The Mooncake Festival is one of the most important occasions and celebrations in the Chinese calendar. Although the legend of its origins varies, it is most commonly believed that in ancient times, ten suns existed and its extreme heat made people’s lives very difficult. A hero named Hou Yi shot down none of these ten suns, and later married a beautiful woman named Chang E. One day, Hou Yi was presented with an elixir from the Queen of Heaven. When drunk, the elixir would ascend one to heaven and become a god. Chang E kept the elixir for her husband but while he was out hunting, a villain named Pengmeng broke into their home and tried to steal it. In a panic, Chang E drank the elixir, but reluctant to leave her husband she instead flew to the nearest place to earth from heaven; the moon. Hou Yi missed his wife very much and would place her favourite foods on the table every full moon day.
Many moons ago this custom was adopted by folk people to pray for good luck from Goddess Chang E and thus, the mooncake festival was in fruition. In modern times this tradition evolved into gifting handcrafted mooncakes to the special people in our lives. Coming into the month of August, with this year’s mooncake festival falling on 13 September, hotels and restaurants are starting to unveil their own delightful creations. It’s always a wonderful time to look forward to with mooncake recipes and aesthetics getting more creative each year. The traditional cakes go beyond enticing the tastebuds and every detail of its presentation down to the box is given careful thought.
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur is just one of the big names in hospitality with mooncakes to shout about. The hotel’s signature Chinese restaurant Yun House is dishing out a mooncake menu ranging from time-honoured to never-seen before creations. Having graciously sampled these mooncakes, ones we love include the Oo Long Tea and Osmanthus with Lotus Seed Paste, as well as the Pandan with Bird’s Nest and Homemade Snow Skin Blueberry Chocolate from the snow skin mooncake selection. Other mooncakes include the Traditional Assorted Nuts, Snow Skin Charcoal Lava, and Black Sesame with Lotus Paste. Each piece is priced at either MYR45 or MYR55, with the most special of all; the Lotus Seed Paste with 8 Egg Yolks priced at MYR 208.
In conjunction with Yun’s mooncakes, the hotel is tweaking their afternoon tea menu at The Lounge for an incredible new experience for a limited time only. This specially crafted menu includes Asian-inspired savoury treats like man tao sandwiches, and pie tee with crab stuffing. For dessert, Yun Restaurant’s mooncakes are served alongside scones, macaroons, tarts, and chocolates. The afternoon tea is available daily from 2.30pm to 5.30pm from 5 August to 14 September 2019, and is priced at MYR 148.