A novel experience

Weekend Glitz | Natasha Tai 10 Sep 2021

Bored of traditional mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival? Try some of these novelty creations and unusual flavors.

Apart from its renowned lava custard mooncake, Maxim's has brought out snowy versions filled with new flavors. The Snowy Premium Delicacies gift box (HK$330) offers a take on a traditional dessert, mango with pomelo, along with other unusual combinations such as sesame with macadamia nuts, pink guava and apricot, all wrapped in a Hokkaido 3.6 milk-infused skin.

For those who prefer more refreshing tastes, the Snowy Summer Fruits gift box (HK$245) has four fruity flavors in a skin of fruit puree. Lovers of the stinky fruit should try the Snowy Musang King Durian gift box (HK$312).

Ikea also uses fruits in its mooncakes. The set of five (HK$68) includes Nordic flavors such as lingonberry and elderflower.

Caffeine addicts, head for Starbucks. The gift set (HK$299) contains three mooncakes: caramel lava and coffee, uji matcha red bean and vanilla custard.

For those who don't like eating the skin, whether baked or snowy, Venchi has a vegan-friendly chocolate solution. Wrapped in a petal-shaped chocolate shell are fillings such as coconut cream and raspberry grains, matcha and pistachio cream with cocoa nibs and dark chocolate supreme spread. They are available in a square gift box (HK$368), as well as in an assortment of gifting options.

Green Common too caters to vegans. Along with its vegan custard mooncake gift set (HK$308), it also offers a vegan mixed nuts mooncake gift set (HK$328). Inside are two healthy flavors: mixed nuts with blueberries and purple sweet potato, and figs with pistachios and oats.

Like a spicy challenge? Chilli Fagara adapts the traditional mooncake recipe with an unconventional twist. Wrapped in a layer of taro and fluffy mochi, the mooncakes enclose a chilli-spiked dark chocolate ice cream. They are available from September 15 (HK$98 for two).

Mooncakes are traditionally sweet but some restaurants are experimenting with savory versions.

The Royal Caviar Club fills its mooncakes with a combination of premium Imperial Ossetra caviar and either cream cheese or fresh Madagascan vanilla cream.

They are wrapped in a snowy skin and placed in a limited-edition six-piece luxury gift box (HK$680).

Also bucking the trend is KiKi Noodle Bar. Its dried sakura shrimp with taro mochi mooncakes combine premium dried shrimp from Taiwan with a glutinous rice mochi skin.

Only 1,500 limited-edition boxes of six (HK$298) are available in the SAR. The price includes two peach oolong teabags to pair with the pastries and a resusable bunny-shaped cloth bag.

If you're looking for a bigger blowout for Mid-Autumn, Aqua Restaurant Group presents festive set dinner courses which end with limited-edition mooncakes.

The Chinese Library's snowy purple yam and red bean mooncakes are served to dinner guests who order the eight-dish feast (HK$988). At Hutong, guests can partake in yin-yang mooncakes with their 11-dish dinner set (HK$988).

Mango custard mooncakes shaped like owls are served at Dim Sum Library, with one festive treat for every two dinner guests.

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