From traditional salted egg yolk goodness to chocolate “mooncake” pastries, we have compiled a list of mooncakes that caught our eye this year. Don’t forget to grab the early bird discounts!
Words Claudia Shum
Fairtaste: Lovingly handmade tropical mooncakes
Tel: 2805 2336
Nothing beats eating handmade mooncakes oozing the warmth of family love during the festive season. For the fifth consecutive year, Fairtaste is selling its limited edition Phoenix Mooncakes, featuring a rich pineapple and salted egg yolk filling. All mooncakes are 100 per cent handmade by the ladies of Kwai Shing with difficulties finding employment that allows them to balance time with their children and families. At $238 for a box of eight, every purchase of Fairtaste’s Phoenix Mooncakes will help to empower and support these female workers. Order yours now at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaucho – Dulce de leche mooncakes
5/F LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Tel: 2386 8090
It’s all about dulce de leche at Gaucho this year. Inspired by its popular dulce de leche cheesecake, Gaucho’s dulce de leche mooncake adds an element of surprise to the classic lotus seed paste filling, incorporating egg and golden syrup to mimic the cheesecake dessert. Available at $228 for a box of four, you can pre-order these sweet treats until October 5. For orders and enquiries, email email@example.com.
Godiva: Chocolate pastry mooncakes
Shop 1029-30, 1/F IFC Mall, Central
Tel: 2805 0518
Chocolate lovers will be glad to know that Godiva is bringing back its chocolate pastry mooncakes this year with four new heavenly flavours – sea salt and hazelnut milk chocolate sponge cake topped in milk chocolate, raspberry and almond chocolate financier with dark chocolate ganache, milk chocolate ganache with freshly roasted nuts, and almond chocolate financier with an almond paste filling. Not only are these alternative mooncakes a delight to eat, they also feature a beautiful lotus flower design. Available in different sizes starting at $288/four pieces and $1,380 for the Mid Autumn luxury gift box (36pc; pictured above), the colourful boxes and tins also make great keepsakes for years ahead.
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Golden Leaf, Conrad Hong Kong: For green tea lovers
Lower Lobby Level, Conrad Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Tel: 2521 3838
Green tea fanatics will be glad to know Golden Leaf at Conrad Hong Kong has green tea mooncakes available this year, where subtle herbal tea notes are complemented with salty, creamy egg yolks. If green tea isn’t your cup of tea, why not try its other options, from traditional lotus paste with egg yolk to the contemporary classic, the egg custard mooncake? For those watching their sugar intake, try the equally delicious low sugar mooncakes. All traditional and mini mooncake selections are priced at $368/box. Don’t forget to order before August 27 for a five per cent early bird discount.
Spring Moon, The Peninsula Hong Kong: Mini egg custard mooncakes
The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2920 2888
As the pioneers of egg custard mooncakes, there is no doubt why Chef Yip’s creations are one of Hong Kong’s best. Featuring a delicate pastry encasing a rich custard filling made from duck eggs, Spring Moon’s mooncakes are a firm favourite not to be missed. Be sure to grab these limited edition treats for your Mid-Autumn festivities, priced at $520 for a box of eight mini egg custard mooncakes, available exclusively for purchase online for three days only (August 21 to 23, 2017) at mooncake.peninsula.com.
The Cakery: Mooncakes with a healthy twist
Shop 301, 3/F Landmark, Central
Tel: 6683 3833
If you aren’t a fan of traditional mooncakes (or just looking for something more gentle on your waistline), The Cakery has come up with a range of healthy mooncakes made with almond flour and maple syrup as base ingredients, with the addition of superfoods such as black sesame, red date and matcha. Priced at $298/box of four (plus 10 per cent off for orders before September 4), these healthier options – gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free with no artificial colouring or preservatives – are sure to please our more health-conscious readers. Guilt-free mooncakes? Sorted.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong – Mini egg custard mooncakes x SCAD designs
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2263 2263
As one of our top custard mooncake picks last year, the custard mooncakes from The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong are ones to try out. This year, the hotel is bringing an artistic twist to its popular mooncakes, partnering with Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to feature mooncake box designs by students reflecting Hong Kong’s up-and-coming cultural scene. Priced at $368 for a box of eight mini egg custard mooncakes (45g each), these boxes make good presents that will impress at any family dinner.