A box of these will make you ah ma’s favourite grandchild. These Nardocott Mandarins are grown organically in Valencia, Spain, on a farm just 20km from the coast where sea breezes raise the temperature throughout the day so these oranges develop an intensely sweet flavour. This special breed of clementine is seedless and has an easy-to-peel thin skin, with a strong fragrance and a balance of sweetness and acidity. Available in limited quantities at Zenxin Organic Food Singapore.
Blk 14 Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre, #01-25.
Be the life of the party when you show up with a jumbo case of Tiger beer. The Tiger CNY Festive Pack comes in a limited-edition 24-can and 30-can box designed by local artist Dawn Ang. The bold red and gold artwork is assembled from 2,000 ang pows into three-dimensional icons and symbols like lanterns, fire crackers, carps and dogs. Purchase these festive packs at all major supermarkets and convenience stores.
Japan’s famed butter cookie purveyor Yoku Moku recently opened its flagship store in Singapore at ION Orchard, and just in time for the Lunar New Year is its exclusive "Year of the Dog" treasure box tin ($28) featuring Japan’s native Shiba Inu. The limited edition tins are filled with an assortment of Cigare cookies, Billet au chocolat au lait and Billet aux amandes chocolat. ION Orchard #03-K1.
Stand out at celebrations with Andaz Singapore’s limited-edition Chinese New Year chiffon cakes. The moist pandan chiffon cake sandwiches a citrusy orange mousse that is topped off with a vibrant red glaze and dusted with edible gold flakes. The cakes come in three sizes: Mini $4 (serves 1), Medium $15 (serves 2-4) and Large $35 (serves 5-8), and can be ordered from from the hotel's in-house patisserie, Pandan in Andaz Singapore, at least two days in advance, with the last date for all orders being 26 February 2018.
5 Fraser Street
Nothing says sincerity like showing up for a hotpot potluck with this organic and free-range shabu shabu set from Ryan’s Grocery. Ryan's Special Chinese New Year Set ($188) features five portions each of Borrowdale pork collar and pork belly shabu shabu, and 500g of Ryan’s Premium Bak Kwa, complete with a Skylight Premium Gift Set (worth $79.00) which includes New Zealand Superior Abalone, Superior Pacific Clams and Premium Razor Clams. Smaller shabu shabu sets from $68.80 to $98.90 are also available.
29 Binjai Park
Now here’s a yusheng that looks more like a sashimi platter. The Fortune Yu Sheng Platter from seafood specialist FiSK Seafoodbar & Market features eight types of raw seafood: Norwegian salmon and trout, New Zealand abalone, Japanese tako, yellowtail, tuna saku and otoro, as well as scallops with a supplement of $10 for hand-dived scallops from Norway or Scotland. What a fishy way to ring in the New Year. Available for dine-in and takeaway, orders must be made 2 days in advance.
30 Stevens Road #01-01
Put together a little gift hamper for a foodie friend at COMO Marketplace, which has an extravagant array of Asian epicurean products sourced from artisanal suppliers across the world. The marketplace offers Asian specialty foods from fine sauces and exquisite teas to premium oils and vinegars. Pick out a couple of items as a thoughtful hostess gift this festive entertaining season.
17 Dempsey Road