This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falls on October 1st. This means it’s time to stock up on mooncakes.

While we have a full month and then some until the Mid-Autumn Festival is upon us, most hotels have long begun selling mooncakes. It’s no wonder too — these small, delectable desserts come around only once a year, but everyone looks forward to them. With the introduction of halal versions of these mooncakes, now everyone can enjoy them.

More than just mooncakes, they also make amazing gifts to others. Every year feels like a contest to see who can design the most gorgeous gift boxes. It’s also sustainable as these packages can always be reused, whether as jewellery boxes, decorative pieces, or even a wine box.

But don’t take our word for it. Scroll down to see what most of the hotels in KL are offering this year. You’ve got all month to decide.

Hilton Kuala Lumpur

This year, Hilton KL is taking on a ‘Royal Midnight’ theme for its Mid-Autumn Festival mooncakes. The box is a gorgeous midnight blue with silver clouds embroidered onto the fabric and a lunar medallion embedded onto it. Once you’ve consumed the mooncakes within, the gift box doubles as a pretty jewellery box.

The mooncakes are also worth shouting about. The hotel’s signature this year is the Bulgarian Blush (RM38 nett) that has a custard cream cheese with Bulgarian Rose petal jam and pine nuts filling, enveloped in a delicate baby pink snow skin. There’s also the Blue Moon (RM35 nett), another snow skin mooncake with amaretto lotus paste and Blueberry Cheese Feuillantine filling. Finally, who can resist a Musang King filling, found in the Heavenly Gold (RM56 nett) mooncake, a snow skin variant with Pure Premium Musang King Durian.

If you prefer the more traditional baked mooncakes, Hilton KL also has those — and they’re all halal. Prices of the mooncakes range from RM35 nett to RM56 nett. For the gift boxes pricing, refer below.

+603 2264 2264
Now to October 4th, 2020
Royal Midnight Traditional Baked
Royal Midnight Snow Skin
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Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

This year, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is “Over The Moon” to introduce you to its Mid-Autumn Festival offerings. Shang Palace and its Executive Chinese Chef John Chu will be presenting this year’s signature: the Pandan Lotus Paste with Black Sesame and Bird’s Nest. Of course, there are the other usual mooncake flavours you can expect, from traditional baked ones to snow skin varieties like the Ping Pei Durian, Ping Pei with Custard and Bird’s Nest, and Ping Pei Dark Chocolate with Almond.

Of course, the packaging is key, and Shangri-La KL doesn’t disappoint and offers four signature boxes for you to choose from. There’s the Signature Gift Box and Horizon Gift Box, which are suitable for a four-piece set of either baked or snow skin mooncakes. There are also the speciality gift boxes, which includes the Premium Gift Box as well as the Master Chef Gift Box.

+603 2074 3900
Premium Gift Box Mini Golden Ping Pei Musang King Durian
Shangri-La Master Chef Gift Box Set
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Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel

Sheraton Petaling Jaya is offering not just one, but three designs for this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival. Floral is the main theme, divided into three eye-catching patterns of Peony, Tiffany Blossom, and Plum Blossom. Each of these boxes then comes with traditional Mooncake flavours; Pure Lotus Paste, White Lotus with Single Yolk, Baked Pandan with Single Yolk, and Baked Red Bean Paste.

+603 7622 8888
RM138 per box
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Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

If it’s halal mooncakes you’re looking for, look no further than Lai Po Heen at Mandarin Oriental KL. This year’s gift box sees the mooncakes packaged in an auspicious red and gold colour scheme that’s absolutely reusable as a jewellery box or whatever your creative heart desires after. As for the signature mooncake, the restaurant is presenting a delectable cheese with strawberry & white lotus paste inspired by The Mandarin Cake Shop’s homemade strawberry jam. This year, the chef has recreated the snow skin using a mochi recipe to ensure that the snow skin remains chewy despite being kept in the fridge. Of course, you can also order your other favourite mooncake flavours, both snow skin and traditional baked ones alike.

The mooncake boxes will be available for purchase from September 1st 2020 onwards.

RM33-RM58 per mooncake
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EQ Kuala Lumpur

If you happen to be in EQ Kuala Lumpur and would like to peruse their mooncake offerings, head on over to Nipah. Themed “Celestial Treasures”, the hotel has traditional baked mooncakes in its repertoire alongside modern snow skin flavours such as White Lotus with Dried Fruit, Yuzu Pandan with Pumpkin Seeds, Taro with Red and Black Goji, Snow Skin Green Tea Red Bean with Mixed Nuts, Rose Lychee and everyone’s favourite, the Musang King Durian.

