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

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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

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