Are you sick of all the savoury bak kwas and usual Lunar New Year snacks? Here are 8 saccharine alternatives – these unique treats will most definitely sweeten up your end-of-festive meals!
1. Seasonal Sliced Cakes from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Singapore
From one of Singapore’s best-known cafes for their cakes and drinks comes a selection of sliced cakes that will surely appeal to any dessert lover. Choose from the light and fluffy Lychee Mango Layered Cake, the fruity and decadent Jaffa Orange Chocolate Cake, the savoury-sweet Mandarin Orange Cashew Nut Cookie Cheesecake and the irresistible Mocha Latte Layered Cake which mocha lovers will appreciate. If you can’t make up your mind, we suggest going for a slice of each!
2. Sumo Citrus (Shiranui) from Châteraisé
Produced in Kumamoto Prefecture and made using oversized mandarins which are a hybrid of Kiyomi and Ponkan mandarins, these fruits are celebrated for their exceptional sweetness and so named for the distinctive “top knot” said to resemble that of a sumo wrestler. Don’t miss this limited seasonal release which is only available for four months out of the year from January through April, and revel in the tart sweetness and juicy pulp of these amazing desserts. Available in 10 variants, which include individual slices, whole cakes, as well as a tart.
3. Golden Kumquat Tart from Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Now this is what we call a super impressive tart. This crisp vanilla-flavoured tart features meticulously selected best kumquats which are hand-sliced and candied with lemon juice, then glazed and beautifully arranged on top of house-made tart filled with vanilla cream and almond frangipane, and sprinkled with gold leaves. Serve it to guests to wow everyone with this decadent dessert at the end of your Lunar New Year meal.
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is at 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646.
4. CNY Madeleines – Orange & Pineapple from Pâtisserie Glacé
Known for their healthy, tasty and moderately-priced Japanese pastries, Pâtisserie Glacé has been serving the best of Japan’s cakes, pies, cookies and tarts to Singapore customers since 2008. For the Lunar New Year, the patisserie has come up with these delicious madeleines which comes in orange and pineapple flavours. These fusion pieces combines the renowned French butter cakes with fillings commonly used in Lunar New Year snacks to provide an unique sweet treat.
BONUS: SAFRA Members can receive 10% off regular-priced pastries at Pâtisserie Glacé.
5. Moo Moo Cookies and Sunflower Cookies from Ah Mah Homemade Cakes
These vibrant artfully handcrafted goodies not only look good, they taste just as nice without being too sweet or calorie dense so one can happily snack their way through the Lunar New Year! Irresistibly cute, munch on Ah Mah’s Moo Moo Cookies and Ah Mah’s pocket-friendly Sunflower Cookies in their CNY set.
Ah Mah Homemade Cakes is at multiple locations.
6. Huat Huat Series from Hey Yogurt
This Lunar New Year, substitute your soda drinks with these delicious local handmade yogurt shakes using only premium Australian dairy and fresh fruits. Pick from these fruity flavours: Mandarin Orange Yogurt, Mango Pomelo Yogurt, Dragon Fruit Lychee Yogurt and Avocado Brown Sugar Yogurt. These drinks make the perfect sweet endings to any meal.
7. Golden Pineapple Tarts from Mad About Sucre
Many reviews have touted these as the best pineapple tarts in Singapore. Handcrafted from organic full ripen and natural pineapples with no preservatives and artificial flavours or sweetener, these moreish bites are presented as individually wrapped pieces to retain freshness so you can conveniently enjoy one at any time.
8. D24 Durian ‘Nian Gao’ Roll from Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel
Durian lovers will surely appreciate this! This indulgent roll is made of premium D24 durian puree, a slathering of kaya, in between a sheet of nian gao before being coated by freshly grated coconut. Warning: One bite into this sweet dessert is not enough, this is truly an addictive treat that you will finish pronto!
Min Jiang is at Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221.
Featured image: Ah Mah Homemade Cakes