Every year, when the ‘ber months hit the calendar, we see mooncakes displayed in hotels and different establishments. They vary in shape, size and different flavor. But more than the mooncake, restaurants and hotels often compete on the best packaging to attract customers.
Chinese mooncakes are traditional pastry served during the Mid-Autumn Festival, with family getting together to share mooncakes while watching the moon. The Mid-Autumn fest is a traditional custom inherited from the ancient Chinese who believed that the seasonal movement of the moon had a close relationship with bountiful harvest, and they usually celebrate and thank the moon during autumn.
In Manila, you can catch the best mooncakes in prestigious hotels. Here’s a few options that you can choose from:
In New World Manila Bay Hotel, check out their assortment of baked mooncakes in traditional flavors – Double Yolk White Lotus Paste, Double Yolk Lotus Paste, Double Yolk Red Bean Paste, and Five Seed and Crispy Milk Cream. Out of all the packaging we’ve seen so far, they have the sexiest cute little round handbags in faux red leather or gray casing. Perfect to give as gifts, these delectable pastries can be bought for a set of four large pieces or six small pieces at P2,588. These mooncakes are available at the Lobby Shop of New World Manila Bay Hotel. For inquiries and orders, call (02) 252 6888 or e-mail [email protected]
The Manila Hotel gears up with exciting promotions for the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. A special selection of mooncakes delicately wrapped in elegant circular boxes is available at the Mabuhay Palace and the Grand Lobby. Flavors range from Honeyed Assorted Nuts, Single Yolk Red Bean Paste, Single Yolk Pure White Lotus Paste, Green Tea White Pistachio Nuts, Pineapple Paste with Cheese, and Single Yolk Low Sugar White Lotus Paste. For more inquiries call (02) 527-0011 local 1260 to 1261.
Makati Shangri-la also offers a wide selection of mooncake flavors – White Lotus, Red Bean, Mixed Nuts, Red Dates and the new signature flavor, Black Sesame, all packaged in intricately well-crafted mooncake boxes, perfect for gift giving to family, friends or business associates. A tower box with six mini mooncakes is at P2,288 and a two-tier box with eight traditional mooncakes can be bought at P3,688, but you may opt for individual mini-piece priced at P388. A single traditional mooncake can be had for P588. For inquiries, call (632) 813 8888.
Crowne Plaza is also offering delectable mooncakes in cube shapes carefully sealed per piece, packed in individual boxes, and in a rectangular packaging. You may opt for a box of four large mooncakes and get them at P2,088 for two-egg yolk mooncakes and P1,688 for traditional mooncakes. Each mooncake box includes 50 percent discount vouchers on Xin Tian Di’s Dim Sum Unlimited and Set Menus. If you want to buy by bulk you can get one box free for every 10 boxes. You may visit their Mooncake House at the ground floor of Robinsons Magnolia.
Indulge in these traditional desserts until the 27th of September and share them with your friends and family.