With Chinese New Year fast approaching, most of us delight in the snacking. Who can get enough of those pineapple tarts, Nian Gao or cookies? Forget about the calorie count and indulge in yummy sweet treats this lunar new year. Here’s our list of Chinese New Year goodies that are guaranteed to wow your family and friends.
Home-made Green Tea and Traditional Nian Gao with Grated Coconut
Szechuan Court, Level 3, Fairmont Singapore 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560; Tel: 6431 6156
Price: $12++ per order
Availability: 17 January to 14 February 2014
Indulge in this timeless Lunar New Year dessert specially crafted by Chef Mandy Yeo for the festive occasion. Believed to enhance good luck, harmony, unity and raise oneself higher in each coming year, the Green Tea Nian Gao provides a pleasant contemporary twist and alternative to the traditional brown sugared glutinous cakes. This toothsome signature treat is sprinkled with freshly grated coconut to enhance its flavour and provides an added texture for the chewy and gooey traditional Chinese sweet treat. Freshly prepared daily, this Nian Gao will be the ultimate sweet treat to indulge in this New Year!
Price: $28+ per box of 8 pieces
Availability: 10 January to 14 February 2014
Master Chef Leong Chee Yeng and the talented culinary team at The Fullerton Hotel’s Jade restaurant present the traditional Nian Gao (Glutinous Rice Cake) in a delicate pastry tart which can be eaten in one bite. The auspiciously round shape of the tart symbolizes reunion for the New Year and is a delight to savour. Oven-baked to perfection, each tart is filled with the fragrant Nian Gao made with Gula Melaka (palm sugar) within a lovely buttery crust.
Price: $48++ for four pieces
Availability: 22 January to 14 February 2014
Well loved by adults and children alike, the Golden Piglet Shortcakes with lotus paste filling are not to be missed as they symbolise a bountiful year of harvest. These cute and delicious looking sweet treats will sure be a hot favourite at any household this Lunar New Year.
Koi-shaped Nian Gao
Peony Jade @ Clarke Quay, Blk 3A Clarke Quay, #02-02, Singapore 179020; Tel: 6338 0305
Peony Jade @ Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club (Level M), Singapore 109918; Tel: 6276 9138
Price: $108.88 per set. You may also purchase a pair of “Prosperity” Koi-shaped nian gao filled with pure unadulterated D24 Durian Pulps at S$128.88, which serves up to 12 persons.
Availability: 16 January to 14 February 2014
This lucky pair of koi-shaped nian gao, richly-filled with the addictively bittersweet Pure D24 Durian Pulps in one and the refreshingly citreous Mango Pomelo & Sago Pudding in the other, is complemented with a traditional Ingot-shaped nian gao. This Double Prosperity Blessings Gift Set is ideal as presents to family, loved ones and/or business associates.
Availability: 16 December 2013 to 30 January 2014
There’s an old Chinese proverb that says eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring one luck in the new year. This Lunar New Year, Crystal Jade’s Black-eyed Pea Cake makes its debut to sweeten your festive celebration. Symbolises good fortune, this black-eyed pea cake is rich in calcium, folate, protein and Vitamin A.
Price: $40 per jar
Availability: 10 to 29 January 2014
Indulge your guests with Marriott Hotel’s Bak-Kwah Cornflake Cookies, a perennial festive favourite amongst young and old alike. Packing a satisfying crunch in every bite, the addictive combination of savoury Bak-Kwah and golden cornflakes will have everyone reaching for more.
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￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Majestic Restaurant, 31-47 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singpore 089845; Tel: 6511 4718
Majestic Bay, Gardens by the Bay (Below Flower Dome), 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-10, Singapore 018953; Tel: 6604 6604
Price: $23.80+ for eight pieces
Availability: 14 January to 14 February 2014
Durian lovers will enjoy this sweet treats from Majestic Restaurant. This signature layered Mao Shan Wang durian nian gao is power packed with homemade recipe of rich creamy flesh of the Mao Shan Wang durians.
Price: $7.50 – box of 3 pieces / $23.80 – box of 10 pieces
Availability: 1 to 28 January 2014
Make a sweet start to the year of the horse with Din Tai Fung’s pineapple cakes. Air- flown from Taiwan, these freshly-baked treats are filled with Taiwan’s Songshan pineapples which are famous for their aroma and low acidity. Free of preservatives and trans-fat, they certainly make a perfect guilt-free snack or gift for friends and family during this prosperous occasion.
Price: $80 for 1kg
Availability: 10 January to 14 February 2014
Good fortune beckons with this treasure trove of gold ingots and coins! This exquisite sweet; edible right down to the string, is another stunning showpiece by Pastry Chef Joe Tan. Made with moist passionfruit and apricot pound cake covered with icing, the bag is topped with eight gold ingots handcrafted with white chocolate and icing, as well as eight chocolate gold coins.
‘Nian Gao’ with Glutinous Pearls
Si Chuan Dou Hua, PARKROYAL on Beach Road, 7500 Beach Road Singapore 199591; Tel: 6505 5722
Si Chuan Dou Hua, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, 181 Kitchener Road Singapore 208533; Tel: 6428 3170
Si Chuan Dou Hua, TOP of UOB Plaza, 80 Raffles Place, #60-01, UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 048624; Tel: 6535 6006
Price: $28.80 per order
Availability: 6 January to 14 February 2014
This twist on the traditional ‘nian gao’ comes with a layer of glutinous rice pearls sandwiched between a layer of traditional ‘nian gao’ and a layer of sugarcane and water chestnut, lending a chewy texture to a dessert that is bound to be a crowd-pleaser.
Price: $17.80 per tin
Availability: 26 December 2013 to 30 January 2014
Count down to a prosperous Year of the Horse with PrimaDéli new cookie flavours: Sesame, Walnut Sugee and Pistachio – butter cookies infused with the delicious nutty aroma of crunchy roasted pistachios. Fans of black sesame will love PrimaDéli’s rendition of fragrant butter cookies encased with a black sesame center dotted with crunchy black sesame seeds for that extra flavour!
Price: $25 per jar
Availability: 13 to 30 January 2014
Savour Carlton’s award-winning Pastry team’s creations for the New Year. Cocoa Pop Cookies are made up of chocolate rice cereals – breakfast cereal to kick start a fresh day and now, it signifies an indulgence to kick start a fresh new year!
Price: $26.80 per box of 20 pieces
Availability: 7 January to 14 February 2014
One item that nearly everyone stocks up for Chinese New Year is pineapple tarts. In Chinese, pineapple sounds similar to the auspicious phrase “arrival of prosperity”. Also, these golden tarts resemble gold ingots—another symbol of wealth. These Yuan bao designed nugget from Bakerzin are filled with freshly made pineapple filling infused with yuzu zest. These tasty morsels have just the right blend of sweet sourness that you would want to have more.
Price: $12.80 for 2 pieces
Availability: 9 January to 6 February 2014
These horse-shape chocolate chip cookies on a stick will let the little ones welcome the year of the horse in their very own way. Get them in pairs, and remember the day when you enjoy family meals with the chopsticks.
Price: $2.30 each
Availability: Now to 14 February 2014
Aptly created for the year of the Horse, the adorable Horseperity will be a runaway hit with families. These limited-edition sweet buns are filled with savoury Bak Kwa strips, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and topped with chocolate décor that outlines the features of a horse.
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