From festive snacking to take-home feasts, here’s the round up you need!

Lunar treats
It was once a humble one-pot wonder stacked with anything that the villagers could find in their kitchens, but today it has become an elevated prosperity pot. Don’t be surprised to find this revamped contemporary version from Jack’s Place, aptly named the “Wealth”  Western lobster pen cai ($288.80 for 12 pax). Savour the juicy premium Boston lobster, the dragon of the sea, which symbolises power, strength and good luck. Lining the rest of the generous pot are 12 pieces of U.S. scallop, 12 pieces of baby abalone, and 12 pieces of tiger prawns, 100g of sea cucumber and 100g of fish maw, all braised together in a thick, rich and fragrant gravy. Available till 19 Feb.

Gu Ma Jia provides three set menus (from 22 Jan to 22 Feb. Four seatings on 6 and 7 Feb: 12-2pm, 2.15-4.15pm, 6-7.45pm and 8-9.45pm), for your choosing this festive season. Faith ($588 for 10 pax) comprises a six course meal with specials of steamed soon hock with soya sauce and stir fried prawns in cereal and curry leaves; Hope ($688 for 10 pax) an eight course meal, with sea cucumber, crab meat, mushrooms and sharks fin in clear thickened soup and ginseng fortune chicken and last but not least, ’the greatest of them’ is Love ($888 for 10 pax) also an eight course delight with lobster cold platter, pig knuckle, and dessert bird nest with double boiled rock sugar. Sennett Estate, 45 Tai Thong Crescent. Tel: 6285 2023

Add zing as you toss to good health and prosperity for the year of the Monkey with the refreshing yuzu yu sheng set (26 Jan to 22 Feb. $26.80 for two to three pax, only for dine-in, and $39.80 for four to six pax), now available at all Ichiban Sushi and Ichiban Boshi outlets for both dine-in and takeaway.

Begin your feasting with Ah Hoi’s Kitchen value-for-money 12 at 12 lunch special starting from 12pm onwards (till end Feb). Chef Lam whips up 12 different Chinese style sharing dishes with highlights of double boiled herbal chicken soup, signature braised pork knuckle with Chinese mushrooms and braised ducks with ground nuts, all for the price of $12nett. Alternatively, snap up their 8 at 88 Huat dinner instead (throughout the month of Feb, $88nett for 4 diners, not valid from 7-9 Feb). Choose from two 8-course set menus; the Eight Fortune featuring honey ginger chicken, or the Eight Happiness with champagne pork ribs with crispy ginger. Celebrate reunion dinner ($488 for 6-8 people) with the prosperity festive set with menu highlights of steamed codfish with mushroom and kim hua ham or the longevity festive set with steamed grouper with light soya sauce and crispy garlic. All festive dinner sets includes Ah Hoi’s signature salmon yu sheng. Level 4 Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore. Tel: 6831 4373


Steamboat hacks

CP provides a simple solution to steamboat dinners, with perennial favourite chicken cake (350g, 2 for $6.95, U.P. $9.20). Bring more diversity to your hotpot with chicken gyoza (400g, 2 for $8.96, U.P. $11.80), pork and chicken gyoza with suki sauce (400g, 2 for $9.90, U.P. $11.80) and the all-time favourite shrimp wonton, with fresh whole shrimps (154g, 3 for $12.90, U.P. $15.60). At all major supermarkets.

Whip up a hearty reunion meal for loved ones using Lee Kum Kee‘s tried-and-tested favourites: premium brand oyster sauce, premium light soya sauce, XO seafood sauce and MOS honey chicken and cod fillet sauce. Easy to use pouches contain just the right amount of sauce you need for the latter two, while their XO sauce makes the perfect finishing touch. At all major supermarkets.

Festive snacking

Back by popular demand again this year is Pies & Coffee‘s salted egg yolk cookies ($22, 420g). Their butter pastry, corn flour and morsels of salted eggs are both fragrant and crumbles nicely as you bite into them. Don’t miss out their other selections of parmesan cheese cookies ($22, 360g), pineapple and parmesan tarts ($22, 450g) and green pea cashew cookies ($22, 460g) too. Whilst stocks last, so do get them soon.

Revisit traditional classics this Lunar New Year with Old Seng Choong‘s nostalgic cakes. The red date cake (540g, $23.80), a meticulously prepared sticky kueh, carrot cake (500g, $23.80), studded with generous pieces of dried shrimp, dried Chinese sausage and incorporates cubed instead of grated white radish, yam cake (500g, $23.80), using Thai yams for their superior quality and the nian gao (540g, $23.80), a less sweet version, perfect for the health conscious. Till Feb 6, order from or catch them at the fairs in shopping malls.

OWL Straits Asian Heritage coffee brings you additional festive cheer from now till end February. Receive a six-pack bubbly orange soda (worth $5.40) when you purchase two packs of coffee from either OWL White Coffee Tarik or 3-in-1 variants from their everyday favourites range. We’ve also got our eye on the enamelled old school collectible mugs (worth $9.90) up for grabs (different colours weekly) when you purchase any two packs from the OWL Kopitiam Roast and ground coffee range too.