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Marvellous mooncakes to try for Mid-Autumn Festival 2021

You can’t celebrate Mid Autumn without these babies

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Fontaine Cheng
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I actually can’t believe that I’m saying this, but it is already time to start thinking about mooncakes again. Yes, that’s right, the season for these traditional cakes that celebrate the festival of Mid-Autumn, which falls on September 21 this year, is upon us soon. Well, in about two months or so, but we thought we’d better get a move on and start selecting the best ones – from classic and creative mooncakes to cool gifts and the really quite weird and wonderful – so you can make the most of early-bird discounts or promotions where possible. We’ll keep updating this list, so bookmark this page!

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Classic Mooncakes

  • Hotels
  • Luxury hotels
  • Admiralty

The group of hotels are offering an array of mooncakes this year. While Shangri-La has 50-year aged mandarin peel, rose and red bean mooncakes, Island Shangri-La offers a series of gifts including the collector’s box of red bean mooncakes with rare 80-year dried tangerine peel, the seven-star box with one traditional and seven assorted mini mooncakes, and brand-new mini tea-flavoured custard mooncakes. They also have charity mooncakes that help raise funds for the hotel’s long-term charity partner, Heep Hong Society, which provides early intervention and education for children with special needs. Over at Kowloon Shangri-La, another collection of mooncakes are on offer including new mini bamboo charcoal mooncakes with rose sugar, along with hojicha red bean, yuzu and mochi, Chiu Chow style with pandan leaf, snowy mooncakes with Musang King durian and much more. Enter promo code 'MA2021' to enjoy up to 20 percent early bird savings on selected products on or before August 9.

Price: Shangri-La $888, Island Shangri-La collector's box $1,208, seven-star ($1,028), tea-flavoured custard $488, and Heep Hong mooncakes ($438); Kowloon Shangri-La bamboo charcoal $388, matcha red Bean and yuzu and mochi $398
Early bird: Check boutique.shangri-la.com for special offers and discounts

  • Restaurants
  • Tea rooms
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

For Mid-Autumn this year, Fortnum’s has launched three new mooncake flavours and offers a gift box with six mini mooncakes made up of egg custard infused with their signature tea blends Earl Grey, Rose Pouchong and Matcha. Each mooncake is paired with a miniature tin of tea for a more balanced experience. The Earl Grey mooncakes are, naturally, paired with Earl Grey Tea while the Rose Pouchong mooncake is accompanied by Queen Anne Tea, and the earthy matcha mooncake is best enjoyed with a cup of Victoria Grey. All Fortnum & Mason’s mooncakes and gifts are available at the flagship store at K11 Musea or can be purchased via the Fortnum & Mason e-shop on the K11 app.

Price: $588

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  • Restaurants
  • Central

Carrying the Chinoiserie vibe with flair and elegance, China Tang has brought their popular mooncake gift boxes back this year. The traditional Chinese style window grilles and wishful knot pattern adorn the box with their classic white lotus seed paste with double egg yolk mooncakes inside. Or go for their mini egg custard mooncakes which are fluffy and creamy all at once. Purchase before August 20, and enjoy the early bird discount at laisunmart.laisundining.com.

Price: $388
Early bird: $278

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Dalloyau’s contemporary rendition of the egg custard mooncakes, Paris Moon, comes in an elegant gift box, which takes reference from the Gardens of Versailles, featuring lush gardens with pink roses to blend Parisian heritage with Chinese traditions. The Paris Moon gift boxes contain four pieces and can be collected in stores from August 24 to September 21.

Price: $368
Early bird: $338 from now until Aug 23

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Mong Kok

This year’s Ming Mooncakes from Ming Court include both traditional and contemporary flavours. The traditional white lotus seed paste mooncakes with double egg yolks come in a box of four, while the delicate mini custard mooncakes also come with egg yolk but are brightened up with the citrus flavours of kumquat and come packed in a box of six. Both types of mooncakes are packaged in a marbled turquoise gift box. You can order them online here.

