While Mid-Autumn festival is still a month or two away (held this year on 1 October), you’ll want to get ready for occasion by swooping in on the early bird mooncake offerings before they’re all gone.

Mid-Autumn Festival is often recognised as the most heartwarming occasion in Asian culture, often spent sharing a sweet dessert with your nearest and dearest while admiring the full moon outside. During these frustrating times, it’s more important than ever to cherish our family and friends with quality time. Whether you’re looking to impress with time-honoured mooncake mainstays ahead of the holiday, or planning to indulge on some innovative creations at home, celebrate the season with these delicious mooncakes below.

For traditional gifting

Spring Moon

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The highly coveted, limited edition mini egg custard mooncakes make their return at The Peninsula Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred, Cantonese fine-dine Spring Moon. First launched in 1986, they are first rate in terms of blending eastern traditions with international culinary techniques. The difficulty to secure these babies make them impressive gifts that speak for themselves. This year, Spring Moon has also launched the mini mooncakes in heart shaped iterations, with just 2,020 boxes available. For gift ideas for family members and business associates, the Deluxe Gourmet Hamper is the ideal pick, featuring a box of mini egg custard mooncakes, 30-head Middle East dried abalone, 18-head fish maw, conpoy and other delicacies. 

From HK$580-$630 for eight-piece boxes, and HK$3,888 for the Deluxe Gourmet Hamper; order online at mooncake.peninsula.com, call +852 2696 6828, or email mooncakephk@peninsula.com. Pick up at Spring Moon from 10 September to 1 October 2020.

China Tang

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For traditional mooncakes paired with stunning presentation, China Tang‘s vibrant, chinoiserie-infused gift boxes are sure to wow your guests. Pick from Authentic White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Egg Yolk — based on its age-old recipe; or crowd-pleasing Mini Crafted Egg Custard Mooncakes for the more modern palate.

HK$278 each before 31 August 2020; Order from China Tang Harbour City or Landmark branches or at Lai Sun Group’s eShop.

Shangri-La Group

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The Shangri-La Group is bringing you and your loved ones a fabulous array of mooncakes at every one of its venues. For purists, Kerry Hotel’s traditional Double Egg Yolk with White Lotus Seed Paste mooncakes is sure to prove popular. If you’re looking for something to impress family and business associates alike, check out Island Shangri-La’s sumptuous Red Bean Paste Mooncakes with Rare 80-year Dried Tangerine Peel, housed in a handsome collector’s gift box from Summer Palace (pictured). At Kowloon Shangri-La, Shang Palace presents a series of new products including the Master Chef Gift Box: featuring Mini Mooncakes with Rose Sugar, White Lotus Seed Paste and Egg Yolk, as well as salty-sweet Bakkwa jerky and Pork Floss Mooncakes.

From HK$428–$1,118 for four- to eight-piece boxes, and 20 percent off on orders before 19 August; for orders, visit the respective eShops at Island Shangri-La; Kowloon Shangri-La and Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

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This year, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival by placing emphasis on packaging with a touch of style, presenting a custom-designed reusable gift box that takes inspiration from nature. Featuring the hotel’s exclusive recipe, the gourmet mini custard mooncakes come in an elegant crescent-shaped case of six that takes inspiration from a beautiful lotus flower basking in a moonlit pond — opening up to reveal a festive full moon.

HK$398 from Amber, 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0066; order online or via email at lmhkg-mooncake@mohg.com.

Butterfly Patisserie

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Rosewood Hong Kong presents handcrafted mooncakes in stunning artistic hampers and gift boxes, wvailable now for purchase from Butterfly Patisserie itself and from its online shop. Besides the traditional White Lotus Mooncake, Rosewood also offers versatile flavours with its six-piece Mini Assorted Flavour Set, featuring styles such as Red Bean Mandarin Peel and Lapsang Souchong White Lotus Seed Paste, which was created by Rosewood Hong Kong’s resident tea master Alan Leung.

