Mooncakes are as quintessential to Mid-Autumn Festival as cookies are to Hari Raya. Just like Raya cookies, shops and brands are launching innovative mooncakes to attract young consumers, driving the market shift to more novel, unconventional mooncake flavours. No offense to the traditional mooncake bakers, but these modern mooncakes are claiming their place in Malaysians’ hearts during Mid-Autumn season!
Jelly mooncakes are a refreshing treat and best served chilled as it is a type of agar-agar. The popular fillings for this type of mooncake are fruits, but don’t be surprised when you come across cendol jelly mooncakes or even cappuccino jelly mooncakes!
These cube-shaped mooncakes are perfect for mahjong lovers. They resemble mahjong tiles where each ‘tile’ is handmade and the mahjong characters have to be carefully inscribed on the bite-sized mooncakes using food colouring.
Ice Cream Mooncakes
Ice cream mooncakes are basically ice cream cakes, intricately designed to look like mooncakes. A refreshing twist on the traditional recipe, an ice cream mooncake consists of a shell (usually chocolate) and is filled with mouthwatering ice cream.
Durian is a current craze among Malaysians. We have durian puffs and durian waffles - what’s stopping us from creating luxurious mooncake iterations with the King of Fruits? The premium versions of durian mooncakes contain no preservatives, no cream and no added sugar, which makes them perfect for wholesome indulgence.
Besides durian, Malaysians are obsessed with cheese. Hence, it’s a smart move to appeal to cheesecake lovers with cheese mooncakes. Instead of lotus paste, cheese mooncakes are filled with cream cheese, and often contain fruity jam as a surprise center.
Have you come across any other types of unconventional mooncakes? Let us know in the comments! If you feel like baking your own mooncakes this year, head on to Cold Storage for high quality ingredients!