Price: White lotus seed paste $488; Mini custard $438
Early bird: White lotus seed paste $358 (from now to Jul 18), $368 (Jul 19 to Aug 15), $488 for 1-19 boxes (Aug 16 to Sep 17); Mini custard $318 (from now to Jul 18); $328 (Jul 19 to Aug 15); $438 for one to 19 boxes (Aug 16 to Sep 17)

  • Hotels
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

The Rosewood’s new and modern ‘Love Parcel from the Moon’ gift boxes are not only eco-friendly and made of 100 percent recycled paper, but they’re also rather stylish. The hexagon-shaped box is filled with mooncakes created by Chinese executive chef Li Chi-wai and come in five flavours, including traditional white lotus seed paste with double egg yolks which comes in a set of four; mini assorted mooncakes; the ‘Sense of Taste’ box, designed by local designer Ruth Chao, with both classic and creative flavours such as jasmine egg custard, lapsang souchong lotus, and red bean mandarin peel in a set of six; and The Legacy House mini egg custard mooncakes that come in a box of six. Rosewood has also partnered with one of the masters of Cantonese cuisine Dashijie to create an exclusive collaboration box with four traditional style mooncakes filled with yellow lotus seed paste, olive seeds, and double egg yolks. Mooncake preorders are now available at the online shop for pick up between August 23 to September 21 or available as redemption vouchers and gift cards.

Price: Traditional white lotus $498; Mini assorted mooncakes $458; Sense of Taste $988; Mini egg custard mooncakes $438; Rosewood x Dashijie $588
Early bird: Check rosewoodhkshop.com for special offers and discounts

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  • Restaurants
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Taste Gourmet Group, the same people behind Tirpse in K11 Musea and other restaurants including Urawa, Say Cheese, Rakuraku Ramen, Yakiniku Guu, and many more, is offering mooncakes that come in three flavours this year: molten lava egg custard in a crisp and flaky puff pastry, intense tea-flavoured Uji matcha, and white lotus seed paste with salted egg yolk. The mooncakes come in a two-level box elegantly designed in champagne, gold, and purple tones. Taste Gourmet Group mooncakes are available for purchase across all their restaurants in Hong Kong from July 12 to August 31, whilst redemption starts from September 6 to 21. Place your orders at tastegourmet.co or visit their restaurants.

Price: $308
Early bird: 1-9 mooncake boxes $268; 10-49 boxes for $258; 50 or more $248

  • Hotels
  • Tsim Sha Tsui
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Offering two classic flavours, The Langham’s mooncake collection includes their signature mini custard mooncake with egg yolk (box of six) and a traditional white lotus seed paste with double egg yolk mooncake (box of four). The mooncakes are presented in an elegant lacquered box with blooming peonies that are great for gifting. The Langham mooncakes are available now and can be collected from Ming Court in Wan Chai from August 9 to September 12, and from T’ang Court at The Langham until September 21. 

Price: Mini custard $518; White lotus seed paste $548
Early bird: Mini custard $378 or White lotus $400 (on or before Jul 18); Mini custard $388 or White lotus $412 (between Jul 19 and Aug 15)

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  • Hotels
  • West Kowloon

The luxury hotel is offering two types of mooncakes this year, including the ‘Bounty and Bliss’ gift box inspired by moon bunnies and filled with eight pieces of their signature mini egg custard mooncakes. Meanwhile, Chinese restaurant Tin Lung Heen also offers a gift set of mini egg custard mooncakes but pairs it with a 15-year ripened Pu’er tea. Seize it while stocks last. To order mooncakes, visit the online store at ritzcarltonhkshop.com, or for more info, call 2263 2270, or email Cafe 103 / Tin Lung Heen

Price: Bounty and Bliss $408; Tin Lung Heen $738
Early bird: Bounty and Bliss $328.00; Tin Lung Heen $628

  • Hotels
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Aside from their highly sought after custard mooncakes, The Peninsula also offers tea-infused and chocolate flavoured mooncakes. This year, however, sees the debut of two new mooncakes: walnut and fig mini egg custard mooncake, and red and south date lotus seed paste mooncake, both of which have been created by acclaimed chef Tang Chi-keung and can be enjoyed on their own or as part of their gift box with Pu’er Tea, and a pair of hand-painted porcelain teacups and plate. You can even get seasonal delights at the recently opened Peninsula Boutique & Café including a 3D-printed dark chocolate lotus with egg custard filling, signature mooncakes complemented with Hokkaido soft serve, and a Mid-Autumn edition of their Afternoon Indulgence tea with Peninsula mooncakes and more from July 15 onwards.

