Annual mooncake mania has once again descended upon us all and as we gear up for Mid-Autumn festival, which falls on 13th September this year; there are quite a few cakes to get through.
From the undefeated classics to more contemporary and creative delights — indulgence is the name of the game. But fret not friends, as we’ve done most of the hard work for you (someone has to!) with our top 10 list of Hong Kong mooncakes, to try yourself or gift to others, that are definitely worth the calories.
Every year we look forward to receiving the creative artistry of Duddell’s mooncakes and just as we had anticipated, they hit the nail on the mooncake again. Not only does the limited edition box — an iridescent LED box — hold eight handmade cream custard mooncakes, but it can also be used as a futuristic lantern to light up the mid-autumn evening. On the other hand, their signature mooncake box features the work of contemporary artist Marcel Dzama and uses his “Blue Moon” art to symbolise prosperity and luck. For more information on the mooncakes, visit the website here.
• Limited edition lantern mooncake gift box (8 pcs): HK$588
• Signature mooncake gift box in collaboration with Marcel Dzama (6 pcs): HK$398
There’s one thing even more indulgent than mooncakes, and that’s mooncake with chocolate. While the Mandarin Oriental’s fan favourites remain with traditional style white and golden lotus with egg yolk, their new speciality lava chocolate and vanilla custard mooncakes are worth trying. Featured in an assorted box of six pieces, you can have a bite of every flavour while you moon gaze. View the full list of hampers and gift box sets on their website here.
• White / Golden lotus with two yolks (4pcs): HK$498
• Mini white / golden lotus with yolk (6pcs): HK$408
• Mini egg custard / assorted (6pcs of egg custard, chocolate lava, vanilla custard): HK$418
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central; +852 2825 4008
This year, The Langham Hospitality Group has introduced new mooncake brand Ming to encompass a selection of mooncakes created by chefs from their Michelin-starred Chinese restaurants. This includes master chefs Kwong Wai Keung from The Langham’s T’ang Court, Ming Court at Cordis’ Chef Li Yuet Faat, and Chef Tam Tung from Yat Tung Heen in Eaton Hotel. The mooncakes will include a mini custard with egg yolk creation, and a tangy version with kumquat inside. What’s more, the creatively designed box feature illustrations by Hong Kong artist Vivian Ho and bring to life the stories of Mid-Autumn Festival. For more information and ordering, visit the website here.
• Mini custard with egg yolk mooncakes (6 pc): HK$388
• Mini custard with egg yolk and kumquat mooncakes (6pc): HK$388
Ming Court, Level 6, Cordis Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok; +852 3552 3301
Yat Tung Heen, Level 2, Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Road, Wan Chai; +852 2878 1212
French culinary brand Dalloyau is offering a contemporary flavour with their artisanal egg custard mooncakes in gift boxes filled with either four or eight pieces. The golden exterior that holds a creamy egg custard filling is said to represent the glow of the Paris moon, hence its name, and can also be found in festive hampers brimming with other handmade treats, gourmet bites and premium products from France. View the full menu of items and hampers here.
• Paris Moon gift boxes (4 pcs): HK$368 / (8 pcs): HK$418 per box
Dalloyau, G/F, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Road Central, Central; +852 3185 8392
Since opening earlier this year in April, The St. Regis Hong Kong has been causing quite a stir with its fine-dining options which includes Chinese restaurant Rùn. Naturally, they are presenting their first mooncakes for the season with two traditional flavours and a more contemporary one too. To start, the classics include premium white lotus seed paste mooncakes with double salted egg yolks, as well as aromatic mini mooncakes made with sweet red bean paste and tangerine peel. For modern tastes, mini egg custard mooncakes provide a smooth creamy alternative to the traditional.
• Full Moon Box (4 pcs) white lotus with double egg yolks: HK$518 per box
• Bright Moon Box (6 pcs) mini egg custard: HK$458 per box
• Pearl Moon Box (6 pcs) mini red bean with tangerine peel: HK$448 per box
The St. Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai; +852 2138 6888
2019 marks luxury fashion brand Shanghai Tang’s 25th anniversary, and to celebrate, they’ve teamed up with restaurant China Tang for the first time ever. The Silver limited edition mooncake box commemorates their silver jubilee and includes six China Tang white lotus mooncakes with a single egg yolk. Another is the Midnight blue luxury mooncake box filled with six mini egg custard mooncakes. Both boxes feature intricate paperscape artworks of Tiangong (the Chinese heavenly palace) which lights up when opened. Further information about the boxes and the collaboration can be found here.
• Shanghai Tang x China Tang silver limited edition mooncake set (6 pcs): HK$628
• Shanghai Tang midnight blue luxury mooncake set (6 pcs): HK$580
Shanghai Tang, 1 Duddell Street, Central; +852 2525 7333
There’s nothing that goes down as well as a mooncake that helps a local a charity. And InterContinental Hong Kong’s two Michelin-starred restaurant Yan Toh Heen does exactly that with their Apple & Custard cream mooncake. Created with Chef Lau Yiu Fai’s special recipes in mind, the mooncakes are filled with locally grown apples, to support New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (NLPRA) which helps to create equal opportunities and social inclusion for those recovering from mental illness. Other, more traditional, mooncakes are available to purchase along with the charity mooncake here.
• New Life Apple & Custard Cream Moon Cake (1 pc): HK$100* all proceeds go to NLPRA
Yan Toh Heen, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2313 2323
Two Michelin-starred restaurant Tin Lung Heen presents their premium mini egg custard mooncakes this season. Featuring rich custard wrapped in the softest dough, the limited-edition gift set holds eight of the mooncakes, available in different sizes, along with a box of vintage 15 years old Pu-erh Chinese tea, which is ideal for gifting too. Meanwhile, the creativity award has to go to the students of SCAD (or Savannah College of Art and Design) as they have designed the two boxes called Stardust and Praise to the Moon. To order the mooncakes, visit the website here.
• Stardust mini egg custard mooncakes (8 pcs/60gm each): HK$478
• Praise to the Moon mini egg custard mooncakes (8 pcs/45gm each): HK$398
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon; +852 2263 2263
Another first timer on the list is Rosewood Hotel, as they premiere their mooncake collection with five varied gift boxes that offer both full-size traditional and modern miniature varieties. Housing the sweet treats in either burgundy and royal blue gift boxes, all cakes are crafted with no artificial colouring or preservatives. To satisfy classic style enthusiasts, bigger white or golden (caramelised) lotus paste with premium salted double duck egg yolks, will do just the job — which also comes in a mini-version variety box. For those looking for alternatives, either the petite egg custard mooncakes or assorted vanilla, red bean and a low-sugar mooncakes will make for impressive gifting. All mooncakes can be bought online here.
• Traditional white / golden lotus mooncakes (4 pcs): HK$560
• Mini assorted traditional / Mini assorted flavour mooncakes (6 pcs): HK$498
• Mini egg custard mooncakes (6 pcs): HK$498
Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 3891 8888
Though the Kowloon Shangri-La is offering an extensive list of different mooncakes this season, there is one in particular that has caught our eyes and captured our stomachs. The Chiu Chow moon cakes are a modern reinterpretation of traditional Chiu Chow style cake and is crafted with sweet yam paste encased in a vibrant green puff pastry, made by infusing fresh pandan leaf extract. It’s no wonder that it’s one of their best-sellers. You can order them here, along with other mooncakes from their Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Shang Palace.
• Chiu Chow moon cakes with pandan leaf, yam paste and salty egg yolk (8 pcs): HK$358
Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East; +852 2721 2111