This year, durian dessert purveyors Golden Moments is pushing the envelope with a mooncake set that jams all manner of luxuries into one single package — a mao shan wang truffle mooncake. In fact, it’s a truffle Russian doll with this one. There’s the prized fungi, which comes in three forms: fresh Australian black winter truffles, truffle paste, and oil. These go into a dark chocolate truffle, which is then nestled in a snowskin mooncake filled with fresh mao shan wang durian flesh. The result is a blissful but heady mix of potent flavours — so tread lightly. The luxury also hits other senses. Each mooncake is enrobed in four layers of gold foil and laid into a gift box that contains an actual three-gram, 999.9, 24K gold plate that you probably shouldn’t eat. The gift box also contains a teapot, teacups, and cutlery — all in everyone’s favourite glittering hue.
Baker’s Well has also gone the healthy route, with two limited edition flavours loaded with traditional Chinese ingredients that are said to have medicinal and nourishing properties. One’s a traditional baked mooncake filled with aged ginseng, subtly smoky red jujube, and wolfberries for a confection that boasts antioxidants instead of cholesterol-raising salted eggs. They’ve also got a snowskin mooncake with ginsend and delicate, collagen-rich peach gum that’s been double-boiled.
This one’s for the durian fans. Home’s Favourite is offering snowskin mooncakes filled with flesh from specific durian cultivars. Choices range from the popular Red Prawn and Black Gold Mao Shan Wang to the lesser-known premium varieties like Hulu King. While getting mooncakes of your choice of durian clones is already uncommon enough, they’ve even got a fruit that’s been bred exclusive to them: the HF88, which is described to boast a “fresh sweetness”. All their mooncakes are filled with pure durian flesh, which undergo a proprietary cold-pasteurisation process that preserves the fruit’s original flavour.
For something a little more healthful — and equally indulgent — Shangri-la Singapore is offering mooncakes stuffed with nourishing bird’s nest. Said to boost immunity, and help with complexion, swiftlet nest is a prized ingredient in Chinese cooking. Here, its thoroughly cleaned before being cooked simply in rock sugar syrup. Each mini-mooncake contains about 5 grams of bird’s nest, which is paired with smooth, creamy custard. For the best possible experience, gently heat the confections in an oven before consuming for a warm, Mid-Autumn hug from the inside.
The Mini Baked Custard with Bird’s Nest is available for retail only directly from Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore or in Ngee Ann City, during their Mid-Autumn Festival