It’s one of Hong Kong’s most festive times of the year when seas of brightly-coloured lanterns, illuminating light shows and dancing dragons in Tai Hang have our wide-eyed kiddos in an excited trance. Yep, Mid-Autumn Festival is nearly here! This long-held celebration was traditionally a thanksgiving for the harvest, and one of the main symbols of the festival has got to be the moon… well, mooncakes to be precise. The round shape of the cakes symbolises completeness and unity, and these rich delights are meant to be shared to bring people together. You can’t walk into any shop at the moment without being bombarded with various flavours of mooncakes, so if you’re thinking about buying some for friends, family or colleagues then we’re here to help you out. Read on for our pick of the best mooncakes this season!
Cuisine Cuisine’s Mooncake Masterpieces & Tsui Hang Village Mooncakes for a Good Cause
Mira Dining’s two authentic Chinese restaurants are offering mooncake Masterpieces this Mid Autumn Festival. The Michelin recommended Cuisine Cuisine is taking the traditional route, offering White Lotus Seed Puree Mooncakes with triple yolks, while the Guangdong inspired Tsui Hang is offering various flavours that include an Assorted Nuts Mooncake with Chinese Ham and a Red Dates Puree Mooncake. Mid-Autumn Festival is all about expressing gratitude to heaven and earth, so what better way to celebrate this festival than by giving something back? If you buy a Tsui Hang Piglet Cake ($25) with any mooncake, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Chi Heng Foundation in help of children and adults suffering from AIDS.
Price: Gift box prices range from $168-378 from 2-8 pieces a box.
To Purchase: Visit Cuisine Cuisine IFC, Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira, Mira Moon Hotel for Cuisine Cuisine Mooncakes; Visit Tsui Hang Village (Causeway Bay, Central or Tsim Sha Tsui) for Tsui Hang Village Mooncakes. See www.miradining.com for locations.
Dynasty Restaurant Mooncakes
The well-known Dynasty Restaurant at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel is bringing together old and new with their two types of homemade mooncakes this year. You can choose between the classic White Lotus Paste and Salted Egg Yolk Mooncake and a unique Mini Pandan Paste and Salted Egg Mooncake, or even try both!
Price: Gift box price is $258 for 6 pieces, discounts are available for large orders!
To Purchase: Call 2802 8888, or email [email protected] (orders need to be ordered one day in advance).
Fook Lam Moon Mooncakes
The long-standing and highly awarded Fook Lam Moon Restaurant is bringing back their famous traditional mooncakes for you this Mid-Autumn Festival. Order classics like the White Lotus Mooncakes and Golden Custard Mini Mooncakes, or try their signature Seaweed Sugar Lotus Mooncakes. This is definitely the place to come for a true taste of tradition! Order anytime from now until Sunday, 27 September.
Price: Gift boxes range from $350-$680, click here for details!
The Royal Garden Traditional Mooncakes
The Royal Garden is offering an array of traditional Chinese flavours this holiday in their Fine Foods Cake Shop. Keep it traditional with the much loved White Lotus Seed Paste with two egg yolks, or be a bit more adventurous with a Chinese ham and mixed nuts healthy alternative! It might not have the same calorie content as the regular mooncakes, but you still get that moreish salty flavour. Or why not go for the mini egg custard mooncakes which are the perfect small and sweet treats?
Price: Gift box prices range from $328-768 from 4 to 8 pieces per box
To Purchase: Call 2733 2045 or Visit Fine Foods Cake Shop, G/F, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tycoon Tann’s Mooncakes
We don’t know what’s more impressive, Tycoon Tann’s traditional Egg Custard Mooncakes or the contemporary three-tiered yellow and black box that they come in! Wow your family and friends with this chic limited edition creation. Order from now until Sunday, 27 September; get your orders in quickly!
Price: $338 for 6 pieces.
To Purchase: Visit Tycoon Tann and Mod Bar, G/F, 74 Wellington Street, Hong Kong, 3125 3228
Island Shangri-La’s Mooncakes
Another mooncake for a cause is this year’s Heep Hong Charity Mooncake. The traditional white lotus seed paste and double yolk mooncake is presented in a wrapper decorated with drawings by the children from the Heep Hong Society. All proceeds from these Mooncakes will be kindly donated to Heep Hong, so buy a box to share with your family and help some one else’s at the same time! The Shangri-La hasn’t stopped there; they will also be releasing their signature seven-star four yolk mooncake surrounded by seven mini mooncakes… this is only for the die-hard Mooncake lovers!
Price: Gift box prices range from $348-838 from 4-8 pieces per box
To Purchase: Call Island Gourmet at 2820 8551, email [email protected], or visit Mooncake Display Counter, 5/F, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Mooncakes
The Landmark Mandarin helps us celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival this year with a little luxury! To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the designer of their hotel suites has specially created a mooncake box (which looks more like a platinum jewellery box!) to house their traditional egg custard mooncakes. A stunning gift for friends and family that’s sure to impress.
Price: Gift box price $268 for six pieces
To Purchase: Call 2132 0066, or email [email protected].
The Mandarin Oriental Mooncakes
Sassy loves the Mandarin Cake Shop at the Mandarin Oriental, so we have high hopes for their mooncakes this year. They at the Mandarin, recognise the importance in Chinese culture of celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival so they’ve stuck to the basics and created high quality traditional flavours. Served in their specially designed mooncake boxes you’ll get all the favourites, from golden lotus to red bean paste mooncakes.
