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Digest The Ultimate Guide To Mooncakes In 2020

The Ultimate Guide To Mooncakes In 2020

shanghai Yu yuan gardens at night,mid-autumn,
Shanghai's Yu Yuan Gardens at night during the Mid-Autumn Festival {Photo: iStock)
By Samantha Lim
By Samantha Lim
August 04, 2020
A dense dessert sometimes stuffed with salted duck egg yolk, mooncakes are only available during the Mid-Autumn Festival (which falls on October 1st this year), so enjoy them while stocks last

1/12 Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Photo: Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Photo: Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
 

Given the sheer variety of mooncakes available at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, you're bound to discover a new favourite here. The five-star hotel's mooncakes made with Malaysian single origin chocolate are back by popular demand, but 2020 also brings new inventions, including a low-sugar white lotus paste mooncake sweetened with Mycose or 'mushroom sugar'.

Flavours & Prices

Baked Mooncakes: Mixed Nuts, Lotus paste with Single Yolk, Pandan with Single Yolk, Durian Paste with Melon Seed, Red Bean Paste with Melon Seed
Low Sugar: White Lotus Paste 
Snow Skin:
Musang King Durian, Salted Egg Custard Paste with Cheese, Strawberry and White Lotus
Chocolate Mooncakes:
Malaysian Single Origin Dark Chocolate (Crunchy Pearls, Dark Chocolate Cream and Gold Leaf), Malaysian Single Origin Milk Chocolate (Caramel Sesame, Hazelnut Gianduja and Jasmine Tea Ganache), Red Berry Chocolate (Strawberry Crémeux, Coconut and Almond Praline)
Special Edition: Golden Moon (Lotus Paste with Single Yolk or Pandan with Single Yolk sprayed with edible gold dust)

Individual mooncakes are priced at RM33 and above. Purchase before August 13 to enjoy an early bird discount of 15%. Buy in bulk to enjoy further discounts.

To Purchase

Order from now until Oct 1, 2020 by visiting the Mandarin Oriental Online Shop (open daily from 9am-9pm) or emailing mokul-lpoheen@mohg.com.

Related: Mandarin Oriental's Online Gourmet Shop Delivers Desserts To Your Doorstep

2/12 Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Photo: Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
 

Yun House, a stunning dim sum restaurant specialising in pork-free fare, is rolling out a wider selection of mooncakes than ever, from evergreen baked mooncakes to snow skin specialities for those who like their desserts chilled. Most intriguing of all is their first ever speciality tea mooncake which makes use of Yun House's signature tea infusion—only Chef Jimmy Wong knows the exact blend of tea leaves behind the aromatic brew.

Flavours & Prices

Baked Mooncakes: Pu Er Tea Paste with Tangerine, White Lotus Seed Paste, Red Bean Paste
Snow Skin: Bird's Nest with Almond Cream, Musang King Durian, Brandy Chocolate
Specialty Tea Mooncake: Yun House’s Signature Tea Infusion

Prices range between RM38 - RM55. Inquire about corporate discounts and Four Seasons lifestyle membership promotions. 

To Purchase

Order from now until Oct 1, 2020 by calling +603 2382 8640 or using the Four Seasons mobile app. Enjoy free delivery (under 10km) for every order of three boxes or more.

Related: Curate At The Four Seasons Reopens For Dine-In While Continuing Delivery

3/12 W Kuala Lumpur

Photo: W Kuala Lumpur
Photo: W Kuala Lumpur
Photo: W Kuala Lumpur
 

Last year's colourful collaboration with local designer Melinda Looi was a tough act to follow, but W Kuala Lumpur has gained ground with an equally vibrant 2020 mooncake collection. Individual mooncakes are packaged in snazzy boxes designed by gallery curator Edith Ho and artists Jonny Zerox and Lim Kok Hong (aka the Gung HO collective) whereas every four mooncakes come with a sequined box and reusable tote bag in tangerine or sky blue.

