The Mid-Autumn Festival is coming right up, which means it’s mooncake snackin’ time!
Legend states that these decadent treats were once used by rebel groups to secretly deliver messages to spread plans of a revolution on the evening of Mid-Autumn Day. Although we doubt that you can find hidden messages in today’s mooncakes, what we can do is share the scrumptiousness of double egg yolks and tradition with all those we love.
We understand that the pandemic has made it a bit difficult to go around searching for these sumptuous delights, so from old-time classics to the modern and fancy, here are the best online shops to splurge your mooncake money in:
1. Hong Kong MX Mooncakes
HKMX mooncakes are so iconic that hundreds of people line up for them every year! Established in 1987, HKMX is a multi-awarded specialty shop known for both its classic White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Double Egg Yolks (P2,050.00 – 4 pcs) and luxurious Lava Custard Mooncake (P2,500.00 – 8 pcs) sets.
Although the mooncakes were once elusively sought after in the black market, Filipinos will be delighted to know that these heavenly treats are now legally available for purchase on their official website, as well as on Shopee and Lazada.
2. Kee Wah Bakery
Steeped in heart and tradition since 1938, Kee Wah Bakery’s mooncakes are yet another Hong Kong favorite that’s been brought to the Philippines. Aside from the store’s Supreme Mooncake and Custard Mooncake series, those who would like a less calorific indulgence may try out a low-sugar alternative that contains the sweet plant extract maltitol. Kee Wah Bakery also has a wide variety of biscuits, cookies, and shortcakes for sweet lovers to enjoy.
3. Eng Bee Tin
There is nothing more dependable than good ol’ Eng Bee Tin. With over a century of experience, this homegrown brand started out as a simple stall located in the heart of Binondo and has now grown into one of the most beloved Chinoy brands in the country. Connoisseurs of Chinese delicacies all know that, in addition to its signature hopia and tikoy, the store showcases an impressive array of both savory and sweet mooncakes.
If you’re not feeling up for the traditional White Lotus Seed Mooncake (P195.00), maybe you’d like to try the brand’s flavorsome collaboration with Lee Kum Kee: the XO Floss Mooncake (P240.00)! Those wanting to get a full dinner platter out for their Mid-Autumn family party may also avail of two free pieces of the limited edition XO Floss Mooncakes with Wangfu’s special Mooncake Sets. The promo runs only from September 7 to 21. Online orders can be placed via Wangfu’s official Facebook page here.
4. Ho-Land Hopia
If you’re looking for more affordable options, then Ho-Land Hopia has your back! This authentic Chinese bakery offers mooncakes in classic flavors such as Lotus Seed (P145.00), Black Monggo (P130.00), and Mixed Nuts (P170.00), with each piece containing a savory yolk in the middle. For those wanting to sneak in some tinier bites, Ho-Land Hopia also has a mini set of four for all of its flavors for the same price.
Looking for more? Check out our article on where to get keto-friendly mooncakes!