Lotus seed paste? Snow skin? or…even ice cream mooncake?! On 24 September this year, the Mid-Autumn festival (an occasion dedicated to the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess) is fast approaching! An occasion where mooncakes are a quintessential food item, these yummy goodness will be offered in hotels, restaurants and bakeries all around. We have made a list of some of the more popular mooncakes around the region! Buy them as gifts or share them with your family and friends!
1. Ala Bakery – Hong Kong
First up, from Hong Kong, we have A La Bakery. A french patisserie opened by the man who brought Tim Ho Wan & Kam’s Roast to Singapore.
A La Bakery is known for using only the freshest ingredients imported directly from France, even their water used is french perrier water! In addition to using only top-grade ingredients, their pastries are all handmade and are GMO free.
For their Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes, A La Bakery has a couple of exotic egg custard flavours, Yuzu, Earl grey and Spicy mooncakes! The top-quality salted egg yolks are specially hand selected to blend in with the egg custards, making the silky filling rich, sweet enough for everyone. The mooncakes are handmade by professional chefs, following traditional receipes to create the delicious cream custard mooncake with soft and buttery cookie crust!
Airfrov is holding a preorder again for A La Bakery as they have been highly demanded by our requesters! Hooray, you can try their Spicy mooncakes with us this year down below!
2. Guan Heong – Ipoh, Malaysia
From Ipoh, Malaysia, we have Guan Heong! Guan Heong has been around for a century and for good reasons! That’s 100 years of affirmations from generations after generations. Their pastries are all handmade and will have you reaching for another bite!
In 2014, Guan Heong was featured as the top 10 Mooncake brand in Malaysia and they have also recently been awarded the top 50 world street food award in 2017. Make sure you try Guan Heong’s newly innovated Longan Wolfberry Mooncake! Along with other traditional flavours such as white lotus, pandan lotus, and yam…you will surely be able to satisfy that Mid-Autumn Festival mooncake craving! Not going to Malaysia but want this badly? Ask a traveller for help below!
3. Yeast Pastry House – Melaka, Malaysia
Another popular bakery in Malaysia, Yeast Pastry House from Melaka offers a a wide variety of pastries, from swiss rolls, to egg tarts, and a variety of cakes made with the finest ingredients available. Every pastry is crafted by hand using traditional methods! Their top selling pastries are the Golden Castella Cake and Pandan Layer Cake.
They also have some of the best Shanghai mooncakes in this region! Yeast Pastry house is known for making their pastries with low-sugar, so they’re suitable for people with diabetes. This Mid-Autumn Festival, they are offering their famous #yolkseries and #teaseries!
Look out for the different lotus pastes (pure lotus, white lotus and even honey longan!) Instead of having mooncakes with your hot tea, Yeast Pastry has their #teaseries which includes pǔ ěr chá, Jasmine Tea And Oolong Tea mooncakes! You should definitely give it a try, but if you are not going to Malaysia…ask a traveller for help below!
4. Doraemon Mooncake, A-1 Bakery – Hong Kong
A-1 Bakery is back again this year with their limited edition Doraemon mooncakes! These mooncakes come stamped with the adorable face of Doraemon we all love. But more than that, the Doraemon fever extends to the exclusive carrier bag and case that comes with it. It comes in a gorgeous hue of golden-yellow, emblematic of the eggy fragrance each of these mooncakes comes packed with. A-1 Bakery is running an early bird price of HK$148 from now till 22 August. Check out a list of their outlets here! Not going to Hong Kong but want this badly? Ask a traveller for help below!
5. LINE Friends x Häagen-Dazs – Hong Kong & Singapore
One of our favourite collaboration thus far, Line Friends has partnered Häagen-Dazs and launched launched four super-cute ice cream mooncakes. If you’re a Line Friends fan, make sure you get the set of 4 worth $64!
Each box features the four characters; Brown, Cony, Sally and Choco. The mooncakes are coated with Pumpkin White Chocolate, Hojicha, Purple Potato White Chocolate and Green Tea Chocolate. Once you bite into these cuties, you’ll taste Macadamia Nut, Vanilla, and Green Tea ice cream fillings within.
6. Oreo Mooncake – Thailand
Did you say Oreo mooncakes?! Since when did Oreo sell mooncakes? Are they filled with their signature cream fillings? Sort of. Oreo’s mooncake versions are stamped with its logo, and comes in four flavors in place of the classic lotus seed paste: ‘Brownie Chocolate’; ‘Double Chocolate with Milk’; ‘Strawberry Jam’; and ‘Custard & Pineapple Jam’.
These mooncakes are new in Thailand, but have actually debuted in China and Vietnam back in 2017 for a short while. Currently, the only known places to get your hands on these desserts are in Tops supermarkets in Thailand and they’re retailing for 650 baht for a box of 4! Get your hands on these sweet treats via our travellers below!
7. Yuen Fatt Shanghai mooncake – Malaysia
Lastly, here’s one of the top requested mooncake on Airfrov! Why exactly are these oval-looking mooncakes so popular? A traveller told us that the buttery (top quality butter is used) crust crumbles upon cutting, and melts in your mouth!
#protip: it will taste even more yummy after being toasted in the oven!