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Originally published by David Yeung. Last updated by Shania Siu and Janice Lam.
Yep, it is that time of year again when mooncakes and lanterns are on everybody’s minds! Mid-Autumn Festival is soon approaching, which means that there will be countless mooncakes to pick from. Hotel mooncakes have always been popular amongst Hongkongers, as chefs will craft these elegant and delicious treats using time-honoured methods.
With so many hotels all over the city, choosing which one to buy from can get overwhelming. Fortunately, we have gathered a list of hotels that you should consider when shopping around for these sweet and savoury desserts. Here are some of the best hotels to get mooncakes from for this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is all about expressing love for your family, and you can do exactly that with The Peninsula Hong Kong’s mini egg custard mooncakes ($580). Coming in an exquisitely designed, environmentally-friendly box that is simultaneously on-brand and symbolic of togetherness, the mooncakes are made by The Peninsula’s own Michelin-starred Spring Moon restaurant. Head on over to their website to get hold of one before they are all gone!
The Peninsula Hong Kong, 22 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2920 2888
Chinese executive chef Chan Hon-cheong is baking up a storm this year, offering a brand-new flavour with purple sweet potato, almond, and young ginger, on top of their three iconic mooncake options. Classic flavour options include the Full Moon ($438), Bright Moon ($378), and the One Harbour Road Collection ($398), which features the new flavour by Chef Chan. All mooncakes are packaged in a classic and chic gift box with One Harbour Road’s show plate collection, representing harmony under the full moon—the ideal Mid-Autumn gift!
If this does not tickle your taste buds, you can go all out and opt for the Grand Hamper (starting from $3,388), which includes a box of mooncakes accompanied by a selection of other items, such as a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut NV Champagne, XO sauce made exclusively by One Harbour Road, assorted chocolates, South African abalone, Grand Hyatt’s bespoke tea, and much more.
Lastly, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is also offering the Grand Moment ($988) with a bottle of pinot noir, three egg custard mooncakes, a jar of signature X.O. sauce, and other treats, packaged in an elegant, reusable wine bag.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2584 7722
With quality ingredients as the main priority and focus, the Mandarin Oriental is always a safe choice for mooncakes. Perfect for both self-indulgence and gifting, the hotel is presenting a wide selection of deliciously crafted mooncakes and gourmet gift hampers. Its mooncakes come in a signature fan-shaped gift box, with speciality flavours like the chocolate lava and red bean paste with dried tangerine peel, in addition to classic flavours like the white lotus mooncakes and the golden lotus mooncakes, all priced from $418.
For those looking for a chance to splurge on luxury mooncakes, the Mandarin Oriental is offering a series of gift hampers—the Mandarin deluxe mooncake three-tier hamper ($4,188), the Mandarin one-tier hamper ($3,388), and the Mandarin mooncake gift box ($2,388).
The Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central | (+852) 2522 0111
With over a dozen locations throughout Hong Kong, Sino Hotel is presenting two decadent mooncake collections from their award-winning Chinese restaurant Yuè. Its classic collection (starting from $298) is made with traditional white lotus seed paste and double egg yolks, while the other—the fragrant collection (starting from $258)—comes with two mini pandan paste mooncakes with egg yolk, two mini custard mooncakes, and two ginger lotus seed paste mooncakes with egg yolk. Both collections are packaged in an opulent golden box that features auspicious blooming flowers and a full moon to represent the importance of this quintessentially Chinese festival.
For 2021, the Island Shangri-La’s offerings include the nine-piece set of 50-year aged mandarin peel, rose & red bean paste mooncakes gift box ($888), the famous red bean paste mooncakes with rare 80-year dried tangerine peel gift box ($1,208), and seven-star mooncakes ($1,028) that come with one white lotus seed paste mooncake with six egg yolks, followed by seven assorted mini mooncakes.
To spice things up, the Island Shangri-La is also introducing a few new products this year, including the mini tea-flavoured custard mooncakes gift set ($488), which includes four pieces of the mini Japanese matcha-flavoured custard mooncakes and four pieces of the mini Earl Grey-flavoured custard mooncakes. Other fresh additions are the mini bamboo charcoal mooncakes with rose sugar, white lotus seed paste & egg yolk ($388) and the mini hojicha mooncakes with red bean, yuzu paste & mochi ($398), both with eight pieces in each set.
Finally, the Heep Hong Charity mooncakes ($438) are also available, with all proceeds from the sale going towards Heep Hong Society to provide early intervention and education for children with special needs.
