Mooncake season is upon us — already
September 15 is the Mid-Autumn Festival, and you know what that means: Mooncake orders start NOW. Here are our favorites of these autumnal delicacies, from traditional treats to new-wave inventions. By Leslie Yeh
Tea Farm to Table
Michelin-two-starred Shang Palace’s Uji Matcha Mooncake with red beans and chestnut paste lends a Japanese twist to the traditional Chinese delicacy. The green tea powder is sourced from an awardwinning tea farm in Uji, imparting an intense matcha flavor to complement Tokachi red beans. It’s a classic red and green combo that’s just the right amount of bitter and sweet.
Great for ● Green tea addicts. $368 per box of eight. Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2733-8483.
It's Getting Cold in Here
Keep yourself cool during the Mid-Autumn festivities with XTC Gelato's mooncake-shaped frozen treats. These popular creamy confections come in four different flavors—traditional milk tea, nutty pistachio, refreshing raspberry and rich vanilla—dipped in a thin chocolate shell with a fresh mango sorbet resembling the “yolk.” Each box ($285) includes all four varieties, along with a reusable bag and two ice packs so you can easily transport them to your office or holiday party.
GREAT FOR ● Winning over your co-workers. $199 through Aug 31; $285 thereafter. Various locations including Shop B, 45 Cochrane St., Central, 2541-0500.
Purply Pastries Moo-ve Over Mooncakes
Here’s a mooncake (or should we say “moo-cake”) that’ll put a smile on your face:
Fred & Chloé presents a playful twist on the conventional treat, with cow-themed cakes featuring a custard crafted from the brand’s signature milk. A preservatives-free product of France, the creamy milk helps create a luscious custard filling—all encased in a thin, flaky golden crust. Each box comes with six adorable cakes.
Great for ● Young-at-heart Mid
Autumn revelers. $200 per box of six. fred-and-chloe.com
Pak Loh Chiu Chow celebrates the Chiu Chow-style mooncake this year, which features a lighter, flakier puff pastry-like crust rather than the typical dense crust. Inside, lotus seed paste is replaced by mung bean paste or taro paste and a salted egg yolk, resulting in a lighter and less sugary version. We recommend going for the gift box which includes two mung bean mooncakes, two taro cakes, homemade XO sauce and two tea bags ($298).
Great for ● A lighter tea-time treat. Various locations including Shop 1002, 10/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 2577-1163.
20 HK MAGAZINE FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2016