For something contemporary, the Chocolate Mooncakes by pastry chef Holger Deh are rich and creamy, with just a hint of bitterness. If you’re looking for something thoughtful for family and friends, the hotel also offers generous gift sets and hampers filled with premium tea, sweet treats and traditional Chinese savoury indulgences.

From HK$428-$498 for four- to six-piece box sets; order at Butterfly Patisserie; via email at hongkong.mooncake@rosewoodhotels.com; or at Rosewood Hong Kong’s eShop.

Lung King Heen

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Crafted by three-Michelin starred Chinese restaurant Lung King Heen, you can happily anticipate a luxurious treat with these mooncakes from the Four Seasons. On top of traditional flavours like the White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Salted Egg Yolk, Lung King Heen has also introduced its newest addition — Chinese Date Mooncakes with Walnuts. Finding it hard to choose? Try both with the Assorted Signature Mooncake Box which includes two additional flavours — Lotus Seed Paste Mooncakes with Salted Egg Yolk and Black Truffle, as well as Preserved Eggs and Pickled Ginger. Not to be missed is also the sweet Cream Custard with Toasted Pine Nuts mooncake, a sought-after delicacy created by Chef Tak since the Hotel has opened. Festive hampers are also available for the gifting season.

From HK$518–560 for four- to six-piece boxes; order at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong eShop through to October 1 2020, while stocks last. For further details, call +852 3196 8708 or email shop.hkg@fourseasons.com.

The Peninsula Boutique

For Mid-Autumn 2020, the beloved Peninsula boutique returns to Hong Kong island with a non-permanent location on the atrium floor of Hysan Place. Aside from the usual assortment of custard, tea-flavoured, and walnut/longan mooncakes, this year’s pop-up doubles as a recycling point for used packaging: a crucial resource that is turned into hospitality-grade paper towels by Hong Kong-based Mil Mill.

The Peninsula Mid-Autumn pop-up is open daily from 10am to 7pm. To learn more or place an advance order, email hongkongtpb@peninsula.com or visit the Peninsula boutique online.

Unconventional mooncakes

Venchi

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Not quite keen on white lotus paste or savoury salted egg yolks in your dessert? Go for Venchi’s chocolate mooncake gift sets, which pair the expertise of Italian chocolatiers with Chinese tradition. These creative, petal-shaped desserts are perfect to be shared, with flavours featuring a soft gianduia chocolate spread-filled mooncake with gluten-free hazelnut biscuit crunch; a vegan-friendly dark cherry and dark chocolate with almond paste; and a velvety green tea and pistachio ganache mooncake with cacao nibs. Choose from single-tier mooncake gift sets or extravagant box sets that also include truffles and wrapped chocolate treats.

HK$120–650 for mooncake gift boxes, with early bird prices available through 7 September. Order from Venchi, with various locations including Wan Chai and Central: G/F, The Pottinger, 21 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2868 0336

Royal Caviar Club

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For a next-level kind of extravagance come Mid-Autumn Festival, look to Royal Caviar Club’s unique creation: a delicate snowy creation oozing with — you guessed it — premium Cristal caviar. Created by chef Nicholas Chew of Guerilla Lab (previously of one Michelin-starred Serge et Le Phoque and Bibo), the world’s first savoury caviar mooncake features practically all the world’s best things: 10 grams of Cristal caviar, Australian winter black truffle, truffled potato, encased in a delicate ‘snowy’ glutinous rice wrapping. Those looking for an even more decadent treat will want to order the limited edition Royal Caviar Club Crepe Cake (available in four sizes and priced from HK$2,500–9,800), featuring thin layers of avocado, crab, crab mille-feuille, egg, and potato — and absolutely loaded in caviar.

Only 1,000 boxes available; HK$1,380 before 11 September; HK$1,800 thereafter from Royal Caviar Club.