Flavours & Prices

Baked Mooncakes: Red Bean Paste with Tangerine, Almond Skin, RM 41 / Yellow Lotus Single Yolk, White Lotus Seed Paste with Melon Seed, Pandan with Single Yolk, Traditional Five Nuts, RM43 / White Lotus Seed Paste Double Yolk, RM46 nett
Box of 4: With limited edition reusable tote bag, RM168 nett

Buy in bulk to enjoy special discounts. Members of Marriott Bonvoy and Club Marriott enjoy special discounts, as do select cardholders. Purchase a box of 4 mooncakes to receive a dining voucher worth RM50 at Yen Chinese Restaurant.

To Purchase

Order from now until Oct 1, 2020 by dropping by the hotel, calling +6012-347 9088, or emailing bf.wkualalumpur@whotels.com.

4/12 Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Photo: Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Photo: Hilton Kuala Lumpur

A glorious sight to behold, a full moon appears during the Mid-Autumn Festival, providing families and friends with the chance to gambol under its sheen. Titled Royal Midnight, Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s 2020 mooncake series pays homage to the moon at its brightest. Fashioned from navy blue fabric and embroidered with silver thread, this year's limited edition mooncake box makes for an elegant trinket box.

Flavours & Prices

Chynna Special 2020: Bulgarian Blush (Snow Skin with Custard Cream Cheese, Bulgarian Rose Petal Jam and Pine Nuts), RM38 nett
 
Traditional Baked (Halal): White Lotus Paste, Lotus Paste with Single Yolk, Pandan Paste with Single Yolk, Red Bean Paste with Almond Flakes, RM35 nett / White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk, Traditional-Style with Five Nuts Mix, RM38 nett
 
Snow Skin: Heavenly Gold (Pure Premium Musang King Durian), RM56 nett / Blue Moon (Snow Skin Amaretto Lotus Paste with Blueberry Cheese Feuillantine), Flower Drum (Snow Skin Lotus Paste with Soft Custard Egg Yolk), RM35 nett
 
Gift Boxes:  Heavenly Gold Package, RM318 / Royal Midnight Snow Skin, RM268 / Royal Midnight Traditional Baked, RM258 / Christy Ng’s Crimson Red/Royal Purple Snow Skin, RM168 / Christy Ng’s Crimson Red/Royal Purple Traditional Baked, RM158 / Lunar Charms Snow Skin, RM148 / Lunar Charms Traditional Baked, RM138

To Purchase

Order from now until Oct 4, 2020 by calling +603 2264 2264 or visiting this link.

TATLER TIP: If you love taking your mooncakes with tea, look into Hilton KL's Mid-Autumn High-Tea, which includes small bites prepared by Chef Lam of Chynna, an assortment of mooncakes, and Natural Rosehip with Hibiscus Tea by Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company.

5/12 The St Regis Kuala Lumpur

Photo: The St Regis Kuala Lumpur
Photo: The St Regis Kuala Lumpur
Photo: The St Regis Kuala Lumpur
 

Following the success of last year's mooncake trunks inspired by vintage suitcases, The St Regis Kuala Lumpur is bringing back its scarlet boxes with brass studs and clasps. Put a smile on the recipient's face by including a personalised card. 

Flavours & Prices

Trunks: Super Mooncake Trunk with 1 Prosperity Mooncake (measuring 6.5" and containing 8 yolks), RM200 / Classic Trunk with 4 Lotus Seed Paste mooncakes (single yolk)

To Purchase

Order from now until Oct 1, 2020 by calling +6012 2801 303 or emailing dining.kualalumpur@stregis.com to order. Click here for delivery.

See also: Meet The St Regis Langkawi's Spirited New Head Chef Mandy Goh

6/12 The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Photo: The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur
Photo: The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Pairing port wine with cream cheese, Chef Tan Tiong Guan of Li Yen isn't afraid to push the envelope when it comes to dim sum and Chinese pastries. This year's specials include Moët & Chandon-laced mini snow skin mooncakes to give at-home festivities a bit of spark.