As for the gift boxes, you can purchase them in sets of four or six pieces of mooncakes. They will be encased in boxes with vibrant floral patterns, and the two limited edition box sets can also double as elegant photo frames after disassembling.

RM32-RM48 per mooncake
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Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

What we love about Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara hotel’s Mid-Autumn Festival gift box this year is how classy and understated it looks. Fashioned out of orange leather, this packaging also doubles as a wine box once you empty it of mooncakes. As for the mooncake, this year’s signature is the Dragon Fruit with Blueberry Truffle snow skin mooncake, alongside other modern flavours such as Black Charcoal with Cheese, Coffee Paste with Butter Cream, Pumpkin with Chocolate Truffle, and more. For those with a taste of the traditional baked stuff, you can also opt for that.

+603 2720 6688
Premium Gift Box
RM198 nett
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Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur

For Mid-Autumn Festival this year, Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur is giving us a treasure chest filled with mooncakes — quite literally. Inspired by vintage travelling trunks, these deep red wooden chests also comes with a mirror, making it reusable as jewellery boxes once the festival is over. The mooncakes are equally as delectable, from all-time classic favourites of traditional baked ones to exquisite snow skin flavours including this year’s signature, the Yuzu Calamansi with Confit Orange Peel. For a flavour that’s truly Malaysian, be sure to try the Rainforest Tualang Honey and Figs snow skin mooncake. Finally, for those who like their desserts with a little something extra, you won’t go wrong with the Chivas Whisky with Golden Raisins mooncake.

+603 2263 7434
Premium Mooncake Gift Sets
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The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

Year after year, Li Yen restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur never fails to deliver some of the best mooncake flavours in town. The restaurant’s famous champagne mooncake made with Moet & Chandon returns alongside the Mini Snow Skin Cream Cheese with Port Wine Mooncake. Traditional baked mooncakes are also aplenty, and you can get them all in a gift box of four baked mooncakes or six mini mooncakes.

+60 18-646 8033
Gift boxes
RM112 nett — RM128 nett
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InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

This Mid-Autumn Festival, InterContinental KL offers a delectable spread of colourful mooncakes straight from the kitchen of Tao Chinese Cuisine. It’s best-selling signature — Butterfly Pea Flower Snow Skin with Bird’s Nest makes a comeback, alongside Scarlet Snow Skin with Pandan, Minced Yolk and Bean Paste; Green Tea Snow Skin with Green Pea and Dragon Fruit; Bamboo Charcoal Snow Skin with Milk Tea; and Durian Snow Skin with Custard and Salted Egg Cream. Also available for delivery, you can opt to gift these mooncakes in a luxurious cherry blossom inspired box or a leather-bound packaging.

Classic Cherry Blossom Gift Box (4 mooncakes)
Luxe Leather-Bound Gift Box (4 mooncakes)
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W Kuala Lumpur

This year, W Kuala Lumpur wants you to “Go Over The Moon” for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Dream big in true W Hotel style. Even the mooncake packaging is as bold as the hotel’s identity, available in two colours: Tangerine Orange and Sky Blue. The packaging is done in collaboration between gallery curator Edith Ho and artists Jonny Zerox and Lim Kok Hong, dubbed the Gung HO collective. Their designs see the mooncakes packaged in trendy individual boxes depicting whimsical and bold portraits with vibrant Asian influences. There are no modern snow skin flavours this year — the hotel has kept its mooncakes traditional with classic baked flavours.

+6012 347 9088
A box of 4 which includes a Limited Edition W Kuala Lumpur Mid Autumn Festival reusable tote bag
RM168 nett
RM41 — RM46 nett
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Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Unearth a treasure trove of mooncakes with Pavilion Hotel KL’s Mid-Autumn Festival mooncakes and its gorgeous red box. This year, the hotel is going the traditional route by offering only the most perennial favourites, from the Yam Lotus Paste with Single Egg Yolk to the Pandan Lotus Paste with Single Egg Yolk, and of course not forgetting the White Lotus and Red Bean Paste.

The mooncakes can be purchased individually or packed into the premium designed jewellery box, which can fit six pieces of mooncakes.

+603 2117 2888
The Pavilion of Treasures gift box
RM188 nett
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PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.