8 Chinese New Year goodies for your bingeing consideration

Overwhelmed by the sea of goodies this Chinese New Year? Here are 8 tidbits we’ve tried and rated to help you out

CNY snacks tried and rated
CNY snacks tried and rated
10 Feb 2016

CNY snacks tried and rated

1. Carrot Cake $23.80 for 500g (left)
OLD SENG CHOONG, ORDER ONLINE BY FEB 6 AND ENJOY 30 PERCENT OFF. WWW.OLDSENGCHOONG.COM

Probably the best packaged carrot cake we’ve had in forever. While it’s good pan-fried till lightly crisp (we garnished it with furikake and sakura ebi in this pic), we prefer it steamed. So you can savour the creamy texture of the meltingly soft rice flour block bursting with tender cubes of sweet steamed radish, fragrant lap cheong and dried shrimp in all its purity. So tasty it doesn’t need any soy sauce or chilli. It’s made by the former founder of Bakerzin, Daniel Tay, who started this online biz as a tribute to his father when the latter ran an old-school confectionery shop of the same name between the ’60s and the ’90s. Skip the middling yam cake — oddly filled with peanuts — from the same brand, though.
VERDICT: 4.5/5

2. Salted Egg Yolk Cookies $22 for 420g (right)
PIES & COFFEE, FOUR OUTLETS INCLUDING #01-25 ROBERTSON WALK, 11 UNITY ST, S237995. TEL: 6733-9272. WWW.PIESNCOFFEE.COM

A delicious cookie, but if you’re looking for a powerful salted egg hit, then this is not it. What it is: a wonderfully fresh, crusty orb that crumbles agreeably with each bite into a buttery, slightly sandy puddle with just a whisper of savouriness from the preserved yolk.
VERDICT: 3.5/5  

CNY snacks tried and rated
CNY snacks tried and rated
10 Feb 2016

CNY snacks tried and rated

3. Salted Egg Potato Chips and Fish Skins $15 for 350g
IRVINS, TO ORDER, E-MAIL COCOBASG@GMAIL.COM. WWW.IRVINSALTEDEGG.COM

Anything containing salted egg yolk is snapped up faster than Madonna concert tickets these days. Especially these potato chips and fish skins by this former live seafood eatery that has closed down (though its company still owns Leban HK Café at Upper Thomson where they sell these treats). The snacks are so hot that orders for CNY have closed and you can only get your paws on these gems in March. But good news — the first 20 readers to e-mail Irvins quoting “8 DAYS magazine” will be able to buy some and enjoy free delivery. Now, what’s all the fuss about? Well, the spuds are thin, satisfyingly crisp and tossed in a robust house-made salted egg yolk coating that envelopes each chip in a creamy, briny burst of egg, milk powder, curry leaf and chilli-spiked umaminess. The savoury fish skins are also excellent, though the thicker, crackly shards don't soak in the flavour of the salted egg as well.
VERDICT: 4.5/5

CNY snacks tried and rated
CNY snacks tried and rated
10 Feb 2016

CNY snacks tried and rated

4. Salted Egg Yolk Cookies $15 a jar, about 250g (left)
SINPOPO BRAND, 458 JOO CHIAT RD, TEL: 6345-5034. WWW.SINPOPO.COM

Enjoy licking up the rich, golden sauce on that fried prawn or sotong at your favourite zhi char joint? Then you’ll like these. The punchy essence of the dish’s curry leaf-laced gravy is trapped within a buttery, crunchy cookie. Caveat: this tasted its best within the first few days we got it, and turned limp and strangely sweet as time passed. So eat it fresh, and quickly.
VERDICT: 3.5/5

5. Banana Pineapple Tart Sandwich $25 for 15 pieces (right)
JANICE WONG: PURE IMAGINATION, #B2-K6 THE SHOPPES AT MARINA BAY SANDS, 10 BAYFRONT AVE, S018956. TEL: 9712-5338. WWW.JANICEWONG.COM.SG

These good-lookers come as a sandwich with pineapple and banana jam nestling between two crisp buttery pastry ‘cookies’. The banana adds an even more tropical tone to the chewy pineapple jam and gives it character, though it’s a tad too sweet. The tarts are contained in a lovely painted glass jar that’ll look fab on your coffee table.
VERDICT: 3/5

CNY snacks tried and rated
CNY snacks tried and rated
10 Feb 2016

CNY snacks tried and rated

6. Osmanthus Fortune Fish $78 for two (left)
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL SINGAPORE, 22 ORANGE GROVE RD, S258350. TEL: 6213-4275/4398. WWW.SHANGRI-LA.COM/SINGAPORE. AVAILABLE TILL FEB 22.

The hotel offers Chinese New Year mainstays like nian gao, turnip cake and osmanthus jelly shaped into huat-worthy fishes. This osmanthus version stands out: a wobbly slab crammed with bits of the perfume-y flowers and goji berries. Yum.
VERDICT: 3.5/5

7. Lunar New Year Macarons $48.80 for eight (right)
BONHEUR PATISSERIE, TWO OUTLETS INCLUDING #B1-72 RAFFLES CITY SHOPPING CENTRE, 252 NORTH BRIDGE RD, S179103. TEL: 6336-3104.

Exquisitely crafted, but extremely sweet macarons in peach, orange, sakura and oolong flavours. Bite through a saccharine sugar layer to get to the lightly crackly shell. While the sugar rush is a bit too much for us, we foresee our nieces and nephews snatching up these cute munchkins. Top up $5 for a dim sum basket to cart the macarons around.
VERDICT: 3/5

CNY snacks tried and rated
CNY snacks tried and rated
10 Feb 2016

CNY snacks tried and rated

8. Kaya Chiffon Cake $14.20 (feeds eight)
FLOR PATISSERIE, #01-01, 2 DUXTON HILL, S089588. TEL: 6243-0813. WWW.CAKEFLOR.COM.SG

Something that your entire clan — and visiting relatives from overseas missing local food — will enjoy. This one’s from the Japanese-style patisserie famous for its delicate, light-as-air chiffon cakes. Each moist kaya-infused slice is eggy, fragrant and fairly, if not traditionally, rich. Sorta like a Nippon version of a pandan cake, but with gula melaka, silken tofu, and fresh milk.
VERDICT: 3.5/5

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