I looked for the cheapest one possible. The Tai Thong brand single yolk mooncakes were just S$11.80 for 2 large pieces and was sold at our subsidized supermarket NTUC. I got it a the branch at junction 8. I had a quarter of one of the mooncakes and it was rather dry (especially the egg yolk), but it totally satisfied my craving. I took photos so you can see how it is from the outer paper box packaging, the inner plastic sealed packaging and the mooncake that’s cut open to reveal the lotus paste and preserved duck yolk within. I think most mooncakes are expensive, because of the elaborate packaging which use beautifully engraved tins and mainly because they are overcharging during this festive period. But since you can’t get them at other time most people buy them at exorbitant prices, like S$111 for 4 pieces.
These days you can hardly find mooncakes made with lard as they were traditionally made. Manufacturers use vegetable oil instead. Perhaps that’s why they are a tad dry? I am sure the more expensive ones will taste much better though, but I am not willing to pay that much for a snack. Would love to hear about your experience with mooncake this season?