Mad for mooncakes

Mad for mooncakes

Mid-Autumn Festival is fast approaching, so we've taken the hard work out of mooncake shopping, and invited our junior reporters to review a variety of them

Kee Wah Bakery's Mini Assorted Egg Custard Mooncakes (HK$178 for 8) 4/5

When I was young, I was scared of huge mooncakes - that my stomach would burst if I ate one, even if my family shared it.

So I think this box set is great because it contains tiny mooncakes. They're a quarter of the size of regular ones.

Even if you try all four flavours - egg custard, black sesame, green tea and mango - you won't feel stuffed. (OK, maybe if you eat two flavours at a time.)

Most importantly, they taste really nice. The label on the bottom of the box says you should microwave them for 20 seconds.

After being heated, the mooncakes smell sooooo good! The crust becomes softer and the mooncakes really do taste better.

Ruby Leung

Godiva's Mid-Autumn Dark Chocolate Gift Box (HK$145 each) 4/5

If something's made of chocolate, then it can't be bad! And this dark chocolate mooncake is truly stunning, both for my taste buds, and for my eyes.

Made with high-quality Belgian chocolate, you can clearly taste the wonderful creamy mix of sweet and bitter cocoa.

It may look quite plain, but there are wild flavours inside. The filling is a ganache (cream and chocolate mixture) of redcurrant, orange and white chocolate, with some apple-pear crunch. Yes, it's as delicious as it sounds.

It comes in a classy red box, and the dark chocolate means it doesn't feel or taste traditional. But if something tastes so good, that doesn't matter!

William Cheng

Kee Wah Bakery's White/Golden Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Two Yolks (HK$62 each) 5/5

It has all the signs of a traditional mooncake: a thick pastry crust, intricate etchings covered by a plastic wrapper showing lots of Chinese characters.

Yet upon my first bite it's clear it doesn't have the usual lard or vegetable oil of mooncakes.

Unlike traditional mooncakes with egg, this one, containing two yolks, is made with lotus-seed paste and peanut oil. It is a clever idea - and a healthier alternative.

May Huang

Kee Wah Bakery's Mini Chinese Ham Mooncake (HK$27 each) 3/5

The colourful tin box has an authentic, retro Chinese vibe, which is appropriate for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The outside of the mooncake itself looks very ordinary, but the inside is different. Instead of the typical preserved egg yolk, there is a delicate mess of nuts, seeds and, apparently, ham!

Yes, ham appears in its name, but I couldn't taste any. But I did taste lots of nuts and seeds.

I was bracing myself for an overly-sweet taste, but, instead, I found I enjoyed a delicious nuts-and-seeds pastry, perfect for all those mooncake haters who usually go without during the festival.

Dristi Gurung

Wing Wah's Icy Sesame and Mung Mooncake (HK$32 for 2) 4/5

This is really different: it is chilled, not baked, and distinctive because of its glutinous texture. It comes in a cool-looking tin with a mosaic pattern of blue and white shapes, which suits it perfectly.

The grey sesame doesn't look very appealing. But biting into it reveals a tasty treat - a flash of yellow - the mung bean interior. The well-blended flavours and the absence of the - not everyone's favourite - egg yolk - make this modern update of the mooncake a great success.

Yasmin Subba

Kee Wah's single yolk mooncake (HK$27 per piece) 2/5

It looks typical - squarish and brown in colour - but has a rather small yolk. The lotus-seed paste makes it very sweet. And the yolk and paste fell apart after taking just one bite.

Nola Yip


You might also like:

- The Mid-Autumn festival is just around the corner - an occasion when families and friends get together. It's the perfect time to say thanks and count our blessings.

- Bunch of students had their first exciting adventure to Arctic and Greeland in Mid-Autumn Festival.

- With Mid-Autumn Festival behind us, you are probably tripping over boxes of leftover mooncakes lying around.

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