Besides a host of traditional and creative new flavours to choose from, mooncake season also means the return of pretty (and functional!) mooncake boxes that you'll want to salvage long after Mid-Autumn Festival is over. Here are the mooncake flavours and gift boxes that are available this year.
The box: The double-tiered red and pink box reminds us of a cosmetic carrier case, and its lid sports traditional fish scale patterns.
The flavours: Eastin Hotel’s tea-infused mini mooncakes are the highlight this season with flavours such as crystal red tea, osmanthus flower with lotus paste, ginger tea longan lotus paste, crystal lotus paste with fine oolong, and more. Other interesting items include coffee lotus paste, crystal lemon lotus paste with honey comb, crystal chocolate peppermint lotus paste and more. Classic baked-skin mooncakes are also available.
Until Oct 4. RM118nett per box of four baked-skin mooncakes or eight mini mooncakes.
The box: A simple cardboard box painted bright red with minimalistic lotus patterns. Inside the box are four metal mooncake tins which contain popcorn.
The flavours: The set comes with two tins of the CaramelCrisp flavour and the new limited time-only BBQ CheeseCorn flavour each. You can also opt to replace the flavours with any selection within the given price point, fill all your tins with just one flavour, or upgrade your selection (at an additional charge) with Garrett’s Specialty Flavours – Almond CaramelCrisp and Macadamia CaramelCrisp.
Until Oct 5. From RM110 per box.
The box: The design of the box depends on the set you choose – the Twinkle Night Mix set features a rectangular box finished with blue, red and white stripes all over with yellow dots resembling stars; the Harmony Mochi set comes in a red square box sealed with a red and gold ribbon; and the Lune Et Etoiles set comes in a limited edition oval box complete with stripes in different shades of blue.
The flavours: Each ice cream-filled mooncake comes in either a hard chocolate-coated shell or soft mochi skin. Choices of flavours include chocolate, mango, green tea and vanilla. The Lune Et Etoiles features additional flavours such as Belgian chocolate, cookies and cream, macadamia nuts and more. For the chocolate-coated variants, we recommend you ditch the knife and just bite into these mooncakes like you would with a regular chocolate-coated ice cream.
Available at Häagen-Dazs outlets nationwide including Mid Valley Megamall, Suria KLCC, Lot 10 and Nu Sentral. Until Oct 4. Twinkle Night Mix, RM150; Harmony Mochi, RM150; Lune Et Etoiles, RM188.
The box: The two-tiered boxes come in two choices of colour schemes – brown and gold with blue floral motifs, or black and gold with red floral motifs.
The flavours: This season’s flavours include bamboo charcoal with assorted nut paste, Shanghai-style mooncake with single yolk, snowskin with durian and salted caramel chocolate, Roselle snowskin with cheese and spirulina paste, and more.
Until Oct 4. From RM26 per piece.
The box: The box, which is painted red, features a cover that’s reminiscent of a classic Chinese door complete with ring pull handles.
The flavours: The highlight flavour this year is the salted egg ice cream mini snowskin mooncake which is available for dine-in only. If you’d like your mooncakes to go, you can pick from seven flavours which include premium durian mini snowskin, pandan lotus paste with melon seed, pumpkin and raisin snowskin and more. To note: Pre-orders must be made three days prior.
Until Oct 4. From RM18 per piece.
The box: Tall and lean carrier boxes in either red and black or grey and brown colour schemes. We can see this being repurposed as picnic baskets.
The flavours: Pick from ten flavours this season with highlight options such as Alisan tea paste with green tea, red pitaya lotus paste, honey lotus paste with chocolate, Chinese chestnut paste with egg yolk, and more. Miniature versions are also available but for selected flavours only.
Until Oct 4. Regular, from RM27; mini mooncakes, from RM18.
The box: The Ritz-Carlton is keeping it simple this season with a square or rectangular gold-tinted tin box, featuring a Chinese scroll painting on the cover.
The flavours: Unlike the boxes, The Ritz-Carlton’s mooncake offerings are more interesting with a list of premium mini snowskin flavours. Think port wine, Moët & Chandon champagne-infused, and cream cheese mooncakes. The classic baked variants are available too with flavours such as white lotus paste double egg yolk, mixed beans, red bean paste and more.
