Chinese New Year goodies, cookies, snackies… no matter how you categorise them, you can’t do without them. After all, diets are for losers, as the saying goes. It would be inauspicious not to indulge in the best CNY goodies of the season. From innovative iterations of tangy pineapple tarts and crispy prawn rolls to sticky nian gao with a difference, there’s plenty for gifting and for enjoying. So as we hare-ald the Year of the Rabbit, spring into action and make those pre-orders soon!
1. Premium Melt-In-Your-Mouth Mango Pineapple Ball
Ding Bakery made waves last Chinese New Year with their award-winning melt-in-the-mouth pineapple balls. After satisfying over 80,000 happy customers, they return with six new flavours, and we think the Premium Melt-In-Your-Mouth Mango Pineapple Ball will be the next hit! Combining two tropical fruits, this inspired recipe is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and buttery. The other flavours feature Salted Egg, Matcha, Pandan, Charcoal, and Taro Blueberry Ball. Need more? Other popular CNY goodies on offer include open-face Nyonya Pineapple Tarts, Hae Bee Hiam, and Kueh Bangkit.
Now $24.90 at www.cnygoodies.sg (40% off till 5 January 2023)
|More about Ding Bakery|
|Handcrafted using their unique recipes, Ding Bakery’s CNY goodies leave everyone craving for more with every bite. With over 900 reviews and counting, they boast the best-rated CNY goodies on Google at 4.7 stars as of December 2022. By baking each batch by hand using quality ingredients every morning in its facility in Muar, Johor, they ensure that customers in Singapore receive only the freshest and best-tasting treats daily.|
|Sampling available at #03-13, AZ @ Paya Lebar, 140 Paya Lebar Road|
WhatsApp 8890 9055 | Email [email protected]
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2. Mango Mochi Pebbles
Perfect for gifting and savouring, these ‘pebbles’ of soft and chewy handmade mochi cuddle fresh mango within. It’s the latest creation by home-based baker Pomedochi, who takes up residency at Baker X till 4 February 2023. Baker Caroline Ching gets great satisfaction from seeing her creations enjoyed at celebrations, and there’s no time like the present.
$4.50 per piece or $22 for a gift box of 5 pieces from Baker X, #04-29 Orchard Central
3. Mala Pot Bun
Headlining BreadTalk’s ‘Hoppy Prosperity’ collection this season is the eye-catching Mala Pot. Symbolising a family reunion, a butter roll brims with quintessential hotpot ingredients, such as mala chicken, crab stick, enoki and shimeiji mushrooms, broccoli, lotus root, pork meatball, cherry tomato, and tofu puffs. Look out for more auspicious buns, adorable rabbit- and carrot-themed cakes, cookies, and festive bundles galore.
$6.80 at BreadTalk outlets islandwide, www.breadtalk.com.sg and via GrabFood, foodpanda & Deliveroo
4. Bunny Piñata ‘Fu’ Pouch
Handcrafted by the pastry team at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, the Bunny Piñata ‘Fu’ Pouch is the whimsical epitome of good fortune and surplus. Endearing vanilla bunny macarons accompany a chocolate dome that mimics an oriental drawstring pouch. Simply crack it open with a wooden mallet and catch the bite-size CNY goodies that fall out. These include Valrhona berry chocolate bites, pandan lapis, festive cookies, chocolate coins, and a fortune cookie concealing a 4D ticket!
$108 from crowne-plaza-changi-airport.myshopify.com (25% off till 7 January 2023)
5. Lion Dance Eight Treasures Cookies
Celebrating the full-fledged return of lion dances this year, Jade Executive Chef Leong Chee Yeng introduces the Lion Dance Eight Treasures Cookies. Each buttery shortbread cookie is carefully handcrafted to resemble the head of a lion dance costume. They contain a generous filling of pineapple paste, white lotus paste, osmanthus, peanuts, white sesame seeds, melon seeds, pickled winter melon, and white peppercorn.
$52 at shop.fullertonhotels.com & The Fullerton Cake Boutique (25% off takeaway pre-orders till 2 January 2023)
6. White Rabbit Bread
In a nod to the zodiac year, Da Paolo conjures up the taste of nostalgia in a loaf. Inspired by White Rabbit candy, the eggless White Rabbit bread features a dual-tone white and orange marbled crumb. This combination comes from Asian milk dough and dough flavoured with fresh carrot and candied citrus peel. After baking, the pillowy loaf gets a White Rabbit candy glaze and gold sugar pearls. Check this and other CNY goodies out before they hop away.
