From the traditional and classic to the unusual and inventive, here are the top 7 mooncakes that you shouldn’t miss this season.

Starbucks

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This Mid-Autumn Festival, Starbucks Macau is serving mooncakes inspired by the chain’s most-popular beverages, Earl Grey tea and vanilla latte, and debuting the Earl Grey tea mochi and vanilla custard flavours. The returning favourite caramel lava and coffee flavour completes the gift box collection. Featuring a “stars at night” theme, the limited edition boxes light up like the lanterns used to celebrate the season. Available at all Starbucks outlets in Macau.

Starbucks, 1033a, Level 1, Shoppes at Venetian
+853 2885 3439, starbucks.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau

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Lai Heen at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau presents Macau Autumn Moon Treasure Box, with mini mooncakes in two flavours, including egg custard and purple sweet potato with chestnut. The petite mooncakes are housed in individual boxes, which sit neatly in a beige chest decorated with elegant floral design.

Lai Heen, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, Estrada da Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança
+853 8886 6712, galaxymacau.com

MGM Macau

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MGM Macau has teamed with award-winning dessert chef Janice Wong to launch two exquisite mooncake gift boxes this season. The assorted Mini Snow Skin Mooncake gift box offers nine flavours, including gula Melaka pandan, which has a light touch of coconut scent, while the salted egg nicely harmonizes the sweetness of the chocolate and the savoury taste of the salted egg yolk. Other flavours include white truffle with nutty 76 per cent dark chocolate, salted caramel, praline poprocks, jasmine tea, champagne, yuzu, and strawberry shortbread.

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Additionally, Wong presents the assorted mini mooncake gift box with three flavours, including the classic white lotus egg yolk, the egg custard and the cured ham with mixed nuts. The mooncakes are packed in a splendid black box with an elegant colour palette, which symbolises Wong’s sweets philosophy.

MGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Nape
+853 8802 2324, mgmmacau.com

Grand Hyatt Macau

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The Grand Hyatt’s Dream Treasure Box isn’t your traditional gift set, inside or out. This season’s design features dazzling LEDs on the top, sides and inside the box that radiate the glow of a full moon on a dark night. The illuminating effect also means the box can be used as an actual lantern—so store it carefully for 2018. Adding to the striking design is a series of colourful, lustrous beads which are positioned on the top to create the beautiful firework pattern embedded in the lid. The sides are adorned with beads arranged in a glamorous art deco-style motif, giving the box a touch of timeless elegance.

 See also: Fireworks Contest To Light Up The Skies In Macau

And the artistry doesn’t stop there. Instead of traditional mooncakes, the hotel’s pastry chef has created a series of jelly mooncakes. With the intensely rich taste of the osmanthus, together with mandarin, peach and sweet pear, the translucent cakes allow the light of the LEDs to radiate through, revealing the glowing treasure inside.

Lobby Boutique, Grand Hyatt Macau, City of Dreams, Estrado do Istmo, Cotai
+853 8868 1908, macgh.festive@hyatt.com

Tea WG Salon & Boutique

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Tea WG offers a line of one-of-a-kind mooncakes to accompany the Lotus Jade Tea from the luxury tea purveyor’s Haute Couture Tea Collection created to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Lotus Jade Tea in Haute Couture Tea Collection, in hues of green and gold, features a tender green tea with lotus blossoms, paired with a curated selection of tea-infused mooncakes. The Moonlight mooncake. for example, glows in a luscious jade green snowskin, featuring a Lotus Jade Tea infused mousseline and a white chocolate heart filled with a sweet Nashi pear marmalade. Available at all Tea WG Salon & Boutiques in Macau.

Tea WG Boutique, K301, Place Vendome, Level 3,
The Parisian Macau, Estrada do Istmo, Lote 3, Cotai Strip
+853 2877 0598, twgtea.com

JW Marriott Hotel Macau

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JW Marriott is renowned for its pastry offerings and this year’s mooncake collection, featuring eight exquisite flavours, is sure to impress. For starters, chef Cao from JW Beijing Central Yuecai has created a special homemade savoury recipe: fresh meat with xo sauce. Others tasty entries in this year’s very attractive gift box include preserved ham and assorted nuts, white lotus paste with egg yolk, red lotus paste with egg yolk, supreme custard, red wine cranberry, and purple sweet potato and pandan paste.

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The hotel is also offering a pork mooncake at Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, available as a dim sum offering during lunch. When sliced open, the mooncake reveals rich ground pork filling and crispy, delicate pastry. The meat of the mooncake is carefully cooked with Iberian pork, ginger juice and fresh onion, coupled with crispy skin made by plant-based pork oil.

Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, 1/F, JW Marriott Hotel Macau, Galaxy Macau, Estrada da BaÍa da Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Cotai, +853 8886 6228, galaxymacau.com

Hotel Okura

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Sometimes, what truly warms the heart is the taste of traditional mooncakes. At Hotel Okura Macau the sweet lotus seed paste with egg yolk mooncakes are classic, using that much-abused word in its best sense. Pleasantly balanced and wonderfully tasty, it’s little wonder that they remain the number one flavour on many a family’s mooncake list.

Nagomi, Lobby, Hotel Okura Macau, Galaxy Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai
+853 8883 5116, nagomi@hotelokuramacau.com

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