The Jakarta Post
Mid-autumn mooncakes. (JP/Handout/Mandarin Oriental)
The mid-autumn festival, which is also called the moon festival or mooncake festival, is celebrated in China and other Asian countries to celebrate the harvest season.
The festival takes place on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which falls on Sep. 24 this year.
China Highlights writes that the celebration takes place when the moon is full, which is believed to be a symbol of reunion, harmony and happiness.
Festival activities include extended family dinners, offering sacrifices to the moon and lantern shows. People also take the opportunity to send mooncakes to friends and colleagues.
Below is a list of hotels in Jakarta that offer mooncakes for the mid-autumn festival:
Gran Melia Jakarta
Mooncakes at Gran Melia can be enjoyed for afternoon tea in the lobby lounge, or eaten as a dessert at the Tien Chao restaurant. Four different flavors are available, from the traditional lotus with double yolks to the specialty sweet red bean, pandan and durian ones. Diners can also enjoy seasonal main courses such as double boiled seafood dumpling soup, braised sea cucumber and mushroom with spinach bean curd and green vegetables.
Handcrafted with quality ingredients, enjoy traditional flavors such as our lotus with double yolks as well as our specialty sweet Red Bean, Pandan and Durian. This year, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the Moon Cake box packaging. Tien Chao presents an elegant box come in a unique red pattern design. A perfect gift for your loved ones. #mooncake #giftbox #midautumn #chinese #tradition #yourtastesrefined #tienchao #granmeliajkt
Hotel Mulia Senayan
The hotel’s Chinese restaurant, Table8, provides a selection of mooncakes with various filling, including red or white lotus seed paste with a choice of one or two egg yolks, mini white lotus mooncakes with chocolate and champagne snow skin, pandan green tea and durian. The mooncakes are packed in a special box to make the ideal gift.
Mooncakes from Hotel Mulia Senayan. (JP/Handout/Hotel Mulia Senayan)
Mandarin Oriental Jakarta
Li Feng at the Mandarin Oriental offers black sesame with salted egg yolk-flavored mooncake as their signature dessert. Apart from that, the restaurant also provides the all-time classic white lotus with salted egg yolk, red lotus and red bean. Golden custard and pandan are also available. Packed in an oriental-themed box, each hamper contains two to eight mooncakes.
Mooncakes created by Li Feng at the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta. (JP/Handout/Hotel Mulia Senayan)
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JW Marriott Jakarta
Pearl Chinese restaurant at the JW Marriott Jakarta is celebrating the mid-autumn festival by providing seven different types of mooncakes. There are several traditional favorites and innovative fillings for you to choose from, including bamboo charcoal with pandan and coconut. Mooncakes in mini sizes are also available. Ask for the Jade Box that contains six small mooncakes.
You can always count on the Shangri-La for mooncakes. The hotel’s newly revamped Chinese restaurant, Jia, offers an array of traditional flavors such as white lotus with single or double yolk, red lotus and red bean.
The Shangri-La also has some unique flavors, which include five grain, bamboo charcoal pandan and green tea lotus with red bean flavors. (mut)