10 lucky foods to ring in Chinese New Year

Want to boost your luck, health and fortune in the new year? Try these unique and auspicious snacks.

10 lucky foods to ring in Chinese New Year
10 lucky foods to ring in Chinese New Year
30 Jan 2018

10 lucky foods to ring in Chinese New Year

Forget diets. Chinese New Year is all about feasting and bingeing on goodies and each year, we sacrifice our waistlines to search for unique festive snacks and treats that are both yummy and auspicious. Here are 10 special-edition foods and new twists to traditional favourites to sink your teeth in. Huat ah!

For good luck and fortune
For good luck and fortune
30 Jan 2018

For good luck and fortune

Drink: Pineapple tart smoothie ($6.90)

We never thought we’d see our favourite pineapple tarts in the form of a smoothie. The deconstructed pineapple tart is made with actual pineapples, cranberries, LiHo’s signature cheese and topped with biscuit crumbs for added crunch. It is refreshing, tart but sweet, and you can even taste the creamy cheese amidst the blended pineapple. Give it a good stir so the crumbs are well mixed into the drink for a taste of pineapple tart with every sip.

Available at all LiHO outlets for a limited period.

Photos: Instagram/@wildcamom1le, @lihosg

For good luck and fortune
For good luck and fortune
30 Jan 2018

For good luck and fortune

Eat: L’éclair’s CNY éclairs

If drinking your pineapple tart is too hipster or try-hard, go for L’éclair’s Pineapple Tart eclair, generously stuffed with pineapple pastry cream and filling, and topped with a pineapple tart. Exquisitely crafted, the Instagram-worthy pastry is handmade – even the filling is made from scratch with real pineapples. 

But the flavour that we’re most excited about is Bak Kwa Pork Floss, a winning combination of choux pastry, Bee Cheng Hiang bak kwa infused pastry cream, bak kwa bits and seaweed pork floss. Other limited edition offerings include Mandarin Orange, Kaya Pandan, as well as favourites from its Mid-Autumn collection, Taro Macadamia and Black Sesame Red Bean.

Available from $17 (for a box of 2) from Feb 3 to 25. Preorder online at L’éclair.

For abundant blessings
For abundant blessings
30 Jan 2018

For abundant blessings

Eat: Rhapsody of Pineapple Yu Sheng ($158 for small, $188 for large)

Want to shake things up this year? Instead of the usual lo hei, delight guests with Royal Plaza on Scott’s ang moh yu sheng - Rhapsody of Pineapple Yu Sheng. Inspired by Hawaiian poke and shaped into a very huat-worthy pineapple, this auspicious dish is prepared with fresh ingredients like hydroponic salad, shredded young coconut, green papaya, mango, yam strips and mentaiko-marinated salmon cubes then tossed with ginger-infused tropical pineapple sauce for a zesty, refreshing taste.

Available at $158 for a small portion (4 to 6 persons) and $188 for a large (8 to 10 persons) from Feb 12 to Mar 2. Visit Carousel for more details.

For family harmony, longevity, and good health
For family harmony, longevity, and good health
30 Jan 2018

For family harmony, longevity, and good health

 Eat: Miso Szechuan nut mix ($5.90)

Amazin’ Grace’s healthy nut mix gets a tasty new flavour this Chinese New Year: Miso Szechuan. All-natural with no sugar and preservatives added, the handmade snack, which has almonds, cashews, walnuts and pepitas baked in miso, sesame seed​ oil and Szechuan peppers, packs quite a punch. We also like the Tom Yum Kaffir Lime, which despite the name, is not spicy but has a tangy zing.

Available at Amazin’ Grace.

For a sweet beginning to the New Year
For a sweet beginning to the New Year
30 Jan 2018

For a sweet beginning to the New Year

Eat: Honey Sesame Chicken ($8.50 for 2 piece meal)

Not your usual festive snack but we’d take any excuse to indulge in crispy fried chicken, especially when it symbolises sweet beginnings to the New Year (we need all the help we can get!). KFC’s new Honey Sesame Chicken is made with its signature spicy chicken marinated in fragrant sesame, then drizzled with honey and sesame seeds. The result is finger lickin’ goodness with a fiery kick, though it could do with more honey.

Available at all KFC outlets for a limited period.

For good fortune and a robust year ahead
For good fortune and a robust year ahead
30 Jan 2018

For good fortune and a robust year ahead

Eat: Fortune Puppy ($1.90)

To celebrate the year of the dog, BreadTalk has introduced the Fortune Puppy, a soft pooch-shaped bun filled with sweet and smoky bak kwa. We foresee our nieces and nephews snatching up these adorable buns. Another new edition to their festive offerings is the Spring bun, a fluffy orange chocolate brioche topped with a layer of custard cream and crushed cookies.

Available till Mar 2 at all BreadTalk outlets.

For prosperity and a year of smooth sailing
For prosperity and a year of smooth sailing
30 Jan 2018

For prosperity and a year of smooth sailing

Eat: Golden Bangle ($18.80 for a box of 8)

Teochew confectionery Thye Moh Chan’s signature tau sar piah gets the Chinese New Year treatment with a limited-edition festive flavour and look. Featuring the confectionery’s signature mung bean filling complemented by chewy diced bak kwa, the Golden Bangle pastries are embellished with Chinese characters that form auspicious phrases. Another must-try is the recently launched Golden Joy ($3), a flaky pastry filled with red bean, chewy mochi, salted egg yolk and spicy floss.

Available at Thye Moh Chan stores at Paragon and Chinatown Point.

For promotion at work
For promotion at work
30 Jan 2018

For promotion at work

Eat: Pure mao shan wang durian layered nian gao ($118, feeds 8 to 10)

One of Peony Jade’s best-selling Chinese New Year offerings returns much to the cheers of durian lovers. This decadent take on traditional nian gao comes as a layer cake with creamy mao shan wang puree nestling between sheets of thin, chewy rice cakes. The pair are a match made in heaven, with the bittersweet durian pulp balancing out the sweetness of the nian gao. Bonus points for the “gold bar” shape.

Available at Peony Jade Restaurants.

For prosperity and promotion at work
For prosperity and promotion at work
30 Jan 2018

For prosperity and promotion at work

Eat: 步步高升 Bu Bu Gao Sheng ($16.80)

FroRoll is known for their eye-catching desserts and for the festive period, they have introduced an elaborate treat comprising of a freshly made Belgian waffle topped with tangy mandarin orange ice cream rolls, and marmalade sauce. Auspiciously named 步步高升, which symbolises career advancement, the dessert is served with a slice of rich orange jello mousse cake and fortune cookie. Be sure to remove the cookie before digging in so that it doesn’t get soggy.

Available at FroRoll till Feb 28.

For luck in love
For luck in love
30 Jan 2018

For luck in love

Eat: Chocolate love letters ($20)

Why have regular love letters when you can have them coated with Valrhona Caraibe 66% dark chocolate and dusted with gold dust? And they taste as good as they look. Thin and satisfyingly crisp, the eggy sweet pastry combines with the bitter chocolate to create an addictive snack.

Available at Antoinette outlets.

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