Top 8 ‘Spoil Market’ Ang Pao Designs Worth Queuing Up For This Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is all about the amazing festive foods and the family get-togethers you love to hate but it’s also about ANG PAOS! While we can all agree it’s what inside that matters the most, ang pao designs have definitely upped their game in the recent years. We went on a little scavenger hunt to track down this year’s cutest looking ang pao designs!

1. DBS

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DBS went all out for their own 2017 ang pao design. Featuring flowers and fans, the cute kids on the ang pao are just the cherry on top of a really sweet treat. Probably one of the few ang pao designs that fills the entire space, DBS has upped the standard for their ang paos.

2. Yellow Octopus 

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Local marketing company Yellow Octopus has come up with a more modern and contemporary design for their 2017 ang paos. Mainly featuring yellow, red and splashes of blue this ang pao is perfect if you’re looking for a more sleek ang pao packets to hand out this year.

3. Peel Fresh 

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Who knew Peel Fresh churned out their own ang paos? We sure didn’t! Featuring a golden etched ball and a Chinese character that makes up the word ‘Spring’ the simple ang pao design reminds us of a pineapple (or is that just us?)!

4. Popeyes

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Popeye’s played up this year’s Rooster year by featuring them on their very own ang pao packets. We must admit they’re insanely cute and check out what they did to the ‘Prosperity’ character. Cute and innovate, WIN!


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Family friendly, cute, colourful and featuring POSB’s official mascot, POSB’s ang pao design this year is cute enough to give both kids and umm..much older (single) kids. You can goodbye to multiple ang pao designs because all you really need is THIS ONE.

6. Standard Charterd

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Standard Chartered has kept it all traditional this festive season. With gold etched flowers on a simple red background and the Chinese New Year greeting “prosperity will bloom for you in full richness”, do your parents a favour and get this traditional ang pao for them (you might even get a bigger ang pao than expected)!


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UNIQLO has kept to its roots this festive season by coming up with a simple Ang Pao design. Featuring a scattering of gold boxes and the Chinese character for ‘Prosperity’, this Ang Pao is a minimalist’s dream!

7. UOB

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Featuring geometric shapes, this year’s UOB ang pao design has several roosters adorning the ang baos. The perfect balance of traditional and modern, this year’s UOB ang bao is simple yet colourful enough to grab our attention.

8. McDonald’s

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McDonald’s has churned out a series of ang paos featuring their Big Mac, French Fries and Strawberry Sundae. Colourful and very different from your usual red themed ang paos, McDonald’s 2017 ang pao design is already making us crave for their eats!

This festive season uou can finally throw away your boring old red packets and get queuing for these cute and pretty unique ang paos! Which one is YOUR favourite? Let us know in the comments!

(feature image: Kenny Louie)

Also Read: 10 Activities To Do During Chinese New Year That Doesn’t Involve Empty Malls

9 Incredible Yu Sheng To Toss So You Get Good Luck In The Year Of The Rooster

It wasn’t too long ago that we bade goodbye to 2016 and welcomed 2017. In the blink of an eye, Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and those who celebrate it can welcome a ‘new year’ again. Traditionally, Chinese New Year activities involve aiaving a reunion dinner with family, tossing Yu Sheng, giving red envelopes, and visiting relatives’ houses.

During the festival, Yu Sheng, a raw fish salad, is eaten by families. Originating from the Cantonese phrase ‘Lo Hei’, which means ‘tossing up good fortune’, the prosperity salad symbolises an ‘abundance of wealth and long life.’

Here are 9 places in Singapore where you can enjoy this colourful salad.

1. Man Fu Yuan @ InterContinental Singapore

Usher in the Year of the Rooster with an exquisitely crafted Yu Sheng.

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3. Jade @ The Fullerton Hotel

Come and experience a mind-blowing rooster-inspired reunion dinner at Jade’s this coming CNY. Its signature Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Seng is served on a beautiful platter hand-painted with calligraphic drawings of roosters and auspicious greetings.

Alongside the gorgeous creations are fresh slices of salmon, and champagne jelly; drizzled with a tangy honey-pineapple dressing.

The Fullerton Hotel
Address: 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, S049178
Jade’s Reunion Set Menu (Dine-in): from $68++ per person, for a 5-course menu.
Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng (Takeaway): $94.16 (serves 6-8 pax) / $136.96 (serves 9-12 pax)
Available from 2 January to 11 February.
Tel: 6877 8911 / 8943
Email: [email protected]
The Fullerton Hotel

4. Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant @ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Looking for a unique Lo Hei gastronomic experience? Check out Wan Hao’s CNY menu for a list of exquisite prosperity Yu Shengs.

These salads include decadent options such as caviar, scallops, lobster, black truffle, and even a chicken bak-kwa flavour. Additional servings of salmon, tuna, scallop, abalone and lobster are available upon request.

