Hong Kong restaurant Tycoon Tann has collaborated with a local artist Justin Y to offer a limited edition Lantern Mooncake Gift Box for the upcoming Autumn Festival.
Tycoon Tann, which describes itself as a “lifestyle destination for modern Chinese” has celebrated the roots of Hong Kong’s culture through food, drinks, design and art since its opening on Wellington Street in the city’s Central neighbourhood in 2015.
The new mooncake gift box will showcase Justin Y’s art piece ‘Fiesta’ – pictured below. As mooncakes are a symbol of reunion and togetherness, customers are welcome to taste the tradition this Mid-Autumn Festival with family, friends and colleagues, and show them appreciation over a box of traditional egg custard mooncakes prepared specially by Tycoon Tann.
The partnership with Justin Y is not restricted to the mooncake box – Tycoon Tann will host an art exhibition “Moon Over Paradise” with Justin Y until September 30.
Fiesta uses finger painting and vibrant colours and patterns in a joyous celebration of colours that symbolise the joy of togetherness. The golden yellow box is contrasted with the base of the stylish black box to create a classic yet stylish feel. Traditional knots cover the base of the gift box, adorned with a lucky charm that hangs from the side once again paying tribute to the reunion of family. The bold yellow colour is chosen as the salutation of traditional Chinese cultural values, and bodes prosperity and longevity during the special festival.
In Chinese culture, yellow is the symbol of prestige, and was the exclusive colour used by the Emperor for thousands of years. In modern culture, it represents posterity and is still a crucial part of Chinese culture today. LED lit from within, the limited edition mooncake gift box glows into an elegant lantern for families and friends to use over the festival.
The limited edition gift boxes are available at HKD368 (US$47) for six egg custard mooncakes. Guests may order until September 24, with an early-bird discount of HKD40 until August 23 or while stock lasts.
Art on display
Meanwhile, the new pieces by Justin Y, (below), on display at Tycoon Tann’s dining rooms are eight pieces from a collection themed around the full moon.
“The exhibition showcases the natural beauty of the moon and is a connection between nature, history and the journey of hope which lies ahead,” explains Justin Y. “Inspired by a stroll during a full moon in Sarajevo, the beauty of nature has provided the base and the emotional connection from my travel experiences completed the story. From there it reflects my perspective on everything I have seen, experienced and how I felt. The traces of war and inclusion of different cultures really touched me and I hope this collection does not only feature the beauty of nature, but ultimately can deliver a message of love, hope and anticipation of good future.
“On the other hand, Chinese culture has been instilled in me since I was young and I love traditional festivals. I always hoped that one day I could work on a project for Mid-Autumn Festival, because celebrating togetherness is something I hold very dear. For Tycoon Tann, this collection was conceived to showcase a Western approach to Chinese cuisine which is within the DNA of its cuisine. The cuisine re-interprets traditional dishes by combining innovative ideas and offering a meeting of East meets West dining experience.
“I used a Western finger painting approach to conceive the collection while applying a traditional yet modern designed for the mooncake gift box,” he concludes. “I believe it’s a perfect match for the brand and the festival.”