Many of us cannot help but indulge in those deliciously looking goodies placed on the tables when we’re out on house visits. As the lunar new year is approaching, the people at The Food Journal have some fair share of festive goodies that they simply can’t resist.
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One of the iconic goodies in Chinese New Year is the pineapple tart. Chinese have their own creative ways of interpreting things. For instance, the pineapple in Hokkien is called “Ong Lai”, translating to Mandarin it means (“王来” – Prosperity Comes).
This tasty snack leaves your fingers buttery and keeps you coming back for more. We know the original pineapple tart has its jam placed in the middle with the crust around it. But one of our fellow Food Journal editor loves it when the pineapple jam is covered entirely, for one reason, she prefers the crust over the jam. Truth to be told, there are quite a number of people who prefer crusts over jam as it can be quite overpowering to the senses. But either or, each individual has their own preferences.
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Spicy Dried Spring Rolls|Hae Bee Hiam Rolls (蝦米香)
This has got to be the most sought-after goodie among the food journal editors. All of us couldn’t help but agree that this is the ‘once start you can’t stop snack’. Even if you just take a handful out of the container you will still end up grabbing for more. Wrapped in crispy skin what’s within is the one that packs the real punch to your taste buds. The dried chilli and shrimps are the main ingredient that brings out the flavours, thus it is bite-sized so eating a handful will not be enough. But do note that the spiciness to this Chinese New Year goodie may vary as some manufacturer may tend to add more spice to their dried spring rolls.
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How can we forget the goodie that made everyone sick and sore throat right after Chinese New Year, but we all forego the aftermath and only cared about what’s right in front of us. Bak Kwa, also known as 肉干 in Mandarin is a Chinese salty-sweet dried meat product similar to jerky. Bakkwa is immensely popular in Singapore and Malaysia where it is usually eaten during Chinese New Year. When Chinese immigrants brought this delicacy over to Singapore and Malaysia, it began to take on local characteristics. During house visits, it is usually eaten either in one big square piece or cut into little pieces as the taste can be really overpowering. Usually a piece or two is enough to make you close the cover and move on to other snacks, furthermore, this Chinese New Year goodie can also make you go really thirsty. So remember to eat in moderation.
What’s Chinese New Year without the Yu Sheng, or to others, they call it “Lou Hei” in Cantonese. We can’t help but include this significant dish as one of the 5 dishes that we cannot live without, simply because this plate of abundance adds in so much significance to the Chinese New Year mood. Friends and families will often gather at a relative place and they will all stand around the table, throw in some prosperity words while pouring the packet of salad, crackers, various sauces and condiments, and lastly the raw fish. This Chinese New Year, celebrate with Din Tai Fung as they bring you their Prosperity Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng for only $48.80. Available islandwide from 22nd January to 4 March 2018.
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Making it to the last of our list is the Mandarin Oranges. Fun fact, did you know that oranges come in various forms? There are ‘sweet oranges’ and ‘mandarins’. During house visits, the party that does the house visits will present 2 oranges in conveying of prosperous or new year greetings to the family they’re visiting. In return, the house owner will exchange it for another 2 oranges and a red packet to the recipient, this is a form of blessing and wishing them good luck.
One of our favourites is the Satsuma Mandarin. We know how much of a hassle it is to find the seeds and spit them out while trying to enjoy the zesty sweet mandarin orange. The loose skin of this mandarin makes it very easy to peel thus it has no seeds in it so it makes eating even more enjoyable eating it.
We love how beer goes along with almost anything. Thus, it also benefits our body in many ways. Just to name a few, drinking beer can lower the risks of diabetes, heart disease, and also boost mental health. This Chinese New Year, Carlsberg is offering a variety of giveaways with purchases of its 24-pack (24 x 320ml can) cartons of Carlsberg beer from supermarkets and hypermarts. With a purchase of just two cartons, you will receive a Carlsberg trolley bag that makes it perfect for carting home your grocery run purchase!
From now until 13th February, spend a minimum of $100 on Carlsberg products and you can stand a chance to win $5,000 cash with Carlsberg’s grab cash game. What a good way to start the new year!
Here you have it, the list of Chinese New Year food that The Food Journal editors cannot live without. What about you? We will like to hear from you. You can leave your “name” and “email” down the form below so that you will be informed instantly if there’s update.