The anticipation for the perennial delicacy that comes around every Mid-Autumn has us feeling over the moon. Come August, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur features the award-winning Malaysian fashion designer, Melinda Looi, in an exclusive collaboration for its Mid-Autumn series. An enthralling array of Mid-Autumn sets awaits mooncake lovers as we rediscover the nostalgia of this auspicious festival together with tales that are held close to heart.
The Mid-Autumn Festival has been an ancient celebration that often emphasizes on the reunion and rebirth of familial bonds through traditions that are more than just mooncake-eating. From these cherished fundamentals, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur’s original mooncakes make its debut this year centered on the ideals of Tuán Yuán 团圆. Melinda, our well-regarded partner, has stepped up with her avant-garde creativity by curating a concept based on her ingenious take on ancestral inspirations from her childhood and the hotel itself. Encasing the velvety mooncakes, the packaging design features ‘The Grand Gambit’, priced from MYR 253.13 nett, which comes with a dual advantage whereby it can be re-used daily for entertainment and serve as a classic ornament to beautify one’s home.
‘The Grand Gambit’ presents a western chess box set that functions as a 2-in-1 game board with complete chess pieces and dice for a genuine game or two with the family. On top of the intricate mooncakes being nestled in the box, ‘The Jade Tote’ comes together as its carrier to complete the whole look. The uniquely designed multi-purpose tote bag is a subtle invitation to reminisce one’s childhood memory given its resemblance of the Jade Rabbit’s silhouette, mainly inspired from the Mid-Autumn legends we have heard of a mystical hare that calls the Moon its home. Instilled as part of the tote bag’s original design, the intricacy of the patterns was adopted from the carpeting elements of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur’s Poolside Residence—one of the many imaginative muses Melinda manifested during her curation visits. It captures the notion of bringing home not only the mooncakes, but a memento of the hotel too.
As we circle back to what the palate fancies, our mooncake flavours, redefined with a twist, entail an exquisite medley of traditional essences, like White Lotus and Black Sesame, and modern elements, namely Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Truffle. Courtesy of our food connoisseurs and their trusty experience in crafting classic essences of the Orient, these flavours have been carefully selected and perfected, after a series of brainstorming and sample-tasting sessions taking place, to ensure the balance of traditional and modern aspects of the mooncakes is not amiss. “It is a great opportunity for us to leverage on the significance of Mid-Autumn Festival with a meaningful approach given the trying times we are going through. Our native chefs have an extraordinary take on the mooncake flavours and I felt that having some modern elements infused would also add up to the current taste trends. What makes our mooncake series different this year is having the renowned Melinda Looi onboard, which is an honour as her imaginative concept captivated us on her first try”, our General Manager, Olivier Lenoir, shares.
Rediscovering the essence of Tuán Yuán 团圆 ought to bring an awe-inspiring exposé as the concept sets sail this Mid-Autumn, and we hope the fruits of our collaboration could be the missing piece that is able to reconnect loved ones during the celebration, near and far. Fashion Designer, Melinda Looi, adds, “Together with Olivier and team, we envisioned for Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur’s Mid-Autumn series to preserve the story-telling splendour this year. My idea of an honest yet compelling concept goes back to what this festival is all about—family. It is the quintessential element of Mid-Autumn and curating those designs are my way of taking Grand Hyatt and all mooncake fans a trip down memory lane, what more at a time like this. There is something for everyone in the family—mooncakes to enjoy, a timeless game board to keep entertained and a tote bag to re-purpose.”
Exclusively available for pre-order on Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur Online Store from now, mooncake lovers have the choice of opting for baked skin mooncakes or snow skin mooncakes to go with ‘The Grand Gambit’ set.
Snow Skin Mooncake Set
Black Sesame & Peanut Cream with White Chocolate Truffle
Salted Caramel with Dark Chocolate Truffle
Pandan with Coconut Truffle
White Lotus Hazelnut with Dark Chocolate Truffle
White Lotus with Raspberry White Chocolate Truffle
Baked Skin Mooncake Set
White Lotus Single Yolk
Pure White Lotus