With Chinese New Year just around the corner, it’s time to make sure you leave some room for some delicious festive puddings. Eating ‘Nian Gao’ (sticky puddings) is supposed to bring you good fortune when it comes to promotions and prosperity for the year ahead. For us, well, that’s good too, but it’s also just another excuse to treat ourselves to more delicacies.
These are the ones on our wishlist:
Exotic ingredients from Yat Tung Heen
Yat Tung Heen is introducing something extravagant to celebrate the Year of Monkey – the Supreme turnip pudding with South African whole abalone (HK$298). This lavish pudding is perfect for gifting and wishing your relatives and friends a fruitful year. If you like your rice pudding to be more traditional, go for the sweet Chinese New Year pudding (HK$158) — a simple and tasty classic.
These puddings are available from now until 6 February 2016. The turnip pudding needs to be ordered at least one day in advance.
Yat Tung Heen, Eaton Hong Kong, B2 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2710 1093, www.eatonhongkong.com
Four Season’s healthy Yam Bean pudding
For those of you who are looking to stay (somewhat) healthy during Chinese New Year, Four Seasons Hong Kong’s puddings are for you. They’ve created a more diet-conscious version (minus with usual preserved meat) with yam bean, conpoy and dried seafood (HK$388). Yam bean is a superfood that is high in dietary fibre and vitamin C, allowing for some guilt-free indulgence.
Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3196 8708, www.fourseasons.com/hongkong
Red Bean pudding from Yan Toh Heen
If you have a sweet tooth, Yan Toh Heen’s New Year’s pudding with red bean served with Okinawa Kokuto Syrup (HK$338) is one of the best in town. Executive chef Lau Yiu Fai and his team at Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Yan Toh Heen will make sure your holiday desserts taste on point.
Yan Toh Heen, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
Turnip Pudding from Grand Hyatt
Grand Hyatt has elevated this year’s turnip pudding (HK$260) offering by using only the finest and most luxurious ingredients. The pudding is made up of premium dried shrimp, lean Chinese sausages, shredded turnip and other diced ingredients. We recommend cutting it into chunks and pan-frying it to get a wonderful crisp texture on the outside before serving.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7655, www.hongkong.grand.hyatt.com
Osmanthus flavor pudding from The Peninsula Boutique
Made from freshly ground glutinous rice flour, The Peninsula’s Chinese New Year puddings are renowned for their great texture and flavour. This year, they’ve introduced two new flavours for more variety: osmanthus (HK$168), and XO chilli sauce and abalone (HK$320). We’d personally go for the Cantonese-style XO sauce version but the osmanthus is great for something refreshing to end the meal.
The Peninsula Boutique, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2696 6969, www.peninsulaboutique.com