Once restricted to traditional lotus seed paste and red bean fillings, mooncakes — those devilish calorie bombs that pop-up in the lead-up to Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (24 September this year) — have long since broken free of convention to come in all varieties of sizes, colours and flavours. Whether you’re after a refreshing taste of pandan or yuzu, packing in the protein with heart-healthy nuts, or indulging in the classic combo of lotus paste and golden egg yolk — this year’s Mid-Autumn mooncakes offer something for all tastes. Here are our top 10 to buy, gift and enjoy.
Yan Toh Heen
Decked out in emerald and jade, the newly revamped Yan Toh Heen is preparing a mooncakes gift box worthy of its regal new home this Mid-Autumn Festival. The luxurious cakes are nestled into elegant jade gift boxes created by Hong Kong designer Millicent Lai, former Chief Homeware Designer at Shanghai Tang. A 6-piece box comes in varieties ranging from Custard Cream and Gold Dust Moon Cakes (HK$408 for 6 pieces) to Spanish Iberico Ham and Mixed Nut Moon Cakes (HK$368 for 6 pieces); while a special yuzu custard flavour is also available (HK$88 per piece) with net proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong foundation.
Price: Gift boxes ranging from HK$368–$408; order here.
Yan Toh Heen, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323
Bringing us undoubtedly one of the city’s most stylishly packaged mooncakes year after year is Tycoon Tann, who has once again collaborated with a local artist to offer an eye-catching presentation this year. Coinciding with his upcoming art exhibition at Tycoon Tann titled “Moon Over Paradise”, artist Justin Y has created a special design for the mooncake box featuring the use of finger painting with bright colours and patterns to evoke the convivial spirit of the holiday. Inside the stunning yellow box, you’ll find six classic egg custard mooncakes — perfect for sharing between friends and family this holiday.
Price: HK$368 for 6-piece box (available now until 24 September), HK$328 for early bird discount before 23 August; order here.
Tycoon Tann, 74 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3125 3228
Van Gogh Senses
Pop by Van Gogh SENSES — an art-themed concept store dedicated entirely to Vincent van Gogh — to pick up these mooncake gift sets for the art enthusiasts in your life. Featuring six decadent egg custard mooncakes, the delicious treats come packaged in a stunning collectible tin depicting Van Gogh’s iconic “Sunflowers” painting. To top it off, each set comes with two caffeine-free teas: the Sunflower Bouquet with notes of lemongrass and chamomile, and the Blueberry Kiss with a boost of nutrients from the addition of rooibos.
Price: HK$428 for 6-piece “Full Moon Mooncake Set”, HK$385 early bird offer until 31 August; order here.
Van Gogh SENSES, Shop 01-G03, G/F, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2884 0224
For a taste of both the conventional and the creative, you’ll want to get your hands on this year’s mooncake offering from Cantonese fine dining restaurant Dynasty Garden, with two classic mooncakes and two minis. The classic mooncakes are made from the restaurant’s prized recipe — rich lotus seed paste cakes, each filled with a double egg yolk — while the four minis feature alternative fillings of egg custard and mixed nuts. The latter is a good way to stave off the calories while still enjoying the festive treat, with the golden pastry encasing a filling of almonds, peanuts, walnuts, melon and sesame seeds.
Price: HK$368 for 6-piece box (2 classic, 4 minis); order here.
Dynasty Garden, 1/F, Goldin Financial Global Centre, 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3188 2153
Whether or not you’re a fan of traditional mooncakes, it’ll be hard to pass up Duddell’s version, with six plump, cream-filled cakes presented in a vibrant yellow gift set. Upholding Duddell’s tradition of working closely with local artists, the restaurant has tapped artist Chu Hing Wah to design the interior of the gift box, which features a family-focused painting inspired by Chu’s childhood lunar festival celebrations. The dynamic composition is set against the beautifully packaged gift box, while the creamy custard cakes inside reflect the refinement of the Michelin-starred kitchen.
Price: HK$388 for 6-piece box, HK$318 early bird discount before 17 August, pick up from 10–24 September; order here.
Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191
Landmark Mandarin Oriental
A chic gift set combined with Landmark Mandarin’s signature stamp makes for a classy gift for any relative or colleague this holiday, with the reusable carrier box (complete with a zip-around design) doubling up as an eco-friendly jewellery box or travel carrier. Inside, you’ll find petite egg custard mooncakes, made from a decades-old recipe that’s long been a local Hong Kong favourite. Available in an eye-catching shade of red, these mooncake boxes are sure to go flying off the shelves again this year.
Price: HK$408 for six mini egg custard mooncakes; order at Amber restaurant or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amber, 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0066
The Langham Hong Kong
Wrapped up in the hotel’s signature shade of pink, The Langham’s exquisite mooncake offering this year is a joint effort from chefs Kwong Wai Keung of T’ang Court and Tam Tung of Yat Tung Heen at Langham’s sister hotel, Eaton Hong Kong. The jewellery box is embossed with a delicate flower pattern, meant to represent the prosperity and joy of the season. Inside, opt for the classic custard mooncakes or the deluxe mini mooncake assortment with white lotus seed paste, red bean paste, and custard infused with kumquat.
Price: HK$368 for six mini mooncakes (mini custard with egg yolk or deluxe mini mooncake assortment), available until 23 September; order here.
T’ang Court, The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2132 7898 (also available at sister hotels Cordis, Hong Kong and Eaton, Hong Kong)
Perhaps the most untraditional of the bunch, Gaucho’s Mid-Autumn offering is a caramel-filled delight, with the golden pastry hiding a creamy filling of lotus seed paste, egg and syrup combined with the steakhouse’s beloved dulce de leche caramel. A reinvention of its signature cheesecake, these mooncakes keep the sweet and creamy texture and taste of Gaucho’s most popular dessert, while nodding to the traditional mooncake recipe. Available in sets of four.
Price: HK$308 until 25 September, HK$288 early bird discount until 31 August; call +852 2386 8090 to order.
Gaucho, 5/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2386 8090
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin
Hyatt Regency’s mooncakes are a go-to for those seeking an unconventional, out-of-the-box offering, with the Sha Tin 18 kitchen known for coming up with some decidedly wacky ingredient combinations over the years. This year, they’re drawing inspiration from their popular Chinese wine ice cream to execute an East-meets-West recipe, featuring mini Chinese wine and chocolate mooncakes wrapped up in a golden pastry crumb. Try it alongside the mini ginger pomelo mooncakes for a refreshing kick of fruit and candied ginger to offset the sweet chocolate.
Price: Box of six mini mooncakes priced at HK$268 before 31 August, HK$298 before 21 September, and HK$338 from 22–25 September; order here.
Sha Tin 18, 4/F, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, +852 3723 1234
Peninsula Hong Kong
Peninsula Hong Kong’s gourmet mooncakes are one of the most coveted in the city, with the hotel unveiling elegant new packaging each year to deliver their beloved pastries. This year, the design depicts the different phases of the moon in an elegant shade of maroon, available in classic gift boxes, mini assorted mooncake sets, and deluxe hampers. For a gift that truly impresses, go for the Star Chef Mooncake Gift Box (pictured above) which comes in an LED-lit lantern gift box with 10 mini pandan-flavoured mooncakes nestled between the various drawers.
Price: Starting from HK$368 for 8-piece mini mooncake box; view all gift sets and order here.
The Peninsula Boutique, The Peninsula Arcade, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2696 6969