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When the moon gets round and brightest, time is ripe for Bangkok’s famous mooncakes 

Aug 30. 2019
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By The Nation

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The Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival falls on September 13, when the moon is at its roundest and brightest for the year and is ripe for the Chinese tradition of celebrating through the family gathering. As the sign of well-wishes, the elderly are delighted by delicious mooncake given them by young people.

Leading department stores as always are organising special events this year. The “Unbeaten Mooncake Festival 2019” at the food centres of the Mall, Paragon and EmQuartier will present an assortment of delicious mooncakes, with over 200 varieties from many famous restaurants and hotels. 

Special mooncake fillings are created and exquisite packaging designed for the celebration. Mooncake lovers can meet for the first time such innovative flavours including the After You restaurant’s longan filling with aromatic espresso mooncake.

Other interesting flavours include the “Toob Tub” crispy peanut sesame caramel mooncake that recreates the popular nutty snack as a filling that brings back great childhood memories. Monthong durian mooncake is guaranteed for taste as the filling is made from premium Monthong durian from Chanthaburi province. And there’s the Chinese date mooncake whose reddish-brown filling conveys Chinese heritage. Yuzu custard mooncake from Kyo Roll En is made from the best and most aromatic Japanese yuzu oranges combined with durian salted egg yolk and salted egg yolk. Lemon tea mooncake from Harrods features the firm’s exclusive tea with Harrods UK’s special dough. The premium lemon tea filling was carefully developed using tea from Sri Lanka, one of Harrods’ popular signature premium teas.

Meanwhile, chefs from leading hotels will also enthusiastically present their creations. For the healthy Chinese herb mooncake from Bangkok Marriot Marquis Queen’s Park, the hotel’s chef collaborated with a Chinese herbal remedy expert to select five premium herbs – cordyceps, American ginseng, red ginseng, saffron and dendrobium orchid – as filling ingredients. These herbs are said to nourish the brain, strengthen immunity, boost blood circulation, create collagen, delay ageing, and lower triglyceride cholesterol. Raspberry and green garden mooncakes from W Hotel’s W moon kit features the return of the popular raspberry mooncake that is sweet and sour. The green garden delights tea lovers as it was developed by TWG for W Hotel Bangkok. Chocolate-durian mooncake with custard at the Plaza Athenee Hotel Bangkok combines eastern flavours of the king of fruits durian with western flavours of chocolate, resulting in a fragrant, tender and flavourful mooncake.

The Unbeaten Mooncake Festival 2019 presents all-time-favourite mooncakes from legendary hotels, restaurants and brands. They include the Peninsula Hotel’s egg yolk custard mooncake, Mx Cakes & Bakery’s mooncakes that received awards for five consecutive years, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok’s durian and egg and mixed nut and egg mooncakes, and Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel’s durian egg yolk mooncake. There are mooncakes from Shangarila restaurant, Grand China hotel, Gokjai Cantonese restaurant, Kirin restaurant, Mangkon Thong restaurant, Pengkee restaurant, Banyan Tree hotel, Evergreen restaurant Bakery Hut, Thong Kee restaurant, the Narai Hotel and many more. Every brand has selected the best ingredients, creatively developed delicious flavours, and packaged the mooncakes in exquisite boxes, ensuring their mooncakes are wonderful gifts to convey well wishes during the special festival.

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