Aug 18, 2011|
Mid-Autumn Festival comes but once a year, so set that diet aside and get ready to stuff yourself with mooncakes galore. From traditional white lotus seed offerings to rather more experimental flavors, we’ve got them covered right here. Just don’t forget to order them quickly, as these coveted little beauties sell out fast—and you don’t want to disappoint grandma, do you?
Owing to popular demand, the team at Michelin-starred Shang Palace will be bringing back their ever-popular mini crispy custard mooncakes with black truffle this year. If the cakes are a little too heavy, then their “Celebration” and “Oneness” festive cookies pack the same flavor, but are a somewhat lighter way to indulge. If truffles aren’t your thing, try the more traditional double egg yolk with white lotus seed paste, or the egg custard with bird’s nest. Prices range from $208-$458 for mooncake boxes, or you can go all out and get the hampers, which range in price from $988 to $2,088.
64 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. Orders: 2733-8401
Celestial Court, the Sheraton’s renowned Chinese restaurant, is adorning its mooncakes with a beautiful jade-colored pendant this year. Choose from the traditional white lotus paste with egg yolk ($348 per box) and mini custard cream with egg yolks ($238 per box). If you buy multiple boxes, you can get a five to 20 percent discount, depending on how many mooncakes you buy. Hampers are also available from $988 to $2,388.
Cake & Wine Shop, L/2, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2369-1111
Unveiling its first ever mooncake collection, the brand new Ritz-Carlton offers a “premium select” gift box, which includes one traditional white lotus seed paste with double yolk mooncake, surrounded by seven mini egg custard mooncakes, all for $348. The “classic select” gift box with four traditional mooncakes will please the traditionalists. Special offers are available for bulk buys.
ICC, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon. Orders: 2263-2230
Le Meridien Cyberport
If you’re the type to save your mooncake box, then you won’t want to pass up Le Meridien Cybeport’s beautiful limited-edition mooncake gift set. The hotel has partnered with Swarovski to create an extraordinarily pretty jewelry box, complete with compartments for all sorts of accessories and trinkets. There are just 160 sets available, and the whole set is priced at $1,388 (it’s a really, really nice box), inclusive of a voucher for two glasses of champagne at the hotel bar and four mini black sesame mooncakes.
100 Cyberport Rd., Cyberport. Orders: 2980-7410
Agnès B. Délices
If the salty egg yolk variety makes you want to yak, then go for these extremely palatable chocolate creations instead. Agnès B. is churning out a line of dark chocolate coated mooncakes filled with four delectable flavors—gianduja paste with nougat, hazelnut cream with caramel dark chocolate, guava dark chocolate and lychee dark chocolate. It also has gift sets and hampers available, ranging from an affordable $225 to luxurious $1,380 hampers which include everything from cookies to mooncakes and bottles of wine.
Various Outlets including: Shop 3089-3097, L3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2805-0808
Carbo-load for a cause with Quintessentially Foundation’s super cute mini mooncake gift box. Each box costs $120 and comes with two traditional single-yolk lotus seed cakes (which, frankly, is a much more manageable amount of mooncake than a box of four full-sized monsters). All profits from the mooncake sales will go towards helping underprivileged children living in Sham Shui Po. Place your order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Known for offering unique mooncake flavors, such as pineapple paste and maltitol (a low-calorie sugar substitute), the Excelsior doesn’t disappoint mooncake enthusiasts who love to experiment. Gift boxes range from $168 to $248. Discounts available for bulk buys.
281 Gloucester Rd., Causeway Bay. Orders: 2837-6781
Renowned two Michelin-starred T’ang Court will be presenting its self-proclaimed “legendary” white lotus seed purée mooncakes with double egg yolk as well as their custard cream mooncakes with mixed egg yolk. Order individually or go for one of their two gift sets: T’ang Court Delicate Gift Set ($298), which includes four of each type of moon cake, or the T’ang Court Classic Gift Set ($398), which comes with a beautiful tin of premium Chinese tea.
8 Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. Orders: 2375-1133