As Chinese New Year edges closer, it is perhaps mandatory to take a look at the eclectic delicacies every Singaporean should have stocked at home. Food plays a central role this holiday, so don’t forget to stock up on these 5 Chinese New Year goodies!
1) Old Seng Choong’s Nian Gao (Year Cake)
A gooey-brown and sweet confection, Nian Gao is a food prepared from glutinous rice. It is considered good luck to eat Nian Gao during this time as it is a homonym for “higher year”. As such, eating Nian Gao is a symbolism of raising oneself higher in each coming year.
We recommend Old Seng Choong’s rendition of this indispensable treat. It is made less sweet, which is perfect for the health-conscious.
Breakfast this morning is from #OldSengChoong 's festive bakes and cakes. Pan fried their carrot cake till crisp. The inside is soft and flavourful with chunks of Chinese sausage, really good. They will be launching to coincide with the CNY festivities, operating as an e-commerce website which will debut on 11th Jan with 4 delectable cakes: 1) Carrot Cake (萝卜糕) 2) Yam Cake (芋头糕) 3) Red Date Cake (红枣蒸糕) 4) Nian Gao (年糕, Sweet Glutinous rice cake) Festive and pretty packaging, each weighing 500g at $23.80, perfect for New Year gifts?. #送礼很体面 Order online from 11 Jan – 6 Feb, get 30% discount. Check out www.oldsengchoong.com for CNY fair booths available at 11 locations all over Sg and the discounts.
Brought to you by Chef Daniel Tay in tribute to his father, Old Seng Choong is proud to launch four traditional Chinese cakes on 11 Jan for the Lunar New Year. Prepared with time-honoured recipes using quality ingredients, each Yam Cake, Carrot Cake, Red Date Cake and Nian Gao is shaped like a gold bar. What's more, each cake comes packaged in a beautiful floral motif box – perfect for gifting loved ones during this auspicious season! Enjoy a 30% discount on all orders placed from now till 6 Feb on www.oldsengchoong.com. #oldsengchoong #chinesenewyear #sweettreats #cnygoodies #cnygiftideas #sgfood #cny2016
Old Seng Choong
+65 6287 0709
2) Sunny Hills’ Pineapple Tart
A favorite among many, these bite-size pastries topped with pineapple jam is a rich and buttery confection. Pineapple is translated as ‘Ong Lai’ in Hokkien, which means “prosperity come”. Additionally, the yellowish-gold color of this delicacy signifies wealth.
We recommend SunnyHills’ inventive pineapple cake, made from freshly harvested pineapples imported from Taiwan. Flaky, chewy, and tasty with every bite.
#03-05 Raffles Hotel Arcade
+65 8522 9605
3) Lim Chee Guan’s Bak Kwa
Bak Kwa is a thin and salty-sweet sheet of pork grilled to lovely caramelisation. This chewy snack has a rich history, Bak Kwa in Cantonese translates to “Long Yoke”, which means robust fortune. For the overly-superstitious, its bright red color is also auspicious and a good omen.
We recommend the Bak Kwa from household-name Lim Chee Guan. Amidst its competitors, Lim Chee Guan’s Bak Kwa remains the most tender and juicy.
Lim Chee Guan
203 New Bridge Rd
#01-25, People’s Park Complex
#B4-37, ION Orchard
+65 6933 7230
4) Antoinette’s Love Letters
Don’t take this literally, of course. Love letters are flavorful cylindrical biscuits made from baking sugar, eggs, and coconut milk. Aside from their resemblance to long gold bars, these wafer-thin rolls got their name because they look like notes that lovers in the past wrote to each.
We recommend the Chocolate Love Letters from Antoinette. Lavish and exquisitely handcrafted, these sinful chocolate-infused wafers are nothing short of amazing.
30 Penhas Road
#02-33 Mandarin Gallery
+65 6293 3121
5) King of Melon Seeds
A symbol of abundance and fertility, Melon seeds are widely eaten as a staple snack. Although there are many variations, the most notable ones during Chinese New Year are the black-colored and red-colored ones. “Gua Zi”, as it’s also known by, can imply “many sons” and “multiple coins”.
We recommend King of Melon Seeds, a popular online shop. With temporary festive retail booths located around Singapore, they offer a diverse selection of melon seeds with their most popular being the Famous Dragon Eye, which are known for their large size and thicker flesh.
(Photo Credit: King of Melon Seeds)
What are your favorite Chinese New Year goodies?