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Irvins has upped the addictive game with its new Salted Egg Prawn Roll (S$12). This golden snack is filled with hae bee hiam (spicy dried shrimp) and coated with salted egg yolk that’s punchy, savoury and spicy. Just as irresistible is the Fish Head Curry Fish Skin (S$8.50) coated with fiery spices. The packet of fish skin also contains crispy okra chips.
Check out other items in the range which includes Curry Chicken Potato Chips (S$7.50), perked up with piquant chicken floss or Salted Egg Gyoza Skin (S$8). The new Irvins Premium Gift Box makes a great gift for your friends. You can customise your own box by mixing and matching five or six bestsellers. These snacks are available at all Irvins outlets islandwide and online: www.eatirvins.sg
Old Seng Choong
This year, Old Seng Choong has conceived several festive treats with an inventive twist. Try the local tze char inspired Crispy Har Lok (Cantonese dry-fried prawns), and Marmite Chicken Floss cookies, which are slightly salty, crunchy, and very addictive (both S$23.80). To brighten up your celebration, serve your guests the soft and light Yuzu Swiss Roll (S$33.80), made with quality Japanese flour, yuzu zest and puree from Japan.
A must this year is the popular Bak Kwa Pineapple Tarts (S$48.80) filled with homemade pineapple jam melded with parmesan and hand-chopped bak kwa bits. The slightly smoky barbecued meat elevates the sweet tangy jam. Visit Old Seng Choong stores at Clarke Quay Central and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, or order online at www.oldsengchoong.com
Godiva’s 2021 Chinese New Year Collection features new and limited-edition Innovation Chocolates created with timeless Belgian recipes, and woven with a contemporary and festive twist. The flavours include Raspberry Orange White Chocolate filled with tangy, fruity raspberry orange ganache covered in delicate white chocolate, and the Hazelnut Praline Milk Chocolate filled with Piedmont hazelnut praline.
The Almond Mousse Dark Chocolate comprises signature dark chocolate shell filled with dark chocolate mousse mixed with roasted almond bits. Embossed with a special Ox illustration, these pralines are perfect for gifting. Also savour the two limited-time Carrés flavours – Bresilienne Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Milk Chocolate, wrapped in red and gold.
These sublime limited edition chocolates are available as individual loose pieces, or as part of select Gift Boxes. The newly designed festive-exclusive gift boxes are elegantly decked out in vibrant gold and red, with modern illustrations of Chinese symbols of the Ox zodiac as well as Lucky Cloud, bamboo, Koi Fish and Chinese ancient coins. For more information, visit godiva.com.sg
You can also shop for Godiva’s 46-pieces chocolate biscuits here.
Mdm Ling Bakery
Mdm Ling is run by a trio of millennials who make their range of cookies and snacks using high-quality ingredients. Pick up their new flavour - Molten Chocolate – a chocolatey cookie with a luscious liquid centre (from S$9.90), or the popular Kopi Siew Dai (from S$8.90), which balances buttery and dark toasty coffee flavours.
Both are available exclusively at Takashimaya Department Store as well as on the Mdm Ling website. You can also offset the sweetness with savoury bites like the new Seaweed Chicken Floss Love Letters or the Hae Bee Hiam Cookies (both S$16.80). Visit https://www.mdmlingbakery.com/
My Mum’s Cookies
Look out for new offerings by My Mum’s Cookies this year: Passion Fruit Pineapple Balls and Yuzu Pineapple Balls that lend a fruity spin to the well-loved buttery pineapple tart recipe (both S$28.30). The jam is made with sweet, ripe pineapple.
Do check out their vegetarian options including eggless cookie flavours. If you’re a bit more adventurous, try the Durian (S$21.10) and Peanut Truffle (S$19.50) versions. For gifting, various types of gift set boxes are available including two tiered boxes which can contain different types of cookies. Available at Takashimaya and online on https://mymumscookies.com/
This home-grown East Coast Road bakery has rolled out a range of cookies and snacks featuring either classic recipes or with a fun twist. New in the festive list is the savoury Salted Egg with Basil Leaves cookies (S$29), which goes perfectly with a cup of tea.
Also try the best-selling traditional Nonya love letters ($29.90) with fragrant Gula Melaka, or the Hae Bee Hiam Love Letters (S$27), if you like something different. Fill up your trays with signature items like Almond Pillows (S$33), made purely of ground almonds (without any eggs or butter) as well as Nonya Apple Shape Pineapple Tarts (S$28), elevated with a hint of aromatic cloves.
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