Price: Star Chef Mooncake gift box $648; Star Chef Moon Gazing gift box $2,288; Mooncake Lotus $328
Early bird: Check peninsulaboutique.com for online exclusives and discounts

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Cool Gift Boxes

  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Mong Kok

Green Common is offering two mooncake sets this year. The first is the vegan custard mooncake (six pieces per box), and the second is a mixed box of their popular vegan mooncakes from last year including figs with pistachios and oats, and mixed nuts with blueberries and purple sweet potato (six pieces per box with two flavours). All mooncakes contain zero cholesterol and zero trans fat, and are free of added preservatives. Plus, the box is sustainable in that the mooncake trays are made with sugarcane bagasse, while the box, sleeve and trays are completely compostable. It is all printed with soy ink and can be reused as a mini table with a multiplayer deduction board game ‘One Night Carniwolves’ enclosed for a little family-friendly fun during Mid-Autumn Festival.
Price: Vegan custard $308; Vegan mixed box $328
Earlybird: Vegan custard $268; Vegan mixed box $285

  • Hotels
  • Admiralty
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This year, The House Collective has launched mooncakes in sustainable packaging and offers a gift box of eight mini mooncakes with four different flavours. The box includes a slightly less guilty version of the classic white lotus seed paste mooncake with yolk made with sugar substitute maltitol, and egg custard mooncakes, as well as more creative treats such as mooncakes made of assorted nuts with dried Turkish figs and fruits, and red bean with mandarin peel for an earthy but zesty pairing. The mooncakes are available exclusively at The Opposite House in Beijing, The Temple House in Chengdu, The Middle House in Shanghai, and The Upper House in Hong Kong. The mooncakes are placed in a sustainable FSC-certified wooden box made with eco-friendly carpentry techniques that minimise waste, and uses recycled paper packaging. The box looks good too, so you can upcycle and reuse the box to store other things. You can enjoy the early bird discount until August 31 at shop.thehousecollective.com.
Price: $488
Early bird: $415

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Central

Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel is celebrating Mid-Autumn with a ‘Fly Me To New York’ mooncake gift set which has been inspired by the bright lights of New York City and appears inside a clear crystal dome that makes for a great lantern too. The set features six mooncakes in two flavours: an Earl Grey custard and a classic custard. Gift set vouchers are now available online at DangWenLi.com and in-store. They’re also offering an early bird offer until August 15 with vouchers redeemable from August 16 to September 24.

Price: $498
Early Bird Price: $458

  • Restaurants
  • Causeway Bay

Collaborating with French illustrator Emilie Sarnel, popular French patisserie Paul Lafayet has created a colourful and artistic mooncake gift box with four tea-infused mooncakes and tea leaves to try. The octagonal two-layered box comes in an eye-catching indigo blue and is decorated with a round smiling moon face with traditional and auspicious cloud patterns that combine Chinese and Western styles with French flair. The box contains custard mooncakes with rose tea, hojicha, jasmine tea, and Earl Grey, and premium loose leaf teas including the corresponding leaves of rose tea, hojicha, jasmine, and Earl Grey. You can pre-order them now at paullafayet.com.

Price: $498
Early Bird: $374

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Central
  • price 4 of 4

This year, Duddell's has collaborated with Macau-based MO-Design to create two mooncake gift boxes – the signature gift box with six lava cream custard mooncakes and a limited-edition LED lantern gift box with eight lava cream custard mooncakes. The signature box features a gold, red, and blue accented moon in 3D for a contemporary vibe to an ancient tradition. Meanwhile, the LED box offers a vibrant yet elegant solution for your lantern situation too. Mooncake can be ordered online at duddellsmooncake2021.com.

Price: Signature gift box $398; LED lantern gift box $588
Early bird: Signature gift box $368 (from now until Aug 22 for 1-49 boxes); Guests can collect their Mooncake Gift Boxes from Aug 23 to Sep 20

  • Restaurants
  • Pâtisseries
  • Causeway Bay

The mille crêpes brand introduces a ‘Celebration of Lights’ gift set inspired by a Ferris wheel this year. Each wheel compartment holds a mini Lady M custard or chocolate flavour mooncake. Each gift set includes a total of six mini mooncakes (three pieces each) and comes packaged in a Lady M shopping bag, greeting card, and envelope. Mooncakes are available in stores.

