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Even if you're not having a massive get together for Lunar New Year, one thing you got to do is wolf down some good old Chinese New Year pudding! Typically known as “leen goh”, there are many variations of this treat including sweet and savoury options. Scroll down to see our list of where to get this festive indulgence!
Made from an authentic recipe, Yan Toh Heen's Savoury Kagoshima Thick Cut Daikon Pudding ($428) is created with the finest ingredients including daikon from Kagoshima, Japan along with premium conpoy, dried shrimp, and locally preserved Chinese sausage. Each box even comes with Yan Toh Heen’s homemade XO sauce for maximum enjoyment. If you're looking for something more on the sweet side, there's the Tokachi Red Bean Pudding with Okinawa Kokuto Syrup ($408). This traditional coconut pudding recipe is made with Tokachi red beans from Hokkaido, Japan. Steamed red beans are spread evenly throughout the pudding and accompanied with their special Okinawa Kokuto Black Syrup.
Yan Toh Heen, Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2313 2323
Located at Eaton HK, Yat Tung Heen is also offering CNY puddings with a more traditional taste. They are offering a set menu with dishes named to bring about fortune and wealth. For those looking to double down on wealth-bringing bites, a rich Turnip Cake (HK$208) and sweet glutinous rice cake Nian Gao (HK$188) are also available for purchase.
Yat Tung Heen, B2/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon | (+852) 2710 1093
Not one to be missed, One Harbour Road at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is once again offering their assorted Pudding Gift Set ($528) which features one Turnip Pudding and one Coconut Pudding to be enjoyed with friends and family throughout the holidays. Made from refined black sugar cane, their Coconut Pudding ($280) is inspired by the modern philosophy of healthy eating, while the Turnip Pudding ($280) combines premium dried shrimp, cured meat, and Chinese sausage in traditionally loved flavours.
One Harbour Road, 8/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2584 7722
Michelin-starred Summer Palace at Island Shangri-La will present four moreish Chinese New Year puddings this year, including the most sought-after, limited edition Turnip Pudding with 88-month Iberico Ham, Emmental Cheese and Morels ($498), Taro Pudding ($288), Turnip Pudding ($288) and Chinese New Year Pudding ($288). Executive Chinese chef Leung Yu King has elevated the traditional turnip pudding to another level with aromatic morels, 88-month Iberico ham and mouth-watering Emmental, creating a festive delicacy that encompasses rich flavours and aromas that complement each other, and leaves a memorable taste in the palate.
Summer Palace, 5/F, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central | (+852) 2820 8552
Rùn at St Regis Hotel will also be presenting their CNY offerings for the first time since their opening last year. Apart from the traditional Japanese Daikon Radish Pudding ($388), there will also be specialities such as the Rose-Flavoured Brown Sugar Pudding ($288), a classic sticky glutinous rice pudding made with Okinawa black sugar balanced with rose flavouring that adds a delicate aroma and makes the pudding less sweet. Traditionally made with cane sugar, this treat is one for the more health-conscious. Chef Hung Chi-Kwong has also created the Taro Cake with Japanese Dried Oysters ($368) to celebrate the Year of the Rat with a fresh taste.
Rùn, St Regis Hotel, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai | (+852) 2138 6808
Ying Jee Club is also ready to look after all sorts of taste preferences with their puddings. The savoury option is the classic Turnip Pudding with Conpoy and Air-dried Meat ($298) made with grated turnip, conpoy, dried shrimp, Chinese cured sausage, and Chinese bacon, creating a luxurious and flavour-packed option to enhance any family meal. For sweet-toothed, there’s the Chinese New Year Pudding with Coconut Milk and Ceylon Tea ($238), a unique pairing of coconut milk with a hint of delightful Ceylon fragrance. Both flavours will surely impress any discerning palate, making them the perfect gifts for Lunar New Year.
Ying Jee Club, 41 Connaught Road Central, Central | (+852) 2801 6882
If you would like to go for something traditional and classy, there's also Man Ho's puddings, which are admittedly more difficult to get to but worth it especially if you're in the area. Spread the joy and good fortune to your nearest and dearest with Man Ho’s two signature gourmet puddings, the Chinese New Year Pudding ($288) with gold leaf and mashed red dates and Turnip Cake with dried tiger prawns ($288).
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, Hong Kong Skycity Marriott Hotel, 1 Sky City East, Chek Lap Kok | (+852) 3969 2888