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21 Funky Mooncake Flavours You Probably Didn't Know About (And Now Must Try)

There's a mooncake for everyone. Pick one!

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Over the years, mooncake flavours have evolved from the traditional red bean and lotus seed paste with the optional salted duck egg yolks...

... to mooncakes with fruity flavours like these:

Pineapple, lemongrass and dark cherry snowskin

The pineapple puree is delicately infused with lemongrass and a macerated dark cherry sits snugly in the middle, adding intensity to the flavour and texture to each bite.

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Lychee with lime marshmallow in snowskin

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The lychee with lime marshmallow in snowskin mooncake. This tropical flavour combines the zest of limes with the sweetness of lychee purée and chewy lychee bits. A highly refreshing combo.

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Pink guava with passion fruit and rambutan

A fine refreshing balance of sweet and tangy flavours, which comes with unique natural taste of the pink guava, as well as rambutan bits for bite.

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Banana passion snowskin mooncakes

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This tropical creation features banana and passion fruit in a smooth chocolate truffle, which is nestled within creamy white lotus paste and tender snowskin.

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We think the king of fruits, durian, is emerging on the top of the most-produced mooncake flavour list:

Peranakan durian snowskin mooncake

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The durian filling is pillowed in a purplish blue skin – naturally coloured using Blue Pea flower.

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Black thorn durian snowskin

The black thorn durian is considered to be one of the most premium varietals and boasts of creamy, intense bitter-sweet flesh. Encased in a gold-dusted black charcoal snowskin, this star will captivate the hearts of durian lovers!

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Durian and jackfruit mooncake

Tropical Royals, a unique duo of baked mooncakes featuring two tropical fruits known for their distinctive flavours. Sold as a pair, one mooncake is made with a blend of pure D24 durian pulp and white lotus seed paste, while the other showcases juicy jackfruit bits within the white lotus seed paste which also adds texture.

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Durian paste with truffle snowskin

Using only fresh Musang King durians and quality black truffles.

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Mangosteen rind and durian paste mooncake

This unique flavour mooncake made from durian and mangosteen will send you to heaven. The captivating flavours of the durian filling are encased in the dainty pink mangosteen snow skin, forming the perfect marriage between the king and queen of tropical fruits. Each bite is aromatic and refreshing and you will surely crave for more.

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But since fruity flavours are quite common now, people are coming out with more new flavours. Like how blueberry cheese is no longer just a flavour for cakes.

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With the sweet and smooth cream cheese paste enveloping the refreshing blueberry jam that is placed in the centre of this handcrafted snowskin mooncake, this perfect combination akin to the mouthwatering blueberry cheesecake is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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There's even this French-inspired cheesy mooncake

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Sink watering mouths into these French-inspired spins on classic Chinese festive desserts. With Cheese, a Roman Time Bread forms the crust of a densely packed filling made of silky cream cheese and granulated sugar.

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Fancy some ice cream mooncake?

Cempedak is the star of this creation. The distinct flavor of the cempedak blends perfectly with cream to create an unbelievably smooth and aromatic ice cream, with a slight fruity twist – a divine combination that will leave you wanting more.

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For those who love mooncakes with a hint of liqueur:

Within the Chocolate Royal Liqueur Truffle Mooncake is the full-bodied liqueur and delightfully sweet chocolate paste, which complements each other flawlessly with a marriage of enticing aromas and bittersweet flavours. The divine chocolate melts in your mouth with a hint of liqueur with every bites.

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There's also this mooncake that happens to be a mochi too..

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The mochi-like texture conceals the sweet pleasure cake within in this mooncake variant. You’ll taste layers of sweet Valrhona chocolate, hazelnut praline, followed by the pailleté feuilletine base (French-style biscuit flakes) which gives it that lovely crunch.

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If you're feeling rich, you can even get this mooncake stuffed with bird's nest and there's even edible gold on it

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Apart from the edible gold foil decoration, it boasts a complete strand of bird's nest embedded within the custard paste. You can really taste the bird's nest texture. The custard paste is light, not too sweet. Real almond milk is used for the snow skin, giving it that strong nutty aroma.

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What about a mooncake with... sambal?

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The savoury, slightly spicy dried prawn sambal actually worked really well with the sweet lotus paste filling. It takes some getting used to, and you’d be forgiven into thinking you were chomping into a really yummy nyonya kuih instead!

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Not a fan of sambal? Here, try this cili padi mooncake.

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The Fiery Phoenix incorporates a blend of flavors that are familiar to local tastebuds such as lemongrass, five-spice powder, sun-dried scallop, and dried shrimp. There is also a slight hint of spice from the cili padi and tomyum paste, but it is not an overpowering one and complements the salty and sweet flavors of the mooncake. This mooncake gives the term "unique" a run for its money.

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Did someone mention BBQ chicken mooncake?

A particularly healthy creation with the use of assorted nuts such as sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts and white sesame seeds along with the highly nutritional kaffir lime. The flavour of this mooncake is also given a savoury twist with the incorporation of BBQ chicken.

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Roast pork mooncake? Yeap, we're not joking.

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Compared to other common flavours, five kernel and roast pork mooncakes are much more expensive. They are filled with mixed nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, and dried winter melon, sesame, and pumpkin seeds) and roast pork. You will get a different taste with each bite.

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Wait, wait. How about these mooncakes with macarons on the inside?

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On the outside, these appear just like any other snowskin mooncake, but once you take a bite into its centre, your tastebuds insist otherwise. A mini macaron sits within each of these Canelé mooncakes, encased with layers of white lotus paste.

You’ll hardly taste much of the lotus paste; instead you get the flaky meringue crust of a macaron, followed by its sweet centre.

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And finally...

Take your mooncake-eating experience to a whole new level with this mooncake that will "burst" in your mouth

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Lava Custard Mooncake is the creation of lava-custard filling mixed with crushed golden salted egg yolk. The creamy and aromatic lava provides whole new experiences for mooncake.

You can heat in microwave for 3-5 seconds or you can choose to eat it without re-heating. It’s finger licking good!

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If you liked this mooncake list, you're brave enough to try these spreads and food combos:

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