This Mid-Autumn Festival, Marina Bay Sands reimagines the traditional mooncake to present four novel delights by Executive Pastry Chef Antonio Benites. Available for pre-orders from now, Marina Bay Sands Mooncakes 2020 are inspired by the evolving interpretations of the festive treat, combining the creative artistry of classic French pastry-making with nostalgic oriental flavours.
Chef Antonio, who brings with him 20 years of experience in the art of pastry-making, has injected new and lighter textures in this year’s mooncakes through four unique renditions – Baked Cempedak Mooncake, Baked Azuki Mooncake, Chocolate-covered Sweet Potato Mooncake and Chocolate-covered Black Sesame Mooncake.
This year’s mooncakes come in a set of four and are presented in a sleek and lightweight box designed with sustainability in mind. Each mooncake is individually packed and placed in an elegant four-tiered royal purple box adorned with subtle golden lotus motifs. The box also comes with a ring handle, omitting the use of any additional plastic carrier, which makes it ideal for gifting to corporate clients, friends and family.
“Our belief is that mooncake packaging does not have to come at a huge cost to the environment. This is why we re-imagined this year’s boxes to feature a minimalist yet functional design, ensuring that packaging waste is kept to a minimum. We have also taken extra care to source high-quality Forest Stewardship Council® Mix certified paper made from recycled fibres and virgin pulp from responsibly managed forests for the boxes. This is all done without compromising on quality or food safety,” said Kevin Teng, Executive Director of Sustainability, Marina Bay Sands.
Enveloped in a buttery puff pastry, the baked mooncakes marry the crumbly textures of Western pies with oriental flavours reminiscent of traditional mooncakes. The Baked Cempedak Mooncake features a superior blend of cempedak, an indigenous tropical fruit species similar to the jackfruit, but juicier when ripe. Its nectarous aroma is complemented by a light almond paste with a salted egg yolk centre, nestled in golden puff pastry. For a familiar taste, enjoy the Baked Azuki Mooncake with the classic filling of mashed red beans lifted with sweet almond paste. These treats are baked fresh daily, best stored in an air-conditioned environment and consumed within 24 hours.
For the first time, Marina Bay Sands will be introducing two indulgent flavours of chocolate shell mooncakes. Each delicate chocolate gem is a multi-layered treat encased in a brittle, dark chocolate shell. The Chocolate-covered Sweet Potato Mooncake is composed with three complementary flavours and textures – smooth pandan coconut ganache, velvety Japanese purple sweet potato lotus paste, and a Japanese purple sweet potato roll biscuit base. The treat is cradled in a delicate Guanaja 70% bittersweet dark chocolate shell, speckled with golden flakes for a touch of festivity.
Also new this year is the Chocolate-covered Black Sesame Mooncake, boasting a powerful flavour combination of nutty black sesame with aromatic hōjicha. Encased in an Araguani 72% dark chocolate shell and adorned with a gold embossment of the Chinese character Fú (福) to symbolise good fortune, the top layer of creamy black sesame mousse and buttery banana biscuit base provide good contrast against the rich black sesame lotus paste and hōjicha crémeux for an exceptional mouthfeel. Guests are advised to refrigerate the chocolate shell mooncakes within an hour and to consume them within five days.
From now until 6 September, you can pre-order mooncakes online and enjoy a 25 per cent early-bird discount, while Sands Rewards LifeStyle members can enjoy an additional 20 per cent earnings. A box of four mooncakes is priced at S$48 nett and available in three different combinations.
From 7 September to 1 October, the mooncakes will be available for collection and in-store purchase at Origin + Bloom, located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel Lobby Tower 3. Folks who are walking in can also purchase an individual mooncake at S$12 nett each. During this period, Sands Rewards LifeStyle members can enjoy a 20 per cent discount, along with 10 per cent earnings. Bulk order discounts are also available for orders of more than 50 boxes. For more details, please visit www.marinabaysands.com/mooncake
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