Flavours & Prices

Traditional Baked: White Lotus Paste with Double Egg Yolk, Red Bean Paste, Lotus Paste with Single Egg Yolk, Li Yen Kam Tui with Nuts and Chinese Ham, RM112 for a box of 4

Moët & Chandon Specials: Mini Snow Skin Moët & Chandon Champagne Mooncake, Mini Snow Skin Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial Champagne Mooncake, RM144 for a box of 8

Snow Skin: Mini Cream Cheese with Port Wine Mooncake, RM160 for a box of 8

Pre-order before August 15 to enjoy an early bird discount of 10% (must buy more than 5 boxes).

To Purchase

Order from now until October 1, 2020 by sending a WhatsApp message to +6018-646 8033, WeChat message to LiYenKL or by emailing li.yen@ritzcarltonkl.com.

See also: The Library At The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur Tells A Story On Each Plate

7/12 The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Photo: The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Photo: The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Carefully curated with tea lovers in mind, The Westin Kuala Lumpur's Mid-Autumn promotion pairs baked mooncakes with artisanal teas by Harney & Sons, thereby balancing the sweetness of mooncakes with the tannins found in tea.

Flavours & Prices

Baked Mooncakes: Osmanthus Lotus Single Yolk, Lotus Paste, White Lotus, Pandan Lotus, Red Beans, Mixed Nuts
Harney & Sons Tea: Paris, Japanese Sencha, Dragon Pearl Jasmine, Rooibos Chai (decaf)

Pair 2 mooncakes with 2 sachets of tea for RM88 or 2 boxes of mooncakes with 4 silken tea sachets for RM138. Marriott Bonvoy members, Beyond Dining members and select cardholders receive a 10 per cent discount, whereas Club Marriott members are entitled to a 15 per cent discount. Order 88 boxes or more to take 15 per cent off your total bill.

To Purchase

Call +603 2773.8495, WhatsApp +601 2305 1715 or email westindining@westin.com.

See also: Why You'll Love This Halcyon Days-Inspired British Afternoon Tea

8/12 Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Photo: Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Photo: Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
 

Purported to boost weak immune systems, bird's nest is one of the premium ingredients in the MasterChef Mooncake at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Executive Chinese chef John Chu pairs it with pandan lotus paste and black sesame for a not-too-sweet treat.

Flavours & Prices

Baked Mooncakes: Red Bean Paste, Lotus Seed Paste with Single or Double Yolk, White Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk, Assorted Nuts and Sun-dried Fruits, and Pandan Lotus Paste with Salted Mung Bean
Snow Skin: Ping Pei Durian, Ping Pei with Custard and Bird’s Nest, Ping Pei White Lotus Paste with Chestnuts, and Ping Pei Dark Chocolate with Almond
MasterChef Signature: Pandan Lotus Paste with Black Sesame and Bird’s Nest

Buy in bulk to enjoy special discounts. Members of Shangri-La’s Golden Circle, Health Club and eClub take 10 per cent off their total bill, as do select cardholders. 

To Purchase

Call +603 2074 3900, email restaurantreservations.slkl@shangri-la.com or order online.

9/12 Dorsett Hotels

Dorsett Signature Blue Mooncake (Photo: Dorsett Hotels)
Limited edition Dorsett Eski Bag (Photo: Dorsett Hotels)
 

Butterfly pea flowers give a pop of colour to the Dorsett Hotel group's signature mooncake this year. Concocted by Chef Chan of The Emperor Chinese Restaurant at Dorsett Grand Subang, the halal mooncake is good for gifting to loved ones. Another memorable mooncake is the Crystal Skin Musang King; purchase four for a complimentary Dorsett Eski Bag.

Flavours & Prices

Baked Mooncakes: Pure Red Bean Paste, White Lotus Paste (plain or with single/double egg yolk)  
Crystal Skin: Premium Musang King Durian
Chef Signature: Dorsett Signature Blue Mooncake (Pandan Lotus Paste or Plain with single egg yolk and home-grown butterfly pea flower extract)

Prices begin at RM30 per mooncake. Buy in bulk to enjoy special discounts. Citibank credit card holders take 15 per cent off their total bill (not exceeding 10 boxes).

