Finally: It’s time to talk about Chinese New Year treats!
Previously, I described a bit about our schedule and habits for Chinese New Year visiting, which inevitably includes the consumption of plenty of Chinese New Year goodies. These treats start popping up everywhere: in supermarkets, in retail stores, and at kiosks in malls and hawker centers, just after Christmas. Although there are only 10-15 different kinds of treats, there are many different producers/bakeries, and everyone has a favorite brand of their favorite treat.
On the second day of the new year, we did some familial visiting in the morning, then invited some of KMN’s non-Chinese co-workers over for a little party/pseudo-CNY-visit. Many of them ended up being called in to work – but we enjoyed a small gathering anyway, and had fun sharing these treats, talking about CNY culture/traditions (and plenty of other things), and relaxing. So, what kind of treats did we have? Let’s start with the savories:
Honestly, the Crocodile tasted mostly…like bakkwa. To me, the meat doesn’t matter much – it all pretty much tastes like the salty/sweet seasoning, and a little bit chewy.
In my opinion, these are the most popular salty snacks. Shrimp crackers are also popular – think of the big, flat white/yellow-ish crackers you sometimes get at a Chinese restaurant. The ones that, if you stick your tongue out, and press the cracker to your tongue, it will stick. [Nah, I never did this. Especially not in a random Chinese restaurant in the Spanish seaside town of Cádiz, in January, with a few other Drewid ladies…] *ahem*
Anyway…on to the sweets!
And last, but not least…
And there you have it, folks! This is certainly not a comprehensive list, but some of the most popular treats, and the ones that we had (and served) over this Chinese New Year.
Which one would you like me to send you to try? 🙂
-or, if you’re in Singapore –
What’s your favorite CNY treat? Did I leave out anything important??