Until Oct 4. Baked mooncakes, RM88nett per box of four; mini snowskin mooncakes, RM104nett per box of eight.
The box: A simple but plush carrier case wrapped in purple faux leather and finished with gold fittings. The St Regis KL’s emblem is embellished on the front of the case further adding to its overall elegant look.
The flavours: The St Regis KL goes big this year with their Super Mooncake – an up-sized 6.5-inch mooncake filled with white lotus seed paste and eight egg yolks to boot. Regular-sized options are also available but where’s the fun in cutting into that.
Until Oct 4. Regular mooncakes, RM148.40nett per box of four; Super Mooncake, RM212nett per box of one.
The box: A red felt box with golden lotus flower patterns showcasing a classic Chinese-style painting.
The flavours: Classic baked-skin flavours of white lotus paste, pandan paste and red bean paste are available, along with the ‘Dragon-i Signature’ (dragon fruit filling) and the newly introduced Tianjing chestnut paste with pine nuts.
Available at Dragon-i and Canton-i outlets nationwide including 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Sunway Pyramid, The Curve and Mid Valley Megamall. Until Oct 4. From RM82.80 per box of four.
The box: The limited edition gift boxes come in three designs – the first is a box with strong purple hues with red and gold floral motifs; the second has similar floral motifs but with different colour schemes; and the third is a triple-tiered case lined with red felt.
The flavours: Godiva’s mooncakes are bite-sized chocolate nuggets that are filled with different types of chocolate-based fillings – think sea salt and hazelnut milk, raspberry dark chocolate, almond dark chocolate and more. Depending on which gift box you choose, your options may include only mooncakes or with other Godiva products.
Available at Godiva boutiques nationwide including Pavilion KL, Bangsar Shopping Centre and KLCC. September onwards, while stocks last. From RM138 per box.
The box: A black lacquered box decorated with koi motifs and gold fittings, reminiscent of an old-school Chinese jewellery box. Each box carries six pieces of mooncakes.
The flavours: This year’s selection include flavours such as baked charcoal bamboo with black goma paste, baked adzuki bean paste, mochi skin shiso and lotus paste, mochi skin miso yolk with pandan paste and more.
Until Oct 4. Package A (four baked and two mochi skin), RM148nett; Package B (two baked and four mochi skin), RM168nett.
The box: A bright yellow box with the phrase ‘Fly me to the moon’ printed on the cover.
The flavours: Forget your regular lotus paste and yolk-filled mooncakes, Inside Scoop are filling their mooncakes with what they know best – ice cream; specifically, you’ll get ice cream-filled snowskin mooncakes. Flavours include chocolate hazelnut, raspberry cheesecake, D24 durian and hojicha. Pre-orders can be made via their website, where you can also select your pick-up or delivery dates. Ready-made stock are available at their outlets but call beforehand to check availability.
Until Oct 4. RM100 per box of four. Ready stock and order pick-up available at all Inside Scoop outlets including The Gardens Mall, Suria KLCC and Sunway Pyramid.
The box: The bright red box is treated with a matte finish coupled with lotus flower motifs and a gold Chinese window frame centrepiece.
The flavours: Along with the regular flavours of white lotus paste, red bean paste and assorted fruits and nuts, Grand Millennium KL is debuting their new Ferrero Rocher mooncake – a baked mooncake filled with Ferrero Rocher’s signature hazelnut and chocolate cream sprinkled with gold dust.
Until Oct 4. From RM34nett per piece.
The box: A gleaming box with solid mirror sides that showcase a crystal brooch shaped into a pair of swans, an elegant peacock or flowers. Not bling enough for you? The box cover includes LED lights that illuminate the entire box and create a floating illusion of the brooch.
The flavours: Aside from the traditional lotus paste mooncakes, there are also mooncakes made with green tea, Taiwanese sweet potato and pandan. The snowskin variants include a D24 durian mooncake that durian lovers will love.
Until Oct 4. RM138nett per set of four mooncakes.
The box: Elegant and simple, relatively fuss-free – great as more formal, corporate gifts.
