No Chinese celebration is complete without its fair share of sweet treats. After all, it’s a season of abundance and all the goodies symbolise a happy and sweet year ahead. From all-time favourites pineapple cakes to nian gao, here are seven of our favourite Chinese New year sweets to try this year.
Golden Ingot (Kumquat Chocolate Fudge Cake)
Deli at Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road Singapore 228221; Tel: 6730 1786
Price: $78 for 1kg (Advance order of one working day is required)
Availability: 25 January to 24 February
This absolutely gorgeous golden work of art from Pastry Chef Joe Tan is a must-buy for its exquisite design and heavenly decadence this Chinese New Year. Beneath the glossy icing exterior is an immensely satisfying kumquat-chocolate fudge cake. The Chinese word for ‘prosperity’ sits prettily on a red icing ribbon – a new year wish for one and all.
Mini Bubblegum-flavoured Nian Gao
Peach Blossoms, Marina Mandarin, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594; Tel: 6845 1118
Price: $30.80+ per box (12 pieces)
Availability: 2 January to 24 February
This new sweet treat by Peach Blossoms will be a hit with the kids and bubblegum lovers alike. Created by Dim Sum Chef Kerene Cheng, this new and unique bite-size, chewy bubblegum-flavoured nian gao will definitely reminisce how bubblegum used to be something both adults and children enjoyed. Made with a special fruit-flavour sweet that she has found to give the bubblegum-like taste, this niao gao is guaranteed to bring sweetness to the Year of the Snake.
Home-made nian gao with freshly grated coconut
Szechuan Court (Level 3, Fairmont Singapore), 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560; Tel: 6431 6156
Price: $12 per order (6 pieces)
Availability: 28 January to 24 February
This traditional authentic sticky rice cake has been believed to enhance good luck, harmony, unity and raise oneself higher in each coming year. Savour Chef Mandy Yeo’s hand-crafted sweet and sticky traditional and pandan-flavoured nian gao made from glutinous rice flour that is sprinkled with aromatic freshly grated coconut. This chewy, gooey and toothsome after-dinner delight will leave you relishing for more.
“Gather greater fortune” peonies in blossom
Peony Jade @ Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club (Level M), Singapore 109918; Tel: 6276 9138
Peony Jade @ Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Road, #02-02, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020; Tel: 6338 0305
Price: $38.80 for a box of 9
Availability: 24 January to 24 February
Start the year of snake on a sweet note with Dim Sum Master Chef Wong’s handcrafted festive delights! They are delicately crafted peony-shaped, sugary concoctions filled with premium low-sugar white lotus and garnished with sparkly crystal pearls. This set of nine floral-themed cookies symbolises abundant health, wealth and prosperity. Indulge in Peony Jade’s “Gather greater fortune” peonies in full bloom this Chinese New Year.
Mao Shan Wang durian nian gao
Majestic Restaurant, 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road; Tel: 6511 4718
Price: $23.80+ for 8 pieces
Availability: 1 February to 24 February
Fans of durian will rejoice at Majestic Restaurant’s signature layered Mao Shan Wang durian nian gao creation. Power packed with homemade recipe of rich creamy flesh of the Mao Shan Wang durian which are carefully handpicked by Chef Yong, this delicate slices of nian gao pieces are cushioned between lush layers of creamy durian, and topped with a shimmer of grated coconut. This is the ultimate sweet treats to indulge this Chinese New Year!
SunnyHills pineapple cakes
SunnyHills@Raffles Hotel, Raffles Hotel Arcade, #03‐05, 328 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188719; Tel: 8522 9605
Price: Available in boxes of 10, 15 or 20 pieces, at $25, $37.50 and $50 respectively
Availability: From 10 January
Originated from Taiwan, SunnyHills is famous for its pineapple products, especially their delicious pineapple cakes. Using only all-natural and fresh ingredients, these authentic pineapple cakes are made and baked in Taiwan before they are air-flown to Singapore. Each cake has a rich shortbread crust and a sticky-chewy pineapple filling. It has an excellent mouthfeel and each bite is burst with mouth-watering tangy sweetness. This Chinese New Year, these delicious pineapple cakes are packaged in a specially designed New Year gift sex with the zodiac sign of the year, the Snake.
Fortune Pineapple Tarts
At all PrimaDéli outlets.
Price: $1.60 each
Availability: 3 January to 9 February
Auspiciously shaped like mini pineapples that bodes good luck and prosperity, these soft baked pineapple tarts are filled with fragrant pineapple pulp within a lovely buttery crust. These Fortune Pineapple Tarts are individually packed in alluring red organza bags, which makes it a perfect gift to bring along when you visit family and friends!