The Mid-Autumn Festival is fast approaching and the not-to-be-missed, must-have item for the very special day is the mooncake.

The celestial celebration for the full moon and family just won’t be ultimately complete without the delicate full moon-shaped dessert.  

With competition amongst hotels out-roaring 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 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 season.

1
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

For mooncake lovers, or even for those may need a little convincing, the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s mooncakes will make you cherish these Chinese sweet treats more and more thanks to the deliciously luscious taste and the use of premium products ­­– yes, it’s the MO we’re talking about after all. Packaged in a specially-designed box, buyers have choices between “The Oriental Classic” (THB 808 net) box and “The Luxury” box (THB 1,888 net). Inside sit eight mooncakes with different flavours spanning custard, lotus seeds with egg yolk, durian with egg yolk, and MO’s newest flavour: Italian Tiramisu. The latter is a scrumptious invention born from the collab of Executive Chinese Chef Andy Leong and Chef Dario Busnelli, Head Chef of the hotel’s Italian restaurant Ciao Terrazza. The coffee-spiked mooncake adds a delightful surprise to the box, catering to all coffee drinkers. For afternoon tea lovers, stop by The Authors’ Lounge for their exclusive Mid-Autumn Festival Afternoon Tea which includes an array of treats like MO’s iconic mooncakes, savoury pastries, and the tea room’s signature desserts.

Available until 1 October 2020, order from  The China House, The Mandarin Oriental Shops at Siam Paragon, Central Chidlom, The Emporium, Gaysorn Village or their Online Store on  Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.

2
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park

Not all about traditional mooncakes? Then these here should definitely be your move. The Pagoda Chinese restaurant within the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is all about classic-meets-contemporary flavours this year. The assorted fillings include white lotus seed & macadamia nuts, salted egg yolk vanilla custard, pork bak-kwa & assorted nuts, white lotus & melon seeds with a single yolk, Chanthaburi durian & white lotus seeds with an egg yolk, and last but not least, the stellar malted chocolate Rocher mooncake made using premium French Valrhona chocolate and almond praline. Check their website for all prices for every mooncake box type.

Available until 1 October 2020, order from Pagoda Chinese Restaurant

3
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Sticking to the succulent classics, Anantara Siam Bangkok offers up mooncakes with a variety of 3 different fillings of monthong durian chocolate lava, single-yolk lotus seed, and custard. Patrons can pick their mooncakes to come in either the sleek Premium Red Velvet Box (THB 1,088+) or the Siamese Fighting Fish Luxury Box (THB 1,588+) with four mooncakes contained within the luxurious gold-adorned container.

Available until 1 October 2020, order from Mocha & Muffins, 1Fl of Anantara Siam Bangkok.

4
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

When it comes to mooncakes, Shang Palace within the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok has left a lasting impression with their silky-smooth fillings and a firmly baked crust. Another factor that adds to the specialness of this year’s collection is the selection of boxes. Designer boxes from the year of 2014 to 2019 are up for diners to choose depending on which suits their taste and style best. Flavour-wise, the filling range still stays on the classic side, spanning durian paste, lotus seed paste, and cream custard.

Available until 3 October 2020, order from their website Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok or at Shang Palace.

5
The Okura Prestige Bangkok

Combining the art of furoshiki (box wrapping using Japanese-style fabric) and Chinese mooncake tradition, La Pâtisserie within The Okura Prestige Bangkok churns out an elegant Furoshiki Mooncake Box (THB 988 net for four pieces) that graciously marries the Japanese hotel’s luxe vibe and feel with the age-old Mid-Autumn Festival. The mooncake comes in four decadent flavours — green tea, custard, durian with single yolk, and purple sweet potato with single yolk.

Available until 1 October 2020, order from The Okura Prestige Bangkok

6
The St.Regis Bangkok

For contemporary design devotees and mooncake enthusiasts, take delight in The St.Regis Bangkok’s mooncakes which come packed in a round box, reminiscent of the Chinese-style circular window — for practical use since later you can also turn it into a stylish picture frame. Featuring four delectable fillings: durian, mixed nuts, lotus seed, and jujube (all stuffed with a single egg yolk), the mooncake menu here keeps things simple and sophisticated. Priced at THB 988 net, the mooncake box holds four mooncakes, perfect for accompanying your afternoon tea with the fam on this special season, or just to give as a gift.

Available until 1 October 2020, order from the Lounge, 1 FL at The St. Regis 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.