncakes.com

MACARON MOONCAKES

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What: Patisserie chain Canele has replaced the egg yolk in mooncakes with a macaron instead. Flavours include cassis and chocolate; lemon; and green tea and pistachio. Where: Canele outlets at Paragon Shopping Centre, Plaza Singapura, Raffles City and Shaw Theatres Lido

Price: $48 for a box of eight or deluxe set with four mooncakes and four turrons

Info: www.canele.com.sg

PULOT HITAM

What: Inspired by the Peranakan dessert, this mooncake from InterContinental Singapore has a creamy centre of black glutinous rice pudding infused with gula melaka. It is part of a four-piece Snowskin Mooncake Combination with other flavours such as green tea paste with dragonball jasmine tea infused snowskin and sesame paste with white sesame seeds.

Where: Tea Hut, InterContinental Singapore, 9am to 9pm daily; mooncake fairs at Takashimaya Shopping Centre and VivoCity

Price: $53.80 for the Snowskin Mooncake Combination box of four mooncakes

Info: Call 6825-1008 (Tea Hut), 6820-8519/8520 or e-mail sinhb-festive@ihg.com

MANGOSTEEN RIND AND DURIAN PASTE

ST 20130825 LIFMANDMANGOSTE 3805847

What: The king and queen of fruit pair up in Cherry Garden's Imperial Treasure Mooncake, with mangosteen rind and durian paste. Other flavours include ginseng egg custard, lychee martini chocolate truffle and lotus paste with chocolate feuilletine.

Where: Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Level 5, Marina Square

Price: $62 to $64 for a box of eight

Info: Call 6885-3541 or e-mail mosin-mooncakes@mohg.com

WHITE COFFEE WITH RED BEAN PASTE

What: Hai Tien Lo executive chef Lai Tong Ping pairs red bean paste with white coffee. Other snowskin flavours are golden corn seaweed, guihua seaweed and oolong and chrysanthemum paste. Where: Hai Tien Lo, Level 3, and Pacific Marketplace, Level 1, Pan Pacific Singapore, 11am to 10pm daily

Price: $58 for a box of eight

Info: Call 6826-8240 or e-mail celebrate.sin@panpacific.com

GREEN TEA WITH SAKE TRUFFLE

What: For those who like alcohol-infused mooncakes, sink your teeth into green tea with sake truffle snowskin mooncakes from the Grand Hyatt. The collection also has a white lotus with XO truffle, yam with coconut truffle and black sesame yuzu truffle topped with a sprinkling of gold dust.

Where: The shop at mezza9, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, 11am to 11pm daily

Price: $62 for a box of eight

Info: Call 6887-5492 or e-mail theshop.sg@hyatt.com

CHEESECAKE MOONCAKES

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What: Au Chocolat puts the "cake" in mooncake with its cheesecake-based creations. Flavours include rum and raisin white lotus, pandan kaya and double salted yolk.

Where: Au Chocolat, Bay Level L1-03, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue

Price: $18 a cake or $68 for four

Info: Call 6688-7557

TEA INFUSED WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

What: Tea brand TWG's Longevity white tea-infused red snowskin mooncake is embellished with gold leaves and filled with white chocolate mousse, yuzu marmalade and crunchy chocolate pearls.

Where: All TWG Tea outlets including Ion Orchard, Marina Bay Sands and Republic Plaza

Price: $15 a piece, $52 for a box of four, $78 for two with Longevity Haute Couture Tea

Info: www.twgtea.com

STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE AND RASPBERRY

What: This berry combination is one of the new snowskin flavours at the Mandarin Orchard. Others include Dark Chocolate Sabayon with Crunchy Pearl, Mango Yoghurt Mousse and Black Sesame Paste and Custard.

Where: Mandarin Orchard, Level 1 Deli Counter, 333 Orchard Road, 11am to 9pm daily

Price: $58 for a box of eight

Info: Call 6831-6320/6262 or e-mail festivedesk.orchard@meritushotels.com. Order three days in advance

YUZU VODKA TRUFFLE

What: Featured in the Heavenly Collection at Bakerzin, the mooncake has a white chocolate truffle centre filled with a light cream infused with yuzu and vodka. The other highlight is the Irish Coffee Truffle Snowskin with a dark chocolate truffle filled with white and dark chocolate cream flavoured with whisky and coffee.

