8 unusual mooncake flavours you need to try this Mid-Autumn Festival

Treat your family to these surprising delights at your upcoming reunion dinner.

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with handcrafted mooncakes from Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur (Photo: Mandarin Oriental KL)

Unicorn with raspberry yolk
Inside Scoop

The artisanal ice cream brand is fixated on making the perfect scoop, and the same dedication has been given to crafting their mooncakes this season. The unicorn flavour is a refreshing combination of raspberry yoghurt and blue pea flower with a raspberry yolk centre. If you prefer something slightly more familiar, the rocher covered in strawberry chocolate shell or D24 durian ice cream paired with dark chocolate ganache are your best bet.

Four pieces per box, RM100. Purchase here.


Baked mini dragon fruit and black sesame 
Dorsett Grand Subang

Adding to Dorsett’s baked line-up is the healthier, mini dragon fruit and black sesame mooncake in an attractive purple shade. Gift them in a standard box packaging or impress your recipients with the Dorsett Deluxe Tiffin Gift set that comes in three colours: orange, lilac and blue. 

Call 03 5031 6060 or email [email protected] to book. Choice of four baked mini mooncakes at RM168 nett. See here for more.


Blue Moon — snow skin amaretto lotus paste with blueberry cheese feuillantine 
Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Hilton KL’s snowskin range is back for a limited time, including the sweet and savoury Blue Moon as well as the all-time crowdpleaser, musang king durian. This year, the hotel has collaborated with local fashion designer Christy Ng for a special mooncake box embellished with Malaysia’s national flower, paying tribute to the nation’s homegrown pride and resource. The versatile design can be repurposed as a body bag with the addition of a handbag strap.

Blue Moon, RM35 each; Christy Ng’s designer box from RM148 (mooncakes not included). Reserve here.


Snowskin with salted egg custard paste
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

The salted egg craze is showing no signs of waning soon. Mandarin Oriental KL has incorporated this popular ingredient into their snowskin collection, apart from the usual musang king durian and matcha red bean paste. Artist Samantha Cheah, who assumes the moniker Yue Yue, is responsible for the gift box, which is inspired by the display of orchids within the hotel’s premises. The orchids are portrayed in a delicate embroidery on a royal purple fabric, while the iconic Mandarin Oriental fan emblem forms the shape of a full moon. 

Order via 03 2179 8885 or email [email protected]. For more, see here.


Almond-baked skin with pandan, cream cheese salted yolk and chestnut 
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

This year, master dim sum chef Lo Tian Sion from InterContinental’s Tao Chinese Cuisine, experiments with different mooncake flavours while catering to the health-conscious. The result is an almond-baked skin mooncake with pandan, salted yolk cream cheese with a chestnut at its core. Designed in a delicate flower shape, the mooncake is uses high-fibre almond bulbs for its skin.

RM40. Order via 03 2782 6128 or email [email protected]. For more, see here.


Wasabi and miso yolk
Nobu Kuala Lumpur

A Japanese twist to classic Chinese flavours, Nobu’s Lunar Fortune offerings feature quintessential Japanese ingredients such as matcha, miso, hojicha and wasabi, which are set within a traditional, Shanghai or snow skin mooncake. Nobu replaces the typical salted egg yolk with distinctive wasabi and miso fillings, adding a creative flavour profile to what mooncake-lovers are usually accustomed to. Adventurous eaters can opt for the Shanghai Black Sesame with Wasabi Yolk or the Pandan Paste with Miso Yolk Mochi. 

Signature set, RM148 nett; Premium set, RM168 nett. Each set features 4 mooncakes. Call 03 2164 5084 or Whatsapp 019 389 5085 to order.


Ping Pei with Custard and Bird’s Nest
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Pull out all the stops and top your reunion dinner with Shangri-La’s refreshing snow skin collection, which features the Ping Pei with Custard and Bird’s Nest mooncake. If you prefer your mooncakes baked, go for the silky smooth White Lotus Seed Paste with Lava Salted Egg.

Ping Pei with Custard and Bird’s Nest, RM44; White Lotus Seed Paste with Lava Salted Egg, RM37. Order here.


Purple Sweet Potato
The Westin Kuala Lumpur​

The Westin KL's YUÈ Fantasy mooncake collection pays homage to the old-world charm of lunar celebrations. Choose from a selection of eight classics and new flavours including the new Purple Sweet Potato. The mooncakes are encased in a lantern-inspired LED light box that comes with a removable Bluetooth speaker.

Classic Westin Box, RM118; Premium LED Light Box, RM138; YUÈ Fantasy Box, RM178. Order via 03 2773 8495 or email [email protected].


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