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The Mandarin Cake Shop
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The best food and drink gifts for Chinese New Year

Wave bye to boring biscuits and gift these goodies instead

By Fontaine Cheng
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If there's anything that our Chinese parents have taught us, it's to make sure you never show up to someone's house empty-handed, especially when it’s Chinese New Year. And while a basket of fruits or a box of biscuits is all well and good, food and drink brands are getting creative so you can come bearing gifts that are slightly more impressive. From chocolates, cookies and coffee, to generous hampers and even something for our beloved pets too, here’s the list of our top food and drink gifts to gift this Chinese New Year.

RECOMMENDED: Don’t forget to check out our Chinese New Year guide to find out about all the traditions, meanings behind flowers and fruits, and more gifting ideas.

Best food and drink gifts for Chinese New Year

Jouer Chinese New Year Feast
Jouer Chinese New Year Feast
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Jouer

Jouer is back with its popular Chinese New Year gift sets, along with two new additions this year — the Fortune Gift Hamper ($1,080) and Porcelain Gin Prosperity Gift Hamper ($2,380). 

The Porcelain Gin Prosperity Gift Hamper is Jouer’s first partnership with Porcelain Gin. The bamboo hamper contains a bottle of its namesake Shanghai Dry Gin, all of the signature Chinese New Year treats, and your choice of an artisanal Chinese New Year black sugar pudding in collaboration with Black Garlic.   

Celebrate Lunar New Year’s Eve with Jouer’s Prosperity Feast ($3,288, serves six to eight). Highlights from the menu include the signature poon choi, drunken chicken foie gras claypot rice, suckling pig with wa mui (dried plum) rhubarb chutney and more! 

All items are lovingly handcrafted to order so please allow for four days’ notice. Order online here.

Time Out Hong Kong in partnership with Jouer

Baked Indulgence x Grace Chan
Baked Indulgence x Grace Chan
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Baked Indulgence

Changing things up for the festive holiday, baked cookies and desserts purveyor Baked Indulgence has teamed up with Hong Kong's sweetheart actress and well-known baking enthusiast Grace Chan for an exclusive gift set of CNY cookies. The gift box ($498) features four signature flavours, created in collaboration with Grace, including pistachio with ruby chocolate, taro with white chocolate and pandan kaya filling, Japanese yuzu and yuzu filling, and Four Seasons tea with dark chocolate. The set also contains a box of mini classic and red velvet cookies, Valrhona inspiration raspberry crunchy pearls, and glazed nuts. There is also a non-nutty version ($586) with more crunchy pearls instead.

For the early bird offer, order on or before January 29 to enjoy the lower prices of ($438/$506) via their website here.

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Charbonnel et Walker
Charbonnel et Walker
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Charbonnel et Walker

The British chocolatier has launched limited-edition truffles for Chinese New Year ($228). Wrapped in auspicious red and gold Chinese lattice-patterned gift boxes, these rich and luxurious truffles – with sumptuous ganache fillings enrobed in rich dark chocolate and topped with gold leaf – aptly represent a Lunar New Year filled with fortune. 

The limited-edition CNY truffles can be purchased at the Charbonnel et Walker pop-up in the Prince’s Building and via their online shop here.

Okra
Okra
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Okra

Restaurants Japanese Sheung Wan

The Japanese izakaya has created a ‘Kampai CNY’ hamper ($2,800) which is filled with items for a feast with family and friends. Inside, a whole smoked Yu An Yaki duck (200g) is a fantastic centrepiece for CNY feasts, while smoked back sugar bacon (200g), and dry-aged beef tongue (200g) make for great additional dishes. There’s also barrel-aged mirin brined and smoked King Salmon (200g), the house-blend sushi rice (1kg), house-made Ma La sauce, and a bottle of sake to top off the celebrations. There’s also a lucky element with some hampers containing the brand’s limited-edition handmade Okra doll! 

Orders can be made by email or WhatsApp on +852 2806 1038.

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Nespresso
Nespresso
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Nespresso

A gift for the coffee lovers, Nespresso has launched a new permanent coffee for their upcoming World Explorations range: Shanghai Lungo (HK$42/sleeve of 10 capsules). Fruity, with fine acidity and creamy body, this coffee is made up of a blend of Chinese and Kenyan Arabica beans, while Indonesian beans add a touch of spicy wood. Nespresso has also launched Lunar New Year coffee assortment ($422/10 sleeves) and coffee gift set with 5 coffee sleeves, limited-edition chopsticks made from recycled aluminium and a pair of glasses ($408). 

Available to purchase in stores and online at their website here until February 18.

Cookie Vission
Cookie Vission
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Cookie Visson

Cookie Vission has also released limited-edition flavours for CNY including a golden oolong tea cookie (HK$50), which is a tea-infused vanilla cookie with white chocolate chips and dried apricots, filled with a molten oolong ganache and dusted with gold. Another limited release is the Grand Marnier crème brûlée cookie ($50), which is a dark chocolate cookie with milk chocolate chips and roasted hazelnuts, wrapped around a Grand Marnier liqueur crème brûlée centre with kumquat peel. Get both in a Chinese New Year box set ($300) alongside bestsellers of Vietnamese coffee, oatmeal raisin, black sesame, and matcha.

Available now on Cookie Vission’s website here.

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Roganic
Roganic
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Roganic

Restaurants Causeway Bay

Packed with handcrafted ganache-filled chocolate truffles, Roganic’s Chinese New Year fortune box ($780) is not only stylish, but it’s perfect for families and friends, or maybe even yourself. The box holds 32 pieces filled with four original centres including winter truffle, woodruff from Cartmel, miso caramel with hazelnut, and pecan praline. 

Get the early bird price ($680) if you order before or on January 31 on their website here and collect it from the restaurant on February 9 or 10. 

The Mandarin Cake Shop
The Mandarin Cake Shop
Photograph: Courtesy The Mandarin Cake Shop

The Mandarin Cake Shop

Restaurants Central

Usher in the Year of the Ox with cake and chocolates from The Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop for a luxurious Chinese New Year. From stunning chocolate Chinese ingots of lucky fortune with sycee pralines ($688) to Chinese New Year cake of mandarin and milk chocolate ($488) and oolong sesame mousse cake ($488) for a sweet CNY to share together.

Order in-store or at their online shop here.

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Venchi Hong Kong
Venchi Hong Kong
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Venchi

Shopping Wan Chai

Italian gourmet chocolatier Venchi is offering a range of chocolate gift boxes for Chinese New Year, some of which can easily double up as a fortune box. Take the double layer hexagon gift box ($788) for example, which is layered with cremini, chocoviar, truffles and dubledoni chocolates, all of which are perfect for sharing with family and guests. The smaller double layer square gift box ($438) is also great for those who love the taste of Piedmont hazelnuts as its full of nutty flavoured creminos.

Visit stores to purchase and check out other items from their CNY collection on their website here.

ProVet
ProVet
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ProVet Pet Snacks

The traditional Chinese medicine-based pet healthcare brand is offering two gift sets suitable for both cats and dogs to welcome in a healthy Year of the Ox. The first, named the Prosperous Year of Boundless Energy ($400), includes ProVet’s dried fish maw, gamey crocodile meat, and capsules of their respiratory health formula. Meanwhile, the Auspicious Year of Wellness gift box ($292) contains crocodile meat. Both sets also come with a plush toy and two of ProVet’s supplements to ensure the best health and wellness for your pets.

The gift sets are sold on ProVet’s e-shop and HKTVMall. 

Celebrate the festivities!

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