Mooncakes. Just the thought of them makes me smile. Mooncakes are a popular sweet pastry enjoyed during the Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節, the second most popular holiday in Chinese culture next to the Lunar New Year. This year, the festival falls on Friday, the 13th of September.
The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is a time for friends and family to gather and enjoy tea and mooncakes while admiring the full moon. It was a time to celebrate and give thanks for the bountiful harvest. Today, mooncakes are bought as gifts by friends, family members, and business people.
This year we have the special opportunity to try mooncakes from 香港美心月餅 Hong Kong MX Mooncakes! Growing up, we would receive these mooncakes as gifts and they were always such a treat! The brand is very popular in Asia.
Today, we are going to review 4 different kinds of mooncake products that I am SO EXCITED to introduce to you!
- White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks
- Snowy Polar Lights Gift Box
- Snowy Musang King Durian Gift Box
- Lava Custard Mooncake
White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks
The box packaging adds a layer of sophistication and it features the Moon Goddess Chang’E and her friendly moon rabbit buddies. Fun fact, the Chinese believed that the shapes they saw on the moon looked like a rabbit with a mortar and pestle and that they are pounding the elixir of immortality or medicine, whereas in Japan and Korea, the rabbits are making rice cake (mochi), which is why during Mid-Autumn Festival, you’ll see plenty of rabbit motifs as well!
This mooncake is the most traditional type of mooncake, and my husband Wilson and I both grew up eating it with our families. Just as I remember, the mooncake is smooth and fragrant, with lotus seed paste that is perfectly matched with the salted egg yolks!
The double egg yolk is my favorite traditional mooncake. The savory saltiness accentuates the sweetness of the lotus seed paste and the size of the mooncake is perfect to share with family or friends of four.
We paired this mooncake with a special aged kumquat tea that my father gifted to us and it was the perfect accompaniment. We can’t wait to enjoy this under the full moon!
Snowy Polar Lights Gift Box
No joke my friends, but this Snowy Polar Lights Gift Box made me feel FANCY. The box design has soothing colors and made me think of fresh snow in winter. I half expected heavenly lights to beam out or white doves to fly out as I opened the box. Alas, no. But neatly packaged inside were 16 glorious little snowy mooncakes just waiting to be devoured.
And yes, you read correctly. I said SIXTEEN different flavors in one box. Now, a word of caution. If you plan on buying the Snowy Polar Lights Mooncake, make sure you know who you are gifting it to. Are they the type to want to try every flavor themselves? Are they willing to share? In our case, it was super fun to cut each mooncake to share with our family of four, as everyone had an equal bite to try. But if you are gifting this to someone who doesn’t like to share? Oh ho ho, you will surely experience mooncake FOMO, especially if you covet the flavor someone else is eating. Allow the drama to ensue! *evil laugh*
And to be honest, some of the flavors are so good in this gift box, you’ll be craving more mooncake. Except there’s only one of each flavor! 😢 (There are also other mooncakes gift sets from Hong Kong MX mooncakes that feature different flavors, which is great if you lean towards more fruity flavored profiles!)
Here are all the flavors you’ll get in the Snowy Polar Lights Gift Box:
- Blueberry Duo
- Iced Lemon Coke Flavor
- Chocolate with Hazelnut
- Pink Guava & Apricot
- Cookies & Cream
- Green Tea & Red Bean
- Mango Chestnut
- Mango with Pomelo Dessert
- Sesame with Macadamia Nuts
- Premium Green Bean Paste
- Double Chocolate
- Peanut Butter & Sesame
While all the flavors were yummy, our absolute favorites were:
Sesame with Macadamia Nut – the black sesame had an intensely fragrant nuttiness with just the right amount of sweetness. (the peanut butter sesame flavor was great too, but the sesame with macadamia nut mooncake is our immediate favorite!)
Green Tea Red Bean – We loved this flavor because it immediately made us think of one our favorite Japanese desserts–green tea ice cream topped with sweet adzuki red beans and mochi. The green tea flavor was especially aromatic with a true matcha flavor. Green tea desserts can easily become overly bitter, tasteless or completely overshadowed by the sweet red bean, but we found that this green tea red bean mooncake had a perfect balance of both, showcasing the aromas of green tea with the dainty sweetness of red bean. This is a must try!
Iced Lemon Coke Flavor – This was a new flavor for me, but was well received by all members of our family that grew up visiting the cha chan tangs of Hong Kong. Wilson grew up enjoying lemon coke and immediately recognized the flavor. Right away, he claimed that this flavor was his favorite. Surprisingly, the flavor also had a hint of unexpected fizziness or carbonation, somehow. It lent a tingly feeling to our mouths, which was emphasized with the cold temperature of the mooncake, having just been taken out of the freezer. It was truly as if we were drinking (eating?) an iced lemon coke! This was not only tasty, but a joy to eat!
