We are halfway through January 2021, and that only means one thing: Chinese New Year is less than a month away! Since it’s time to usher in the Year of the Ox, it is also the time to do our yearly Lunar New Year shopping and what better way is there than to start with yummy snacks and delicious sweet treats?
To help you in your quest for some of the best snacks to welcome the festivities this Spring season, here are 11 Chinese New Year snacks to keep the munchies at bay.
1. Ding Bakery
If you’re looking for freshly baked homemade pineapple tarts and Chinese New Year goodies, you can always count on Ding Bakery to deliver. Besides, they’ve been winning the hearts of those in Singapore and Malaysia with their highly-addictive treats since the launch of their home-based business.
This year, treat yourself and your loved ones to one of the bakery’s most celebrated goodies—their Award-winning Premium Melt-in-your-mouth Pineapple Ball (S$22.90). Wait, that’s not all, they also have three new melt-in-your-mouth flavours for you to choose from; Premium Charcoal Pineapple Ball (S$21.90), Premium Pandan Pineapple Ball (S$21.90), and Premium Buttery Pineapple Ball (S$20.90). Using only the best ingredients, Ding Bakery’s bite-sized Pineapple Balls are handmade and filled with a moreish pineapple centre wrapped around a rich buttery crust. Although my taste buds are used to the flavours of the traditional pineapple filling, the charcoal and pandan flavours will definitely fill your guests with awe.
Pineapple tarts aside, they also carry other festive treats like their Award-Winning Premium Melt-in-your-mouth Kueh Bangkit (S$18.90). The fragrant cookies are always the first to run out in my home during festive occasions, and Ding Bakery has arguably the best of its kind in Singapore. Trust me when I say these crumbly goodness’ to die for.
If you’re looking for something more indulgent with a spicy kick, don’t miss out on Ding Bakery’s all-new Crispy Mala Crab Stick (S$20.90). Not only will it remind you of a piping hot bowl of mala, the easy-to-eat, crunchy chips will also be a tongue-numbing hit among the crowd!
The Premium Spicy Hae Bee Hiam Roll (S$17.90), another festive delight to add on to the list is a concoction of spicy, salty and crunchy all wrapped in a thin and flaky pastry. These little rolls exude an intense umami flavour, and are so addictive, one bottle is definitely not enough.
Ding Bakery’s Chinese New Year confectionaries are made without any additives or preservatives. Free delivery is available for orders above S$100, and walk-ins will be available from 15 December 2021, so feel free to grab these tasty treats and feast to your heart’s content.
2. Pineapple Tart Singapore
Many a time, some of the best tasting snacks are made in our very own kitchen ovens. Like me, if you are a lover of traditional and nostalgic Chinese New Year treats, Pineapple Tart Singapore is one online bakery you should not miss.
Absolute purists will enjoy their Award-Winning Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart (S$23.80), a bottle fully packed with beautiful yellow buttery balls of delight. 100% handmade with premium ingredients and zero preservatives, these pineapple tarts possess a light and crumbly crust that balances its sweet yet tangy fresh pineapple paste.
Prefer to munch on an open-faced pineapple tart? Then try their Nonya Pineapple Tart (S$20.80). Instead of a crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth texture, this version has a crunchier crust similar to that of a shortbread cookie—crisp but still as rich and fragrant.
After adding the pineapple tarts to your cart, don’t forget to check out other delicious goodies such as the Award-Winning Melt-in-Your-Mouth Kueh Bangkit (S$22.80). Besides the regular coconut cream flavour, Pineapple Tart Singapore also makes them in Kueh Bangkit – Pandan (S$22.80) & Kueh Bangkit – Gula Melaka (S$22.80). Infused with the light aroma of pandan leaves and gula melaka respectively, these gorgeous flower-shaped cookies are not only pleasant to the eye but more importantly, pleasing to your taste buds as well!
Every purchase of more than S$88 from Pineapple Tart Singapore will entitle you to free delivery, so why not take this opportunity to buy more Chinese New Year goodies to treat your family and friends?
3. Baker’s Brew
Year after year, Baker’s Brew Chinese New Year cookie collection never fails to impress with their picture-perfect packaging and innovative flavours. This 2021, Baker’s Brew’s Peranakan-inspired treats aims to take you on an evocative trip around the island with their uniquely Singaporean flavours and colourful package mimicking an old school biscuit tin.
An item that is sure to tickle your fancy is their signature Ondeh Ondeh Cookies (S$27.80). Made with pandan-infused dough, these gorgeous green balls of joy are filled with a generous amount of gula melaka coconut filling that is moist and simply irresistible.
