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The best places to get Chinese New Year snacks in Singapore

Diet can wait – these festive snacks are available for a limited time only

Fabian Loo
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Fabian Loo
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Let’s face it, the best part of Lunar New Year celebrations isn’t about the steamboat meals or reunion feasts. It’s about the snacks and goodies that make an appearance once every year. This festive season, indulge in these irresistible Chinese New Year snacks that range from classic flavours to modern creations.

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  • Hotels
  • Tanglin

Traditional Chinese New Year’s cake gets a one-up over at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Besides the traditional variant, enjoy three new creations, including a red bean nian gao with 50-year tangerine peel ($58.80), made specially to celebrate the Shangri-La Group’s 50th anniversary. Equally impressive is the pretty three-layered nian gao ($29.80) – purple sweet potato, Japanese pumpkin, and coconut milk are used to yield a vibrant treat with alternating layers of purple, yellow, and brown. The Bountiful Cookies ($59.80) set also makes for an impressive addition to the dining table. Packed in a festive packaging of red and gold, the bundle comes filled with 37 cookies that include sesame seed, coconut kaffir lime, almond, Nanyang coffee and chocolate, spicy shrimp rolls, and more. Also available from the e-store are pineapple tarts (from $36.80)chocolate pralines ($22.80), Shang Palace’s premium XO sauce ($38), and Sichuan-spiced bak kwa ($13.80).

ORDER HERE shangri-la-sgdining.com/singapore-celebrations/web/index.aspx

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Ooh
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Ooh

Turn up the huat – and heat – with munchies from this mala snack specialist. The numb, spicy flavours of mala xiang guo gets reimagined into numerous addictive creations. Try the classic potato chips ($7.30), where hand-pounded spice are used to coat thinly sliced chips; or try the CNY-exclusive mala fish skin ($10.80). A must-order: the mala crabstick ($18) that is only available in limited quantities this period. Other novel spicy snacks include green peas, prawn crackers, and even marshmallows. 

ORDER HERE ooh.sg/shop

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Mandai

It is common knowledge that indulging in desserts can make you happy. So this festive season, Bob The Baker Boy is switching gears, from creating intricate cakes, to baking up Chinese New Year snacks that will put a smile on everyone’s faces. A signature creation: melt-in-the-mouth pineapple tarts ($26.90) that is almost impossible to stop at just one. Also worth a try is the cranberry earl grey crunchy cookie ($26.90). You can’t go wrong with the classic chocolate cookies (from $9.90), or the extra indulgent molten lava cookie bag ($20) where chonky, hefty pieces come stuffed with a chocolate centre. Snack on it as is for a fudge-y filling, or pop the cookies into the microwave to get everything gooey and molten.

ORDER HERE bobthebakerboy.com

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Amazing Graze
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Amazing Graze

Here are some guilt-free snacking treats from Amazing Graze: the Lunar Nut Mix Gift Box ($16.80). In it, the bundle comes with eight packets of flavours trail mixes, each neatly packaged to resemble red packets. Natural nuts come tossed in finger-licking flavours of pandan coconut, sweet chilli, zesty maple, and coconut curry – all made without refined sugars. Or snack on the Golden Jujube Nut Mix ($5.50), inspired by the Asian sweet dessert that comes with freeze-dried pineapples, dried longans, and goji series. 

ORDER HERE amazingraze.com

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Teaspoon of Love
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Teaspoon of Love

More than just an online tea store, Teaspoon of Love incorporates its premium leaves into freshly baked treats as well. This Lunar New Year, you’ll find pineapple tarts infused with earl grey tea ($32.90) to create a fragrant snack. Other popular bakes include the gold-dusted pineapple balls ($36.90) and hojicha butter cookies ($15.90) – all of which are currently out of stock. For a chance to snag up these tea-infused bakes, join the virtual waitlist, or stay updated at @tspoflove

ORDER HERE tspoflove.com

  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Raffles Place

Take a break from mandarin oranges and snack on the latest creation from homegrown bakery Old Seng Choong: yuzu swiss roll ($33.80). Using only imported ingredients from Japan – flour, the fruit’s zest, and puree – the result is an easy-to-eat treat perfumed with citrus. Its light-as-air sponge layer makes it all too easy to squeeze in a slice or two, even after stuffing yourself silly from all that reunion feasting. Zichar dishes have also been reimagined into cookies. Try the Marmite chicken floss ($23.80) with the saltiness from the popular yeast spread, or sample the crispy har lok ($23.80) that comes packing with umami thanks to the addition of dried shrimps and fried shallots. 

