Over the moon(cakes)!
Mid-Autumn season means quality family time, bright lanterns and, yes, mooncakes. We know options are endless and sometimes it can be tricky to pick the best fit without sampling each one. Whether you’re looking for extravagant hampers or quirky flavours, we’ve highlighted the top offerings in Hong Kong.
The mooncakes on offer from Hong Kong’s Ritz Carlton Hotel are always a treat. This year, they are presented in an elegant jewelled trunk designed by students from SCAD Hong Kong (Savannah College of Art and Design). If you’re looking for more than just a box of mooncakes, take a look at the gourmet Mid-Autumn hampers which range in price depending on if you’d like seasonal fruits, the classic (with wine, chocolates and other goodies) or go all out with a premium hamper (which includes extra delicacies!).
Price: Starts at $398 for a box of eight.
Nothing says quality and sophistication quite like a Mid-Autumn hamper from the Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. If you’re happy to splurge, the 3-tier Mandarin Oriental Deluxe Mooncake hamper ($3,988) is a sight to behold and comes complete with Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne, traditional Chinese delicacies, specialty tea and, of course, the hotel’s signature, fan-shaped mooncake gift box. Smaller mooncake boxes can also be purchased in a range of flavours including traditional white lotus or golden lotus as well as egg custard, chocolate lava and vanilla custard.
Price: Traditional White Lotus or Golden Lotus (four pieces) – $498; Mini White Lotus, Golden Lotus or Egg Custard (six pieces) – $418; Mini Assorted (six pieces) – $438.
When you need to send a hamper to someone in Hong Kong, Gift Hampers is the website to turn to. For Mid-Autumn celebrations, it has a wide variety of gourmet hampers with fresh fruits, vegetables, mooncakes (of course!), wines and other products to suit your budget. We have our eye on the Classic Mid-Autumn Fruit Hamper with mooncakes from the Landmark Mandarin Oriental as well as wine or champagne. This hamper style offers a plastic-lite packing option to customers and the Mandarin Oriental Landmark Mooncake also has a unique packaging design that is plastic-free that minimises paper waste.
For an affordable mooncake or Mid-Autumn hamper option, look to agnés b. Café. Its hampers start at $1,180 and come packed full of mooncakes, cookies and chocolates. With four flavours of mooncakes to choose from (lava custard, cheese custard, yuzu dark chocolate and pistachio dark chocolate), there’s sure to be something to suit every palate.
Price: 2-piece gift box – $220; 4-piece gift box – $390; 6-piece gift box – $490
Whether you are a fan of the traditional lotus or prefer more contemporary flavours, the offerings from Butterfly Patisserie at the Rosewood are sure to please. These edible works of art come in a range of gift boxes that vary in size and contents. Simply stunning in design with artwork by Hong Kong artist Frank Tang who takes his inspiration from Song dynasty, each box showcases a detailed landscape painting. This is sure to make a statement as you gift to family and friends.
As an added bonus, for every box sold Rosewood will donate a lunchbox to Hong Kong charity ImpactHK.
Price: 6-piece mini egg custard or assorted flavours – $428; 6-piece mini chocolate mooncakes – $438; 4-piece traditional white lotus mooncakes – $498.
The exquisitely crafted mooncakes from The Peninsula are always in high demand and the gift boxes they’re presented in are often kept as keepsakes for years to come. This year’s box in traditional red and gold tones is finished with rose gold hot stamp detailing. Inside you’ll find indulgent mini egg custard mooncakes created by Michelin-starred Chef Tang Chi Keung and comes in walnut or dried longan flavours.
Price: Mini Egg Custard Mooncakes, four pieces – $208 or eight pieces – $388; Star Chef Mooncake Gift Box (includes four mini walnut and four mini longan egg custard mooncakes) – $598.
A box of mooncakes from Michellin-starred Duddell’s is always set to impress. Designed by Macao-based MO-DESIGN, the Signature Gift Box comes with six delicious mooncakes and features a bold, red lantern design complete with hanging tassel. The Limited Edition Gift Box (with eight mooncakes) transforms into your very own mid-autumn lantern with an eye-catching light that’s sure to impress your guests.