Price: $528
Early bird: $488 (from Jul 7 to 31); Mooncakes sold in voucher form to be redeemed at all Lady M boutiques from Aug 23 to Sep 24

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  • Hotels
  • Central

Offering sustainability you can wear this Mid-Autumn, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental has created a mooncake tote bag with six mini gourmet egg custard mooncakes inside. The eco-friendly, fully biodegradable bag is made of 100 percent cotton and can be reused as a stylish everyday tote bag too. The design is a dreamy version of the night sky, where clouds disperse to reveal the glowing moon. Orders can be made at the hotel’s online shop, and you can pick up your order at Amber or SOMM reception.

Price: $418 per bag
Early bird: Enter 'EARLY21' at the checkout page for a 5 percent discount on your purchase

  • Restaurants
  • Jordan

Packaged in a reusable olive green wooden box that can be repurposed as a handbag, lunchbox or any other container, Yat Tung Heen’s mooncakes come in two sizes and two flavours: classic regular-sized white lotus seed paste with double egg yolks (four pieces/box) and custard with egg yolk in mini size (six pieces/box). Order the mooncakes online at yattungheenmooncake.com. Redemption starts from August 23 to September 20.

Price: White lotus seed $458; Custard mooncake $398
Early bird: White lotus seed $298 and Mini custard $258 (from now until Jul 31); White lotus seed $366 and Mini custard $318 (from Aug 1 to 31)

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Unique Mooncakes

Date by Tate
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Date by Tate

Move aside mooncakes, as Date by Tate is offering an exquisite Mid-Autumn pastry box with an assortment of desserts in a gorgeous wooden gift box. Inside, you’ll find 12 pieces of yuzu and sesame rocher, 12 pieces of salted egg yolk cookies, a jar of osmanthus milk jam, and a jar of lemon and osmanthus marmalade. But that’s not all, there’s also a five-nut chocolate mendiant shaped like a mooncake that you can crack open with a wooden hammer (included in the box) which reveals a lychee marshmallow surprise in the centre. For gifting, you may also request a personalised message inside the chocolate. The gift boxes are available for purchase from September 14 to 21 at datebytate.com.
Price:
$1,080

Black Garlic x Lissome
Photograph: Courtesy Black Garlic

Black Garlic x Lissome

Healthy Asian takeaway joint Black Garlic has teamed up with vegan bakery Lissome to launch vegan and gluten-free mooncakes for Mid-Autumn using unconventional flavours, including yuzu adzuki with a citrus hint, antioxidant-rich black garlic, and earthy and nutty matcha lava and black sesame. The mooncakes are available until September 15 and will be delivered from September 6 to 20. The early bird offer is for orders made before August 20 and each gift box of six mooncakes hold two of each flavour. 
Price:  $338
Early Bird: $288 

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Phoebe’s Kitchen
Photograph: Courtesy Phoebe’s Kitchen

Phoebe’s Kitchen

So you’ve had beef wellington and you indulge in mooncakes during the season, but have you ever tried a mooncake wellington? Phoebe’s Kitchen, a brand started by young Hong Kong entrepreneur Phoebe, is offering an unconventional mooncake that merges the classic beef wellington, made with beef tenderloin, parma ham and duxelles (finely chopped mushroom), and the traditional Chinese mooncake. All you have to do is pop it in the oven or airfryer and enjoy them freshly baked. You can now order a box of two mooncake wellingtons online at kurozu.com.hk.

Price: $238
Early Bird: $198 from now until Aug 8 or buy three boxes and get 10 percent off; six boxes and get 15 percent off

  • Restaurants
  • Central

KiKi Noodle Bar is bringing back their funky dried sakura shrimp with taro mochi mooncake again this year and will offer an early bird discount on pre-orders from now till August 31. Using a low-sugar recipe, the Taiwanese brand’s contemporary mooncakes combine glutinous rice mochi with taro and premium dried sakura shrimp from Taiwan in a box of six. KiKi’s mooncakes come in a reusable bunny-shaped bag with two refreshing peach oolong tea bags inside. There are only 1,500 limited edition sets available, so be sure to get them soon! You can then collect them from September 6 to 20 at any of KiKi’s three outlets.