Make this Chinese New Year extra special by treating your guests to some Pineapple Bak Kwa Cookies (S$26.80), the bakery’s very own savoury spin on a quintessential pineapple tart. Here, each butter cookie is filled with fresh premium Thai pineapple paste that is blended with a mix of bak kwa that will surely blow you away with its unexpected sweet-savoury combination.
Completing the trio of Baker’s Brew’s Peranakan Nostalgia is their Muah Chee Peanut Cookies (S$26.80). Inspired by my favourite snack—muah chee—these cookies are a peanut lover’s dream come true as it is not only made with roasted peanuts and peanut butter, it is topped with a heap of grounded peanuts for that extra boost of nutty fragrance and punch of flavour!
With Baker’s Brew, the deal only gets better. Place your orders before 24 January 2021 to enjoy 8% off with a minimum purchase of three tins per order. The bakery’s Chinese New Year cookies are now available for pre-order online and will be sold in-stores islandwide from 14 January 2021 onwards.
4. Old Seng Choong
How can we leave Old Seng Choong out of the picture when it comes to Chinese New Year snacks? As a pastry lover, I’ve been a fan of Chef Daniel Tay’s play on inventive and unexpected flavours since they started the business.
For the best the bakery has to offer, be sure to get your hands on the Prosperity Assorted Pineapple Tarts (S$37.40). This box features 18 pieces of Original Pineapple Tart, Yuzu Pineapple Tart and sweet-savoury Charred Gold Bak Kwa Pineapple Tart-–a combination that is sure to delight all my fellow foodies out there.
Chef Daniel Tay sure knows what he is doing when he introduced some of the most intriguing cookie flavours, especially to us Singaporeans. Infused with white pepper, herbs and spices, their Bak Kut Teh Cookies (S$16.80) definitely captivated my interest just by its description alone.
Elsewhere, the Goreng Pisang Cookies (S$16.80) and Pandan Coconut Cookies (S$16.80) are the other two flavours that I know will not disappoint as part of my cookie stash this Lunar New Year to impress my friends and family.
If you are looking for the ideal embodiment of what it means to savour a taste of Singapore, Old Seng Choong Chinese New Year Snacks is certainly your number one pick.
When it comes to ice cream, I can safely proclaim that it is a snack that can be eaten any time, any day, during any occasion. Serving distinct premium ice cream since 1987, Geláre has since grown beyond a place just for dessert into a cafe serving wholesome meals like pasta, sandwiches and a variety of hot food items.
After an entire day of visiting and travelling under Singapore’s humidity, why not cool down with your family over a plate of Lunar New Year-inspired waffle ice cream?
Curated especially to welcome the Year of the Ox, Geláre’s Blossoming Waffle (S$12.90) features the eatery’s classic fluffy, golden brown waffle topped with sweet syrupy slices of blossoming peaches and strawberry topped with a single scoop of rich, creamy icy treat.
Elsewhere, their Peachy Sundae (S$10.90) also makes for a good alternative for those who prefer their ice cream to be paired with a delectable crunchy waffle basket.
Dine-in aside, both the Blossoming Waffle and Peachy Sundae are also available for delivery with two bundle deals that comes with a main dish for you to choose from.
From your comforts of home, indulge in Blossom Bundle A (S$25.90) which includes a Blossoming Waffle, a Mini Pint Tub and a choice of pasta. Otherwise, opt for Blossom Bundle B (S$29.90)—everything included in Blossom Bundle A with an additional two drinks for you to share!
6. Butter Studio
If you are looking for fresh bakes, you can always trust Butter Studio to deliver. After all, this halal bakery is known for their beautiful cakes and handmade goodies prepared using premium ingredients without the addition of any preservatives.
Whilst their signature Parmesan Cheese Pineapple Melts (S$24.80) and Nonya Kueh Bangkit (S$22.80) might be crowd favourites, why not try to switch things up a little by trying some of their new items this year?
Take your tastebuds on a roller coaster ride with their Spicy Mala Cookies (S$22.80), a limited edition item available only this festive season. Infused with authentic Sichuan mala spices that spice lovers will approve, this local-inspired treat will surely leave a lasting impression on your guests during their visit.
Can’t take the heat? Then opt for the Salted Egg Charcoal (S$22.80). Dressed in black and topped with fragrant golden salted egg centre, this playful spin on a traditional butter cookie promises to be a joyful surprise for both the young and old.
