11 Chinese New Year Snacks That Will Impress Your House Guests
Don’t get me wrong, traditional Chinese New Year snacks like pineapple tarts and bak kwa are great – but it’s always exciting to add something different to the snacks table. Scroll through the gallery below for some new snacks to get this year that aren’t your usual suspects!
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Smokey Bakwa Cookies
Bak kwa is a perennial CNY favourite, and we do eat a lot of cookies during this festive period too. Combining the two is just plain genius.
$19.80 per can. Available at Old Seng Choong, #01-48 Clarke Quay Central.
Salted egg yolk chips and fish skin crisps
There’s a reason why we had that salted egg yolk craze. Just for CNY, The Golden Duck is packaging their addictive crisps in limited edition gold packaging, which also adorned with different auspicious sayings. They’re also holding a contest called The Golden Huat (haha), where you have to collect five to eight packages with different auspicious sayings to stand a chance to win cruise trips, staycations, and even the iPhone X. Visit their website for more information.
$7 each. Available at all The Golden Duck outlets and selected supermarkets and retail outlets. Also available online here.
Orh Nee Macaron
Now here’s an East-meets-West fusion that we never knew we needed. Here, you have a coconut-dusted macaron shell filled with candied pumpkin, fried shallot, and coconut yam cream – thus making it an Orh Nee Macaron. Ah Ma will approve. And they’re so pretty for Instagram too!
$3 each, $19 for a gift box of 6pcs. Available at Antoinette, #02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery and 30 Penhas Road.
Spicy Nonya Pineapple Tarts
Spicy pineapple tarts?! Sounds weird, but it works. The fragrant hae bee hiam, or dried shrimp chilli paste goes quite lovely with the sweet pineapple jam and buttery crust.
$26.80 for 10pcs. Available at Old Seng Choong, #01-48 Clarke Quay Central.
F&N Orange Zero and Sarsi Zero
Hands up if you only drink F&N Orange and Sarsi during Chinese New Year. We don’t know how or why but almost every household stocks up on these drinks exclusively during the festive season. But anyway, we know this is not a snack but we’re just really excited to see them launch the zero-sugar variations of these soft drinks, so that we won’t feel that guilty about eating one more pineapple tart.
$3.25 for a pack of six. Available at all leading supermarkets, hypermarkets and convenience stores.
Healthier Bak Kwa
CNY is the season where we tend to binge-eat, so one way to alleviate the guilt is to always go for the healthier choice. Ryan’s Premium Bak Kwa from Ryan’s Grocery is made with hormone and antibiotic-free, free-range Borrowdale pork that is sourced from a family-owned farm that raises their pigs in a stress-free environment. They also use 50 percent less salt and sugar compared to the industry standard, and do not contain any additives, preservative, or food colouring.
$48.80 for 500g. Available at Ryan’s Grovery, 29 Binjai Park. Also available at their online store.
Wang Wang Cookies
How cute are these!! These dog-shaped cookies have cocoa crunch for ears, and chocolate chips for their eyes and mouth. You’ll be your nieces and nephews favourite aunt if you offer them these.
$12 per tin (260g). Available at all Ah Mah Homemade Cake outlets from now till end of Feb.
Bak Kwa popcorn
Bak kwa is never not a good idea. Local popcorn brand The Kettle Gourmet is releasing a Bak Kwa-flavoured popcorn for this festive season, available only for a limited time. Psst – there are only 1,000 packs for sale so get yours fast!
$15 per box. Available at The Kettle Gourmet’s booth at Level 1 Atrium Plaza Singapura, from Feb 5 to 14. You can also buy it here.
Salted Egg Yolk Yam Chips With Sichuan Spice
Fans of mala, you’re going to love this one. Goodwood Park Hotel has elevated their salted egg yolk chips by sprinkling an addictive Sichuan spice on top of it all. You really can’t stop at just one, can you?
$36.80 per jar. Available for takeaway at The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel.
Cookies in assorted flavours
Why choose one flavor when you can have them all? Get a box of assorted cookies that contains all the familiar festive flavours, from savoury to sweet. There’s Long Jing tea, coconut chia seeds, cereal salted egg yolk, orange, charcoal black sesame, chocolate, coffee, and Thai milk tea. Yums!
$23.80 per box. Available at Bakerzin.
Japanese butter cookies
Japanese confectioneries are guaranteed to be a hit with your guests. For the Year of the Dog, Yoku Moku has released cookie tins that feature this super adorbs Shiba Inu design, which houses an assortment of buttery, crispy cookies, including their signature Cigares.
$28 per tin. Available till the end of the month at Yoku Moku, #03-K1 ION Orchard.