Come Chinese New Year, your calendar will be packed with reunion dinners, family gatherings and lo hei celebrations at home and at work. Whether you are celebrating at home with the family or indulging in opulent restaurant meals outdoors, the CNY staples of yu sheng, nian gao, pineapple tarts and more, can get a tad repetitive. Not to worry, restaurants and bakeries have been pulling out all the stops to roll out their intriguing versions of these mainstays – whether it is with a local twist or creative concoctions – and the results are often imaginative and delicious.
This year, change things up with this list of unconventional offerings and make them a part of your celebratory meals. From CNY-themed ice cream cakes, to festively flavoured cookies and cute rat treats aplenty for the Year of the Rat, inject these into your gatherings for a refreshing take.