Food is an integral part of any festive occasion and Chinese New Year is no exception. From pineapple tarts, cookies, nian gao (a type of sticky rice cake), to macarons, Chinese New Year snacks have come a long way in terms of both variety and flavour. Whether you like your treats with a local or Western twist, there is something for everyone and we are increasingly spoilt for choice.
To spare you the headache of figuring out where to get Chinese New Year snacks this year, we have compiled a list of 15 places in Singapore that offer the most tasteful and creative treats that are sure to make all your guests happy.
Pineapple tarts are a Chinese New Year essential, and for an authentic version of this classic treat, look no further than Yàn Restaurant.
You can preorder their Pineapple Tarts, priced at SGD28.80 per 500g, from now till 4 February 2020 at their website. Self-collection is between 11am and 9pm daily (except 24 January – collection ends at 2pm). For further enquiries, call 6384 5585.
This Chinese New Year, Antoinette introduces the Hong Bao 红包, a dragon fruit bread filled with black sugar nian gao, lightly candied yam, sweet potato, fluffy pork floss and salted egg, giving you the most heavenly combination of flavour, textures and aromas. The Chinese symbols and characters incorporated in the presentation of the bread makes it particularly occasion-appropriate. The Hong Bao 红包 retails for SGD10 (small), or SGD25 (large).
For smaller, lighter bites, you can opt for the Purplelette macarons (SGD3 each, or SGD19 per box of six), featuring purple sweet potato infused shells and sweet potato cream fillings, or the Mala Chips (SGD15) – potato crisps tossed in chillies and Sichuan peppercorn – for a spicy kick.
For orders, please call 62933121 (Penhas outlet) / 62355109 (Millenia Walk outlet) or email [email protected].
3. Hai Tien Lo @ Pan Pacific Hotel
From now to 8 February 2020, Hai Tien Lo and Pacific Marketplace at Pan Pacific Hotel offers a variety of auspicious treats for you to fill your CNY snack tray with. You should not miss out on their crunchy Homemade Caramel Walnuts with Sesame Seeds, which will surely be a crowdpleaser.
For orders, call 6826 8240 or email [email protected]. Collection starts from 9 January to 8 February 2020 at Hai Tien Lo between 12pm to 2pm and 6.30pm to 8pm (except 24 January 2020 – collection ends at 2pm).
4. The Deli @ Goodwood Park Hotel
To welcome the Year of the Rat, Goodwood Park Hotel introduces the Golden Rat Pineapple Tarts as a part of their Chinese New Year offerings. The traditional festive snacks are given a fresh new look where each tart is shaped as an adorable golden rat, which is sure to delight any guest who comes visit your house. Each box contains ten pieces, and is priced at SGD48.80.
Other irresistible snacks include the Fortune Koi Fish ‘Nian Gao’ with red bean paste (SGD39.40 per box of eight) and Gula Melaka Festive Cookies (SGD28.80 per box of seven).
The Chinese New Year treats are available from 7 January to 8 February 2020. For orders and enquiries, call 6730 1786 or email [email protected].
5. Si Chuan Dou Hua
Still looking for more rat-themed treats? Check out Si Chuan Dou Hua’s mouse-shaped nian gao that looks almost too cute to eat! They come in an elegant purple hue made from sweet potato powder and are made with reduced sweetness so everyone can enjoy them guilt-free.
These mouse-shaped nian gaos retail for SGD8.80 for three pieces, exclusively available at UOB Plaza outlet from now to 9 February 2020.
6. Violet Oon
Handmade using a traditional Nyonya recipe, the pineapple tarts from Violet Oon will surely satisfy the most difficult palate this coming Chinese New Year. They also offer a variety of cookies, from classic Peanut cookies to Violet Oon original Gula Melaka Coconut Crunch. These addictive flavours will have you reach into the jar more than just one!
For orders, call 9854 9935 or email [email protected].
This year, besides the best-selling Classic Yuan Bao Pineapple Tarts, Bakerkin is releasing the Fortune Pandan Kaya Tarts to double the joy for tart-lovers out there.
The surprises don’t stop there, as they are also launching three new irresistable flavours of cookies including Purple Sweet Potato, Parmesan Cheese, and Cranberry, on top of their well-loved Rose Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, and Coconut Chia Seed.
These delightful treats are available for pre-orders at all Bakerzin outlets in Singapore.
8. Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel’s Forecourt Stall
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From now to 24 January 2020, head to Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel’s Forecourt Stall to check out their specially curated Chinese New Year takeout offerings. The selection features delightful treats such as Eight Treasures cake, chicken bak-kwah cornflake cookies, golden nian gao tart with red date, and more. Classic Chinese New Year treats including their signature pineapple tarts and traditional nian gao are also available.
See the full list of offerings along with their prices here.
For pre-orders, call 6831 4708. Collection is from 3 to 24 January 2020, 11am to 9pm. Orders must be made at least three days prior to collection and full payment is required.
Pineapple tarts are notorious for being calorie bombs, so indulging in them without a care might result in expanding waistlines after Chinese New Year. If you are concerned about the calorie content of this delicious snack but still want a taste of it, the mini pineapple tarts and balls from Delcie’s are for you! These bite-size delights have a low glycemic index and are both vegan and diabetes-friendly. Do still consume them in moderation, though.
The mini pineapple tarts and mini pineapple balls retail for SGD35 per tub (approximately 65 pieces). Get yours here!
10. Jiang-nan Chun @ Four Seasons
From 2 to 22 January 2020, one Michelin-starred restaurant Jiang-Nan Chun at Four Seasons Hotel offers a lineup of delectable treats including classic Chinese New Year snacks such as homemade pineapple tarts (SGD62) and coconut nian gao (SGD52).
Orders can be made here. Self-collection is available from 2 to 22 January 2020, 11.30am to 7.00pm. Local delivery is available on selected days. For further enquiries, call 6831 7253 or email [email protected].
11. Feng Shui Inn @ Resort World Sentosa
For a unique take on the traditional nian gao, try the Double Happiness Nian Gao or the Golden Ingot Coconut Nian Gao from Feng Shui Inn at Resort World Sentosa, available from 2 to 24 January 2020. Both feature coconut sugar and coconut milk as the main ingredients, and come in the auspicious shape of a koi.
Both the Double Happiness Nian Gao or the Golden Ingot Coconut Nian Gao are priced at SGD58 each.
Those who are health-conscious will also be glad to know that Feng Shui Inn offers the reduced sugar version of pineapple tarts (SGD26.80), so you can indulge in the delicious treat totally guilt-free!
12. Home’s Favourite
If traditional cookies flavours are a tad bit boring to your adventurous taste buds, try Home’s Favourite’s host of intriguing flavours such as Laksa, Jackfruit and Golden Chicken BBQ Meat. They also offer orange and strawberry tarts if you want an alternative to the classic pineapple tarts.
These treats are available from now to 23 January 2020 at all Home’s Favourite outlets islandwide.
13. Gim Tim
This Chinese New Year, Gim Tim Restaurant is rolling out a special takeaway menu including classic treats such as Handmade Pineapple Tarts, Gold Yuan Bao Nian Gao, Golden Sesame Nian Gao, Golden Dates Nian Gao, and Honey Glazed Spicy Walnut. The Golden Sesame Nian Gao and Golden Dates Nian Gao come in the shape of a gold bar to bring you auspicious luck this year.
See the full takeaway menu with prices here. For orders and enquiries, call 6459 7766. Orders must be made at least two days prior to collection.
14. Thye Moh Chan
For a Teochew twist to the traditional Chinese New Year treats, local bakery Thye Moh Chan offers a wide variety of Teochew baked goods including pineapple pastries combined with flavours such as gula melaka, salted egg, ot longan.
As for their signature Tau Sar Piah, get the Teochew Double Delight and enjoy the two layers of fillings containing red bean paste, winter melon, melon seeds, spring onions, and glutinous rice flour.
You can find these treats at all Thye Moh Chan outlets islandwide.
15. Paradise Group
Nut cookies are a Chinese New Year staple, and with Paradise Group’s Festive Goodies Trio set, retailing for SGD56.80 per set, you get not just one, but three different types: crunchy Cashew Cookies, nutty Almond Cookies, and Truffle Macadamia Nut with Crispy Conpoy. The Steamed Nian Gao with coconut milk (SGD29.80) is another tasty festive snack that you cannot afford to miss out.
These treats are available at Taste Paradise, Paradise Teochew, Beauty in The Pot (KINEX, The Centrepoint and VivoCity outlets), Paradise Dynasty (excluding Funan outlet), Canton Paradise (excluding Changi Airport T3, The Seletar Mall and Westgate outlets) and Paradise Classic outlets. Collection starts from 10 January 2020.