One of Hong Kong’s biggest festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival, is coming up on September 29, 2023. And everywhere you go, you’ll see mooncakes — the tender pasty traditionally filled with salted egg yolks and lotus seed paste that are symbolic of the occasion.

This year’s offerings from some of the most popular hotels and F&B outlets in the city are defined by innovative flavours and sustainable packaging. If you want to go the extra mile, you could pair your mooncakes with tea or pick up luxe hampers for your friends and family.

If this is your first Mid-Autumn Festival, you can get an understanding of the significance of this famous food item with our cultural guide to mooncakes. Once you’re done, check out our pick of the best places in Hong Kong to get this festival favourite.

Cordis

A festive mooncake hamper from Cordis with wine, caramelised walnuts, XO sauce, and mooncakes. The contents of the hamper come in a red cylindrical box containing square boxes with the nuts and sauce. There are other boxes that contain the mooncakes.
A festive mooncake hamper from Cordis with wine, caramelised walnuts, XO sauce, and mooncakes (© Cordis)

If your taste in mooncakes gravitates towards the luxe variety, then try out the Cordis’ Ming Mooncakes. They are crafted using a range of traditional and contemporary flavours and come in a gift box designed by acclaimed illustrator Lingmuki. Order the classics, such as Mini Custard with Egg Yolk and White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Egg Yolks. They even have a festive gift set that comes with special XO sauce, caramelised walnut, palmiers and wine, in addition to the mooncakes.

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Location: 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon

Call: +852 3552 3510

Ān Soy x Esca

The Ān Soy and Esca mooncakes come in two flavours: black sesame and salted egg soy milk. They come in a 2x3 wooden box, partitioned so that each mooncake has its own space.
The Ān Soy and Esca mooncakes come in two flavours: black sesame and salted egg soy milk (© Ān Soy)

Ān Soy joins forces with vegetarian food specialists Esca to create their first-ever limited-edition mooncakes that offer guests an elegant, soy-inspired, and vegetarian gifting options. Each pastry box features three pieces of Ān’s oozing Black Sesame Mooncakes created with Ān soy milk, and three pieces of Esca’s fragrant Osmanthus Salted Egg Soy Milk Financiers. The mooncakes — which are available on Date By Tate’s online shop — are presented within an eco-friendly wooden box to further their philosophy of sustainability.

Location: Date by Tate, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan 

Call: 852 6730-2494

Fortnum & Mason

A light golden brown mooncake from Fortnum & Mason cut into half to reveal its filling sits on a tray, along with a teal cup of tea, a matching teal tin box, and tea leaves. In the background, there is a whole mooncake sitting on a stand, which is partially visible with a giftbox in the background.
Pair your Fortnum & Mason tea-infused mooncakes with a cuppa (© Fortnum & Mason)

Indulge in Fortnum & Mason’s mooncakes infused with custard and flavours from the UK department store’s most famous tea blends. The bergamot-laced Earl Grey Classic adds a hint of zest, while the robust, malty Royal Blend provides a rich and full-bodied flavour. You can choose to pair the mooncakes with tea that comes in a mini tin, or put your own hamper together. They are available at the K11 flagship store and all Lane Crawford kiosks.

Location: Shop 022, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Call: + 852 3916 8100

Hong Kong Cuisine 1983

Six different mooncakes cut in half to reveal their fillings sit in a pile on a dark table with a dark background. There is one half of a mooncake at the bottom that shows only the pastry half.
Hong Kong Cuisine 1983 presents six Suzhou-style mooncakes for this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival (© Hong Kong Cuisine 1983)

For this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival, Hong Kong Cuisine 1983 has launched a collection of traditional hand-crafted Suzhou-style mooncakes renowned for their flaky crusts, generous fillings, and distinctive flavours. Presented in an elegant gift box, the collection features six flavours of mooncakes: Red Bean Paste with Nuts, White Lotus Seed Paste with Yolk, Premium Mixed Nuts, Yunnan Ham with Mixed Nuts, Red Bean Paste with Yolk, and Purple Sweet Potato Paste with Yolk.

