Singapore’s 11 best festive snacks for Chinese New Year 2024

Enter the jubilant realm of Chinese New Year 2024 in Singapore, where delectable festive snacks steal the show. Indulge in the top 11 goodies, from auspicious pineapple tarts to crunchy love letters and savoury bak kwa. Each bite echoes traditions, invoking prosperity and joy in this cherished season. Happy Lunar New Year… it’s time to get snacking!

1. Ding Bakery

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To no one’s great surprise, Ding Bakery once again tops our CNY snacks recommendations.  Part of the reason that they so easily achieved the feat this year is their massive new range of 34 products!

First in the range that you simply must try next year is the Crispy Tiger Prawn Sticks (Ma La) (S$16.90). These seriously spicy lengths of deliciousness are not for the faint of heart. Another of the debutantes to look forward to are the Ondeh Ondeh Balls (S$20.90), which are made of real gula melaka and coconut shreds stuffed delightfully inside a pandan-flavoured crust.

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However, our tongues are telling us that the jewel in the Ding Bakery crown for 2024 will be their all-new Premium Roasted Coffee Butter Cookies (S$17.90). Make sure to reserve a pair of these early because they are bound to run out very quickly once word gets out.

If you are more of a traditionalist, their trio of long-time favourites – Premium Roasted Coffee Butter Cookies (S$17.90), Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pineapple Ball (French Butter) (S$20.90) and Nyonya Pineapple Tarts (S$18.90) – are the obvious choices.

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Melt-In-Your-Mouth Kueh Bangkit (S$18.90), Gold Standard Premium Butter Cookies (Melt-In-Your-Mouth) (S$18.90) and Premium Golden Egg Roll Love Letters (S$20.90) add some lovely diversity of tastes and textures.

Ding Bakery’s CNY snacks range extends to the savoury side, too. Their Premium Hae Bee Hiam (Sambal Prawn Crackers) (S$17.90) and Crispy Salted Egg Crab Stick (S$18.90) will add a nice balance to your snacks spread.

It’s not easy creating snack after snack that tantalises the tastebuds as Ding Bakery does. It’s an open secret that they have become one of Singapore’s favourite CNY snacks suppliers because of their handmade, homemade fresh bakes, all made from fresh ingredients every day. 

Be sure to check out their entry on our pineapple tarts list, too.

140 Paya Lebar Road, AZ @ Paya Lebar, #03-13, Singapore 409015
+65 8890 9055 (WhatsApp)
Daily: 10am – 7pm
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2. Pineapple Tarts Singapore

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With pineapple tarts being virtually synonymous with Chinese New Year, it’s no surprise that Pineapple Tarts Singapore is once again at the top of our list of CNY snacks. If you have been keeping up with our recommendations, you will certainly recognise the name, as will thousands of other Singaporeans.

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Part of the magic of Pineapple Tarts Singapore is their commitment to impeccable quality. We were lucky that we were first introduced to them years ago and have become big fans since. It all began with a free sample at their address, a feature that they maintain to this day.

Of course, the sheer magnificence of taste and flavour that you get with their 100% homemade and handmade CNY goodies, especially pineapple tarts is something else.

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The classic Melt In Your Mouth – Pineapple Tarts 黄梨塔 (S$24.90, U.P.: S$43.17), Pineapple of My Eye – Pineapple Ball 黄梨球 (S$20.90, U.P.: S$33.17) and the Hui Wei – Traditional Nyonya Pineapple Tarts 传统娘惹黄莉塔 (S$20.90, U.P.: S$33.16) have been bestsellers for years and are some of the best choices for your CNY snacks spread.

Pineapple Tarts Singapore is also a master of innovation. Their bakery also creates unique fusion treats that leave you hankering for more. The 2 most popular from this range are the Cheezylicious – Cheese Pineapple Tarts 起司黄梨塔 (S$26.90, U.P.: S$46.50) and YOlkLO – Salted Egg Pineapple Tarts 咸蛋黄梨塔 (S$28.90, U.P.: S$49.83).

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These early bird pre-order discounts will be coming to an end soon. Remember, every batch you receive is baked not more than 3 days prior, so order your CNY goodies from Pineapple Tarts Singapore today. There is free delivery on order over S$100, too!

Additionally, pop-up booths will be available at Vivocity, Waterway Point and Tangs, offering you the chance to sample and make purchases.

22 New Industrial Road, Primax, #03-15, Singapore 536208
+65 8127 0477
Daily: 10am – 7pm
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3. Wang Lai Bakery

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56 years is a lot of time to perfect your trade and that’s exactly what fourth-generation CNY goodies specialist, Wang Lai Bakery has done. Famous today around Singapore and even across our borders, they started as a humble home operation baking for friends and family. 

