It’s time for the snacking to commence, even if the regulations may hinder annual visits to relatives’ homes. We round up 10 gourmet takes on some traditional and contemporary Lunar New Year goodies to tide you through the start of 2022.
Goodwood Park Hotel Singapore
Goodwood Park’s innovative culinary team is presenting a range of new festive creations to commemorate the Year of the Tiger. The decadent ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Tiger Swiss Roll features luscious Mao Shan Wang puree rolled in pillow-soft orange-vanilla sponge cake and adorned in cocoa powder ‘tiger stripes’.
Another whimsical creation is the Tiger Gâteau, composed of vanilla pound cake with orange and brown layers as well as hand-piped brown-tinted buttercream to represent tiger stripes. The cake is complete with an adorable touch of ears and a tail made with icing.
A must for your celebration is the hotel’s signature bak kwa – addictively smokey barbecued meat marinated in a proprietary blend of spices and grilled in-house. And finally for your fill of snacks, opt for the assortment of sweet or savoury bites like the Macadamia & Chocolate Chip Cookies, Crispy Kang Kong with Cheese & Sour Cream, Spicy Salted Egg Yolk Lotus Root Chips and popular ‘Chiku’ (arrowhead) Chips. Available from 7 January to 15 February 2022.
For more information, visit www.goodwoodparkhotel.com
PARKROYAL on Beach Road
If you’re looking for classic sweet and savoury treats for gifting, Si Chuan Dou Hua’s Happiness Goodies Set comes with deliciously moist Kueh Lapis with Prunes, and a choice of Traditional Prosperity Nian Gao or Carrot Cake presented in a red-hued box. For a special gift, consider the festive hamper, in which you can customise your own teapot set.
Alternatively impress your guests with a couple of creative desserts from Ginger such as the Double Happiness Banana and Pineapple Tart, or Orange and Jasmine Sugee Cake topped with a shiny layer of apricot gelatine. And if that’s not enough, order some melt-in-the-mouth Fortune Peanut Cookies. Pick up these items from 8 January to 15 February 2022.
For more information, visit their website.
Peach Blossoms at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore
At Peach Blossoms, traditional nian gao is given a welcome twist with the addition of new flavours and fine quality ingredients. The Peach Blossoms Reunion Nian Gao is a mildly sweet and velvety smooth three-layered treat consisting of Okinawa brown sugar, coconut milk, and traditional nian gao flavour.
If you’re game to try something different order the nian gao sweetened with red bean paste, and uplifted with a hint of citrus from 10-year preserved dried tangerine peel. Or the Harvest Purple Sweet Potato Nian Gao, elevated with deliciously mellow flavours of purple sweet potatoes.
For a savoury snack, tuck into the new Radish Cake with Hokkaido Premium Dried Scallop and Trio Prawn brimming with Hokkaido Dried Scallop and three varieties of prawns. Pick up these special festive treats from now till 15 February 2022.
For more information, visit their website.
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS)
A one-of-a-kind edible gift, this limited edition Eight Treasures “Fatt Choy” Golden Chocolate Pineapple ($338) is meticulously crafted by RWS’ highly experienced Executive Pastry Chef Kenny Kong. The1,888 grams chocolate moulded into the shape of a giant pineapple is coated with luxurious 22 carat gold flakes.
Cocooned within the shimmering chocolate shell is an assortment of ‘eight treasures’, or more precisely, handcrafted pastries and sweets such as prosperity mandarin orange truffle flower pot, gula melaka yuzu pineapple tart and Asian nougat with Chinese hawthorn fruit, dried mango, dried pineapple and melon seeds. Those who prefer more traditional snacks can opt for the low-sugar pineapple tarts, love letters, hei bee hiam rolls and Chinese walnut cookies.
Pre-order online by 9 February 2022, at https://www.rwsentosa.com/en/promotions/chinese-new-year
Laden your table with a range of treats from Shangri-La including their traditional Yam Cake with Preserved Meat and Dried Shrimp and luxurious Radish and Pumpkin Cake with Abalone and Preserved Meat (we hear that only 500 of these will be made). Great for gifting is the Three Layers Nian Gao made with purple sweet potato, Japanese pumpkin, as well as coconut milk and brown sugar.