$16.80 at gastronomia-foodtoorder.dapaolo.com.sg (15% off selected items till 9 January 2023)
7. Mao Shan Wang Durian Kueh Lapis
Jostling for attention among pineapple tarts and nian gao, the king of fruits makes a rare appearance in new clothes. In this unique rendition, it pairs up with kueh lapis cake, another traditional seasonal favourite. Under a tunnel of pillowy-soft thousand-layer cake lies more layers of pulpy Mao Shan Wang durian mousse and almond sponge.
$138 at The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel (20% off selected takeaways from 2 to 15 January 2023)
8. Petite Almond Mille-feuille Hello Kitty Gift Box
Heritage bakery Hong Kong MX wins awards for their Hong Kong-style egg rolls, butter pastries, and 192-layer mille-feuille. This year, they deliver new gift boxes containing these delights freshly baked in Hong Kong to fans here in Singapore. The kids, in particular, will love the Hello Kitty 3-Layers Gift Box containing 12 pieces of Petite Original Almond Mille-feuille. There’s also a My Melody & Kuromi 3-Layers Gift Box of 12 Chocolate Cookies.
$25 at www.hkmxproducts.sg, Takashimaya Square & Tangs at VivoCity (roadshows from 30 December to 20 January 2023)
9. Salted Egg Prawn Roll
Singapore’s Dangerously Addictive™ snack brand’s 2021 breakout favourite IRVINS Salted Egg Prawn Roll returns by popular demand. A must-have for the festivities, the traditional hae bee hiam prawn roll gets an irresistible upgrade with a savoury coating of salted egg flavour. If you haven’t tried it yet, prepare to become an addict… but only while stocks last!
$13 per pack at IRVINS stores islandwide, www.eatirvins.sg, Shopee, Lazada, Redmart, S-mart & Krisshop
10. Cranberry Almond Cookies
Hop into a happy Fanntasy of Fann Wong’s new Chinese New Year collection, comprising two exclusive gift sets. Available in both the Reunion Bundle and Fortune Bundle, these Cranberry Almond Cookies are a new favourite this year. Ruby red cranberries stud buttery shortbread cookies to create auspicious and addictive munchies that Fann can’t get enough of. Don’t miss the Yuzu Pineapple Tarts and Pandan Gula Melaka Roll either!
From $55 per bundle at www.fanntasybakes.com.sg
11. Matcha Pastry with Red Bean Paste
Compete your celebrations with CNY goodies from the kitchen of Jiang-Nan Chun at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. Making its debut this year is this Matcha Pastry with Red Bean Paste. The buttery golden crust with fragrant red bean paste is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Enjoy it with a cup of tea and other skilfully handcrafted treats, such as Signature Pineapple Tarts, Coconut Nian Gao, and Carrot Cake with Chinese Sausage.
$48 at shop-fssingapore.myshopify.com (10% off till 5 January 2023)
12. 22K French Gold Flakes Egg Tarts
Wish all your loved ones a forever huat Chinese New Year with these 22K French Gold Flakes Egg Tarts. For sparkling abundance, prosperity, and luck, 22-carat edible French gold flakes coat the popular Joy Luck Teahouse egg tarts. They come in a classy golden box of four pieces each. Every purchase of these 22K French Gold Flakes Egg Tarts also entitles you to one box of four Fortune Pineapple Egg Tarts at the special price of $8.
$19.80 at Joy Luck Teahouse outlets & joyluckteahouse.oddle.me till 5 February 2023
13. KitKat® Prosperity Bowl Gifts
Add extra greetings and blessings to your family-and-friends reunions with the KitKat Prosperity Bowl Gifts. Each microwavable ceramic bowl — choose from three designs —contains two packs of KitKat Sharebags. The KitKat Gold 8s and KitKat CNY Bunny Tin are also perfect for the festivities. Purchase $25 worth of participating KitKat products and stand to win $100 cash daily or a KitKat 916 Bold Bar! Ready to cele-break CNY with KitKat?
$13 at major supermarkets islandwide & online
14. Kumquat Honey Lemon
A fitting dessert for the season, this vibrant kumquat-glazed dome sees kumquat mandarin orange mousse enveloping honey lemon curd within. Caramel cremeux and hazelnut crunch complete this Kumquat Honey Lemon treat. It’s available as part of a four-piece Sweet Fortune CNY Set from LUNA Patisserie, alongside Sweet Potato Smoked Cheesecake, Pineapple Pink Guava, and Grapefruit Black Tea.
