Let the mooncake madness commence.
A celebration made for reunions with family and friends, Mid-Autumn Festival is something we are all probably in need of, especially this year, which falls on 1 October 2020. Though we may be slightly apart (and adhering to social distancing rules), we can still gaze at the moon together while indulging in our favourite moon-inspired treats. This year, we are once again seeing a varied selection of mooncakes on the market. From the more creative, and sometimes savoury, to the classics and immensely indulgent. Ahead is our pick of the bunch with 18 different mooncake options to choose from.
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Blending both Chinese and Korean culture and traditions, Korean dairy brand Baekmidang offers three speciality flavours of mooncakes this year. From the tangy Korean yuzu with tangerine egg custard mooncake for a slightly lighter, refreshing treat, to the unique combo of Matcha wrapped tangerine peel and red bean mooncakes, and the crowd-pleasing Lava custard mooncakes with its velvety custard cream and crispy casing.
B123, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Keeping it classic, China Tang presents traditional flavours and packaging for Mid-Autumn Festival this year. Their signature chinoiserie motif is used across their gift boxes, while the flavour of their mooncakes incorporate White lotus seed paste with double egg yolks and Egg custard in two different box offerings of big and mini mooncakes.
Shop 411-413, 4/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
The prestigious French brand Dalloyau presents a collection of mooncakes, that they’ve named Paris Moon for obvious reasons, along with a whole host of festive hampers this year. Featuring gorgeously golden mooncakes that hold a creamy egg custard filling, the Dalloyau mooncake aims to bring both East and West sentiments together for Mid-Autumn.
Shop C, G/F, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
For a more bespoke option, Hong Kong-born baked goods brand Delectables by Antique presents handcrafted personalised mooncakes with a Chinese surname or English monogram. What’s more, they also offer tailor-made packaging and design elements if you should so choose, which is great for gifting on a bigger scale. Interesting flavours range from Uji Matcha, red bean and lotus, to Hazelnut chocolate, Chestnut custard, and much more.
In collaboration with the artist Hong Chong-Ip of Macau based creative company MO-Design, one-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Duddell’s does it again with a bold and auspiciously red box of mooncakes. Filled with Lava cream custard mooncakes created by Head Chef Li Man-Lung, the Duddell’s mooncakes and gift boxes are everything you need for the night of Mid-Autumn Festival — especially since the limited edition box features an LED light lantern too.
Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
Handcrafted, check. Preservative-free, check. Vegetarian, err check? The guys behind vegetarian kitchen Esca have come back with their much loved Salted egg parmesan custard lava mooncake that are so moreish, you almost can’t believe it’s better for you. Plus their paper boxes are made without any plastic packaging and make Mid-Autumn Festival an eco-friendly affair. Top tip: don’t forget to reheat the cakes if you really want that lava like centre.
Unit 19A, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang
For those that have grown tired of the traditional lotus paste, salted egg yolk or custard mooncakes, enter butcher, deli and grocer Feather & Bone, who are giving them all a run for their money with their savoury Pork Mooncakes. It’s essentially a pork pie, but I have to say, haven’t trialled one (maybe two) — I have to say that I’m not mad at the bacon-studded meat centred pie which is spiced with fragrant nutmeg, sage, thyme and garlic.
G/F, 18 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong
A classic pairing of tea and cake is provided by none other than British brand Fortnum & Mason. Combining the classic flavours of Lotus seed mooncakes together with their Royal Blend tea, this is the Mid-Autumn answer to afternoon tea. The tea, chosen for its smooth, malty and honey-like flavour, sits in an ornate gift box in Fortnum’s signature colour, Eau De Nil, together with four decadent mooncakes.
Shop 022, G/F, K11 Atelier, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Going the route of healthier and lighter mooncakes is plant-based concept store Green Common who are bringing back their Blueberry mixed nuts mooncakes, as well as a new collection of vegan mooncakes with two new unique flavours. The first is filled with figs, pistachio and oat, while the second option has mixed nuts, blueberry and purple sweet potato, to bring about a guilt, preservatives, cholesterol and trans fat free, celebration this Mid-Autumn.
