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Mid-Autumn Festival

Under continuing Covid-19 restrictions, Hong Kong’s celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival will be more subdued than usual, with the perennial Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance and Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival festivities across the Territory cancelled for a second year. Still, families will continue to gather for the Mid-Autumn dinner, enjoy the full moon, and render appropriate thanks to local deities. 
 
The giving and eating of mooncakes remains quintessential to the occasion, with millions of the sweet delicacies expected to be purchased, mostly as gifts. Creating ever-fancier mooncakes wrapped in ever more eye-catching boxes has become a point of pride for mooncake makers, the choices ranging from classic lotus seed with egg yolk to ice cream and snow-skin mooncakes to mini-mooncakes, and more. Many hotels in Hong Kong prepare their own versions, all beautifully packaged. Even the international confectioners join in, creating yet more modern variations on this ancient sweet. 
 
What type of mooncakes to choose? For traditional mooncakes like double-egg yolk with lotus seed, Maxim’s always make quality and consistent mooncakes fit for purpose. Other popular and quality renditions include Kee Wah and Wing Wah. Noted pastry confectioner COVA combines its renowned cake-making expertise with exquisite packaging to produce some of the city’s better mooncakes, including their signature creamy custard mooncake and mocha mooncake. 
 
Mini mooncakes continue to grow in popularity, for their more manageable portion size. Try the mini mooncake with lava sesame seeds from Loong Yuen, the award-winning Cantonese restaurant at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile, which offers a healthy and aromatic alternative to regular mooncakes. 
 
Other innovative options include ice-cream mooncakes from HaagenDazs, Godiva chocolate mooncakes, and Tai Pan snowy mooncakes, still a local favourite after all these years.
 

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