Mid-Autumn Mooncakes to Savour This Year 19 August, 2019 Food Lifestyle Make sure your bellies are as full as the moon this lunar festival, with the most auspicious mooncakes in Hong Kong ‘Tis the season, once again. No, not Christmas –mooncake season! That’s right, the lights are getting longer, the moon is getting bigger, and it’s time to gather up your family for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Whether you were born a Hong Konger or became one by choice, everyone celebrates Mid-Autumn. The holiday honours family, bountiful harvest and more. It’s a time to be together with the ones you love and give thanks for the blessings we have. There are many traditions surrounding the holiday, and many ways to celebrate (keep an eye out for the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance and lantern carnival!) but the most delicious tradition is the mooncake. Mooncakes are beautifully ornate pastries, traditionally filled with red bean or lotus seed paste and a salted duck egg yolk, which symbolises the moon). Incredibly dense, they’re usually divided into smaller pieces and shared among family and friends. If the old-school flavours aren’t your thing, don’t worry, many mooncakes have gotten a modern makeover with tasty sweet feelings like ice cream and cream custard. Mooncakes are a hot commodity this time of year, so you have to order yours well in advance. Read on to find our favourite picks for 2019. Old Bailey For the first time ever, chef Wong Kwan Man has prepared a series of handmade, Shanghai-style mooncakes for Old Bailey. A little different from the ones we’re used to in Hong Kong, these have a crisp, crumbly and buttery pastry crust instead of the glossy, chewy Cantonese style. For savoury, you can try the ground pork bun, or opt for something sweet like their traditional red bean paste option. Pre-orders are available now and will be available for pickup between 1 – 13 September. Pre-orders are subject to availability, as there are only limited quantities. Mooncakes are priced at HK$238 for a six-piece box. Old Bailey 2/F JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Old Bailey Street, Central; +852 2877 8711 www.oldbailey.hk St. Regis Hong Kong Another new-comer to the mooncake market is none other than the St. Regis Hong Kong. The luxury hotel is preparing three different mooncakes to delight families around Hong Kong. There’s the classic white lotus seed with double egg yolks, a modern mini egg custard with a smooth and sweet filling, and the rich mini red bean paste with tangerine peel. Mooncakes prices start at HK$448 for a box of six. Contact the hotel directly to order. St. Regis Hong Kong1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai; +852 2138 6888stregishongkong.com Ralph’s Coffee If you’re running with a fashion crowd and want to impress, order your mooncakes from Ralph’s Coffee this year, exclusively at Ocean Terminal. The Ralph Lauren-sister brand, which serves up some of the best java around, is joining in the Mid-Autumn Festival with two delicious flavours: custard lava and coffee lava. Presented in the iconic Ralph’s Coffee Truck box (with decorative lights and a working window!), it’s a beautiful piece of art that will delight any crowd. Mooncakes are priced at HK$450 for a box of six, which includes three of both flavours. Ralph’s Coffee OT313, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2376 3936 Green Common x Patisserie La Lune Calling all vegans! If you’ve been avoiding mooncakes because of the eggs and dairy, rejoice! Green Common is collaborating with Patisserie La Lune to bring you two delicious choices: custard and blueberry mixed nut. Both are made in Hong Kong, preservative-free and totally vegan. Patisserie La Lune’s chefs use ForaFaba butter, an ultra-deluxe vegan butter, and the result is a super indulgent taste with lighter calories, fat and sugar. Not only are these a great ethical choice, they’re a delicious one too! Green Common will also be releasing two Green Gift Baskets this year, designed by a nutritionist. They’ll include the two mooncakes, tea, dried fruits and other healthy snacks. Pre-order is available from 18 August through the shop or online. Visit www.greencommon.com to locate the nearest shop and order online. G.O.D. Two of Hong Kong’s most iconic shops are teaming up to bring you one of the ultimate mooncake experiences. G.O.D., the city’s iconic lifestyle brand known for their bold designs that embrace Hong Kong’s idiosyncrasies and Tai Cheong bakery present three mini mooncake sets, each wrapped in signature G.O.D. fabrics. For the traditionalists out there, there have a white lotus seed with salted egg yolk. For those looking for something a bit bolder, try the red bean with durian, cheese and purple sweet potato, or the egg custard. Order online (Hong Kong only) or visit a store to get your hands on one of these limited sets. The pre-order promotion is running until 31 August. Hong Kong only for online orders, limited store locations will carry the mooncake sets, including G.O.D. Central, G.O.D Lab Concept and G.O.D. Hong Kong Station. Each set contains six mini mooncakes. Prices begin at HK$218. G.O.D. Central 48 Hollywood Road, Central; +852 2805 1876 www.god.com.hk G.O.D. Lab Concept B16, Lab Concept, 93 Queensway, Admiralty; +852 2118 6010 www.god.com.hk G.O.D. Hong Kong Station HOK 48, L3, Hong Kong Station, Central; +852 2983 9611 www.god.com.hk Ellermann x Duddell’s Another delicious collaboration is coming our way this Mid-Autumn Festival. Ellermann, Hong Kong’s favourite floral boutique, has joined forces with Duddell’s to present a beautiful Mid-Autumn hamper. Each one includes a stunning hand-tied flower bouquet, Duddell’s iconic cream custard mooncakes, and a chic white marble chopping board and silver knife to cut and share the mooncakes. This year, Duddell’s has outfitted their signature box with art by Marcel Dzama, a Canadian contemporary artist who was inspired by the beauty of a blue moon. The hamper makes a perfect gift for the Mid-Autumn host, or a lovely indulgence for oneself. Hampers are available from 12 August, 2019 instore and online. Orders placed before 20 August can enjoy a 10% discount. Hampers are HK$2,380 and orders can be placed here. https://www.ellermanndesign.com/ Visit www.ellermanndesign.com for more information and to place your orders. All photos are the rights of their respective owners.