Lunar Love: 10 Places to get Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes
'Tis the season for mooncake! Where to have your fill of traditional, snow skin, and gourmet mooncakes.
(SPOT.ph) The Mid-Autumn festival is coming our way (September 8, in case you’re wondering) and, in the culinary sense, that could only mean one thing: mooncakes! From classic flavors to quirky concoctions, here are 10 places to get this revered auspicious pastry.
This list is not ranked.
1. Marco Polo
Stick to basics with the tried-and-tested formula of White or Red Lotus Mooncakes with Yolk. A box of four is priced at P2,550+ while a single order is P600. If you're planning to give some away, 10 boxes of four entitles you to a complimentary 11th box.
Marco Polo Ortigas is at Sapphire Street corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. For inquiries and orders, contact Lung Hin at 720-7777 (6621).
2. TWG Tea
As per the TWG tradition, different kinds of tea are actually blended into the four scrumptious flavor: Red Lantern, Emperor, Constellation, and Moonlight. They also have snow skin mooncake-Aurora, Serenity, Pure, and Illumination-jam-packed with their own brand of special mousses and marmalades. A set of four traditional mooncakes retails at P2,788 (P468 per single order) while a set of four snow skin mooncakes is priced at P2,888 (P498 per single order).
TWG has branches at Greenbelt 5; Shangri-La Plaza East Wing; Resorts World Manila; Power Plant Mall; Century City Mall.
3. EDSA Shangri-La
At EDSA Shangri-La, this time-honored pastry tradition is hand-crafted by Chef Andy Liew, and comes in flavors like white lotus, red bean, mixed nuts, green tea chestnut, and wintermelon all cloaked in a lip smacking golden-brown crust. A box of eight is P2,364, but orders before August 24 and/or bulk orders will be given a 30% discount. A special Mooncake Counter is set up at the lobby open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. until September 8.
EDSA Shangri-La is at 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. For inquiries and orders, contact 633-8888 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
Chef Sam Lee puts his own spin on the snow skin mooncakes with his repertoire of three: Lotus Cream, Egg Custard, and Red Bean, all priced P988 for a box of four. Classic mung-bean flavors fare for P888 a box.
Crowne Plaza is at Ortigas Avenue corner ADB Avenue, Quezon City. For inquiries and orders, contact 633-7222 or e-mail email@example.com
5. New World Makati Hotel
New World's mooncakes come in gorgeous gold gift-ready boxes filled with Chef Wong Sing To's luxurious flavors like Milk Cream in Golden Cookie Crust and White Lotus Cream. A box of six is priced at P967.
6. The Peninsula Manila
A whole salted egg yolk in the center, wrapped in sweet filling and dressed in soft pastry skin, symbolizes the moon. The bite-sized morsels will set you back P2,880 for eight pieces. The large mooncakes, on the other hand, come at P3,880 for four.
The Peninsula Manila is at Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City. For inquiries and orders, contact 887-2888 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Makati Shangri-La
It's a walk on the wilder side when it comes to Makati Shangri-La's new snow skin mooncake flavors. They're using seasonal and preservative-free ingredients in flavors like Durian, Wintermelon, Green Tea with Pandan, Coffee, Chinese Plum, Chocolate Truffle, and the Mini Sweet and Creamy Custard. Mix them up with traditional treats like Red Bean, Green Tea, Mixed Nuts, and White Lotus, as well as a 30% less sugar version of the latter. Price starts at P438+ for mini mooncakes and P663 each for a traditional sized one. A six-piece set of these mini delights in a special box is priced at P2,130 while an eight-piece set is at P2,355. Four traditional-sized mooncakes cost P2,581.00. If you're feeling extra festive, eight traditional mooncakes in a two-tier deluxe box is P4,160.00.
Makati Shangri-La is at Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City. For inquiries and orders, contact 814-2580 or e-mail email@example.com.
8. Sofitel Philippine Plaza
Chef Mok Chee Wa makes his green-tea flavors extra special with tea handpicked from Macau. Mini versions of these goodies also come in wintermelon, mixed nuts, white lotus, and red bean. Oversized snow skin mooncakes are turned into flavors such as mango chocolate, coconut chocolate, and strawberry chocolate. A mini box of eight costs P1,988 while a regular box of four is at P2,488.
Sofitel is at CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For inquiries and orders, contact 832-6988 and 551-5555 (6988), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're in the Timog area and craving these lunar munchies, head over to Luxent hotel, which has two classic and exquisite varieties in store. These treats are available for purchase at the Bread Indulgence Corner located at the lobby from September 1 to 10. Advance orders are also accepted beginning from August 25 onwards. Price upon request.
10. Bellevue Manila
Phoenix Court at Bellevue Manila is famous for authentic Chinese cuisine in a fine-dining setup. Yet another delectable mooncake collection in different variants is now available on their menu. Be sure to check them out for yourself. Price upon request.
Bellevue Manila is at North Bridgeway, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. For inquiries and orders, contact 771-8181 (2211) or e-mail them at email@example.com.