The season for mooncakes is finally back in Bangkok, and the city’s top hotels have gotten the memo. From new, innovative flavours, to our favourite yearly classics, here are some of the best options out there.
Mooncake season has arrived, but months spent self-isolating from home and an unusually late occurrence of Mid-Autumn Festival — which, for the past few years, has typically fallen in September — may have left you unprepared. Thankfully, the chaos of 2020 has not stopped Bangkok’s top hotels from coming up with new and exciting mooncake offerings, and you can still get some of the city’s very best pieces before the day, which falls on October 1.
From the ever-popular mini-custard, to totally new, unconventional takes on the traditional dessert, we round up some of our favourite mooncakes you can get in Bangkok this 2020.
The St. Regis Bangkok
This year, the St. Regis Bangkok is sticking to staple flavours, offering four classic fillings of durian, mixed nuts, lotus seed, and jujube. Each is, of course, enhanced with a rich, single yolk. Bringing back its iconic keepsake box, the circular, Chinese window-like packaging can be transformed into an exquisite picture frame, making it the ideal gift for business partners or loved ones. Each mooncake also comes individually wrapped, in custom gold foil boxes adorned with depictions of a full moon and white hare — the legendary companion of the goddess who lives on the moon.
The St. Regis Bangkok’s mooncakes are priced THB988 per box, and can be purchased at The Lounge, on level 1 of The St. Regis Bangkok, until October 1, 2020. Complimentary delivery in Bangkok is offered for orders of 50 boxes or more.
To find out more, call 0 2207 7777, or email email@example.com.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
This year, we’re particularly excited for mooncakes from the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, as the hotel celebrates the success of its mooncake flavours last year, by releasing a wholly unconventional flavour of east meets west — the Italian Tiramisu. The result of a pretty unexpected collaboration between chefs Andy Leong and Dario Busnelli, the Italian Tiramisu mooncake is best enjoyed warm, and features a half-chocolate flour coating. This new option is, of course, joined by a line of impressive classics, including the beloved custard, as well as lotus seed with egg yolk, and durian with egg yolk. Packaging-wise, two box designs are available this year, each featuring eight pieces.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s mooncakes are priced at THB808 for The Oriental Classic Box, and THB1,888 for the limited-edition Luxury Box. Mooncakes can be purchased at The China House within the hotel, online, or at Mandarin Oriental Shops in Siam Paragon, Central Chidlom, Gaysorn Village, and The Emporium until October 1, 2020.
To find out more, call 0 2659 9000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok has been going on a healthy streak as of late, from organic afternoon tea sets, to an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. True to this approach, this year’s mooncake offerings encompass eight different flavours that go from classics, to plant-based options. Signature flavours such as durian with egg, pandan and coconut, 8 xian, and custard, are met with exciting plant-based alternatives including navy bean longan, mixed dried fruit, durian, and mixed nuts. The mooncakes come packaged in traditional mooncake boxes which make for a sophisticated gift, be it for family, a business associate, or simply for yourself as a personal treat.
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok’s mooncakes are priced at THB599+ for a box of four, while individual mooncakes are THB168+ each. Get them at Erawan Bakery, on the Lower Lobby Level of Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, until October 1, 2020. Orders of 50 boxes or more will be entitled to a 25% discount.
To find out more, call 0 2254 1234, or email email@example.com.
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
If you’re looking for a more creative spin, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel has come up with a pretty unconventional filling for this year. Joining the traditional single-yolk lotus seed and custard mooncakes is a new exclusive flavour — the monthong durian chocolate lava mooncake. Best enjoyed warm, the chocolate centre melts when heated, blending nicely with the rich, creamy durian filling. The mooncakes come packaged in two specially designed boxes. The Siamese Fighting Fish Luxury Box offers glittery, round burgundy packaging, gold embossed with textures of Siamese fighting fish. The Premium Red Velvet box, on the other hand, features a standout half-moon design, which opens up to form a full moon, featuring the symbol of a golden lotus.
The Siamese Fighting Fish Luxury Box includes four mooncakes, and is priced at THB1,588+ per box. The Premium Red Velvet Box also comes with four pieces, and is priced at THB1,088+. The mooncakes are available for purchase at Mocha & Muffins, on the first floor of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, until October 1, 2020.
To find out more, call 0 2126 8866 ext. 1226, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Banyan Tree Bangkok
True to Banyan Tree Bangkok, this year’s mooncake options offer an iconic selection of both classic and playful flavours. The options range from the customary lotus seed, to assorted nuts, jujube and walnuts, chinese chestnut, and of course, their highlight durian flavour. What we especially love are the various packaging options, which goes from per-piece, to sets of two, four, eight mini-custard pieces, and a whole gift set of eight full mooncakes — offering ultimate versatility when it comes to gifting time. You can also find them at a range of venues all across the city, which can come in handy for last minute Mid-Autumn festival shoppers
Banyan Tree Bangkok’s mooncakes are priced at THB2,888 for a limited edition premium set of eight, with individual mooncakes available for THB208 per piece. The mooncakes can be found at Bai Yun and Romsai restaurant in Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel, or at Siam Paragon, Central Chidlom, Central Rama 3, Central Bangna, The EmQuartier, The Mall Bangkae, and Samyan Mitrtown — all until October 1, 2020.
To find out more, call 0 2679 1200.
Centara Grand at Central World
Also taking the classic route, Centara Grand at Central World is offering gift boxes of traditionally flavoured mooncakes. Choices here range from mixed nuts mooncakes and custard, to durian, lotus seeds, and jujube — complete with flavourful salted egg! A Little moon box set, which fits one piece, is available, making the perfect option for those looking to gift something small and meaningful this season.
Centara Grand’s mooncakes are priced at THB118 for a Little moon box set, and THB998 for a Moonflower box set of four pieces. Find them at Zing Bakery on the ground floor of Centara Grand at Central World, or Dynasty, on the hotel’s 24th floor, until October 1, 2020.
To find out more, call 0 2100 6255.
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
While we’re always rather excited for Shangri-La Hotel’s filling-heavy mooncakes and unique packaging, this year is exceptionally special. For the first time, the hotel celebrates the design evolution of its mooncake boxes, by making it possible to purchase all their previous packaging designs from 2014. Whether you’re a fan of the book-like designs of last year, or looking for the charming, drawer-like box, there’s something here for you. Flavour-wise, the hotel brings back its iconic selection of flavours, including durian, lotus seed with egg yolk, and the cream custard mini mooncakes.
Shangri-La Hotel’s mooncakes are priced between THB360 to THB1,280 per box, and can be found at Siam Paragon, The Emquartier, and Central World until October 1, 2020. If you’re buying after that date, head to Shang Palace Chinese Restaurant, where mooncakes are available until October 3, 2020. Orders of 50 boxes and above will receive complimentary delivery in Bangkok.
To find out more, call 0 2206 8605.