Where: Available at all Bakerzin outlets including Paragon and myVillage in Serangoon Gardens; and at mooncake fairs at Takashimaya Shopping Centre, nex@ Serangoon, VivoCity and Century Square

Price: $52 for a box of eight

Info: Orders can be placed online at www.bakerzin.com until Sept 15, 2pm

GOLD-LEAFED AMEDEI CHOCOLATE WITH AMARENA FABBRI AND GRAPPA

What: These mooncakes from The Regent Singapore are intensely flavoured with Amarena cherries from Italian company Fabbri and grappa, which is a traditional Italian brandy. A box of 10 mooncakes includes five Amedei Chocolate mooncakes and five vanilla-scented snowskin Bird's Nest With Custard mooncakes.

Where: Summer Palace, The Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, noon to 2.30pm, 6.30 to 10.30pm, daily; lobby booth at the hotel, 11.30am to 9pm daily; mooncake fairs at Takashimaya Shopping Centre and VivoCity.

Price: $88+ for a box of 10 mini mooncakes

Info: Call 6725-3239 or e-mail foodbeverage.rsn@fourseasons.com


MOONCAKE FAIRS

Till Sept 19

  • Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 10am to 9.30pm (Sundays to Thursdays), 10am to 10pm (Fridays and Saturdays)
  • Jurong Point, 10am to 10pm daily

Tuesday to Sept 19

  • VivoCity, 10am to 10pm daily

Sept 2 to 19

  • Change Alley, 10am to 6.30pm (weekdays), closed on weekends
  • Chevron House, Raffles Place, 11am to 6.30pm (weekdays), closed on weekends
  • nex@Serangoon, 10am to 10pm daily
  • Raffles X'Change, 10am to 7pm (weekdays), closed on weekends

Sept 2 to 18, 10am to 10pm daily

  • JCube, Parkway Parade, Lot One, IMM, Bugis Junction, Funan DigitaLife Mall, Junction 8, Tampines Mall

Sept 3 to 19

  • Jem, 10am to 10pm daily

Sept 4 to 18

  • Century Square, 10am to 10pm daily

Sept 6 to 18

Chinatown Point, 10am to 10pm daily


 FOR DURIAN LOVERS

Gone are the days when mooncakes filled with lush durian pulp were novel. The King of Fruit in mooncake form is now a common feature at Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations here.

But so popular are durian mooncakes that more hotels and other purveyors are entering the market with their versions of this snowskin delicacy.

This year, new durian mooncake entrants include Jiang-nan Chun at The Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, Yan Ting at The St Regis Singapore and Silk Road Restaurant at Amara Singapore hotel.

A spokesman for The Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, says: "We decided to introduce durian-flavoured mooncakes this year because we have had many requests for it. In addition, the durian season is the best at this time of year and after having sampled some durian, we found that the quality and flavour were of good standard, and therefore proceeded to create the mooncake."

Restaurants and hotels are opting for premium pulp from Mao Shan Wang to D24 durians.

Goodwood Park is offering mooncakes filled with D88, Red Prawn, Mao Shan Wang or D24 pulp. Peony Jade's durian mooncakes come with either Mao Shan Wang or Golden Phoenix durian pulp.

The flavours, colours and textures of durian flesh from different strains of durian range from creamy and bitter-sweet to thick and full-flavoured.

  • D88, MAO SHAN WANG, RED PRAWN, D24

GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL

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What: The hotel, popular for many of its durian pastries, has been offering durian mooncakes since the late 1980s. This year, it is offering durian mooncakes made with four different durian varieties - D88, Mao Shan Wang, Red Prawn and D24. The Premium Durian Snowskin Combo features four large mooncakes, each made with a different durian variety - D88, Red Prawn, Mao Shan Wang and Butter.

There is also the Durian Snowskin Twin Treasures set which comprises two 12cm mooncakes, one made with D88 and the other with Mao Shan Wang. Red Prawn, Mao Shan Wang and D24 durian mooncakes are also available.

Where: 22 Scotts Road

Price: Premium Durian Snowskin Combo is priced at $66 for a box of four large mooncakes; Durian Snowskin Twin Treasures is priced at $80 for a box of two 12cm mooncakes; Red Prawn - $37 for two large ones or $62 for four; Mao Shan Wang - $42 for two large ones or $72 for four; D24 - $35 for two large ones or $59 for four

Info: Call 6730-1867 or 6730-1868, 9am to 7pm (weekdays), 9am to 11pm (weekends). Orders can be made at the Deli between 9am and 9pm daily. Go to festivepromotions.goodwoodparkhotel.com to order online. Last orders must be made by Sept 13, 5pm

  • MAO SHAN WANG

SILK ROAD RESTAURANT

What: The restaurant is offering Mao Shan Wang durian mooncakes for the first time.

