There are several things to look forward to when the Mid-Autumn Festival rolls in. A bright, full moon to admire when night falls, lighting colourful lanterns and most importantly yummy mooncakes to devour with the family.
From wasabi and green apple to tea-infused mooncakes and durian variations, here is our curated list of the 10 best mooncakes to indulge in during this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival in Malaysia.
1. Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur
Over the moon for mooncakes? This year, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur celebrates the celestial Mid-Autumn festival with a glorious array of the “Over the Moon” collection.
Discover classic favourites as well as new unique flavours such as Red Bean Paste with 30 year old Dried Tangerine Skin, White Lotus Seed Paste flavoured with Malaysian Hibiscus and Shangri-La’s Ping Pei Premium Musang King.
It also comes in unconventional flavours such as green apple and wasabi, and raspberry and chilli padi if you’re adventurous enough.
2. Le Méridien Petaling Jaya
Le Méridien Petaling Jaya has introduced two specially-crafted mooncake boxes that’s a treat to the eyes and taste buds. Pure Blossom (RM188) consists of four mooncakes enclosed in a white box adorned with floral motifs. In the box, you’ll find four different yummy flavours, including Mixed Nuts, White Lotus with Single Yolk, Pandan Lotus, and Longan Wolfberries.
Or you can opt for Opulent Elegance (RM188) which comprises Pure Lotus with Double Yolk, White Lotus with Single Yolk, Red Bean, and Longan Wolfberries.
3. Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
This year, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur collaborated with award-winning Malaysian fashion designer, Melinda Looi, to feature an avant-garde mooncake collection celebrating the classic heritage of Peranakan culture in Malaysia.
Comprising of a novel collection of four classic mooncakes along with numerous curated treasures of different kinds, ‘The House of Shí Wu’ (RM288) resembles an intricate wooden structure of a miniature house that moonlights as a multipurpose box, complemented by a grand and functional canvas bag. Inside include four mooncakes, premium teas, fortune cookies, candies, a GHKL x ML designer scarf, scented candle, paper lantern, colourful shuttlecock and a mini mooncake mould keychain.
The four flavours are Shanghainese Yam with Single Yolk, Pure Red Bean, Pure Pandan and White Lotus with Double Yolk.
4. Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur
For Mid-Autumn Festival 2022, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur has unveiled its 3D LED-lit mooncake light box collection, with four exclusive designs where stunning 3D images are ‘brought to life’.
Traditional baked and snowskin mooncakes are beautifully packaged in a circular shaped mooncake box. The mooncake 3D light box is elegantly wrapped with silky satin fabric and is complemented with an elegant glossy rose gold metal frame.
There are four different sets available and each set comes with four mooncakes (RM168). Set A consists of Pure Lotus Double Yolk, White Pure Lotus Pandan Pure Lotus, Green Tea Red Bean Paste. Meanwhile Set B consists of Golden Pandan Pure Lotus Single Yolk, Japanese Red Bean, Assorted Fruit Nuts and White Pure Lotus.
If you prefer snowskin mooncakes, you can go for Set C: Red Bean Paste, Green Tea, Pure Lotus Single Yolk and Yam Paste Single Yolk. Durian lovers will fancy Set D (RM198 nett) which comprises four pieces of snowskin Musang King Durian mooncakes, a light box, and a cooler bag (while stocks last).
5. The RuMa Hotel and Residences
This year, The RuMa Hotel and Residences is introducing Limited-Edition Mooncakes in collaboration with FERN, the founder and creative director behind this versatile and elegant design of batiks.
These mooncakes are packed individually within rattan boxes and carefully wrapped in a supple batik bag, offered in two different colours, enclosed within a uniquely weaved bamboo carrying basket, all made from sustainable materials and meant to be reused for your daily essentials.
Try their pack of four mooncakes (RM258) consisting of the following flavours: Cranberry Lotus Paste, Tiramisu Lotus Paste with Chocolate Lava, Durian Lotus Paste and Assorted Fruits and Nuts. Or you can always select a pack of two (RM188), and you’ll receive these two flavours: Lotus paste with double yolk and Bamboo charcoal black sesame.
The RuMa is now offering their mooncakes at a discounted rate, one bag at 10% off, two to four bags at 20% off, and five bags and above at 30% off. Really good deals, if you’d ask me!
