Just when you thought your New Year’s diet was on track, along comes Chinese New Year with it’s glutinous array of noodles, dumplings, spring rolls, and the greatest calorie culprit of them all — Lunar New Year puddings. Whether savoury or sweet, flavoured with red dates or taro, steamed or pan-fried, these dense and sticky cakes are one of our favourite indulgences this time of year. Looking to gift a box or simply want to sit at home in your pajamas while savouring this holiday tradition? Take your pick of a plethora of Chinese New Year puddings around town, from the conventional to completely out-of-the-box creations.
Newly anointed one-Michelin-starred restaurant Ying Jee Club is celebrating the holidays with a sumptuous Chinese New Year pudding created with coconut milk and ceylon tea, a perfect pairing with a steaming cup of tea following your gut-busting CNY dinner. If you want to go the savoury route, you can also pick up their turnip pudding studded with conpoy and air-dried meat, which comes packed in an auspicious gift box for good luck in the new year.
Price: HK$228; Email firstname.lastname@example.org for pick-up between 1–15 February.
Ying Jee Club, Shop G05, G/F, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2801 6882
Festive puddings come in an array of flavours at Michelin-starred Ming Court this year, ranging from lightly aromatic, aged pu’er and soft pumpkin, to dark brown sugar and coconut cake catering to those with a serious sweet tooth. If you’re looking for a more classic savoury variety, go for the perennially popular abalone, conpoy, air-dried preserved meat and turnip pudding.
Ming Court, 6/F, Cordis Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong, +852 3552 3028
Looking for a more unconventional twist? Stop by YUÈ to pick up their brand new creation, the purple sweet potato pudding. A striking, deep purplish-red shade, the exclusive flavour is made with diced purple sweet potatoes, purple sweet potato paste and beetroot juice — a healthy alternative to traditional, calorie-packed cakes.
Price: HK$199, enjoy a 10% discount on orders of 3–4 boxes, and 15% off for 5 boxes or more; Email email@example.com to order.
YUÈ, City Garden Hotel, 9 City Garden Road, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 2806 4918
There’s no messing with tradition in the case of Spring Moon’s wildly popular Lunar New Year puddings, which sell out fast year after year. Priced at HK$298, these classic cakes are available in taro, water chestnut and turnip varieties, and come in elegant gift boxes for easy gifting to colleagues and clients.
Price: HK$298; Orders can be placed until 15 February and must be collected the following day; Enjoy 10% off for 20 or more puddings, or 20% off for 50 or more.
Spring Moon, 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2696 6760
Although pricier, the meticulously crafted cakes from Cuisine Cuisine this year are worth the splurge for their premium ingredients. The addition of Parma ham lends a twist to the traditional turnip and ham pudding, while the coconut cream pudding with Okinawa brown sugar is a healthier alternative to traditional cane sugar. For a real splurge, opt for the osmanthus and coconut, which is topped luxuriously with bird’s nest and gold foil.
Price: HK$320–$420; Orders can be placed until 7 February here for pick up from 7–13 February.
Cuisine Cuisine, 3/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2315 5885
For a nutritious boost, look to two-Michelin-starred Shang Palace for the heart-healthy ingredients in their CNY puddings: Try the rose sugar and honey locust fruit pudding for enhanced metabolism and blood circulation; the American ginseng, fig and honey for reduced blood sugar and heat; and the red date and olive nut pudding for a protein-rich snack. Round out the nourishing spread with the classic Cantonese treat of crispy taro balls with sesame and the specialty Five-Treasure Tray with an array of auspicious snacks.
Price: HK$278–$288; Confirm order before 5 February for 20% discount.
Shang Palace, Lower Level 1, Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 2111
Award-winning chef Leung at Hoi Hing Keen has put an innovative twist on CNY pudding with a brightly coloured red date and macadamia nut variety, featuring two ingredients prized for their nutritional value. The creative pudding has a subtle sweetness and lingering nutty flavour, well-balanced with a pleasantly chewy and gelatinous texture. The restaurant is also offering its traditional two-layered sweet potato and sugar cane pudding, a bestseller in prior years.
Price: HK$268 per box; Order here and redeem between 1–15 February.
Hoi King Heen, B2/F, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 2731 2883
Sometimes, simplicity is best. You can complement a cosy home celebration with Man Ho’s signature Chinese New Year pudding, a classic turnip variety studded with shrimp, large bits of bacon and salty ham. Fry it lightly in the pan for a delicious savoury snack for good luck and prosperity in the new year.
Price: HK$238; Call +852 2810 8366 to reserve.
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, 3/F, JW Marriott Hotel Pacific Place,, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2810 8366