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Address: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel Level 3, 320 Orchard Road, S238865
Caviar Yu Sheng: $258 (L)
Black Truffle Vegetarian or Chicken Bak-Kwah Yu Sheng: $68 (S) / $136 (L)
Sliced Abalone & Crispy Fish Skin Yu Sheng: $88 (S) / $176 (L)
Available from 9 January to 11 February for both takeaways and dine-ins.
Tel: 6831 4708
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The Flourishing Wealth Reunion Yu Sheng, a Rooster-shaped platter, is the star of the show, featuring fresh Boston lobster, Norwegian salmon and surf clams.

Hai Tien Lo
Address: 7 Raffles Blvd, Level 3, Marina Square, Pan Pacific Singapore, Pan Pacific, S039595
Flourishing Wealth Reunion Yu Sheng: $88+ (serves 4-6 pax), $168+ (serves 7-10 pax)
Fortune Yu Sheng: $58+ (serves 4-6 pax), $98+ (serves 7-10 pax)
Available from 9 January to 8 February for both takeaways and dine-ins.
Tel: 6826 8240
Website: Hai Tien Lo

5. Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore

Perhaps you’re sick of the usual Yu Sheng. Why not try something fusion at Min Jiang, where they serve the popular Cantonese dish with wild arugula salad and a homemade creamy plum sauce?

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7. Gourmet Carousel @ Royal Plaza on Scotts

Inspired by Singapore’s heritage, the Rice of the Phoenix Yu Sheng is a rendition of the iconic chicken rice dish.

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Website:  Fortune Gold Flakes ‘Yu Sheng’ Kanpachi, Salmon and Crispy Fish Skin
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These ingredients include kanpachi (greater amberjack fish), salmon, abalone, crispy fish skin, and white bait. Two other takeaway menus are available.

Golden Peony
Address: Two Temasek Boulevard, Conrad Centennial Singapore, S038982
Fortune 3D Fiery Rooster Yu Sheng (Dine-In): $888.00++ (30 persons & above)
Fortune Salmon and Crispy White Bait (Takeaway): $68 (S) / $128 (L)
Fortune Abalone and Salmon (Takeaway): $98 (S) / $178 (L)
Fu Lo Shou Tri-star with Lobster, Abalone and Salmon (Takeaway): $118 (S) / $218 (L)
Available from 10 January to 11 February.
6432 7482
Email: [email protected]

Also, read NEWSFLASH: Beat the Jam to JB this Chinese New Year!

Traffic Forecasts For 2nd Link & Woodlands Causeway This Chinese New Year

If you’re heading to Johor Bahru (JB) this Chinese New Year, you’re definitely not alone. Welcome to the club for all motorists who will be utilizing the Causeway and the 2nd Link. Like Sun Tzu heading to war, it’s best to enter JB with a solid strategy…by arming yourself with these.

We’re referring to these amazing traffic jam forecasts we’ve uncovered! This way, you’ll be able to plan your entry into JB with maximum efficiency.

Be assured that this forecast is pretty accurate, as the reference data is based on the traffic statistics in Chinese New Year 2016.

2 days before Chinese New Year – 26 January 2017 (Thursday)

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As the eve of Chinese New Year is on 27 January 2017 (Friday), most Malaysians tend to return home the day before, which is 26 January 2017. This explains the spike in the traffic from Singapore to JB at both the Causeway and the 2nd Link, which will start to build up from 2 pm onwards. It’s best to be a bit more kiasu (aka wiser) and set off earlier if you can.

Eve of Chinese New Year – 27 January 2017 (Friday)

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On Chinese New Year’s eve, set your alarm clock to ring even earlier. As you can see from the graphs, traffic flowing into JB will build up as early as 4am. However, it’s possible that traffic may ease before evening as most people would already be at their reunion dinners.

Chinese New Year – 28, 29 January 2017 (Saturday, Sunday)

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In the mornings of the 1st and 2nd day of Chinese New Year, we can expect traffic to be at a low volume. However, the trends show that traffic will start increasing around noon at both sides of the border, probably due to Malaysians visiting Singapore or PRs returning home early.

Last day of the Chinese New Year Holiday – 30 January 2017 (Monday)

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On the last day of the holiday, it is expected that many will be returning to Singapore in preparation for work the next day. It appears that the 2nd  Link will be more affected as most of the people travelling back from the North of Malaysia will choose this route. In this case, it’s best to take the Causeway!

One day after the Chinese New Year Holiday – 31 January 2017 (Tuesday)

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Given that it’s a work day, most people would already have arrived home the day before (30 January 2017). However, it’s not uncommon for some to take a day off or two. As such, do note that there may be more traffic heading into Singapore after lunch hour, especially on the 2nd Link.

We hope that these forecasts do come in handy. Share this information with your friends and loved ones so they can enter JB or Singapore quickly and with ease.

Everyone gets frustrated in a jam, but don’t forget that safety is paramount. Drive safely!

Information credit and for real-time traffic forecasts at the Causeway and 2nd Link:

Header image credits: HD Wallpaper

Also, read Savvy Local’s Guide: Fill Your Calendar To 15 Jan With These Must-Not-Miss Events!