There are hamper options too, teeming with gourmet items including Shang Palace Applewood Minced Pork Honey Bak Kwa, Australian Green Lip Abalone, XO sauce, gourmet cookies like Nutty Florentines, Cranberry Macadamia Cookies and Charcoal Yuzu Pineapple Tarts. Guests who are keen to create a truly personalised gift can request for the bespoke hamper services. The goodies are available from now to 15 February 2022.
For more information, visit their website.
Summer Palace, Regent Singapore
This festive period, one-Michelin-starred Summer Palace is offering classic items like house-made Steamed Turnip Cake, Nian Gao Fish made with brown sugar, glutinous rice flour and dates, and Fatt Cai Yu Prosperity Jelly with almond and longan. Top up your snack platter with some Tangerine Pineapple Nuggets and Love Letters to boot.
And for a boozy lunar new year, consider Manhattan bar’s Golden Luck and Da Ji Da Li cocktails, available in 200ml bottle formats. These special drinks are crafted with Mathilde Peach Liqueur-infused pineapples, and Mandarin Orange oleo saccharum respectively. These drinks are also available in the festive hamper along with kueh lapis and cookies. Pick up these festive goodies from 11 January to 31 January 2022.
For more information, visit https://regentsingapore.com.sg/cny2022/
Tablescape, Grand Park City Hall
For the first time ever, the culinary team at Tablescape has created a festive Josper Grilled Bak Kwa with Fresh Black Truffle Shavings. This new product conceived just for this Lunar New Year is entirely made in house. The meat is marinated with sauces and aromatics such as oyster sauce, brandy and truffle paste, and then grilled in the Josper oven with charcoal and applewood chips. The barbecued slices are further elevated with aromatic fresh black truffle shavings and embellished with gold leaf. Presented in a nostalgic woven basket, the bak kwa makes a superb gift for friends, families and business partners.
Order from their website.
The Kampong Bakery
Where East meets West, the Fortune Box by Head Chef Ng Sing Yi is a modern take on the Chinese New Year flavours we know and love. The brightness of the mandarin orange is translated into an Orange Sugee Cake, pineapples are the star of the Pineapple Kaffir Lime Tart (pineapple sponge, pineapple compote and a kaffir lime namelaka), black sesame stuffed tang yuan is reimagined as financier with black sesame ganache, and fudgey Sichuan Peppercorn Chocolate Cookies. Each order comes with all four pastries and last orders will be taken on 29 January.
Place your orders two days in advance here.
The Marmalade Pantry
This year, The Marmalade Pantry is rolling out a range of unique treats such as their new Ang Ku Kueh Cake inspired by the traditional red coloured kueh. The cake features layers of light vanilla chiffon sponge, osmanthus mousse, and smooth mung bean crémeux studded with mochi pieces and finished with cocoa butter. Other favourites to pick up include the Traditional Petite Chicken Bak Kwa, Honey Mustard Roast Crackers, Golden Pineapple Tarts and Almond Cookies. The snacks are elegantly packaged in pastel pink or mustard yellow octagon-shaped boxes that can be neatly stacked.
Complement these goodies with an aromatic Gold Moscato Tea from homegrown brand Monogram Tea. Exclusive to the festive period, the tea is presented in a limited-edition pearl white tin with contemporary rose gold illustrations. Pre-orders can be made from now till 12 February 2022 with self-collection or delivery from 6 January to 15 February 2022.
For more information, visit www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg
For gifting options, Yan at the National Gallery is offering a Golden Happiness Bamboo Tote. Nestled within the handwoven bamboo basket adorned with a fuchsia Chinese knot tassel are addictively crispy fried Happiness Sesame Balls and pineapple tarts wrapped in buttery pillow pastry.
This gift is complete with Yàn 8 Treasures Tea – specially blended for the occasion, the aromatic tea combines safflower petals, red rose petals, mango flakes, goji berries, and white and green teas. You can also enjoy your brew with the classic Prosperity Nian Gao or munch on homemade caramelised walnuts. The treats are available from now to 15 February 2022.
Order from http://bit.ly/yancny2022