Mid-Autumn Festival 2020: Moon Over These 10 Mooncake And Tea Pairings

Mid-Autumn Festival 2020: Moon Over These 10 Mooncake And Tea Pairings

The art of Shang Yue (moon viewing) gets an upgrade with these intriguing mooncake and tea pairings

It comes as no surprise that food-obsessed Singapore is home to a multitude of mooncakes, ranging from the traditional to modern renditions with curious ingredients in some of the most elaborate gift boxes to grace our Mid-Autumn festivities. This year is no different, and we’re pairing these intriguing mooncakes with equally tantalising teas that’ll impress even Chang’e.

1. Peony Jade Flaky Teochew Orh-ni Mooncake (with Supreme Grade Tie Guan Yin by Tea Chapter)

Photo: Peony Jade

The ever-popular Original Ex-Crown Prince Hotel's Flaky Teochew Orh-ni Mooncakes by Peony Jade (from $68.40/Box of 4) returns with an upgrade. Joining the buttery pastry shell, salty yolks and velvety yam paste is the candy-like sweetness of premium golden pumpkin. 

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Photo: Tea Chapter

And it'll pair beautifully with a floral Tie Guan Yin (from $35/50g). Lightly fermented with an alluring aroma of Chinese orchids, Tea Chapter offers a pleasant brew sourced from Anxi Country, Fujian.

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2. RWS' Feng Shui Inn Health Herbal Snowskin Mooncakes (with Oolong-Ginseng Tea by Infusion-de-vie)

Photo: RWS' Feng Shui Inn

Throw your preconceived notions that mooncakes are merely calorie-heavy treats out the window. Feng Shui Inn head chef Li Kwok Kwong and Resorts World Sentosa's Executive Pastry Chef Kenny Kong have joined hands for a series of Premium Snow Skin Mooncakes ($98/box of 6) teeming with traditional Chinese Herbs. Highlights include the Rose Lingzhi Spores with Longan that’s said to give a much-needed boost to your immunity and the Matcha with Tangerine Peel with a salted 15-year-old tangerine cream sauce for soothing throats.

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Photo: Infusion-de-vie

In the same vein is organic tea brand Infusion-de-vie’s Regenerate ($39/10 sachets), an aromatic blend of wood-roasted Taiwan High-mountain Oolong Tea, ginseng and sun-baked goji berries.

Related: 9 Tea Essentials for a Tea-rific Time this Mid-Autumn

3. The Lapis Place Fantasy Dreams Snowskin Mooncakes (with Rooibos Coba Cabana Tea by Gryphon Tea Company) 

Photo: The Lapis Place

Presenting an unlikely contender is The Lapis Place’s aptly named Fantasy Dreams of Kueh Lapis snowskin mooncakes ($46/box of 2, $88/box of 4). Most striking is the Rainbow Lapis Snow Skin Mooncake, where the pastel rainbow exterior is matched by an equally Insta-worthy rainbow lapis cake, but fans of their usual offerings will adore the Earl Grey, Pandan and Cempaedak flavours. 

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Photo: Gryphon Tea Company

The buttery treat is best enjoyed with a fruity yet herbaceous Gryphon Coba Cabana featuring South African Bush tea a.k.a. Rooibos. Bonus: It’s also caffeine-free.

4. Healthier Madame Fan Baked Selections (with Jasmine Lemon Bi Luo Chun Tea by A.muse Projects)

Photo: Madame Fan

Seeking to impress? Look no further than the gorgeous baked mooncakes by Madame Fan. On top of perennial favourites of the Pu Er Tea with Chia Seeds ($76/box of 4) and the Premium Mixed Nuts ($78/box of 4), they’ve debuted a tropical Single Yolk Lychee Lotus Paste ($80/box of 4 or $$78/Medley of 4). 

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Photo: A.muse Projects

Not only is it one of Madame Fan’s low sugar options, the delightful treat goes swimmingly with the mildly citrusy and floral A.muse Projects Lemon Jasmine Bi Luo Chun (from$16/30g) featuring the rare young tea buds and leaves from Dongding Mountains.

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5. Royal Durian Mao Shan Wang Snowskin Mooncake (with Imperial Pu Er by Yixing Yuan Tea House)

Photo: Wan Hao, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Not all durian mooncakes are created equal. This one, created by self-proclaimed Mao Shan Wang specialists and in collaboration with Wan Hao at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, rises above with some of the finest Mao Shan Wang durian puree encased in a soft snow skin ($118/box of 8). Every durian comes from mature trees that have spent years on the highlands of Malaysia, which are hand-picked, hand-peeled and hand-selected within 24 hours for these golden nuggets. 

