The Mid-Autumn Festival takes place on Wednesday, 4 October this year, and whether you’re celebrating with a big family reunion in Hong Kong or using the public holiday as an excuse to go somewhere on your travel bucket list, there’s one tradition we’ll all be partaking in soon enough: gorging on decadent and delicious mooncakes. From classic egg-yolk fillings to healthier, low-sugar varieties, here are the best of these seasonal treats to splurge on this holiday.
A bestseller since 2012, Island Shangri-La’s signature Seven-Star Mooncake returns again this year, featuring one large, white lotus-seed paste mooncake with six egg yolks, surrounded by seven mini mooncakes with flavours ranging from chestnut with sweet potato to red bean paste with preserved tangerine peel. Prefer something a bit sweeter? The vanilla-bean custard mooncake is a new offering this year which features a creamy Madagascar vanilla-flavoured custard surrounded by a flaky, sweet crust.
Price: HK$928 for 8-piece Seven-Star Mooncake, HK$538 for Deluxe Vanilla Bean Custard; call +852 2820 8551 to order or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2877 3838
W Hong Kong
Snatch up a box of mooncakes early at W Hong Kong, with limited orders available between now and 4 October. This year is all about decadent mooncake and tea pairings: Take your pick of white lotus-seed-paste cakes (4-piece), mini golden-custard mooncakes (6-piece), or mini red bean paste with half egg-yolk mooncakes (6-piece) — each paired with Mingcha Teguanyin Classic tea. To add a special touch to your festive table, complete your purchase with a bottle of Sing Yin’s homemade XO sauce, made by Chinese executive chef Johnny Chan.
Price: HK$418 for 4-piece regular size, HK$388 for 6-piece mini size, HK$228 for Sing Yin Homemade XO Sauce; order online here.
W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3717 2848
Yan Toh Heen
The iconic InterContinental Hong Kong — which just announced its plans to undergo a massive renovation starting in early 2019 — is pulling out all the stops again this Mid-Autumn Festival with delicious mooncake varieties from Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Yan Toh Heen. Chef Lau Yiu Fai’s homemade mooncakes will be presented in elegant, suede-lined “jewellery gift boxes”, with flavours including lotus-seed paste and double-salty egg-yolk, custard cream and “gold dust”, and the more unconventional Spanish Iberico ham and mixed-nut mooncake. A special yuzu-flavoured variety will also be available for sale in partnership with Make-A-Wish Hong Kong, with net proceeds going towards the charity organisation for kids.
Price: HK$348–$688 for 4-piece and 6-piece mooncake boxes, HK$88 per piece for Yuzu-Custard mooncake benefitting Make-A-Wish Hong Kong; order online here.
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 1211
Sha Tin 18
If you’re a fan of Sha Tin 18’s famous Chinese wine chocolate homemade ice cream, you won’t want to miss out on their mooncake offerings this year. Baked into mini mooncake form, guests can choose from Chinese Wine Chocolate Mooncakes or Mini Ginger Pomelo Mooncakes, each representing the hotel’s signature, out-of-the-box dessert creations. The first is a salty-sweet take on the restaurant’s bestselling ice cream, while the second contains locally grown Sha Tin pomelos, with the traditional pairing of pomelo and ginger making a for a tongue-tingling treat. The unconventional goodies are packaged in two-tier designer gift boxes available in burgundy, gold and yellow tones, each containing six mini mooncakes for merry Mid-Autumn Festival snacking.
Sha Tin 18, 4/F, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, +852 3723 1234,
Ms B’s Cakery
Watching your weight over the holiday? Indulge yourself without the guilt with Ms B’s Cakery’s low-sugar varieties, featuring white-lotus-seed-paste mooncakes made with natural sweeteners. While you’ll still get the rich and creamy egg yolk, the pastry portion is made with Maltitol, a natural sweetener derived from fruits and vegetables — so you can feel almost virtuous while snacking on a box of these seasonal delicacies. As a bonus, the low-sugar treats come in colourful neon-orange or neon-yellow boxes adorned with Ms B’s signature butterflies, perfect for gifting to your fellow calorie-conscious friends.
