Snacking and Chinese New Year go hand in hand.
In addition to the usual pineapple tarts, crispy love letters and spicy dried shrimp rolls, here are some more unusual picks, both sweet and savoury, to stock up on this festive season. They are so pretty, you can even gift them to lucky family members.
Their Rose Pineapple Tarts captured the hearts of many tart fans and the good folks at Kele have come up with a gorgeous open-faced Sweet Potato Pineapple Tart ($29.80). It features the natural sweetness of sweet potato alongside a sweet-tangy pineapple topping. Kele is widely known for having one of the best pineapple tarts in Singapore, so you can be sure you won’t be disappointed with their offerings.
Photo: Hock Wong
Hock Wong debuts its Mala Minced Pork Set ($28 for 500g) this CNY for some spiciness in your bak kwas! Now you can taste the fiery flavor of Mala Xiang Guo (super spicy stir-fry pot) when you snack with your friends and family.
To order, visit here. Look out for Hock Wong pop-ups at Suntec city, Vivocity, NEX, Novena Square, Jurong Point, Tampines Mall, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Hougang Mall, Capitol, Point Causeway Point, Junction 8, United Square and Bedok Mall until 23 January.
Ooh, the first local Mala Snack Brand that is made in Singapore, was founded in February 2018 by Gervor Quek. Fuelled by his love for spicy and numbing Szechuan cuisine, aka the “Ooh” factor (hence its name), Gervor creates recipes using dried chilli, peppercorn, fennel and ginger to bring that authentic “mala” taste to his snack creations. After introducing the Ooh La La (Mala Cassava Chips, $7) and Ooh Ma Ma (Mala Potato Chips, $7), Gervor added Ohh Nuts! — Mala Peanuts ($10 for 400g) and Ooh Crab! — Mala Crab Sticks ($18 for 150g) to the mix. The crispy Mala Crab Sticks, which are sweet and pleasantly numbingly spicy, are surprisingly addictive. Limited quantities available daily and while stocks last.
HarriAnns, a homegrown brand that specialises in traditional Peranakan delicacies, has always been a hot favourite for CNY snacks. Their HarriAnns Prosperity Tingkat (Pineapple Tarts, Sambal Prawn Rolls, and Gula Melaka Cookies, $88) is especially popular. The latest addition to their ever-growing list is the Nasi Lemak Cookie ($21.90). This crunchy cookie contains fragrant anchovies (aka ikan bilis), spicy sambal and creamy coconut milk, and you can taste the savoury ikan bilis and the heat of the sambal chilli gently burning on your tongue. A pretty good cookie indeed.
This delicious venture, also by Kele (yes, the same folks who dole out delicious pineapple tarts), features a light and fluffy roll cake (from $10.90) made with premium Japanese flour and filled with delicate cream that comes in a myriad of flavours. Try their Avocado Gula Melaka Roll Cake that has a fine filling of mashed avocados infused with sweet Gula Melaka that gives it a wonderfully rich taste. They have also created “cocktail cakes”, such as the Rum & Raisins Roll Cake, which promises buttery rum-infused cream and rum-soaked raisins, and Lychee Martini Roll Cake, which has juicy lychee bits in a sweet pink cream. So satisfying.
Kele Roll Cake is at Vivocity, #B2-K10, 1 Harbourfront Walk, 098585
These Premium Indonesian Shrimp Crackers from Papatonk ($2.60) come in four flavours — Original, Hot Chilli and Lime, Chicken Curry, and Roasted Tomatoes. It is said that these shrimp crackers have the highest shrimp content amongst their counterparts (containing 35 per cent shrimp) and are made with non-frozen seawater shrimp following authentic Indonesian recipes. Definitely something to add to your shopping list.
Available at 7-Eleven, Sheng Siong, POPULAR Bookstore, and TaoKaeNoi Land.
Photo: One Farrer Hotel
Sweet items are important for Chinese New Year celebrations because it signifies sweet endings for everything you do in the coming year. With that in mind, One Farrer Hotel is offering a limited edition (and really pretty!) Rice Bucket with Gold Coin Fondant Cake ($108) topped off with delicateness and elegance that will surely impress your guests. Only 88 pieces are available, you won’t want to miss it.
One Farrer Hotel is at 1 Farrer Park Station Road, 217562, tel: 6705 7825
Photo: Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Looking for something unique? This unusual handcrafted traditional-French-meets-Chinese pineapple tart ($38+ for 30 pieces) was created by Executive Pastry Chef Sam Leong and is true to the culinary spirit of Racines, which features both French and Chinese cuisines. In this pairing of foie gras with acidic fruits, the clever use of rich foie gras butter in the dough gives a well-rounded savouriness to the pastry and helps balance the sweet and, at times, sharp flavours of the pineapple. Available online and collection is until 8 February.
Racines is at Sofitel Singapore City Centre, 9 Wallich St, 078885, tel: 6428 5000
Photo: Sheraton Towers
Besides their usual favourites, such as Radish Cake with Conpoy and Preserved Meat ($52) and Water Chestnut Cake with Osmanthus ($50), renowned Cantonese restaurant Li Bai presents a new Lotus Seed Cake with Preserved Meat, Lily Bulb, Chinese Yam and Dried Shrimp ($52) for something savoury on your table. They’ve also got the Traditional Nian Gao (Chinese New Year cake) with Red Date and Lotus Seed ($50) which draws natural sweetness from coconut milk and red date. Order them here.
Li Bai is at Sheraton Towers, 39 Scotts Rd, 228230, tel: 6839 5623
Photo: Janice Wong
Besides a delectable twist on traditional goodies, such as Chocolate Strawberry Love Letters ($18) and Dark Chocolate Bakkwa Barbeque Cookies ($25), another highlight of celebrated local pastry chef Janice Wong’s Chinese New Year collection is this playful Chocolate Surprise Rat ($35). This lovable creation contains chocolate nuts in each rat and comes passionfruit (yellow), strawberry (red and pink) and orange flavours.
Photo: Mdm Ling Bakery
If you’re looking for vegan or halal option for your Lunar New Year snacks, Mdm Ling Bakery is your best bet. They are spicing up this Chinese New Year with local touches such as the irresistibly addictive Hae Bee Hiam Cookies ($18.80 for 300g) and buttery fragrant Kopi Siew Dai Cookies ($18.80 for 270g). We also love their Cranberry Florentine ($26.80 for 250g) and Purple Sweet Potato Cookies ($18.80 for 260g) for some healthy snacking. Check out all the exciting flavours and offerings here.
By Xie Huiqun, January 2019 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, January 2020
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