Ahhh, Chinese New Year. The time of long-drawn family reunions, pesky relatives and having to answer the same ol’ questions … But it’s not all bad (or at least, there’s always booze to numb the pain of having to justify not being married/pregnant/pregnant again/in a better job). CNY is also the time where we get to binge eat bak kwa (a habit that is strangely only satisfying during CNY), drink way too much orange soda, and of course, dig into CNY goodies.
Here’s our list of inspired CNY goodies from local bakers.
If you’re into unique flavours:
These crispy butter cookies are made with fresh laksa leaves so you get a beautiful, rich flavour reminiscent of laksa. In The Brickyard is also offering Sesame Orange Cookies that’s made with nutty black sesame and aromatic orange.
While ONLYKAI’s salted egg cookies have been the perennial favourite, this year they came up with two flavours they’re confident Singaporeans will love just as much – tom yum, and nasi lemak. The tom yum cookies are made using a homemade tom yum paste, lemongrass and topped with Thai basil leaves for a serious punch of flavour and aroma. With the nasi lemak cookies, you get a coconut-infused cookie with a slight hint of ginger.
And from now till Jan 28, you can get two bottles at a special price of $30. Best of all, 15% of all sales will be donated to Gentle Paws – a privately run shelter for stray dogs in Singapore.
Baker’s Brew has come up with three nostalgic CNY cookies. Iced Gem Cookies, $26.80 are their interpretation of our childhood snack. These flaky biscuits are made with a savoury cheddar cheese and then topped with royal icing. Tutu Kueh cookies, $26.80 are melt-in-your-mouth and made with fragrant peanut powder, while Ondeh Ondeh cookies, $26.80 are hand-rolled and stuffed with a gula melaka coconut filling.
Not your usual pineapple tarts
This heartland bakery has over 32 years of history of making fresh bakes. At the heart of its business is a respect for tradition of taking the slow, time-tested methods of baking. But the flavours are anything but dated. Take their yuzu pineapple rolls for example. Yuzu is sourced from the Kochi prefecture in Japan and adds a bright, citrus burst to these pineapple rolls. It also uses less sugar so you don’t need to feel bad about binging on them.
We might be biased but bakwa makes everything better. Other than bakwa pineapple tarts, Old Seng Choon also has Orange Peel pineapple tarts and spicy Nonya pineapple tarts made with spicy dried shrimp.
They’re pineapple tarts shaped like cute doggies – that’s reason enough to get them.
For nailing the vibe
Made of 30 pieces of choux stuffed with pineapple compote and Chantilly cream, this is definitely made to be the centrepiece to any CNY dinner. Hidden behind the choux are also four auspicious numbers – that should give the older folks a cheap thrill. Huat ah!
The White Ombre specialises in 3D customised cakes so it’s no surprise their CNY goodies are just as imaginative.
3. CNY Cookie Box Set from Eau My Cookie, $38
Eau My Cookie specialises in beautifully decorated cookies. These CNY cookies come in their signature flavour of Valrhona Chocolate, and two designs. Each cookie is individually heat sealed for freshness.