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[CNY 2014] Thye Moh Chan Pineapple Tarts

Thye Moh Chan Pineapple Tarts

Golden Pineapple Pastries | $22.80 (一盒八粒 8pcs/box) (There are 6 only in the picture because I have to taste first right? Actually, I gave one away as a mini present when I bumped into my friend)

How’s the Chinese New Year preparations everyone?? Have you bought all your new year goodies yet? Here are some more ideas if you’re thinking of getting unique CNY goodies rather than from the usual supermarket varieties.

For the festive season, Singapore’s iconic Teochew confectionary shop Thye Moh Chan presents their signature, melt-in-your-mouth pineapple pastries which now come in two new flavours – Walnut and Longan.

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[CNY 2014] BreadTalk Horseperity Cookies & Pineapple Tarts

Next up, my review of BreadTalk’s Hosperity Cookie Set! The kind people from BreadTalk presented to me their unique 3-in-1 Horseperity Cookies Set ($33) that includes an assortment of almond cookies, sweet potato sesame cookies and prawn samosa. They also threw in a box of tasty Pineapple Tarts ($22) for an extra dose of good luck!

BreadTalk Horseperity Cookies Set ($33) (5)

The 3-in-1 cookie set is really very festive looking, to the extent that they have used the boxes as decorations at their BreadTalk store! When I went to the BreadTalk at Bedok Mall to collect my loot, I totally walked past their CNY cookie display on the shelves because I had assumed that the shelves had been decked up in their CNY finery. It was only upon closer inspection that I realised that the boxes were the boxes from the Hosperity cookie set.

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[CNY 2014] PrimaDeli Chinese New Year Cookies

Chinese New Year is in less than 2 weeks! Have you bought all your new clothes and Chinese New Year goodies yet? Fret not if you haven’t bought those Chinese New Year goodies because I’ll be reviewing several brands and giving you the low down on the best CNY cookies to buy.

Prima Deli Cheese Pineapple Tarts and Pillow Pineapple Tarts (2)

First up for review are PrimaDeli’s range of Chinese New Year cookies. The PrimaDéli Chinese New Year collection 2014 features a treasure trove of good ol’ traditional treats ranging from everyone’s favourite pineapple tarts, to love letters and melt-in-your-mouth Kueh Bangkit. In addition to these delights, there are also new unique treats with a twist such as the Cheese Pineapple Tarts, Orange Butter Cake and three new cookies – Sesame, Walnut Sugee and Pistachio Cookies.

Prima Deli Cheese Pineapple Tarts and Pillow Pineapple Tarts (1)

Cheese Pineapple Tarts and Pillow Pineapple Tarts $16.80 / tin

Pineapple tarts are always a perennial favourite for me, and it just ain’t Chinese New Year if I don’t eat a ton of these goodies. I like my pineapple tarts bursting with sweet pineapple. You will like the pillow pineapple tarts if you have a sweet tooth like me. Couldn’t resist stealing a few of those mouthwatering pillows before I could take a picture. The cheese pineapple tarts are for those who are looking for a more mellow and less sweet pineapple tart. The parmesan cheese flavour is rather light, you might miss it if you’re not paying attention, but it does lend a touch of savouriness / nuttiness to the pineapple filling.

And at the end of all the feasting, you get to reuse the pretty containers to keep some other food stuff! Sure looks like the Chinese New Year cookie boxes are going the way of the Mooncake boxes. Mark my words, you heard it here on 365days2play first!

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Marks & Spencer British Goodies

I don’t know about you, but I have a soft spot for all things British! I love the country, I love London, I love the quaint countryside, I love the British cooks  (Nigella, Jamie, Hugh Fearnley). Three times I’ve been to the UK for holidays, and I still yearn to go back again. I have also been to New Zealand 3 times, and next week will be the 4th trip. But I always tell the kiwi Partner that the grass in England is greener. Serious!

Did you manage to catch the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on TV? My parents were glued to the TV even until past midnight! Such is the fascination for the British Royal family, who aren’t related to us in any way! The Partner likes to tell me that he has royal blood, but what’s the use of that if he can’t show me my room in the castle?

Anyway, one place in Singapore you can indulge in a bit of British is at Marks & Spencer. I love it when it’s Easter and Christmas. All their goodies are packaged so nicely and always so festive looking. This time round, thanks to the Queen’s Jubilee and the upcoming London Olympics, Marks & Spencer has also churned out quite a few new British treats.

