The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Just the right balance between the delicate pastry and rich vanilla egg custard filling made The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s mooncakes the Foodie favourite in the mooncake taste test. Presented in a chic and stylish, double layered fuschia pink box (an enviable jewellery box), these mooncakes are the ideal choice combining flavour and visual appeal. Six pieces of mini vanilla egg custard mooncakes go for $258. Please visit their website to download an order form or call 2132 0066.
Duddell’s gives the traditional gift of mooncakes a taste of art, collaborating with HK artist (and this year’s Sovereign Asian Art Prize winner) Adrian Wong. Duddell’s Michelin starred Executive Chef Siu Hin-Chi’s delicate and delicious cream custard mooncakes are packaged in this exquisite and uniquely decorated gift box that pays tribute to Hong Kong’s history and culture. Each box, priced at $328 includes six mooncakes. Available for purchase at Duddell’s or online until the 8th of September.
The Peninsula’s Spring Moon kitchen can produce up to 12,000 handmade mooncakes a day but you’ll need to act fast if you’re after these highly coveted delicacies, as they are known to sell out just as quickly. This year sees a new twist on The Peninsula’s famed egg custard mooncakes with their artisanal chocolate custard mooncakes – a delicate cocoa shortbread crust with chocolate custard filling. Each gift box features two mooncakes presented in an iconic porcelain pageboy hat ($380). Available at The Peninsula Boutiques and selected retail outlets. For more information or to place orders, please visit The Peninsula Boutique or call 2696 6969.
Gourmet chocolatier Jean-Paul Hévin introduces a creative French twist to traditional Chinese mooncakes. The “Pleine Lune” mooncake ($88) comes in two flavours – a rich dark chocolate coating with raspberry ganache or almond, hazelnut and nougatine praliné. For those that don’t particularly enjoy the traditional mooncakes, these chocolaty treats are sold individually in a Jean-Paul Hévin lantern box while the “Moonlight Gift Box” ($368) features four mooncakes, with both praliné and ganache fillings. There is also a wide array of gift hampers on offer. Available at the Jean-Paul Hévin undefined in Central and TST.
Veering away from tradition, Chef Li Shu Tim at One Harbour Road crafted this year’s mooncakes with pure creativity. Encased in a delicate pastry shell, two tasty mooncake flavours include milk custard with bird’s nest (although just a dash) and ginger custard with salted egg. Priced at $488 for a set of eight mini cakes in two different flavours and presented in an oh-so-pretty box featuring patterns inspired by the porcelain plate collection at One Harbour Road. To order, please visit One Harbour Road or call 2588 1234. Alternatively download the order form here.
And here are a few rather different flavours that piqued our interest, but unfortunately not our taste buds:
- Spicy Sichuan lotus seed paste
- Durian paste
- Sea cucumber and abalone
- Dried scallop
- Parmesan cheese
- Purple sweet potato
….we look forward to what weird and wonderful fillings will be available next year!
For anyone with an excess of mooncakes, why not donate them to those less fortunate. The Salvation Army will be distributing mooncakes to all those in need. Please visit their website for more details on how to donate.
And for any mooncake boxes or tins that you decide you don’t want to keep, please remember to recycle them. According to Green Power, it is estimated that “over 1 million mooncake boxes are discarded every year; their disposal costs around HK$30,000. Yet if all these boxes were recycled and reused – as, for example, construction materials – they could generate HK$200,000-250,000”.
Feature image sourced via Pinterest.