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Top 8 Must-try Food during Chinese New Year in Singapore

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Feasting with family and friends is a major component of the celebrations in any festival, and Chinese New Year is certainly no different.

In Singapore, a lot of emphasis is put into preparing the right foods for this special occasion. Not only is it important to enjoy the get-together with loved ones, but the food involved should have an element of auspiciousness to it, inviting fortune, health and wealth in through the doors with open arms. But what is the true meaning behind choosing these special foods for Chinese New Year? Gift Hampers Singapore is more than happy to explain.

What are the lucky foods and what’s the meaning behind them?

Chinese New Year food symbols are all the rage when purchasing your batch this coming festival. A trip to Chinatown in Singapore will bring you face to face with some of the most popular foods at this time, including a wide variety of delicacies and gourmet items, different types of dried seafood, and the most expensive fish maw.

Some lucky foods can be eaten on their own, but usually they come in various traditional Chinese dishes. They are usually particularly popular during Chinese New Year because of their distinct symbolism, which embraces some good luck meanings and their individual positive attributes. Here is a list of some of the most popular foods at this exciting time:

  • Bird’s nest: This extravagant delicacy is usually made into a soup. It is said to promote youth and beauty as well as maintaining a long life. The symbolism of freshness and longevity is closely associated with it.
  • Abalone: This expensive sea snail is not only very textured and delicious; it is also rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids. The words for abalone in Chinese are homonymous to the words “guaranteed abundance”, a sign of prosperity.
  • Dried scallops: Golden dried scallops resemble Chinese coins. Therefore, they are thought to bring wealth into the household.
  • Dried shiitake mushroom: These mushrooms have been used in Chinese medicine since ancient times, and so, they symbolise longevity. They also connotate new opportunities.
  • Fat choy: Another homonym for wealth and prosperity, this is a good food to serve to anyone who are looking to expand their business.
  • Fish maw: Fish maw is generally tasteless, but it has a distinct slithery, almost crispy texture and absorbs other flavours well, making it a great addition to soups. A delicacy, it is considered to be good for business.
  • Sea cucumber: Normally cooked with abalone, having sea cucumbers in the meal represents good wishes for a better life.
  • Dried oyster: The Chinese term for dried oysters is homonymous with the phrase ‘good happenings’, making it a very popular ingredient in Chinese New Year dishes.

Gifting is a major component of the celebrations. Here, we have compiled our top three hampers that include wonderful Chinese New Year gifts to give this coming festival.

3 Different Styles of Chinese New Year Hampers


1. Nothing is a better corporate gift than wishes of prosperity and our Sweet Gold hamper. Price: SGD$228

2. Welcome in new beginnings and bright opportunities with our delicious Chinese New Year gourmet, carefully packed into this Spring Happiness hamper. Includes a wine or champagne option. Price: SGD$308-385

3. What could be more important than having good health? Give the gift of wellness and longevity to the elders by delivering Health & Wealth to their doorstep. Price: SGD$208

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