It’s time to put away all of your Christmas snacks and it’s time to finally purchase the next round of treats to indulge in this festive season that is approaching us in less than a month. We’re talking about Chinese New Year (CNY) goodies, of course!
Be sure to order early too if you want to have extra savings since many of these shops are running early bird promotions.
You’ll definitely be stocking up on pineapple tarts for Chinese New Year, so why not get your hands on the very best ones that you can find in Singapore?
With a Google rating of 4.7-star from more than 900 reviews (at the time of writing), Ding Bakery handcrafts Chinese New Year goodies using its unique recipes, and only with the highest quality ingredients. Last year, more than 80,000 customers bought from the bakery – so you know how popular it is!
If you’re not sure what to get, we’d definitely recommend its Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pineapple Balls. Voted Best Pineapple Tarts for many consecutive years now by distinguished food blogs such as Miss Tam Chiak and Sethlui, this sold over 110,000 jars last year.
Shaped like a golf ball, these are made with fresh ingredients and without preservatives and additives. Pop one into your mouth and enjoy the buttery, salty-sweet flavour of the pastry, before sinking your teeth into the satisfyingly sweet pineapple jam in the centre.
You’ll find that it melts in your mouth (hence the name!), leaving behind a lingering aroma; you’ll find it hard to resist picking up another after your first bite.
The traditional open-faced Nonya Pineapple Tarts at Ding Bakery is another popular option that customers love. These are baked till they’re golden brown and crispy, and you’ll certainly enjoy the satisfying crunch it comes with.
Are you the kind who favours the pastry and stealthily picks off the pineapple from the tart? Well, then go for the Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pineapple Ball (No Filling). This gives you all the buttery goodness of the pastry without the pineapple filling.
For 2023, Ding Bakery is releasing six new pineapple tart flavours to excite its fans.
- Salted Egg Pineapple Ball, which adds rich and buttery Grade AAA salted egg into its legendary recipe for added indulgence,
- Matcha Pineapple Ball that has a hint of bittersweet premium-grade matcha to balance the sweetness of pineapple jam,
- Taro Blueberry Pineapple Ball that features the natural sweetness of blueberry complementing the creaminess of taro,
- Mango Pineapple Ball that combines the finest Alphonso mangoes from India so you get the aroma of two delicious fruits,
- Pandan Pineapple Ball that offers the fragrance of pandan that is derived naturally from hand-extracted pandan juice, and
- Charcoal Pineapple Ball, a healthier option if you want to tap into the detoxifying benefits of charcoal as you snack
While it’s hard to decide which to get, we highly foresee the Salted Egg one flying off the shelves – so order early if you don’t want to miss it!
Besides amazing pineapple tarts, Ding Bakery also makes other classic Chinese New Year goodies that are delicious such as hae bee hiam crackers and kueh bangkit – get them too so you can enjoy free delivery when your order exceeds S$100!
Order your CNY goodies from Ding Bakery on its website.
Da Paolo Gastronomia
You’ll be surprised but this Italian establishment has put together an exciting line-up of Italian- and Asian-inspired goodies for Chinese New Year.
Among them, the White Rabbit Bread (S$16.80) is probably that conversation-starter to pick up. A nod to the Chinese zodiac Year of the Rabbit, this is inspired by the milky White Rabbit candy.
Following a sweet sourdough bread-making technique, this bread is eggless and features a dual-toned white and orange marbled crumb from the combination of an Asian milk dough as well as a dough flavoured with fresh carrot juice, grated carrots, and a hint of candied citrus peel.
This pillowy loaf is futher laced with a decadent White Rabbit candy glaze and adorned with gold sugar pearls to signify prosperity and good fortune.
You can also look forward to house-baked cookies (S$38 per tin). These are offered in three flavours: Coconut Cornflake Cookies, Matcha Mararetti, and Cranberry Almond Bicotti, all housed in a vibrant festive-themed tin that features the Gastronomia’s storefront.
Order at least two days in advance online. The White Rabbit Bread can only be ordered online from 1 to 31 January 2023.
The Marmalade Pantry
The Marmalade Pantry presents a curated collection of delectable classic goodies that are stylishly packaged so they make for great gifting options too.
Try the new melt-in-your-mouth Osmanthus Cranberry Cookies (S$28) that are baked with dried osmanthus flowers that are a symbol of peace and come with a sweet, lingering aroma. The cookies also feature dried cranberries that offer a chewy tartness to brighten the favours.
Consider the Golden Pineapple Tarts (S$30) or Sambal Shrimp Rolls (S$28) if you prefer crowd-pleasing options.
