Your New Year resolution may have been to eat healthier and lose a few excess kilos. But Chinese New Year is no time to be counting calories, just your blessings. Usher in the Year of the Tiger with a roaring appetite for these must-try CNY goodies in 2022 — you can think about resuming your diet later. And just because it’s every foodie’s favourite, we begin with a selection of the best pineapple tarts in town…
BEST PINEAPPLE TARTS
1. Siao LA Mala Pineapple Tarts – Pineapple Tarts Singapore
Imagine savouring a mala hotpot or mala xiang guo in dessert form. We couldn’t either, until we tried the Siao LA Mala Pineapple Tarts from Pineapple Tarts Singapore. It’s the perfect mouthful of numbing, spicy, sweet, and buttery, which makes it super-addictive and satisfying. Other CNY goodies from this pineapple tart specialist include Cheezylicious – Cheese Pineapple Tarts, YOlkLO – Salted Egg Pineapple Tarts, Double Truffle – Charcoal Truffle Pineapple Tarts, and the self-explanatory Melt In Your Mouth Pineapple Tarts. Take advantage of their early bird discounts of up to 40% till 15 January!
Now $29.90 at www.pineappletarts.sg
|More about Pineapple Tarts Singapore|
|All products at Pineapple Tarts Singapore are proudly 100% homemade and handmade using premium quality ingredients to ensure only the best taste. Every item undergoes painstaking trial and error to ensure it upholds our local traditions while innovating speciality items for the perfect fusion of classic and modern flavours to suit every Singaporean’s taste buds. Finally, to ensure utmost customer satisfaction, all pineapple tarts are freshly baked upon order before being delivered to your doorstep.|
|Sampling available at #03-15 Primax, 22 New Industrial Road|
WhatsApp 8127 0477 | Email [email protected]
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2. Melt in Your Mouth Open Face Pineapple Tarts – Wang Lai Bakery
Looking for truly traditional, old-school pineapple tarts? Then make a beeline for these Melt in Your Mouth Open Face Pineapple Tarts from Wang Lai Bakery. The Chinatown heritage bakery has been making these the old-fashioned way since 1968, and old is definitely gold! The savoury crust is soft and crumbly yet packs a denseness of flavour. It matches perfectly with the mound of golden pineapple paste that has the right balance of sweet and tangy. The same recipe is available in the ‘golf ball’ style for those who prefer a different mouthfeel.
Now $19.90 at www.cnygoodies.com.sg
|More about Wang Lai Bakery|
|Established in 1968, Wang Lai Bakery began as a popular confectionery booth located in Chinatown that specialised in traditional Chinese goodies. Four generations later, the heritage bakery continues to preserve traditional family recipes, yet constantly making thoughtful tweaks in pursuit of perfection. Each morsel is handmade with love and utmost attention, with zero shortcuts in the process to ensure those authentic flavours are maintained. Guided by the belief that Chinese New Year is a season to be celebrated and enjoyed by every single person, Wang Lai Bakery strives to keep prices fair and affordable year after year.|
|Sampling available at #03-58 Midview City, 20 Sin Ming Lane|
WhatsApp 8818 6227 | Email [email protected]
Facebook @wanglaibakery | Instagram @wanglaibakery.sg
3. Orange Pineapple Tarts – Fanntasy
Local celebrity Fann Wong’s online pastry brand launches her favourite Orange Pineapple Tarts. Tangy pineapple jam is layered with French orange candied peel, then encased in a melt-in-your-mouth pastry made with premium French butter. They come as a set of two tubs (containing 12 pieces each), or as part of a limited-edition tasting set, alongside Brown Butter Almond Nibs, and Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake.
$48 at www.fanntasybakes.com.sg
4. Chocolate Coated Pineapple Tarts – Janice Wong Singapore
The ubiquitous pineapple tart is given a modern makeover a la Janice Wong Singapore. Prepare for an explosion of flavour as the luxurious coat of 70% dark chocolate reveals a classic treat underneath. It joins another novel invention of Wholemeal Nut Cookies in the CNY Exclusive Cookie Collection. Also don’t miss the iconic Chocolate Koi, Love Letters with hazelnut dip, and various gift bundles and hampers.
