Edible happiness

Handcrafted mooncakes with golden tickets from the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

To turn luck around, the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is putting a twist on their traditional mooncakes. This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival is more exciting as the hotel is also celebrating 145 years of iconic hospitality and legendary service. To mark this momentous anniversary, the hotel is giving away 145 irresistible prizes hidden in mooncake gift boxes.

Since 1989, the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has enhanced the Chinese-inspired traditions of the Mid-Autumn Festival through handcrafted mooncakes and every year the hotel introduces a new flavour of the year. From 1989 to 2020, more than 16,500,000 mooncakes, freshly baked from The China House's kitchen, have delighted with every bite.

This year, executive Chinese chef Andy Leong have created four tempting flavours -- the popular custard, classic salted lotus seed with egg yolk, durian with egg yolk and the new flavour for 2021, caramel butter with macadamia nuts, bridging the East and West.

The new flavour was created from a collab between executive chef Dominique Bugnand and chef Leong. Supporting local producers, macadamia nuts come from the Royal Project in Chiang Mai, while the finest quality of French butter – Le Beurre Bordier, also served at Le Normandie, is used as a key ingredient.

A "Golden Ticket" will be included in every Oriental classic mooncake gift box sold between Aug 1-31. The 145 attractive prizes range from luxurious accommodations to dining experiences, including sweet treats from The Mandarin Oriental Shops. The Grand Prize is a one-night's stay in the iconic Oriental Suite, valued at B450,000.

This year, the mooncakes are being presented in two gift box designs. Red, the colour symbolising happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success and good fortune in Chinese culture, is prominent. The gift boxes feature a motif of Thai orchid symbolising love, beauty and high-class status. Each box includes eight mooncakes. As always, customers can request customisation by choosing their preferred flavours from the four on offer.

The Oriental Classic Box with eight mooncakes cost B818 and B2,588 for the limited-edition Luxury Box , which comes with eight mooncakes and a TWG Special Blend, exclusively for Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.

The mooncakes will go on sale from Aug 2 to Sept 21 at The China House from 8am-6pm, The Mandarin Oriental Shops at Siam Paragon, Central Chidlom, The Emporium, Gaysorn Village from 10am to 9pm, or online at bangkok.mandarinorientalshop.com/collections/festive-mooncake-2021.

For pre-order, call Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok at 02-659-9000 or email mobkk-mooncake@mohg.com.

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