Over the moon(cakes)!
It’s Mid-Autumn Festival season, which means here in the 852 we’ll be enjoying lanterns, family time and, yes, mooncakes. Because there are just so many to choose from, we decided to highlight the top offers we think are worth noting.
Editor’s note: You can actually donate any extra or unwanted mooncakes to charities like Foodlink or Food Angel. They’ll ensure mooncakes don’t go to waste and will give someone else some festive cheer over this important Hong Kong holiday. You can also try contacting some of the emails on this list. Additionally, please remember to recycle all boxes and help reduce the rate of garbage. Find out how by clicking here.
Sometimes the packaging makes all the difference. Many places put extra care and effort into their mooncake boxes, and we wanted to share the ones we loved most.
Even if you’re not a mooncake fan, you can still be wowed by the packaging some of these tasty treats arrive in. These egg custard mooncakes arrived in a stylish gold and black box with a traditional Chinese knot and tassle. Flip open the box to reveal the treats tucked inside a six-drawer cabinet. The box itself is sturdy and elegant, and can be used as jewellery box or other storage unit. Available until 3 October, the boxes are $338 for six egg custard mooncakes.
Tycoon Tann, 74 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.tycoontann.com
Conrad Hong Kong
The red, gold-leafed boxes from Conrad Hong Kong look like an antique tea set handed down to you by your grandmother. Featuring a lovely brass handle and traditional gold Chinese knot with tassle, these will definitely impress the person who receives it. The traditional white lotus seed paste with egg yolk box of six is $368.
Conrad Hong Kong, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/hong-kong/conrad-hong-kong
Paying homage to the local art scene, Duddell’s has commissioned contemporary artist Cheng Ting Ting to create a dynamic painting that expresses life through rich colours and textures. Its mooncake gift box is bright and cheery, perfect for the festival’s celebration and tradition. The mooncake boxes of six ($368) are available either through advance order online or at Duddell’s until 30 September.
Duddell’s, Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, duddells.co/home/en
Yan Toh Heen
Paying homage to Hong Kong, Yan Toh Heen asked Hong Kong designer Millicent Lai, who was formerly Chief Homeware Designer of Shanghai Tang, to create these beautiful suede, jewellery gift boxes. Featuring Bu Lang Mountain Centennial Pu Er Tea and mooncakes with Lotus Seed Paste and Double Salty Egg Yolk (four pieces), these are $688. You can also purchase a Custard Cream and Gold Dust Moon Cakes (six pieces for $388), Lotus Seed Paste and Double Salty Egg Yolk Moon Cakes (four pieces for $388) and Spanish Iberico Ham and Mixed Nut Moon Cakes (six pieces $348).
Yan Toh Heen has also teamed up with Make-A-Wish Hong Kong and created special Make-A-Wish Hong Kong Yuzu-Custard Moon Cakes for $88. Net proceeds from the sale will benefit Make-A-Wish Hong Kong.
Yan Toh Heen, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/en/dining/yan-toh-heen
Not Your Ordinary Mooncake
Love the idea of mooncakes but not the treats themselves? These places have come up with some cool twists on the festival’s sweets.
InterContinental Grand Stanford
Whisky and chocolate? Sign us up! These decadent and delicious ‘mooncakes’ are made with creamy chocolate from Tiffany’s New York Bar. Collaborating with Taiwan’s first whisky maker, Kavalan, the chocolate delights are made with three of its distinctive whiskies for the trio whisky chocolate mooncakes. Each box of handcrafted Kavalan Whisky Chocolate Mooncakes comes in three single malt whisky flavours: Kavalan Classic; Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon and Kavalan Solist Amontillado. ($468 for a box of three pieces)
InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hongkong.intercontinental.com/en/
You don’t normally think of mooncakes when you think of kapok, but this artsy shop has teamed up with both Australian food artist Ryan L. Foote and local chocolatier Vero to create chocolaty pieces of art. With textures to remind you of the moon’s surface, these treats are wrapped in washi paper and packed in a box speckled with gold and silver. (Priced between $388 and $888).
kapok, Unit 1806, 18/F Dominion Centre, 43 – 59 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.ka-pok.com
It’s still warm in autumn, so a cool gelato mooncake should hit the spot just nicely! XTC Gelato has created a brand new gelato mooncake collection, featuring blueberry, chocolate and pistachio “cakes” with a wink and a nod to the traditional mooncake – each has a mango sorbetto “yolk” and a dark chocolate coating. If you purchase them before 4 October you will receive a 30% discount on your orders ($220 for the early bird price, $315 for the regular price).
XTC Gelato, Shop B, 45 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, xtc.com.hk
Partnering with renowned pastry chef Pierre Hermé, Mott 32 has created a keepsake box of treats using creative ingredients such as cumin, cinnamon, almond, jasmine, and kumquat, each of these has a chocolate topping and are boxed in a set of four – Vanilla (an almond and vanilla cake), Ispahan (an almond, raspberry and rose cake layered with a litchi fruit paste), Qi Qiao (an almond and orange blossom cake layered with a kumquat fruit paste), and Qin Yi (an almond and jasmine cake layered with a grapefruit fruit paste). Gift boxes are $690 each, or purchase before 19 September at $580.
Mott 32, Basement, Standard Chartered Building, 4-4a Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.mott32.com
Original (And With A Twist)
Want some variety in your mooncake selection? These shops have taken the traditional route but some have added to the ingredients to give their own take on mooncakes.
Want a bit of everything in your mooncake box? Starbuck’s has a special three-flavour set that should fit your needs. Each box comes with two of each: a Caramel Lava & Coffee Mooncake (with salted caramel lava oozing out of the coffee-flavoured treat), Earl Grey Tea Mochi & Oolong Tea Mooncake, and a Vanilla Custard Mooncake (with a vanilla seed filling).
Focusing on the traditional good tidings, these boxes are themed to send well wishes to the recipient. Featuring three “wishes,” the boxes are entitled “I Wish You Success,” (a box of six for $248), “Good Health,” (a box of six for $228) and “I Wish You Happiness” (a box of six for $268), these are made with unique ingredients ranging from durian fruit to ginger to a rich custard filling, depending on the “wish” you choose.
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant
This traditional Chinese restaurant has decided add some new flavours to its mooncakes such as brown sugar, rose, red bean paste and egg yolk. The boxes come in six for $288. The other flavours include white lotus seed paste, ginger and double egg yolks and are $298 for a four-piece box.
Man Ho, 3/F JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/hkgdt-jw-marriott-hotel-hong-kong/
Using imported Japanese sweet potatoes, Maria’s Bakery developed a sweet potato and egg custard mooncake that is high in potassium and fibre. Its crème is imported from France for a lighter flavour. Boxes are $178.
Maria’s Bakery, Shop A ,G/F Heung Lam Building 23 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Marias.Bakery
Want a traditional cake that’s also in a pretty box? The Ritz-Carlton has just the ones you want. The Ritz-Carlton teamed up with Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) students in Hong Kong to create two boxes – Floral Couture and Journey in the Sky, both with eight mini egg custard mooncakes. SCAD has a Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) that allows students to participate in creating and inventing concepts that can be applied in real life situations, and this was no exception. Floral Couture was created by Mandy Ng and Lok Wong, these boxes feature a contemporary lotus design to signify purity of wishes and love, while the Journey in the Sky was the brainchild of Corinne Caro and Krizia Wongso to pay homage to the Ritz-Carlton. A box of 10 pieces is $368 or $338 per box if you buy 10 or more.
Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/hong-kong