Mooncakes are not the only way you can mark the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival.
At Ye Shanghai, chef Sze Man-sui has put together 10 signature dishes and two desserts in its festival set menu (HK$1,680). Available from tomorrow until October 2, the menu aims to create a pleasant festive meal for four.
Kicking off the meal are four appetizers, including a Shanghai classic – sliced pork terrine served with Zhenjiang black vinegar. The perfect ratio of lean meat and collagen jelly combine to create a decadent taste.
The highlight is the deep-fried sweet and sour fish with pine nuts. “Shanghai cuisine is famous for its sweet and sour flavor, which this dish perfectly represents,” said Sze.
His favorite is the braised beef ribs with brown sauce, topped with a salad of spring onions, chili and sesame seeds to balance the richness of the meat.
The stir-fried river shrimp is another restaurant staple that shouldn’t be missed. The shrimp is freshly sourced from fisheries daily to preserve its natural sweetness.
For those with a sweet tooth, indulge in the desserts: glutinous sesame dumplings in osmanthus soup or the Ye Shanghai specials, which come with the themes of family reunion and the full moon.
If you’re in the mood for non-mooncake baked goods, Baked Indulgence has launched a CookieMoon Set (HK$298), consisting of six festive cookies inspired by the popular custard mooncake and the glutinous sesame ball.
The six flavors are dahongpao, longjing yuzu, custard, sesame ginger, classic as well as dark chocolate and walnut.
Packed in an artistically designed gift box with patterns depicting the Jade Rabbit, the set is available online or at its pop-up store in IFC Mall until September 30.
Or drop by Twist & Buckle at Tsim Sha Tsui and try their Mid-Autumn churro inspired by local flavors, available from September 28 to October 4.
For Lotus Love (HK$40), the twist of golden fried dough is slathered with lotus seed paste and then covered in the homemade salted egg yolk flakes.
An additional HK$30 turns it into Over the Moon with Hokkaido milk soft serve garnished with taro, pumpkin, tapioca and pomegranate as well as pink pomelo toppings.
And what is a Mid-Autumn Festival without alcohol?
The Hennessy XO (HK$1,850) and VSOP (HK$635) Mid-Autumn Festival special edition gift boxes both contain a 70cl bottle and a 5cl miniature.
The amber liquor goes well with seasonal fruits such as yuzu. Or create cocktails infused with Hennessy VSOP, with its refreshing lime and citrus notes.
(This article was published at The Standard on September 25, 2020: Weekend Glitz: To the moon and back )