The traditional way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival is by gifting and gorging on mooncakes, the season’s culinary star. And Macau is spoiled for choice when it comes to the flavours and styles available. While purists might opt for classic mooncakes, a number of prettily packaged creative interpretations have caught our eye. We've narrowed down a list to help you pick a pastry and gift box that suits your palate and preferences.
Packaged in an elegant gift box decorated with golden blossoms, Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Ying at Altira Macau is offering traditional mooncakes filled with smooth lotus seed paste with two savoury golden yolks. Still heralded as one of the most popular mooncake flavours in the city, these mooncakes come with discounts for orders of 10 boxes or more. Be sure to tell your grandparents.
Ying, Level 11, Altira Macau, Avenida de Kwong Tung, Taipa
+853 2886 8868, altiramacau.com
Four Seasons Hotel, Macau
At Zi Yat Heen, the Michelin starred restaurant at the Four Seasons Macau, executive chef Charles Cheung and his culinary team have transformed the traditional mooncake—both the classic egg custard and the white lotus seed paste with double egg yolks—into culinary masterpieces. Using only the finest of ingredients to produce the highest quality texture and flavour, we predict these cakes will soon attain legendary status with local gourmands.
Zi Yat Heen Level 1, Four Seasons Hotel, Macau, Estrada da Baía de N Senhora da Esperança, Taipa
+853 2881 8888, fourseasons.com/macau
Grand Lisboa/Hotel Lisboa
In keeping with the high culinary standards set by both Lisboa properties, all mooncake offerings are homemade. They also come in a unique recyclable tin paired with an exclusive handbag designed with sustainability in mind, making an ideal Mid-Autumn gift for green-minded consumers. The mooncakes also cater to a variety of tastes with four delectable flavours, namely egg yolk mooncake with green lotus seed paste; egg yolk mooncake with lotus seed paste,; mooncake with mixed nuts, conpoy and Yunnan ham; and egg yolk mooncake with winter melon and coconut.
Mandarin Oriental Macau
Mandarin Oriental’s mooncake offerings this year not only come with delicious fillings— silver lotus paste with double egg yolk; red beans paste with double egg yolk; pandan paste with double egg yolk; and our favourite, five kernel with Yunnan ham—but the exquisite packaging pays tribute to Macau. The gift box features a beautifully rendered landscape of Macau’s skyline by artist Leong Ieng Wai.
Born with autism, the artist’s nickname is 0.38, which refers to the thickness of the pen the artist likes to use in his meticulously detailed compositions. Part of the proceeds of each purchase of the Mandarin Oriental’s mooncakes will be donated to the Fuhong Society of Macau to benefit Leong and other talented artists like him.
Mandarin Oriental Macau, Avenida, Dr
Sun Yat Sen, Nape
+853 8805 8888, mandarinoriental.com/macau
Pierre Hermé Paris
If traditional custard mooncakes aren’t your cup of tea, opt for a modern twist. Pierre Hermé turns Mid-Autumn festive treats into delicious delights by offering his rendition of Chinese classics, introducing four new flavours (rose lychee raspberry, soft almond and vanilla pound cake, matcha green tea with jasmine essence, and chocolate pound cake) topped with silky smooth chocolate. Guests can also select from three types of festive gift hampers for the best assortment of macarons, chocolate and sweets.
Pierre Hermé Paris, Shop 1081, Level 1, The Boulevard, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo
+853 8868 6683, studiocity-macau.com
Sheraton Grand Macao
Custard mooncakes remain at the top of the list at the Sheraton Grand Macao but these festival favourites are much kinder to your waistline. The notoriously calorific lotus with double egg yolk cakes are offered in a low sugar version and come in a gift box, paired with tea by luxury purveyor Tea WG Tea. The Sheraton also has a gift-friendly Mini Egg Custard Mooncake box featuring light and bite-sized versions of the ever-popular cake, as well as a tasty twist on the traditional filling featuring red bean paste with Mandarin peel.
Sheraton Grand Macao, Cotai Central, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
+853 2880 2000, sheratongrandmacao.com
St Regis Macao
Luxury hotel chain St Regis Hotels & Resorts traces its roots back to 1904 when John Jacob Astor IV founded the St Regis Hotel in New York City. While its reputation is based on upholding rich and cherished traditions, it breaks the rules for this year's Mid-Autumn Festival with a very exclusive Valrhona chocolate mooncake collection of eight intricately handcrafted pieces. Each elegant leather box contains four pieces of Swiss chocolate truffle with vintage rum mooncakes and four pieces of cafe au lait chocolate mooncakes. Don't miss out: these unique treats come in a limited edition of just 100 boxes and are available only until October 4.
St Regis Macao, Cotai Central, Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai
+853 2882 8898, sandscotaicentral.com
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