To Purchase

Visit Dorsett Grand Subang, Dorsett Kuala Lumpur, Dorsett Putrajaya, Silka Maytower Kuala Lumpur, Silka Cheras Kuala Lumpur or Cosmo Hotel Kuala Lumpur, or order online.

10/12 Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Dragon Fruit with Blueberry Truffle (Photo: Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara)
Pandan Single Yolk (Photo: Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara)
Handcrafted Treasures (Photo: Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara)
 

Suited to sweet tooths, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara's snow skin mooncakes derive inspiration from French patisserie. Ranging from Black Charcoal with Cheese to Dragon Fruit with Blueberry Truffle, and Coffee Paste with Butter Cream to Pumpkin with Chocolate Truffle, these cool treats are more likely to appeal to an expatriate audience than the traditional flavours, which Sofitel also stocks.

Flavours & Prices

Baked Mooncakes: Classic Red Bean Paste, Pure White Lotus, RM36 nett / White Lotus with Double Egg Yolk, Pandan Single Yolk, RM38 nett
Snow Skin: Dragon Fruit with Blueberry Truffle, Pumpkin with Chocolate Truffle, Black Charcoal with Cheese, Coffee Paste with Butter Cream, RM38 nett
Premium Gift Box: Choose four mooncakes, RM198. Buy in bulk to enjoy special discounts. Accor Plus members receive a 15% discount.

To Purchase

Order from now until October 1, 2020 by calling 03-2720 6688 or emailing ha123-fb3@sofitel.com.

11/12 EQ

EQ's traditional baked and snow skin mooncakes (Photo: EQ)
EQ's Celestial Treasures mooncake box (Photo: EQ)
 

"I wanted to create flavours that are inviting, delicious and healthy to cater to both young and older," explained executive sous chef Tan Tzaan Ling with regards to EQ's mooncakes in 2020. "We’ve experimented with textures and tastes of individual ingredients, combining the best of sweet and savoury as well as soft and chewy."

Flavours & Prices

Baked Mooncakes: White Lotus Single Yolk (Low Sugar), Traditional Red Bean, EQ Signature Black Sesame Single Yolk, Pure Lotus Double Yolk
Snow Skin: White Lotus with Dried Fruit, Yuzu Pandan with Pumpkin Seeds, Taro with Red and Black Goji, Snow Skin Green Tea Red Bean with Mixed Nuts, Rose Lychee, Musang King Durian

Order before August 31, 2020 to enjoy early bird discounts of up to 15%. Buy in bulk for further savings. Corporate gifts can be customised if given 6 working days notice.

To Purchase

Order from now until October 1, 2020 by stopping by Nipah at EQ.

12/12 Inside Scoop

Photos: Inside Scoop
Photos: Inside Scoop

Taking a page from the DIY kits that took the Klang Valley by storm during lockdown, Inside Scoop is rolling out mooncake kits complete with recipe cards, wooden rolling pins and mooncake moulds. Get crafty or take a back seat by ordering ready-made treats from the ice cream maestros. A new item in 2020 is the Caramel Biscuit mooncake with an oozing chocolate salted caramel core.

Flavours & Prices

Ice Cream Mooncakes: Rocher, Unicorn (Box of 2), RM68 / Rocher, Unicorn, Durian, Caramel Biscuits (Box of 4), RM118
Supermoon Mooncake: Pistachio ice cream with a raspberry centre, RM148
Mooncake DIY Kit: Comes with 6 single scoop ice cream cups in Valrhona Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies and Cream, Mango Sorbet and Teh Tarik, RM118

Reuse Inside Scoop's cooler bag to receive RM10 back for every box of mooncakes purchased.

To Purchase

Order online, swing by a physical store, or get your mooncakes delivered via GrabFood.

See also: A Virtual Baking Class With Taylor’s University

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