The nights are getting longer and the moon is getting bigger, which means that Mid-Autumn Festival is right around the corner. All of Hong Kong will be celebrating, and so should you. Grab your nearest and dearest and feast on some of the city’s best moon cakes. Mooncakes are dense pastries with a flaky, pie-like crust and they represent the full moon, and the togetherness of family during the holiday. They’re traditionally filled with lotus seed paste or red bean, but these days restaurants and bakeries have modernised the traditional treat with sweeter fillings like ice cream and cream custard.
They’re a must-try delicacy in Hong Kong, and we’ve rounded up the best places to order yours.
This year, Duddell’s has paired with local artist Chu Hing Wah to bring back their cream custard mooncakes. If you want to make a real statement with your mooncakes, this is the option for you. The stunning packaging really shows off the best of Chu’s style: dynamic, colourful and graceful. His painting is inspired by his own family celebration’s in Yuen Long and the liveliness of the Mid-Autumn festival. These make great gifts, and they’re absolutely delicious with a cup of tea. And even though it goes against the spirit of the holiday, don’t share one. They’re too good.
Duddell’s mooncakes are HK$388 per box, with discounts for bulk orders available. Pickup is available 10-24 September at the restaurant, with complimentary delivery to a single location available for orders over 50 boxes. To order yours, click here.
L/3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central: +852 2525 9191
Argentinian mooncakes anyone? We say yes! This year, Gaucho is celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with their very own Dulce de Leche Mooncake. It’s a fun twist on the traditional, filled with classic lotus seed paste and egg yolk, but also a sweet golden syrup that gives it a moreish caramel flavour. Each gift set comes with four cakes, making it a perfect size to share with friends and family.
HK$338 for a box of four, available until 25 September. To order yours, email [email protected] or call +852 2386 8090. The Mooncake gift box will be available for pickup at the restaurant throughout the festive period.
Gaucho Hong Kong
5/F LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road, Central
Indulge completely with Godiva’s Mid-Autumn Festival Limited Edition Collection mooncakes. The Belgium royal chocolate brand has created a decadent set of mooncakes that reflect the significance of the holiday. Made of chocolate, they’re topped with delicate drawings of lotus flowers – an emblem of reunion and harmony.
IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View, 1029-30, Level One; +852 2805 0518
Are you a Frappuccino addict? Then these are for you! Starbucks has taken two of their most popular flavours, and turned them into this year’s Mooncake Gift Set. The Vanilla Custard Mooncake, inspired by their classic vanilla latte, has a custard filling paired with a sweet vanilla seed. They’ve also introduced the Creamy Custard Mooncake, filled with smooth and creamy custard. Both pairs well with a delicious cup of coffee, and every gift set includes a beautiful Starbucks Moon Lantern. Pick them up at your nearest store before they run out.
1-13 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong; +852 2127 4500
If Tycoon Tan is doing mooncakes, you know they’re going to be good. We love this modern cantonese restaurant for their fine-dining and playful cocktails. Now, we love them for their mini egg custard mooncakes. A collaboration with Justin Y, the Limited Edition Lantern Mooncake Gift Box comes with six perfectly round, celebratory cakes.
Available for HK$368 per box. Collection from 23 August – 24 September, 2018. Order yours here.
74 Wellington Street, Central; +852 3125 3228
It’s 2018, who says you need a pastry crust on your mooncake? Live a little! Try XTC’s creamy Gelato Mooncakes for a fun twist on the classic. Handmade in Hong Kong, they’re available in four moreish flavours per box: chocolate, crispy chocolate drop, strawberry and Hong Kong milk tea— each with a mango moon inside. They even have vouchers available! Don’t miss out, order yours online today.
Boxes are available from HK$229 and they can be picked up in store. Order yours here.
45 B Cochran Street, Central: +852 2541 0500
Mooncakes and tea go together like Mid-Autumn and family. It’s meant to be, that’s why we love these TWG Tea tea-infused mooncakes. Available in varying gift sets, each with either two or four Snowskin Mooncakes. As an elegant bonus, the sets include TWG Tea White Sky Haute Couture Tea and a trés chic, elegantly wrapped gift box. There are four flavours of mooncakes to choose from, but we vote for the chestnut and white lotus past Illumination Snowskin mooncake, infused with Okayti Tea and crunchy chocolate pearls, finished with a banana and passion fruit heart.
Tea WG at IFC Mall
1 Harbour View Street Central, Podium Level One, #1022; +852 2796 2828
Did you see Chef Nic whipping up the world’s most dramatic desserts at last year’s Michelin awards? Of course you did. And now it’s your chance to take home your very own Chef Nic creation, Chef Nic’s Mid-Autumn Delights. Always spinning flavours to create something new, this year Chef Nic presents parma ham mooncakes. Encased in a delicate pastry shell, he blends the Parma ham with the smooth lotus seed paste, finished with a salty egg yolk centre.
Chef Nic’s mooncakes are available for HK$278 per box, and orders can be made online.
Chef Nic Central Flagship Store
G/F 39-49 Gage Street, Central
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