Cookies and treats abound in the Lunar New Year season. Take your pick
During this time, C stands for “cookie” as much as “Chinese” New Year.
Here are some lovely bites that you can try this year while you fend off questions of “When are you going to get married?”
Just keep eating.
Da Paolo Gastronomia
Shake things up this year with Da Paolo Gastronomia’s Chinese New Year take on the “cronut”. Their Gold Coin Crodo ($5.80) is made to resemble gold coins with edible gold dust, flaky layers and a rich egg custard filling.
Also available are adorable Horse Stick Cookies ($6.80) to usher in the Year of the Horse.
Visit www.dapaolo.com.sg for a list of outlets.
Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel also offers new auspicious Chinese New Year goodies with a healthy twist – Red Bean with Sweet Ginger Pastry ($39.80+) and Apple Pastry ($39.80+).
Inspired by the popular century egg pastry, each Red Bean with Sweet Ginger Pastry is an addictive morsel of blended red bean paste with a mild touch of spicy ginger. The moist Apple Pastry features a smooth mix of purple sweet potato and crunchy-sweet apple.
Visit www.shangri-la.com/singapore/shangrila for more.
Goods of Desire
Hong Kong cult brand Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) brings back their ever-popular Mahjong Box ($38).
This box contains 16 individually-wrapped pieces of pineapple cakes that resemble a winning combination of mahjong tiles. Expect snaking queues.
G.O.D. is located at The Central, #02-08.
These signature festive goodies from the Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental bring back the well-loved Golden Piglet Shortcakes with lotus paste, symbolic of a bountiful harvest.
Also available are their miniature mochi balls with lotus paste filling and macadamia nuts.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for takeaways and enquiries.
The Cookie Museum
The Cookie Museum is known for its quirky flavours such as Nasi Lemak cookies, Chicken Rice cookies and Pandan Chiffon from its Singapore Heritage Collection.
Impress your relatives this season with these cookies in a local flavour. These cookies are available year round.
Visit www.thecookiemuseum.com for more.
The crowd-pleaser pineapple tart has been given a Japanese update with this Yuzu Yuan Bao Pineapple Tarts ($26.80+). Each ingot-shaped tart has generous pineapple filling infused with yuzu zest.
The bittersweet flavour is a refreshing change for the New Year. They also have the traditional pineapple tarts and assorted cookies. Available until Feb 14.
Visit www.bakerzin.com for a list of outlets
Apart from fragrant teas and macarons, TWG also has a Cigar Cookie – its version of a love letter, filled with caramel.
Buttery and sweet, it is less lemak than the traditional love letter but equally satisfying.
It comes in a packet of six for $14.
Visit www.twgtea.com for more.
Can’t decide between savoury and sweet? Why not try both with PrimaDeli’s new Cheese Pineapple Tarts ($16.80). The hint of parmesan cheese complements the sweet and tart pineapple pulp within.
There is also, once again, its signature Chicken Bak Kwa cookie.
Visit www.primadeli.com for a list of outlets