Here are 5 Adventurous Moon Cakes to Try in China

By Ryan Gandolfo, September 6, 2019

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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.

Available on Taobao.

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.

Available on Taobao.

Spicy Chicken Moon Cakes

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Image via Taobao

So what if KFC specializes in fried chicken? If they want to make moon cakes, they’ll make goddamn moon cakes. With two savory and sweet flavors – spicy chicken and nuts and golden lava custard – the fast food joint has concocted their own unique Mid-Autumn Festival desserts. While a traditional moon cake set tends to come in a decadent box, this fast food version comes in a classic bucket (which lights up). 

Available on Taobao.

Oreo Moon Cakes

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Image via Taobao

This one you might well have seen, heard of or even tasted before. While Oreo has been dabbling in the moon cake game for a few years now, we keep expecting the quality to improve. Has it? Meh. But with flavors like cocoa cream, pineapple, strawberry and chocolate, they’re the perfect substitute for those looking to celebrate without giving the traditional cakes a go.

Available on Taobao.

Oatly Moon Cakes

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Image via thMart

The company that created a Chinese word for ‘plant-based milk’ has moon cakes. Go figure! But seriously, their four-piece moon cake set, featuring flavors like cranberry and oatmeal, Caesar and black truffle as well as two mung bean-laced desserts, are a welcome addition to 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.

Available on thMart.

[Cover image via Taobao]

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