10 Favourite CNY Goodies for 2014
In less than 2 weeks time, we are welcoming the year of Horse! In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. If you have not done your CNY shopping, here are some CNY goodies that are available in the market this year. Let’s HUAT ah!
With Chinese New Year around the corner, dessert expert Bakerzin proudly unveils its Chinese New Year Sweets Collection 2014 featuring a selection of pineapple tarts and a NEW range of cookies. I enjoyed the new Yuzu Yuan Bao Pineapple Tarts ($26.80, 20 pcs per box). Each auspicious yuan bao designed nugget is filled with a generous amount of freshly made pineapple filling infused with a refreshing hint of bitter-sweet yuzu zest.
Cookies Selection include Pistachio & Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Yuzu Macadamia Cookies, Sesame Cookies and Cashew Cookies. 1 box (30 pcs) from $23.80. If you have trouble choosing between the various flavours, Bakerzin offers an assorted box of these FIVE delicious cookies (six cookies per flavour) at $25.80. You can place your orders online at www.bakerzin.com or at any of the NINE Bakerzin outlets island wide from 7 January to 14 February 2014.
Inspired by the Southeast Asian pineapple tart, SUCRE has created gourmet and premium truffles with a twist. With an emphasis on quality ingredients and premium packaging, SUCRE truffles will be launched in uniquely created gable boxes and tin cases, as well as top-of-the-line packaging – the confections are packed in food-grade plastic trays and aluminium foil bags to keep them fresh longer. For just S$6, the truffles will be delivered straight to the doorsteps.
Christmas, Lunar New Year & Valentine’s Day Promotion – Free Delivery for Orders of more than S$150. Visit its online store at www.ruedusucre.com to order.
FengShui Inn, RWS
Other than a stellar line-up of gourmet feast for the whole family this Chinese New Year, Feng Shui Inn will also roll out festive takeaway goodies as well as an attractive hamper set.
Be blown away by this mega-size edible golden ingot. Open the lid of the ingot for another surprise— stuffed with 8 mini ingots filled with generous fibrous pineapple paste encased in buttery skin which is sure to please your business partners, families or friends. This Homemade Golden Ingot Pineapple Pastry with 8 mini ingots is priced at $88 per box and available at FengShui Inn. For more information, please visit www.rwsentosa.com
Goods of Desire
Goods of Desire has launched these popular Mahjong Pineapple Cakes again! Last CNY, they were launched to a sell-out within 1-2 weeks. This year, there is limited quantity left as of now. The Pineapple Cakes are produced by Mei Xin Fine Goods (a household brand in Hong Kong). The pastry is made using New Zealand butter while the pineapple filling is made with Taiwan pineapple.
The Mahjong Box and packaging concept of Pineapple Cakes is by Goods of Desire thus making this a collaboration product between Mei Xin Fine Goods and Goods of Desire. The Pineapple Mahjong Pineapple Cakes is available for sale at Goods of Desire (The Central, #02-08) and retails at $38 per box (16 pcs). Or visit their Facebook page here.
Horse represents strength, success, perseverance and speed. These ‘Fa Chye Ma’ or literally translated as “Eight Wealth Horses” naturally symbolise excellent windfalls, business luck and a prosperous new year!
The horses are basically glutinous flour wrapped with bird nest and custard. The dessert gift box with a set of eight horses is priced at $118.88, available at both Peony Jade outlets. Read more at www.peonyjade.com
Thye Moh Chan
For the festive season, Singapore’s iconic Teochew confectionary shop presents their signature, melt-in-your-mouth pineapple pastries which now come in two new flavours – Walnut and Longan. Each box of Golden Pineapple Pastries is priced at $22.80 (for 8pcs). Flavours available include original, walnut and longan. You can either buy individual flavours or mixed flavours (Original 4pcs, Walnut and Longan each 2pcs).
Other products such as Egg Rolls, Peanut Candies and Assorted Crisps are also available and they make perfect gifts for this auspicious occasion. It is available in all Thye Moh Chan outlets.
PrimaDéli’s range of Prosperity Cookies ($16.80 – $17.80/tin) this year will feature seven varieties including Sesame, Walnut Sugee, Pistachio, Chocolate Tarts, Deluxe Almond, Oatmeal Raisins and the Chicken Bak Kwa. I have tried the Chicken Bak Kwa which is a unique tasty cookied dotted with fragrant chunks of premium quality chicken bak kwa. These cookies are packed in an elegant maroon tin which makes for yet another gift option for friends and families.
PrimaDéli’s festive range will be available from 26 December 2013 till 30 January 2014 at all PrimaDéli outlets islandwide. For enquiries, please call PrimaDéli at 6276 3333.
Man Fu Yuan, Intercontinental Singapore
Man Fu Yuan, at InterContinental Singapore, welcomes the Year of the Horse, celebrating an auspicious start to the year ahead with yummy goodies of loved ones and family.
Man Fu Yuan’s Golden Custard Party is very interesting. It has a skin close to traditional caked mooncake, with a savoury salted egg yolk for the extra oomph. Super addictive! Plus, who can resist this elegant box with gold and purple theme.
Available at Tea Hut, located at entrance of InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction from 27 December 2013 to 24 January 2014. It is prices at $38.80 for 8 pcs. Visit their Facebook page to order.
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung has a splendid line-up of festive specials available for dine-in or takeaway, from 1 January to 28 February 2014. Besides Peanut Glutinous Rice Balls and Yu Sheng, there is also the popular Taiwan Songshan Pineapple Cakes ($7.50 – box of 3 pcs / $23.80 – box of 10 pcs).
Airflown from Taiwan, these freshly-baked treats are filled with Taiwan’s Songshan pineapples which are famous for their aroma and low acidity. Free of preservatives and trans-fat, they certainly make a perfect guilt-free snack or gift for friends and family during this prosperous occasion.
The pineapple cakes are available for takeaway only at Din Tai Fung at Paragon, Resorts World Sentosa, Marina Bay Sands, BreadTalk IHQ, Suntec City, Tampines Mall and Jurong Point. Oh by the way, you will also receive a complimentary packet of Din Tai Fung’s Red Packets with a minimum spend of $40.
Last year, Kele Cake’s Pineapple Tarts won the first place in Jurong Point’s Search for the Best Pineapple Tart in Singapore. They are a family business which has been around for almost 30 years.
I prefers its Cheese Pineapple Tarts where the pineapple jam is wrapped within the buttery pastry with melted cheese on top. The pineapple jam has a balance in flavours, not too sweet nor sour. It is available at Jurong Point, Causeway Point, AMK Hub, Parkway Parade, and factory at 15 Jalan Tepong, Jurong Food Hub #06-16. A jar of Golden Pineapple Balls sells for $16 (500g), while the fusion-inspired Golden Cheese Pineapple Balls go for $17.50. Visit kele.sg for more information.