Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur Mooncakes 2021 Review

September 6, 2021

Hi guys! Today I'll be sharing all about this year's mooncakes from Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur.

Mid-Autumn is almost upon us! Ever since moving to Malaysia, the mid-autumn festival has been one of my fave celebrations for one reason and one reason only: mooncakes!

This year, I got the chance to discover Mandarin Oriental's mooncakes, and I loved them so much that I actually bought a total of 6 times to send them over to friends and families. In today's post I'll be sharing all about this year's selection, the super nice packaging and my thoughts on each of the flavours.

So first up, Mandarin Oriental's mooncakes are handmade by the award-winning chefs from Lai Po Heen. Lai Po Heen is MO KL's in-house Chinese restaurant, and I used to frequent it a lot during the Chinese New year season because of their yeesang/new year lunch sets. If you wanna read more about that, you can click here.

 This year, Lai Po Heen has a selection of 12 mooncake flavours to choose from, 3 of which are snowskin, 2 of which are chocolate, 1 ganache and, of course, the traditional baked ones.

Available from 1 July to 21 September 2021, you can purchase the mooncakes in MO KL's mooncake counter, as well as online on their e-shop. Delivery is available in the Klang Valley and pick-up can also be arranged.

Each flavour retails around RM35 - RM45, and while other hotels have set flavours for their mooncake boxes, MO KL actually gives you full freedom. If you purchase any 6 flavours, you will be entitled to get this year's limited edition bamboo box.

In line with MO's initiative to sustainability, this year's mooncake box is made of bamboo - an easily renewable eco-friendly material.

Out of all the fancy boxes out there, this one definitely resonated with me because of its simplicity and its colour (which matches my nude/brown/beige vibes haha). So instead of getting a free box that you will inevitably just throw away, you can instead get a reusable box that's super pretty with a purchase of every 6 mooncakes.

The box comes with a sheet of paper with a quote from Lao Tzu, and in unveils the super pretty engraving on the box:

The inside is lined with a red velvet-like material and each mooncake is encased in a golden box:

On top of being pretty and reusable, I think it's a great way of sending gratitude this festive season. It's nicely presented and everyone I sent to seemed to like how pretty the packaging was as well.

Now that packaging's out of the way, let's get on to the flavours!

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur Mooncakes 2021
Baked Lotus Paste with Single Egg Yolk Mooncake
RM35 • link

Baked to golden brown perfection, this is a classic that I think everyone will love. The egg yolk didn't feel "jelak"/too much, and the flavour of the lotus was the perfect amount of sweetness as well.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur Mooncakes 2021
Baked Black Sesame Paste Mooncake
RM35 • link

Rich and savoury, this black sesame one was nice because it was super smooth. Another classic that I think most will enjoy.

I also bought the pandan and mixed nuts ones but sent them to friends and family so I didn't get to taste them. There are baked mooncakes with alcohol inside them too, but I decided to keep and eat the ones without just because I like my baked mooncakes nice and classic.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur Mooncakes 2021
Snowskin Brandy Dark Chocolate Mooncake (Alcohol)
RM35 • link

Making a debut this year, this brandy-infused snowskin mooncakes features dark chocolate with fig crunch pearls and lotus paste.

Out of all the mooncakes from MO this year, this would have to be my fave. I've had 2 whole ones to myself and I regret nothing! Such a nice an unique blend of flavours.

If you're wondering why it's green, it's because it's actually inspired by jade.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur Mooncakes 2021
Snowskin Cheese with Strawberry & White Lotus Paste Mooncake
RM35 • link

A steady best-seller of MO's for the past few years, this flavour will be a treat for those of you like me who likes cakes/desserts in general. I could definitely taste the cheesecake and I could definitely taste the strawberry. Nice and light, I think these are great during the afternoon/tea breaks as well.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur Mooncakes 2021
Snowskin Musang King Durian Mooncake
RM59 • link

Another crowd fave is, of course, this durian snowskin mooncake. MO's durian mooncake consists of durian flesh and cream, and although it's not the sturdiest one I've had, it's definitely one of the nicer ones.

Since snowskin mooncakes are recommended to be kept in the fridge at all times, I recommend refrigerating them as quickly as you can after picking them up or receiving them.

Next, we move on to the chocolates!

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur Mooncakes 2021
Mandarin Milk Chocolate Ganache Mooncake
RM45 • link

If you're wondering what that orange one is, that's the Milk Chocolate Ganache. Made with orange marmalade & zest confit, I think people who are fans or orange chocolate would enjoy this. I personally don't like zesty chocolates so this was a miss for me, but hey, to each his owm right?

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur Mooncakes 2021
Best Seller 2020 Malaysian Single Origin Dark Chocolate Mooncake
RM45 • link

Forgot to snap a pic of this, but this was another best-seller last year. Made with dark chocolate and containing crunchy pearls + golden leaves, this was a chocolate explosion that I lived for. There are layers upon layers of different chocolate and I just enjoyed it so much.

Also, did you know that all of MO's chocolate mooncakes are made with high-quality cocoa beans sourced from Pahang?

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur Mooncakes 2021
Malaysian Milk Chocolate Mooncake
RM45 • link

Another chocolate fave, this one features homemade Malaysian single milk chocolate, jasmine & sesame ganache. Another deluxe and rich mooncake that I think would make the perfect dessert after dinmer.

Overall I really enjoyed trying out all the different mooncake flavours from MO this year, and I recommend you guys to check them out as well. If the tempting flavours aren't enough to tempt you, the super heavy and worth it box should haha.

On top of this year's sustainable bamboo box, MO is also allowing its customers to donate any amount to WWF-Malaysia's forest conservation initiatives. By doing so, you'll stand a chance to win a lucky draw prize!

• 3 days 2 nights stay in Club Suite for 2 persons with spa treatment for both, valued at RM 18,000
• 3 days 2 nights stay in Park Suite for 2 persons with spa treatment for both, valued at RM 8,000
• Dinner for 4 persons at Lai Po Heen valued at RM 800

For more information about the lucky draw, click here.

And that's it for this post! I hope you guys found it helpful and informative. 

See y'all in my next post!

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