It amazes us that even in this day and age, and despite the massive number of orders that they fulfil, Wang Lai Bakery still creates each CNY snack in their repertoire without the use of machines. Every single piece is crafted from scratch using premium quality ingredients, imbuing them with the same authentic textures and flavours our counterparts would have experienced and enjoyed many, many years ago.

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With this commitment to tradition and authenticity has come widespread recognition, which has garnered Wang Lai Bakery a slew of awards. You don’t even have to shell out a cent to enjoy them yourself – simply try whichever flavours you like at their sampling address, free of cost.

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Wang Lai Bakery is one of the best places to buy CNY tarts in bulk. Our top recommendation is their Large CNY Goodies Bundle (from S$120.84). Here, you get to choose 8 bottles of their classic pineapple tarts and other snacks. That range includes Melt In Your Mouth Pineapple Tarts, Premium Cranberry Pineapple Tarts and Melt in Your Mouth Chilli Crab Pineapple Tarts.

You can also explore the wonderful taste of new unique flavours like Earl Grey Pineapple Tarts and Sour Cream Pineapple Tarts.

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Other good bundle choices are the Medium CNY Goodies Bundle (from S$91.58), where you get to choose 6 options from almost 50 different options, or the Small CNY Goodies Bundle (from S$61.69), where you get to choose 4 options.

Enjoy free delivery for all orders over S$100.

20 Sin Ming Lane, Midview City, #03-58, Singapore 573968
+65 8818 6227
Daily: 10am – 7pm
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4. Baker’s Brew

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There is no shortage of companies that bake CNY snacks but few package them with the classy elegance of Baker’s Brew. It’s another feather in the cap of this veritable master of all trades that offers hands-on baking classes, handcrafted cakes, artisanal pastries and an elevated dine-in café experience.

Each divinely giftable upscale classic biscuit tin is adorned with oriental lux gold motifs. Within lies the real magic: traditional Lunar New Year goodies reimagined with a modern twist.

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Still, their original Ondeh Ondeh flavour is the bestseller every CNY. Soft and flavourful, these cookies are made from pandan-infused dough and bulge invitingly with delicious gula melaka coconut filling.

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Some may prefer the less sweet, guilt-free Pineapple Pillows (S$29.80). This wonderful creation achieves the perfect sweet-salty balance by cocooning a genuine Thai pineapple filling inside a classic butter and cheese pastry. If you’re a fan of this combined dance of flavours, try the Pineapple Bak Kwa (S$29.80) with its stuffing of Thai pineapple paste and traditional bak kwa, too.

Other flavours to look forward to are the Peanut Almond (S$29.80)— an ultimate crumbly melt-in-your-mouth delight featuring roasted, nutty undertones and buttery layers of pastry, and the fragrantly spicy shrimp-and-sambal Hae Bee Hiam (S$29.80).

With their wonderful packaging, Baker’s Brew CNY snacks make for the perfect gift and you can save by getting their bundles.

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The Signature Collection (S$88) features the best-selling Ondeh Ondeh, Pineapple Bak Kwa and Peanut Almond cookies. The Heritage Collection (S$88) has Ondeh Ondeh, Pineapple Pillows and Hae Bee Hiam while the Oriental Collection (S$138) gives you a taste of all 5 flavours.

Save even more with the Super Early Bird deal that gets you 10% off by using the code CNY2024SEB from 2 Jan to 14 Jan 2024. From 15 Jan – 4 Feb 2024, use code CNY2024EB to get the Early Bird deal of 8% off.

For a full list of locations, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.

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5. Eu Yan Sang 

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Eu Yan Sang? The 145-year-old TCM chain? I did a double-take when I first saw that they had a list of Chinese New Year snacks. Oh, but soon they had me double taking their samples instead!

EYS is known for the premium quality of its traditional medicine and health tonics, and they have brought the same touch of class to their artisanal CNY snacks. This approach is perfectly encapsulated by their Prosperity Cookies Tingkat Gift Set (S$28.80 with S$88 online spend, U.P.: S$39.90).

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Tingkat’ means ‘level’ and is a reference to the beautiful 3-tiered gift box this set comes in. This little box radiates happiness in an oriental floral theme and is a preview of the joy you will get from the 3 flavours of limited-edition cookies inside— Pecan Nut Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Oatmeal & Cashew Sugee.