Price: $298
Early Bird: $238 

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  • Hotels
  • Luxury hotels
  • Central
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Four Seasons Hotel’s Chinese restaurant Lung King Heen is bringing back an old favourite with a unique twist: the five nuts (walnut, cashew, pine nut, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, and almond) and majestic ham mooncake that comes with a twist of sweet osmanthus. Other intriguing mooncake flavours include the cream custard with toasted pine nuts; preserved eggs and pickled ginger; and lotus seed paste with salted egg yolk and black truffle. For those that can’t choose, the Assorted Signature Mooncake box will sort you right out with all three flavours in six mini mooncakes. For everyone else, you can simply select your favourite with the individual flavour boxes of six mini mooncakes. Lung King Heen has also combined the ideal pairing of mooncakes and tea by commissioning a family-owned tea farm in Yunnan for a special and traditional style Pu’er tea cake. Lung King Heen mooncakes are available now at the Four Seasons eshop until September 20, while stock lasts. Collection of mooncakes is available at the Four Seasons Cake Shop located at The Lobby, from August 9 to September 21.

Price: Five nuts and ham $568; Cream custard and pine nuts $568; Preserved eggs and pickled ginger $568; Lotus seed paste with salted egg yolk and black truffle $598; Assorted signature mooncakes $598; Assorted mooncakes with Pu’er tea cake $788
Early bird: From now until Jul 31 20 percent discount 

  • Restaurants
  • Causeway Bay

Häagen-Dazs is launching a series of (you probably guessed it) ice-cream mooncakes with a new theme of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Wishes’. The gift boxes contain a variety of fruity flavours and multiple textures of ice cream mooncakes. Highlights include Twinkle Fruity, which has mango and cream, summer berries, and strawberry flavours; Choco Moonlight which has chocolate with mint, chocolate with sea salt caramel, Belgian chocolate and hazelnut, and dark chocolate ganache and almond with orange; and Greeny Moonlight with green tea and Japanese genmaicha, Japanese green tea, vanilla with Sri Lankan Ceylon tea and chocolate with Sri Lankan Earl Grey tea, among many others.

Price: Ranges from $358 to $1,518
Early bird: From now until Aug 16, general customers can enjoy up to 32 percent off in-store or online, while Häagen-Dazs Club gold and silver members, along with DBS credit cardholders, can enjoy exclusive discounts of 36 percent off.

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Royal Caviar Club
Photograph: Courtesy Royal Caviar Club

Royal Caviar Club

Combining two new unlikely mooncake pairings, the Royal Caviar Club is back with their indulgent savoury mooncakes which feature a snow skin coating filled with premium Imperial Ossetra caviar with either cream cheese or fresh Madagascan vanilla. Each navy blue gift box is designed with understated luxury and contains three mooncakes. The mooncakes are available for pick-up at Royal Caviar Club’s showroom or can be delivered for an additional fee of $150 within Hong Kong (except Outlying Island Districts). 

Price: $680
Early bird: From now until Aug 21 $580 

  • Health and beauty
  • Central

Well known for their Taiwanese style pineapple cakes, Sunnyhills is launching a Musang King durian mille-feuille mooncakes this year which uses Malaysian durian from Pahang. The mille-feuille mooncakes include three combinations: Uji matcha and durian, coffee and durian, and mango and durian. The mooncakes are exclusively sold by Hong Kong’s much-loved soup shop Hung Fook Tong alongside a Musang King durian snowy mooncake wrapped in thin snowy skin made with the Açaí berry, and sweet and sour pineapple with salted egg custard mooncakes.

Price: Musang King durian mille-feuille $439; Musang King durian $659; Pineapple custard $299
Early bird: Members of Hung Fook Tong's own Club can enjoy early bird discounts from now until Jul 15. For details, refer to hungfooktong.com

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Causeway Bay

Love a mooncake but always feel guilty after? Well, The Cakery seems to have come up with the best answer. Their new series of mooncakes are not only crafted with premium-quality ingredients but they’re also health-conscious. Four mooncakes make up one box which includes vegan and gluten-free options that contain no artificial food colouring. Flavours include a black sesame lava mooncake with black sesame, chocolate, and buckwheat, with the added texture from organic crispy rice; mango and white bean lava; jasmine and raspberry with jasmine tea and freeze-dried whole raspberries; and taro complemented by sweet white bean paste and purple sweet potato. The packaging is designed in a Chinoiserie-inspired green and gold gift box that can even be lit up like lanterns. The mooncakes are available at The Cakery in Landmark and Lee Gardens. 

Price: $628 
Early bird: 15 percent discount ($533.80) from now until Jul 30

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