Part of the joy of gifting is anticipating the look on a family member or friend’s face when they unbox a well-wrapped surprise. These special packagings will spark joy even after their interior — tasty mooncakes in traditional or contemporary forms — have all been lapped up.
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Drawing inspiration from our beloved Peranakan culture, Grand Hyatt’s Mid-Autumn offerings are packaged in bespoke jewellery boxes decorated with designs reminiscent of motifs found in Peranakan homes and porcelain ware. Available in emerald green, crimson red and royal blue, the boxes also come with matching tote bags, making them great gifts for stylish friends. If you’re looking to leave a good impression with the elders, get the Peranakan Trails Limited Edition Tea Set. It includes a two-tiered hand-carved box, wooden tongs, two mooncakes — white lotus double egg yolk and jasmine lychee — a teapot set and premium Chinese tea.
Peranakan Trails Premium Collection, RM188; Peranakan Trails Limited Edition Tea Set, RM388. Purchase here.
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
While Hilton KL gives you the option of filling their Luminous Treasure Premium Box with traditional and contemporary flavours, we suggest going straight for the durian. The Heavenly Gold Package comes with four pretty parcels of premium musang king along with a dainty ceramic tea set for hot brews. If you are not a fan of snowskin, the Supermoon box, made of recycled bamboo, contains a baked version that does equal justice to the King of Fruits. A crowd favourite for sure, this super-sized 1kg mooncake will undoubtedly put you in the good books of durian-loving family and friends.
Luminous Treasure Premium Box — Heavenly Gold, RM398; Supermoon — Heavenly Gold, RM498. Until Sept 29. Purchase here.
Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur
If your Mid-Autumn reunions are filled with memories of children frolicking around with paper lanterns, then Lady Yi’s Tea House’s Timeless Treasure Mooncake Collection may evoke a sweet sense of nostalgia. Beautifully designed with a hint of Peranakan flair, the exquisite box doubles as a lantern when the shelves — which also act as coasters — are removed. A LED light replaces traditional candles, making it safe to include among your festive decor at home. It comes with four assorted flavours: white lotus with yolk, green tea, red bean and the restaurant’s signature 11 Treasures Tea.
Treasure Mooncake Collection, RM188+. Until Sept 30. Purchase here.
W Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Fashionable culture lovers looking for something quirky yet meaningful this Mid-Autumn Festival will adore W Hotel Kuala Lumpur’s Moonlit Mirage Mooncake Box. The highlight of this year’s collection – a cylindrical bag complete with a top handle and twist lock closure is sure to garner attention at any social gathering you enter this season. Available in either Iconic Blue or Enigmatic Purple, each bag comes with four mooncakes packed in colourful boxes with Malaysian inspired motifs on the top. Pick from a range of classic and modern flavours like lotus paste with double yolk, red bean with tangerine peel and sea salt chocolate.
Moonlit Mirage Mooncake Box, RM268 nett per box. Until Sept 29 WhatsApp 012-3574788 or purchase here.
Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur’s mooncake collection will thrill any happy recipient. The lemon yellow Garden Treasures box boasts a floral design resembling traditional Chinese artwork, containing four mooncakes in different versions of the traditional lotus paste and single egg yolk flavour. Shall the occasion call for something grander, opt for the Peranakan Treasures box. The ornate Nyonya chest of drawers opens up to reveal mooncakes filled with tiramisu lotus paste with Malacca brown sugar, assorted nuts and sun-dried fruits, pandan lotus paste with Malacca dodol and Nyonya red bean paste with salted mung bean, each bundled in its own drawstring pouch.
Garden Treasures, RM188; Peranakan Treasures, RM288. Until Sept 30. Order here.
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
Switch things up this year with Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur’s series of premium mooncake sets that come housed in vintage-inspired briefcases with luggage tags. Named ‘The Elegance of Travel’, the collection stars three sets of four mooncakes. The classic baked box carries the usual Mid-Autumn staples such as red bean and lotus paste. Snow skin addicts will also be pleased to know that the hotel offers two sets, with alcohol and without, to satisfy your craving for chewy textures and unique fillings, like the signature illy espresso and the unconventional wild turkey bourbon with praline and pecans.
Baked mooncakes, RM210.80; snow skin without alcohol, RM244.80; snow skin with alcohol, RM287.30. Until Sept 29. Order here.
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
Health-conscious seems to dominate the theme this year at the award-winning Tao, where master dim sum chef Lo has created a selection of treats that straddle tradition and innovation. Encased within ornate wooden boxes that sport motifs of fish and cherry blossoms are edible jewels in the form of Musang King durian with oats; almond and sweet potato with pandan and mung bean; as well as the crowd-favourite butterfly pea flower snowskin with bird’s nest and white lotus paste. If you are looking to impress, make a beeline for the luxe Moonlit Blossoms set, which comes with four mooncakes and two signature black tea sachets — all wrapped in furoshiki and placed in a tote bag.
Moonlit Blossoms, RM178. À la carte mooncakes from RM40. Until Sept 29. Lobby pop-up store operates daily from 10am-8pm. Purchase here.
St Regis Kuala Lumpur
If ever there was a time to pull out all the stops and stand out from a sea of mooncake boxes, it is now. You will be able to spot St Regis’ from far away, thanks to an eye-catching pastel blue exterior with soft pink suede interior. Shimmering Swarovski crystals add lustre to an already standout trunk, while paying tribute to Caroline Astor’s profound love for diamonds. Crafted to exacting standards, the hotel’s lotus paste with egg yolk mooncake is available in classic or super mooncake sizes. Know someone with a penchant for single malt scotch? The limited edition Swarovski Super Mooncake Trunk with The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years will whisk them off their feet.
Classic mooncake trunk with eight Lotus Seed Paste Single Yolk at RM455 nett. The Macallan option at RM1,290.56. Until Sept 29. Book here.
Westin Kuala Lumpur
Petite blooms in pastel shades are spot-on choices for those with an affinity for romanticism. This year’s shang yue, or moon-gazing, will be extra special when you retrieve the dainty, colourful mooncakes from a box that doubles as a carrier. Flavours are aplenty, namely the chocolate lava, matcha red bean omochi, black forest, osmanthus royale, white lotus with single yolk, pure lotus and mixed nuts. We have our eyes set on the Musang King Lava though — indulge in the rich and creamy fruit with a side of pu-erh tea.
Garden of Bloom set with four flavours, RM238nett. Available for self pick-up or delivery. Bookings here.
Sofitel Kuala Lumpur
You know Wan Chun Ting for its signature Peking duck platter, dim sum and traditional Cantonese dishes that have catered for many a family reunion dinner during Chinese New Year. But its repertoire does not stop there — the chefs are known for their intricate skills in crafting sweet treats. It’s all the more fitting to sample their mooncakes this year, presented in a portable case that mimics handbags. Those looking for something unusual should go for the snow skin selection with flavours ranging from dragon fruit, bamboo charcoal with green tea paste, yam with tiramisu paste to blueberry with cheese. If money is no object, fork out a little more for a bottle for wine as pairing.
Premium Blue Moon set with four pieces of mooncakes, RM252 nett. Until Sept 30. See more set options here.