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).
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.