What is the Chinese New Year without some shopping? This 2021, usher in the Year of the Ox by grabbing some festive accessories, homewares and food products for you and your loved ones, all while supporting local brands.
EDEN + ELIE
The Modern Peranakan Collection Edition III is made by Singapore-based jewellery brand, EDEN + ELIE. This bestselling heritage-inspired range features Kebaya-esque floral patterns hand woven with tiny glass beads. Take your pick from a range of accessories such as necklaces, bangles, bracelets and earrings. The rich, jewel-toned hues make them perfect for Lunar New Year.
Contemporary womenswear label, GINLEE Make line, uses the age-old technique of pleating as a craft. At their shop, you can select a preferred design and colour, and watch the pleating and steaming happen live in front of you. This season features limited edition tops, scarves and red bags which are perfect for carrying your mandarin oranges as you go visiting.
The Flourishing Fortune collection by contemporary furniture label, SCENE SHANG, features hamper baskets with coaster sets, linen placemats, tea towel sets and more. The designs comprise bold strokes and vibrant colours to brighten up your home with the vigour and vitality of the Year of the Ox. The brand is also launching limited edition contemporary red packets, designed and printed locally.
Looking for a clutch to store all your red packets? Leather gifting brand Bynd Artisan produced a Prosperity Golden Clutch made from vegan leather that also comes with two sets of Red Packets and an Ox Bag Charm. The clutch also adds an instant touch of gold to make your outfit more appropriate and huat for the Lunar New Year. You can also personalise the clutch with your name.
Oh My Goodness!
Oh My Goodness!, a local bakery specialising in gluten-free treats, gave their Signature Dark Chocolate Cake a fabulous orange twist by dusting it in auspicious gold. Their new Gollygold gift box has two layers of eight ‘gold bars’ that are gluten free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.
Instead of visiting your relatives armed with two mandarin oranges, how about jazzing things up with a pair of delicious marmalade from homegrown brand Straits Preserves? There are two festive specials to choose from – the Prosperity Gift Set and Abundance Gift Set. If you cannot get enough of snacks, be sure to check out some of our other recommended delectable treats.
PAZZION and Bee Cheng Hiang
You read that correctly. Bee Cheng Hiang is collaborating with the shoe-label PAZZION to give Bak Kwa lovers an unexpected treat this Lunar New Year. The Prosperity Bak Kwa Pasta in aglio-olio style is available at the PAZZION Café in Jewel Changi Airport. Pair it with the Café’s Oriental Blessing Drink for a truly blissful afternoon tea as you imagine the sound of plane takeoffs and dream of future travels.
If you get sick of mandarin oranges and pineapple tarts, but still want a hint of festive citrus, give FOSSA Chocolate a try. The company creates delicious chocolate bars with orange and pineapple notes, disguised as an angbao. Handcrafted from scratch in small batches, the lively festive bar uses an incredibly cherry-forward dark chocolate made using the November 2020 harvest from Rehoboth Estate in the Philippines. A touch of orange oil complements the aromatic and chewy dehydrated pineapple sourced from Chiang Rai, Thailand.
If you are looking for drinks for your guests, why not check out Yeo’s new Chrysanthemum Tea with Wolfberry? The tea drink features a unique blend of Wolfberry and Hangbaiju flowers. Wolfberries help promote eye health so that you can play mahjong until the wee hours in the morning, while Chrysanthemum has a naturally cooling and refreshing property as you binge on heaty Bak Kwa all day long. The range is available exclusively at NTUC FairPrice.
Udders Ice Cream
It is always the durian season at Udders Ice Cream. Their new Emperor Mao ice cream is probably the strongest durian ice cream in Singapore, handcrafted with premium quality 100% Mao Shan Wang durian puree. Available from the first week of February, this new flavour is a definite post-reunion dinner dessert for die-hard durian fans this Lunar New Year. You don’t even need to pry open the prickly husk, or worry about washing off the durian odour from your fingers afterwards.
The Soup Spoon
What is a reunion dinner without good soup stocks for the hot pot? The Soup Spoon will be releasing a series of Premium Soup Stocks perfect for a hotpot brimming with warmth and goodness. Flavours include Chicken Collagen, Salmon Miso, SG-Style Laksa, Tomato and even Red Snapper, Chicken and Dried Scallops. These soup stocks are available at The Soup Spoon’s retail stores, online e-store, and exclusively at FairPrice Finest. Keep a look out for seasonal Lunar New Year soups such as the Beauty Collagen Stew with Scallops, Prosperity Black Pepper Beef Stew, Barramundi Kimchi Jjigae and the Perfect Vegan Mushroom Broth.