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Your guide to alternative mooncakes this Mid-Autumn Festival

By Ngai Yeung 25 August 2020

It’s about time to start preparing for autumn and its main festival—that’s right, Mid-Autumn Festival in all its lantern-studded glory is just around the corner. With the countless number of mooncake options available, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to all kinds of mooncakes, the best early-bird deals, and where to buy them this Mid-Autumn Festival.

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Pork mooncakes from Feather & Bone

Who knew you could mix mooncakes with meat? Renowned Hong Kong butchery Feather & Bone is launching savoury mooncakes for the first time ever, introducing the epicurean Pork Mooncakes ($178) for meat lovers to enjoy. These mooncakes are made from Valenca free-range pork and Tuscan Lardo di Colonnata, and feature a bacon-studded meat centre spiced with a medley of herbs before being wrapped in a flaky pastry. Take the offbeat route and surprise your loved ones this autumn with the festival pork pie!

Feather & Bone, locations around Hong Kong

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Caviar mooncakes from the Royal Caviar Club

Yes, you heard right—feel posh this Mid-Autumn Festival with the world’s first caviar and winter black truffle mooncakes! After two years of preparation and research, Royal Caviar Club presents this unique snow skin mooncake, bursting with 10 grams of their deluxe caviar, truffled potato, and Australian winter black truffles. The savoury indulgence is best served chilled, and are completely free of preservatives and sugar. Early-birds can get the limited-edition set of four mooncakes for $1,380 before 11 September, after which it will be sold at $1,800; it’s crucial to get it early, however, as only 1,000 boxes will be available.

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Modern classics from China Tang

Within these stunning, eco-friendly Chinoiserie boxes are solid renditions of two classic flavours. China Tang’s Authentic White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Egg Yolk mooncakes are crafted with silky white lotus seed purée and fragrant peanut oil, while the Mini Crafted Egg Custard mooncakes guarantee a creamy, buttery bite. When you’re done, you can even repurpose the dainty packaging into jewellery boxes complete with small drawers! Perfect for a gift, the double yolk set contains four pieces, whereas the egg custard set has eight mini pieces. Both sets are $308 apiece and may be purchased online or at one of China Tang’s two in-person locations, though if you snatch the gem before 31 August, the early bird price is only $278 a box.

China Tang, locations across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon

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Vegan mooncakes from Green Common

Love mooncakes but hate the calories? Plant-based Green Common has launched a line of vegan mooncakes that are both healthier and lighter. In their Mixed Flavour Vegan Mooncake set (starting from $288), discover the high-fibre and high-calcium mooncake flavours of Figs with Pistachio and Oat alongside the low-sugar yet sweet and fluffy Blueberry and Purple Sweet Potato.

Old fans may want to revisit the popular Classic Blueberry Mixed Nuts Vegan Mooncakes (starting from $258), where the white sugar and lard in traditional mooncakes are replaced with soybean oil and brown sugar. The pre-order period—of which vouchers can be purchased both online and in outlets—ends on 6 September, after which the mooncakes will be available in Green Common outlets, so don’t dilly dally!

Green Common, locations around Hong Kong

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Musang king durian mooncakes from Ali Oli Bakery

One of Hong Kong’s oldest European-style bakeries, Ali Oli is not only offering black sesame, custard, and green tea mooncakes this year, but the premium Musang King Durian Mooncake. While most mooncakes only come in sets of four or more, you can choose to order single mooncakes of any flavour ($50) here, or order a set of four to sample one of each flavour ($228). To order, fill out this form and email to [email protected].

Ali Oli Bakery, 11 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung | (+852) 2792 2655

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Mooncake-flavoured cookies from Baked Indulgence

Yes, we know these aren’t technically mooncakes, but who wouldn’t want to try some freshly-baked cookies inspired by mooncake flavours? Starting on 28 August until February of next year, Baked Indulgence is setting up a pop-up store at the IFC Mall, featuring the CookieMoon set ($298), a chewy, melt-in-your-mouth selection of Dahongpao, Longjing Yuzu, Custard, Sesame Ginger, Classic, and Dark Chocolate and Walnut cookies. Pick up a box of the soft and gooey goodness to celebrate your Mid-Autumn Festival with East-meets-West twist.

