Gifted between friends, family, and business associates, mooncakes symbolize togetherness and harmony. Here are our top picks of those that you can buy to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival in grand style.
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
The property takes the classic mooncake to new heights at their Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Lung King Heen. A couple of their must-tries include white lotus seed paste with salted egg yolk and black truffle, and nuts and glazed ham (US$66 and US$64 respectively for six mini-sized pieces), and the traditional white lotus seed paste with double salted egg (US$60 for four pieces).
Availability: September 21 to October 4
Bird’s nest soup is a perennial favorite in Hong Kong, as well as mooncakes. Put the two together and you have an unconventional albeit familiar-tasting treat to signal the start of the Mid-Autumn Festival. This year, One Harbour Road at the Grand Hyatt is debuting two new mooncakes with a touch of the traditional: think bird’s nest with almonds and honey, and ginger custard with salted egg yolk. Presented in the hotel’s One Harbour Road Collection (US$64 for four mini-cakes of each flavor), this is a fun twist on the classics that’ll get even the most jaded mooncake eaters excited.
Availability: September 22 to October 5
Celebrate the Festival by giving back to the community. Michelin-starred Yan Toh Heen at the InterContinental Hong Kong is preparing a selection of homemade moon cakes and gift hampers in collaboration with Make-A-Wish Hong Kong, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Proceeds from the sale of yuzu-custard cakes (US$11 per piece) will go directly to the beneficiaries, bringing them hope and joy. How’s that for togetherness?
Availability: September 25 to October 3
Island Shangri-la Hong Kong
Known all over the city for coming up with quality mooncakes every year, the Island Shangri-la Hong Kong is back with a colorful selection perfect for gifting. This year’s standout is still the seven-star mooncake (US$119) which first made its debut in 2012. It features one large white lotus seed paste mooncake with six egg yolks surrounded by seven mini mooncakes (flavors include milk custard, red bean paste with preserved tangerine peel, and chestnut with sweet potato). By getting these tasty treats, you also help raise funds for the hotel’s charity partner, Heep Hong Society, which educates and trains the city’s differently abled children.
Availability: From now to October 4
Egg custard is one of the most popular mooncake fillings. For years, the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong has churned out their much-loved egg custard mooncakes (US$67 for a box of eight) to ring in the Festival. Their mooncakes are so popular you’d better be prepared to queue for a while before you get your hands on them. The packaging is nothing flashy – just a sleek red box, but hey, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Availability: August 21 to 23