Art institution and two Michelin star Cantonese dining destination, Duddell’s, is back with its unique and market-leading mooncakes. Duddell’s has traditionally collaborated with an influential local artist to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. This year the eccentric and mesmerising Frog King will be brightening up those autumnal nights with neon pink limited edition box sets, ideal gifts for both family and friends.
Duddell’s Michelin starred Executive Chef Siu Hin-Chi’s delicate and delicious cream custard mooncakes will be presented in the uniquely decorated festive gift boxes that pay tribute to the Mid-Autumn Festival. Prolific and award-winning Frog King does not disappoint with a characteristically unconventional and wacky take on a Hong Kong tradition. The taste and design of this year’s gift are truly out of this world.
The weighty�”Chi” character graces the top of the gift box, citing the ancient Chinese philosophy that refers to the ultimate energy existing in the universe: the life force, the energy flow, the soul. Frog King recognises the change in “Chi” amongst people, the city and the atmosphere with the arrival of mid-Autumn and its dry, clean, clear and crisp days and nights. “Chi re-energizes the city and people, as Hong Kongers look forward to this change and relief in weather. It is the change in energy and Chi that we gather together with family and friends, eat mooncakes and celebrate,” said Frog King.
Duddell’s mooncakes by Michelin starred Executive Chef Siu Hin-Chi
Reinforcing its importance to the festival, the character is the main feature of Frog King’s design. The Chinese calligraphy“一�(Chi)呵成”means when you write, you write from beginning to end without stopping. Frog King has written across the box in one stretch, his calligraphy communicating well wishes to the recipients of positive energy and smoothness in life.
Customers will notice Frog King’s signature Froggy stamps on the top and base of the box and a set of characters “交感指” literally translating as “a cross / feeling/ finger pointing”. A somewhat intriguing and, at first, nonsensical inscription, Frog King explained the reference:“When it’s full moon, Hong Kongers point to the moon with their finger. It’s like an affectionate interaction between humans and the moon, and if you look carefully, the upper half circle above the three characters creates a Frog eye, just like a frog looking at the full moon”.
“Be it frog or human, there is an emotional bond with the moon,” said Frog King.
Art Committee member William Zhao commented on Duddell’s continued support of the local art community and Hong Kong traditions. “We choose to work with Frog King as he’s a pioneering conceptual and performance artist who has been breaking boundaries in Hong Kong and beyond since the late 1960s. There really is no comparison � we hope that some of his infectious energy is picked up by our patrons.”
The limited edition mooncake boxes are available from HK$348 per individual box, HK$328 per box with a purchase of 10 or more, or HK$318 per box with a purchase of 20 or more. The froggy sweet treats are sure to delight family and friends during the festive gatherings and are made for easy sharing in line with the essence and energy of the holiday. Each box includes six mooncakes, freshly-baked by Chef Siu. Guests may order from now to 23 August or while stock lasts (collection from 14 to 26 September). Celebrate the festival of the moon while honouring local art and culture in the form of both food and art.
Frog King at Duddell’s
Purchase at Duddell’s or online:
On or before 23 August 2015
$348 per box
With purchase of 10 or more $328
With purchase of 20 or more $318
Voucher collection: Mid-July onwards
Mooncake collection: 14-26 September 2015
Collection time: 12pm to 8pm (daily)