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When the Moon is Full, Let’s Celebrate with Mooncakes

Ahead of this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival, here is a list of different mooncakes to make your celebration of the Moon Festival as pleasant as the legend has it.  

The Chinese enjoy mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is also known as the Moon Festival. Calculating from the population of China and the number of Chinese descendants around the world, we can estimate that more than 1.3 billion mooncakes are consumed each year during the Moon Festival.

In 2021, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 21. The Chinese officially have a three-day public holiday from September 19 to 21. Traditionally, it falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which is in September or early October on the Gregorian calendar. The festival was originally created to worship the moon and celebrate the harvest.

The Moon Festival is the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year, with a history dating back over 3,000 years. Mid-Autumn Festival is also celebrated in many Asian communities outside China. It’s a reunion time for families. The traditional celebration has been carried on to the modern day and is comprised of family gatherings for dinners, worshiping the moon while making beautiful offerings, lighting paper lanterns, and never-to-be-missed – eating mooncakes. A lovely Chinese descendant lady once told me her sweet childhood memory about a Moon-worshiping tea party. The highlight of the evening for her was the beautiful decoration of the offering table, and the tea party gathering after the ceremony among friends and family while admiring the full moon.

The classic mooncake fillings – durian with a single egg yolk to represent the moon byThe St. Regis Bangkok.

The festival is about lunar appreciation and moon watching, and mooncakes are regarded as a delicacy. For non-Chinese to enjoy the mooncakes even more than ever, here is a legend about the little round cake that became a festival title. Today, mooncakes are eaten during the festival to commemorate this legend. It all started during the Yuan dynasty (A.D.1280-1368) when China was ruled by the Mongolians. Leaders from the preceding Sung dynasty (A.D.960-1280) formed a resistance operation. They schemed how to coordinate a secret rebellion. As the Moon Festival was drawing near, the resistance leaders ordered the making of special cakes. Inside each mooncake was stuffed a message with the outline of the attack. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully overthrew the government and this was followed with the establishment of the Ming dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644).

Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok surprises you with a limited-edition design featuring a dark grey acrylic box, a mystic moonlight lamp, and four mooncake flavours.


Love You to the Moon and Back with limited edition 2021 Kimpton mooncake. Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok offers unique, unconventional mooncakes, the curated selection includes four flavours, sweet and savoury: durian egg, Thai tea, mixed nuts, and cappuccino walnuts. The gift box features a spherical moon lamp that can act as a moonlit serving tray. While the moon lamp can rest on a wooden stand as home décor, the sphere can open in the middle and transform into a fancy platter for the mooncake. A large moon radiates warm, dimmable light, while the sphere reflects the glow on its surface.

For more information, please contact us on +662 056 9999 or email at [email protected].

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The St. Regis Bangkok Timeless Mooncakes


The St. Regis Bangkok unveils its 2021 mooncake collection with an exclusive new box design. The quintessential festive pastries are offered in four classic fillings – durian, mixed nuts, lotus seed, and red bean, each enhanced with a single egg yolk to represent the moon. Each mooncake is individually packaged in a paper box, which when placed together depicts classic festival imagery featuring lanterns, a full moon and rabbits, the companion of the moon goddess to whom the festival is dedicated. The custom-made box can be transformed into an exquisite jewellery box. Wrapped in soft vegan leather on the outside, the pastel blue jewellery box opens up to reveal a mirror on the inside of the lid. The top layer can be removed to reveal an additional layer below with subdivided compartments, perfect for the safekeeping of jewellery and other precious trinkets.

For further information and to purchase, please call +66 2207 7777

Email: [email protected] or visit

The Okura Prestige Bangkok Furoshiki Mooncakes


Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with a box of eight traditional mooncakes from The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s bakery outlet, La Patisserie. Presented in beautifully crafted bento-style wooden boxes wrapped in brightly printed reusable Japanese Furoshiki cotton, the mooncakes feature light golden flakey crusts that reflect the seasons with four distinct flavours: Sakura for spring; Lavender for summer; Orange for autumn; and Sweet Potato with egg yolk for winter. In addition, favourite options such as a box of eight gourmet mooncakes filled with Monthong durian and egg yolk or delightful homemade custard are available and make the perfect accompaniment to a refreshing cup of afternoon tea.

