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During Chinese New Year, it is customary for families to gather for a meal where they can enjoy a wide range of festive food. Among them are seasonal treats commonly called “Chinese New Year cakes” (糕; gou1), which are also known as “puddings” in English for their similar consistency and to distinguish them from Western sponge cakes.
Sweet and savoury variants are usually eaten during Chinese New Year. One is called 年糕, (nin4 gou1; “year cake”) and the other 蘿白糕 (lo4 baak6 gou1; “turnip cake”). So, where can you get on your hands on one of these seasonal foods? Check out our list of the best Chinese New Year puddings in Hong Kong to help you prep your festive feast!
Hotel Icon has prepared a selection of handcrafted CNY festive puddings this year, including turnip pudding with Yunnan ham and preserved meat, brown sugar new year pudding, and taro pudding with Sakura shrimp, conpoy, and preserved meat, all crafted by the masterful culinary team at Above and Beyond with the finest ingredients. All puddings are available for purchase from now till 28 February. Order here.
Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East | (+852) 3400 1000
Looking to make a gift out of Chinese New Year puddings? Let Duddell’s handle it. Its new year pudding, traditional turnip pudding, and taro pudding are all on offer in singles or in bulk, as well as in gift sets; the Magnificent New Year gift set includes one each of all three puddings, while the Fortune New Year gift set includes a turnip pudding with a jar of signature XO sauce to pair with your freshly pan-friend treat. Order here.
Duddell’s, Level 3, 1 Duddell Street, Central | (+852) 2525 9191
At Hong Kong’s go-to restaurant for Su cuisine, two delectable festive puddings are on offer; the Jiangsu Club red date cake is a classic treat made from fried red dates and coconut milk, while the Jiangsu Club turnip pudding is a traditional favourite made from turnip and premium dried meats. You can buy these puddings on their own, but why not opt in for the Jiangsu Club package? Included are both puddings and a delicious packet of homemade cashew cookies and Bi Luo Chun green tea perfect for dipping your biscuits in and pairing with your puddings. Place your orders by calling the restaurant.
Jiangsu Club, 2/F, Alliance Building, 130–136 Connaught Road, Sheung Wan | (+852) 6230 8973
At Yat Tung Heen, you can find traditional interpretations of CNY puddings elevated with premium ingredients. The turnip pudding comes with a generous amount of dried shrimp, conpoy, and air-dried preserved meats, while the Chinese New Year pudding is filled with the creamy aroma of coconut paired with sweet and indulgent cane sugar. Order here.
Eaton Hong Kong, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan | (+852) 2782 1818
Veggie Kingdom is known for its vegetarian interpretations of traditional Chinese dishes, and you can bet its puddings are just as deliciously plant-based. Not only are they vegan alternatives to the classic puddings, but they are also health-conscious in their choice of ingredients. Choose from the turnip cake with mushroom and taro cake with mushroom, or other creations like red date cake, organic cane sugar rice cake, and water chestnut cake with osmanthus. You can order by calling the restaurant.
Veggie Kingdom, 7/F, VIP Commercial Centre, 120 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2366 0336
Both traditional and vegetarian new year puddings are available at Regal Hotels this CNY. The traditional flavours include a delicious turnip pudding with assorted air-dried meats, a taro pudding with assorted air-dried meats with crunchy taro pieces, a luxurious bird’s nest and sweet osmanthus pudding with gold flakes, and a creamy coconut new year pudding that is guaranteed to impress.
Alternatively, Regal Hotel’s wellness collection is perfect for those whose new year resolution is to eat healthier this year. The vegetarian pudding with pumpkin, porcini, and fresh yam is made with protein-rich ingredients with proven health benefits; the coconut milk pudding with peach gum and lotus seed introduces a refreshing, fruity layer to the creamy pudding; whilst the red bean and green tea pudding and water chestnut pudding use wholesome ingredients that are better for your body. Order here.
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant is offering a series of its sought-after puddings this Lunar New Year. The CNY pudding is made with sweet and indulgent red dates mashed and blended with coconut milk, whereas traditional preserved meats and Japanese dried scallops are the star ingredients in the delicious turnip pudding. Both puddings are available on their own or in an elegantly designed gift box. Order here.
JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central | (+852) 2810 8366
A range of innovative Chinese New Year cakes is on offer at Kerry Hotel this new year for those who want to try something a little different from the usual puddings. Specially crafted by the in-house pastry chefs, the oolong and raspberry cake, the chocolate and mandarin cake, and the vanilla and pineapple firecracker are adventurous in their flavour combinations. You can order your share of cakes here. Order here.
Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Hung Hom | (+852) 2252 5888
Both Kowloon and Island Shangri-La are offering a selection of seasonal cakes that are as adorable as they are delicious. Island Shangri-La’s pastry chefs are spicing things up with a CNY rabbit firecracker cake, followed by a 3D lantern chocolate, lantern cookies, and CNY lucky cookies. Over at Kowloon Shangri-La, the adorable rabbit mille-feuille and lantern cake are sure to wow your guests at your next gathering! Order here.
Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central
Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Whilst you’re staying at the Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel during CNY, why not grab a few puddings for gifting to your loved ones? Traditional flavours include the coconut pudding and the jade supreme turnip pudding, whilst more health-conscious alternatives are also available, such as the vegetarian turnip pudding made with mushrooms and vegetarian XO sauce, and the beetroot pudding. Order here.
The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong, 3 Ocean Drive, Aberdeen | (+852) 2166 7388
The Park Lane is here to take care of your family gatherings with two classic Chinese New Year puddings. The savoury turnip with preserved meat and conpoy pudding is an elevated version of the traditional turnip cake, whilst the brown sugar pudding will make the perfect dessert after your LNY feast, or simply a hearty and seasonal breakfast when sliced and pan-fried with an egg wash. Order here.
The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2293 8888
Peony Chinese Restaurant in Discovery Bay is offering patrons traditional CNY puddings this Year of the Rabbit. The coconut pudding and turnip pudding with dried conpoy and preserved meat are available for purchase on their own or in a combo gift set that includes both savoury and sweet options. You can order the puddings at the restaurant.
Peony Chinese Restaurant, Shop 153A, 1/F, Block C, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island | (+852) 2215 0833
The Mira’s Cuisine Cuisine is offering a selection of Chinese New Year puddings boasting traditional flavours with an elegant twist. The ordinary turnip pudding is transformed into a luxurious treat with Parma ham, whilst the coconut cream pudding is made with premium Okinawa brown sugar. An alternative to these heavier puddings is the roselle, rose purée, and osmanthus chilled pudding complete with bird’s nest and gold foil—a sophisticated pudding that is sure to impress.
Over at Tsui Hang Village, you will find the traditional cured meat and turnip pudding and coconut cream pudding. Healthier options include the water chestnut pudding and the conpoy and yam pudding. A brand-new flavour, the white peach and osmanthus chilled pudding, is elegant in appearance and moderate in its sweetness, perfect for those wanting to try something new. Order here.
The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2368 1111
Rùn is offering a limited collection of CNY puddings for you to ring in the new year full and satisfied. The radish cake with Japanese Sakura shrimp elevates the classic turnip cake with premium ingredients. The taro cake with abalone and Chinese cured meat is sure to impress with its texture and taste. The coconut sugar pudding is made as a luxurious treat with 18-year-aged mandarin peel and red beans. Order here.
St Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai | (+852) 2138 6808
The city’s leading vegan and vegetarian store, Green Common, is introducing a selection of plant-based and cruelty-free puddings for you to ring in the new year in good health and spirits. The vegan CNY cake series includes the pumpkin rice cake with red quinoa, turmeric, and oat milk and the OmniPork vegan XO sauce red quinoa turnip cake. Also on offer is the Omni Kinder festive poon choi for those looking for a savoury dish fit for a large group gathering. You can find Green Common’s vegan offerings in-store.
Green Common, locations across Hong Kong
Dynasty at Renaissance Hotel is offering a traditional CNY pudding and turnip cake—the epitome of simple but effective. Although sticking to the classic recipe, these puddings boast a wholesome flavour that will surely leave you wanting more! Order here.
Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
The Ritz-Carlton is not missing out on the Chinese New Year pudding craze this Year of the Rabbit. The ginger glutinous pudding with demerara sugar brings a sharp twist to the classic CNY pudding. Meanwhile, the radish pudding with XO sauce brings a little bit of spice to combat the heaviness glutinous puddings sometimes bring.
Over at Tin Lung Heen, the two-Michelin-starred restaurant is bringing a series of festive puddings to the table. The classic Chinese coconut pudding and turnip pudding with conpoy are fool-proof options, and the premium red dates and bird’s nest coconut pudding is a premium choice to level up your gathering. Order here.
