by Meryl Medel

The Mid-Autumn Festival (sometimes called the Moon Festival) is an annual Chinese festival celebrating the day when the moon is believed to be at its fullest and brightest. During this season, mooncakes are a must-have on every table spread, since its round shape represents a united family and abundance, harmony, and luck. Made and gifted for consumption during the festival, the mooncake is made of a doughy pastry with a dense and rich filling. It’s usually sweet, but there are savory versions as well, especially with more modern takes coming out. So, if you want to celebrate the festival properly, make sure you know where you can order mooncakes:

 

Hong Kong MX

While their mooncakes are available all year round, there’s no better time to order Hong Kong MX Mooncakes than the Mid-Autumn Festival. For 2021, they are offering all sorts of mooncakes. Traditional flavors like white lotus seed paste and red bean paste start at PHP 1,400. Their Lava Mooncake series with gooey custard inside starts at PHP 2,000, while their New Lace Mooncakes that combines the popular molten dessert technique with tradition costs PHP 2,100 per box of 8 pieces. And if you have kiddos, you might want to offer them Hong Kong MX’s character mooncakes featuring the Minions! The price of a character mooncake starts at PHP 1,950. If you want to place your order now, visit their website.For more information, visit their Facebook or Instagram pages.

 

Grand Hyatt Manila

Grand Hyatt Manila offers five different mooncake flavors: white lotus, black sesame, red bean, green tea, and ube. Among these, fan favorites are the white lotus and red bean. You can choose to order a single mooncake (PHP 388), a box of 2 (PHP 1,488), or a box of 4 (PHP 2,188), with each presented in an elegant gift box. If you really want to splurge, you can also avail of their Mooncake and Wine packages (PHP 2,488–2,988). You can place an order through this year’s order form. For more information, visit their Facebook or Instagram pages.

 

Marriott Manila

Marriott Manila’s mooncakes are prepared by their in-house Chinese restaurant Man Ho. This year, they offer four flavors: coconut, red lotus paste, white lotus paste, and Wu Ren Yue Bing (made with pecans, walnuts, cashews, toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and Jin Huan ham). Rate for a Mooncake Chest (which has four mooncakes) starts at PHP 2,988, and you can also add a 50-mL bottle of whiskey for PHP 520. You can order via contacting 0917 624 5980 or visiting their website. For more information, visit their Facebook or Instagram pages.

 

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Marco Polo’s Lung Hin Restaurant proudly offers their Limited Edition Treasure Chests filled with premium mooncakes. These Treasure Chests can be ordered as a box of 1 (PHP 828), box of 4 with one flavor (PHP 2,958), box of 4 with different flavors (PHP 3,158), box of 6 with one flavor (PHP 3,988), or box of 6 with different flavors (PHP 4,288). You can choose from the four flavors Marco Polo offers: white lotus with double egg yolk, red lotus with double egg yolk, red bean with double egg yolk, or mixed nuts. If you want to get your mooncakes, you can place personal orders via their Flavours To Go online shop or large-volume orders through 02 7720 7777 or [email protected], For more information, visit their Facebook or Instagram pages.

 

The Hungry Chef

 

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Chef Nathaniel Uy is offering his own take on mooncakes: the Empress Mooncake (PHP 225). It’s made with a single yolk and XO sauce that creates a sweet-savory flavor with a hint of spice. Aside from this specialty, he also has other flavors on the menu: plain lotus (PHP 180), single-yolk lotus (PHP 185), double-yolk lotus (PHP 195), plain black bean (PHP 175), single-yolk black bean (PHP 180), and double-yolk black bean (PHP 190). You can order through The Hungry Chef’s form. For more information, visit their Instagram page.

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