Besides planning for bountiful reunion feasts, it’s simply as vital to stock up goodies on your snack platter for when visitors go to.
Many Chinese New Year gala’s in purchasing malls are already rolling out the snacks and candy treats, whereas resorts and eating places are additionally busy taking orders.
Many of this yr’s new snacks have an area twist. They embrace nasi ulam florentines from the Cedele restaurant chain and salted egg yolk kue lapis by Ollella bakery.
Others are upping the spice issue, reminiscent of Sichuan-flavoured broad beans from Careshop de Cafe and sambal bak kwa cookies from Peony Jade restaurant.
Housewife Grace Lim, 54, who purchased the Sichuan-flavoured broad beans, says: “My family loves to eat spicy goodies. I’m also stocking up on pineapple tarts, love letters and the must-have prawn rolls. I usually hit the Chinese New Year fairs as I get to sample everything.”
For the extra health-conscious, there are low-sugar and gluten-free gadgets as effectively. And since it is going to be the Year of the Dog, anticipate loads of canine-shaped gadgets, from pineapple tarts to mochi.
The Sunday Times rounds up 18 fascinating snacks, cookies and desserts to chow down on.
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For the cookie monsters
ROSE PINEAPPLE TARTS
What: Chinese New Year will get a dose of millennial pink with Kele’s new rose-flavoured pineapple tarts ($28.80). Other fascinating pineapple tart flavours embrace pandan and cocoa, priced at $26.80 a bath.
Where: Kele, 2 Smith Street, open: 10am to 8pm (Sundays to Thursdays), 10am to 9pm (Fridays and Saturdays). 10am to 5pm on Feb 15, 17 and 18. Closed on Feb 16. Chinese New Year cubicles at Takashimaya Square, Nex and Suntec City
SAMBAL CHICKEN FLOSS COOKIES
What: The Baker Haus, which specialises in cookies, has a brand new sambal hen floss cookie ($30) that’s mildly spicy.
Where: The Baker Haus’ Chinese New Year cubicles at Takashimaya Square, VivoCity, Bugis Junction and Tampines Mall.
OATMEAL NONYA SPICY DRIED SHRIMP COOKIE
What: These addictive cookies, or “oatkies” ($18), are flourless and made with oatmeal as an alternative, which makes them additional crunchy. They are greatest eaten inside 5 days and warmed up within the oven. Two extra festive flavours are tangerine darkish chocolate and salted egg.
Where: Coco & Frank, 12 Haji Lane, 11.30am to 7.30pm day by day; Chinese New Year cubicles at Takashimaya Square and VivoCity
Info: Call 6341-7041 or go to www.fb.com/Cocoandfrank
SATAY AND BAK KUT TEH COOKIES
What: Pastry chef Daniel Tay’s three-week-old Old Seng Choong retailer provides a variety of cookies in native flavours, reminiscent of satay cookies ($18.80) and bak kut teh cookies ($19.80) that are infused with white pepper, herbs and spices. There are additionally cereal prawn cookies ($19.80) and putu mayam cookies ($18.80).
Where: Old Seng Choong, 01-48 Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Seng Street, 11am to 10pm day by day; and Chinese New Year sales space at Takashimaya Square
ONDEH ONDEH COOKIES
What: While you could not get a burst of liquid gula melaka in your mouth, these ondeh ondeh cookies ($17 for 42 items) are nonetheless tasty treats. The pandan-flavoured pastry is smooth and crumbly, and topped with candy gula melaka paste and coconut shavings.
Where: Sweet Fillings by Aidynafi Nasir, Chinese New Year sales space at Square 2 till immediately, or place orders by Wednesday
Info: Call 8150-0571
SAMBAL BAK KWA COOKIES
What: Peony Jade’s sambal bak kwa cookies ($38.88) pack fairly a punch with tasty bak kwa bits.
Where: Peony Jade’s Chinese New Year sales space at Takashimaya Square
LEMONGRASS EARL GREY PINEAPPLE TARTS
What: SPRMRKT’s signature pineapple tarts ($38.80) get a brand new flavour with pineapple jam that bears hints of lemongrass and their buttery shortcrust pastry is mixed with Earl Grey tea leaves.
Where: SPRMRKT, 2 McCallum Street, 8am to 9.30pm (weekdays), 9am to 5pm (weekend); and SPRMRKT Daily, 41 Robertson Quay, 8am to 11pm (Mondays to Wednesdays, and Sundays), 8am to midnight (Fridays and Saturdays); pre-order till Feb 15, 3pm. Order no less than two days prematurely
NASI ULAM FLORENTINE
What: This crispy rice biscuit ($21.50) is a play on nasi ulam, a Peranakan herb rice salad. These aromatic flat discs are laced with herbs, chilli and sesame seeds and are gluten-and dairy-free. Other festive flavours embrace inexperienced tea, almond ikan bilis and gula melaka coconut.
Where: Cedele, retailers embrace Novena Square, Wheelock Place, and Parkway Parade. Until March 2 or whereas shares final
SALTED EGG YOLK YAM CHIPS WITH SICHUAN SPICE
What: Goodwood Park Hotel’s salted egg yolk lotus root chips ($36.80) final yr was one of many best-selling Chinese New Year snacks. It returns this yr, together with salted egg yolk yam chips with Sichuan spice ($36.80).