Or if you can’t resist bak kwa, go for the bite-sized Traditional Petite Chicken Bak Kwa (S$30) that are individually vacuum packed for freshness and convenience. These are produced with no added meat tenderiser, preservatives, or flavouring and made with succulent minced chicken thighs.
Order at any of The Marmalade Pantry outlets or online at least three days in advance.
Nobody can resist the salted egg snacks from IRVINS. It’s so delicious, tourists are known to buy snacks by the homegrown brand in bulk whenever they’re in Singapore.
If you’re also a fan, you’ll be happy to know that IRVINS has launched the Lunar New Year Gift Box (S$20.80) and IRVINS Salted Egg Prawn Roll (S$13) in time for Chinese New Year. The latter was a breakout favourite that’s back for a limited time only.
Whether it’s as a gift or as a good way to sample a few of IRVINS standout products, the Lunar New Year Gift Box contains these signature snacks: two of the Salted Egg Salmon Skin, one of the Salted Egg Fish Skin, and one of the Hot Boom Salted Egg Fish Skin. This comes with exclusive IRVINS red packets and reusable red packet holder featuring Irv, the brand’s duck mascot.
The Salted Egg Prawn features the traditional hae bee hiam (spicy prawn) prawn roll coated with salted egg flavour. This is available while stocks last.
These are available at all IRVINS stores (Orchard Gateway, Takashimaya, WestGate, VivoCity, Bugis Junction, Jewel Changi Airport, Changi Terminal 1, 2 and 3 Transit), its website, as well as Shopee, Lazada, Redmart, S-mart and Krisshop.
Humble Bakery is best known for their artisanal Korean-style scones and they’ve given them a Chinese New Year touch with the release of the savoury Bak Kwa Cheddar Scones (S$28.80 for a box of six or S$4.80 individually). These feature irresistible Bak Kwa bits, complemented by the indulgent taste of mature cheddar cheese.
If you’re looking for cookies, the bakery has a line-up of them too. Consider its Paprika Pork Floss Cookies (S$18.80) if you want something spicy, Rose Cranberry Cookies (S$18.80) for a delightful crowd-pleaser, or the Gula Melaka Cookies (S$18.80) that are super addictive.
You can also look out for its Calamansi Pineapple Tarts (S$26.90) for a citrusy treat.
Mdm Ling Bakery
Mdm Ling Bakery has launched the Blooming Spring Collections and the design of its beautiful boxes took inspiration from picturesque gadens with rabbits hopping amidst beautiful blooms.
If you’re not sure what to get or are looking for gifts, the Steps to Prosperity (S$148) is an ideal option.
This features primrose-pink wooden trays intricately carved with stacks of artful blooms, and contains 12 tubs of signature cookies to signify ascending to greater heights in the next 12 months in the year.
Love kueh lapis? Get the Kueh Lapis Set (S$78), which symbolises longevity, prosperity, and promotion at work. This holds four kueh lapis in different flavours: original, pandan, chocolate, and hawthorn. Each kueh lapis is also layered with auspicious Chinese characters on them, making them a feast on the eyes too.
Finally, consider getting the cookies a la carte. Its Premium Pineapple Balls (S$20.30), Salted Caramel Almond Cookies (S$20.30), and Hojicha Butter Cookies (S$20.30) are among the top picks you have to try.
Visit its booth at Takashimaya Square, Vivo City, Suntec City, Velocity @ Novena Square, Compass One, and Tampines Mall before 20 January, online, or call 8468 0201 / 8428 9016 to order.
You may think of Yàn as the perfect dining spot for a reunion dinner but the Chinese restaurant is also presenting an array of goodies this Chinese New Year.
These goodies include the Pineapple Tarts (S$28.80), house-made Crispy Caramelised Walnuts (S$28.80), and Prosperity Nian Gao (S$22).
These are simply but beautifully packaged, making them great for indulging at home or festive gifting
Goodwood Park Hotel
Goodwood Park Hotel will be rolling out a series of festive creations that aren’t just delectable but beautiful to boot.
The “Mao Shan Wang” Durian Kueh Lapis (S$138) is a show-stopper to snag. This features decadent layers of pulpy “Mao Shan Wang” durian mousse and almond sponge, framed by pillowy soft kueh lapis cake, which presents a unique rendition of this traditional confection for the upcoming festivities.
Another exquisite creation is the Golden Pineapple Basque Tarts (S$68), which are inspired by traditional pineapple tarts. These showcase freshly homemade pineapple jam enveloped in an almond crust, and topped with a gold “fu” (which means prosperity) white chocolate decoration for a resplendent finish.
