Mooncake madness: Where to find unique mooncakes in Hong Kong for Mid-Autumn Festival 2019
07 Aug 2019
It might be over a month away, but Mid-Autumn Festival mooncake fever is well and truly in the air. And sure you could go for the same old custard cream or lotus paste mooncake, but why not try something a little different? Here’s our pick of some of the most unique mooncake flavours to try in Hong Kong this season.
InterContinental Grand Stanford: Kavalan chocolate mooncakes
What’s a celebration without a little alcohol? Probably not one worth having according to InterContinental Grand Stanford, who have unveiled a seasonal mooncake collaboration with leading Taiwanese whisky distillery Kavalan. Each box ($468 for 3 pieces) features three different Kavalan-infused mooncakes to give your Mid-Autumn celebrations a bit of a kick.
For teetotallers, the hotel is also offering their signature homemade mooncakes, namely almond cream ($388 for 6 pieces, limited to 700 boxes) and white lotus seed purée ($388 for 4 pieces). The mooncakes are available from now until 13 September - order now to take advantage of the early bird discount.
Kowloon Shangri-La: Durian mochi mooncakes
Back by popular demand, Kowloon Shangri-La presents their famous durian mooncakes this Mid-Autumn ($408 for 8 pieces). Made with the Sultan Durian (D24), they’re fit for a king - or queen - if durian is their thing. For something a little less divisive, opt for the mini pineapple paste and five-seed mooncakes ($368 for 8 pieces).
InterContinental Hong Kong: Iberico ham and mixed nuts
If savoury is more your thing, you’ll love Yan Toh Heen’s Iberico ham and mixed nuts mooncakes ($388 for 6 pieces). Packaged in beautiful jade-hued gift boxes that depict the Hong Kong skyline, these Mid-Autumn treats showcase both style and substance.
In the spirit of the season, the TST hotel has this year partnered with Make-A-Wish Hong Kong to present an exclusive yuzu custard mooncake ($88 per piece). All proceeds from each of these sweet treats purchased will go directly to the charity, which helps children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Godiva: Chocolate nut mooncakes
Chocoholics can go nuts this Mid-Autumn with Godiva’s chocolate and nut mooncake combinations. Each box ($488 for 8 pieces, $598 for 12 pieces) contains four different flavours, like green tea chocolate with roasted cashews, and dark chocolate with almonds, so there’s bound to be something for everybody.
Duddell’s: Lantern box
Get lit this Mid-Autumn with Duddell’s limited-edition lantern box designed by Hong Chong Ip of MO-DESIGN. Inside the illuminated LED box, you’ll find a selection of delicious classic cream custard mooncakes ($588 for 8 pieces).
For a more low-key (yet no less creative) alternative, try the signature boxed mooncakes ($398 for 6 pieces) which are presented in a box featuring artwork by Canadian contemporary artist Marcel Dzama. The artist’s typically intricate work, ‘Blue Moon’, is inspired by the history of Mid-Autumn Festival.
Old Bailey: Shanghainese specials
One of our favourite new openings of last year, Old Bailey, has stayed true to its roots this Mid-Autumn to present a very Shanghainese take on the mooncake. The crispy and buttery morsels ($238 for 6 pieces) come in a pork and soy sauce version or a sweeter red bean variant.
Häagen-Dazs: Ice cream mooncakes
Usually we recommend sharing mooncakes, but we’d be more than happy to make an exception for these bad boys by Häagen-Dazs. While it’s hard to go past the mochi-encased classic flavours like chocolate, mango, cookies and cream, and berries and cream, there are also more intriguing - and guilt-reduced - options like frozen yoghurt with quinoa coating. More than 10 different collections are available (starting from $348 for 4 pieces), so there’s something perfect for gifting to groups big and small.
Pierre Hermé x Mott 32: Almond mooncakes
Award-winning French pastry chef and chocolatier Pierre Hermé presents variations on a theme this Mid-Autumn with his almond mooncake creations. Exclusive to Central Cantonese fine diner Mott 32, each box ($580 for 4 pieces until 19 September, $690 from 20 September to 4 October) contains different flavour combinations each encased in a chocolate coating: almond, raspberry, and rose; almond and jasmine; almond and vanilla; and almond, orange and kumquat.