12 decadent mooncakes to gift for Mid-Autumn Festival 2019
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06 Aug 2019
12 decadent mooncakes to gift for Mid-Autumn Festival 2019
The Mid-Autumn Festival is nearly upon us once again — it’s 13 September this year — and you know what that means: It’s time to stock up on sumptuous mooncakes of all flavours and partake in the season’s most delicious holiday tradition. These days, the tasty treats aren’t just relegated to classic flavours of lotus and red bean fillings, as Hong Kong’s chefs and dessert purveyors have shed tradition to embrace all different variations of the delicious treat — from dark chocolate to savoury versions and even ice-cream-filled varieties.
Whichever flavour you choose, these delectable treats are perfect for gifting since restaurants pay as much attention to the beautiful and creative packaging as they do to the mooncakes themselves. With countless options to choose from, we’ve narrowed down 12 of our favourites this year — perfect for picking out a holiday gift for friends and family, or simply indulging in a treat for yourself.
Tin Lung Heen
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong celebrates the lustrous full moon – the symbol of Mid-Autumn Festival – with its premium mini egg custard mooncakes, courtesy of Cantonese kitchen Tin Lung Heen. Created by chef Paul Lau, the treats feature a flavourful egg custard in a moist pastry dough. This year, the hotel collaborates again with SCAD Hong Kong (Savannah College of Art and Design) for two special-edition mooncake boxes: one with stars scattered around the moon, and the other illustrating a romantic reunion under the moonlight.
Price: From HK$398–$478 per box of 8 mini mooncakes; call +852 2263 2150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Yan Toh Heen
Two-Michelin-starred Yan Toh Heen serves up homemade moon cakes courtesy of Executive Chef Lau Yiu Fai's special recipe, which has been perfected over years. Three flavours are available: custard cream, lotus seed paste and salty egg yolk, and the savoury Spanish Iberico ham and mixed nut mooncakes. This year, the restaurant is also offering a special apple and cream custard variety made with locally grown apples; priced at HK$100 per mooncake, proceeds go towards the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association to help mentally ill patients. All mooncakes are packaged in stunning jade or suede gift boxes created by Millicent Lai, former designer at Shanghai Tang.
Price: From HK$388–$448 for regular mooncake boxes; email email@example.com to order.
The Butterfly Patisserie
Handsomely encased in jewel-like burgundy and royal blue boxes, the mooncakes from recently opened Rosewood Hong Kong are giving the most popular offerings around town a run for their money this year. Flavourings range from vanilla to red bean and even low-sugar alternatives, but we're keen on the white lotus paste, velvety smooth with premium salted double duck egg yolks to represent the full moon.
Price: From HK$498–$560 for 4–6 piece boxes; order from The Butterfly Patisserie at www.rosewoodhkshop.com .
Yat Tung Heen
Go retro with one-Michelin-starred Yat Tung Heen's unconventional cakes this holiday, served in limited edition wooden jewellery boxes inspired by Hong Kong's golden era. Underlining Eaton HK's commitment to sustainability, the quirky gift box is made with reclaimed timber with a Chinese clasp, and is lined with reflective gold paper to symbolise the full moon. Chow down on the classic white lotus seed with egg yolk or mini custard with egg yolk varieties, then reuse the box to hold your jewellery at home.
Price: From HK$349 per box; order at www.yattungheenmooncake.com.
The Mandarin Cake Shop
Over at The Mandarin Cake Shop, the perennially popular treats return this year, with a selection of mooncakes and gift hampers (presented in fan-shaped gift boxes) available to order through 13 September. Indulge in classics such as white and golden lotus with yolk, or opt for new specialty flavours including lava chocolate and vanilla custard. Gifts boxes can be collected in person or delivered.
