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Mid-Autumn Festival 2021: The best mooncake flavours in KL with a modern twist

Mid-Autumn Festival 2021: The best mooncake flavours in KL with a modern twist

Fly me to the moon

Text: Natalie Khoo

If you’re looking for the most innovative mooncake flavours around the Klang Valley for a contemporary palate, here are our top picks

Every year, the Mid-Autumn Festival—also known as Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival—is synonymous with the spirit of giving amongst those who celebrate it. As the full moon during the festival represents reunion, this is the time when families, friends, colleagues, and clients gift each other with mooncakes as a symbol of harmony and togetherness.

Due to the popularity of the delicacy as well as the Chinese culture of giving out mooncakes, it’s not uncommon to hunt for the prettiest mooncake boxes in town as a sign of prosperity or social status. With more brands introducing their own decorated versions every year, some have shifted their attention beyond the packaging to discover the best new mooncake flavours and fillings to try.

If you’re looking for the most innovative mooncake flavours around the Klang Valley for a contemporary palate, here are our top picks.

Skillet at 163

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Modern European restaurant Skillet has carefully curated artisanal mooncake boxes that are as unique in flavour as they are pretty in design. Dubbed Fly Me to the Moon, the collection consists of four distinctive series, featuring either two or four snow skin mooncakes with two house-made preserves that can be enjoyed with your favourite bread and pastries. There are five mooncake flavours in total, each distinguished by a vibrant hue:

  • Gold: Snowy St. Domingue Single Origin Chocolate Brownies with Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege (hand-painted for a shimmering finish)
  • Yellow: Snowy Corn & Flaxseed Paste with Single Yolk
  • Red: Snowy Red Dates with Cranberries
  • Purple: Snowy Yam Paste with White Pearl
  • Green: Snow Pandan Paste with Single Yolk

Price: From RM78

Available for takeaway and delivery. For more information or to make an order, WhatsApp +6019 212 1240 or visit this website.

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Oh Cha Matcha

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Matcha addicts, Oh Cha Matcha’s selection is sure to indulge both your love of mooncakes and matcha. Each set consists of four vegan-friendly snow skin mooncake flavours made with plant-based, natural stevia with no artificial colouring or syrup. The flavours include:

  • Matcha Mung Bean (Matcha Snow Skin)
  • Hojicha Mung Bean (Purple Sweet Potato Snow Skin)
  • Genmaicha Mung Bean (Blue Spirulina Snow Skin)
  • Matcha Mung Bean (Beetroot Snow Skin)

Price: RM60 per box

Available for self-pickup and delivery (selected locations only) exclusively at the Oh Cha Matcha TTDI store. For more information and enquiries, DM @OhChaMatcha.KL on Instagram or email [email protected] To make an order, visit this website.

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Crème de la Crème (CDLC)

Crème de la Crème is back with another mooncake collection this year, comprising four new petit gateux mooncakes. Each mooncake features a unique design and flavour that pays respect to an element of the Mid-Autumn Festival. For instance, one of the mooncakes is named after ‘Hou Yi the Archer’, a mythical character who is said to have shot down nine scorching suns to save humanity—as illustrated on the box it is housed in. All four mooncakes are made from 100 per cent natural artisanal ice cream:

  • Hou Yi the Archer: Pear ice cream, Pear and dried longan compote, Orange rosemary sorbet and Sakura feuilletine
  • Lotus Flower: Pu’er chrysanthemum ice cream, Dark chocolate ice cream, Yuzu sorbet, Chocolate cookies & White chocolate dip
  • Jade Rabbit: Rose ice cream, Pistachio crumble and White chocolate dip, Madagascar vanilla ice cream, Watermelon mint sorbet, Homemade strawberry jam and White chocolate dip
  • Chang E’s Fan: Salted egg yolk ice cream, Lotus seeds, Salted egg yolk bits, and White chocolate dip

Price: RM122 for a box of 4 (inclusive of a metallic cooler bag)

Available for takeaway from Crème de la Crème’s flagship outlet in Damansara Utama and its second outlet in Mont Kiara, or via delivery here.

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Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur

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This year, Chef Jimmy Wong of Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur’s Yun House has crafted a mix of traditional baked and contemporary snow skin mooncake flavours for the best of both worlds. Among the more distinctive flavours that caught our eye include:

  • Mango with Lotus Seed Paste (Traditional Baked)
  • Pu Er Tea Paste with Tangerine Skin (Traditional Baked)
  • Szechuan Ma La Mung Bean
  • Snow Skin Musang King Durian
  • Homemade Snow Skin Bird’s Nest with Red Dates

Price: From RM42 per mooncake

Available for takeaway and self-pickup only from the hotel. To reserve boxes, click here or get in touch via the Four Seasons App.

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Yun House X Bar Trigona

For those piqued by alcoholic mooncakes, Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur’s Yun House X Bar Trigona mooncakes will not disappoint (especially with the latter being the ‘Best Bar in Malaysia' for three consecutive years). There are two cocktail-inspired snow skin mooncakes to savour:

  • Old Fashioned: A mix of whiskey, trigona honey and cedar wood bitters
  • Judgement: Jackfruit, aged rum, and triple sec

Price: RM68 per mooncake

Available for takeaway and self-pickup only from the hotel. To reserve boxes, click here or get in touch via the Four Seasons App.