The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon
Lung King Heen at Four Seasons is introducing handmade new year puddings worthy of three Michelin stars. The new water chestnut pudding with lotus roots and snow dates transforms the classic pudding by introducing new flavours and texture to the treat. The Lunar New Year pudding with coconut milk is a reinvention of the tradition, the taro pudding with black truffle and air-dried meat is aromatic and irresistible, while the abalone and turnip pudding with conpoy elevates the classic to another level with premium ingredients. Order them here.
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central | (+852) 3196 8888
Chocolatier at Grand Hyatt is offering authentic CNY puddings made with premium ingredients this Lunar New Year. The coconut pudding and turnip pudding are traditional in their making yet unique and innovative in their taste. Spice things up with One Harbour Road’s XO chilli sauce to elevate your tasting experience. Order here.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2584 7722
China Tang presents a series of Chinese New Year puddings this year, such as the turnip pudding with dried tiger prawn and local sun-dried meat, a deliciously hand-made treat. Also available is the organic glutinous rice pudding with Taiwanese brown sugar and coconut juice, blended in a natural combination of sweetness and crunch. All puddings from Lai Sun Dining’s restaurants come in a gorgeous octagon box that can be repurposed and transformed into a traditional Chinese New Year candy box (全盒; cyun4 hap6) for you to store all the best treats for the family this Lunar New Year. Order here.
China Tang, Shop 411–413, 4/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
At the Langham, a selection of handcrafted puddings is available at T’ang Court. The hand-shredded turnip pudding and taro pudding are filled with conpoy and dried shrimp for an aromatic and flavourful treat, whilst the new year pudding offers the indulgent sweetness of glutinous rice. Over at Palm Court, the pastry chef has created delicious lunar firecrackers made with almond sponge cake layered with dark chocolate-infused mousse, mandarin compote, and milk chocolate feuilletine. Order here.
The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2132 7898
Michelin-starred restaurant Spring Moon is offering a selection of new year puddings packaged in eye-catching and elegantly designed boxes. The classic red date, turnip, taro, and water chestnut puddings are available in beautiful Art Deco-esque boxes, perfect for gifting to your loved ones this Year of the Rabbit. Order here.
The Peninsula Hong Kong, 22 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Dim Sum Library is introducing two puddings in time for Lunar New Year. The mixed bean and coconut rice cake gives your traditional coconut pudding an enhanced flavour and texture, whilst the Chinese turnip cake is a reimagined classic that is the perfect savoury treat for your upcoming gathering and celebrations! Order at the restaurant or by calling.
Dim Sum Library, Shop 124, Level 1, Pacific Place, Admiralty | (+852) 3646 0088
This CNY, Ming Court at Cordis Hong Kong is introducing a series of puddings for you to get into the festive spirit. The abalone, conpoy, and air-dried preserved meat turnip pudding is made with locally grown turnips, allowing you to get a taste of what Hong Kong is really about. Also available are the coconut Chinese New Year pudding and the premium red date pudding with coconut in an elegantly layered treat.
At Ming Court’s Wan Chai location, you can get a premium coconut pudding made with Okinawa brown sugar, a deluxe turnip pudding with conpoy and preserved meat, as well as a refreshing water chestnut pudding with osmanthus. Apart from puddings, Ming Court is also offering a series of poon choi perfect for any gathering this Lunar New Year.
Cordis Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok
Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Ying Jee Club is ringing in the Year of the Rabbit with a range of handcrafted puddings. Tuck into the coconut milk pudding with Ceylon tea, a classic elevated with the fragrance of tea, or the turnip pudding with conpoy and air-dried meat made with the best ingredients on the market. Call the restaurant to order.
Ying Jee Club, Shop G05 & 107–108, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central | (+852) 2801 6882
Nina Hospitality is ushering in the new year with four festive CNY puddings made by the master chefs at its new Chinese restaurant, Rú. The Chinese turnip pudding comes with XO sauce for you to spice things up at your next feast. The taro pudding with preserved Chinese sausages is a hearty and delicious treat made following a traditional recipe, while the coconut Chinese New Year pudding is an all-time favourite. For a lighter and more refreshing treat, the water chestnut pudding with osmanthus is fragrant and enticing with its complex flavour profile. Order at the restaurant or online here.
Nina Hotel Tsuen Wan West, 8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 2280 2923