With so many brands fighting for your attention, we narrow down the best of the best.
We’ve barely recovered from the merrymaking of Christmas and NYE, and Chinese New Year is upon us once again! Say what?
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and need help figuring out where to get your CNY goodies this year, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
Old Seng Choong
Forget your typical pineapple tarts. Old Seng Choong levels up with exciting new flavours like rose, yuzu, and even bak kwa. Don’t let the dark hues of the CharGold Bak Kwa put you off – encased within this black gold nugget is a huge dollop of pineapple jam mixed with silvers of bak kwa (barbecued pork). The mix of sweet and savoury hits all the right notes. Other must-try items include the Rose (the pineapple filling is infused with rose water and tiny specks of rosebuds for a subtle floral fragrance) and the Yuzu (the citrusy notes of this Japanese fruit adds a surprising zest to the tart).
To order from Old Seng Choong, click here.
Yang Yang Cookies
If you’ve been following Go Away for awhile now, you’ll know the team is very partial to Yang Yang Cookies. Which is why we can’t wait to get our hands on all our favourite snacks this season! My personal favourite is the kueh lapis, which is made using a time-honoured family recipe passed down through the generations. It’s sweet without being cloying, and has a nice, chewy texture. In fact, I’m not the only fan. FLY Entertainment founder Irene Ang has come onboard this year to attest to Yang Yang’s fine quality. She says, “I tried their kueh lapis last CNY and it was a clear winner. Clearly, they use only the freshest and best ingredients. A must-have for every Chinese New Year gathering!”
Apart from the kueh lapis, Yang Yang also offers a wide range of snacks — from prawn rolls to dark chocolate cookies and kueh bangkek — all lovingly baked and QC-ed by Auntie Yeo. Irene Ang’s favourite? The Green Pea cookies. She says, “I tried the Green Pea cookies many years ago and promptly fell in love. I like that it’s full of flavour without being too sweet.”
To order from Yang Yang Cookies, click here.
Janice Wong Singapore
Chef Janice Wong’s name is synonymous with inventive desserts, but who knew she does kickass CNY goodies too? Some sweet creations to look out for include the pineapple salted caramel tarts (made with fresh pineapples and a double-baked cookie base with salted caramel), peanut butter marshmallow cookies, and the CNY Mandarin Wagashi, which is a riff on traditional Japanese confectionery.
To order from Janice Wong Singapore, click here.
While they may be better known for their nuts, Tai Sun’s repertoire for baked goods also extend to CNY goodies. These snacks, Ah-Ma Love Letters and a range of NOYA Traditional Cookies, are only available during the festive period. Ah-Ma Love Letters is made using a traditional recipe that calls for cane sugar; each bite will certainly remind you of CNY celebrations from your childhood. Other familiar favourites include the Kueh Bangkek, which are equal parts creamy and crunchy; the Chocolate Almond and Cashew cookies, made with Tai Sun’s famous top-quality almond and cashew nuts, as well as the Peanut Puff, where sweet ground peanuts are wrapped in a crispy pastry shell before baked to a golden brown.
Tai Sun Ah-Ma Love Letters and NOYA Traditional Cookies are available at all major supermarkets.
Ok, so Tai Cheong doesn’t exactly do “traditional” CNY cookies but we simply had to include their to-die-for egg tarts on this list. Fans of Tai Cheong will probably already be familiar with their signature egg tart where soft, wobbly egg custard is encased in a butter cookie-like crust. This festive season, however, make a beeline for their newly-opened Holland Village outlet to get your hands on the exclusive Durian & Cheese Tart. Available only at this outlet (and nowhere else in the world), this piquant creation features premium D24 durian pulp and cream cheese packed into the famous Tai Cheong crust. Trust me, if you brave the queues for these tarts, you’ll be very welcome at family gatherings this year!
Tai Cheong Bakery is located at 31 Lorong Liput.