Price: Gift box prices range from $158-398 from 1-6 pieces per box
To Purchase: Call 2825 4008, email [email protected], or visit The Mandarin Cake Shop, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong.
The Ritz-Carlton Mooncakes
This year, the Ritz-Carlton has kept close to tradition with their premium Mid-Autumn Festival mooncakes. The pastry chefs have carefully handcrafted perfect Mini Egg Custard Mooncakes and Mini Red Bean Paste Mooncakes with Chestnut, some delicious classics. The mooncake boxes are definitely the showstopper! Each mooncake is encased in an individual box and carefully placed in a two-tiered golden trunk. It’s the perfect centerpiece to a family filled table.
Price: Gift box price $667 for 8 pieces
Want to wow your friends and family? The specially designed, limited edition mooncake box by the eccentric Hong Kong artist, Frog King, is sure to impress. Duddell’s have teamed up with award-winning Frog King to create a fun, unique design that adds a pop of neon pink to your regular mooncake box (we very much approve of the colour!). Each boxes carries six freshly baked mooncakes made by Michelin starred Executive Chef Siu Hin-Chi… add a bit of colour to your Mid-Autumn festivities!
鋒味by Beyond Dessert
All the flavours of a mooncake in a small cookie! To celebrate this holiday in a unique way 鋒味by Beyond Dessert has created the perfect treat, a homemade butter cookie with sweet lotus seed paste and salty egg filling. These cookies are an easy way to share the traditional flavours of Mid-Autumn Festival with your family and friends.
Price: Gift box price $230 for 8 pieces; click here for more details about discounts.
To Purchase: Visit 鋒味曲奇, 39-49 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2608 0036, www.chef-nic.com
Godiva’s Mid-autumn collection Mooncakes
Our favourite Belgian chocolatier is celebrating lantern fest with a little more chocolate. Godiva is introducing a limited collection of four different mooncakes. Choose from two milk chocolate mooncake Duo Laits and two dark chocolate Mooncake Duo Noirs. Fillings include mandarin, tangerine, bergamot or kalamansi to add a bit of classic Asian flavour!
Price: Gift box prices range from $168-$1300, see details here.
To Purchase: Visit the Godiva, Shop 1029-30, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2805 0518, click here for more locations.
Hotel ICON’s Durian Ice-Cream Mooncake
We’ve found the perfect Southeast Asian way to celebrate this mid-autumn festival. Chef Danny Ho has created a unique Durian Ice-Cream Mooncake made up of 80% durian, fresh vanilla, cream, butter and cream cheese wrapped in a robe of Swiss chocolate. Chef Danny’s Malaysian background will guarantee this native fruit has been used deliciously!
Price: $588 per 4-piece box
Pierre Hermé Moon Cake Collection
Pierre Hermé, the ‘Picasso of pastries’, has launched two limited masterpieces for mid-autumn festival. The Mooncake Plénitude is a dark chocolate round with burst of caramel in the centre. For a more exotic flavour try The Mooncake Ouvre-Toi, with a sesame nougatine crunchy centre and dark chocolate outer layer.
Price: Gift box prices range from $340-$2690
To Purchase: Visit Pierre Herme, Shop 1019C, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2833 5700, click here for more locations.
Our favourite tea restaurant in IFC is launching their Mid-Autumn festival tea-infused mooncakes paired with a unique black tea blend, which captures the rich flavours of the mooncakes. To spoil you with choice, TWG has created eight different mooncakes to choose from! Our favourites are the Dragon Mooncake; a scarlet red snow skin mooncake topped with gold leaf and filled with Red Balloon Tea infused nashi pear mousseline a perfectly coloured mooncake for the festivities. We also love the Constellation Mooncake, because who doesn’t crave the classic lotus filling and salted egg yolks mooncake with a golden crust.
Price: Gift box prices range from $98-408 from 1-4 pieces per box
To Purchase: Visit Tea WG Salon & Boutique, Shop 1022 & 1023, Podium Level One, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street Central, Hong Kong, 2796 2828
Whether you’re gluten intolerant, vegan or just want to enjoy enjoy a mouthwatering mooncake without the guilt, Green Vitamin have you covered with their Raw Organic Coconut Mooncakes! They look like the real deal, but they contain a much healthier list of ingredients which are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and clear or any preservatives or artificial colouring or flavours. That doesn’t mean they don’t taste delicious though… the chewy, sweet delights are packed with coconut and you can choose from a variety of flavours. Think White Almond, Dark Velvet Cacao, Green Tea with Moringa, Strawberry, Cinnamon and Plain – yum! No need to count the calories on these mooncakes…
Invisible Kitchen’s Mid-Autumn Picnic Feast
Check out Invisible Kitchen’s Mid-Autumn Picnic hamper, which is great for moon gazing and lantern lighting this season. Hong Kong’s Gourmet Little Helpers are back with indulgent and homemade chocolate mooncakes to finish off their seven-course picnic feast. You’ll also get canapés, starters, sandwiches, mains and artisan cheeses and cured meats. Sounds like a treat!
Price: $395 per person for the seven-course picnic feast with chocolate mooncakes. Or $468 with a bottle of champagne.
To Purchase: Order online here.