Baked Indulgence

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For a satisfying treat come Mid-Autumn Festival — or to cure any afternoon slump alike — check out homegrown cookie brand Baked Indulgence’s festive CookieMoon creations, with limited edition flavours perfect for afternoon tea. The Dahongpao tea and chocolate cookie adds a touch of sophistication to the chewy childhood favourite; whereas the candied ginger and sesame cookie brings a touch of zingy spice to the palate — all without being too sweet. Plenty of unique Asian flavours, such as the Milk Tea, Yuen Yeung, Sakura, Hojicha and Matcha, round out American classics such as the chocolate chip. Shop at Baked Indulgence’s pop-up debut at IFC Mall from 28 August 2020–10 February 2021.

HK$258–298 from Baked Indulgence (early bird price available online only through 21 August).

InterContinental Grand Stanford 

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The classic mooncake gets a reboot at InterContinental Grand Stanford with its whisky-infused chocolate mooncakes in packaging reminiscent of traditional lanterns. Alongside traditional items such as the Mini Lava Custard Mooncakes and the White Lotus Seed Purée Mooncakes with Double Yolk, the Whisky Chocolate Mooncake box features four mooncakes that are infused with a secret whisky from Speyside — the most important region to produce whisky in Scotland — and four different types of chocolate from Ghana, Ecuador, Vietnam and Grenada. Get yours, while stocks last, before 1 Oct 2020. 

HK$318-$428 for four- to six-piece boxes from InterContinental Grand Stanford’s eShop or call +852 2731 2883 for enquiries.

For the health-conscious

Green Common

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We know it’s hard to stay on the fitness grind when all these sugary treats are tempting you, so Green Common is here to offer something fit for the occasion, yet relatively lighter. Besides relaunching their already-popular Blueberry Mixed Nuts Mooncakes, the brand has also introduced a new collection of Mixed Flavour Vegan Mooncakes with two new unique flavours: Figs with Pistachio & Oat and Mixed Nuts with Blueberry & Purple Sweet Potato.

The former is high in calcium and fibre, whilst the latter is high in antioxidants and anthocyanidins — a better choice for those combatting chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes or for those just looking to live healthier. Not only are both additions free of added preservatives, but they also contain a significantly less amount of sugar than the traditional mixed-nut mooncake, as well as zero cholesterol and trans fat. Enjoy these delectables guilt-free! 

From HK$268–328 for four- to six-piece boxes; pre-order at Green Common through to 6 September, pick up at all Green Common outlets between 7-26 September.

The Cakery

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Another bakery bringing vegan, gluten-free and food coloring-free mooncakes to our dining tables this year is The Cakery. Thoughtfully presented, the gift set of four mooncakes is presented in a wooden box wrapped in an elegant blue scarf — matching the Pantone colour of the year. The delicious and guilt-free mooncakes feature four unique flavours, namely the nutty Black Sesame, the more traditional Red Date & Mixed Nuts, the fruity Oolong & Peach, and the zesty Lemon & Yuzu, which boasts anti-inflammatory benefits. 

HK$428 for four-piece boxes; order and pick up at The Cakery across various locations including Causeway Bay and Central: Shop 124, 1/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2816 1838

Esca

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For anyone following a plant-based diet and wanting to experience the joy of a proper mooncake, vegetarian kitchen Esca has just relaunched their take on the classic treat — the Salted Egg Parmesan Custard Lava Mooncake. Completely vegetarian and preservative-free, the flavours come pretty close to the classic recipe, which is often made with lard. Even with its rich, salty-sweet flavour profile that includes coconut, salted egg, vanilla bean and umami (thanks to the addition of parmesan), it’s surprisingly a lot lighter than a traditional mooncake. Make sure to reheat it to get that wonderful gooey lava centre. The stylish packaging is also plastic-free, making for a more eco-friendly gift for your loved ones. 

From HK$288–518 for four- to eight-piece boxes from Esca online or via WhatsApp +852 9202 2756.