Price: From HK$2,088 for gift boxes, HK$3,088 for hampers; call +852 2825 4008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Ying Jee Club
Ying Jee Club, the two-Michelin-starred Cantonese fine-dining restaurant on Connaught Road, brings back its delightful mini egg custard mooncakes this year, crafted by Executive Chef Siu Hin Chi and his culinary team. Delicate and buttery golden pastry encases a velvety custard centre – all presented in decorative purple gift boxes evocative of the golden full moon.
Price: HK$358 per box of 6 pieces; call +852 2801 6882 or email email@example.com to order, pick-up at restaurant between 1–13 September.
Langham Hospitality Group's brand new signature mooncake offering combines the talents of its master Cantonese chefs at T'ang Court, Ming Court and Yat Tung Heen. The chefs have collaborated to create Ming Mooncakes, which feature mini custard egg yolk mooncakes perfected from years of testing, in addition to the less sweet mini custard with egg yolk and kumquat variety for a more modern interpretation. Ming Mooncakes will be sold in a honey-hued collector's box with colourful illustrations by local artist Vivian Ho, evoking the spirit of the holiday through childhood stories.
Price: HK$388 for six mini mooncakes; order here.
For an out-of-the-ordinary mooncake offering, look towards Duddell's – JIA Group's famed Cantonese kitchen – dazzles this year with a limited-edition lantern gift box, with holographic materials and traditional paper-cutting craftsmanship. The iridescent lantern holds eight boxed mooncakes, designed to illuminate your holiday. For a more traditional offering, take home the "Blue Moon" signature box featuring the artwork of Marcel Dzama with motifs representing prosperity and luck (holds six cream custard mooncakes).
Price: From HK$328 for Marcel Dzama gift box, HK$588 for lantern mooncake gift box; call +852 2525 9191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Popular mille-crepe cake purveyor, Lady M gets in on the mooncake action this holiday season with an artisanal offer in collaboration with Duddell's. The Michelin-starred kitchen has designed personalised treats for the Lady M Zoetrope Mooncakes offering, presented in a circular box housing eight delectable mini cream custard cakes. Meant to resemble an optical illusion, the starry night sky is illuminated with every spin of the zoetrope, and is meant to be gifted with a handwritten note to your loved ones.
Price: HK$528 for 8-piece zoetrope; available at all Lady M boutiques including Shop C, G/F, 1-3 Cleveland Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2861 1866.
China Tang collaborates with Shanghai Tang for the first time ever this year, marking the latter's 25th anniversary with a playful mooncake set. The "China Tang x Shanghai Tang Sliver Limited Edition Mooncake Set" is wrapped in silver packaging to celebrate the boutique's Silver Jubilee, opening to reveal an illuminated Mid-Autumn scene inspired by a shadow box. Inside, you'll find six classic white lotus seed puree mooncakes with egg yolk, made with pure peanut oil and refined syrup for a light and delicate treat.
Price: From HK$628 through 13 September (while stocks last); order at China Tang, Shop 411-413, 4/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 2148.
Who could resist gelato mooncakes? Swap the traditional rich fillings for refreshing and icy gelato in 2/3 Dolci's artisanal offering presented in a golden gift box. Each of the six handmade mooncakes feature a different flavour, from pistachio to earl grey tea to salted caramel – all encased in 64% Belgian dark chocolate. With every box purchased, guests can enjoy a free gelato scoop voucher.
Price: HK$278 per box, visit 2/3 Dolci's Facebook page for more details and pick-up locations.
Vive Cake Boutique
Tea and custard mooncakes go hand in hand in Vive Cake Boutique's premium gourmet hampers. Back by popular demand, Vive's mooncake creation features shortcrust custard cakes infused with the essence of coconut, and lava custard mooncakes. Guests can choose an elegant eco-friendly box designed by founder Vivien Lau; or a mooncake and tea gift box which features galloping unicorns and opens up like a chest of drawers with four mooncakes and 12 packets of Vive Organic Taiwan Tea (Alpine Roast, Oriental Beauty and Golden Honey).
Price: From HK$480–$680 from Vive Cake Boutique, Shop 3, 1/F, H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 9602 2869.