Mid-Autumn Festival takes place on the 15th of the eight month on the lunar calendar every year. This year (2021) it falls on Sep. 21st. Other national holiday this year can refer to another post – National Holiday in Taiwan in 2021. During Mid-Autumn Festival, eating mooncake is one of the most important activities. Since the shape of mooncake is similar to the moon, people eat mooncake to worship the moon. The roundness of the mooncake and the full moon on Mid-Autumn Festival both symbolize the reunion of families. Therefore, people will reunite with relatives and friends on the Mid-Autumn Festival, eating mooncakes and catching up with each other under the moonlight of the full moon. Without a doubt, the first choice for gifting during this holiday is the mooncake gift box!
Take a look at the 5 most recommended classic mooncake gift boxes in Taiwan, which will make your Mid-Autumn Festival this year full of Taiwanese flavor! Whether you are a pineapple cake lover, a yolk pastry lover, or a lover of other moon cakes, all of you can find a gift box that meets your requirements in this article!
- Chia Te (佳德糕餅) / Purchase Link >>
- Jiu Zhen Nan (舊振南) / Purchase Link >>
- Taipei Leechi (台北犁記) / Purchase Link >>
- Xue Hua Zhai (雪花齋) / Purchase Link >>
- O-NONGS (阿聰師) / Purchase Link >>
Don’t forget that you can also challenge to make mooncakes yourself 🙂
1. CHIA TE (佳德糕餅) / BUY HERE
Pineapple cake is the most popular souvenir in Taiwan, and Chia Te might be the most classic brand. It was established in 1975, with a history of more than 40 years. Not to mention that Chia Te is a top contestant in many pineapple shortbread or souvenir contests. If you love the traditional pineapple tart, Chia Te would be the best choice for you. The buttery and fluffy crust and the sweet but not greasy winter melon filling are so irresistible! Different from other pineapple cakes, Chia Te’s pineapple shortbreads are not dry at all. The fillings are very moist, so it’s not a problem to eat several at a time.
In recent years, Chia Te has continued to innovate and improve its taste. Pineapple cake with egg yolk could be the most successful product. I’ve brought it to share with my friends while studying abroad, everyone who tried it became the fans of it. Of course it is also my favorite! In addition to pineapple cake with egg yolk and traditional pineapple cake, Chia Te has also launched many innovative pastries that are worth trying, such as cranberry pineapple pastry and fruit pastry. You can also buy other types of moon cakes and pastries at Chia Te!
Jiu Zhen Nan is a famous pastry shop with a history of more than 100 years. Whether it is engagement, marriage, Lunar New Year, or Mid-Autumn Festival, Jiu Zhen Nan is always a preferred brand of gift box. Although Jiu Zhen Nan is an old brand, it is willing to accept creative ideas from the new generation. Recently, it even mix some western elements into the brand, such as Whiskey Mooncake, which makes Jiu Zhen Nan not only be limited to the elderly, but also attracts more young fans.
The classic gift box of Jiu Zhen Nan is composed of 3 egg yolk pastries and 6 Mung Bean Pastries. Both yolk pastry and mung bean pastry are traditional but popular mooncakes. Jiu Zhen Nan combines the high-quality ingredients with its century-old craftsmanship, which makes you can’t stop after a bite.
Taipei Leechi was established in 1894, it is also a century-old shop. Every festive occasions, you can always see a long queue at the entrance of the pastry shop. They are all waiting to buy gift boxes to share with relatives and friends. This show how popular Taipei Leechi is!
The mung bean pastry with minced pork is Taipei Leechi’s most famous product. The refreshing green mung bean paste and the flavorful braised pork filling make you fall in love with this Taiwanese flavor at the first bite. In addition to mung bean pastry, Taipei Leechi’s mini mooncake, pineapple cake, egg yolk pastry and other pastries are also very . It is really worth a try!
Speaking of mung bean pastry, I must recommend the Xue Hua Zhai established in 1900. Its founder is the inventor of mung bean pastry, so he has the title of the father of mung bean pastry. Since the Japanese occupation, Xue Hua Zhai has been well-known throughout Taiwan. It has won awards in various mung bean pastry competitions many times. This shows how famous its mung bean pastry is.
Xue Hua Zhai’s mung bean pastry is handmade by more than a dozen steps. The pastry skin is as thin as snowflake. Thus, its mung bean pastry is also called “snow flake pastry”. The filling is made of mung bean paste with sesame seeds, shallots, and minced pork, etc., which is full of aroma and tastes like silky texture. Taiwanese people like to make a pot of tea and enjoy it with mung bean pastry together. You should also give this set a try!
5. O-NONGS (阿聰師) / BUY HERE
Unlike other old pastry shops that sell diversified items, O-NONGS is a brand that specializes in taro products. You may be unfamiliar with taro, but you have to believe in me that Taiwanese taro is finger-licking good. A French YouTuber whose channel name is Ku’s dream (酷的夢) had never eaten taro before coming to Taiwan, but finally becomes a loyal fan of taro after tasting many kinds of taro delicacies in Taiwan. He even made a series of videos to introduce and recommend the deliciousness of taro. Of course, O-NONGS’ taro pastry is one of the taro products that Ku highly recommends (YouTube Video)!
O-NONGS’ signature product is none other than the 小芋子(xiǎo yù zǐ), which means small taro. It is a taro-shape taro pastry. In addition to the appearance different from ordinary taro pastries, the filling of the 小芋子 is even more amazing. O-NONG carefully selects top-quality taro to make a multi-layered taste composed of taro paste, mochi, Cantonese custard and salted egg yolk cream, which makes you irresistible. If you are tired of traditional mooncakes, you must try this innovative Taiwanese moon cake this year!
Have you ever bought any moon cake gift box for relatives or friends? If you have’t prepared for this year, why not pick a mooncake we recommend above. They are all very classic and well-known brands with many years of history. It’s always a clever idea to choose them as a gift! Wish you enjoy your Mid-Autumn very much and create many unforgettable memories.