For many Hongkongers, eating mooncakes the traditional way – filled with white lotus paste and salted egg yolks – is a childhood ritual. Like the lanterns, candles and the full moon itself, these festive treats are an essential part of Mid-Autumn Festival. But a constant stream of the same old flavours every year can be tiring, so why not treat yourself to a fancier option for a change ? From Earl Grey tea mooncakes to ones filled with 50-year aged mandarin peel, here are our top picks of luxurious mooncakes available for purchase this year. But hurry, as we all know the best sweet treats are in short supply as we approach Mid-Autumn Festival! Why do we eat mooncakes at Mid-Autumn Festival? The Peninsula Boutique Since 1986, The Peninsula Boutique has been offering Hongkongers its legendary mooncakes. This year, they’re bringing us two new irresistible mooncake flavours – walnut and fig flavoured egg custard, and red and south date lotus seed paste. These new mooncakes can be found in the stunning Star Chef Moon Gazing Gift Box, but be sure to check out the hotel’s other mouth-watering hampers too. The Peninsula Boutique’s mooncake gift boxes are available for purchase on their e-shop website. Shangri-La Hotels To celebrate turning 50 this year, Shangri-La has released a special mooncake gift box featuring mooncakes filled with 50-year aged mandarin peel, rose and red bean paste. These mooncakes are full of flavour and make a fine way to mark the hotel group’s big anniversary. The commemorative mooncake gift box will be available for purchase at all three Shangri-La hotels in Hong Kong, as well as on their online boutique. Kowloon Shangri-La Kowloon Shangri-La’s Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, Shang Palace, is introducing mooncake creations by their executive Chinese chef, Cheung Long-yin. From innovative flavours like the Mini Bamboo Charcoal Mooncakes to transforming Japanese desserts with their mini mojicha-flavoured offerings, or contemporary twists on Chiu Chow mooncakes, the choices are hard to whittle down. Kowloon Shangri-La’s contemporary mooncakes are sold on Shangri-La’s online boutique. Hong Kong’s 6 hardest restaurant tables to book right now Kerry Hotel As the final group from the Shangri-La family, Kerry Hotel brings us a series of signature mooncakes to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival. With its take on the traditional double egg yolk with white lotus seed paste recipe, mini custard mooncakes and the hotel group’s signature red bean paste with 30-year aged mandarin peel mooncake, this gift box makes the perfect addition to the festival. Kerry Hotel’s mooncakes are also available for purchase on Shangri-La group’s online boutique. InterContinental Grand Stanford If you like your sweet treats with a boozy twist, InterContinental Grand Stanford’s coveted whisky chocolate mooncakes are back for sale this Mid-Autumn Festival. Each collection box features three distinctive whisky types, including limited-edition malts like The Macallan Classic Cut 2020 and Ardbeg Wee Beastie. Buy these delectable whisky chocolate mooncakes on InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong’s e-shop. The St. Regis Hong Kong This year, The St. Regis Hong Kong is launching a brand-new collection of mooncakes. The executive chef of the hotel’s one-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Rùn, Hung Chi-kwong, has created three types of mooncakes with irresistible flavours. Apart from the traditional recipe, Hung is also introducing the Mini Red Bean Paste with Aged 15 years Tangerine Peel mooncake, and the Mini Assorted Caramel Nuts Mooncake. St. Regis’ mooncakes are available for purchase on their e-boutique, or in person at Rùn. Mermaid fitness or dream analysis? Hong Kong’s best wellness staycation deals China Tang Adorned in Chinese motifs like window grilles and ruyi knot patterns, China Tang are bringing back their classic modern gem boxes to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festivities. The Authentic White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Egg Yolks mooncake follows an age-old recipe in combination with the finest ingredients, whereas the Mini Crafted Egg Custard exudes a mouthful of silky buttery flavours. Both mooncake sets will be sold in China Tang’s branches at Landmark and Harbour City, as well as online at Lai Sun Mart’s website. Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers This year, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers introduces The Autumn Rhythm, a new mooncake collection to dazzle the festive scene. Each of the four flavours were created by executive chef of the hotel’s Celestial Court Chinese Restaurant, ensuring decadence with every bite. Classics flavours like white lotus seed with egg yolk, custard cream with egg yolk, and red bean paste with mandarin peel are part of the collection, along with Mini Earl Grey Tea Custard, its newcomer flavour. To order The Autumn Rhythm mooncake collection, contact Celestial Court by calling 2369 1111. Cordis Hotel & Resorts Cordis Hotel & Resorts’ Michelin-starred restaurant Ming Court is releasing two mooncake collections, both of which are lavish in their own ways. The Cantonese restaurant is collaborating with esteemed French crystal brand Lalique. In addition to providing two 100 Points universal glasses with Ming Court’s mooncakes, sommeliers have specially selected pairing wines included in the gift set to match with the mooncakes. Ming Court also created its own white lotus seed paste and double egg yolk mooncakes, which are coveted for their authentic flavour and using the finest ingredients. For those looking for a creative twist, the mini custard mooncakes feature kumquat to bring a fresh citrus scent to a classic flavour. To order the limited-edition Lalique mooncake gift set, call 3552 3301 or complete the online form on Cordis’ website. To purchase the Ming Mooncakes, make your purchase on Cordis’ website. Date by Tate If you’re looking for an alternative sweet treat to mooncakes this year, Date By Tate celebrates the season with their Mid-Autumn Pastry Box full of various Michelin-approved pastries. Inside the box, various flavours can be found; like the Yuzu and Sesame Rocher, salted egg cookies and more. The centrepiece of the box is a five-nuts chocolate mendicant, shaped like a mooncake, which you can smash open with a hammer to find a lychee marshmallow centre. To purchase Date by Tate’s pastry box, head to their store or purchase online at their website. Landmark Mandarin Oriental This Mid-Autumn Festival, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is combining style and sustainability with the release of their mooncake tote bag, containing the hotel’s gourmet mini egg custard mooncakes. The stylish tote bag is a modern take on the festival, while being poetic and including an artistic touch to being eco-friendly. Each bag contains six mini egg custard mooncakes, prepared with the Mandarin Oriental’s signature recipe to ensure a soft and silky texture, while being delicate and luscious. Orders for the mooncake tote bag can be made though The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s website. Where to eat in Hong Kong in September: 15 new restaurants to try Mandarin Oriental Mandarin Oriental is also paying homage to the tradition of Mid-Autumn Festival by presenting an enticing selection of flavourful traditional and speciality mooncakes and hampers. The storied hotel’s take on red bean paste mooncakes with dried tangerine peel are spliced chocolate lava, making them an indulgent morsel. If you prefer traditional flavours, they have a selection of mooncakes made with white or golden lotus seed paste. Mandarin Oriental’s mooncakes and hampers are available for purchase on their online shop. Sexy Crab Joining forces with Korean gourmet dessert atelier Baekmidang, Sexy Crab are releasing limited-edition Mid-Autumn Festival gift sets, featuring marinated drunken seafood and mooncakes. Marinated in 10-15 years-aged huadiao wine, Sexy Crab uses premium seafood like their signature crab meat-roe ratio, king crab legs, Hokkaido abalone and Spanish red king prawns. Baekmidang features three flavour combinations for its artisanal mooncakes: Lava Custard, Lava Coffee and Tieguanyin Tea. Vouchers for these gift sets are available for sale at Sexy Crab, located in K11 Musea or Baekmidang’s locations across Hong Kong. Fortnum & Mason This year, Fortnum & Mason has created three exceptional mooncakes along with selected teas to match. Their mooncakes flavours include Earl Grey, Rose Pouchong and matcha; and their pairing tea blends are Earl Grey, Queen Anne tea and Victoria Grey. In addition, Fortnum & Mason’s new mooncake gift box design features three characters from legendary tales – Chang’e flying to the moon, Wu Gang chopping the cherry bay and The Jade Rabbit. Fortnum & Mason’s exquisite delights can be found at their flagship store at K11 Musea or bought on Fortnum & Mason’s e-shop on the K11 app. Hong Kong’s 10 most bizarre mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival 2021 Duddell’s Known for serving authentic Michelin-starred Cantonese cuisine, Duddell’s is launching its signature Lava Cream Custard mooncakes. Collaborating with innovative artists from Macau-based Mo-Design, they’ve created two stunning gift boxes that embrace Chinese traditions. The signature gift box shows a 3D moon in gold, blue and red accents; whereas the limited edition LED Lantern Gift Box is made with golden film that catches the light at different angles, creating the effect of illuminated lanterns. Place your order for your mooncake gift boxes on Duddell’s website. W Hotel This year, Sing Yin Cantonese Dining from W Hotel is offering an all-new, limited edition Illuminate Your Senses mooncake box that features three different mooncake varieties. From lava egg custard to mini golden custard mooncakes, they come in gift sets various sizes and are accompanied by two bags of premium Wuyi Big Red Robe tea. Buy W Hong Kong’s mooncake gift sets on their website. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .