It's almost time for Mid-Autumn Festival, and we've found both creative and traditional mooncake offerings at these Hong Kong hotels and restaurants
Hong Kong is full of cultural delights such as Buddhist temples, fascinating museums and – of course – local cuisine. A foodie paradise, it’s almost time to celebrate Mid-Autumn festival, which means that some of the region’s best hotels and restaurants have been busy concocting signature varieties of traditional mooncakes. Whether you prefer the classic salted egg yolk version, or want to dabble with exotic flavours such as truffle or rose, we’ve found mooncakes to suit all palates.
At Gaucho, the chef has taken one of its most popular desserts – the Dulce de Leche cheesecake – and created a mooncake with an Argentinian twist. By adding lotus seed paste, egg yolk and golden syrup and combining it with a unique caramel flavour, these mooncakes are sure to be a hit with all the sweet tooths in Hong Kong.
Gaucho, 5/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, p. 2386 8090, 中環皇后大道中31號陸海通大廈5樓
The team at two-Michelin starred Duddell’s has collaborated with Hong Kong-based painter Cheng Ting Ting to create a special offering this Mid-Autumn Festival. Six cream custard mooncakes are elegantly packaged in a limited edition gift box designed by the painter that features playful illustrations of people in plum and pink tones, making them the perfect gift for the art lover in your life.
Duddell’s, 3/F Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2525 9191, 中環都爹利街1號上海灘3至4樓
Coco at The Mira
This year, Executive Pastry Chef of The Mira Hong Kong, Jean-Marc Gaucher found inspiration for Mid-Autumn Festival from the surface of the moon itself. Available at Coco, he has created a selection of mini chocolate lunar treats that are infused with three distinct tea flavours.
The Uji Matcha version is covered in stardust silver, while Pure Ceylon feature the bergamot aroma of Earl Grey with milk chocolate. Finally, Smoky Fujian Lapsang Souchong black tea is infused in 71% organic dark chocolate from Latin America with crunchy chocolate pearls and a painted metallic blue finish.
Coco, G/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2315 5566, 尖沙咀彌敦道118號美麗華廣場The Mira Hong Kong地下
The Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong
In celebration of its first Mid-Autumn Festival, The Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong presents two classic mooncakes. Made from 100% locally sourced ingredients, the White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Egg Yolk Mooncake and the Mini Egg Custard Mooncakes are housed in an elegant gold box featuring a ripple motif.
The Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2252 5888, 九龍紅磡灣紅鸞道38號
Yan Toh Heen at InterContinental Hong Kong
This Mid-Autumn Festival, InterContinental’s 2-Michelin star restaurant Yan Toh Heen has created a series of stunning mooncakes all presented in suede gift boxes designed by Hong Kong designer Millicent Lai. Flavours include: Lotus Seed Paste and double Salty Egg Yolk, Custard cream and Gold Dust and Spanish Iberico Ham and Mixed Nut Moon Cakes.
On top of this, the hotel has partnered with Make-A-Wish Hong Kong to create Yuzu-Custard Mooncakes, with net proceeds from the sales of all of this flavour going to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2721 1211, 尖沙咀梳士巴利道18號香港洲際酒店地下
The Mandarin Cake Shop at Mandarin Oriental
Known to produce some the most delicious mooncakes in Hong Kong, The Mandarin Cake Shop has a selection of the Chinese pastries available for this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival.
Select from the golden or white lotus varieties with double egg yolks, or enjoy mini mooncakes in flavours such as sweet potato, red bean chestnut and white lotus. All of the mooncakes are packaged impeccably with a design that reflects the progression of the lunar cycle and sealed with the hotel’s traditional Chinese chop
The Mandarin Cake Shop, M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2825 4008, 中環干諾道中5號香港文華東方酒店閣樓
Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira Hong Kong
This year, Cuisine Cuisine has created five different types of mooncake to tantalise the tastebuds. Packaged with silk and golden embellishments, the regal offerings include both traditional and creative flavours.
The most premium are the White Lotus Seed Puree Mooncakes with Triple Yolks topped with Gold Foils, perfect as a gift for esteemed family members or an indulgence for foodies who love mooncakes, they are also available in a double yolk variety. Other tasty flavours from Cuisine Cuisine include Mini Egg Custard Mooncakes, Organic Blue Agave Mini Mooncakes with White Lotus Seed Puree and Egg Yolk and Mini Rose Purée and Roselle Mooncakes, which are packed full of antioxidants and look divine.
Cuisine Cuisine, 3/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2315 5222, 尖沙咀彌敦道118號美麗華廣場The Mira Hong Kong 3樓
Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
This season, Executive Chef Chan Yan Tak has worked with truffles to create an exclusive mooncake flavour for Lung King Heen at Four Seasons. Black truffles have been mixed with lotus seed paste and white truffle oil then wrapped around a salted egg yolk before being encased in buttery pastry, a luxurious delicacy that will be the talk of the town this Mid-Autumn Festival.
The restaurant is also offering flavours such as Cream Custard with Toasted Pine Nut, Preserved Eggs and Pickled Ginger and Five Nuts and Glazed Ham, for those who want a little less truffle with their mooncakes.
Lung King Heen, Podium 4, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3196 8880, 中環金融街8號香港四季酒店4樓
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