Which mooncake should you get for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017
Piece of cake
The Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 is one month away (4 October) and that means it's time to start ordering mooncakes, be it for yourself, family or friends. While it's common for most places to offer the standard flavours, it can get a bit overwhelming trying to decide if you don't already have a favourite. We round up some of this year's offerings—new, classic favourites and back-by-demand flavours—based on what your preferences may be.
If you love egg yolks
Where: The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur
What: Not only is it a generous size but there are also eight yolks within the 6.5-inch Super Mooncake offered by The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur. Using white lotus seed paste, it's fragrant and at just the right level of sweetness.
Price: The 6.5-inch Super Mooncake is priced at RM212 nett while the classic (normal-sized) mooncakes in a box of four are priced at RM148.40 nett.
If you love alcohol
Where: Li Yen, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur
What: Due to popular demand, the Mini Snow Skin Cream Cheese with Port Wine mooncake returns along with perennial favourites Mini Snow Skin Moët & Chandon Champagne Mooncake and Mini Snow Skin Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial Champagne Mooncake.
Price: From RM104 nett for a box of eight (or RM13 nett per piece).
Extra: Li Yen also offers the traditional kind with a total of 10 flavours to choose from such as White Lotus Paste with Double Egg Yolk, Red Bean Paste, Lotus Paste with Single Egg Yolk and the savoury Li Yen Kam Tui, (filled with delicious nuts and Chinese ham). These are priced from RM88 nett for a box of four.
Contact: Call 03 2782 9033 or email [email protected].
If you love durian
Where: Shanghai, JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
What: The restaurant's popular Snow Skin Durian Paste with Truffle (using fresh Musang King durians) is back for all enthusiasts but the skilful Dim Sum Chef Kong Sok Wah and his team have more in store to add to your purchase this year. For starters, the debut of three new creations: Baked Pandan Paste with Salted Egg Yolk, Baked Green Tea Paste with Salted Egg Yolk and Snow Skin Custard Paste with Mint.
Price: A box of six mini mooncakes is priced from RM93.28 nett while a box of four large mooncakes is priced at RM178.10 nett.
Contact: Call 03 2719 8288 or email [email protected].
If you love traditional mooncakes
Where: The Westin Kuala Lumpur
What: While new flavours are exciting, sometimes you just want the good ol' taste of traditional mooncakes. Find your all-time favourites such as Lotus Pandan, Signature Supreme Mixed Nuts and Red Bean Paste at The Westin Kuala Lumpur. We love the Imperial Black, something that is traditional with a refreshing core of dried longan and wolfberries.
Extra: Besides the traditional mooncakes, there is also the Mini Snow Skin Pure Musang King specially curated for durian lovers. This year, the Westin mooncakes are available in a beautiful Yuè Mooncake gift box—equipped with Bluetooth speakers. Enjoy the perfect Mid-Autumn night sipping on tea and indulging in mooncakes while your favourite tracks playing in the background. The Bloom Mooncake gift box, a dual usage storage unit that comes with an integrated potting container, also makes a comeback.
Price: A Yuè Mooncake gift box with your choice of 4 traditional baked flavours is priced at RM168 nett, while the snow skin option is priced at RM240 nett. The Bloom Mooncake gift box with 4 traditional baked mooncakes is available at RM138 nett, and a box of 4 snow skin mooncakes is priced at RM210 nett.
Contact: Call 03-2778 8338 or email [email protected].
If you love Japanese-inspired mooncakes
Where: Nobu Kuala Lumpur
What: Just the mention of a few unique choices for the fillings is enough to intrigue interest. From Miso (fermented soybean paste) yolk to Shiso (Japanese mint leaf) to green tea, Nobu KL's offerings is a surprising delight. Our favourite: Mochi skin with Miso yolk and pandan paste. A tad saltier than the usual salted egg yolk mooncakes, it gels extremely smoothly with the sweet pandan paste. And chewy, thin mochi skin is always welcomed in our books.
Price: RM148 nett for a box of six different flavours (Baked Charcoal Bamboo mooncake with Black Goma paste, Baked mooncake with Green Tea paste, Baked mooncake with Azuki bean paste, Baked mooncake with Fruits and Nuts, Mochi skin with Shiso and lotus paste, and Mochi skin with Miso yolk and pandan paste) or RM168 nett for six pieces in three flavours (Baked mooncake with Fruits and Nuts, Mochi skin with Shiso and lotus paste, and Mochi skin with Miso yolk and pandan paste).
Contact: Call 03 2164 5084 or Whatsapp 019 389 5085.
If you love tea
Where: TWG Tea
What: There's the decadent Daydream mooncake which is wrapped in baked bold red crust with blueberries, white lotus paste and a unique almond and blueberry puree heart infused with Red Balloon Tea. Or there's the Cerise mooncake which boasts a luxurious white chocolate and crunchy coconut heart with Amarena cherry engulfed in brown lotus paste that has been infused with Pu-erh 2000. For a more traditional taste, opt for the Constellation mooncake which features a Singapore Breakfast Tea-infused brown lotus filling, roasted melon seeds and a salted egg yolk heart.
Price: Each mooncake is priced at RM38 while a box of four is priced at RM152.
If you love ice cream
What: Taking inspiration from the myth of the Jade Rabbit, Haagen-Dazs's mooncake collection this year is whimsical in design and exciting in flavours. Our recommendation: Harmony Mochi. The Japanese mochi skin is meant to replicate the chewy, thin texture of snow skin mooncakes and we'd have to say it's spot-on!
Price: Available as a set of four pieces in Strawberry and Mango flavours for RM150 at all Haagen-Dazs stores.
Extra: The limited edition Lune et Etoiles which is a bestseller in Hong Kong and limited to only 120 sets nationwide in Malaysia. It consists of one special "moon" surrounded by seven "stars" where each mooncake is coated with dark chocolate and decorated with elegant Parisian-themed chocolate designs. This set features an assortment of eight flavours (Macadamia Nut, Belgian Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Cookies & Cream, Chocolate, Strawberry Cheesecake, Caramel Biscuit & Cream) and is priced at RM188.
If you're looking for Halal-certified baked mooncakes
Where: Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
What: We know some people tend to ask this so Mandarin Oriental KL has specifically listed some of their mooncakes that are Halal-certified and they include flavours such as Lotus paste with single egg yolk, Pandan with single egg yolk, Red bean with melon seed and Durian with melon seed.
Extra: Also on their list of Mid-Autumn Festival offerings are chocolate mooncakes (e.g Gianduja hazelnut chocolate with oolong tea in gold dust and Caramelised white chocolate, sea salt caramel, biscuit pearls and dulcey ganache) and new snow skin flavours (Durian, Yam and apricot, and Mango and melon seed).
Price: All mooncakes are sold in a box of four and priced at RM34.50 onwards per piece.
Contact: Call 03 2179 8885 or email [email protected].