Mooncake Madness + Mid-Autumn Festival Feasts in Manila
Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival or just love mooncakes? Here are some places to check out.
The Mid-Autumn Festival marks the day when the moon is at its brightest and is an important event that celebrates harvest and Thanksgiving in Chinese culture. Observed on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 21 and the celebration has become an occasion for families to get together.
Traditionally, Chinese families gift each other with mooncakes--dense round-shaped pastries filled with bean, lotus seed paste or other fillings and often baked to a golden sheen--which are eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
While Chinatown and Binondo may have mooncakes at every corner, here are other spots to check out where you can celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and get boxes of delectable mooncakes:
Jasmine at the New World Hotel Makati
Address: 2F New World Hotel Makati, Makati City
Tel. No. 811-6888
Jasmine’s mooncakes, available in single-and double-yolk varieties, come in flavors such as white and red lotus, red bean paste and pineapple.
Mini mooncakes start at P138 per piece; while the regular-sized mooncakes are at P308 per piece and a box of 4 is at P1,468.
Li Li at the Hyatt Hotel and Manila
Address: 5th Level, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila, 1588 Pedro Gil corner M.H. Del Pilar, Malate, Manila
Tel. No. 245-1234
Chef Andy Chan of Li Li will be creating two set menus with a selection of mooncakes. The spread will include dishes as Suckling Pig and a Barbecued Combination Platter, Braised Shark's Fin Soup with Seafood and Bamboo Pith, Steamed Live Garoupa, Deep-Fried Spare Ribs with Mayonnaise and Vinegar Sauce, Stewed E-Fu Noodles with Conpoy and Shimeji Mushrooms, Chilled Mango Cream with Almond Bean Curd, and, of course, the specialty Lotus and Red Bean mooncakes.
Passion Restaurant at Resorts World Manila
Address: Second Floor, Maxims Hotel (right beside Marriott Hotel), Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Pasay City
Tel. No. 836-6333
Passion at Resorts World Manila (RWM) offers single-yolk mooncakes in flavors like Ube Paste, White Lotus, Lotus Paste and Bean Paste. The mooncakes are at P1,188 for every box of four.
Slot players at the RWM casino can use the points they earn to redeem mooncakes until September 24. For 18 points, players can enjoy RWM’s Mooncake and High Tea mini buffet. There’s also the Daily Mooncake Raffle where lucky slot players can win different flavors of mooncake. Ongoing until September 24, raffle draws will be held every 15 minutes from 3 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.
Phoenix Court at the Bellevue Manila
Address: Second Floor, The Bellevue Manila, North Bridgeway, Filinvest Corporate City
Tel. No. 771-8181 local 2211
Mooncakes in Red Bean Paste, Lotus Cream, Milk Cream and Pumpkin flavors are available at the Phoenix Court of the Bellevue Manila. For a Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, try the Dimsum-All-You-Can promo at P650 per person, valid from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Mooncakes start at P240 per piece, available until September 30.
Shang Palace at the Makati Shangri-la
Address: Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Tel. No. 813-8888
Gift family and friends with White lotus, Red lotus, Red bean, Red lotus, Milk Cream and Yam-flavored mooncakes from Shang Palace at the Makati Shangri-la. Rectangular mooncakes are at P1288++ (8 pieces), P1188++ for 4 pieces of large mooncakes and are available until September 22.
Summer Palace at EDSA Shangri-la
Address: EDSA Shangri-la Manila 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center
Tel. No. 633-8888
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with delectable mooncakes in four flavorful varieties: lotus seed, red bean, ube and pineapple, in handcrafted gift boxes.
Mooncakes start at P888 (2 pieces); P1,288 for small mooncakes in rectangular-sjaped boxes and P1,188 for large mooncakes in a square box (P4 pieces).
Mooncakes are available until September 22.
Tin Hau at the Mandarin Oriental Manila
Address: Second Floor of the Mandarin Oriental Manila, corner of Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Tel. No. 750-8888 local 2422/2633
Mandarin Oriental Manila will be holding a Sheung Yuet night at the Mandarin Ballroom on September 21 at 6 p.m. with auspicious rituals, music, an enjoyable moon cake game, a sumptuous lauriat and raffle prizes to mark the mid-autumn moon celebration.
As part of the festivities, a Moon Cake game called Pua Tiong Chiu, a popular custom among the Chinese Filipino community, will be played with each table vying for prizes. Sheung Yuet tickets are available at P1,888+++ for adults and PHP999+++ for children.
Mandarin Oriental also has 15 varieties of homemade oven-baked, snow skin and taro paste moon cakes. The mini and traditional-sized moon cakes are packaged in silk boxes, perfect for gift-giving. They are available at the Moon cake booth in the lobby, Tin Hau and the Mandarin Deli up to September 21.
Xin Tian Di at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila
Address: 4th Level Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 633-7222
For variations on the mooncake, head to Xin Tian Di for their version of "modern mooncakes". Executive Chinese Chef Sam Lee’s snow skin mooncakes are made from glutinous rice, with a texture similar to the mochi and requires refrigeration instead of baking.
Chef Sam Lee’s mooncakes are available in blueberry, strawberry, mango, chocolate, and pandan-flavored skins. Fillings vary from traditional lotus or bean paste, chocolate or egg custard.
The mooncakes are at P198++ per piece and P988++ for every box of four. Crowne Plaza’s snow-skin mooncakes are available until September 22.