It’s almost that time of year again, where colourful lanterns light up the streets, families gather to watch the fire dragon dance, and we get swept up in a sea of mooncakes. That’s right, we’re talking about the Mid-Autumn Festival! As wonderful as the festive traditions are for this particular holiday, the unique taste of mooncakes is not everyone’s cup of tea. Lucky then, that we’ve gathered together some alternative options to please every pallet this year, so you don’t have to miss out on the fun.
Where there’s cake, there’s tea, and what better way to honour that by combining the two together? This Mid-Autumn Festival, Tea WG’s tea-infused mooncake collection brings together the sweet aroma of all your favourite teas, with the richness of a traditional mooncake. From the Constellation collection that infuses smooth Singapore breakfast tea with brown lotus filling, to the luscious Jewel mooncake collection which wraps together an aromatic chocolate tea, white lotus paste, and actual chocolate chips, these are a must-try for all tea lovers.
Tea WG, locations at IFC, Harbour City, Elements, and One Pacific Place
$108 to $468 per box
Joining in on the festivities this holiday, Japanese restaurant, Sushi Tsubomi, is partnering up with renowned wagashi specialist, Wakou, to debut an exclusive collection of wagashi mooncakes. Inspired by traditional Japanese zen gardens, the wagashi mooncake collection come in two flavours: milk with white bean, and the highly sought-after matcha green tea. Filled with a perfect balance of bitter and sweet, all wrapped in a delicate, chewy dough, these limited edition mooncakes are sure to create an unforgettable festival for you and your loved ones.
Sushi Tsubomi, 22/F, V Point, 2-22 Tung Lung Street, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2339 1899
$268 per box
However you decide to spend this Mid-Autumn Festival, there’s nothing quite like a chocolate and whisky mooncake to get the party started! Forget all you know about mooncakes and indulge in InterContinental’s naughty-but-oh-so-nice Kavalan Whisky Chocolate Mooncakes. Each box contains three handcrafted mooncakes which feature three single malt whisky flavours including Kavalan Classic, Solist Ex-Bourbon, and Solist Amontillado, which was voted the ‘World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt’ at the World Whiskies Award in 2016. Thick, velvet chocolatey goodness, with all the richness of world-class whisky – we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday!
InterContinental, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, (+852) 2721 5161
$318 to $468 per box
Okay, so we might be slightly biased with this one, but dare we say that Häagen-Dazs has by far the best alternative mooncakes out there. You can go from sinking your teeth into soft mochi mooncakes, to splashing out on a deluxe hamper which comes with a box of chocolate and a bottle of bubbly. But if you’re just looking for something simple and straightforward, then the Häagen-Dazs original collection of chocolate coated ice cream mooncakes come in all sorts of fruity flavours. Perfect for all ages, we guarantee you won’t be able to resist them!
醉榴香 (Chui Lau Heung)
Yes, we had to – sorry. Our list simply wouldn’t be complete without some durian mooncakes thrown in as an alternative now, would it? Using only the highest quality of this wonderfully pungent fruit, these colourful mooncakes are filled with 100 percent pure durian meat – but don’t run away just yet. Since these mooncakes are actually snowy mooncakes, they are meant to be eaten cold and kept in the freezer, which means that the smell will be contained to a bare minimal. So if you were ever curious to try durian without gagging, now’s your chance!
醉榴香 (Chui Lau Heung), locations at Mong Kok, Causeway Bay, Cheung Sha Wan, Lai Chi Kok, and Yuen Long
$339 to $459 per box
The Peninsula Boutique
In case you didn’t know already, Hong Kongers go absolutely crazy for The Peninsula Boutique’s egg custard mooncakes every time Mid-Autumn Festival comes around. In fact, they are already sold out for this year! But fear not, because the boutique offers a huge range of flavours, styles, and gift sets as an alternative, with the Star Chef Mooncake Gift Box being this year’s seasonal exclusive. Conceptualised by Michelin-starred chef Tang Chi Keung, each mooncake is infused with natural pandan juice extracted from fresh pandan leaves, while its LED-lit lantern gift box makes for a fancy centrepiece on any dining table.
The Peninsula Boutique,The Peninsula Arcade, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2696 6969
$368 to $1,088 per box
Do we really need to explain this one? Just look at how adorable these mini mooncakes are! Famous for its trendy and creative cake designs, Arome Bakery has a mooncake collection for all ages to enjoy this year. There are rabbit-shaped snowy mooncakes, rich matcha green tea lava mooncakes, and even a healthy option of purple sweet potato to choose from. Can’t wait to try them all? Then you’re in luck, because the bakery is offering special package promotions where you can mix and match your way to finding the perfect mooncake combo to share with your nearest and dearest.
Arome Bakery, locations vary
$108 to $313 per box
COCO @The Mira
Prepare for an intergalactic journey as a worldly collection of fruity chocolate lava mooncakes is landing at COCO, The Mira’s café and patisserie, this Mid-Autumn Festival. Using the finest chocolate sourced from all around the world by The Mira’s very own executive pastry chef, Jean-Marc Gaucher, each miniature cosmic mooncake is carefully handcrafted to mimic the unique colours and appearance of the moon. From a zesty Japanese yuzu and match green tea flavour, to a fragrant mango and passionfruit chocolate mooncake, the constellation of flavours in this collection promises to be completely out-of-this-world!
COCO @The Mira, COCO, G/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118 – 130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2315 5566
$268 per box, $32 per piece (individual purchase available at COCO café only)