Top Mooncake Picks for Mid-Autumn Season
September 15 is the Mid-Autumn Festival, and you know what that means: Mooncake orders start NOW. Here are our favorites of these autumnal delicacies, from traditional treats to new-wave inventions.
Michelin-two-starred Shang Palace’s Uji Matcha Mooncake with red beans and chestnut paste lends a Japanese twist to the traditional Chinese delicacy. The green tea powder is sourced from an award-winning tea farm in Uji, imparting an intense matcha flavor to complement Tokachi red beans. It’s a classic red and green combo that’s just the right amount of bitter and sweet.
Great for: Green tea addicts
$368 per box of eight. Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2733-8483.
Fred & Chloé
Here’s a mooncake (or should we say “moo-cake”) that’ll put a smile on your face: Fred & Chloé presents a playful twist on the conventional treat, with cow-themed cakes featuring a custard crafted from the brand’s signature milk. A preservatives-free product of France, the creamy milk helps create a luscious custard filling—all encased in a thin, flaky golden crust. Each box comes with six adorable cakes.
Great for: Young-at-heart Mid-Autumn revelers
$200 per box of six. fred-and-chloe.com
Keep yourself cool during the Mid-Autumn festivities with XTC Gelato's mooncake-shaped frozen treats. These popular creamy confections come in four different flavors—traditional milk tea, nutty pistachio, refreshing raspberry and rich vanilla—dipped in a thin chocolate shell with a fresh mango sorbet resembling the “yolk.” Each box ($285) includes all four varieties, along with a reusable bag and two ice packs so you can easily transport them to your office or holiday party.
Great for: Winning over your co-workers
$199 through Aug 31; $285 thereafter. Various locations including Shop B, 45 Cochrane St., Central, 2541-0500.
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Pak Loh Chiu Chow
Pak Loh Chiu Chow celebrates the Chiu Chow-style mooncake this year, which features a lighter, flakier puff pastry-like crust rather than the typical dense crust. Inside, lotus seed paste is replaced by mung bean paste or taro paste and a salted egg yolk, resulting in a lighter and less sugary version. We recommend going for the gift box which includes two mung bean mooncakes, two taro cakes, homemade XO sauce and two tea bags ($298).
Great for: A lighter tea-time treat
Various locations including Shop 1002, 10/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 2577-1163.
Fook Lam Moon
Not into all the modern mooncake twists? Go the traditional route with the classic cakes from Fook Lam Moon. The age-old formula of lotus seed paste and salted egg is uplifted this year with the addition of Pu’er tea, which lends its subtle aroma to the golden-brown crust. FLM also carries a range of healthy mooncake alternatives made with seaweed sugar and mini mooncakes with flavors varying from egg custard to red bean paste.
Great for: Mooncake purists
$680 per box of four. 35-45 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, 2866-0663.
The Chinese Restaurant
The Chinese Restaurant at Hyatt Regency presents a “Tasteful Discovery” assorted mooncake box this year for those who can’t settle on just one variety (who can?). The stylish two-tier designer gift box includes two white lotus seed paste mooncakes, two mini golden lily oolong tea cakes with wolfberries and red date paste, and two mini custard cakes for bite-sized nom’ing. The mooncakes are made with lighter ingredients to cater to health-conscious eaters, so feel free to go in for seconds or thirds.
Great for: Gorging without the guilt
$338. Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2311-1234.
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Additional reporting by Rainie Lam and Janet Sun