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Did you know? The brand retails a delish Vegetarian Bak Kwa that packs a flavourful punch. We first heard about Eu Yan Sang’s vegetarian bak kwa from friends who raved about how surprisingly delicious this vegetarian-friendly CNY snack is. Seasoned, spiced and grilled to perfection, the tender and flavourful vegetarian bak kwa pieces surely deserve a place at your snack table this Lunar New Year. Meat lovers can choose their traditional Bak Kwa, which is sure to impress even the most devoted Bak Kwa fans.

EYS’s range of CNY snacks line-up this year also includes Shrimp Rolls, Red Date Walnuts, Roasted Cashews, Roasted Pistachios and Oatmeal Goji cookies.

You can find Eu Yang Sang’s complete range at their online store at www.EuYanSang.com.sg or at all EYS stores island-wide. Shop now for big savings with special CNY deals, free gifts, and purchase-with-purchase deals. Spend S$88 online or in stores and get up to 40% off their CNY snacks collection. Prices start from just S$6.80!

For a full list of locations, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.

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6. Cedele

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We all know that we indulge a little too much during Chinese New Year, but that’s where choosing Cedele may be the best option. They use the finest natural ingredients in their entire range of products. The result is less guilt while you still enjoy treats that taste amazing.

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Cedele Artisanal Handmade Cookies (S$32) are an addictive range of bite-sized cookies baked with the finest European butter and unrefined sugar. Completely preservative-free, they are a universally popular treat for family and friends to usher in this bountiful Lunar New Year!

Cedele Pineapple Pocket Pie (S$35) is the perennial best-seller which needs no introduction. Lovingly hand-rolled, these little pies consist of pastry that melts in your mouth to reveal an irresistible lightly sweetened pineapple jam. If you have never tried them before, there is no time like the present to discover why they are so popular.

Sweetening the spread even more this year is Cedele’s all-new Cashew Coconut Gula Melaka (S$32). As you can tell from the name, it is a sweet medley of 3 ingredients that are delicious enough on their own – desiccated coconut, gula melaka and cashew nuts.

The crunch in this light and crispy snack comes from the toasted nuts, complemented fabulously by the unique chewy texture of the coconut. Heavenly gula melaka holds it all together with the sticky sweetness you can’t resist.

We’re certainly intrigued by the Nasi Lemak Cookie (S$32)! Enhanced with coconut milk and fragrant curry leaves, it features a subtly spiced aroma, complemented by the crunch of ikan bilis and toasted peanuts.

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Cedele has several promotions for their Lunar New Year products, including an Early Bird promo. Running from 29 Dec 2023 to 11 Jan 2024, this gives you 18% off all Lunar New Year Specials, excluding Cookie Tins

If you are expecting a crowd, you’ll save big on their Cookies Bundle. Here you get 10 Tins at 15% off, with mix and match across all flavours permitted. This promo runs from 29 Dec 2023 to 21 Feb 2024.

Even if you delay until the last moment, you can take advantage of their 2.2 Double Happiness promo and get 15% off all Lunar New Year Specials, excluding Cookie Tins. This discount is only available from 2 to 4 Feb 2024.

To place an order, visit their website here or walk in to any Cedele stores today.

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7. 603 Tau Sar Piah

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Family-owned and -run for almost 30 years now, 603 Tau Sar Piah has behind it 3 generations of dedicated artisans. Their traditional recipes remain the same but are augmented by constant experimentation.

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One of those is their 好意头芋头糕 Yam Cake (7” round) (S$28.80). It is superbly flavoursome as the yam is cut and shredded by hand, steamed and then combined with chicken sausage, scallops and shiitake mushroom.

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The 四季平安 Lunar New Year Gift Box is available as the Classic ($50) and the Signature Collection ($60). They both contain Chocolate Chip Cookies (S$19.80) and Kueh Bangkit (S$16.80) but the Classic set comes with Classic Pineapple Balls (S$18.80) and Shrimp Rolls (S$12) while the Signature has the Signature Pineapple Rolls (S$30.80) and Peanut Cookies (S$16.80).

An exotic addition is the Cranberry Kueh Lapis (6″x6.5″) (S$60). You can also have Prune Kueh Lapis (6″x6.5″) (S$57) and their original Kueh Lapis (6″x6.5″) (S$46.80). All these sets come in a gift box. You can find the full CNY 2024 snacks menu here.

603 Tau Sar Piah’s handmade CNY snacks for 2024 are only available on 8 & 9 Feb 2024.

603 Balestier Road, Singapore 329904
+65 6250 0692
Daily (except Chinese New Year): 8am – 6.30pm
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8. Goodwood Park Hotel

Goodwood Park Hotel has gone all out to create the most eye-catching treats for CNY 2024.