Mango / Mango with Pomelo Dessert – The mango flavors are a familiar favorite flavor in virtually any dessert and goes particularly well with the cool, chewy snowy mooncake skin. Like mochi ice cream, the mango mooncake filling had a deliciously fruity mango flavor, like drinking a mango lassi on a hot day. So good.
Chocolate with Hazelnut – This flavor was my personal favorite, because this mooncake straight up tastes like a scoop of nutella enveloped by a delicious layer of mochi. Yes, and yes please. I wish I could have more of this! As a chocolate lover, I enjoyed the other chocolate flavors in the Snowy Polar Lights Mooncake gift box, but this stood out above the others because of the very noticeable hazelnut flavor to the chocolate. Makes me want to go buy more boxes of this mooncake just to eat this flavor. Or you know, gorge myself on a tub of Nutella.
Pink Guava with Apricot – Pink guava and apricot was a flavor that we were not sure about at first, but once we had it, it blew us away. Floral and delicate, the guava flavor partners well with the sweet tartness of the apricot. Between this mooncake and the mango mooncakes, it makes us feel like we’re in a tropical paradise vacation sipping Mai Tais!
Here are some reasons that you should get this (either for yourself or as a gift!):
- Comes in a beautiful, modernly designed box and insulated tote bag
- Has 16 different flavors, bound to satisfy your anyone’s taste buds
- The snowy mooncakes will stand out against other traditional mooncakes
Snowy Musang King Durian Gift Box
Musang King Durian. To some, this is the golden king of all fruits. It’s definitely an acquired taste but if you know someone who loves the durian fruit, this mooncake is a must try during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Even if you’re not a fan, it is still a must try delicacy that one should experience at least once in a lifetime.
The mooncakes are made with naturally ripened Malaysian durians and come with two mooncakes per package. The gift box is also wonderfully designed in soothing green hues that are evocative of the durian fruit and the lush, green, natural beauty of Malaysia, where the fruit came from.
The snowy mooncake, when cut, has the telltale scent of durian. The texture of the mooncake is similar to other snowy mooncakes, with a creamy durian filling inside. I don’t know if it’s because it’s a cold dessert, but the cold temperature of the durian mooncake definitely made it feel much more ice cream like! So if you’ve got a durian lover in your life, this is the gift box you’ll want to get them.
Lava Custard Mooncake
Lava Custard Mooncake. Let me tell you, this mooncake does not disappoint.
The Lava Custard Mooncake uses the unique “double-bake” technique. It folds pre-baked, crushed salted egg yolks in a creamy custard paste into the crust of the mooncake. So when you cut into this little gem, the custard “lava” oozes out in a drool worthy, molten ordeal that makes your heart flutter.
And, just because we’re a little extra in this WAI SIK family, we heated up these little babies in the microwave for a few seconds before eating and enjoyed them with a cold glass of sweet soy milk. Like eating hot apple pie with cold ice cream, this pair was our golden winner.
No wonder the Lava Custard Mooncake won gold medal this year at the Food Products category of the annual Monde Selection Quality Award held in Belgium!
So is it shameless to say that we loved virtually every mooncake we tried from 香港美心月餅 Hong Kong MX Mooncakes? Perhaps. But we just know we like it and that you should definitely go and try them too! Because there are so many kinds of mooncake, there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy.
Even if you’re not a fan of mooncake, these make awesome gifts that will stand out from the rest during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Or, just buy them for their pretty boxes and use them to store your life savings or your sewing kit and tap into your inner Asian. Orrrr, you know, just enjoy them with your family and enjoy the holiday under the full moon.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival and happy mooncake eating!
Until next time,
Jenny & the WAI SIK team, @waisikfood
Visit the stores below to buy your own Hong Kong MX Mooncakes!
Po Wing Hong
49 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10013
8121 New Utrecht Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214
Fei Long Market
6301 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Fong & Zhou Supermarket
8514 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214
40-24 College Point Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354
40-17 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11354
41-79 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355
99 Ranch Market
420 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
1761 Route 27, Edison, NJ 08817
Kam Man Food
511 Old Post Road, Edison, NJ 08817
US East Coast Distributor Contact
Golden Fortune Import & Export Corp. 長年大富公司
55 Hook Road
Bayonne, NJ 07002
This post was sponsored by Golden Fortune USA and Hong Kong MX Mooncakes