It’s time to usher in the Year of the Dog, and it’s also that time of the year for innovative cookies to make their rounds again!
In 2017, we had all kinds of food trends sweep our tiny nation, and alas, some of them have spilt over to the lunar new year. Indulge in your classic snacks — albeit revamped — and throw caution to the wind with your calories with these 10 unexpected Chinese New Year snacks for 2018!
1. Parmesan Pineapple Cheese Balls From Butter Studio
Butter Studio is a halal bakery is famous for their pretty cupcakes, and the best part is that all their goodies are handmade with fresh ingredients, premium all-natural butter and contain no preservatives!
These Parmesan Pineapple Cheese Balls ($29.80) are buttery, crumbly, cheesy and filled with homemade pineapple jam filling. They are baked to golden perfection and will satisfy even the most ardent pineapple tart fans.
Do take note, that the last day for Chinese New Year pre-orders is 10 February 2018, while the last day of collection and delivery is 14 February 2018.
Butter Studio Bakery Café: 147 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208865 | Tel: +65 62947 115 | Opening hours: (Monday) 12pm – 9pm, (Tuesday) Closed, (Wednesday and Thursday) 12pm – 9pm, (Friday) 12pm – 11pm, (Saturday) 11am – 12am, (Sunday) 11am – 9pm | Website | Facebook | Instagram
2. “Prosperity” Gold Bar 100% Pure Black Gold Mao Shan Wang Durian Layered Nian Gao From Peony Jade
Nothing is more opulent that luxurious gold and this festive season, Peony Jade has upped the ante with a Mao Shan Wang Durian Layered Nian Gao ($118.88) that’s large enough to serve eight to 10 people.
For those of us who have an affinity for the king of fruits, this one will make it hard for you to resist second helpings and who knows, it might even help you with your chance at prosperity this year!
Peony Jade: 3 River Valley Road, Level 2, Singapore 179020 | Tel: +65 6338 0305 | Opening hours: (Daily) 11am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm | Website | Facebook | Instagram
3. Chicken Floss Love Letter From Baker’s Well
Floss is typically seen topped on warm buns and even fried rice, but have you ever wondered what they would taste like as a sweet treat? Now, you can venture into the territory of the sweet-savoury with Baker’s Well’s Chicken Floss Love Letters ($28).
Surprise your guests with this unique snack, and be the talk among your relatives this Chinese New Year, beyond just when you’re going to get married.
Baker’s Well: 35 East Coast Road, Singapore 428754 | Tel: +65 6348 6864 | Opening hours: (Daily) 8 am – 9pm | Website | Facebook | Instagram
4. Blueberry Pure Butter Fruit Tart From ATARTZ
ATARTZ Blueberry Tart ($12.50) are made sans preservatives with secret blueberry paste recipe and New Zealand luxurious butter. Each tart promises a mix of delectable fruitiness packed within a buttery melty crust that will have pastry lovers picking them mindlessly from the box.
Each box comes with an advanced Anti-Mold Refreshment Chip, keeping tarts fresh longer. Share the joy of this novel lunar new year snack and get your loved ones hooked!
Better yet, you’ll enjoy free delivery when you order three boxes and above! To order, simply contact them via their Facebook page or Whatsapp them using the contact number below.
ATARTZ: Tel: +65 977 05 977 | Facebook
5. Bak Kut Teh Cookies From Old Seng Choong
Things are getting creative this year, and now we have Bak Kut Teh Cookies ($16.83). According to Old Seng Choong‘s website, these addictive bites are infused with white pepper, herbs and spices.
Best enjoyed with a cup of Chinese tea, they sure will be a fun way of savouring the timeless, well-loved herbal soup.
Old Seng Choong: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Clarke Quay Central, #01-48, Singapore 059817 | Tel: +65 6282 0220 | Opening hours: (Daily) 11am – 9pm | Website | Facebook
6. Nonya Laksa Cookies From Harri Ann’s
Fond memories are often built around food, and as laksa being of Singapore’s iconic dishes, we’re sure there are many of you who are bound to return to digging into a piping hot bowl of laksa when you need comforting.
Make new memories with these Nonya Laksa Cookies ($20.90) from Harri Ann’s and perhaps, even convince fervent defenders of the original recipe that these are worth trying!
Harri Ann’s: 230 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction Towers, #01-01A, Singapore 188024 | Tel: +65 6238 1200 | Opening hours: (Daily) 7am – 9pm | Website | Facebook | Instagram
7. Salted Egg Kueh Lapis by OLLELLA
The salted egg craze hasn’t seemed to have waned one bit, and in the Year of the Dog, it’s only getting bigger!
This limited edition Salted Egg Kueh Lapis ($24) from Ollella will get your appetite going, as it contains chunky salted egg bits in between its luscious layers of buttery kueh. This makes for the perfect sweet ending to your reunion feast or as a fancy treat for your guests.
OLLELLA: 3 Petain Road, [email protected], #01-01, Singapore 208108 |Tel: +65 9360 3094 | Opening hours: (Daily) 12pm – 6pm | Website | Facebook | Instagram
8. ‘Hei Bi’ Brittle From Caffe Pralet
There’s no shortage of surprises when it comes to snacks this lunar new year. For those who aren’t big on desserts will be thrilled to know that there are goodies for you too, such as the ‘Hei Bi’ Brittle ($21.80) from Caffe Pralet.
It has rich, savoury flavours with dried shrimps, chilli and spices rolled into one novel cookie! We guarantee you’ll want this bottle all to yourself.
Caffe Pralet: 17 Eng Hoon Street, Eng Hoon Mansions, #01-04, Singapore 169767 | Tel: +65 6223 5595 | Opening hours: (Monday to Saturday) 11am – 9pm, (Sunday) 11am – 6pm | Facebook
9. Bak Kwa Flavoured Popcorn From The Kettle Gourmet
This young start-up is passionate about all things popcorn, which was driven by the lack of alternative popcorn flavours at local cinemas.
In addition to Teh Tarik and Baileys, this Chinese New Year season will also see a one-of-a-kind Bak Kwa Flavoured Popcorn ($11-$15, depending on the packet size) thrown into the mix. There will be no stoppin’ the snackin’ once you get your hands on these non-GMO, no trans fat and freshly baked treats!
This limited flavour will be sold for the first time at The Atrium of Plaza Singapura from 5 to 14 February 2018.
The Kettle Gourmet: Website | Facebook | Instagram
10. Orh Nee Macarons From Antoinette
Antoinette has been churning out delightful confectionery for some time now, and this year, they are stepping up their Chinese New Year game with Orh Nee Macarons ($3 per piece/$19 for a box of six).
Made with coconut-dusted almond macaron shell, these dainty desserts are filled with candied pumpkin, fried shallot and coconut yam cream. How’s that for a unique treat?
Antoinette: 30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188 | Tel: +65 6293 3121 | Opening hours: (Monday to Thursday) 11am – 10pm, (Friday) 11am – 11pm, (Saturday) 10am – 11pm, (Sunday) 10am – 10pm | Website | Facebook | Instagram