Where: Goodwood Park Hotel, The Deli, 22 Scotts Road. Until March 2, order 5 days prematurely by Feb 26, midday
Info: Call 6730-1786 or e-mail [email protected]
GADO GADO CHIPS
What: While these chips ($12) will not be fairly like gado gado – the favored Indonesian salad with potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, fried tofu and a peanut dressing – the combo of chilli and lime flavours will make you attain for extra.
Where: Rasa Sayang’s Chinese New Year cubicles embrace Takashimaya Square, Raffles Xchange, Novena Square and Tampines Mall. Order by Feb 2
SALTED EGG SKIN YUBA
What: Bake Inc’s salted egg pores and skin yuba ($19.80) is an fascinating tackle the salted egg yolk pattern. Plus, it’s additional crispy.
Where: Bake Inc retailers embrace Block 449 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, 01-1713; Block 275 Compassvale Link, 01-01; and Block 317 Yishun Avenue 9, 01-02. Chinese New Year sales space at Takashimaya Square
SICHUAN CHILLI BROAD BEANS
What: If you want Sichuan mala flavours, this shall be your go-to snack. These crunchy broad beans ($eight) pack within the aroma and warmth of the Sichuan peppers. Other broad bean flavours embrace sriracha and wasabi.
Where: Careshop de Cafe Holdings, 33 Hamilton Road, 11am to 10pm (Mondays to Saturdays), closed on Sundays and public holidays; Chinese New Year sales space at VivoCity
Info: Call 6293-9298
SALTED EGG YOLK GOLDEN CRACKERS
What: Food producer Kwong Cheong Thye, higher recognized for its number of sauces, has come up with salted egg yolk golden crackers ($6.60) – good for jazzing up your yusheng this yr. Limited portions out there. The stall additionally sells yusheng units.
Where: Kwong Cheong Thye’s Chinese New Year sales space at Takashimaya Square
ORH NEE CAKE AND MACARON
What: Antoinette’s chef Pang Kok Keong has a contemporary interpretation of the standard orh nee dessert for Chinese New Year.
The orh nee cake ($10 for a slice, $45 for 15cm complete cake for 4 to eight individuals) has layers of yam mousse with yam cake, gula melaka and pumpkin cremeux with fried shallots. It is topped with almond crumble and candied gingko nuts.
The different choice is the orh nee macaron ($three every, $19 for a present field of six items). The macaron shell is topped with bits of coconut and full of candied pumpkin, fried shallots and coconut yam cream.
Where: Antoinette retailers at 30 Penhas Road; and 02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road. Until Feb 28
Info: Call 6293-3121 (Penhas Road) or 6836-9527 (Mandarin Gallery), or go to antoinette.com.sg
GOLDEN JOY PASTRY
What: Teochew confectionery Thye Moh Chan’s flaky pastry choices embrace The Golden Joy ($three a chunk, $22.80 for eight items), that are full of pink bean, mochi, spicy pork floss and salted egg yolk. The different new merchandise is Golden Bangle ($18.80 for eight items), the place the pastry is full of mung bean paste and diced bak kwa.
Where: Thye Moh Chan retailers at B1-11/12 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, and 01-45/46 Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road. Until March 2, 10am to 10pm day by day
MANDARIN PISTACHIO TART
What: New choices at Tarte by Cheryl Koh embrace mandarin pistachio tart, with pistachio frangipane, pistachio chiboust cream, chopped pistachios and candied orange, in addition to contemporary mandarin orange segments, curd and mousse.
Other highlights embrace the raspberry lychee tart and coconut pandan tart. All tarts value $22 for a 12cm tart and $38 for a 16cm tart.
Where: Tarte by Cheryl Koh, 02-12 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road. From Feb 1, order two days prematurely.
SALTED EGG YOLK KUE LAPIS
What: Kueh lapis will get a savoury twist at Ollella, with its Salted Egg Yolk Kue Lapis ($24 for 350g, $50 for 700g, and $90 for 1.4kg). It has bits of salted egg yolk between the buttery layers. Prune, Nutella and unique flavours are additionally out there.
The model – higher recognized for its choux pastry – additionally has a Prosperity Choux Tower containing 30 items of choux pastry with pineapple compote and contemporary Chantilly cream.
Where: Ollella, Takashimaya Food Hall, B208-Four (till Feb 22), and Chinese New Year sales space at Takashimaya Square.
Info: Order on-line at ollella.oddle. me.
BAK KWA MADELEINES
What: Diced bak kwa is added to those buttery French muffins. Each tub prices $25.
Where: One Farrer Hotel & Spa, 1 Farrer Park Station Road. Order by Feb 27, three days prematurely
Info: Call 6705-7825 or order on-line at orders.onefarrer.com
Chinese New Year truthful areas
• Nex, Level 1 predominant atrium
• Novena Square, Level 1 atrium (from Jan 29)
• Raffles Xchange, Basement 1 atrium
• Suntec City, Level 1 east atrium
• Takashimaya Square, Basement 2
• Tampines Mall, Level 1 predominant atrium (from Jan 31)
• VivoCity, Level 1 predominant atrium
• All gala’s run until Feb 14.