IN WITH THE­NEW

Sur­prise your guests by serv­ing them th­ese fes­tive favourites with a dif­fer­ence – tra­di­tional good­ies with a mod­ern twist.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Home & Food - BY NG POH HIAN

1 FIRE­CRACKER

$24 a tub, from My Lovebites, 412 Joo Chiat Road, tel: 6345-9677. Avail­able from Jan 4. The first bite was in­no­cently sweet, but it later ex­ploded into an ex­hil­a­rat­ing burst of spici­ness on the tongue – a de­light­ful stun­ner, this.

2 VI­BRANT GREEN PEA COOK­IES

$15.80 a tub, from Lit­tle Nonya’s Cook­ies. Avail­able from Jan 8-28 at Takashimaya Event Hall. Check www.lit­tlenony­a­cook­ies.com to find out which other Chi­nese New Year food fairs they’ll be at. A spin on the clas­sic peanut cookie, th­ese sweet-salty green de­lights are soft to the bite but have a won­der­ful crunch from the crushed green peas in them. This was the star of the year’s good­ies for the Sim­ply Her team.

3 TRA­DI­TIONAL AND GREEN TEA NIAN GAO COATED WITH CO­CONUT FLAKES

$12.85 a box, from Szechuan Court & Kitchen at Level 3 Fair­mont Sin­ga­pore, 80 Bras Basah Road, tel: 6431-6156. Avail­able from Jan 17 to Feb 14. We love the thought­ful­ness that went into this nian gao – it’s pre-sliced and topped with sweet co­conut shreds so you can just take the por­tion you want, steam and serve.

4 PORK FLOSS MERINGUE

$8 a can, from An­toinette, 30 Pen­has Road, tel: 6293-3121. Check www.an­toinette.com.sg for a list of out­lets. Avail­able from Jan­uary. This cre­ative take on the French dessert in­cor­po­rates fluff y pork floss into airy meringue to cre­ate a crunchy, sweet-savoury com­bi­na­tion that melts in your mouth.

5 DURIAN KING ROLL

$16.80 a tin, from Lit­tle Nonya’s Cook­ies. You get an un­mis­tak­able whiff of durian each time you open the tin, but the love let­ters are sweet and not as pun­gent as ex­pected.

6 CHAR­COAL GOLD ROLL

$16.80 a tin, from Lit­tle Nonya’s Cook­ies. The char­coal ver­sion has a sub­tle se­same flavour, though not as rich-tast­ing or aro­matic as reg­u­lar love let­ters.

7 KUIH BAHULU

$6 a box, from Bahulu Warisan, #01-591, 25 Ben­de­meer Road, tel: 6297-9668. Avail­able year-round. Th­ese are freshly baked ev­ery day and come in 11 flavours, such as strawberry, cheese, durian, oreo and gula melaka. Kids will like the oreo-flavoured ones, while the gula melaka ones are softer and more moist. Fin­ish them up fast – they don’t keep well and will dry up within a few days.

8 PROS­PER­ITY PAS­TRIES

$51.35 a box, from Jiang-nan Chun at Level 2 Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore, 190 Or­chard Boule­vard, tel: 6831-7220. Avail­able from Jan 8 to Feb 14. Or­der one day in ad­vance. Each box con­tains nine crumbly pas­tries in three flavours: baked mixed nuts with melon seeds, baked red dates with wal­nuts, and al­monds and se­same seeds with le­mon skin. Some testers likened them to red bean pas­try with re­vamped flavours, while oth­ers were re­minded of moon­cakes, mi­nus the cloy­ing sweet­ness.

9 FIVE SPICED WAL­NUT SE­SAME COOK­IES

$19.80 a tub, from Cedele, #01-20A Paragon, tel: 6887-5303. Check www.cedelede­pot.com for a list of out­lets. Avail­able from Dec 31. Here’s an un­usual savoury cookie with a dis­tinc­tive five-spice flavour – a nice de­par­ture from the usual spread of sweet cook­ies.

10 BLUE­BERRY TARTS

$19.80 a tub, from D’bun, 358 Joo Chiat Road, tel: 6345-8220. Avail­able from De­cem­ber. Barely-there berry flavours in­fused into the pineap­ple jam give th­ese tra­di­tional tarts a new lease of life – a sur­pris­ing combo that works. The ra­tio of jam to crust strikes a good bal­ance, too.

11 BLOS­SOM PINEAP­PLE TARTS

$17.80 a tub, from Lit­tle Nonya’s Cook­ies. The base of th­ese tartlets reminds us of di­ges­tive bis­cuits, and the fi­brous jam has a chewy tex­ture that brings to mind those buy-by-weight jam cook­ies we had as chil­dren.

12 PINEAP­PLE POCKET PIES

$21.80 a tub, from Cedele. Lib­eral serv­ings of moist, sweet pineap­ple jam en­cased in a rich, but­tery and flaky crust – it’s hard to stop at one.

13 FOR­TUNE BO LO PINEAP­PLE TART

From $16.80 a tub, from Crys­tal Jade My Bread, #B2-38 Ngee Ann City, tel: 6733-3323. Check www.crys­tal­jade.com for a list of out­lets. Avail­able from early Jan­uary to midFe­bru­ary. Each mini bolo tart has a lovely crunch from the caramelised top and is baked to an ap­petis­ing golden-brown, while the sweet­ness of the pineap­ple jam is just right.

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