[Updated as of 15 September 2020]
Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, and this year, it will fall on the 1st of October. Mid-Autumn Festival is notable all around Asia. You must be familiar with people carrying around lit lanterns during the festival. And of course, when we heard about the Mid-Autumn Festival, we know it is the season for mooncake too! For those who are not familiar with mooncakes, it is a round pastry filled with either red bean or lotus paste. Traditional mooncakes may also contain salted eggs. Today, you may not only find traditional mooncakes but you can see various flavors available from different vendors such as chocolate, green tea, and even durian.
Even though we are not celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, there is always no harm to learn about another culture. Most of the time, the best part is to try the food! Worrying that you couldn't try any mooncakes because they are not Halal? Fret not because some vendors offer certified Halal mooncakes and you can go all crazy with the variety of flavors. As the Mid-Autumn Festival is approaching very soon, we have you covered on the 8 best Halal mooncakes you can find around Singapore.
Image Credit: THREESACROWD Cafe
You might be familiar with this quaint cafe tucked in the heartlands of Tampines. Known for their Leegacy Ice Cream selections, delicious cakes and waffles, they are now adding Mooncakes on their list! Flavors include the favorites like Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncakes to Mango Chocolat and Tropical Cheesecake, these offerings are definitely a different take on what Mooncakes traditionally taste like. The idea of ice cream filled snowskin mooncakes slowly melting in your mouth makes it more than worthy for you to give them a try!
Pre-order ends on 25th September and the Collection period for these mooncakes are from 5th September to 4th October.
Prices: Box of 2: Ice Cream Mooncakes from $36
Image Credit: Bread Garden
Bread Garden is a Halal-certified bakery with four branches available in Singapore. You may find snacks and desserts like buns, cookies, and cakes to name a few. Bread Garden caters to special occasions like birthday cakes or wedding cakes also not to forget festive desserts like pineapple tarts and mooncakes.
Bread Garden offers both traditional baked skin and snow skin mooncakes. With various flavors available, I’m sure you will be spoilt for choices. One of the mooncakes lists that caught my eyes is the MSW Durian, a snow skin mooncake with creamy Mao Shan Wang (MSW) durian filling. It’ll definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. You may also find flavors like Royal Milk Tea, a flavor for all boba milk tea lovers, and Lychee Roselia. If you feel that the outlets are inconvenient for you, fret not because delivery is available for your online order. So, add all those mooncakes into your cart and check them out!
Prices: Single baked skin mooncake starting from $9.50 | Single snow skin mooncake starting from $11 | Box set starting from $39
Image Credit: Four Seasons Durian
If you are looking for all flavors durian, then you can never go wrong at Four Seasons Durian. At Four Seasons Durian, you can find every pastry infused with Durian, ranging from cakes to bread. Of course, their mooncakes are not being left out from Durian flavors.
The mooncakes at Four Seasons Durian are only available in snow skin. Either you choose between the D24 Durian or the Mao Shan Wang / MSW Durian, I am sure you will enjoy the rich and creamy flavor of the mooncake. Unfortunately, they don't come in a single piece. But the best thing is that you can get it delivered upon placing an order online.
Prices: Set starting from $60
Image Credit: Eatzi Gourmet Bakery
Eatzi Gourmet Bakery is another Halal certified bakery that made it to our list. It was used to be known as Jack's Cake House before obtaining Halal certificate. Eatzi Gourmet Bakery specialized in customized cake and dessert tables for all sorts of occasions.
Eatzi Gourmet Bakery offers mooncakes of traditional baked skin. They have 3 varieties of white lotus paste fillings; Single yolk, double yolk, and macadamia nuts. You can never go wrong with the simplicity flavors offered. Similar to any other vendors up in this list, you can place the order online, and either opt for self-pickup or have it delivered to your place.
Prices: Single pieces starting from $9.35 | Box set starting from $18.28
Image Credit: Primadeli
Primadeli is a bakery that might not be foreign to any of us. With several outlets available all around the island, I am sure it is easy to spot one near you.
Primadeli mooncakes are known for their contemporary flavors. They housed both traditional baked and snow skin mooncakes. Their snow skin mooncakes are very attractive and colorful, offering new flavors this year like Peach Cranberry and Apple Cheese. There is a minimum order requirement for their home delivery. So, if you happened to stumble upon a Primadeli branch, don't forget to get your mooncake craving fix!
Prices: Box set starting from $51.80
Image Credit: Swensen's
Did someone say ice cream mooncakes? Probably the odd one out of the list, Swensen's offered mochi snow skin mooncakes with a variety of ice cream fillings. With 7 different flavors made available, these ice cream mooncakes will transport you to a whole new world from your normal traditional mooncakes.
Each box of ice cream mooncakes contains 4 flavors. You may choose to get the preset box set or customized your own flavors. One of its flavors, Kueh Salat is inspired by a Southeast Asia dessert of coconut and pandan flavors. You might want to give the grapefruit flavor a try for a different experience. You may opt for delivery or self-pickup at your desired store upon checking for its availability.
Prices: Box set starting from $39.80
Image Credit: Yu-Ai Confectionery
If you are not in the rush to get your mooncake craving fix, check out Yu-Ai Confectionery. It is one of the leading brands in Malaysia and is certified Halal by JAKIM. They are well known for mooncakes when the Mid-Autumn festival is approaching.
Yu-Ai Confectionery mooncakes are known for some of its less sweet mooncakes. Their official website featured all sorts of mooncakes, but alas, we could only dream about trying their lava mooncakes and snow skin mooncakes (as products are not feasible for overseas delivery.) Even so, you can still try their traditional baked skin mooncakes and the available flavors are vast too! I'm sure you will enjoy their Less Sweet Pure Lotus or their Less Sugar Pandan Sugar mooncakes. As their official website doesn't cater to online ordering, you may head down to Shopee to order them through a seller. It will definitely worth the wait!
Prices: Single piece starting from $9.27
Delivery rate around $1.70
Website | Shopee
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From its name, you must have figured that it is another Durian paste mooncakes and you are right! Duria is one of the leading manufacturers in producing Durian products. Having said so, you should definitely try their mooncake offerings.
Nothing can beat the creamy and thick filling of the MSW Durian puree in a snow skin mooncake. You can either go for the authentic MSW Durian flavor or try their Pandan MSW flavor. Do take note that only certain products are certified Halal. Therefore, do check from time to time when you want to purchase them online. Here's one of the local Shopee sellers that you can get the mooncake from.
Prices: Box set at $48 (Self-pickup)
Image Credit: Instagram
If you want to try something new this year and something special, how about baking your own mooncake? It may sound troublesome but it is something fun to do with the families and kids at home amidst this pandemic time.
Each Mooncake Kit comes with everything essential to bake a mooncake. It also comes with a handy instruction manual for you to follow through. Once you get the hang of it, who knows you might want to try some other flavors and experiment more to create the best flavors! If this is enticing for you, you may find Chang'e's DIY Mooncake kit on Instagram at @changemooncake.
Prices: Kit set at $20.80
There you have it! 9 of the best Halal mooncakes that you can find around you. One of the best ways to enjoy mooncakes is with a cup of piping hot tea. But nothing can beat enjoying them with families and friends, spreading joy, and spending some quality time with them!
*Disclaimer: Please check on the halal status of the food when buying through reseller apps such as Carousell and Shopee. Information was correct at the time of writing.
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