$35 at www.janicewong.online
5. “No Pineapple” Pineapple Tarts – Seriously Keto
Looking for guilt-free indulgence on a new level? Try Seriously Keto’s “No Pineapple” Pineapple Tarts. It’s a low-carb, keto- and diabetic-friendly rendition with healthier ingredients, yet offer the same tangy-sweet taste and jam-like texture that make regular pineapple tarts so addictive. The flaky, buttery pastry encases a caramelised filling made from fresh winter melon. Get it on its own, or alongside Cashew Cookies and Pecan Coconut Tart in The Seriously Prosperous Bundle.
$18.80 at www.seriouslyketo.com
6. Fortune Pineapple Egg Tarts – Joy Luck Teahouse
For a different kind of pineapple tart, try the Fortune Pineapple Egg Tarts from Joy Luck Teahouse. Heralding prosperity and good fortune, a layer of slightly tart pineapple jam sits between buttery cookie crust and egg custard. It joins the surprising Lychee Popping Joy Hong Kong Style Egg Tart. This features lychee popping pearls inside the wobbly egg custard centre, bringing joy with every pop! Lastly, glittering with 22-carat edible French gold flakes, the luxurious Gold Egg Tarts bring prosperity for the New Year.
$2.80 per piece at www.joyluckteahouse.com
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OTHER CNY COOKIES
7. Pineapple and Cranberry Shortbread – Baker & Cook
The all-time favourite Chocolate Almond Cookies from Baker & Cook is back with a new companion. It’s a special edition of their popular shortbread recipe that’s buttery, rich, and ultra-indulgent. The Pineapple and Cranberry Shortbread encases dried pineapple and cranberries in each bite. Can’t decide which to go for? Get the best of both worlds as a Prosperity Duo or in an Auspicious Gift Hamper. Order before 12 noon on 17 January to enjoy early bird rates.
$15.80 at Baker & Cook outlets, and e-store
8. Tiger Stripe Cookie & Mini Ondeh Ondeh – BreadTalk
Headlining BreadTalk’s range of sweet and savoury festive cookies this year is the Tiger Stripe Cookie. It’s bursting with the flavour of Thai tea, with cocoa accents resembling tiger stripes. Another new creation is Mini Ondeh Ondeh, a bite-size pandan pastry with fresh desiccated coconut, brown sugar, and gula melaka. Check out the rest of BreadTalk’s ‘Roar of Prosperity’ collection too. They include adorable tiger-shaped buns, cakes with tiger stripes, and a range of bundles and hampers.
$12.80 at BreadTalk and Bread Society outlets, via delivery platforms, and e-store
9. Fortune Salted Egg Yolk Cookie – Carlton Hotel Singapore
Can’t get enough of salted egg yolk? Then you can’t miss Carlton Hotel Singapore’s new Fortune Salted Egg Yolk Cookie. These rich, buttery, and crumbly cookies and utterly addictive, and will certainly be a hit at the snack table. Also making its debut, the Lucky Mala Cookie turns up the heat with spices galore. DBS cardholders enjoy 10% off and receive a $5 return dining voucher.
$28 at celebrations.carltonhotel.sg
10. Chicken Rice Pops Cookie – Cedele
Arguably one of Singapore’s favourite hawker meals, chicken rice gets a crunchy makeover this season. Using neither eggs nor baking powder, Cedele launches Chicken Rice Pops Cookie, a new addition to its 2022 collection. Think popped rice with the savouriness of our beloved national dish. Also new is the Green Tea Jade Rice Crunch Cookie for a pop of matcha goodness. Enjoy 15% off any 10 tins of Cedele’s trans-fat and preservative-free CNY cookies.
