It’s always such a headache to choose mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival because so many places offer so many choices, but don’t panic. We’ve put together a guide to the best Hong Kong mooncakes to help make the process easier.
1. The Ritz-Carlton
Choose between the two collections offered: the "Premium Select" and "Classic Select" gift boxes. The "Premium Select" box offers one white lotus paste with double yolk mooncake and seven mini egg custard mooncakes. The "Classic Select" box is a traditional gift set of four white lotus paste with double yolk mooncakes. With either of these sets of Hong Kong mooncakes, you can’t go wrong.
The Hong Kong mooncakes at the Ritz-Carlton are the perfect touch of light yet creamy.
The "Premium Select" gift set is priced at HK$348, and the "Classic Select" box set is priced at HK$328.
The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2263, www.ritz-carlton.com
2. The Mandarin Cake Shop
Enjoy mooncakes made fresh from the renown Mandarin Cake Shop. They offer all the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival flavours including white lotus paste with double yolks and golden lotus paste with double yolks.
Go a little while though and try one of the shop’s specialty Hong Kong mooncakes — black date paste with pine seeds. All mooncakes are now available until 12 September 2011.
Grab a box of the renown Hong Kong mooncakes from the Mandarin Cake Shop.
A box of four white lotus paste with double yolk mooncakes or four golden lotus paste with double yolk mooncakes is priced at HK$298. The specialty black date paste mooncakes comes in a box of six mini pieces priced at HK$218.
The Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 0111, www.mandarinoriental.com
3. The Conrad
Treat loved ones to mooncakes from the Michelin-starred Gold Leaf restaurant, and choose from traditional flavours, or opt for more modern blends like mooncakes made with green tea and egg yolk.
Mini white lotus mooncakes are the perfect size for snacking and gifting.
Choose between a box set of eight mini green tea Hong Kong mooncakes with egg yolk (HK$288) or a box set of six white lotus paste with egg yolk mooncakes (HK$288).
Gold Leaf, The Conrad, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2521 3838, www.conradhk.com
4. The Sheraton
Purchase these homemade mooncakes that are made from all natural ingredients for your family. Besides having two flavours to choose from — traditional white lotus paste with egg yolk and custard cream with egg yolk, the mooncakes come in nice jade gift boxes. Give your family mooncakes with packaging they’ll always remember.
The Hong Kong mooncakes from the Sheraton are perfectly wrapped for giving to friends and family.
A four piece box of white lotus paste with egg yolk mooncakes is priced at HK$348, and an eight piece box of mini custard cream with egg yolk mooncakes is priced at HK$238.
Shertaton Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2369 1111, www.sheraton.com
5. Wing Wah Mooncakes
If there is ever any doubt about mooncakes or you just can’t get your hands on the mooncakes mentioned above, stick to one of Hong Kong’s classic brands, Wing Wah. Not only do they have all the traditional flavours, but they also make low sugar mooncakes and mooncakes with red or green bean paste.
You can’t go wrong with the classic and famous Wing Wah mooncakes.
A box of four white lotus paste mooncakes with double yolk is priced at HK$225 and the low sugar option is priced at HK$240.
All mooncakes are available for purchase at the local supermarket or at the Wing Wah E-shop at www.wingwah.com.