Mooncakes on the menu: Soirette and Colette Grand Café collaborate for mooncake pop-up

The Mid-Autumn Festival calls for the dense pastries in all sorts of flavours

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      As the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, Soirette and Colette Grand Café Vancouver are teaming up for a mooncake pop-up.  

      The Colette x Soirette mooncake collection will be available from September 17 to 24 at the French bistro, which is located within Holt Renfrew.

      Soirette owner and baker Shobna Kannusamy, an alumnus of the Diplôme de Pâtisserie program at Le Cordon Bleu, knows mooncakes well, having grown up with them celebrating the harvest season in her native Malaysia.

      For the pop-up, Kannusamy has created four exclusive flavours of the pastry: crème brûlée and vanilla; blueberry and white tea; Earl Grey and lemon; and Vietnamese coffee and toasted coconut. Inside each is a macaron, a Soirette signature item. The set of four comes in a Colette gift box for $68.

      Soirette is also offering its own mooncakes for the festival. It has a set of five mini mooncakes ($52) with Malaysian-inspired flavours: pineapple marmalade and lime leaf; jackfruit and matcha; black sesame and yuzu; peanut crunch and Thai milk tea; and pandan and mango. Then there is its deluxe set, which features eight mooncakes inspired by the Straits of Asia. You’ll find ingredients ranging from fine Assam tea to durian, with a larger cake being topped with gold powder and 24-karat gold leaf.

      The Mid-Autumn Festival is marked throughout Asia on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. This year, it takes place on September 25.