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Chinese New Year is the period where people do lots of feasting on various CNY goodies to their hearts' content. In Singapore, people still continue to munch on favourite CNY goodies that withstand the test of time for generations. They have been well received even after many years for their sweetness amidst the festive mood.
CNY goodies are best taken in their traditional form, which means without preservatives. Even at its most natured form, they still taste sweet. In fact, the original taste is something you cannot really find in modern made CNY goodies. This is the reason for its popularity that young and old Singaporeans love them very much.
One of the most popular goodies that people often take are the pineapple tarts. Nowadays, pineapple tarts do come in many varied forms. Perhaps the most common of all is the one that has a base that is crumbly and a pineapple jam mound on top of it. It is considered a Singaporean CNY goodie for the origins of it is known to have come from the Peranakan community. During the peak Chinese New Year season, especially before Day 1, you would not be surprised to see people of all ages to be queueing frantically for those well loved goodies.
The 2nd most common type of CNY goodies is the kueh bangkit. Made from coconut milk and tapioca flour, kueh bangkit is a sweet delicacy among the local Singaporeans here as they love the powdery taste of the cookies and the fact that they melt in their mouths so easily like chocolates, which delight little kids certainly. By letting the cookies dissolve easily with the saliva of your mouth, you can feel the sweet aroma up on your nose. Many mothers love to self make them at home. But they can also be found in CNY goodies stores also.
Another CNY goodie type that also melts in your mouth easily is the peanut cookies. This goodie attracts fans of peanut butter and with grounded peanuts, there is a balance between sweetness and saltiness in the taste. They are just as addictive as kueh bangkit cookies because the mini size bite and the sweet and salty taste of the peanut cookies will not let you stop munching.
The bak kwa or Chinese BBQ pork piece is another of a tantalising CNY goodie which differentiates from the rest because it is a meat piece. It makes you feel gratified when you bite as the aromatic oil will ooze out of the meat piece with a sweet taste of the bite.
Perhaps, the stickiest and even sweetest CNY goodie is the nian gao or year cake. It symbolises prosperity according to Chinese customs and is said to be specifically an offering to the Kitchen God in the folklore. Made from glutinous rice, this sweet and sticky cake is deep fried to make it a snack during meal times for better chewy sensation.
There are many other kinds of CNY goodies that attract local Singaporean Chinese each Chinese New Year festival. For more information, read morehttps://www.wonderfly.asia/blog/10-chinese-new-yea...