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Location: 1/F, Elegance Court, 2-4 Tsoi Tak Street, Happy Valley 

Call: +852 2893 3788

Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong x Lee Keung Kee Egg Waffles

Two whole mooncakes sit placed on top of the other. In the background, there is a traditional waffle and a bubble waffle, as well as a box with rabbits.
The Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour’s mooncakes are egg waffle-flavoured (© Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour)

Enjoy a fresh take on Hong Kong classics with a unique mooncake gift box that contains six individually packed egg waffle-flavoured mooncakes, as well as two sets of peanut butter and condensed milk sachets. The mooncakes come in a gift box exclusively designed by Hong Kong artist Leon Lollipop, whose vibrant illustrations celebrate the moon and rabbits from Mid-Autumn myths. Created in collaboration with North Point’s famed Lee Keung Kee Egg Waffles, the limited-edition mooncakes are inspired by traditional 雞蛋仔 “gai daan jai” (egg waffles) and 格仔餅 “gaak zai beng” (chequered waffles served with peanut butter and condensed milk), and incorporate Lee Keung Kee’s original egg waffle batter recipe.

Location: 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point

Call: +852 3762 1234

Regent Hong Kong

Four mooncakes
The iconic Regent hotel brings back its renowned egg custard mooncakes (© Regent Hong Kong)

The famed Regent Hong Kong celebrates its return to the city’s hospitality landscape with Lai Ching Heen’s beloved egg custard mooncakes handcrafted with edible gold leaf flakes melded into a deliciously smooth and creamy mixture. The Lai Ching Heen Mini Egg Custard Mooncakes are presented in a bespoke gift box resembling a jade jewellery chest with drawers that open to reveal the culinary treasures within.

The Regent also has a curated collection of mini mooncakes that come in four flavours: White Lotus Seed Paste with Yolk, Red Bean Paste with Mandarin Peel, Green Tea Custard, and Earl Grey Tea Custard.

Location: Regent Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Call: +852 2721 1211

Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport

Two whole mini mooncakes sit on a glass plate, along with two mini mooncakes cut in half to reveal their fillings. The darker brown mooncakes at the back are the lotus seed paste with egg yolk, and the lighter brown ones in the front are the lava egg custard ones. The mooncakes are surrounded by flowers and placed on a blue table top.
Le Meridien Hong Kong Cyberport has two flavours this Mid-Autumn Festival: white lotus seed paste with egg yolk and lava egg custard (© Le Meridien Hong Kong, Cyberport)

Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport is debuts three premium mooncake gift sets this year by way of its contemporary Cantonese restaurant Nam Fong. The mooncakes come in traditional and contemporary flavours: Mini White Lotus Seed Paste with Egg Yolk  and Mini Lava Egg Custard. In addition, Nam Fong has a Deluxe Mini Mooncake Assortment Gift Set that features classic and modern flavours of mooncakes with premium Chinese loose leaf tea.

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Address: 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam

Call: +852 2980 7788

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

A light grey double-decker partitioned bento box with mooncakes sits on a table. The top level of the box is completely uncovered to reveal three mooncakes within. It sits upon the lower level of the bento box, which contains partially obscured mooncakes. The lid of the box is propped against the bottom level to show the logo of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental. There are neon yellow wrappers strewn around the box, which is placed on a white table top.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s mooncakes are packed in a double-decker bento box and come in six different flavours (© Landmark Mandarin Oriental)

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental has crafted a double-decker bento box made of corn-fibre materials with six individually packed mini egg custard mooncakes. The neon-yellow wrapper band of the bento box celebrates the traditional and modern Mid-Autumn Festival rituals with symbolic elements, incorporating the characters of the hotel with minimalistic rabbit illustrations.

Location: The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central

Call: +852 2132 0188

Header image credits: Makidotvn via Canva

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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