Island Shangri-La, Supreme Court Road, Central | (+852) 2877 3838
Nina Hospitality is currently whipping up three exciting mooncakes varieties for you to enjoy with loved ones—the full-sized classic white lotus seed paste mooncake with two yolks ($338), which is filled with lotus seed paste and authentic salted egg yolks, and the all-time favourite mini egg custard mooncake ($288). If you are feeling adventurous, you could also try their mini red bean paste mooncake with mandarin peel ($308)—the flavour highlights the balanced sweetness of red bean paste with aromatic mandarin peel.
Deep in the kitchens of the Renaissance, chefs are working day and night to prepare their delicious annual treats. If you love durian, this is definitely your place to get mooncakes, because the hotel is bringing back their rich and creamy mini Musang King durian mooncakes ($488). Musang King durians are quality varieties shipped straight from Malaysia and considered a delicacy. However, if you find that durian is too pungent for your tastes, you could always consider their mini pandan paste & salted egg yolk mooncakes ($398) instead.
The Renaissance, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2802 8888
The Mira in Tsim Sha Tsui is offering mooncakes made by its Michelin-recommended Chinese restaurant Cuisine Cuisine. Get yourself some assorted flavours by grabbing their petit four mini mooncakes box ($498), which includes four flavours: egg custard, rose puree, roselle egg custard, black sesame puree and egg yolk, and homemade pineapple purée—pineapple tart lovers should definitely give it a try!
The Mira is also offering traditional egg custard mini mooncakes ($468) and the white lotus seed purée mooncakes with double yolks ($498) for those who like to stick to the classics. For more of a luxurious touch, they also have a limited edition “Moonlit Bliss” gift box ($1,288) which comes with Wanding Tangerine pu’er tea, a glass teapot set, as well as Cuisine Cuisine’s premium white lotus seed purée mooncake with six yolks.
The Mira, 118–130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2368 1111
Calling all whiskey lovers and connoisseurs—this mooncake box set is tailor-made for you! The InterContinental Grand Stanford is presenting a host of flavourful mooncake collections, including classic flavours like the white lotus seed purée mooncake with double yolk ($388) for four pieces, the mini lava custard mooncake ($328) for six pieces, plus the game-changing whiskey-infused chocolate flavour mooncake ($468) for six pieces.
Mooncakes come in three unique single malt flavours: the Macallan Classic Cut 2020, the Ardbeg Wee Beastie, and Bruichladdich’s The Classic Laddie. All of their mooncakes come in an elegant box that features a traditional Chinese lantern design, making this the ideal festive gift for friends and family.
InterContinental Grand Stanford, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East | (+852) 2721 5161
For a truly “regal” experience, order your Mid-Autumn treats from Regal Hotel, where this year’s offering includes the “Under the Moonlight” mooncake gift set (starting from $988), which comes with two each of their classic white lotus and golden lotus seed paste with egg yolk mooncakes. For those who prefer just the white lotus flavour or the golden lotus flavour, a box of four starts from $358 per set and $328 per set, respectively.
For those who wish to share with a larger group of friends and family, get their eight-piece deluxe mooncake with Chinese tea gift set (starting from $798). Regal Hotel is also offering six-piece mooncake tasting sets, with the mini mooncake trio (starting from $288) and the deluxe mini egg custard mooncake (starting from $288).
Regal Hotel, 11/F, 68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2895 1010
Chinese executive chef Jayson Tang at Michelin-starred Man Ho Chinese Restaurant has created a variety of traditional mooncake sets. Aside from the traditional four-piece set—the white lotus seed paste mooncake with ginger & double egg yolks ($438)—they are also selling the unique eight-inch Royal Supreme with white lotus seed paste, ginger & eight egg yolks ($888 per piece), which is perfect for sharing. For those who wish to have smaller bites, the mini egg custard mooncakes ($438) will guarantee classic, silky mooncake goodness.
JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 2810 8366
Chinese executive chef Hung Chi-kwong is introducing three mooncake box sets this year: the classic four-piece set of white lotus seed paste with double egg yolks mooncakes (starting from $538); the mini six-piece set of red bean paste with aged tangerine peel mooncakes (starting from $428); and the mini assorted caramel nuts mooncakes (starting from $448). Plus, their bespoke gift box—designed by André Fu—is inspired by the traditional Chinese tea pavilion, paying tribute to the elegant lines and shapes of old Chinese architecture.
St Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai | (+852) 2138 6888
The Upper House has made an incredible debut in the mooncake world—their stylish House Collective mooncake set ($488) is sustainably packaged and affordable! The set includes eight pieces of their mini mooncakes—two each of their four mouth-watering flavours, such as the red bean paste mini mooncake with mandarin peel, assorted nuts mini mooncake with dried figs, maltitol white lotus seed paste mini mooncake with yolk, and egg custard mini mooncake. After a relaxing staycation, be sure to grab a box of mooncakes for your friends and another one for yourself, too! Early-bird discounts are available until the end of August and bulk purchase specials are offered as well.
The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 2918 1838