Although we’re faced with additional restrictions this Chinese New Year, that doesn’t mean that we can’t make the most out of the festive season. While we find alternative ways to reunite with our families without breaching social distancing measures, why not consider bringing the new year to their homes (remotely, of course) by sending them a hearty meal, or tasty treats?
The Fullerton Hotel
This year, the Fullerton Hotel’s Jade Restaurant brings a fine repertoire of Chinese culinary treasures that have been designed to accommodate smaller groups. Executive Chef of Jade Restaurant Leong Chee Yeng says, these dishes are “ideal for sharing meaningful moments of warmth with one’s closest kin”.
Beginning with a quintessential starter for Lunar New Year feasts, the Premium Gold Rush Salmon Yu Sheng is meticulously arranged into an image of a spirited bull, with premium ingredients such as champagne jelly, shallot oil and kumquat dressing. It is available in Small (S$78++ for 2 to 4 persons), Medium (S$118++ for 5 to 7 persons) and Large (S$138++ for 8 to 10 persons).
Other highlights from the bundles include Jade’s signature Braised Bird’s Nest with Crab Meat, Crab Roe and Truffle Jus in Superior Broth (S$48++), the Poached Wagyu Beef and White Radish Dumpling (S$16++ per person), as well as the Cornucopia of Wealth (S$88++ per person), which includes whole abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber, dried scallops, braised pork trotter, dried oysters, flower mushrooms and more.
For those who were looking forward to partaking in new year goodies from The Fullerton, fret not. This year’s assortment of New Year goodies include the charming Baked Rose Sweetheart’s Cake — a heart-shaped pastry inspired by the traditional wife biscuit and created as an ode to love, filled with rose-infused winter melon paste, and the Pan-Fried Wheatgrass Water Chestnut Cake, an updated take on the classic dessert enhanced with light herbal notes of wheatgrass.
The Fullerton Cake Boutique is also offering Golden Peacock Pineapple Cookies (S$42 nett for a box of 6 pieces), and the Eight Treasures Gula Melaka Cake (S$69 nett, 900g).
The full list of food items can be found on shop.fullertonhotels.com.
To usher in the Year of the Ox, Janice Wong has launched a new collection of handcrafted chocolates, sweet treats and cookies, which include an exclusive array of festive confections, as well as twists on some well-loved favourites.
To bring out a little nostalgia and fun, Janice Wong has designed an iconic chocolate figurine for this festive season – the Chocolate Koi. Hand-painted in natural colours; it is coated with single-origin Equateur 76% dark chocolate and filled with Praline Feuilletine and candied orange. The koi comes in a pair (S$78) encased in a beautiful gold glass box, resembling a koi pond.
This year’s collection also boasts a variety of limited-edition hampers uniquely curated for the occasion, as well as the classics such as Love Letters, an assortment of cookies and various Pineapple Tarts. Hampers are available in six options and are perfect gifting options for family and friends. Wish your loved ones well with the Big Cookie Hamper (S$188) which features classic cookies and new flavours including Chocolate Bakkwa Cookies, Chocolate Pineapple Balls and Macadamia Raisin, or the Cookie Hamper Set (S$145) consisting of cookie jar items such as the Caramel Popcorn, classic Pineapple Tarts and Pineapple Balls.
Other signature hampers include the CNY Tea Time Hamper (S$78) with Pineapple Flower Tarts, and Janice Wong’s Signature Tea Tin and Lollipop Coffee Single Drip Bags, and the CNY Mini Cookie Hamper (S$60) with classic Pineapple Flower Tarts and Pineapple Balls.
For an extra oomph, these hamper sets are also available with wine or champagne pairings. The CNY Big Hamper (S$188) comes with four cookie jars with a De Bortoli Pink Moscato, while the CNY Mini Hamper comes with two cookie jars with a choice of Lys De France Wine (S$145) or a bottle of Bottega Gold Champagne (S$130).
All these items and more are now available for order on the online store at janicewong.com.sg or at retail stores located in Raffles City and Paragon.
Bob the Baker Boy
Singapore-based baking company Bob The Baker Boy — known for their “money pulling cake” and foodie-inspired themed products — puts a unique spin on their festive cakes and pastries this year, with their Golden Pineapple Tarts (S$26.90 for 22 pieces) and Earl Grey Cranberry Cookies ($26.90 for 220g).
Apart from being created by a home-grown company, these treats have up to 50% less sugar content, perfect for the health-conscious to indulge in this festive season.
Their Lunar New Year collection also includes other specialty items such as the Assorted Spring Mini Pastry Box (S$25.90), Chinese New Year themed cupcakes (S$108) and assorted customisable cakes (S$60–S$450).
Shop the full collection at bobthebakerboy.com.
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
The well-loved coffee chain delightfully marries the flavour of orange into their collection of Chinese New Year-themed food and beverages.
This year’s Chinese New Year specialty drinks incorporate the tangy taste of jaffa orange with their coffee-based beverages — the Jaffa Orange Mocha Ice Blended Drink (S$8.50 for a regular size) and the Jaffa Orange Mocha Latte (S$7.50 for a regular size). The refreshing taste of the jaffa orange perfectly balances out the toasty flavours of their signature coffee extract, making it a great way to welcome the new year with your daily pick-me-up.
Those who prefer indulging in traditional Chinese New Year goodies can opt for the Handmade Pineapple Tarts (S$12.90 a box, S$19.90 for two, with complimentary limited edition Mandarin Orange Bag). These pineapple tarts are irresistibly soft and buttery, and are filled with a tangy pineapple jam, making it a staple for the Lunar New Year.
Of course, who can forget the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s array of festive cakes?
The Lychee Mango Layered Cake (S$7.20 per slice, S$39.90 for a whole cake) is a refreshing treat, with layers of lychee mango mousse between airy sponge cake. In case you can’t get enough of the Jaffa Orange beverages, there’s also a Jaffa Orange chocolate cake (S$6.90 per slice, S$39.90 for a whole cake) — a rich and indulgent chocolate cake accompanied by Jaffa Orange cream cheese.
To cater to the cheesecake lovers, there’s also a spin on the regular cheesecake — the Mandarin Orange Cashew Nut Cookie Cheesecake (S$7.20 per slice), which has a tangy twist on Coffee Bean’s signature cheesecake, complete with cashew nut cookie crumbles for that extra crunch.
Finally, Coffee and cake lovers can try the Mocha Latte Layered Cake (S$6.90 per slice), created with Coffee Bean’s signature coffee extract and dark chocolate flavours for an indulgent finish.
What’s more, customers can receive complimentary Lunar New Year packets with a minimum spend of S$38 in a single receipt in stores.
With such a wide range of treats and desserts, there’s bound to be something for everyone to indulge in, within the comfort of our homes this Lunar New Year.