ORDER HERE oldsengchoong.com

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  • Hotels
  • Orchard

The kitchens at Goodwood Park Hotel are working overtime this season. More than just rolling out decadent dishes to lay your reunion dinner table, it also has a series of irresistible treats that you won’t find elsewhere. Our favourite: the deep-fried kangkong ($28.80) that comes coated in a crispy batter, dusted liberally with cheese and sour cream powder. New creations from The Deli this year include the maple butter and almond garlic lotus root chips ($36.80), a sweet-savoury spin on the usual crispy snack, and the whole Pineapple Crumble Tart ($78) that draws inspiration from the quintessential pineapple tart. The sweet treat comes layered with almond cream, caramelised pineapples, then packaged neatly within an elegant red and gold box. 

ORDER HERE goodwoodparkfestive.oddle.me/en_SG/

  • Things to do
  • Hougang

Fans of bak kwa will enjoy BreadTalk’s range of festive treats. You’ll find the barbecued meat stuffed within the Bak Kwa Delight ($2.10), a pillow-soft bun studded with bits of salty-sweet bak kwa; and the bak kwa salted egg pastry ($13.80 for four), where the usual salty tau sar piah filling hides a tasty salted egg yolk core. Other exclusive creations feature the Golden Flosss-ful ($2.30), where flaky crossest is topped with egg cream and pork floss; the Prosperity Duo ($2.60) which comes with two bread shaped like ox horns; Blissful Delight ($20) made with prune paste and dried pitted fruit, and more. 

Can’t decide? Curated gift sets make for a great option as well. Little Joys ($28.80) comes with two bottles of assorted cookies and an adorable crisps gift bag. 

ORDER HERE breadtalk.com.sg/shop

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Geylang

As its name suggests, this humble bakery uses time-tested Peranakan flavours and turns them into delicious morsels. Founded by home baker Anthony Tan in 2007, he has since turned his digital bakery into a successful business – with a flagship store at Changi Road. His offerings range from classic treats to modern snacks. Shake things up with the Blessed Chiku Chips ($16.80), or the TomTom Yummy Muruku ($17.80) that comes coated in a tangy, spicy seasoning. Yummy Seaweed ($17.80) is a snack that lives up to its moniker, and Magical Black Forest ($18) will please everyone in the family with its chocolate, buttery cookie base, with nuts studded within. Or shower your guests with love by rolling out some pineapple tarts yourself. The DIY kit ($28.80) takes all the hassle out of baking; just roll out the pastry dough, portion it, and wrap it with the pineapple jam that comes in the set. 

ORDER HERE littlenonyascookies.com

Irvins
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Irvins

Snack maker Irvins is most famous for its range of salted egg yolk snack. Come this Lunar New Year, it has created a new, equally addictive creation – salted egg prawn roll (from $12). The usual spicy shrimp snack comes coated with an umami salted egg yolk coating that’ll make stopping much harder. While you’re at it, don’t miss out on Irvins’ other well-loved munchies. Choose from its signature fish skin ($8) or potato chips ($8), or sample the innovative fish head curry ($8.50) and salted egg gyoza skin ($8). Can’t decide? Then get the best of what Irvins has to offer with the premium gift box. Each adorable box comes with your choice of five, or six, different flavours. 

 ORDER HERE eatirvins.sg

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  • Restaurants
  • Novena

Head over to The Marmalade Pantry, a one-stop shop this season for all your snacking needs. From its menu, look forward to the petite chicken bak kwa ($30), made without the use of any preservatives and packed individually so you can nibble without getting your fingers dirty. Golden Pineapple Tarts ($24) makes a return again this year, where within buttery, golden pastry hides a middle of pandan- and cinnamon-scented pineapple jam. Don’t miss the debut of its honey mustard roast cracker ($20), where soya crisps are dusted in honey mustard seasoning, rosemary, and chives. For convenient gifting and shopping, consider its curated gift sets. The Traditional Classics ($60) is filled with pineapple tarts, sambal shrimp rolls, and honey mustard crackers; while The Signature Collection ($80) comes with the added chicken bak kwa. The Grand Treasures ($138) comes with an added bottle of Sandara Chardonnay & Sake for extra merrymaking. 

ORDER HERE delivery.themarmaladepantry.com.sg/en_SG

  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • City Hall

You won’t have to feel guilty about all the snacking done during this season. Over at Seriously Keto, the bakery has created its range of keto-friendly new year goodies that come low in carbohydrates with no sugar added. Try the cashew cookie ($19.80), made to resemble an ingot; or sample the gluten-free variant of kueh buloh ($16.80). The usual sweet sponge cake retains a fluffy texture, but comes with the benefit of having no sugar added. There’s also the pecan coconut tart ($88), with hints of butterscotch that will be suitable for everyone at the dinner table. And yes, second servings are highly encouraged. Get all three in a bundle for $118.80, or browse other keno-friendly snacks from the bakery. There’s even a discount code ’SKCNY10’ that gives a 10 percent discount on all bundles purchased from now till February 9. 

ORDER HERE seriouslyketo.com

Time to feast

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