Baked Indulgence, LA2 Podium Level One, IFC Mall, Central | (+852) 9706 0506

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Tea-infused mooncakes from Fortnum & Mason

You can’t pronounce “tasty” without “tea”—that’s why you need some in your mooncakes! British brand Fortnum & Mason has infused their signature Royal Blend into their double yolk lotus seed paste mooncakes, which complements the Assam leaves’ robust honey-sweetness. The mooncakes are ensconced in an exquisite Eau De Nil-coloured box decorated with scenes from Mid Autumn folktales; each box ($688) contains four pieces of the mooncake and comes with a caddy of its Royal Tea Blend leaves to complement the savoury bites.

Fortnum & Mason, Shop 022, G/F, K11 Atelier, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3916 8100

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Osmanthus mooncakes from Wai Yuen Tong

You may know Wai Yuen Tong as a Chinese medicine company, but did you know that they also do mooncakes for this special time of the year? Do try a box of their tangy Mini Citrus Osmanthus Mooncakes ($195 for six pieces) with hints of light floral notes to counteract the heavy lotus paste filling. Pre-order them now online and with options for home delivery or pickup at their Kowloon Bay office.

Wai Yuen Tong, Suite 3101, 31/F, Skyline Tower, 39 Wang Kwong Road, Kowloon Bay | (+852) 2727 8911

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Vegan mooncakes with a Chinese twist from Miss Lee

This autumn, modern vegetarian Chinese restaurant Miss Lee is spotlighting their two healthy and luscious inventions, the Purple Sweet Potato and Ginger Mooncake and the Hawthorn and Dark Plum Mooncake. Each set ($368) includes two mooncakes of each flavour and is presented in a whimsical box showing each lunar phase. Order now by emailing [email protected] or calling their number.

Miss Lee, G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central | (+852) 2881 1811

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Earl Grey custard mooncakes by Dominique Ansel

Tsim Sha Tsui based bakery Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel is celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with an adorable Chef Bunny Mooncake Gift Box ($498), starring the locally crafted Earl Grey Custard Mooncakes in which creamy custard is balanced by the aromatic earl grey tea leaves. A delicious surprise is also hidden in Chef Bunny’s backpack—not to spoil it for you, but it’s a DIY Yuzu Cookie Kit! Follow the easy instructions and you’ll get to feast on both mooncakes and fresh cookies at the same time.

Dang Wen Li by Dominque Ansel, Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2613 8618

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Marvel Superhero and Disney Princess mooncakes from Maxim’s Cakes

In addition to their usual array of traditional and snowy mooncakes, Maxim’s is partnering with Disney to bring mooncakes in charming Marvel, Toy Story, and Disney Princess boxes. With four pieces of Maxim’s time-honoured Lava Custard Mooncakes inside, the Marvel Kawaii Collection and the Iron Man Collection (each $228) is a tasty delight for all Marvel fans out there. For an added feminine touch, the Disney Princess Collection ($78) snowy mooncake gift box comes shaped in a handbag, and includes both mango and blueberry snowy mooncake flavours, two pieces of each in total—what a steal!

Maxim’s Cakes, locations across Hong Kong

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Japan-sourced mooncakes from Arome Bakery

Arome Bakery once again impresses us with their use of Japan-sourced ingredients for a kawaii take on the traditional festive pastry. Their bunny-shaped Egg Custard Mooncakes ($183 for six pieces) are infused with Wasanbon sugar produced in the Tokushima Prefecture, whose subtle sweetness elevates the creamy goodness of its custard. The coveted Hokkaido 3.6 Milk, on the other hand, is blended into the skin of the rabbit Snowy Mooncakes in their IcyRabbit Giftbox ($165 for eight pieces), with flavours such as matcha cheese, matcha chocolate, blueberry, and mango. Order online or pick up a box in any one of their retail stores; and if you’re an HSBC cardholder, you’re in luck—you get a whopping 40 percent off!

