We’re approximately one month away from Mid-Autumn Festival (it falls on October 1 this year) and we reckon you might be already considering which mooncakes to buy.
Looking for a beautifully-packaged one that you can gift to friends and family or reuse the box to organise your barang-barang? Here’s our pick of the Mid-Autumn Festival’s best boxes that’ve bedazzled us with their eye-catching designs and attention-to-detail.
Adorned in classically oriental red, intricate floral motifs and a wooden lattice showpiece that reflects the design of the restaurant itself, Hai Tien Lo understands the allure of traditional design done well – especially during a festival steeped in so much history.
Eco-friendly and sophisticated, the lavish acrylic-covered gift boxes from Yan Ting at the St Regis Singapore come either in pastel blue or pink, or the striking limited-edition orange edition. Everything comes artfully – and tastefully – adorned with floral motifs.
How do you stand out among a sea of mooncake boxes? For the innovators at the Clifford Pier, eschewing the box altogether: enter The Clifford Pier’s inaugural mooncake tingkat, deliciously nostalgic, beautifully adorned with a bevy of orchids and heavily evocative of Singapore’s rich heritage through and through.
Not to be outdone, Intercontinental Singapore’s own tingkat carriers are elegantly shrouded in shades of pink and turquoise. Rounding out the contemporary design of the traditional food carrier are some subtle Peranakan motifs.
Subtle pink is the name of the game with Mandarin Oriental’s mooncake box. The exquisite design comes together with a handy pop-out lid for easy access to the decadent delights within (courtesy of Cherry Garden), which also come individually sealed in boxes that are also adorned with the oriental floral motifs.
We’re fond of Four Seasons’ powder blue and lilac-flowered mooncake box, clearly meant to evoke heavy hints of nostalgia and oriental opulence with its embroidered drawers. It’s a clear case of less means more, especially when it comes to muted elegance.
The folks at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant have decided to package their handcrafted treats in an ornate dresser-style box. The regular boxed set is adorned with gold floral motifs, sparrows and a gold helix clasp that exudes elegance. The limited-edition Mid-Autumn gift set, however, pulls out all the stops with a regal gold colour scheme, complemented by two side mirrors, hefty wooden drawers and the brand’s recurring motifs.
This article was first published at The Peak Magazine.