Whether presented as gifts or left at home as snacks to offer guests, delectable goodies usually come to define CNY celebrations at home. These snacks are undoubtedly good to eat but there is actually a reason why people mainly have them during Chinese New Year. There are many popular CNY goodies and snacks and these are the major ones:
- Pineapple tarts – In Hokkien, pineapples are called “ong lai” which also means “luck is coming.” Because of this, pineapples are frequently displayed in homes during the Lunar New Year period and pineapple tarts / balls are frequently eaten or given as gifts as a means of bringing in the luck. You can check out my more detailed guide on this topic here.
- BBQ pork – This is probably the most sought after goodie to try during CNY, especially in Singapore. Although available year round, strips of BBQ pork are most popular during Chinese New Year because of their red color, symbolizing luck. This tasty snack also originated as an expensive food item and as such, people consume them during this period to signify prosperity for the coming year. You can check out my separate guide on the best BBQ pork to try in Singapore.
- Nian gao – Literally translated as the “year cake,” nian gao is usually eaten during Chinese New Year because its sticky and glutinous quality is traditionally believed in Chinese mythology to seal the Kitchen God’s mouth shut. Offering nian gao keeps him from badmouthing you to the Jade Emperor in his annual CNY report.
- Shrimp rolls – Cylindrical-shaped snacks such as shrimp rolls are also popular during Chinese New Year. Their golden color coupled with the cylindrical shape are akin to gold bars and as such, symbolize wealth.
- Radish cake – This savory goodie is another popular food to eat during CNY because its Hokkien name (“chai tow”) sounds similar to the Hokkien word for prosperity and rising fortunes.
Here are some of the best and most popular places where you can grab these snacks – including some creative variations for the upcoming Year of the Tiger. Tag me on Instagram (@iwanderrr) with your CNY goodies haul and I will try my best to re-share.
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*Top Pick* Indulge in Summer Palace’s Michelin-star quality CNY goodies this season. Highlights include their Prawn Roll (S$49.20), Almond Sugee (S$49.20), Kueh Bangkit (S$51.35) and range of ball-type and open-faced pineapple goodies (from S$51.35). A yearly bestseller is their House-made Steamed Turnip Cake (S$64.20) which comes topped with generous amounts of abalone.
Dates: Now until 31st Jan 2022
Delivery: Free delivery for orders of S$300 and above / S$25 delivery fee for orders below S$300
Order here (10% off for I Wander readers, valid for orders made until 31st Jan)
The Fullerton Hotel
The Fullerton Hotel Cake Boutique is offering a number of unique CNY goodies to bring home this season. Highlights include the Baked Peach Cookies (S$42) and Rose Water Chestnut Cake (S$42 for 800grams). The peach cookies which are filled with lotus paste and real peach bits are a new creation this year. The hotel has a tendency to craft their cookies into photo-worthy shapes and the peach cookie is sure to impress with its handcrafted contours. The wheatgrass-infused water chestnut cake on the other hand, can be eaten on its own or pan-fried the traditional way. A personal favorite is their Yam Paste Nian Gao Tart (S$33) which has a delightful texture and just the right balance of yam and the glutinous seasonal treat.
An auspicious treat this year is The Mandarin (S$79 per cake, S$12 per slice). The red-hued pastry is composed of creamy vanilla bean mousse, fragrant pineapple cremeux and mandarin almond frangipane, delivering a medley of flavors.
Dates: 10 January to 15 February 2022
Order here (up to 10% off)
Bread Garden is a well-known brand for CNY snacks such as kueh bangkit, peanut cookies, as well as almond cookies among other delectable snacks. Consistently rated highly on social media, the brand has wowed consumers and steadily grown its loyal customer base over the years. Bread Garden puts heavy emphasis on its baking craft. They are also committed to using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients to make their festive treats.
New flavors this year include Kopi Gao Siew Dai (S$22.80) – cookies inspired by the quintessential coffee variant from neighborhood coffeeshops and eateries and Dark Chocolate Cookies (S$22.80), a decadent delight made from premium, rich dark chocolate.