Absolutely adorable, the Bountiful Bunnies “Nian Gao” with Black Sesame Paste (S$59.80) will definitely make a great conversation-starter when guests visit. These are handmade with steamed glutinous rice flour and coconut milk filled with velvety-smooth black sesame paste.
Finally, if you’re looking for an addictive snack, consider the Ranch Carrot Chips (a nod to Year of the Rabbit, of course). These light and crisp chips are generously coated with onion powder, parsley, and chives.
Order online from 2 January at least five days in advance.
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore is ringing in the Year of the Rabbit with an array of auspicious Chinese New Year goodies that aren’t just tasty but packaged beautifully.
Consider its Kueh Lapis (S$79), which is available in several flavours: Original, Coffee, Pandan, and Prune, if your guests enjoy a rich and traditional treat that requires meticulous baking.
Otherwise, go for the Love Letters (S$36), which is light and crispy, and packaged in a beautiful red box with the hotel’s emblem.
And if you want a change from your usual pineapple tarts, order its signature handmade Pandan Kaya Tarts (S$21.90), featuring a pandan-flavoured kaya jam and a savoury butter pastry. These are packaged individually to maintain freshness.
As part of Rempapa’s Chef Damia D’Silva’s dedication to engage, interest, and motivate the next generation of culinary talents, he has collaborated with Genevieve Lee from Sourbombe Artisanal Bakery to bring special festive creations this Chinese New Year. In case you don’t know, Gen is also the runner-up of MasterChef Singapore Season One, where Chef Damian was a judge and mentor.
The exclusive treats conceptualised by Chef Damian and Gen are presented in the Rempapa Sourbombe A-bun-dance Box (S$32). This isn’t just great for serving to guests but also makes for a fabulous gift for a loved one.
You’ll find in this box three Sourbombes; two are loaded with Rempapa’s Eurasian-inspired fillings – Pang Susi and Prawn Bostador – and one with Sourbombe’s sweet Mango Pomelo.
The box includes four kueh flavours (two pieces each) from Rempapa – Puteri Ayu, Sago Bandung, Talam Keladi, and Kueh Salat too.
Besides this, the two chefs are also presenting Hae Bee Hiam Cookies (S$22) that features Rempapa’s house-blend of dried shrimps sambal, which uses top grade dried shrimps. This complements the cookie base from Sourbombe, accentuated with aromatic curry leaf butter.
These goodies are available for self-collection or island-wide delivery from 3 January to 20 January. Orders have to be placed at least two days in advance at the Sourbombe Bakery website.
Celebrating the full-fledged return of lion dances this year, Jade Executive Chef Leong introduces the Lion Dance Eight Treasures Cookies (S$52).
These are handcrafted to resemble the head of a lion dance costume and each buttery shortbread cookie is generously filled with pineapple paste, white lotus paste, osmanthus, peanuts, white sesame seeds, melon seeds, pickled winter melon, and white peppercorn – in other words, a burst of flavours in your mouth from the first bite.
Besides this, you can also look forward to the Yam Paste Nian Gao Tarts (S$42), a bestseller that will please pretty much anyone.
Order online or at The Fullerton Cake Boutique, located at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Bay Hotel.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
If you enjoy Taiwanese style pineapple cakes, then the Pineapple Tarts (S$86) from Mandarin Oriental Singapore will be up your alley. These are packaged into a beautiful box, making it a presentable gift too.
Otherwise, you can also consider its Sesame Mung Bean Cookies (S$38) or Gula Melaka Cookies (S$38) for options of other delectable Chinese New Year goodies.
Ring in the new Lunar New Year with Bread Garden, a Halal-certified bakery that was established way back in the 1980s.
Get your hands on old-school favourites like the Premium Pineapple Tart (S$26.80), Spicy Shrimp Rolls (S$22.80), and Old School Almond Cookies (S$23.80).
If you’re tired of eating the same old pineapple tarts, opt for their Premium Charcoal Pineapple Tart (S$27.80) which has charcoal powder blended into the crust to give an earthy taste. This counters the rich sweetness of pineapple filling and will instead give you a savoury experience instead.
For something that will definitely impress your guests, consider Ya Ge’s gula melaka Golden Ingot Nian Gao.
These delicious treats are also presented in an elegant midnight blue box that’s embellished with the Ya Ge logo in gold, making it a great gifting option too.
These retail in boxes of eighjt at S$28.80 each.