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Xiao by Crustz

Why settle for the usual palm-sized mooncakes when you can have a decadent seven-inch treat? Xiao by Crustz is offering two options that combine traditional flavours with French elements—one beautifully adorned with the festival’s mythical Jade Rabbit, and the other being a frozen gateau inspired by celestial and oriental elements.

  • Jade: Sable Viennois, Almond Financier, Pandan White Lotus, Almond Crunchy, Dark Chocolate Coating
  • Celestial: Pandan Mousse, Coconut Ice Cream, Jackfruit Sorbet, Lime Pain de Genes, Lime Croustillant

Price: RM198 (Jade) | RM228 (Celestial)

Pre-orders are open now for self-pickup/delivery from 15 August (for Jade) and 20 August (for Celestial) onwards. Limited quantities are available. To place your order, visit this website.

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Oriental Group

Aside from offering traditional Shanghai and Teo Chew Style Mooncakes, the Oriental Group has a variety of modern mooncake flavours to tickle your taste buds. Each mooncake features a Chinese phrase symbolising well wishes for a joyous celebration. Among the highlighted flavours include:

  • Custard Durian Snowskin Mooncake
  • Premium Durian and White Lotus Paste Snowskin Mooncake
  • Ying Yang Red Bean Snowskin Mooncake

Price: From RM16 per mooncake / RM64 per box of four

Available for takeaway and delivery from Ruyi & Lyn, Yu, and Seafood World. To place your order, WhatsApp +6012 754 4796 or visit this website.

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Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

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The Mandarin Cake Shop at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur never fails to deliver alternative mooncake flavours every year and 2021 is no different. Aside from the traditional baked mooncakes that come housed in an eco-friendly bamboo box, check out these flavours:

  • Snowskin Musang King Durian Mooncake
  • Snowskin Brandy Dark Chocolate
  • Snowskin Cheese with Strawberry & White Lotus Paste Mooncake
  • Malaysian Single Origin Dark Chocolate Mooncake

Price: From RM35 per mooncake

Available for takeaway and delivery from The Mandarin Cake Shop at the hotel lobby. To place your order, visit this website.

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Li Yen, Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur 

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Li Yen's Chef Tan Tiong Guan has curated a selection of handmade mooncakes of the baked and snow skin varieties—the latter of which includes a unique Moët & Chandon Champagne series. Champagne in your mooncake? You read right! The champagne is said to infuse a delicate aroma in the fine snow skin, with flavours including:

  • Mini Snow Skin Moët & Chandon Champagne Mooncake
  • Mini Snow Skin Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial Champagne Mooncake

Price: From RM19 per mooncake

Available for takeaway and delivery from the hotel. To place your order, WhatsApp or call +6018 646 8033. For dining enquiries, email [email protected]

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Shanghai, JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur

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As you'd expect from the name, Shanghai is offering mooncakes that pay respect to the Shanghainese tradition of celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. Aside from returning classics, those with a sweet tooth can try the tiramisu version that also comes with the festival-favourite salted egg yolk.

  • Shanghainese Crispy White Lotus Paste
  • Baked Tiramisu Paste with Salted Egg Yolk

Price: From RM33 per mooncake

Available for takeaway and delivery from the hotel. To place your order, WhatsApp or call +6018 591 8537. For dining enquiries, email [email protected]

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Luk Yu Tea House, The Starhill Dining

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For mooncakes that are as colourful as they are intriguing, just look at Luk Yu Tea House's Mid-Autumn menu. Each snow skin mooncake is carefully house crafted from fresh ingredients with no presevatives, ensuring the finest texture, taste, and quality. Some of the unusual flavours that caught our eye include:

  • Coffee Snow Skin Mooncake with Tiramisu and Almond Bits
  • Chilled Snow Skin Mooncake with Belgian Chocolate and Orange Zest
  • Chilled Snow Skin Mooncake with Aromatic Durian Puree
  • Chilled Snow Skin Mooncake with Classic Jasmine Pearl Tea

Price: RM88+ per box of six mooncakes | RM118+ per box of nine mooncakes

Available for takeaway and delivery daily from The Starhill Dining. To place your order, WhatsApp or call +6018 632 8060. For dining enquiries, email [email protected]

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The RuMa Hotel & Residences

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Despite closed doors, The RuMa has worked meticulously behind-the-scenes to bring two limited-edition Malaysian-inspired mooncake flavours for the season. Take your pick from durian or pandan—or both!

  • Durian Lotus Paste with Single Yolk
  • Pandan Lotus Paste with Single Yolk

Price: RM98 per box of two mooncakes

Available from 12 July to 21 September or while stocks last. For more information or to place an order, WhatsApp +603 2778 0735, call +603 2778 0888, or email [email protected]

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Ice Cream Bar

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Fancy some (very) alcoholic mooncakes? The Ice Cream Bar is at your service, serving two handcrafted alcoholic ice cream mooncakes—one made with Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold Rum and the other with Baileys Original Irish Cream. Each set is packaged neatly in a premium box and comes with a complimentary set of metal cutlery and a reusable cooler bag.

  • Eclipse: Rum and raisin ice cream, hazelnut feuilletine base, black charcoal snowskin
  • Full moon: Baileys Brownies ice cream, chocolate ganache, white chocolate truffle, white snowskin

Price: RM99 for two pieces

Available from 24th August 2021 onwards while stocks last. For more information or to place an order, visit this website

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