For gifting, go for Bread Garden’s signature Prosperity Gift Set (S$65.80), consisting of a handpicked selection of 6 of the most recommended goodies, symbolizing blessings in the six aspects of a life filled with abundance. These CNY goodies are individually housed in exquisitely designed metal cases, then placed into a luxurious box adorned with golden floral prints, completing an ensemble that makes it the ideal gift for loved ones and friends this Chinese New Year.
Delivery: S$20 per location; free for orders of S$150 or more
Fulfill the saying “年年有余” with Irvins’ Prosperity Box (S$20.80), packaged in an attractive red gift box especially for the Chinese New Year. Each box contains an assortment of Irvins’ dangerously addictive snacks – 2x Salted Egg Salmon Skin (50grams), 1x Salted Egg Fish Skin (50grams) and 1x Hot Boom Salted Egg Fish Skin (50grams). Each box also comes with extra 2 free 30grams boxes of fish skin.
Delivery: Free delivery for orders of S$30 and above
Order here (10% off)
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Those with a sweet tooth can look forward to the hotel’s cute and photo-worthy Tiger ‘Fu’ Pouch (S$88) featuring a chocolate tiger figurine sitting atop a chocolate shell shaped like an oriental drawstring pouch filled with delightful bite-sized goodies including Valrhona berry chocolates, rainbow lapis, honey osmanthus wolfberry jelly, pineapple tarts, fortune cookies and tiger meringue cookies.
Dates: Now until 30th January 2022
Order here (20% off)
The Three-Layered Nian Gao (S$35 / 900 grams) which consists of Purple Sweet Potato, Japanese Pumpkin and traditional nian gao makes for a delightful and tasty delicacy for this Chinese New Year. The appealing combination of purple, yellow and brown colors convey well-wishes of a blooming and prosperous year ahead.
Other CNY goodies at Shangri-la Singapore include the Signature Walnut Cookies (S$30), Traditional Radish Cake with Dried Scallops & Chinese Sausage (S$33 / 900 grams) and Shangri-la Assorted Chinese New Year Cookies (S$42) encased in an elegant box.
Dates: 30th December 2021 until 15th February 2022
Delivery: Free delivery with minimum S$50 spend
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza
This iconic hotel’s array of CNY goodies for 2022 include the likes of the popular Nian Gao Tarts (S$32), Koi Fish Nian Gao, Eight Treasures Cake (S$66) as well as different flavors of kueh lapis. Take your pick among Plain Lapis, Prune Lapis and Rainbow Lapis (from S$66).
Dates: 3 to 28 January 2022
Order here (up to 18% off)
Mdm Ling Bakery
Cookies are the mainstay of Mdm Ling Bakery and for Chinese New Year 2022, they are offering a number of creatively made versions of the CNY staples. Popular variants include New Zealand’s Premium Anchor Butter Cookies (S$18.80 / 220grams), Pink Himalayan Salt Chocolate Almond Cookies (S$18.80 / 260 grams) and Green Pea Cookies (S$16.80 / 330 grams).
Delivery: Free delivery with minimum S$50 order
Gin Thye’s Marshmallow Cookies (S$12) is personally one of the more tempting CNY goodies I have come across this year. Offered plain or with flavors such as strawberry and matcha, this handmade gooey snack is sure to draw some attention during house visits within the Lunar New Year period. Other popular products from Gin Thye include their Shrimp Rolls (S$12), Honeycomb Cookies (S$5) and more.
Delivery: Free delivery with minimum order of S$20 CNY goodies
Bake Inc can be thought of as a one-stop and fuss-free venue to purchase all the necessary CNY tidbits with its wide range and wallet-friendly prices. In total, they have about 18 kinds of festive tidbits and cookies to offer this year! Bestsellers include their Kueh Bahulu (S$21.80) and Traditional Love Letters (S$22.80).
Delivery: Flat rate of S$7.50
Man Fu Yuan presents a wide range of Chinese New Year goodies that are available for takeaways – perfect as gifts or as snacks to offer visitors at home. Highlights include Almond Cookies (S$38.80), Kueh Bangkit (S$35.80), Traditional Gula Melaka Nian Gao (S$38) and Peanut Cookies (S$35.80).
