Hong Kong’s best Chinese New Year puddings
We’ve all had our share of steamed custard buns for dim sum, but have you ever tried a custard Chinese New Year pudding? Yeah, we didn’t think so. North Point’s City Garden Hotel has introduced its first yuzu custard lin go that’s packed with refreshing, citrusy flavours and just the right amount of sweetness. Aside from a liberal amount of yuzu pulp, the pudding also uses yuzu honey in place of sugar. So you can have multiple helpings without feeling like it’ll rot your teeth. $199.
Known for providing healthy options and quality merchandise that uses refined ingredients, Dashijie’s puddings and cakes are the go-to choice for those who want to embrace tradition with some modern tweaks. Among the classics, there’s a limited-edition ham and XO sauce turnip cake, and another that’s flavoured with porcini mushrooms (instead of the usual dried meats) so vegetarians don’t have to miss out. But the one that’s been catching people’s eye is the Japanese dried oyster, scallop and prawn cake. With all the different umami flavours and ingredients, Dashijie’s turnip cakes are anything but bland. Available at outlets like Citysuper, Great, Marketplace and more. Also, online. $338.
Who says vegetarians have to miss out on all the delicious fun? Green Common has introduced a turnip cake that replaces Chinese bacon with the innovative meat-alternative, Omnipork. Get ready to bite into huge chunks of said ‘pork’, along with organic quinoa and XO sauce made from shiitake and enoki mushrooms, peppers and other natural ingredients with robust flavours. The turnip cake is rich in protein, a bonus for any health-conscious eaters. $248.
This CNY, acclaimed celebrity chef Leung Fai Hung is hopping on the bubble tea bandwagon and serving up a new creation – an egg custard glutinous pearl pudding. Using only top-shelf salted egg yolk and creamy, sweet custard mixed with tapioca balls, this one is basically a bubble tea in pudding form. Chinese New Year has never been sweeter. $288.
It’s got Chibi Maruko-chan’s face stamped on it – do you really need any more convincing to try this pudding? Hong Kong’s beloved baked goods seller Kee Wah has introduced a limited edition pudding set for this auspicious festival featuring childhood favourite character Maruko-chan. Each box features two puddings: a mini traditional pudding and a mini pudding with coconut milk. The set also comes with cute festive goodies like Maruko-chan red packets and fai chun (traditional CNY scroll banners). $118.
The team at Momo Café is always trying to get creative with its dishes. Following last year’s hugely popular and adorable paw-shaped pudding – since it was the Year of the Dog – they’ve had fun again this year by rolling some pig’s head (literally) lin go. There are six fun, refreshing flavours to pick from: durian, matcha, candied yuzu, guava, blood orange and traditional. You can treat friends and the fam with either the one- or three-flavour box set when you do your festive house calls. $128-$138.
Purveyors of many decadent food products, The Peninsula Boutique has an awesome collection of jams, chocolates, cakes and plenty more. But for CNY, The Peninsula's signature lin go takes centre stage. The pudding here is made from ground glutinous rice to give it a fantastic chewy texture. Aside from the traditional flavour, the Peninsula is offering a couple of special flavours as well – a sweet osmanthus pudding and a new jasmine tea pudding that’s aromatic without being overly sweet. All puddings come wrapped in gorgeous, decadent packaging, a bit like the five-star hotel itself. $188.
Known for its excellent Cantonese fare and boasting 40 years of history, the various outposts of this small chain are regularly packed during lunch hours. Given its penchant for traditional local fare, it’s no surprise Tsui Hang Village is offering up an old-school yam and dried scallop pudding this Lunar New Year. Stuffed with toothsome fresh yam and yam beans, the pudding comes served with dried shrimp. The pudding is packaged in cube form, making it easier (and faster) to cook. $241.