8 Small F&B Businesses In Singapore With Interesting Chinese New Year Offerings

8 Small F&B Businesses In Singapore With Interesting Chinese New Year Offerings

How does mala bak kwa sound? Or a steamboat with delicious fish collagen broth? Here are 8 small F&B businesses in Singapore to consider for your Chinese New Year feasting this 2021!

Thanks to Phase 3 lifting some restrictions, we can now eat out in groups of eight, or even better, have eight guests over to celebrate events and holidays. Granted, if you have a big extended family, your 2021 Chinese New Year celebrations won’t be back to normal, but hey, it just means more chances to meet in smaller groups and enjoy more food, right?

Check out these eight businesses with Chinese New Year offerings that you can enjoy with your family and friends.

1. FYRE

Bak kwa. Photo: FYRE

Bak kwa is a pretty essential staple snack when it comes to the Chinese New Year period, and we’re all pretty familiar with names like Fragrance, Bee Cheng Hiang and more. Well, spice up this Chinese New Year with FYRE’s bak kwa. Using lychee and apple wood for the smoking process definitely sounds like an interesting option, but what’s really interesting is their Mala Xiang Guo flavor. By frying mala and spices together, FYRE has come up with a tantalizing flavor that will definitely delight mala fans. 1kg of the Original 1945 flavor goes for $118 while the Mala Xiang Guo flavor retails at $128 per kg. There’s a 20% discount for the month of January though, so make sure to place your orders soon!

Orders can be placed on FYRE’s website here.

Related: 10 Mad-About-Mala Recipes For All Spice Levels

2. SioShiok

Mala Siobak. Photo: SioShiok

The founders of SioShiok lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, and decided to turn their passion for cooking into their job. It’s not their first Chinese New Year stint though, with a previous venture, ONEDERPOPS, selling pineapple tarts in 2020. This year though, ONEDERPOPS has merged with SioShiok and are offering both savory and sweet offerings. With a special mala flavor for their signature siobak, you’ll be able to get 600g of delicious meat and crispy skin for just $38. For those with a sweet tooth, the Ong Lai Tarts will be retailing at $30 for 32 pieces. 

Orders can be made through SioShiok’s online order form here.

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3. Wild Bento

The Wild 88 Set. Photo: Wild Bento

If you’re looking for a quick and easy meal though, Wild Bento is partnering with @originalrecipe.sg for their Chinese New Year offering. The Wild 88 set is priced at $58.80 and comes with a chicken curry dish, chap chye as well as eight dumplings and eight pieces of Original Recipe’s fried handmade meatballs. I’ve actually had the chance to try the food out, courtesy of Wild Bento, and I must admit, the combination of pork and prawn made the meatballs extremely flavorful, with the chestnuts adding excellent textural contrast and crunch. It’s definitely a great choice for a hassle-free meal!

For orders, check out Wild Bento on Instagram here.

4. Island Kitchen Collective

Fortune Trio Platter. Photo: Island Kitchen Collective

Tired of always having traditional Chinese cuisine during this period? Well, check out Island Kitchen Collective’s fusion offerings for this festive period. The mouthwatering Fortune Trio Platter ($128) comes with Kumquat Honey-glazed Roasted Spatchcock, Five-spiced Half Duck Confit, a full rack of Char-grilled Pork Ribs as well as grilled corn, sweet potato puree with bacon bits and roasted cauliflower in truffle sauce for the sides. Of course, no Chinese New Year meal is complete without a yu sheng, and you can even choose to go for the sashimi moriawase option so you have a variety of raw fish, instead of just salmon.

The menu will be available from 25 January to 26 February, and can be ordered at Island Kitchen Collective’s website.

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5. One Sweet Bite

Nonya Kueh Platter. Photo: One Sweet Bite

Of course, we can’t forget about desserts and snacks when it comes to Chinese New Year. One Sweet Bite’s Nonya Kueh Platter ($50) comes with a variety of different kuehs, perfect for passing around the table. Included are Kueh Salat, the iconic coconut blue pea glutinous rice with pandan custard layered on top, Kueh Dar Dar, grated coconut cooked in gula melaka and wrapped in a pandan crepe skin, Ubi Kayu, steamed tapioca that comes in a unique lychee flavor, Jackfruit Sticky Bites, sticky rice stuffed in fresh jackfruit with coconut sauce drizzled over and Ondeh Ondeh, pandan infused rice balls filled with liquid gula melaka syrup. If kueh isn’t your thing though, One Sweet Bite also offers the traditional pineapple tarts ($28), along with some unconventional mochi ($15) in fruity and floral flavors.

For orders, check out One Sweet Bite on Instagram here.

Related: 12 Colorful Kuehs That Are Perfect For Any Occasion

6. Kitchen Hands

Harmony Pen Cai. Photo: Kitchen Hands

If your family bonds in the kitchen, you might have heard of Kitchen Hands, a meal kit provider launched in late 2020. While they specialise in usually just getting mise en place done so that customers have an easier time cooking, they’ve also taken the initiative to pre-cook some of their offerings, like the ingredients in their Harmony Pen Cai ($208) and the Reunion Braised Duck ($48) so customers won’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to get their meals ready! It might not be as convenient as ordering a full meal ready to go, but hey, part of the fun is to be able to get your loved ones in the kitchen to help out! 

The menu and orders will be available at Kitchen Hands’ website.

7. The Real Peranakan

The Real Peranakan Prosperity Sets. Photo: The Real Peranakan

Peranakan food is a labor of love, truly. When you take into consideration the amount of time needed to make a good meal, you’ll definitely appreciate the delicious food even more. Save that time to spend it with your family instead and get some great dishes from The Real Peranakan. With Prosperity Sets available from $98.80 per pax, you get an incredible pen cai with abalone, sea cucumber, scallops, prawns and more in addition to some traditional Peranakan fare like ayam buah keluak, babi pongteh and others.

Here’s a hint: If you love pineapple tarts, you won’t want to miss out on the Yuzu Pineapple Tarts that The Real Peranakan are offering. Sure, they’re pretty pricey at $38.80, but they’re made with fresh yuzu peel and the subtle perfume of the fruit permeates the filling and provides a freshness that makes you just want to keep munching on them! There’s a 10% early bird discount for pre-orders from 15 - 28 January, so you’ll want to reserve your sets early!

Check out The Real Peranakan’s Chinese New Year menu on their website from 15 January.

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8. Ao Broth

Lunar New Year Collection Pack. Photo: Ao Broth

Whenever it comes around to Chinese New Year, you’ll definitely see at least one person having a steamboat and posting it on their Instagram. Well, you can be the envy of your friends with the Lunar New Year Collection Pack from Ao Broth. You get two 1L packs of Fish Collagen Broth that’s low calorie, low fat and low cholesterol, along with two 1L packs of savory Clam & Flower Crab broth that’s perfect for cooking pao fan with the included pack of crispy rice. Slow-cooked for over eight hours, there’s no added MSG or preservatives, so feel free to drink up all the nutritious soup! The pack is priced at $92, but there’s an early bird offer from 22 January to 7 February dropping the price down to $88, so stock up on the soup packs beforehand.

The pack will be available at Ao Broth’s website from 22 January onwards.

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