Where: Silk Road Restaurant, Level 2, Amara Singapore, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, 11.30am to 3pm, 6 to 10.30pm, daily; booth at 100 AM mall, Level 1, 100 Tras Street, 11am to 8pm daily

Price: $59 for eight mini mooncakes

Info: For orders or inquiries, call 6227-3848 or 6879-2655 or e-mail silkroad@amaraholdings.com

BAKERZIN

What: Mao Shan Wang durian snowskin mooncakes are part of Bakerzin's Divine Collection. Each mini mooncake is individually sealed.

Where: Available at all Bakerzin outlets

Price: $68 for a box of eight

Info: Orders can be placed online at www.bakerzin.com until Sept 15, 2pm

SINGAPORE MARRIOTT HOTEL

ST 20130825 LIFMARRIOTDURIA 3805813

What: The hotel has been offering durian mooncakes since 2002, but switched to offering mooncakes made specifically with Mao Shan Wang durian pulp two years ago.

Where: Forecourt Stall, at the entrance of Singapore Marriott Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, 11am to 9pm daily till Saturday and 10am to 10pm daily from Sept 1 to Sept 19. Also available at mooncake fairs at VivoCity, Jurong Point, IMM and Lot One.

Price: $64 for a box of eight or $9 each

Info: Call 6831-4708 or go to www.singaporemarriott.com/mooncakes

YAN TING

What: The Mao Shan Wang mooncakes are one of five new snowskin creations at the Cantonese restaurant.

Where: Yan Ting, The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road. There is also a booth in the hotel's lobby.

Price: $108 for a box of eight mooncakesInfo: Call 6506-6887 or e-mail yanting@stregis.com

  • MAO SHAN WANG AND GOLDEN PHOENIX

PEONY JADE

What: The restaurant has two durian mooncake variations this year - Mao Shan Wang durian mooncakes in organic pandan snowskin and mini Golden Phoenix durian mooncakes in bamboo ash snowskin.

Where: Peony Jade, two outlets - 3A Clarke Quay, 02-02; Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Road, mezzanine level, 11am to 9pm daily; mooncake fairs at Jurong Point, Takashimaya Shopping Centre and Bugis Junction.

Price: Mao Shan Wang - $42 for two large mooncakes, $74 for four; Golden Phoenix - $74 for eight mini mooncakes

Info: Call 6659-4159, 6659-4918, or 6659-4161, or go to www.pjmooncake.com or www.peonyjade.com to order online

  • D24

XIN CUISINE CHINESE RESTAURANT

What: The mini mooncakes, made with D24 durian pulp, are encased in a soft blue snowskin naturally coloured by blue pea flower.

Where: Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, 317 Outram Road; mooncake fairs at Jurong Point and VivoCity

Price: $50 for a box of six mini mooncakesInfo: For orders call 6731-7173 or e-mail xin.sinhi@ ihg.com

JIANG-NAN CHUN

What: This is the first time the Chinese restaurant is offering durian mooncakes. It has opted for ones made with the D24 variety because of its creamy texture and bitter-sweet flavour.

Where: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard; and Takashimaya Shopping Centre's mooncake fair

Price: $58 for a box of eight

Info: For orders, call 6831-7220 or e-mail jnc.sin@fourseasons.com

STRAITS CAFE

What: Here, you have the option of buying a box of four or eight mini snowskin mooncakes made with D24 durian pulp.

Where: Rendezvous Grand Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Road, lobby level, noon to 9pm daily

Price: $38 for a box of four and $58 for a box of eight

Info: Call 6335-1771/7 or go to www.rendezvoushotels.com

SUMMER PALACE

What: The D24 durian mooncake is one of the hotel-restaurant's signature offerings which it started selling in 2005.

Where: Summer Palace, The Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, noon to 2.30pm, 6.30 to 10.30pm, daily; lobby booth at the hotel, 11.30am to 9pm daily; mooncake fairs at Takashimaya Shopping Centre and VivoCity

Price: $59+ for a box of eight mini snowskins

Info: Call 6725-3239 or e-mail foodbeverage.rsn@fourseasons.com to order