Chinese New Year is a time for feasting ... not just your usual dinners but also munching at all time of the day! Most of these snacks can be found in supermarkets in Asia, especially around Chinese New Year. Here are some of my personal favorites.
I especially like this snack as it's not only light, it's crunchy and yummy. There are slight differences between those found in South East Asia & those in North East Asia. Generally, coconut milk is used in those from South East Asia. Since it's also Valentine's Day on first day of CNY, Love Letters is a must!
The fruit of Chinese New Year. A little sweeter and easier to peel than normal orange. Most families stock them up in boxes or cartons. The best are those from Taiwan but generally they are from China. In Singapore, when visiting, it is customary to give 2 mandarin orange to the host.
This one is commonly found in S. E. Asia. It used to be home made but very time consuming. Now, one can get it from cake shops or pastry shops. The best ones are the one with dates in them. I love Spekkoek!
A must for Chinese New Year. It is eaten for good luck and generally a great way to fill the stomach! Best when fried with eggs. There are quite a variety of Nian Gao in China. The ones out of China is usually sweet and brown in color. Turnip cake is not considered Nian Gao although it can be used as a substitute for some. Just as great!
Some love this, especially my cousins in Canada. It's too rich for me. In Singapore, it's a must during CNY. There will be long queues outside the numerous stores in Singapore a week or two before CNY. Simply for BBQ Pork! Business has been so good that you can find Bee Cheng Hiang BBQ Pork even in China!