Yes, this is also the most wonderful time of the year. Getting together with the family, playing card games well into the wee hours of the morning, and of course, pigging out on cookies, snacks, and tarts. Whether you’re team sweet, savoury, or need a little bit of both, I’ve got you. This list has 10 places to get CNY snacks for the best, most yummy celebration yet.
1. Ding Bakery
With over 90,000 award-winning Chinese New Year goodies snapped up last year, Ding Bakery is back again to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings with a delectable assortment of pineapple tart variations. No matter your preference for traditional or modern iterations, you’re sure to find one that’s irresistible at Ding Bakery.
Every batch is prepared using only the freshest and best ingredients–masterly handcrafted with their ageless, award-winning recipe. Take for example the Award-winning Premium Melt-in-your-mouth Pineapple Ball (S$18.90 for 390g), which will absolutely win over your family and friends. There’s also the Award-Winning Nyonya Pineapple Tarts (S$16.90 for 500g) that’s open-faced-shaped and carries just enough crumbly, buttery pastry to complement the in-house-made pineapple jam.
Speaking of crumbly crusts, if you really want to amp up your pineapple tart experience, they also have the Premium Buttery Pineapple Ball (French Butter) (S$16.90). To add some excitement to your CNY celebrations, they’ve added new flavours to their line-up—after years of research and experimentation. First, is the Premium Matcha Pineapple (Ball) (S$21.90 for 390g), ideal for those who can appreciate a nuanced bitterness to complement tangy-sweet pineapple jam.
Then, there’s Premium Charcoal Pineapple (Ball) (S$21.90 for 390g) for a visually intriguing presentation of a classic favourite. There’s also the Premium Mango Pineapple Roll (S$15.90) where you’ll get to relish the tropical sweetness of these two fruits in this new, improved recipe.
All of Ding Bakery’s pastries are halal-certified, so they make excellent gifts for everyone! They’re also preservative-free and pride themselves on being less sweet so that you can easily enjoy more with less guilt. If you’re not convinced yet, you can even head down to their tasting venue for a sample before committing—but we’re sure you’ll be pretty delighted by their impeccable quality.
There’s free delivery available for orders above S$100, with an affordable S$8 delivery charge for orders less than S$100. Be sure to place your orders early to avoid disappointment!
2. Pineapple Tarts SG
I don’t think I could ever get bored of pineapple tarts, but that doesn’t mean I can’t switch things up with the help of Pineapple Tarts Singapore, right? Your usual CNY Goodies have been upgraded, with a uniquely Singaporean fusion twist that’ll integrate the traditional flavours with something modern and special.
Promising only the highest quality of ingredients baked fresh and lovingly handmade, Pineapple Tarts Singapore boasts a plethora of unexpected flavours—their Double Truffle Charcoal Truffle Pineapple Tarts (S$30.90) boasts an eye-catching, black exterior unlike regular tarts.
My fellow mala fanatics will not want to miss out on their Siao La Mala Pineapple Tarts (S$27.90), which will take the spicy numbness from mala and combine it with sweet pineapple jam for an ultimate sweet-spicy treat.
They offer free delivery for orders above S$100, which won’t be a problem for me, especially since they’ve got YOlkLO Salted Egg Pineapple Tarts (S$29.90); I’m a huge fan of anything salted egg, and this is already on my ‘to-try’ list.
3. Wang Lai Bakery
Wang Lai Bakery is not an unfamiliar name to us Singaporeans, especially if your family makes it a point to pick up CNY Goodies in Chinatown. Their handmade and homemade recipes have been passed down for four generations, so you’ll be getting nothing less than authentic, buttery flavours.
Aptly named Melt in Your Mouth Pineapple Tarts (S$18.90), these buttery round balls are baked to golden perfection, and filled with the sweet pineapple jam I look forward to every Chinese New Year. I personally would opt for the Melt in Your Mouth Open Face Pineapple Tarts (S$16.90)—that buttery crust just looks so divine, doesn’t it?
Wang Lai Bakery is offering free delivery for orders above S$100, so if you’re looking for something to gift this festive season, my humble vote will always be for a good ol’ tub filled with pineapple tarts.
4. Baker’s Brew Studio
CNY is the best time to indulge in mouth-watering snacks and cookies—what better contender than Baker’s Brew Studio? This year, they’re welcoming a brand new Fortune Cat Collection along with two new snacks—spicy Hae Bee Hiam cookies (S$27.80) that’ll pack a punch, along with fragrant and traditional Peanut Almond cookies (S$27.80)—perfect for sharing with your friends and family.
Of course, their signature pandan-infused Ondeh Ondeh cookies (S$27.80) are not to be missed. You can also give their unconventional sweet and savoury Pineapple Bak Kwa cookies (S$27.80) a shot? If you’re going all out this CNY, get your hands on their Pineapple Pillows (S$27.80)—a classic, buttery pastry topped with premium Thai pineapple paste.
