Because pineapples are called wong lai (in Cantonese) or ong lai (in Hokkien), with both names in the respective Chinese dialects sounding similar to the Chinese word “wang” for prosperity, pineapples have become a symbol of wealth and good luck in Chinese culture.

Planning to serve up a dose of auspiciousness at your festive gatherings? We have three simple kid-friendly and tasty recipes that incorporate the fruit. Plus, they’re great for using up either ripe or canned pineapples.

Grated cheese, onion slices and 10 minutes in the oven turn pineapple rings into savoury bites that can be eaten on their own as a starter or paired with a beef burger or pulled pork and pork chops.

In place of regular pineapple tarts, try our recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Cakes (our recipe makes six cupcakes) instead. They don’t just look great in pictures, but make for fun food gifts or dessert, too.

For a refreshing palate cleanser after a heavy CNY meal or for your guests to cool off during visiting, these non-alcoholic pina colada popsicles are a great way to use up pineapple cores and coconut milk for a zero-waste experience.

BBQ Pineapple Rings 

Pineapple rings
BBQ sauce
Grated cheese mix
Red onion

Pineapple Upside Down Cakes  (makes six)

50g butter
50g brown sugar
Pineapple rings
Glacé cherries
50g softened butter
50g caster sugar

50g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 tbsp pineapple juice

Virgin Piña Colada Popsicles

30g coconut milk
60g fresh pineapple
5g maple syrup

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