$25 at www.cedele.com
11. Baked Peach Cookies – The Clifford Pier
Impart wishes of well-being with the new Baked Peach Cookies from The Clifford Pier at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore. Filled with white lotus paste and bits of dried peach, these buttery pastries are handcrafted to resemble the traditional symbol of longevity. The collection, which also includes Green Pea Cookies and classic Love Letters, are presented in packaging featuring Peranakan-style accents and CNY elements.
$33 at shop.fullertonhotels.com
12. ‘Little Chicken Biscuit’ Kai Chai Paeng Crisp – The Pine Garden
Remember the distinctive flavour of kai chai paeng from your childhood? Its name literally translates to ‘little chicken biscuit’, although there’s no sign of chicken in it at all! The Pine Garden takes us down memory lane with the ‘Little Chicken Biscuit’ Kai Chai Paeng Crisp. It’s a thin, crispy rendition of the traditional snack, alongside other cookies boasting unique flavours such as Chicken Floss Hae Bee Hiam and Pork Floss Seaweed.
$22.80 at www.pgcake.com
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SAVOURY CNY SNACKS
13. Fiery Mala Black Summer Truffle Chips – Aroma Truffle
With mala and truffle continuing to be two of the hottest food trends this year, don’t miss the Crazy Hot Asian series from Aroma Truffle. Singapore’s premier truffle snacks brand pits seven sizzling mala spices against earthy Nero truffles from Spoleto, Italy — and we win! The intense combination of savoury, spicy, and numbing flavours make for love at first crunch. Black Summer Truffle Chips in Fiery Mala, Honey Dijon, Parmesan Cheese, and Original are available individually or in Trufflicious CNY boxes that are ideal for gifting or savouring this CNY.
From $10 at www.aromatruffle.com
13. Mala Xiao Long Xia – Long Da Ge
After a year of intensive R&D, homegrown durian artisan Golden Moments introduces its new sister brand, Long Da Ge. Its debut sees it taking on the classic keropok with an original Sichuan mala recipe dating from 19th century China. Made with fresh small lobsters, these umami-rich Mala Xiao Long Xia crackers are seasoned with dried Sichuan red chilli pepper and peppercorn from prickly ash trees, promising to spice up the Year of the Tiger in every bite.
From $9.80 at www.goldenmoments.sg & exclusively at Fairprice Finest
14. Baby Squid with Crispy Fried Fritters – Love, Afare X JUMBO Seafood
Love JUMBO’s signature flavours? Now you can savour them with Love, Afare’s new snacks this CNY. Fans of JUMBO Seafood’s iconic crispy baby squid dish have to try the Baby Squid with Crispy Fried Fritters snack. Tasting just like the original dish and covered in roasted sesame seeds — it’s a bona fide squid game! Other highlights include Salted Egg Prawn Chins, Cereal Prawn Chins, Black Pepper Crab Sticks, and Chilli Crab Sticks.
$9.90 at www.loveafare.com.sg
15. Yu Sheng Fish Skin Crisps – Paradise Group X The Golden Duck
Make the upcoming celebration a roaring success with limited-edition fish skin snacks by Paradise Group and The Golden Duck. Amazingly, the Yu Sheng Fish Skin Crisps packs all the flavours of the prosperity toss all in one bite. You can eat it on its own — warning: it’s addictive! — or accentuate your yusheng platter. If you love the zichar classic sweet and sour pork, then try the Sweet and Sour Fish Skin Crisps too.
$8 at Paradise Group of restaurants, The Golden Duck & its official Shopee & Lazada stores, FairPrice, Cold Storage & Pandamart
16. Nana’s Treats Nonya Prawn Rolls – Tai Sun
Well-loved by generations, Tai Sun’s traditional CNY nuts and chips never go out of style. This year’s delectable festive range includes the new Nana’s Treats Nonya Prawn Rolls. Crunchy and addictive, each roll is filled with a flavourful balance of sweet, savoury, and spicy shrimp goodness. You can also look forward to their all-time favourite jars of premium dried fruits and nuts in gold packaging. Must-haves include Tai Sun Natural Vegetable Chips, Mixed Fruits Fusion, and Roasted Cashew Nuts.
$5.95 at major supermarkets and online
17. Laksa Leaf Nut Mix Gift Jar – The Whole Kitchen
A fragrant mix of premium nuts gets a Southeast Asian twist in this Laksa Leaf Nut Mix Gift Jar. It’s oven-baked in extra virgin coconut oil with fresh laksa leaves, lime, dried chilli, and sea salt. It is available individually or as part of a selection of gift sets and hampers. As with all their products, The Whole Kitchen’s CNY range is freshly baked in Singapore, made from all-natural ingredients, gluten-free, and low in natural sugar.
$22.95 at www.thewholekitchen.com.sg, Supernature, and Tangs
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MORE CNY GOODIES & BAKES
18. Stinky Roll – 99 Old Trees
Durian specialist 99 Old Trees unveils its new Insta-worthy shop and café in Chinatown, just in time for the durian season. In celebration of this relocation, ‘Chief Durian Officer’ Kelvin Tan is also proud to launch two new durian treats. They’re perfect for subjects loyal to the King of Fruit to celebrate a golden CNY with too! First up is the Stinky Roll, a Swiss roll of fluffy Japanese sponge cake. Every bite is an explosion of fresh Mao Shan Wang flesh and French custard Cream. There’s also the MSW Rum Shortcake for a rum-infused indulgence.
$25 for a footlong ($6.50 for a quarter serving) at www.stinky.com.sg/shop
19. Tiger Bread – Da Paolo Gastronomia
Lending an Italian festive touch to CNY treats, Da Paolo Gastronomia’s Tiger Bread takes inspiration from the zodiac year. This sourdough rendition of an Asian fluffy milk bread combines mandarin orange and saffron-infused blonde and dark cocoa dough in a unique swirling pattern. This also results in distinctive stripes on the top of the loaf after scoring. Completing the CNY collection are Almond Biscotti, Cornflake Raisin Cookie, and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie, and a series of gift hampers.
$8.80 at gastronomia-foodtoorder.dapaolo.com.sg
20. The Mandarin – The Fullerton Cake Boutique
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s Executive Pastry Chef Siddharth Prabhu presents new auspicious treats for the season. In an eye-catching red hue, The Mandarin is a refreshing dessert of vanilla bean mousse, pineapple cremeux, and mandarin almond frangipane. Other new sweet creations include Sweet Fortune Cupcakes, Harmony Koi Fish Osmanthus Nian Gao, and Rose Water Chestnut Cake.
$79 at shop.fullertonhotels.com
21. Black Sugar Peanut Mille Crêpes – Lady M
This season, Lady M unveils a new cake handcrafted by layering over 20 crêpes with peanut butter cream. The addition of frangelico liqueur provides a delicate hazelnut flavour with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. A layer of silky black sugar molasses from Okinawa, Japan and a sprinkle of crushed peanuts completes the confection. It’s also available bundled with the collectible Lunar New Year Tiger Gift Set.
$130 at www.ladym.com.sg
22. Ang Ku Kueh Cake – The Marmalade Pantry
Revel in the festivities with The Marmalade Pantry’s new Ang Ku Kueh Cake. Inspired by the well-loved traditional Chinese snack, the cake is enveloped in cocoa butter in an auspicious red hue. Within are layers of light vanilla chiffon sponge and osmanthus mousse. It hides smooth mung bean cremeux stuffed with springy mochi to recreate the ang ku kueh filling and glutinous rice flour skin texture. Pre-order with MasterCard by 16 January to enjoy 10% off online purchases.
$48 at delivery.themarmaladepantry.com.sg
23. Kit Kat® Prosperity Bowl Gift Box
Decorating your own snack table or looking for a suitable gift when visiting family and friends? Add extra greetings and blessings with the Kit Kat Prosperity Bowl Gift Box. There are three designs to choose from to convey your wishes of Wealth, Good Luck, and Happiness. Each auspicious red box contains one ceramic bowl and two packs of Kit Kat.
$12.40 at all Kit Kat® retailers
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Featured image: The Marmalade Pantry