The flavours: The standouts here are the chocolate mooncakes: the Gianduja hazelnut chocolate with oolong tea in gold dust will please those who love dark, rich flavours, while those with a sweet tooth will love the caramelised white chocolate, sea salt caramel, biscuit pearls and dulcey ganache. The durian snow skin also deserves a mention here; the creamy, flavour-packed filling will leave you wanting more.
Until Oct 4. RM138nett for a set of four baked or snow skin mooncakes; RM188nett for a set of four chocolate mooncakes.
The box: The mooncakes come in a handsome red box, complete with a leather strap and gold clasp. We can see this being reused as a make-up kit or jewellery box.
The flavours: The variety of flavours within the mini snow skins will definitely pique your interest: the mango and cheese paste tasted like mango cheesecake with real mango chunks, while dark chocolate and single malt whisky are paired to make an indulgent filling. Among the baked mooncakes, the pick of the bunch is the bamboo charcoal paste with macadamia nut, while the black sesame and mung bean paste is also good, having a touch of savouriness to stop it from being too rich.
From RM25 for each mini snow skin mooncake, RM32 for each baked mooncake.
The box: Resembling a chest, the two-tiered red linen box comes with floral embroidery and gold fittings.
The flavours: New mini snowskin flavours (musang king durian, tropical mango white lotus paste with strawberry truffle, and matcha green tea) in addition to traditional baked variants such as salted mung bean with single yolk, lotus and yam paste, osmanthus wolfberry white lotus and more.
Until Oct 4. From RM20nett per piece.
The box: There are two colour combination options this year – gold and red, and rose gold and red – that come with a single tassel and designs themed around birds and floral motifs.
The flavours: Snowskin options are the highlight, with standout flavours such as Golden Mango (sweet mango filling with dried mango pieces) and Chocolate Pistachio Indulgence (chocolate ganache-filled dark chocolate with pistachios and chocolate cake). Traditional options like white lotus with single yolk, mixed nuts, green tea, pandan and more are available too.
Until Oct 4. Snowskin mooncakes, RM19nett per piece; RM98 per set of four; baked mooncakes, RM25nett per piece; RM108nett per set of four.
The box: A cheerful green box fitted with a hinged cover complete with a gold-tinted interior. In the box that fits four mooncakes, you can opt to replace two pieces with a box of Lotus Jade Tea Haute Couture tea instead.
The flavours: The mooncakes here are infused with different types TWG teas and come with names like Daydream (white lotus paste and blueberry infused with Red Balloon Tea), Cerise (white chocolate and coconut infused with Pu-erh 2000), Sunset (matcha almond paste with red bean paste) and Constellation (brown lotus filling with egg yolk infused with Singapore Breakfast tea).
Available at all TWG Tea salons and boutiques nationwide including Pavilion KL, KLIA, The Gardens Mall and Bangsar Shopping Centre. September onwards, while stocks last. Box of four, RM152; box of two with Lotus Jade Tea Haute Couture, RM188.
The box: There are two options this year – last year’s Bloom box makes a return (a wooden gift box fitted with a potting container that comes with a DIY terrarium kit), while the new YUÈ gift box is tall, lean and comes with Bluetooth speakers.
The flavours: Apart from the classic line-ups of lotus pandan, mixed nuts and red bean paste, there are low-sugar options of plain white lotus paste, white lotus with single yolk and Charcoal Precious Black. The mini snowskin musang king mooncake is the only snowskin option offered by The Westin KL this year.
Until Oct 4. Bloom gift box, from RM138nett per set of four; YUÈ gift box, from RM138nett per set of four.
The box: You can choose either the Premium Red box (red with gold accents, embossed with flowers and birds) or the limited-edition Premium Luxury Black (a leather-stitched black gift box embellished with crystals and a black tassel).
The flavours: Must-haves are the Roselle Ruby (pistachio paste with macadamia nuts, chocolate crunch and Roselle in rose gold-dusted snowskin) and the Heavenly Gold (snowskin musang king durian mooncake). Hilton KL’s classic baked mooncakes are now halal-certified and include flavours such as white lotus paste, red bean paste single yolk and more.
Until Oct 8. Premium Red box, from RM140; Premium Luxury Black box, from RM288 (if you pick the Luxury Black Box, the choices won’t include the Heavenly Gold mooncake, but it can be purchased at an additional cost).