$45 at luna.sg from 6 January 2023
15. Osmanthus Cranberry Cookies
Each bite of The Marmalade Pantry’s new melt-in-the-mouth Osmanthus Cranberry Cookies will leave you wanting more. Redolent and tangy, the cookies contain dried osmanthus flowers with its lingering, sweet bouquet and auspicious symbol of peace, as well as dried cranberries which offer a chewy tartness to brighten the flavours.
$28 at delivery.themarmaladepantry.com.sg (15% off till 31 December)
16. Spicy Dried Shrimp Sambal Pineapple Tarts
ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove brings back the crowd favourite Organic Pineapple Rolls with a twist this season. Starring bird eye’s chilli and premium dried shrimp, the Spicy Dried Shrimp Sambal Pineapple Tarts is a mouthwatering prospect. Providing a burst of complementary flavours and textures, it will give more adventurous taste buds a pleasant surprise.
$34.80 at www.one15marina.com
17. Prosperity Money Pouch
Hop into a bountiful Year of the Rabbit at Origin + Bloom, as Marina Bay Sands’ executive pastry chef Antonio Benites presents an array of chocolate showpieces, mini cakes, and baked treats. Send an abundance of wealth with the Prosperity Money Pouch. Besides overflowing with chocolate ingots, it also delivers pineapple tarts, love letters, and green pea cookies.
$88 at www.marinabaysands.com (from 5 January 2023)
18. Prosperous Reunion and Happiness Trio-Layer Nian Gao
Peach Blossoms introduces a Prosperous Reunion and Happiness Trio-Layer Nian Gao to suit all generations. From top to bottom, it features traditional coconut milk, Japanese purple sweet potato, and Okinawan brown sugar with glutinous rice. Other options include Okinawan Brown Sugar and Black Tea Nian Gao, Harvest Japanese Purple Sweet Potato Nian Gao, and Radish Cake with Hokkaido Premium Dried Scallops and Trio Shrimps.
$68 at eshop-prsmb.panpacific.com (20% off takeaway pre-orders till 8 January 2023)
19. Prosperity 8 Treasure Galette des Rois
Path presents the Prosperity 8 Treasure Galette des Rois, Chef Marvas Ng’s playful take on the traditional French king’s cake. Tender buttery puff pastry holds a generous stuffing of savoury glutinous rice with eight premium ingredients. In line with the season, every ingredient, such as scallops, Australian abalone and Iberico pork, has an auspicious meaning.
$88 at Path, #01-05/06 Marina Bay Financial Centre
20. Savoury Lupcheong Honey Puff Crunch
It may not sound like the best combination but we kid you not, this seemingly unorthodox creation is truly a winner. Take the sweetness and crunchiness of a honey puff, have it “tumbled” (as they say) in shallot oil and Chinese sausage (lup cheong), and voila, you get this more-ish, hard-to-resist mouth popper that kids and adults alike are sure to love.
$17.90 per bottle at www.pgcake.com
21. Mini Ong Lai Tart Pineapple Cheesecake
Handcrafted with love by Ree and Mummy, these Mini Ong Lai Pineapple Cheesecake are utter flavour bombs. The combination of buttery tart base, creamy cheesecake, and sweet-sticky pineapple filling is baked to golden perfection. Sure to be a hit with young and old, they come in a special CNY Prosperity Box containing eight pieces.
22. Rempapa x Sourbombe A-bun-dance Box
Presented in a vibrant box reflecting heritage textiles and Sourbombe’s pop of colour are three Sourbombes with heritage flavours. Two contain savoury fillings of Pang Susi and Prawn Bostador from Rempapa, while the third features Sourbombe’s sweet Mango Pomelo. Accompanying them are four popular kueh (two pieces each) from Rempapa: Puteri Ayu, Sago Bandung, Talam Keladi, and Kueh Salat.
$32 at www.sourbombebakery.com
23. Red Date Nian Gao with Bird’s Nest
It’s the first Lunar New Year since acclaimed veteran Chef Daniel Cheung took the helm at Shang Palace. So he elevates the ubiquitous Hong Kong-style festive delight in a rendition sure to impress the older folk. Besides showcasing the natural sweetness of premium Xin Jiang red dates, the Red Date Nian Gao with Bird’s Nest is gilded with a luscious golden layer.
