You think you’ve seen it all, but then a green tea snowskin mooncake with a cherry-filled centre emerges; and you begin to question everything – that’s pretty much how we feel right now. What was once a traditional dessert filled with red bean or lotus paste and baked to golden-brown perfection has now evolved into almost any flavour imaginable. Some of the funkier flavours include things like Ferrero Rocher, Musang King Durian, Red Bean Paste with aged Mandarin Skin, Special XO Sauce, (another) Baked Durian with Single Yolk, and a Red Velvet rendition, among others. Whether you prefer the traditional baked types or more modern snowskin specialties, here’s a list of where to get mooncakes in KL this year.
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur
Aren’t they just gorgeous to look at? InterContinental Kuala Lumpur’s Chef Lo Tian Sion is the mastermind behind these colourful creations. The gorgeous green mooncake is the Snow Skin with Japanese Green Tea and Cherry Jelly, while the blue beauty is the Marble Snow Skin with Butterfly Pea Flower and Bird’s Nest. The bright yellow mooncake is the Snow Skin with Durian Paste and Oats. There are also more classic flavours like White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk and Pandan with Single Yolk, among others. Individual mooncake prices range from RM25 to RM43.
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, 165, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
This year, Hilton Kuala Lumpur is turning the mooncake-gifting culture into a fashionable and luxurious affair. Renowned Malaysian fashion designer, Khoon Hooi, has designed two exclusive handbag ‘boxes’ which can house mooncakes for gifting. As for the mooncakes themselves, flavours include snow skin specialties like Dragon Blossom, Musang King, Blue Moon, and Flower Drum. There are also traditional baked skin choices like White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk, Pandan Paste with Single Yolk, Red Bean Paste with Almond Flakes, and Traditional-Style with Five Nuts Mix, among other classics. Prices of individual mooncakes range from RM35 to RM56.
Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Pullman KLCC Hotel and Residences
These pretty crimson creations are the Red Velvet with Cheese mooncakes by the team at Pullman KLCC Hotel and Residences. The other artisanal flavour being highlighted this year is their Bamboo Charcoal Paste with Macadamia Nuts and Raisins. That’s not all however. Their other offerings include Coffee and Oreo Snow Skin Mooncake with Coffee-Lotus Paste, Yam Paste with Vanilla Baked Mooncake, Chocolate and Peppermint Snow Skin Mooncake, and Sweet Corn and Salted Egg Yolk Snow Skin Mooncake. Prices start from RM25 per mooncake.
Pullman KLCC Hotel and Residences, 4, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
W Kuala Lumpur
The hip and cool hotel is presenting their mooncakes in a Vinyl DJ Disc Mooncake Box. Like everything else about the hotel, their mooncake flavours are designed to electrify and excite. Prepare your tastebuds for the Musang King Durian, Red Bean Paste with aged Mandarin Skin, and Special XO Sauce mooncakes that are sure to leave an impression. These intriguing mooncakes are priced from RM37 nett per piece.
W Kuala Lumpur, 121, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
If you’re a fan of chocolate mint, get your hands on such a mooncake from Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur. The newly-introduced flavour is a mix of rich bittersweet chocolate and a refreshing mint filling. Interestingly, it is presented within a traditional baked skin. Other flavour options include crowd favourites like Single Yolk White Lotus Paste, Assorted Fruits and Nuts, Pure White Lotus Paste, and Red Bean Paste. The mooncakes are priced between RM29 nett and RM35 nett per piece.
Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, 160, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel
Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel’s mooncakes are presented in intricately designed jewellery boxes that come in three designs – Beautiful Peacock, Glittering Butterflies, and Delicate Plum Blossom. To fill the shiny boxes, choose from classic flavours like Pure Lotus Paste, White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk, Pandan Paste with Single Yolk, Red Bean Paste, Mixed Nuts, and Baked Durian with Single Yolk. The mooncakes are priced from RM26 nett per piece.
Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel, Lorong Utara C, PJS 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Resorts World Genting
Satisfy your mooncake craving even if you’re in Genting. Resorts World Genting is offering a host of mooncakes in a mix of traditional and modern varieties. Choose from classics like Lotus Paste with Single Yolk, Red Bean Paste, Low Sugar White Lotus Paste, Green Tea Lotus Paste, Assorted Nuts ‘Ng Yan’, Single Yolk with Pu Er Lotus Paste, and Green Tea Paste with Black Sesame Jingsa, to name a few. Other more contemporary options include Pandan Jade with Buttermilk Custard, Durian Paste with Durian Jingsa, and Snow Skin Durian Paste. The mooncakes are priced from RM16 nett per piece.
Resorts World Genting, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang
Le Méridien Putrajaya
Much like its muse, the green and yellow mooncakes seen above are the Premium Durian Mini Snow Skin mooncakes by the team at Le Méridien Putrajaya. Another fruity flavour that piqued our interest is the Pineapple and Mango Mini Snow Skin, while there’s also a Green Tea with Cheese and Cashew Nuts mooncake as far as interesting options go. Coffee lovers might want to give the Illy Coffee and Raisin Mini Snow Skin ones a try. Other variations include White Lotus Paste with Single Egg Yolk and Melon Seed, Pandan Lotus Paste with Hazelnut, White Lotus Paste with Walnuts and Black Sesame, and Assorted Fruits and Nuts. The mooncakes are priced between RM26 and RM60 per piece.
Le Méridien Putrajaya, Lebuh IRC IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Executive Chef Jimmy Wong and his team at Yun House, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, have created seven mooncakes for the season. The flavours include Lotus Seed Paste Double Yolk, White Lotus Seed Paste, Pandan Lotus Seed Paste Single Yolk, Black Sesame and Lotus Seed Paste, Pu-erh Tea and Tangerine Lotus Seed Paste, Assorted Nuts and Sun-dried Fruits, and a special Lotus Seed Paste with Eight Egg Yolks. The eight egg yolks mooncake is 6.5 inches in diameter and costs RM208 nett per piece. The other mooncakes are priced at RM42 nett per mooncake or RM168 for four mooncakes.
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 145, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur