Traveling to Hong Kong during the tail end of their summer shopping season means I get to buy mooncakes. Mooncakes are traditionally given out to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. I was eagerly anticipating buying some of my favorite custard cream mooncakes when I chanced upon some interesting ones being sold by Starbucks.
The sleek and chic packaging extends to the interior of the box with each of the mooncakes being cradled in silk splendor.There are two variants inside each box, Salted Caramel and Almond and Espresso and Hazelnut.
The medium sized mooncakes are a nice golden brown, the words Starbucks and a flowery design occupy the face of the mooncake.
It was actually a bit surprising to bite into a mooncake with a sweet caramel taste but once we got over that, we all adored the Salted caramel with almond. The consistency is similar to the traditional lotus filling but a bit sweeter, the almonds add a nice texture. We’re saving this to savor slowly since there’s no chance to get more.
Removing the espresso mooncake from the packaging and you senses will be tickled with the strong coffee fragrance. Cut a piece and you’ll see dark espresso filling with bits of hazelnut. The espresso is very strong to the point of being a bit bitter.
It’s just a joy to go mooncake shopping in other Asian countries, they push the envelope in developing new and unique products that share the shelves with the traditional ones. There are some good monncakes in the Philippines, but mostly in 5 star hotels.