These treats are available for order as a Set of 5 (S$128), so make sure you get your hands on these cookies and their paw-some collectable tins. Not only will you get a full and adorable set to wow your guests, but they’ll also make for good additions to your CNY decor.
Both early bird online sales and in-stores qualify for an 8% discount with the code CNY2022 until 14 January 2022. Customers will be required to order at least three tins to qualify for the discount.
5. Nuts Emperor
My cousins and I pounce on the pineapple tarts and snacks, but my uncles always reach for the jars of nuts and seeds to munch on during our festivities. Nuts Emperor will be the best place for you to get your hands on a plethora of pumpkin seeds—think Green Tea Pumpkin Seeds (S$4+), Boiled Pumpkin Seeds (S$3.50+), and more.
Spice up your CNY snacks display with the addition of colourful Monk Fruit Melon Seeds (S$3.50+), Red Melon Seeds (S$3.50+) and even a sugary sweet serving of Caramel Sunflower Seeds (S$4.50+). Nuts Emperor is currently offering free delivery for orders above S$50.
6. Mdm Ling Bakery
Mdm Ling Bakery isn’t unfamiliar to my fellow Chinese New Year snacks enthusiasts. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sink my teeth into a couple of buttery Almond Cookies (S$7.90+). They’ve also got the Peanut Cookies (S$7.90) and Premium Kueh Bangkit (S$21.80) that’s a staple in all our households this festive season.
While you’re at it, you might as well get your hands on a traditional festive snack, though Mdm Ling Bakery’s one comes with a unique twist—your perennial love letters now come in Golden Yuan Yang (S$16.80) and Seaweed Chicken Floss (S$18.80) flavours. They’re currently offering S$24 off for every six standard size bottles of snacks and free delivery for orders above S$45, so make sure to stock up to keep the young ones satisfied.
7. Janice Wong
Famed for her delectable pastries, Janice Wong has amassed a reputation for making every sweet tooth craving come true. If you’re looking to indulge this new year, you’ve come to the right place. Your perennial pineapple tarts have gotten an upgrade—say hello to the Chocolate Coated Pineapple Tarts (S$35), which marries the piquant pineapple paste with sweet chocolate. If you’re a purist, the Pineapple Flower Tart (S$32) will be perfect for your festive snacking sessions.
If you’re intending to spoil your guests (or yourself; we won’t tell!) for choice, they’ve also got a CNY Assorted Cookie Tin (S$48) that’ll includes a variety of pineapple tarts, cookies, chocolate-coated almonds, kueh bangkit, and more. Delivery and pickups for pre-orders will be available after 5 January 2022.
Kele is truly living up to their name with their imaginative variety of uniquely flavoured pineapple tarts. They’ve got the Traditional Pineapple Tarts (S$32.80), but if you want to spice things up, why not opt for earthy Matcha Pineapple Tarts (S$35.80) or the floral-flavoured Rose Pineapple Tarts (S$35.80)?
For a more savoury bite, their Green Pea Cookies (S$23.80), mild-flavoured hae bee hiam filled Shrimp Rolls (S$23.80) or crispy Chicken Floss Rolls (S$23.80) will be perfect for passing around. You can enjoy an 8% discount on selected pineapple tarts and cookies for orders from 3 to 16 January 2022 with the code CNY8.
If your 2022 resolution is to be healthier and lose weight, but you still can’t resist the temptation of CNY snacks, Delcies will be the top contender. They’ve got a range of snacks that are lower in sodium, vegan, diabetes-friendly, or gluten-free, ensuring that you can feast without fuss this festive season. Their Mini Pineapple Balls (S$29.80) come in vegan and diabetes-friendly options, perfect for young and old to indulge together.
My mother’s top compliment for snacks is always ‘Wah! Not too sweet!’, and though I beg to differ, I think she would appreciate the Green Pea Cookies (S$25.50) or Cashew Cookies (S$28.80), which are dairy-free, less sweet, and healthier. Now, who said you can’t stick to your resolutions and have a superb time when you bai nian at Grandma’s house?
10. Tai Sun
We all grew up munching on these, and who’s to say we can’t keep that tradition going? Tai Sun has everything and anything one could possibly want for CNY festivities—Ah Ma Traditional Nonya Love Letters (S$12.80), NOYA Prawn Rolls (S$9.80), NOYA Pineapple Tarts (S$12.30) that come both rolled and open depending on your preference, and more.
While you’re at it, why not add on a few orders of nuts and seeds? The Fruits & Nuts Fusion (S$14.60), or Royal Selection (S$20.80) from Nature’s Wonders will definitely be a hit amongst all the grandchildren, and provides a good break from all the buttery, rich cookies and tarts.
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