Dong dong dong chiang! Chinese New Year is around the corner, and there have been lots of yummy CNY snacks that are fit for the king of the jungle to munch on and grow a potbelly by the end of the lunar new year. Don't want to show up empty handed at your relatives'? Check out these creations by homegrown eateries (yes, they deliver too!).
Known for their quirky flavours and generous portions, Waka Waka Gelato goes into an experimental deep dive this Chinese New Year with bold, oriental flavours! Usher in a taste-fu-l new year with the Kukfa Ginseng with Goji Berries, Orange Butter, and Peanut Butter Crumble tastes. For gift-giving, you can pre-order a CNY Gift Pack complete with gelato and homemade cookies!
🈺 Tuesday - Thursday (1:30 PM - 9PM), Friday - Sunday (1:30 PM - 10PM)
📍 24, Jalan 21/11b, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Forget calorie-rich cookies or sugary sweets this Chinese New Year! Offset your CNY snacking regime with a healthy serving of kombucha from Wild Kombucha. The artisanal brewery has introduced seasonal flavours this festive season - Tangerine Tang provides a rejuvenating dose of Vitamin C from the mandarin orange-infused black tea. Milk Oolong has a slightly sweet and smooth taste, perfect for milk tea lovers.
KEJU by Carmen never fails to create the most intricate and stunning gift boxes to serve their grazing platters every festive season! This lunar new year, KEJU introduces three grazing platter options: The King, The Scarlet, and The Great Wall. Each platter comes with a beautifully designed gift box, with The Great Wall platter having a diorama of the Great Wall of China on the box cover. Their grazing platters come bulging with CNY cookies, tea, seasonal fruits, cheese, crackers and condiments.
Beat the CNY heat with ice cream and desserts from Crème De La Crème! Their CNY MOST-HUAT Prosperity Gift Set is a 6-piece frozen treat basket delicately crafted to look like mandarin oranges, gold ingots, and an adorable tiger. These frozen treats are made with a variety of flavours - from genmaicha to Kyoho grape sorbet and salted caramel to French dark chocolate; it’s a welcome delight for all tastebuds! If you fancy a scoop (or more) instead, go for their refreshing Rosemary Orange sorbet.
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📍 203C, Jalan Hutton, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
When you think of baos, you think of street food. bāo Malaysia took matters to their own hands to reinvent how baos are perceived! True to their tagline (not your usual gua bāo), their Chinese New Year-limited flavours are drool-worthy. Their Tiger Bao set comes in flavours that can be simplified into an 8-course meal in a box. Think mala pulled lamb, smoked duck, codfish with 24k gold leaf, and even abalone!
Fancy having your CNY drinks delivered to your doorstep? Now you can with TAP TAP’s drink delivery service! Complete with cute CNY packaging, TAP TAP offers gift sets with their bestselling flavours: the citrusy Day & Night (made with sake with hints of peach, yuzu and lemon), the all-familiar Kat Chai Fizz (vodka with calamansi and kaffir lime with salted plum) and the punny For Chrys Sake (a combination of sake, chrysanthemum, elderflower and lemon). If you'd like to toast with friends alongside tantalising bites, you can reserve a table at The Rabbit Hole to have your bubbles from TAP TAP freshly tapped and served.
🈺 Monday - Friday: 10am - 11:30pm; Saturday & Sunday: 8am - 11:30pm
📍 16, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
It’s the year of the big cat! Besides visiting the Malayan Tiger at Zoo Negara, you can also check out this newly opened cafe with feisty felines. They may not have big cats for you to snuggle with, but you can still warm up to the smaller cats at Poppy Kat cafe. In line with CNY celebrations, they’ve teamed up with local artist Secondfloor.Neko to release a Chinese Meow Year 2022 gift pack filled with stationery (stickers, angpao packets, message cards and paper decorations) and snacks (dining vouchers, chicken floss, cookies and financier cakes).
🈺 Monday to Thursday, 10am - 6pm; Friday - Sunday, 9am - 10pm
📍 34A, Jalan Nadchatiram, Taman Taynton View, 56000 Cheras, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Well known amongst Klang Valley folks as a Japanese dining spot that offers affordable but equally luxurious omakase courses, Juusgatsu Ten has revealed two yee sang selections to lou hei for a prosperous new year! Pick between the Mighty Tiger with sashimi-grade salmon, or go boujee with the Prosperous Reunion laden with caviar and fresh scallops. If you'd like to dine in at their establishment, remember to make a reservation!
🈺 Monday to Thursday: 11:30am - 3pm, 5pm - 10:30pm; Friday to Sunday & Public Holidays: 11:30am - 10:30pm
📍 No.42, Jalan Radin Bagus 3, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, 57000, Kuala Lumpur
If you've made it to the end, we hope you have your mind set on what you’ll be gift-giving this year. If you’re headed back to your hometown or going on a CNY staycation instead, always remember to stay safe, mask up, and practice safe distancing! Happy lunar new year! 🐯