For more information, please contact 02 687 9000 or email [email protected]

Shangri-La’s Legendary Mooncake – The eight-piece Blissful Set: Mixed Fruits & Nuts, Durian, Lotus Seed, and Red Bean, two pieces each


Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok invites you to celebrate this Mid-Autumn festival with Shang Palace’s classic mooncake collection 2021. The story of the Phoenix is legendary and is one of the most well-known ancient myths in the modern-day. This auspicious creature is chosen to grace Shangri-La Bangkok’s 2021 Mooncake box collection to symbolise strength and resilience. Shang Palace’s all-time favourites are made from the finest ingredients and baked with the time-honoured recipe of Shang Palace’s mooncake master chef. The classic mooncake selection includes Mixed Fruits and Nuts, Durian, Lotus Seed, and Red Bean filling with Single Egg Yolk, Cream Custard Mini Mooncakes, and Snow Skin Cream Custard & Bird’s Nest Mini Mooncakes. You can select a set of two, four, six, or eight pieces from the seven popular sets.

Shang Palace’s mooncakes are also available at luxury shopping malls, including:

  • Siam Paragon, Ground floor (2 – 21 September 2021)      
  • The Emquartier, M floor (7 – 21 September 2021)
  • Siam Takashimaya, ICONSIAM (8 – 21 September 2021)

The Shang Palace’s Mooncake Hotline: 0 2206 8605

Email to [email protected] or purchase online on

At Bangkok Marriott The Surawongse, handcrafted mooncakes are presented in a three-tier bamboo basket set, creating the ideal gift.


Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse is celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with a series of special mooncakes presented in sustainable packaging bamboo baskets. Chic yet classic presentation in a three-tier bamboo basket set, the set comes with two pieces of 170 g. mooncakes and Jasmine Oolong Tea. The mooncakes come in two sizes – 170 grams and 50 grams.

Individual Mooncake 170 grams: Durian with egg yolk, Lotus seed with egg yolk, Jujube with egg yolk, Chestnut and macadamia, Mixed nuts with egg yolk, Black sesame with egg yolk.

Individual Mooncake 50 grams: Chanthaburi durian and white lotus seed with egg yolk, Jujube with egg yolk, Chestnut and macadamia, Chocolate Rocher.

For more information: Line @MarrottSurawongse or call 02 088 5666

Handmade Mooncakes by Chef Pom Kitchen – photo courtesy of ‘FOOD & TONE Studio’


Thailand’s ‘Iron Chef’ Thanaruk Chuto, popularly known as “Chef Pom,” has almost 40 years of experience in the Chinese food industry. His restaurant Chef Pom Kitchen is one of the favourites among Bangkok’s Chinese cuisine lovers, especially for dim sum lunch.

To celebrate this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival, Chef Pom offers one of his specialties, the homemade and handmade mooncakes in the Signature Mixed Nuts, Hong Kong Lotus, and Hong Kong Jujube. Please reserve your order in advance, since every piece is hand-crafted.

For more info and to pre-order:

Mobile phone: 097 0068 230

LINE: @chefpomkitchen


To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, VistaJet, the first and only global business aviation company, introduces Moonlight Infusions. For a limited time, clients are invited to celebrate the festival on board with a bespoke tea and mooncake pairing session, as well as a personalized Tea Flight Experience while basking closer in the beauty of the moon. Available from now throughout September 2021 for those departing from key Asian cities, Moonlight Infusions showcases highlights from VistaJet’s tea collection, including Red Dragon tea, Dragon Well, Iron Buddha, Vintage Imperial Puerh, decaffeinated Blackcurrant & Hibiscus, and Whole Leaf Peppermint. The teas will be thoughtfully paired with premium mooncakes. For example, Red Dragon is a unique black tea with an enticing fruity flavour and creamy note of chocolate, making a perfect combination when paired with a dense, rich red bean mooncake.

For more details, please visit

•Curator at Bangkok 101 •Founder of RAW & REAL Rungsima is a curator of art and design and a project director with a diverse creative background. Her awareness of natural wellbeing started at a very young age. She was brought up in a family where environmental concern, sustainable living, natural wellbeing, and holistic health care were simply the way of life. Having been on this path her entire life, she is today a practitioner in natural wellbeing, a student in Indian Ayurveda practice, and a mindful eating & conscious living promoter. In 2015, she founded RAW & REAL – Natural & Organic Products and Sustainable Living. FB/IG: RAW & REAL

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