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10 best mooncakes to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is drawing near. And whilst it was once a harvest ritual, it has now largely become a celestial celebration for family, full moon, and, of course, fanciful mooncakes.

With competition amongst hotels to outroar one another in terms of luxurious packaging and creative recipes, we’ve tasted some of the most beautifully presented and deliciously decadent mooncakes in Bangkok to save you time from decision-making. Nibble your way through our ten picks for the best ethereal mooncakes and decide for yourself which one suits your taste most. We are sure you’ll find something worth indulging in this divine season.

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The Peninsula Bangkok

You’ve tasted a good mooncake. Now multiply its texture and flavour by a hundred and you’ll sort of get an idea of what these ones taste like. Keeping their mooncake tradition alive, Peninsula Bangkok offers their legendary, time-tested egg custard mooncakes, following the secret recipe made famous by The Peninsula Hong Kong. Buttery and luscious, this eggy cream-like version differs from others on this list with its soft and ooey-gooey filling made from organic eggs. Presented elegantly in an octagonal gift box, Peninsula’s speciality is priced from THB 980.

Available until 24 September 2018, order from The Peninsula Bangkok


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Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

Packed within this floral turquoise box lie sweet flavours and cultural heritage. This season, Grand Hyatt Erawan is offering a unique mooncake selection spanning pandan with coconut, cocoa nib, and eight xian, alongside the old-schools like custard and durian fillings. Blessed with a golden brown and beautifully shaped crust, each mooncake is filled with velvety smooth filling, with some studded with crunchy seeds and salted egg yolk for additional texture and flavour. A box of four mooncakes is priced at THB 789++.

Order from Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

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The Okura Prestige Bangkok

Origami is a thing of beauty. For this Mid-Autumn Festival, La Pâtisserie of The Okura Prestige has combined the Japanese art of paper folding with traditional mooncakes, offering these decadent desserts in four fabulous flavours — green tea, custard, durian, jujube — packed in a bright red origami box, priced at THB 988.

Available until 24 September 2018, order from The Okura Prestige Bangkok

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The Sukosol Hotel

Baked fresh out of the oven every day, mooncakes from Lin-Fa Chinese Restaurant at The Sukosol Hotel are well-established, following what is believed to be a 25-year-old recipe. Here, the choices range from durian, durian with egg yolk, lotus with egg yolk, and, most importantly, a velvety mandarin flavour. We highly recommend going for the latter, which contains the typical textures of a mooncake but differ from the rest with its delicious fragrance of a citrus fruit. For more information on the price list, call +662 247 0123 ext. 1820 or 1821.

Available until 24 September 2018, order from The Sukosol Hotel 

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Shangri-La Hotel

Simple does it. The Shangri-La Hotel never fails to impress us with its excellent quality of mooncakes. With grade-A ingredients and skilled chefs, for years, the hotel has left a lasting impression of its mooncakes with smooth fillings and a firmly baked crust. Offering simple flavours including mixed fruits with nuts, lotus seed, durian, and cream custard, the hotel is also adding a new member, with an almond and sesame filling, to the menu this year. Packaged in a book-inspired gift box, splurge on these delicately shaped and baked morsels this season. Boxes start at THB 808 with an eight-piece mini mooncake set also available.

Available until 24 September 2018, order from Shangri-La Hotel

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Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Mooncake enthusiasts, if you are a fan of Mandarin Oriental’s baked full-moon shaped delights, we suggest you get your order early; they sell like hot (moon)cakes. With over a thousand of their mooncakes sold out each year, the hotel is back to delight us again with new sumptuous flavours of black sesame with melon seed. Along with the other three of the hotel’s classics like custard, lotus seed, and the luscious durian paste studded with egg yolk, the Mandarin Oriental is ready to wow the palate of mooncake fans as usual. Gift boxes start at THB 798.

Available until 24 September 2018, order from Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok 

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Banyan Tree Bangkok

For this special season, pick your treats from a selection of divine mooncakes intricately crafted by Banyan Tree Bangkok. Here you’ll find eight mooncake flavours featuring the classics: lotus seed, assorted nuts, Chinese chestnut, red bean, jujube with walnut, black sesame, custard, and durian fillings. The packaging is also adorable, featuring pull-out drawers, priced from THB 599. Got a big family? Get the limited edition of eight-mini mooncakes gift set for THB 1,888.

Available until 24 September 2018, order from Banyan Tree Bangkok

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SO Sofitel Bangkok

First impressions count; often times we first feast with our eyes not with our mouths. So for those planning to impress family and friends, SO Sofitel’s mooncake creation this year threads the line between good style and great taste. Known for being a rebel to mooncake tradition, the hotel is going for an very cool marbled crust, filled with non-classic fillings like the brownie with macadamia nuts. The marbled delights are also presented sophisticatedly in a handbag-inspired gift box priced at THB 1,199. Want to make people go ooh and ah? This is the one you should go for.

Available till 30 September 2018, order from SO Sofitel Bangkok

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Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park

The Pagoda Chinese restaurant within the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is ready to take the plunge into the savoury side of mooncakes this season by offering their new signature flavours, including black truffle and white lotus seed paste with a single salted yolk, and pork bak-kwa (dried meat) mixed with assorted nuts. For those who prefer the classics, they also offer four other traditional flavours for you to pick from, too.Undoubtedly, this is a rare occasion where you can judge the mooncakes by its box, as they come presented elegantly in a pink and gold treasure chest-like box. For a set of four, prices starts at THB 989 onwards depending on which flavour you choose.

Order from Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park

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Anantara Siam Bangkok

Anantara Siam Bangkok’s takes on mooncakes are well-adapted to fit the Thai palate. While most traditional mooncakes become very sweet after the first few bites, Anantara’s versions retain a great balance between sweet and salty. Their mooncakes are plump with salted egg yolks, with each bite giving the perfect salty counterpoint to the buttery sweet notes from the filling. Presented in a sleek red velvet leather box, pick four mooncakes from your favourite flavours ranging from green tea, custard, durian single yolk, and jujube single yolk, priced from THB 950++.

Available until 24 September 2018, order from Anantara Siam Bangkok 

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.
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