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12 must-try Chinese New Year Goodies

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Chinese New Year is approaching! The joyous mood effervescences from all corners of Singapore and food lovers are already on the prowl for new, unique and yummy Chinese New Year goodies. Forget about the calorie count and indulge in yummy sweet treats such as pineapple tarts, Nian Gao and cookies this lunar new year. Here’s a list of 10 must-try Chinese New Year goodies that will guarantee the sweetest celebration for you and your guests.

Handmade Pineapple Tarts
The Pine Garden, Blk 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-2369 & #01-2329 Singapore 560529 or 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #01-13 AMK Hub Singapore 569933; Tel: 6457 6159

Price: $27 for 30 pieces
Availability: Now to 22 February 2016

Homemade Pineapple Tarts

Homemade Pineapple Tarts

Pineapple tarts are a must-have treats during Chinese New Year. These homemade pineapple tarts from The Pine Garden are created based on family recipe and each tart comes with generous topping of handmade pineapple jam on rich, buttery pastry that melts in your mouth. Fresh pineapples are first peeled, then hand-grated, and sieved. Each batch of pineapple jam is laboriously made by slowly reducing and caramelizing the grated fresh pineapple. The cooled pineapple jam is then rolled into balls and topped onto a rich, buttery pastry.

Red Date Cake
Place your orders at Old Seng Choong’s website.

Price: $23.80 for 540g
Availability: Now to 6 February 2016

Old Seng Choong Red Date Cake 红枣糕

Old Seng Choong Red Date Cake 红枣糕

This Hong Kong-style red date cake is the result of hours of meticulous preparation. Chinese dates are first skinned, pitted, and steamed with raw sugar. The softened dates are sieved into a smooth paste, which is then mixed with tapioca flour and finally steamed again to form a soft, sticky kueh.

Pineapple Pastry
Available at all Thye Moh Chan outlets.

Price: $22.80 per box of 8 pieces
Availability: Now to 22 February 2016

Pineapple Pastry

Pineapple Pastry

Offering a taste of traditional Nanyang flavour, Thye Moh Chan’s freshly-baked golden brown pineapple pastry made with gula melaka-infused premium pineapple fillings is irresistibly fragrant and melts in your mouth. Available in three flavours: Original, Longan and Walnut.

Wealth of Opportunities Cake
Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Tel: 6730 1786

Price: $88 for 1kg
Availability: 21 January to 22 February 2016

Wealth of Opportunities Cake

Wealth of Opportunities Cake

Resplendently glowing in gold is this scrumptious homemade chocolate marble cake handcrafted into the shape of a large garlic. The golden garlic is said to bring fortune and good opportunities according to Chinese ‘feng shui’.

Bountiful Red Bean Bun
Available at all BreadTalk outlets.

Price: $2.60 each
Availability: Now to 22 February 2016

Bountiful Red Bean Bun

Bountiful Red Bean Bun

Creatively shaped to look like Lunar New Year couplets with the Chinese character “fu”, which means abundance and prosperity. This red bean bun filled with orange marmalade is best enjoyed with “fu” inverted, symbolising the arrival of good fortune!

Sweet Osmanthus Nian Gao with Shandong Premium Red Dates
Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966; Tel: 6820 8519/20

Price: $38
Availability: 18 January to 22 February 2016

Sweet Osmanthus Nian Gao with Shandong Premium Red Dates & Traditional Nian Gao with Sesame

Sweet Osmanthus Nian Gao with Shandong Premium Red Dates & Traditional Nian Gao with Sesame

Infused with floral notes of Osmanthus, coupled with the addition of red dates, the Sweet Osmanthus Nian Gao with Shandong Premium Red Dates creation is evocative of the newness and freshness of Spring – sweet and fragrant.

Fish of Wealth
Available at all Bread Society outlets.

Price: $3.90 each
Availability: Now to 22 February 2016

Fish of Wealth

Fish of Wealth

Usher in good health and wealth with this fish-shaped bread, made using chilli infused Natural Yeast dough and filled with savoury cheese cubes that will make you get hooked on the taste.

Golden Fortune Pineapple Nian Gao with Cempedak
Hua Ting Restaurant, Orchard Hotel Singapore, 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879; Tel: 6739-6666

Price: $38
Availability: Now to 22 February 2016

Steamed Golden Fortune Pineapple Nian Gao with Cempedak

Steamed Golden Fortune Pineapple Nian Gao with Cempedak

This Golden Fortune Pineapple Nian Gao with Cempedak by Masterchef Lap Fai is a clever combination of Pineapple’s vibrant flavour and Cempedak’s nectar taste with a tantalising fragrance. Encased in a crunchy light batter, the pan-fried version is a harmonious marriage of sweet and savoury perfection while the steamed version is a healthy alternative to enjoy this customary treat.

Wheel of Fortune Pineapple and Coconut Flourless Cake
Available at all Pies & Coffee outlets.

Price: $38, approx. 800g
Availability: Now to 22 February 2016

Wheel of Fortune Pineapple and Coconut Flourless Cake

Wheel of Fortune Pineapple and Coconut Flourless Cake

This luscious cake is made with an aromatic medley of pineapple, desiccated coconut, orange peel. Tangy and sweet, the cake is also decorated with almond flakes for that extra crunchy texture.

Laksa Cookies
Available at all PrimaDéli outlets.

Price: $18.80 per tin
Availability: Now to 17 February 2016

Laksa Cookies

Laksa Cookies

Taking centrestage this year is an inspired tribute to the iconic local hawker dish – laksa. Created using the bestselling Prima Taste Laksa Sauce Mix, PrimaDéli’s Laksa Cookies are packed with laksa paste made from natural ingredients such as dried shrimp, shallot, lemongrass and turmeric for a truly aromatic treat. Fragrant coconut milk and sambal have also been added to provide a punchy finish. Fresh laksa leaves pepper the cookies, providing the distinctive aroma that we associate with this beloved dish.

Eight Happiness Chinese Rice Cake
Feng Shui Inn, Crockfords Tower, level G2, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269; Tel: 6577 6688

Price: $58+ per portion
Availability: 15 January 2016 to 12 February 2016

Eight Happiness Chinese Rice Cake

Eight Happiness Chinese Rice Cake

This year, Feng Shu Inn introduces the Eight Happiness Chinese Rice Cake, which reinvents the customary look of a “nian gao” in the shape of a peach. This is again a symbol of good luck for the Monkey Year, signifying the monkey presenting the peach of longevity to guests.

Cranberry Kueh Lapis
The Pine Garden, Blk 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-2369 & #01-2329 Singapore 560529 or 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #01-13 AMK Hub Singapore 569933; Tel: 6457 6159

Price: $49
Availability: Now to 22 February 2016

Cranberry Kueh Lapis

Cranberry Kueh Lapis

Another absolute festive must-have for Chinese New Year is the addictive Kueh Lapis. The famous heartland bakery The Pine Garden has given the original Kueh Lapis a new twist. The new Cranberry Kueh Lapis created using the bakery’s 30-year old family recipe has a fruity scent and includes fresh egg yolks, premium quality butter, along with a unique blend of spices and a nip of alcohol, resulting in a rich aromatic cake like no other.

Author: Javan Ng
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