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Photo: Yixing Yuan Tea House 

With its rich, bittersweet flavour, these mooncakes find a worthy accompaniment in Yixing Yuan Tea House Imperial Pu Er ($50), an earthy aged tea from 2007, with the added benefits of easing digestion.

Related: 9 Tea Essentials for a Tea-rific Time this Mid-Autumn

6. Mdm Ling Cookie-Inspired Hae Bee Hiam Teochew Thousand-layer Spiral Mooncakes (with Red Alishan Zhulu Tea by The Teh Company)

Photo: Mdm Ling

You know Mdm Ling for her fluffy red bean buns but this Mid-Autumn sees a series of baked mooncakes including the savoury Cookie-Inspired Hae Bee Hiam Teochew Thousand-layer Spiral Mooncakes ($28/2, $56/4). Homemade dried shrimp chilli that’s spicy, salty and a little sour is matched with lotus paste cased within a flaky, baked pastry made using a secret recipe only privy to Mdm Ling herself. 

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This addictive mooncake stands on its own but a sip of The Teh Company Red single origin (Shihjhuo Township, Alishan) Alishan Zhulu’s ($25/10 teabags) delightful floral and pleasant honey notes makes for the perfect moon viewing party.

7. Awfully Chocolate Chocolate Truffle Mooncakes (with Seminole Chai Yaupon Holly by Yaupon Brothers)

Photo: Awfully Chocolate

Homegrown peddler of all things chocolate joins the fray with their gorgeous Chocolate Truffle Mooncakes encased within a handcrafted wooden chest ($88/box of 8). Get ready for a hefty endorphin rush as you indulge in the four exquisite flavours: Chocolate Autumn Berries, Matcha Dark Chocolate, Caramel Calamansi and, a personal favourite, Dark Milk Espresso. 

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Photo: Yaupon Brothers

While it goes perfectly well with most black teas, we suggest the spiced Seminole Chai Yaupon by Yaupon Brothers ($16.50/12 sachets) boasting a native american tea base, Yaupon Holly, that’s chock full of antioxidants.  

8. Regent Singapore Alcoholic Macapuno Snowskin Mooncake (with Himalayan Moondrop Black Tea by Pekoe & Imp)

Photo: The Regent

What makes Regent Singapore’s Macapuno snowskin mooncake ($80/box of 8) so different from the others is its unique collaboration with head bartender Sophie Kang of Manhattan. Living up to its name of rank number 3 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, it’s a tropical cocktail in a bite with its combination of Plantation Rum, spiced coconut and yuzu. 

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Pekoe & Imp Himalayan Moondrop is a delicate partly oxidised black tea that comes with soft floral and biscuit notes that will let the intriguing alcoholic Macapuno shine.

Related: 9 Tea Essentials for a Tea-rific Time this Mid-Autumn

9. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore Assorted Baked Mooncakes (with Green Tea Flamingo by Chawan)

Photo: Ritz-Carlton

When it comes to the classics, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore hardly disappoints. Satisfying palates once again with their Assorted Baked Mooncakes in traditional flavours of White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolk ($84/box of 4) and White Lotus Seed Paste ($74/box of 4), it’s the luxe red box that doubles as a stationary storage that has our attention. Fully equipped with magnetic flaps, a desk calendar, photo frame and even a three slow pen holder, it makes the perfect set up for crafting up your next Li Bai-inspired masterpiece. 

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Photo: Chawan

A recommended pairing is the Green Flamingo blend from Chawan that perfumes senses with its lychee and honey-like notes.

10. Marina Bay Sands Chocolate-covered Mooncakes (with Oolong Narcissus Cold Brew Tea by Niangteasg)

Photo: MBS

Pushing the limits of moon “cake”, Marina Bay Sands doles out two Chocolate-covered gems ($48/box of 4) for modern palates. In a luscious purple is the Sweet Potato mooncake that marries Japanese purple sweet potato, pandan coconut ganache and a dark chocolate shell and the  gold flakes-embellished Black Sesame with hōjicha crémeux, banana biscuit and black sesame lotus paste. 

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Photo: Niangteasg

Both make an ideal pairing with Niangteasg’s range of cold brew teas, particularly the Narcissus Oolong ($5) with a hint of smoke, umami and a dry finish from tannins.

Related: 9 Tea Essentials for a Tea-rific Time this Mid-Autumn

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