Unusual CNY goodies worth every calorie

Bite into creative festive treats like rainbow kueh lapis and firecracker cake

Traditional festive goodies like pineapple tarts and kueh bangkit (coconut sago) cookies are palette pleasers, year after year. However, if you’re looking for a creative twist on classic flavours, make a beeline for these eight festive goodies — they taste as good as they look.


Goodwood Park Hotel Wealth of Opportunities cake


For a festive treat that doubles as a stunning centrepiece, consider Goodwood Park Hotel’s Wealth of Opportunities cake ($88). Its form of golden garlic conceals a delicious and moist homemade chocolate marble cake, and is said to usher in good fortune according to Chinese fengshui.

Available at Goodwood Park Hotel.


Pan Pacific Singapore Rainbow Kueh Lapis


Among the uncommon or unique Lunar New Year offerings from Pan Pacific Singapore is the gorgeous Rainbow Kueh Lapis (top right).


Turn heads and attract cameras with the photogenic Rainbow Kueh Lapis ($52 for 1kg). Pan Pacific Singapore’s rendition of the ‘thousand-layered cake’ is much lighter and more fragrant compared to the usual.

With spices such as nutmeg, five spice powder and cinnamon, the kueh lapis packs a punch in terms of flavour, and will delight your family and friends.

Available at Pan Pacific Singapore.


PrimaDeli Laksa Cookies


Imagine the aromatic flavours of your favourite laksa dish — all in a crunchy cookie. 


Imagine the aromatic flavours of your favourite laksa dish — all in a crunchy cookie. PrimaDeli’s Laksa Cookies ($18.80) are a tribute to the iconic hawker dish, created with Prima Taste Laksa Sauce Mix, which is made from natural ingredients such as dried shrimp, shallot, lemongrass and turmeric.

With fragrant coconut milk and sambal added, these cookies will have you snacking non-stop.

Available at PrimaDeli outlets.


Antoinette Queen’s Yusheng


Like Kinder Surprise but fit for a queen. Back by popular demand, Antoinette’s Queen’s Yusheng ($88) is a beautiful golden egg hiding a wealth of delicious surprises.

Nestled in a bed of auspicious sweets — namely chocolate fish, ingots and coins, five-spiced almonds and cashews, Mandarin orange butter cake and more — the egg conceals an abundance of yusheng ingredients with a difference.

Knock it apart with the accompanying wooden hammer and you’ll find diced and shredded fresh fruit such as pineapple, Thai green mango, red dragon fruit and pomelo. Finally, drizzle the Mandarin orange, plum and gula Melaka dressing and you’re ready to lo hei!

Available at Antoinette outlets.


Intercontinental Sweet Osmanthus Nian Gao with Shandong Premium Red Dates


This unusual nian gao (top) is infused with the floral notes of Osmanthus as well as the tart sweetness of red dates.


Traditionally eaten during the Lunar New Year, nian gao is a glutinous rice cake symbolising yearly improvement and a continuous rising towards success.

For a twist on the traditional nian gao, try Intercontinental Singapore’s all-new Sweet Osmanthus Nian Gao with Shandong Premium Red Dates ($38). This unusual rendition is infused with the floral notes of Osmanthus as well as the tart sweetness of red dates.

We suggest pan-frying it for delightfully crisp edges, or steaming it for a comforting dessert.

Available at Intercontinental Singapore.


Conrad Centennial Prosperous Fire Cracker Surprise


Specially handcrafted by Chef Bruno Philippe of Conrad Centennial Singapore, the Fire Cracker Cake will impress your loved ones.


Fire crackers may be banned but this Prosperous Fire Cracker Cake ($55) will ignite your appetite. Specially handcrafted by Executive Pastry Chef Bruno Philippe of Conrad Centennial Singapore, the cake is a stunner with its fiery-red packaging.

Beneath the red facade, the cake is made of ladyfinger sponge with longan, goji berry, red dates, crispy feuilletine and ginseng white chocolate base — all sandwiched within a chrysanthemum-infused mousse for a touch of sweetness.

Available at Conrad Centennial Singapore.


Bakerzin Good Luck Cookies


Nine delicious cookie flavours in a single box — if this doesn’t turn you into a cookie monster, we don’t know what will. Bakerzin’s Good Luck Cookies ($29.80) is a box of nine cookie flavours, including Choco-Nutty Oat, Long Jing, Almond, Perky Citrus and more.

Each variant comes in an air-tight wrapper with eight pieces per pack, making it easy for sharing. If you’re looking to devour the entire box yourself, be sure to try the Peanut Choc-Chip with Sea Salt Cookie, which hints of both saltiness and sweetness.

Available at Bakerzin outlets.


BreadTalk Mandarina Luck


Make your loved ones smile when you present them with a pair of Mandarina Luck buns ($1.80 each). Baked to look like Mandarin oranges, these adorable buns are light and fluffy with a citrusy orange peel filling.

Coated in an orange-flavoured crust reminiscent of a bo lo bao (pineapple bun), these buns will be a delightful addition to any festive celebration.

Available at BreadTalk outlets.


By Samantha Francis