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The best Chinese New Year takeaways in Singapore

Bring home a bountiful, auspicious meal and ring in the new year with style – and ease

Fabian Loo
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Fabian Loo
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It’s time to start getting ready for Lunar New Year and welcome the year of the rat – there are rooms to clean, wardrobes to Marie Kondo, and reunion dinners to put together. If you aren’t planning on working up a sweat in the kitchen, we’ve rounded up some of the best, and auspicious dishes that are available for takeaway. Just place an order in advance and get ready to feast.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Orchard

January 24 to February 26

For an exquisite feast, the newly revamped Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel has a series of festive takeaway treat that will surely impress. From its festive menu, start with the comforting double-boiled soup ($265.35), where chicken broth comes cooked with indulgent ingredients of abalone, eel fish maw, handmade prawn dumpling, minced pork meatballs, and white radish cubes. For an apt and auspicious way to usher in the year of the ox, consider the slow-braised oxtail ($254.65) that will spice up any get-togethers with its tongue-numbing flavours. Piquant Sichuan flavours of peppercorns, fermented chilli paste, and more are used to stew with oxtail pieces till they are tender and soft. And from The Deli, pick up a box of sweet treats ($80 for 15 pieces), which comes with a pineapple crumble tart, and the fluffiest orange Chiboust cake topped with orange jelly and candied kumquats.

ORDER HERE goodwoodparkfestive.oddle.me/en_SG/

  • Hotels
  • City Hall

January 25 to February 26

Sweeten things up with delectable treats from Pacific Marketplace by Pan Pacific Singapore. Its best-selling creation is a brown sugar peanut cake ($78) that comes covered with an aromatic peanut layer. You’ll also want pick up some extra bottles of the caramel walnuts coated with sesame seeds ($35); it’s all too easy to go through the snack even before the guests come over for visiting. Other highlights include the Cantonese sponge cake with almond flakes ($24), adorably shaped themed macarons ($62) dressed in icons of fortune cat, golden ingots, and more.

ORDER HERE ppsinshop.com

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  • Restaurants
  • Raffles Place

Plan a stay-home feast with ease; Ellenborough Market Café has a slew of takeaway treats to help you throw a hearty Chinese New Year feast. The Prosperity Bundles, which feeds eight to 10 people, comes lavished with delightful creations. From the Treasure set ($428), look forward to beef short ribs, crispy red grouper, and Celestial Eight Treasure Duck filled with roasted pork, yam, lotus roots, and more. The Abundance set ($628) comes with even more decadent dishes: yusheng with lobster, and a Braised Buddha’s Temptation Claypot simmered with prized ingredients of abalone, sea cucumber, dried scallops, flower mushroom, tiger prawns, and oyster.

For more intimate gatherings, items are also available a la carte. Toss to a prosperous year with the Fortune Yu Sheng with Rock Lobster ($168), or grab the beef short ribs ($78) and Celestial Eight Treasure Duck ($78) that will surely make for a scrumptious centrepiece at any reunion dinner table.

ORDER HERE ellenboroughmarketcafe.oddle.me/en_SG/

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Chinatown

January 25 to February 26

Not a fan of the usual yusheng? You can still toss to a prosperous new year with this modern take by Jekyll and Hyde. The Jekyll Prosciutto di Parma Yusheng ($68/$98) features Kurobuta shaved ham as its topping, complete with dried cured Italian ham, crispy pork floss, and bak kwa bits for a salty, hearty spin on the usual salad. For more classic flavours, order the Jekyll’s 8 Treasures Glutinous Rice ($38) which comes wrapped within dried lotus leaves. Within, you’ll find rice that comes studded with prized ingredients: dried scallops, dried shiitake mushrooms, dried oysters, dried shrimp, pork sausage, chestnuts, lotus seeds, and black fungus. Then, share a toast with the bar’s festive tipple – a butter bak kwa-washed bourbon ($39) with caramel miso, or the Mandarin Gallery ($39) made with gin, mandarin honey, and orange bitters.

ORDER HERE jekyll.sg

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Tigerlily Patisserie
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Tigerlily Patisserie

The ovens at virtual bakery Tigerlily Patisserie are busy churning out a special festive-themed dessert box ($40). Inside comes five novel treats: a char siew Money Bag stuffed with Iberico roast pork char siew, mixed nuts, and candied winter melon; brioche folded with dried sausage and caramelised onions; milk bun mixed with homemade dried shrimp sambal; an upside down pineapple cake; and black sesame brownie with a mochi centre. Larger format treats are also available for sharing with loved ones. Snack on mandarin orange financiers, baked using Japense Kurozato sugar and crowned with oolong cream ($36.80 for five); or split the Hong Kong-style radish cake ($35) embedded with dried sausage, Chinese liver sausage, dried scallop, shiitake mushroom, and shallots.

ORDER HERE tigerlilypatisserie.com

  • Things to do
  • Hougang

January 7 to February 26

Most Chinese New Year meals come catered for large groups. But for the solo diners looking to indulge in a little festive flavours, drop by Toast Box for some hearty bites. The Golden Yam Cake ($3), comes stuffed with fresh yam bites, shiitake mushrooms, dried shrimps, minced pork, peanuts, and fried shallots, then pan-fried till crispy and golden brown. Also making a return this year is the bak kwa fried rice ($4.50), best paired with sips of barley ($2.60) suffused with floral osmanthus notes. Also available are gift sets and snack bundles, with highlights of Hae-ppy Egg Rolls ($12.80) filled with spicy dried shrimp, kopi gao cookie ($12.80), and more. 

ORDER HERE toastbox.com.sg/pre-order.html

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Chinatown

Traditional flavours get reinterpreted into dainty, cool treats at PAUL. The bakery’s Chinese New year collection features the adorable mini mandarin orange marmalade tartlet ($28 for eight), where mandarin orange mousse and crunchy pearls come atop vanilla sugar tart and smooth almond cream. Taking cues from the poplar pineapple tart is the pineapple pan cotta tartlet ($28 for eight). Pineapple chunks are cooked down into a jelly, and served with coconut and pineapple cream for a sugared, tropical snack. Savoury treats are available, too. The usual buttery croissant is topped with seaweed and mayonnaise ($18 for eight), or chicken bak kwa.

ORDER HERE paulsgcatering.com

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