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Lunar New Year Puddings: On the hunt for Hong Kong’s best sticky treats

Holidays may come and go, but CNY sticky puddings tend to stick around… at least until you have the time and stomach space to devour these massive, calorie-laden blocks of glutinous rice, daikon, red dates, preserved meat and prawns — and everything else in the kitchen sink — that sit in our freezers for weeks after the holidays. Nonetheless, we can’t help but stuff ourselves silly every year, if only for the pretense of bringing good luck and fortune in 2017.

Most hotels and high-end Chinese restaurants are offering some form of CNY pudding, so this year we’ve sorted out the best of the bunch to present our top five picks. From traditional turnip cake varieties to more unconventional finds, these boxes make for perfect corporate gifts or presents for loved ones come January 28th.

Turnip and taro cakes from Fook Lam Moon Fine Foods

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Purveyors of premium Chinese condiments, dried foods, snacks and seasonal hampers, Fook Lam Moon Fine Foods is a classic choice for traditional Chinese New Year sticky puddings. This year, five types of cakes are available, including glutinous rice cake, turnip cake with cured meat, taro cake with cured meat, jujube and date cake, and water chestnut cake.

The cakes are made fresh daily and are free from preservatives, making them a premium choice for prime holiday feasting. We also applaud their attention-to-detail when sourcing ingredients, with the jujubes picked from Xinjiang where they grow plumper due to more sun, and local turnips, fresh taro and fresh water chestnuts sourced sustainably from local farmers.

Price: HK$320 each; gift hampers available starting from HK$1,988

How to order: Order online from flmfinefoods.com or call +852 2363 8810. 

Fook Lam Moon Fine Foods, Shop 2, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2363 8810; for additional locations visit flmfinefoods.com

Above & Beyond x G.O.D. Limited-Edition Puddings

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Quirky homegrown lifestyle and design brand G.O.D (Goods of Desire) has partnered up with Chinese restaurant Above & Beyond this year to present a limited-edition Chinese New Year pudding, available through 27 January. As with most of the one-of-a-kind items at the gift and design store, the decorative boxes pay tribute to Hong Kong’s history and culture, emblazoned in bright colours inspired by the rooster and traditional Chinese wood block motifs.

Inside, award-winning chef Paul Tsui has created a selection of three flavours: brown sugar with coconut milk, turnip cake with Yunnan ham and conpoy, and taro cake with preserved meat and conpoy. Pan-fry the cakes at home and serve them up with chef’s secret XO sauce and coconut cream, included with the purchase.

Price: HK$338 per box

How to order: Purchase at the hotel or email aboveandbeyond@hotel-icon.com.

Above & Beyond, 28/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 3400 1368, hotel-icon.com/dining/above-beyond

Rose petal, wolfberry and water chestnut pudding at Ming Court 

Rose Petal, Dark Brown Sugar, Wolfberry & Water Chestnut Pudding

The two-Michelin-starred Ming Court welcomes the Year of the Rooster with three types of festive puddings this year, including a rose petal and water chestnut variety which uses fine, mineral-rich dark brown sugar for a deep, earthy sweetness. The addition of nutrient-dense wolfberries adds a soothing sweetness, while rose petal juice is infused for a lingering floral aroma.

For a more meaty, savoury variety, opt for the traditional turnip pudding which incorporates diced abalone, dried scallop and preserved meat; or go for the creamy brown sugar and coconut pudding studded with Tian Shan red dates, specifically known for their revitalising health and beauty effects.

Price: HK$238-268 each

How to order: Call +852 3552 3301 or email mingcourt@cordishotels.com. 

Ming Court, 6/F, Cordis, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong, +852 3552 3301, cordishotels.com

Classic puddings at Hoi King Heen

Hoi King Heen - Jujubes Pudding

Why change a classic when it’s stood the test of time? Award-winning restaurant Hoi Keen Hing sticks by four all-time favourite flavours this year in its festive CNY offerings, with beautiful bright red, leather-bound boxes to encase the sweet and savoury treats.

Choose the jujubes pudding for its nourishing health qualities, the sweet potato and sugar cane pudding to please recipients with a sweet tooth, or turnip and/or taro for the most popular savoury varieties. With puddings priced at HK$248 a box, this is one great option for affordable corporate gifting that both looks and tastes expensive.

Price: HK$248 per box

How to order: Call +852 2731 2883 to place an order. 

Hoi King Heen, B2/F, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 2731 2883, hongkong.intercontinental.com

Greater China Club 

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The Cantonese kitchen at Greater China Club has been wowing us with its refined, sophisticated dishes since it opened a little over a year ago, and with their excellent turnip cakes as part of the dim sum offering, it naturally follows that their CNY cakes will be of the same top-notch quality and flavour.

The traditional turnip pudding features premium 100% Japanese daikon radish, shredded dried scallops, Chinese cured sausages and dried shrimp, while the black sugar rice pudding offers a touch of luxury and decadence, made with black Okinawan sugar and adorned with edible gold leaf for a festive touch.

Price: Traditional turnip pudding (HK$168 for members; HK$188 for non-members); Golden leaf black sugar rice pudding (HK$128 for members; HK$148 for non-members)

Greater China Club, Unit A, 10/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2743 8055, greaterchinaclub.com

Leslie Yeh
Editor in Chief
Having worked as a lifestyle editor for almost 10 years, Leslie is thrilled to be writing about the topic she loves most: wining and dining. When she's not out pounding the pavement for the latest new restaurant opening or tracking food trends, Leslie can be found at home whipping up a plate of rigatoni vodka and binge-watching Netflix with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in hand.