Here are 5 Adventurous Moon Cakes to Try in China

By Ryan Gandolfo and Vanessa Jencks, September 18, 2021

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Moon cakes can easily be considered a culinary highlight in China. Boasting an eclectic history involving hidden messages and combat, these carb-heavy treats are used to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, with flavors like lotus paste, red bean paste and salted egg yolk generally reigning supreme. However, there is a new generation of moon cakes – with bold and bizarre flavors permeating the industry. 

Here are a few that caught our eyes and could make for a fun gift for your family, friends or, best of all, yourself.


Durian Moon Cakes

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Image via Taobao

Whether you eat durian on the reg or can’t stand the pungent fruit, you should probably try a durian moon cake even if it’s just to say that you have. Like with most durian-infused products, these moon cakes won’t have the same fetid smell so widely acknowledged among people with functioning noses. But you can expect the taste to be comparable to your typical durian snack. However, don’t assume this treat will offer all – or any – of the health benefits associated with the fruit. After all, you’re eating cake.

Scan the QR Code in Taobao to purchase.

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Crayfish Moon Cakes

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Image via Taobao

Everyone loves a little xiaolongxia action, right? Well, you may not have known that these freshwater crustaceans also come in moon cake form. You can find these ‘small lobster’ cakes – not to be confused with the famous Boston crab cakes – on Taobao. So, if you have a pengyou who loves crayfish, show them how much you care this Mid-Autumn Festival with this unique moon cake set.

Scan the QR Code in Taobao to purchase.

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Crabby Moon Cakes

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Poke a bit of fun at your crabbiest relatives with a gift box of these cute cakes. The ingredients are simple and traditional, perfect for helping children decide if they like moon cakes or not. Why not pair these with the crayfish moon cakes and pretend you’ve gone out to sea?

Scan the QR Code in Taobao to purchase.

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Lemon Cheesecake or Orange Meringue Moon Cakes

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No! Is that cheesecake filling heretically stuffed into moon cake skin? This might not be exactly a ‘French creation’ as the advert suggests, but kudos to manipulative branding. Shock aside, you’ll probably end up preferring the sweet orange meringue moon cake to its lemony cousin despite both having dubious origin claims.

Scan the QR Code in Taobao to purchase.

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Oatly Moon Cakes

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The company that created a Chinese word for ‘plant-based milk’ has moon cakes. Go figure! But seriously, their moon cake set is low-sugar, with coffee and chocolate flavors joining the fraternity of celestial cakes. The treats come paired with the vegan company’s famous oat milk, so there’s a little extra in it for you.

Scan the QR Code in Taobao to purchase.

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The article has been updated and republished on September 18, 2021.

[Cover image via Taobao]

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