6. Purple Cane
Established in 1987, Purple Cane opened its first tea house with a difference, and introduced its first tea mooncake in 1998. These tea-infused mooncakes are sure to win the hearts of even the most health-conscious as it is neither too sweet nor too savoury, and low in fat content.
Purple Cane’s Bright Moon Tea Mooncake Gift Set (RM88.80) includes Green Tea Red Bean Paste Mooncake which features a refreshing light green tea crust and fillings of milled red bean, White Tea Purple Potato Lotus Paste Mooncake which is purple potato crust mooncake stuffed with lotus paste, purple sweet potato and a touch of white tea, and Rose Tea Bamboo Charcoal Lotus Paste Mooncake which is a traditional Cantonese-style pastry crust with lotus paste fillings of bamboo charcoal powder, stuffed with nature sweet aroma of rose tea. A mouthful, indeed!
The gift set also includes Coconut & Sakura Flower Tea Mooncake, Nanyang Kaya Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Mooncake and Herbal Tea Egg Puer Tea Mooncake.
7. Inside Scoop
What’s better than a mooncake? An ice cream mooncake, of course! Just take a look at how pretty these ice cream mooncakes are from Inside Scoop. So if you’re all about aesthetics, this one’s for you!
Inside Scoop’s four piece Ice Cream Mooncake Box (RM135) features four different ice cream mooncake flavours: Oolong Tea, Chocolate Orange Pop, Durian and Unicorn. The charming ice cream mooncakes are perfect for gifting, sharing or if you’re craving for delectable mooncakes.
You can also opt for the two piece Ice Cream Mooncake Box (RM73) which comes in Oolong Tea and Chocolate Orange Pop flavours. The oolong tea ice cream is made with Purple Cane’s Wu Long Wang tea with a red bean centre as the yolk. Meanwhile the Chocolate Orange Pop is filled with 70% Belgian dark chocolate ice cream with popping candy and an orange jam yolk.
8. TK Bakery
TK Bakery, (affectionately called Tong Kee by locals) has been around for decades and is known for its humble yet delicious egg tarts, buns, chicken pies, and mooncakes. For 50 years, TK Bakery has been dedicated to retain the traditional skills and techniques in its baking process, aspiring to uphold and pass on the rich culture of the Chinese from one generation to another.
The folks behind Tong Kee strongly believe in handmade production with only fresh ingredients and their mooncakes are made fresh with no preservatives.
TK Bakery mooncake package (RM119) includes one Superb White Plain Lotus Paste mooncake, one Pure Red Bean Paste (Tau Sah) mooncake, one Superb White with Single Yolk mooncake, one Golden Emerald (Pandan) mooncake, Pandan Kuih Lapis and two Premium Tea Cups.
9. Jonah Bakes
Looking to bring a gift to share amongst family or friends during this festive reunion? Jonah Bakes has released two different sets for you to pick from. Get a set of three mini mooncakes at RM28— it comes with a beautiful Japanese stork design box and bag, a perfect gift for a friend. All mooncakes are pork free, made less sweet, and filled with love.
If you’re on the hunt for a mooncake that will make your friend squeal in happiness, the Piggy Power (lotus paste) and Owly Whooo (blueberry paste) mooncakes should be right up your alley. Each set comes in a pair (RM30).
To order, please visit Jonah Bakes’ website or contact +601 6238 3423 (Yumi) on WhatsApp.
10. Cat and the Fiddle
Inspired by the local scene in Singapore, Cat & the Fiddle has come up with a reinterpretation of some of your favourite local drinks as mooncakes. The mooncake box is a nostalgic take on the good old days where adults enjoy a cup of coffee at the nearby kopitiams.
This festive season, they’ve created a total of three flavours: Bandung, Kopi Gao and Teh Peng in the Meowsketeer Trio (RM99). This Teh Peng reinterpretation is an ensemble of aromatic black tea lotus paste and white chocolate capsule filled brim with condensed milk white chocolate ganache.
For durian lovers, there’s the Meowsketeer Towkay (RM138) which features six pieces of charcoal snowskin mooncake. This luxurious mooncake is filled with real Mao Shan Wang durian pulp and is encased in a pillowy-soft black charcoal snowskin.
Each mooncake series comes with a Limited Edition Cat & the Fiddle HDB-inspired Box and PVC ‘Kopi Da Bao’ bag.
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