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Is it too early to think about mooncakes? Evidently not, if this Hong Kong bakery has anything to say about it. An Autumn Night is ahead of the mooncake game this year with their (incredibly contentious) line of coriander mooncakes, to the utter disgust or sheer delight of its followers, depending on which way your taste buds swing.
How did such a questionable combination start, you ask? According to Apple Daily and Mothership, it was born out of a collaboration between Hong Kong-based bakery An Autumn Night and Taiwanese noodle brand Mr Coriander. Led by self-proclaimed “egg tart prince” King Poon, the local bakehouse crafted these controversial mooncakes with a holy trinity of different types of coriander—fresh coriander, dried coriander, and coriander powder.
This limited-time flavour is currently available for pre-order until 31 August, so you can dibs them before the Mid-Autumn Festival rolls around in October. For now, a boxed set of four mooncakes goes for $228, whilst after the pre-order period, a boxed set can be had for $268—if there are any left, that is.
And just so haters have enough warning, the Chinese characters for “coriander” are emblazoned across the top of each mooncake—not that there should be any confusion when you bite into these buttery morsels. If it helps, a small dose of matcha is folded into the dough to help sweeten the mooncakes for an additional edge.
Coriander devotees who pre-order their boxed set on or before 31 August can collect their precious mooncakes at a dedicated An Autumn Night x Mr Coriander pop-up shop at The Wave, a co-working space in Kwun Tong, from 1 to 30 September between 11 am and 8 pm. If planning ahead is not your strong suit, there will also be a limited quantity available in-store. We would recommend getting in there early and pre-ordering your coriander mooncakes here.
The Wave, 4 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong | (+852) 6393 9333