Mid-Autumn Festival is once again lurking around the corner and here are 8 mooncake options you should check out for consumption and gifting purposes!
Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur
Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur goes with the theme “Shang Glamour” this year – a marriage of Chinese culture and modern interpretation of mooncake flavours. I feel the box this year has a more bougee vibe, which I fancy.
Creative options like White Lotus Seed Paste with Lava Salted Egg (RM37 per piece) and Ping Pei with Custard and Bird’s Nest (RM44 per piece) are worth checking out. And if you’re a durian fan, go for the Ping Pei Durian (RM44 per piece) or better still, their Mini Golden Ping Pei Musang King Durian (RM65). The latter is as luxe as it can get.
To order, call 03-2074 3900 or visit www.shangri-la-specials.com.
Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur
Set in an opulent gold giftbox, the mooncakes from Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur ranges from traditional baked options to delicately crafted snow skin delights. The oolong tea and Osmanthus with lotus seed paste (RM45 per piece) is one of my favourites among the traditional mooncake line-ups this year.
Snowskin options include charcoal lava (RM45 per piece), homemade snow skin blueberry chocolate (RM45 per piece) and pandan with bird’s nest (RM55 per piece). All mooncakes are made by the pastry chefs at Yun House and are available for order by calling 03-2382-8640.
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
For this year’s mooncake box design, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur teamed up with local artist Samantha Cheah to create a gift box that is inspired by the orchid display within the hotel’s premises. These orchids are portrayed in a delicate embroidery on royal purple fabric.
The team at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur showcases a repertoire of classic mooncakes (baked and snow skin), on top of their decadent chocolate mooncakes – my favourites! The Malaysian single origin dark chocolate mooncake (RM49 per piece) a delicious creation of praline feuilletine, chocolate brownie and dark chocolate cream. And it is as delicious as it sounds.
They also offer Musang King Durian (RM62 per piece), a favourite of Jien. These mooncakes are available for sale at the hotel lobby or online. You can also call 03-2179 8885 to place your order.
The sister restaurant of The Oriental Group of Restaurants, Ruyi offers two signature pork-free mooncakes this year – Shanghai Style Mooncake and Teochew Style Mooncake, both priced at RM30 each (RM108 per box of 4). Packaging is the simplest among the line-ups but the mooncakes are one of the best I’ve eaten thus far.
Shanghai style mooncakes are my favourite and Ruyi’s version is delicious. The pastry chef clearly knows his craft as it doesn’t crumble, but “gives in” once you cut into the mooncake. I also like how smooth and creamy the yam paste is from the Teochew Style Mooncake. As I’m typing this, the entire box has been successfully devoured. By me alone.
These mooncakes are available for sale at both Ruyi in Bangsar Shopping Centre and Yu at The Gardens Mall. To order, call 03-2283 0288 (Ruyi) or 03-2202 2602 (Yu).
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
I was honestly (pleasantly) surprised when I learnt that Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur is debuting their mooncake box this year. The simple yet sleek wooden box set features a combination traditional and exciting flavours (RM28 each) like baked lotus paste with single yolk, mint chocolate paste, tiramisu paste and baked durian.
There are two snow skin options available – illy Coffee Snow skin Mooncake (RM25) and illy Coffee Snow skin Mooncake with Pumpkin Seeds (RM28). These mooncakes are available for sale at Latitude 03. You can also call 03-2263 7434 or email [email protected] to place your orders.
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Always a front-runner when it comes to exciting mooncake box packaging, The Westin Kuala Lumpur nails it again with another interactive box containing traditional Mid-Autumn favourites. This year’s theme is YUE Fantasy, inspired by the tale of the Jade Rabbit and Moon Palace.
The YUE Fantasy box (RM178 nett per box of 4 pieces) is fashioned into an elegant gift box that doubles as a light box and Bluetooth speaker. This year’s interesting flavours include the Purple Sweet Potato and Taro Sensation – the former being my favourite.
To place your order, call Westin Dining at 03-2773 8495, WhatsApp 017-311 1883 or email [email protected]westin.com.
W Kuala Lumpur
Upbeat and quirky as always, W Kuala Lumpur teams up with fashion designer Melinda Looi in creating a mooncake “box” in the form of a holographic square pouch and matching tote bag. This set includes 4 mooncakes of your choice, with 7 classic and exciting flavours available.
I like the Almond Sesame White Lotus Seed Paste (RM43 nett) as it feels as though I’m having “tong sui” in the form of a mooncake. Very clever. Classic favourites like Pandan Lotus Seed with Single Yolk (RM43 nett) are also available. The set comes with a paper lantern and a small booklet with Mid-Autumn stories and traditions.
You can purchase the set at W Kuala Lumpur’s lobby or call 012-347 9088.
Sheraton Petaling Jaya
Continuing their theme of crystal boxes, Sheraton Petaling Jaya showcases four glistening mooncake boxes this year – Swan Crystal, Swan Pearl, Butterfly and Rainbow Stones. These boxes contain traditionally baked mooncakes in the form of Pandan Lotus with Single Yolk, Red Bean with Melon Seed, Tiramisu Paste with Walnut and White Lotus with Single Yolk.
These mooncakes can be purchased as an individual piece at RM26 each or in a box of four, at RM168nett. To order, call 03-7622 8888 or email [email protected]
I hope this feature is useful in helping you make a decision on what mooncakes to purchase this year!