Apart from bonding with family and friends, getting to go shopping for new clothes, and receiving red packets, one other aspect of the Lunar New Year that we always look forward to is the wide variety of snacks available. From perennial favourites such as pineapple tarts and bak kwa (barbecued pork jerky) to staples like nian gao and kueh bangkit (coconut cookies), there’s bound to be something that’ll please every palate. The best part is, these delicious Chinese New Year snacks are a ubiquitous sight at most house visitations — so we can busy ourselves with feasting on them, and avoid the usual interrogations by nosy relatives (“When are you getting married?”/ “Why are you still single?”/ “When are you having your first child?” etc).

Unfortunately, like all other tasty treats, these snacks aren’t exactly nutritious and need to be consumed in moderation. Pineapple tarts tend to be high in sugar and calories, while munching your way through bak kwa and buttery cookies is a surefire way to pack on the pounds.

But we really don’t want to be a killjoy. Since it’s the festive season, why not live a little and pamper yourself with your favourite Chinese New Year snacks? To get you started, we’ve put together a guide to 5 snacks we recommend trying.

(Featured photo: The St Regis Singapore)