Chinese New Year 2020: Best goodies to usher in the year of the rat

Chinese New Year goodies by Raffles Hotel (left) and The Marmalade Pantry (right). Photos: Raffles Hotel/The Marmalade Pantry
Chinese New Year goodies by Raffles Hotel (left) and The Marmalade Pantry (right). Photos: Raffles Hotel/The Marmalade Pantry

What’s a Chinese New Year celebration without the goodies? 

Here are our picks of some scrumptious cookies, prawn rolls, and the likes to gift to your loved ones, friends or colleagues.

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Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel's Prosperity Hamper.

Raffles Hotel’s Prosperity Hamper (S$368) is packed with a variety of things to munch on and sip, from oolong tea bags to chocolate truffles, kaya jam, and prawn rolls. All 11 items are packaged in nicely decorated jars, bottles and gift boxes complete with the iconic hotel’s logo.

The Marmalade Pantry

The Marmalade Pantry's Grandeur Collection.

The Marmalade Pantry’s goodies set is perfect for that stylish friend or sibling. The Grandeur Collection (from S$168) contains seven items consisting of three festive snacks like prawn rolls, a bottle of Australian Moscato and Gryphon-brand tea leaves, all packed in a special canvas tote bag. 


Prima Deli's Chinese New Year goodies.

If you’re looking for something less fancy yet delicious, PrimaDéli’s latest Chinese New Year goodies spread is something to consider. 

The homegrown bakery is serving up to 30 different types of goodies for the occasion, including the usual steamed prosperity cakes, pineapple tarts (S$19.80 per tin) and layer cakes (S$50.80 per kilogram), as well as new cookies that come in black sesame, butter sugar and cranberry cinnamon flavors at S$19.80 per tin. Existing cookie flavors like the pandan chiffon and earl grey cookies are still available.

Old Seng Choong

Old Seng Choong's cookies.

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Local bakery Old Seng Choong is serving up traditional cookies with a twist. 

New savory options include the Imperial Herbal Chicken Cookies (S$23.80/180g) and Taste of Fortune: Fatt Choy Cookies. The former contains chicken flavor infused with wolfberry, ginseng and star anise while the latter contains flavors of dried oysters.

Their sweet and aromatic Figs Pineapple Tart (S$29.80 for 10 pieces) contains sun-dried figs infused with jasmine green tea and wrapped in buttery crust. 

They’re also serving Yuzu Pineapple Tarts (S$29.80 for 10 pieces) for those who love the Japanese citrus fruit. The juice and pulp are infused in the pineapple jam.

Goodwood Park Hotel

Leave it to Goodwood Park Hotel to bring some of the most eye-catching treats this Chinese New Year. 

The Spring Blossom Cake (S$108) is a moist butter cake layered with French-style buttercream and studded with cherry blossoms and handcrafted peonies.

The Prosperity Marble Cake (S$68) is a chocolate marble cake slathered with dark chocolate ganache and decorated with a Chinese character and a pair of auspicious carps that symbolize good fortune and abundance. 

The Golden Rat Pineapple Tarts (S$48) are made of homemade pineapple jam encased in rat-shaped buttery cookies.

The Fortune Koi Fish with Red Bean Paste (S$39.40) is filled with smooth red bean paste and great for sending wishes for great success. 

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