CNY Goodies for Foodies
Besides gathering with relatives we don’t get to see very often and getting red packets from them, the next best thing about Chinese New Year has to be the delectable goodies. Safe to say, we all know the feeling of having one too many pineapple tarts, kueh bangit or bak kwa, so why not jazz it up a bit? As our appetite for unconventional food grows, check out these five quirky goodies to add to your Chinese New Year shopping list.
1. Bak Kwa Cookies
Whoever thought of adding bak kwa into cookies should receive a Nobel Prize in Chinese New Year Goodies. Bak kwa is a sweet and savoury barbequed dried meat jerky, and is national favourite Chinese New Year snack. Add little slivers of bak kwa into cookie dough and you will achieve the Chinese New Year snack of dreams. At Plain Vanilla Bakery, bak kwa is added to cornflake cookies. The amalgamation of the two creates a perfect balance of sweet and savoury, as well as chewy and crunchy.
Get a jar of Bak Kwa Cookies from Plain Vanilla Bakery at $38.
1D Yong Siak Street
2. Black Phoenix Pineapple Balls
Another must-have Chinese New Year goody is none other than pineapple tarts. These sweet and sour snacks mainly come in two forms – pineapple jam topped on buttery pastries or pineapple jam wrapped inside these pastries. In recent years, variations of pineapple tart flavours have surfaced in the market, ranging from cheese to black pepper and even chocolate. If you should fancy something on the fiery side, try the Black Phoenix Pineapple Balls from KELE, where pineapple tarts are sprinkled with cracked black pepper.
Get a jar of Black Phoenix Pineapple Balls from KELE at $25.80.
15 Jalan Tepong, Jurong Food Hub, #06-16
3. Salted Caramel Pineapple Tarts
Whereas for local dessert maestro Janice Wong, she cleverly infused a modern twist on traditional goodies, hence achieving the perfect balance between old and new. Such is seen in her Salted Caramel Pineapple Tarts, making it not only a hot favourite amongst the young in pursuit of food trends, but also the old who desire something fresh.
Get a jar of Salted Caramel Pineapple Tarts from 2am:dessert bar by Janice Wong at $22.
21A Lorong Liput
4. Duo Choco Mini Crunchies
Bee Cheng Hiang’s Duo Mini Crunchies puts a twist on their signature crispy pork floss by baking them till golden brown, and then dipping these bite-sized treats into white or dark chocolate. Suitable for all chocolate lovers no matter if you like sweet or bitter chocolate, this addictive snack will keep you coming back for more so be sure to stock up on them. Also available in a crisp version where pork floss is baked together with cornflakes.
Get a bottle of Duo Mini Crunchies from Bee Cheng Hiang at $17.50.
5. Salted Egg Yolk Fish Skin
From paus to croissants, the salted egg yolk trend has also made its appearance in Chinese New Year goodies, proving that this trend is here to stay for the long haul. As if the crispy, fried fish skin isn’t delicious enough, Irvins Salted Egg has made it even more addictive with their Salted Egg Yolk Fish Skin. If you are not careful, you may accidentally finish all of it even before Chinese New Year is here.
Also available at Irvins Salted Egg is the Salted Egg Yolk Potato Chips.
Get a packet of Salted Egg Yolk Fish Skin from Irvins Salted Egg at $8 (small) or $16 (large).
Vivo City, B2-K25
1 Harbourfront Walk