Mooncakes Party at JIA

LARASATI OETOMO on WINE & DINE, 10/08/18

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Welcoming the Mid-Autumn Festival season in September, Shangri-La Jakarta showed new colors for their mooncakes selection—literally.


The Hong Kong-based franchise hotel is known for their long-standing history in preserving traditional Far East heritage. This time, they return once again to celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival by releasing their mooncake hamper collection under JIA Contemporary Chinese Dining. This year’s package, however, will surprise their loyal customers.

Roses Are Red, The Mooncakes Are Not.

Unlike the previous years, Shangri-La Jakarta did not use their iconic red shades for the packaging. They went with the color turquoise instead—making the packages look distinctively fresh and youthful. Peony and tropical flower prints embellish the box set, which comes in two sizes: Box of Two and Box of Four. The new look makes perfect hamper for family and relatives.

Taste of Nostalgia

While more modern variations of mooncakes are surging, Shangri-La attached with traditional recipe for this year’s celebration. They presented the taste that reminds us of our childhood, but elevated. Classic flavors like White Lotus, Red Lotus, and Yolk remain family favorites, although contemporary flavors like Red Bean, Healthy Five Grains, Bamboo Charcoal Pandan, and Green Tea Lotus would be an interesting dining experience. Each flavor comes with selected tea pairing to balance the taste.

 A New Beginning

For those who are familiar with JIA’s flavors, the current mooncake selection will give a bit of surprise. This year, it will be their new dim sum chef Wong Kiat Hong who takes over the mooncake creation. He’s been around with the hotel’s tradition during his years at Shangri-La Bali and Surabaya before arriving in Jakarta.

The mooncakes are on display in a dedicated booth at the hotel’s lobby from August to September 2018. Guests who order before 31 August 2018 and Golden Circle members will enjoy 20 percent savings.  

PHOTOS Courtesy of JIA, Shangri-La Jakarta