Price: Signature Gift Box – $368; Limited Edition Gift Box – $588
Fortnum & Mason certainly know its tea! This year, it’s pairing the signature Royal Blend (first blended for King Edward in 1902!) with the time-honoured tradition of Mid-Autumn mooncakes. The ornate gift box is sure to impress and comes complete with four decadent mooncakes accompanied with the Royal Blend loose leaf tea.
Price: $688 per gift box.
You can’t go wrong with a traditional White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Egg Yolk mooncake from China Tang. You can expect fluffy while flaky pastry and a melt in your mouth filling that’s sure to satisfy. This year’s offerings are boxed up in an eco-friendly package with a classic Chinoiserie design. Why not repurpose as a jewellery box when you’ve devoured the contents?
Price: $388 per box
China Tang, Shop 411-413, 4/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 2148
While Lady M is best known for its delicious crepe cakes, you might like to give its mooncakes a try. This year it has teamed up with Netflix to bring you an artfully-packaged lantern with scenes from the highly-anticipated musical “Over The Moon” (streaming this autumn). Each lantern gift box contains six Lady M mooncakes: three sweet egg custard and three chocolate custard.
While most associate Wai Yuen Tong with traditional Chinese medicine (and rightly so!), most don’t know you can also get your mooncakes here. This year’s offerings are inspired by pearls, reflecting the light of the moon. Inside the pearly box you’ll find six mini citrus osmanthus mooncakes filled with traditional white lotus seed paste. It’s tangy, fragrant and sure to please.
Not Your Ordinary Hong Kong Mooncake
Love your mooncake, but can’t tolerate some of the ingredients? Look no further than The Cakery with its vegan, gluten-free and food colouring free (but still colourful!) mooncakes. These modern delicacies are packed full of nutritious superfoods and come in Black Sesame, Red Date and Mixed Nuts, Oolong and Peach and Lemon and Yuzu flavours. It’s a lighter option, that still feels indulgent!
Price: $428 per box of four
The Cakery, Shop 303, Landmark, Central, Hong Kong, 6683 3833
This bakery and patisserie is celebrating its first Mid-Autumn festival with bespoke Earl Grey Custard Mooncakes (in a Chef Bunny Gift Box) and a DIY Yuzu Cookie Kit so you can create memories at home with your loved ones.
For a mooncake with a twist, try out Feather & Bone’s savoury offering. You can still expect a buttery, flaky pastry, but inside is filled with a bacon and pork filling, spiced with nutmeg, sage, thyme, garlic and more. Think of it like a Mid-Autumn pork pie!
Price: $178 for two pieces
We know mooncakes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Cookies? Well that’s another matter entirely! Sassy Mama favourite Sift Desserts has put together a Mid-Autumn Cookie Box containing 24 biscuits in six flavours — earl grey, orange, sesame, lemon, chocolate and butter. Yum!
While most traditional mooncakes are heavy and full of (animal) fats, Miss Lee has brought its vegan ethos to the celebration. There are two unique modern flavours — Purple Sweet Potato and Ginger and Hawthorn and Dark Plum — both skipping the traditional eggs and lard. It’s a fresh take on tradition that we can’t wait to try!
Price: $238 per box of four.
Supporting A Worthy Cause
This year, Sino Hotels (including The Pottinger, The Gold Coast Hotel, Island Pacific and The Olympian) are teaming up with Benji’s Centre, an organisation that helps underprivileged children in need of professional speech therapy. There’s the Classic Collection which includes four White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncakes with double yolks ($428) or the Fragrant Collection with six mini mooncakes in Pandan, Custard and Ginger Lotus flavours ($358).
Price: Classic Collection – $428; Fragrant Collection – $358
Sino Hotels, www.sino-hotels.com
Support your furry friends and the Hong Kong SPCA this Mid-Autumn with a box of Lychee and Friends mooncakes (made with maltitol low sugar). Each box comes with four individual tins.
Editor’s Note: Prices listed are recommended retail price and correct at time of publication. There are lots of early bird deals with discounts of up to 40% if you get in sooner rather than later!