$68.80 at bit.ly/shangrilacny23 (15% off takeaway pre-orders till 8 January 2023)
24. Fortune Gold Bar Ice Cream Cake
Go for gold this Chinese New Year with Swensen’s dazzling Gold Bar Ice Cream Cake. Its shimmering exterior hides a mouth-watering local flavour of Pineapple Tart ice cream, perfect for ringing in a prosperous year. They come in a pair for double the luck, while single pieces are also available for dine-in.
$38 for a pair at shop.swensens.com.sg
25. Lunar New Year Dessert Garden
Grand Park City Hall and modern European restaurant Tablescape pay tribute to this joyous festival with a limited-edition Lunar New Year Dessert Garden. Each item in this cornucopia of CNY goodies takes inspiration from the symbolic flavours and auspicious colours of the season. These include a Lemon Meringue Tart with adorable bunnies atop, Mandarin Orange Mousse Tart, Red Velvet Cake, Mini Pineapple Balls, and assorted Macarons.
26. Tai Sun Natural Vegetable Chips
From NOYA Pineapple Tarts to Roasted Cashew Nuts, Tai Sun’s CNY goodies are a familiar sight every Lunar New Year. This year, why not throw a healthier snack option into the mix? Tai Sun’s Natural Vegetable Chips offer a colourful assortment of carrots, yellow and purple sweet potato, taro, green radish, jackfruit, green beans, and shiitake.
$10.95 at sg.natureswonders.co, major supermarkets islandwide & online
27. Chinese New Year White Rabbit Candy with 5 New Flavours
If you love White Rabbit candy, then you won’t want to miss the special-edition Chinese New Year tin. Apart from the classic White Rabbit flavour, it also introduces red bean, coffee, yoghurt, mustard, and prune drops! Best of all, you can reuse the CNY tin as a tissue box after you and your guests have gobbled up all the candy.
$22 at White Rabbit Lunar New Year pop-ups at Tang Plaza B1 (till 19 January 2023) & VivoCity Central Court Atrium (till 20 January 2023)
28. Huiji Fatt Choy Tea
Made with 100 per cent natural ingredients, no preservatives or artificial colouring, Huiji Fatt Choy Tea is the perfect complement to all the CNY goodies. The invigorating tea contains the best quality red dates, wolfberries, dried figs, and longans. It also helps in enriching and replenishing blood, keeping the body warm, and revitalising overall health. This Chinese New Year, get it bundled with Huiji Waist Tonic — a thoughtful gift when you go visiting!
From $3.90 for a box of 5 at www.huiji.com.sg
29. Jasmine Oolong Pineapple Tart
Buttery soft and crumbly, and accompanied with a waft of floral aroma, this more-ish tart is made with finest jasmine and oolong tea-infused dough, and generously filled with premium pineapple paste. Get it alone, or as part of the Magnificent Blessings set from Zee and Elle’s new CNY collection, Spring Blossoms. The set – which comes in a decorative box that makes it perfect for gifting – also includes the sweet yet citrusy Mango Yuzu Tart, as well as the Bandung Coconut Cookie which will certainly evoke some taste nostalgia for older folk!
$82.20 for the Magnificent Blessings set at zeeandelle.com/
Lee Wee & Brothers’ Otah Offerings
Otah during CNY? Why not? Apart from the traditional otah, Lee Wee & Brothers has new frozen otah paste offerings that deliver the same taste and fiery punch. Opt for the original or its variants which come with chunks of prawn or squid – Mackerel Chunky Fish Otah Paste, Mackerel Fish & Prawn Otah Paste, and Mackerel Fish & Squid Otah Paste. For something different, try the new Otah Croquette, or even Otah Fries! Got the Prosperity Package of four packets of frozen otah paste variants, which is available till 5 February 2023. Did we mention that they’re halal-certified as well?
The Prosperity Package ($15.50, U.P. $19.10) is available at www.leeweebrothers.com/
*BONUS* Chinese New Year Wipe N’ Win with Zappy!
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From now till 31 March 2023, purchase Zappy Value Packs at major supermarkets & dine at participating restaurants for your chance to win; more details at www.freshening.com
Prices may be subject to prevailing taxes; prices are accurate at time of publishing.
Featured image: Bountiful Bunnies Nian Gao with Black Sesame Paste, Goodwood Park Hotel