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Topping their list is the Auspicious Firecracker (‘Mao Shan Wang’ Durian Roll Cake, 800g) (S$138). No guessing what this cake is supposed to represent but as the first slice was cut, I was mesmerised by the vibrant red swirl of the vermillion chiffon. Adorned with a chocolate dragon emblem, peach blossoms, oranges and treasure, this really is a conversation piece.

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No less of a spectacle is the Lucky Fortune Bamboo (Orange Pound Cake, 1.5 kg) (S$148). A ‘pot’ of orange pound cake infused with orange zest accompanied by buttercream is the base for a forest of white chocolate bamboo. The realism of this creation is a thing of wonder.

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The Pandan Pineapple ‘Huat’ Tarts, 8 pieces (S$68.80) amaze you with their taste, filled as the crumbly tart crusts are with glistening homemade pineapple chutney and aromatic pandan-flavoured almond cream. A lattice design and an auspicious white chocolate wealth pot or (‘fā’) topper complete the magic.

Our other recommendation is the Spicy Salted Egg Yolk Lotus Root Chips with Chicken Floss (S$36.80). These thin, crispy lotus root chips are generously sprinkled with savoury salted egg yolk and flavourful chicken floss.

22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
+65 6737 7411
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9. Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

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Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium makes our list again with its delicious renditions of old favourites. It doesn’t spread itself too thin, either, focusing on just 3 celebratory snacks for Chinese New Year 2024.

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The first is the auspicious nian gao in the form of Xin’s Nian Gao with Coconut Sauce (S$53). Next is the Xin’s Signature Yam and Pumpkin Cake (S$53). I love the sweetness there but for those who prefer a bit of balance between sweet and savoury, there is always the Signature Radish Cake with Preserved Meat (S$59).

All 3 come in a significant portion of 1.2 kg, suitable for between 5 to 8 persons. They are prepared or delivered chilled so you can steam, pan-fry or deep-fry them to your preference. There is a S$80 delivery charge per location islandwide, but complimentary for orders above $1,288.

Collection can be made at the following dates and times:

  • 3 – 21 Jan 2024 (Wed and Sun only): 12pm – 8pm
  • 22 – 24 Feb 2024:  12pm – 8pm
  • 9 Feb 2024 (CNY Eve):  11am – 2pm

317 Outram Road, Singapore 169075
+65 6733 0188
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10. Whisking Bakes

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Born in 2020, Whisking Bakes is a relative newcomer to the CNY snacks scene. It is Singapore’s first specialty bake shop and here, they do things a little differently –  instead of using pineapple in their tarts, they use yam! This isn’t unheard of – it is a traditional variation from Teochew cuisine where the pastry is stuffed with delicious and smooth yam paste steamed to perfection.

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At Whisking bakes, the CNY Orh Nee Tarts come in 2 bottle sizes: Small (11 pieces) (S$17.50) and Medium (25 pieces) (S$36.50). You can save a bit if you buy a Bundle of 4 Small (S$63) or a Bundle of 2 Medium (S$69).

Whisking Bakes recommends you finish the tarts within 3-5 days if the bottles are kept at room temperature and within 2 weeks if they are stored in a refrigerator. This is because their CNY snacks are baked completely free of preservatives.

466 Crawford Lane, #01-08, Singapore 190466
+65 8850 5918
Tue to Thu: 11.30am – 9pm

Fri: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Sat: 10am – 10.30pm
Sun: 10am – 5pm
Mon: 11.30am – 9pm
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11. Ollella 

Indonesian heritage, Parisian techniques and American creativity come together in a Singaporean bakery at Ollella. Oh, and what a spread they have for CNY 2024!

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There’s no better place to start than at the all-new Bo Lo Pineapple Mochi Balls (S$19.80). Each of the 6 pieces has pineapple jam wrapped in pineapple mochi, then covered in salted egg yolk butter cookie. The cherry on top is the red tin gift box they come in.

Of course, the classic Golden Pineapple Balls (13pcs, ~260g) (S$19.80) also make an appearance. Ollella makes them less sweet so you can indulge more. Another way to indulge responsibly would be the Vegan Almond Cookies (20pcs, ~230g) (S$19.80) made from premium US almonds.

Another classic from Ollella is their signature Jade Ondeh Balls (12pcs, ~230g) (S$19.80). These deliciously moist wonders are made from coconut gula Jawa and encased in a melt-in-mouth pandan butter cookie.

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Our other recommendations are the Huat Hebi Hiam Balls (S$19.80), the new Prosperous Golden Shrimp Lapis (hei bi hiam with salted egg yolk) (from S$42) and the Signature Spiced Lapis (from S$28.50).

For a full list of locations, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.

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