Price: HK$620 per 9-piece box
Pierre Hermé Paris
Celebrate the brightest, fullest moon of the year with Pierre Hermé’s collection of seasonal treats. The renowned French pastry chef always amazes with his decadent and artistic creations, and this year is no different, with four unique flavours to please palates across the board. Those who love classic sweets will want to go straight for the chocolate and vanilla pound cake flavours — the first is paired with chocolate praline while the second blends in almonds for a nutty bite. For a more floral aroma, the rose and raspberry cake will delight with pieces of raspberry and rose fruit paste; while the yuzu and matcha mooncake is a subtle balance of sour and herbal notes. The gift boxes include an assortment of flavours that are perfect for those who enjoy partaking in the holiday, but may not be fans of traditional Chinese-style mooncakes.
Price: HK$390-760 for 4 to 8-piece boxes, HK$1,488 for gift hamper.
Pierre Hermé Paris, Shop 1019C, Podium Level One, IFC mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2833 5700
For an authentic taste of egg-custard mooncakes — one of the best-selling flavours around the world today — you’ll want to head to where it all started: The Peninsula Hong Kong. It was in 1986 when Spring Moon’s dim sum chef Yip Wing Wah first created these delicate pastries, at a time when mooncakes were traditionally filled with lotus or sesame paste. After the restaurant’s egg-custard buns rose to fame, chef Yip created a mooncake version of them. The rest, as they say, is history. Now these legendary mini egg-custard mooncakes are one of the most popular in the city and only available for a few weeks each year, so make sure to grab a box while you can.
Price: HK$520 for 8-piece box; available exclusively for order here from 21–23 August.
Spring Moon, 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2696 6760
Mooncakes aren’t exactly the healthiest snack around, which is why it’s a good thing that we only really eat them once a year — but if you’re looking to skip on the cholesterol and fat altogether this year, head over to The Cakery for their range of superfood mooncakes chock full of nutrition. Gluten-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free, these wholesome cakes come in four delicious flavours: black sesame, red date, fig & orange, and osmanthus & matcha. The cakes are made using almond flour and maple syrup, with various superfoods added to enrich the flavour and nutritional value, including pumpkin seed, linseed, raisin, sesame oil, coconut oil, and cashew nuts. They come packaged in a chic, floral-patterned box and at just HK$298 for four, are a healthy and affordable snack to partake in the culinary tradition of the season.
Price: HK$298 for 4-piece box (10% off before 4 September); call +852 6683 3833 or email email@example.com to order.
The Cakery, Shop 350, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 6683 3833
InterContinental Grand Stanford
Tiffany’s New York Bar at the InterContinental Grand Stanford is one of the best destinations around town for whisky lovers, and this year, they’re bringing back their popular whisky chocolate mooncakes to entice all lovers of sweets and liquors. First introduced two years ago, the whisky chocolate mooncakes have been reimagined this year through a partnership with Kavalan Whisky, Taiwan’s first premium whisky maker. The box of three mooncakes features three distinctive blends from Kavalan, including the Kavalan Classic, Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon and the Kavalan Solist Amontillado, which notably earned the title of World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt at the 2016 World Whiskies Awards.
Price: HK$468 per 3-piece box (15% off before 31 August)
Tiffany’s New York Bar, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 2585 2545
This year, K11 Art Mall continues its streak of serving up the most design-savvy mooncakes in town with its limited-edition “Floating Moonlight” mooncake set presented in a 3D iridescent box. Meant to be a colourful mirage of light, the designer box features painted colours resembling ink wash to convey the texture of the moon’s surface, with dashes of colours and hues that change when viewed from different angles. Once you’re done admiring the box, dig into the artisanal mooncakes featuring the traditional flavours of White Lotus Paste with Double Egg Yolk and the sweet-savoury Golden Custard with Crushed Egg Yolk.
Price: HK$428 for 6-piece box
K11 Design Store, 1/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong