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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

Home-made Nian Gao with Freshly Grated Coconut

Home-made Nian Gao with Freshly Grated Coconut

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!

 

Nian Gao Tarts
The Fullerton Cake Boutique, The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178; Tel: 6877 8943

Price: $28+ per box of 8 pieces
Availability: 10 January to 14 February 2014

Nian Gao Tarts

Nian Gao Tarts

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.

 

Golden Piglet Shortcakes
Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797; Tel: 6885 3541

Price: $48++ for four pieces
Availability: 22 January to 14 February 2014

Golden Piglet Shortcakes

Golden Piglet Shortcakes

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

Double Prosperity Blessings Gift Set

Double Prosperity Blessings Gift Set

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.

 

Black-eyed Pea Cake
Available at all Crystal Jade outlets, including Crystal Jade My Bread outlets; Tel: 6512 0800

Price: $25.80
Availability: 16 December 2013 to 30 January 2014

Black-eyed Pea Cake

Black-eyed Pea Cake

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.

 

Bak-Kwah Cornflake Cookies
Forecourt Stall (located at Hotel’s entrance), Singapore Marriott Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865; Tel: 6831 4708

Price: $40 per jar
Availability: 10 to 29 January 2014

Bak-Kwah Cornflake Cookies

Bak-Kwah Cornflake Cookies

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.

 

Layered Mao Shan Wang Durian Nian Gou
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

Layered mao shan wang durian nian gao

Layered mao shan wang durian nian gao

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.

 

Taiwan Songshan Pineapple Cakes
Available only at Din Tai Fung at Paragon, Resorts World Sentosa, Marina Bay Sands, BreadTalk IHQ, Suntec City, Tampines Mall and Jurong Point

Price: $7.50 – box of 3 pieces / $23.80 – box of 10 pieces
Availability: 1 to 28 January 2014

Taiwan Songshan Pineapple Cakes

Taiwan Songshan Pineapple Cakes

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.

 

Fortune of Gold Cake
The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221; Tel: 6730 1786

Price: $80 for 1kg
Availability: 10 January to 14 February 2014

Fortune of Gold

Fortune of Gold Cake

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

Nian Gao with Glutinous Pearls

Nian Gao with Glutinous Pearls

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.

 

Prosperity Cookies
Available at all PrimaDéli outlets; Tel: 6276 3333

Price: $17.80 per tin
Availability: 26 December 2013 to 30 January 2014

Walnut Sugee and Pistachio Cookies

Walnut Sugee and Pistachio Cookies

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!

 

Cocoa Pop Cookies 
Carlton Hotel Singapore, 76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558; Tel: 6349 1292

Price: $25 per jar
Availability: 13 to 30 January 2014

Carlton Lunar New Year Goodies
Carlton Lunar New Year Goodies

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!

 

Yuzu Yuan Bao Pineapple Tarts
Available at all Bakerzin outlets.

Price: $26.80 per box of 20 pieces
Availability: 7 January to 14 February 2014

Yuzu Yuan Bao Pineapple Tart

Yuzu Yuan Bao Pineapple Tart

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.

 

Horse Chopstick Cookie
Available at all Da Paolo Gastronomia outlets.

Price: $12.80 for 2 pieces
Availability: 9 January to 6 February 2014

Horse Stick Cookies

Horse Stick Cookies

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.

 

Horseperity
Available at all BreadTalk outlets.

Price: $2.30 each
Availability: Now to 14 February 2014

Horseperity

Horseperity

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.

 

Also see, Where to go for Chinese New Year lo-hei feast and Toss to a galloping start: Best Yu Sheng to try this year

Author: Javan Ng
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