You’ve got your cheongsams and Mandarin collar outfits sorted for the kids, you’ve survived the queues at the bank for your red packet gift money, and you’ve booked the Chinese New Year reunion dinner to end all reunion dinners. But you know what else you’re going to need? Snacks! Because even with all the other stuff ticked off, if you haven’t got the cupboards heaving to breaking point with pineapple tarts and bak kwa, well, it’s not really Chinese New Year at all. Here’s where to rush out for those last minute CNY snacks and goodies…
Breadtalk New Year “A-BUN-dance”
For a bun-tiful selection of seriously cute cookies, cakes and snacks, BreadTalk has you covered. Along with its Berry Blissful and Berry Blossom strawberry and custard buns, there’s an all new adorable Porks-Perity pig-shaped bun with bak kwa, yam and mushroom filling. We’re not sure how we can bring ourselves to eat it though, we may have to make a pet of it instead!
If you’re hosting your own reunion dinner, Ikea is laying on more than meatballs this festive season with a sustainable salmon yusheng set at just $13.80. Grab your Lukan mandarin oranges while you’re there as well as bak kwa. And some plastic pots: because we can never leave Ikea without plastic pots.
We recently discovered these delectable little pineapple cakes from Taiwanese brand Sunny Hills. For a taste of something a little bit more local, try the D24 Cigare, aptly named Forbidden. Our office is split on these: one side can’t get enough of these crumbly wafers, and the other would rather stick with the pineapple cakes… Durian: definitely a love it or hate it situation.
Antoinette Singapura Cookie Tin
Antoinette brings all the flavours of Singapore to one cool cookie tin this Chinese New Year. We’re not sure what to make of curry and cheese, hae bee hiam and kopi susu in cookie-form, but it will be fun finding out!
Thye Moh Chan
For something a little different, stock up on traditional Teochew pastries from Thye Moh Chan. You’ll be able to bring something new to the table, including bak kwa wrapped in flaky pastry, yam cake, fish-shaped pudding stuffed with auspicious ingredients and gula melaka pineapple tarts
Bee Cheng Hiang Bak Kwa
Home-grown favourite Bee Cheng Hiang is definitely one of the most popular choices for sweet little squares of meaty deliciousness, and is practically a household name when it comes to bak kwa. Don’t be put off by the long queues: it’s worth the wait.
Ollella CNY Goodies
Ollella knows a thing or two about mouth-watering choux pastries, buttery cookies, pineapple pillows and spiced lapis, but online orders are now closed for CNY. Don’t panic: there are still supplies of delectable goodies available in store at Takashimaya B2. Phew.
Goodwood Park Hotel Lunar New Year Treasures 2019
If you’re looking for decadent goodies, The Deli at Goodwood Park Hotel is serving up some treats like its fruity flavoured prosperity fish-shaped puddings. We also want in on the massive Huat! Tart – an upsized version of the classic bite-sized Lunar New Year treat, infused with a hint of vanilla and crowned with an auspicious ‘Fa’ character to symbolise prosperity in Mandarin.
If you’re familiar with pastry chef Janice Wong’s creations, you might be excited to know about Janice Wong’s take on CNY classics including an assortment of cookies, nian gao and carrot cake. Craving something more tantalising? The 76% dark chocolate coated pineapple tarts will do you. We’ve got our eye on the colourful chocolate piggy bank (pictured above) complete with chocolate coins. Squealing with excitement here…
If you’re more of a traditionalist, opt for PrimaDeli’s time-tested pillow pineapple tarts, popular for their rich, crumbly crust and fresh pineapple filling. PrimaDeli also has nine Prosperity cookie flavours for the more adventurous, including cranberry pumkpin, pandan chiffon and chicken floss
Fullerton Hotel Lunar New Year Goodies
The kids will be hounding you for a bite of the Fullerton Hotel’s mini-pineapple tarts as soon as they get their beady eyes on them: they’re shaped like tiny piggies with buttery ears! If the kids won’t share their tarts, order a shiny golden pineapple mousse sponge cake all for yourself.
Bakerzin Chinese New Year Selection
We are huge fans of the Bakerzin pineapple tart (they are our current go-to snack here in the office), and we’re also rather partial to its lovely cookies. This year it has an assortment of pineapples tarts flavoured with rose, chrysanthemum and orange.
Pan Pacific Abundant Spring Reunions
With everything from yusheng to love letters, rainbow kueh lapis to caramel walnuts, the online and in store takeaway goodies from Pan Pacific will have your CNY celebrations perfected in one shopping hit. Don’t miss out on the new chocolate crinkle cookies for melt-in-your-mouth goodness!
Cold Stone Creamery
Always wanted to celebrate the Lunar New Year with ice cream? Now you can! Cold Stone Creamery has created an auspicious 5 Treasures ice cream made with goji berries, hawthorn berries and osmanthus flowers. We’re not quite sure what to make of it, but it’s worth trying for the luck and the sweet treat.
Top image: Janice Wong
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