Recollecting memories of indulging in decadent mooncakes along with piping hot tea after a chatty reunion dinner can feel somewhat bittersweet for those who celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival and have not seen their families in a long time. But don’t let that stop you from letting your loved ones know you're thinking of them this season. Whether you're hosting older family members who crave flavours of yesteryears or gifting friends with an adventurous palate, this year’s line-up will be sure to please nonetheless.
Le Méridien KL
The idea of a happy hour need not be constricted to just a session at the bar. Le Méridien’s Exquisite Bold & Boozy Snow Skin Gems turn your favourite liquors into edible snow skin morsels, which you can enjoy in the company of loved ones while moon-gazing. Go Italian with a Prosecco-Raspberry Limoncello or partake in a berried ritual of Rum Flavoured Chocolate Ganache & Dried Strawberries or ‘Ying Tao’ Red Cherry infused in VSOP brandy.
From RM51+. Direct message or WhatsApp 012 215 8782 to purchase.
Yuzu, the darling of chefs, gives your palate a break from the monotony of traditional mooncake filings. The crew at EQ serves the fruit chilled — as it should — in dainty portions covered with snow skin. More unusual flavours await, from Lotus with Osmanthus and Mandarin Peel, Black Sesame with Walnuts and Almond to Blueberry with Rose and Dark Chocolate. A Musang King version caters for those who haven’t got their fill of the king of fruits last season.
Snow Skin Mooncake Set, RM228 per box of six. Email [email protected] or WhatsApp 012 278 9239.
St Regis KL
Echoing founder Astor’s love for travel, St Regis’ mooncake trunks will inspire the wanderlust in even the biggest homebodies. The Classic, designed to fit from four to eight lotus paste single yolk mooncake, is clad in faux leather and ornamented with rose gold studs. Dialling up the luxury quotient, the limited-edition Swarovski trunk embellished with 307 finely selected Silk and Silk Shimmer Swarovski crystals encases a 6.5in Prosperity Mooncake with Eight Yolks within. For a personal touch, each trunk is presented with a message card for your recipients.
Classic Trunk, RM200-338+; Swavroski Super Mooncake Trunk, RM438+. Call 03 2727 6696 to order.
Those who missed out on the hotel’s mint green Jade Moon Box should not be too disappointed as its Oriental Treasures box — featuring a pair of red-crowned cranes motif — will delight families and friends the same. You’ll be treated to four pieces from three different snow-skin flavours: Royal Jade (white lotus with salted mung bean and crushed cashews nuts with black sugar); Blue Moon (amaretto lotus paste with blueberry cheese feuillantine) and Flower Drum (lotus paste with soft custard egg yolk). Optional add-ons include Chynna’s signature Eight Treasures Tea or a gift voucher for dining or spa.
RM148. Purchase here.
Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur
In a special collaboration between Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese restaurant Yun House and award-winning bar Bar Trigona, the hotel is debuting two cocktail-inspired snow skin mooncakes in addition to their usual array of Mid-Autumn offerings this year. Whisky, trigona honey and cedar wood bitters make up the filling for the Old-Fashioned mooncake while the Judgement mooncake combines jackfruit, aged rum and triple sec. Other unique flavours include the baked Szechuan Ma La Mung Bean and Pu Er Tea Paste with Tangerine Skin mooncake.
RM42-RM68 per piece. Purchase here.
KEJU by Carmen
If you’re looking for healthier treats to snack on during Mid-Autumn Festival, KEJU by Carmen’s Midnight Moon grazing platter provides plenty of sweetness with half the guilt. Fresh fruits, crackers, nuts, cheese and honey make up the bulk of this set, along with three Momoyama Rose mooncakes to celebrate the occasion. The box is great for gifting too: it opens to reveal a light-up cut-out of the love story between Chang’E and Hou Yi, one of the tales believed to explain the origin of the festival. Petite versions and individual servings are also available upon request.
RM450. WhatsApp 012 605 5837 to order.
W Kuala Lumpur
The limited-edition Moonstruck Mooncake collection by W Kuala Lumpur is presented in two iridescent bags — blue and purple — that can be slung over the shoulder when the strap is attached. Designed in collaboration with Gung HO Art, the mooncake boxes within encase four well-loved flavours, including a rather interesting Cendol Coconut option that will please the non-traditionalists. Every set also comes with a voucher for your next dine-in experience at the hotel’s Cantonese restaurant, Yen.
RM198+. Call 03 2786 8888 to order.
Chocoholics are in for a treat this season. Coated with luscious premium dark chocolate, Valen's Patisserie’s Fly me to the Moon offerings are filled with decadent and refreshing flavour combinations that will delight contemporary palates. You’ll be able to sample four flavours: a matcha ganache mooncake with a sweet-sour raspberry core, a refreshing yuzu-white chocolate mooncake with an aromatic genmaicha centre, a classic hazelnut praline option with feuilletine as well as a chocolate-espresso version made with imported Japanese Arabica coffee beans.
RM98. WhatsApp 011 1180 1420 to order.