Mooncakes are among the customary ways to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival kicking off this year on September 24.
In Toronto find the sweet treat at Asian bakeries where the embossed pastries are filled with sweet, dense fillings or oozing salted egg centres.
The self-proclaimed “modern Euro-Asian bakery and cafe” celebrates the Mid-Autumn season with limited edition mooncakes (preorder online). Flavours include matcha red bean black sesame, taro, and OG lotus paste all with molten egg yolk centres. Meanwhile, a vegetarian version features lotus paste with cranberries and walnuts.
Address: 4910 Yonge Street, North York
Address: Hillcrest Mall, 9350 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
Address: 9255 Woodbine Ave, Unit 16, Markham
Address: 21 Famous Avenue, Woodbridge
The French-inspired Chinese bakery does classic lotus and red bean flavoured mooncakes. Find them at two locations for $6 each.
Address: Centre Point Mall, 6464 Yonge Street Unit 122, North York
Address: First Markham Place, 3229 Hwy 7 East #B8, Markham
This Thai adaption of this popular Mid-Autumn dessert is available all year round. According to the dessert-makers website, Thai Mooncakes are “influenced by the Chaozhou-style of Chinese Mooncakes which comprises of handmade thin spiral-shaped crust and it is uniquely smoked with candle scent.” Available with taro, and mung bean fillings.
Address: 2463 Bloor Street West, Toronto
The Asian supermarket is importing a wide variety of traditional mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Find brands like Kee Wah, Hang Heung, Guangzhou Restaurant Li Kou Fu, Dao Xiang Cun, and Lian Xiang Lou in store. There will also be specialty pastries like Peninsula Mini Mooncakes, Hang Heung Seven Mini Stars Mooncakes, Starbucks Custard Mooncakes, and more.
Address: 222 Cherry Street, Toronto
Address: 7070 Warden Avenue, Markham
Address: 9255 Woodbine Avenue, Markham
While technically not a pastry at all, the black sesame and salted duck egg yolk gelato from this ice cream parlour features all those traditional mid-autumn flavours in a cool (literally) new format.
Address: 617 Gerrard Street East, Toronto