Arome Bakery, locations across Hong Kong

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Korean yuzu and matcha mooncakes from Baekmidang

Find the other mooncakes too filling? Check out Baekmidang’s Korean Yuzu and Tangerine Egg Custard for a more refreshing take. Its tangerine and yuzu pulp makes it moat tangy and citrusy treat, while the Matcha Tangerine Peel Red Bean Paste Mooncake is sure to please fans of the age-old combo. The three gift sets (starting from $298) include both flavours and the trusty Lava Custard Mooncake, though remember to order before 31 August for an extra 20 percent off.

Baekmidang, locations across Hong Kong

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Shortcrusted mooncakes from Vive Cake Boutique

Who said cookies and mooncakes couldn’t go together? At Vive Cake Boutique, the usual mooncake skin is transformed into a distinctive, sharp cookie crust-textured pastry that contrasts superbly with the rich filling inside. You can try this for yourself with the Jade Rabbit Mooncake Gift Box ($328), which includes two pieces of Shortcrusted Golden Custard Mooncakes Infused with Tie Guan Yin Chinese Tea and two timeless Shortcrusted Lava Custard Mooncakes. Early-birds who place their order before 5 September can enjoy 10 percent off, so do be quick.

Vive Cake Boutique, Shop 3, 1/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 9602 2869

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Coriander mooncakes from An Autumn Night x Mr Coriander

Depending on your taste, you’d either be grinning in delight or frowning in disgust right now. A collaboration between Hong Kong-based bakery An Autumn Night and Taiwanese noodle brand Mr Coriander, these controversial mooncakes are composed of coriander fest of fresh coriander, dried coriander, and coriander powder. A boxed set of four mooncakes is going for $228 during its online pre-order period, which lasts until 31 August. This limited-time flavour is currently available for pre-order until 31 August; after that, coriander devotees can pick up the curiosity at a pop-up shop at The Wave in Kwun Tong from 1 September onwards.

The Wave, 4 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong | (+852) 6393 9333

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Over the Moon mooncake lantern from Lady M

In partnership with Netflix and Pearl Studio’s animated musical Over The Moon coming to Netflix this fall, eminent cake boutique Lady M has launched a limited-edition collectable mooncake lantern ($528). The lantern depicts scenes from the musical, in which a perky young girl builds a rocket to the moon to prove the existence of moon goddess Chang-e, and even has an added illumination effect for an extra glow-up. Don’t forget to unveil the lantern for tasty bites of Lady M’s sweet egg custard and chocolate custard mooncakes (three pieces of each)! The lantern comes with a classy gift bag, greeting card, instructions, and envelope, making it a most tasteful gift idea.

Lady M, locations across Hong Kong

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Lava cream custard mooncakes from Duddell’s

Not only are Duddell’s velvety Lava Cream Custard Mooncakes prepared by their Michelin-starred culinary team, but they also come in chic red lantern-themed gift boxes, making for a tasty and fashionable gift. The signature gift box ($398) features a bold red lantern design, complete with a hanging red tassel, while the limited-edition gift box ($588) goes a level beyond and is equipped with flashy LED lights that pretty much qualifies it as an actual, handcrafted lantern—your Mid-Autumn essentials all in one! Order online or via WhatsApp.

Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central | (+852) 9131 2927

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Gluten-free and vegan mooncakes from The Cakery

Looking for some gluten-free and vegan mooncakes? The Cakery is offering guilt-free mooncakes in four first-rate flavours: the full-bodied Black Sesame Mooncake, the nutty Red Date & Mixed Nuts Mooncake, the fruity Oolong & Peach Mooncake, and the zesty Lemon & Yuzu Mooncake. In the gift set ($428), you'd find one of each flavour in a wooden box gracefully wrapped with a piece of cloth—just like aesthetic Japanese bento boxes. Early-birds can grab the healthy snack for 15 percent off before 31 August, so remember to check out The Cakery.

The Cakery, locations across Hong Kong

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Ngai was born and raised in Hong Kong and is currently studying at university in the United States. You can find her wandering around the city, experimenting with egg recipes and nerding out about the news.

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