Pre-order is open from now till 8 February 2021 with two bundle promotions available for those who spend a minimum of S$88 or S$188 on the bakery’s Lunar New Year Goodies respectively. These are available while stocks last so hurry and place your orders to avoid any disappointment!
7. Bread Garden
Delighting fans for almost 40 years with their quality bakes, Bread Garden is back this 2021 stronger with a newly revamped website and a selection of mouth-watering Chinese New Year snacks.
Perennial favourites like the Premium Pineapple Tart (S$23.80) and Old School Almond Cookies (S$20.80) aside, Bread Garden also offers innovative creations such as the Double Chocolate Sensation (S$19.80) and Mala Cookies (S$19.80).
In search of a gift to your in-laws or friends? Then their Prosperity Gift Set (S$59.80) will make for the perfect solution. Individually housed in exquisitely designed metal cases packed into a luxurious gift box, this Prosperity Gift Set contains six of Bread Garden’s best-selling and most beloved Chinese New Year goodies to celebrate the abundance of love and life we share with those around us!
For a fond trip down memory lane, HarriAnns Peranakan-inspired Chinese New Year snacks are sure to make you feel fuzzy and warm this festive season.
The bakery’s Pineapple Tarts (S$24.90) might be their signature items but for a real taste of Peranakan flavours in your new year goodies, it’s the Nasi Lemak Cookies (S$21.90) and Nonya Laksa Cookies (S$21.90) that warrants a try.
Otherwise, instead of purchasing individual bottles of these delicious treats, why not opt for the HarriAnns Prosperity Sets (A: S$80, B: S$43.80)?
Snacks aside, both these gift sets come with free traditional tingkat gift boxes that make for the best container to store your treats when guests come knocking on your door during the period of Chinese New Year visiting!
Other than their heavenly tasting swiss rolls and mooncakes, KELE is also synonymous with pineapple tarts especially during the Lunar New Year period.
Unlike most bakeries, KELE distinguishes their Chinese New Year snacks with the usage of an array of flavours and colours for their sweet-tangy balls of delights.
Fill your eight treasure box with the colours of the rainbow using KELE’s gorgeous looking Rose Pineapple Tarts (S$32.80), Sweet Potato Pineapple Tarts (S$32.89) and Matcha Pineapple Tarts (S$32.80). Made using natural food colouring, these vibrant opened faced pineapple tarts promises a taste as good as its looks.
The brand’s pineapple balls are not to be missed as well. This year, joining the likes KELE’s Jade Pineapple Balls (S$29.80) and Cocoa Pineapple Balls (S$29.80) is the Tangerine Pineapple Balls (S$32.80)—an exemplary fusion on an all-time classic with a modern contemporary touch!
10. The Marmalade Pantry
Since the Lunar New Year is all about reunion and celebration through the sharing of food and gifts, The Marmalade Pantry has curated a selection of classic Chinese New Year Snacks perfect for gifting this Spring season.
Here, their seasonal gift sets include The Traditional Classics (S$60+), The Signature Collection (S$80+), and The Grand Treasures (S$138+) which features the restaurant’s festive goodies such as the Golden Pineapple Tarts and Sambal Shrimp Rolls.
For a truly special treat, the newly introduced Traditional Petite Chicken Bak Kwa makes for a classic sweet and smoky delight that is sure to put a smile on the faces of your recipients.
The Marmalade Pantry’s gift sets are available for pre-order at all outlets and online now with delivery and self-collection starting from 29 January to 26 February 2021.
11. 25 Grams Bakery
Facing certain dietary restrictions and finding it difficult to savour your favourite Chinese New Year snacks to your heart’s content? Worry not as 25 Grams Bakery has got you covered with its range of cookies.
Whilst their vegan option features the melt-in-your-mouth Vegan Almond Cookies (S$32) and their decadent Vegan + Gluten Free Sea Salt Double Chocolate Cookies (S$30), their eggless selection includes everyone’s favourite Eggless Sugee Cookies (S$28.50) as well as their aromatic Eggless Coffee Swirl Cookies (S$60).
Make your Lunar New Year an unforgettable one with 25 Grams Bakery’s Dim Sum Basket Fortune Cookies (from S$38), a fun and interactive snack suitable for everyone. Gather your friends and family around the cute dim sum steamer and crack into your new year’s fortune as you savour in assorted chocolate dipped fortune cookies to welcome the Year of the Ox with open arms.
12 Kallang Avenue, Aperia Mall, #01-14, Singapore 339511
Mon to Fri: 12.30pm – 6pm
Sat: 11.30am – 1pm (by appointment for cake collection only)
Sun: Closed (Delivery only)
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