Dates: Now to 30th January 2022 (self collection starts on 11th Jan)
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
For those with a sweet tooth, check out the CNY goodies from Xin Cuisine including Xin’s Signature Yam and Pumpkin Cake (S$50) or Xin’s Nian Gao with Coconut Sauce (S$50) that are specifically made in-house. Both goodies are suitable for 5 to 8 persons each and need to be steamed or pan-fried before serving.
Dates: 5th January to 15th February 2022
Hipster Bakes started as a home-based one-product bakery – known for their moustache shaped sugar cookies. They have since moved to offering other products such as cookies to cakes, tarts, macarons and many more. In 2015, they opened their first retail outlet in Siglap Centre. Their Crispy Prawn Rolls (S$8) and Salted Egg Yolk Cookies (S$18) attract a steady following for both CNY and Hari Raya.
Delivery: Free with minimum S$50
Xin Yong Sheng
Xin Yong Sheng was founded in 1952 as a neighborhood pastry shop – which they remain to this day. For the coming Year of the Tiger, they are selling Macadamia Nut Cookies (S$25.80, bundle of 2 flavors) encased in tins. Other interesting flavors from them include Coconut Crispy Roll (S$25.80, bundle of 2 flavors), Almond Cookies (S$25.80, bundle of 2 flavors) and more.
Delivery: Free delivery with minimum order of S$30
Known for their usage of natural ingredients, Kele’s array of cookies are among some of the most popular CNY goodies. My personal pick is the Macadamia Nut Cookies (S$29.80) which contains an out-of-this world nutty flavor enhanced with a tinge of butter. For those with a preference for something more familiar, their Grandparents’ Almond Cookies (S$23.80) contain a drizzle of coconut milk alongside naturally sweet almonds. A new product from them this year is the Shiitake Mushroom Chips (S$38.80) which provide a guilt-free way to snack thru the season with lower calories. These sun-dried mushrooms are baked with a sprinkle of salt to accentuate the mushrooms’ naturally umami flavor. You can also check out their famed Pineapple Tarts (S$32.80), often ranked as among the best in Singapore.
Dates: Now until 17th January 2021
Order here (sold out – pls proceed to Kele retail stores to purchase and enjoy 5% off until 23rd Jan)
The Marmalade Pantry
The Marmalade Pantry’s range of CNY goodies can be ordered individually or as part of their festive gift sets. Highlights include the Honey Mustard Roast Crackers (S$26) – soya bean crisps that are deep-fried and coated with a tangy honey mustard seasoning and tossed with a fresh herb garnish. The Ang Ku Kueh Cake (S$48) is inspired by the eponymous traditional snack. The cake features layers of vanilla chiffon sponge, osmanthus mousse and smooth mung bean cremeux studded with mochi pieces to recreate the Ang Ku Kueh’s glutinous rice flour skin texture. There are also 4 festive gift sets to choose from, priced from as low as S$70+ after discount. The sets come with an assortment of goodies, with higher priced ones carrying beverages such as tea or even wine. All gift sets come in either a premium gift bag or a scarlet-red PVC-leather carry bag.
Dates: Now until 12th February 2022
Delivery: S$15 per location (peak delivery fee of S$25 applies from 28th Jan to 2nd Feb 2022)
Enjoy a variety of CNY goodies with a twist at Furama Singapore. Highlights include the Yam Strudel (S$25), Pumpkin Tart (S$28) and Sweet Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts (S$32). The Box of Sweet Blessings (S$68) includes a selection of Kueh Lapis, Pumpkin Tart and Yam Strudel. Over at Furama Riverfront, they also have the Pineapple Almond Cake (S$48), a literal 1kg cake made of the auspicious fruit and almonds.
Dates: Now until 15th Feb 2022
Delivery: Free with minimum order of S$80
Enjoy JB’s famed CNY goodies without making the trip across the causeway. Liu Mama’s range of cookies and other snacks are available online. The likes of their Black Sesame Cookies (S$30), Matcha Almond Cookies (S$30) and Japanese Sweet Potato Cookies (S$30) are available at a discount for early-bird buyers at the moment.
Delivery: Free delivery with minimum order of S$20