Marks & Spencer - Family Biscuits for Tea (2)

These Family biscuits for tea were going at $37. My GUY friend was lusting over these tins for the last 1 week and he finally succumbed to buying one today. It certainly is a pretty tin but is it worth $37?

Marks & Spencer - Milk Chocolate Rosette Lollipops

Something cheaper if you still want to buy something. Milk Chocolate Rosette Lollipops. Great fun for wearing too. Like so.

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Happy Chinese New Year Everybody!

Chinese New Year is just about 6 hours away so let me wish all of you out there a Happy Chinese New Year in advance! May the year of the Dragon bring you peace, prosperity, happiness and health!

365days2play wishes all Peace & Prosperity for 2012

This evening, I will be enjoying a sumptuous reunion dinner with my parents, the Partner as well as my 3rd Uncle’s family at our favourite Cze Char stall in Bedok. I may even be able to get second helpings if the Partner acts up and sniffs as dishes that are too foreign for him.

Every year, I always entertain the thought of welcoming in the New Year by visiting Chinatown. There’s just no place in Singapore that’s as festive and atmospheric than Chinatown on Chinese New Year eve! It’s jammed packed like hell and you move a few inches every minute or so. But that’s how you soak up the atmosphere isn’t it? You may find very good deals too but only after 12 mid night when the stallholders are keen to get rid of their goods. The Partner finds the idea totally abhorrent and encouraged me to go last week with one of my good friends so that he would be free of that task. Heh, that’s what he thinks cuz there’s no rule against going to Chinatown twice right?!

Anyway go last week I did, and here are the pictures. If you don’t know what to do on Chinese New Year eve, go to Chinatown! Enjoy!

One day, just maybe one day I will be able to fit into a Cheong Sam.

I dunno why but I find the waxed meats stall fascinating. I somehow gravitate towards it. I hear the meats calling out my name.

Apparently everything can be waxed, even fish. No idea what wax is used. I wonder if we can still get the same taste without using wax? I suppose that would be the European meats. I overheard a customer complaining that the waxed meats were more expensive than the Parma ham she bought in Europe. I bought $5 of the waxed duck seen in the 3rd picture, which amounted to 2 pieces.

My friend was too shy to appear in the picture so he hid behind the leg of ham.

Clockwise : Pomelos, buddha’s fingers, gourds, peanuts. The fingers and the gourds are for display and not for eating.

Taiwan fruit jellies. There are several stalls selling these and there is a guy standing there just to dish out samples. According to my friend, if you eat lots of samples and don’t buy any, they will take you aside and ask you what you’re doing. Don’t know whether to believe him or not.

The jellies are very nice. They are ice-cold, sweet, and quite firm so they give a good bite. Rather expensive though. $1 for 100g, but 2 of the jellies are already 100g. I tried to limit the flavours I chose, but I still ended up buying 12 for $6.

These aren’t the traditional Chinese New Year goodies we eat in Singapore. Is it just me or what but I thought that the number of stalls selling the traditional goodies were very limited. Stuff like Kueh Bankit, Almond cookies, Love Letters, Pineapple Tarts etc. I thought I would see stall after stall selling those, but I was wrong.

See this stall selling Crispy Fish Skin for $18 per packet. Don’t think this is traditional Singaporean CNY fare. I tried some and they were very delicious! Absolutely addictive, and they weren’t oily tasting too, on the contrary, quite light.

Now finally a place selling traditional Chinese New Year goodies. Apparently this shop is super famous and has a very long history. Look at all the newspaper write-ups! There are even black and white photos of snaking queues! Love old photos which let me glimpse what Singapore was like back in the old days.

Chinese New Year decor and red packets you can buy. I prefer getting red packets for free from the banks.

There is this cluster of mini food stalls somewhere near the Chinatown food centre. Not to be mistaken for the Smith Street Food Street. The Indo Sumatera stall looks really old school. The sign says it sells “Indo Traditional Snacks with Natural Ingredients and Less Sugar”. And then there’s the Caucasian selling sausages in Chinatown. I believe these stalls are here all year round.

The New Chinatown Visitor Centre

Well that’s all for now folks! Have a very festive and happy Chinese New Year! May you receive lots of Ang Pows, and for those that are giving, give more!!

 

HUAT AH!!!!!!

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