Shop 1&2, 2/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Ever had an Abalone egg custard mooncake before? No, neither had I, before Reign came along. The abalone house is offering some distinctive flavours, crafted by Swiss Chef Jean-Marc Soldati, for Mid-Autumn Festival this year. The collection of mooncakes, including an Abalone egg custard, Moutai chocolate, Truffle egg lava custard and Egg lava custard flavours, come in gift boxes featuring paintings by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. The brand also have sets that include their abalone and a 3D Luna Moon Lamp to complement the festivities.
B201, K11 Musea, Unit 18, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
If you could celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival and donate to a charity at the same time, would you? Absolutely, sign me up! Thanks to Rosewood Hong Kong, this is as easy as purchasing one of their mooncake boxes as they will donate a lunchbox for each, to local NGO ImpactHK who help the homeless and less fortunate in Hong Kong. The mooncakes on offer feature a bunch of different flavours, including egg custard, traditional white lotus, decadent chocolate and several tea-infused combinations. What’s more the gift boxes feature artwork by Hong Kong artist Frank Tang, which celebrate this city beautifully.
No.18, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Another interesting mooncake to debut in Hong Kong comes in the form of Royal Caviar Club’s luxurious caviar and truffle mooncake. Created in collaboration with chef Nicholas Chew, the mooncake is made with 10 grams Royal Caviar Club Royal Cristal Caviar, Australian winter black truffle and truffled potato wrapped in a snow skin casing. Packaged in caviar tins, the mooncakes are super exclusive and will have a limited run of 1,000 boxes only.
29/F, Singga Commercial Centre, 148 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Spotlighting the tradition of lanterns, Tea WG are offering their Sky lantern tea and handmade mooncakes which blend in four different tea flavours. The range includes their signature mooncakes which are made up of brown lotus infused with Singapore Breakfast Tea, roasted melon seeds and salted egg yolk; a red bean and Matcha infused almond lotus mooncake; a Sky lantern tea infused white lotus with white and dark chocolate mooncake; and a white lotus, pecan and hazelnut mooncake infused with Black pagoda tea.
Shop 1022-3, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong
With a new mooncake range for Mid-Autumn Festival, The Cakery present a modern, and superfood twist, on tradition. Their vegan and gluten-free mooncakes are nutritious and come in fun, vibrant colours. The collection includes four flavours of Black sesame, Red date and mixed nuts, Oolong and peach, and Lemon and yuzu. All of which are packaged in a wooden box wrapped in Japanese style with a scarf.
Lee Garden, Shop 124, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Originally created in 1986, The Peninsula’s Mini egg custard mooncakes are something of a cult cake, if ever there was one. Now, you can continue to enjoy their creamy custard-like mooncakes, stay eco-conscious and give back to society while you’re at it. To do this, The Peninsula are offering a special gift to encourage customers to return and upcycle their mooncake boxes with pulp mill and education centre, Mil Mill. Meanwhile, a donation will be made to food bank company Feeding Hong Kong whose mission includes reducing food waste and feeding Hong Kong’s underprivileged.
Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Italian artisan chocolatiers Venchi do Mid-Autumn Festival the only way they know how — with chocolate. Launching three flavours in a delicate flower petal shape this year, Venchi’s mooncakes include Gianduia chocolate with gluten-free hazelnut biscuit covered in 56% dark chocolate; Pistachio and green matcha ganache with crunchy cocoa nibs covered in 75% dark chocolate; and vegan friendly Black cherry and dark chocolate with almond paste covered in 75% dark chocolate.
Shop 316, 3/F, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Imagine a mooncake infused with Chinese herbs. Well, now you can taste it with 123-year-old Chinese herbal brand Wai Yuen Tong and their limited-edition Mini citrus osmanthus mooncakes made for a slightly healthier Mid-Autumn. Taking inspiration from the moon-like gleam of pearls, Wai Yuen Tong’s mooncake box features a shimmery box with pastel pink flowers, filled with six fragrant mooncakes.
The mooncakes from two Michelin-starred Cantonese fine dining restaurant, Ying Jee Club, is sure to impress friends and family. Created by Executive Chef Siu Hin Chi, the Mini egg custard mooncakes are meticulously handcrafted to result in small rich bites and come as a set of six in a jewel-toned gift box embellished with chrysanthemum flowers which, as the restaurant explains, represent optimism, longevity, and joy.
Shop G05, 107& 108, G/F, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong