The annual Takashimaya CNY Fair 2020 (formally known as the Chinese New Year Festive Celebrations) takes place at Takashimaya Square, from Sun 29 Dec 2019 to Thu 23 Jan 2020. As in previous years, the event hall in basement 2 of Ngee Ann City has been filled with vendors of all sorts of Chinese New Year food and mechandise. We visited the CNY fair on its first day. Here are the ten things that were most interesting to us as things to buy for the Year of the Rat 2020.
List of Stalls at Takashimaya CNY Fair 2020
The Takashimaya Chinese New Year Festive Celebrations 2019 – 2020 follows the same format as previous years. Many of the usual vendors were there, supplemented by some new exhibitors. Here is a picture of the hall layout and the list of brands and vendors in attendance.
TOP 10 things to buy at the Takashimaya CNY Fair 2020
Many of the stalls look similar to those at the event at the previous year. Although there are some new names, we were hoping that a new format might liven things up a bit. But it seems that the tried and tested formula still works as the hall at Ngee Ann City filled up very quickly. The Chinese New Year Festive Celebrations at Taka is still one of the best places to find CNY goodies at the one place. Another advantage is the chance to taste many of the food items before deciding to buy. Here is our list of TOP 10 things to buy at the Fair.
Lapis Place – Kueh Lapis
Kueh Lapis is a popular type of cake, especially over Chinese New Year. The Lapis Place stall has a wide variety of lapis cakes. The Earl Grey and prune lapis tasted great. The large version of the Prune Lapis with edible gold ($108) available only on the Takashimaya Card Day on 9 – 12 Jan 2020 would make a luxurious gift.
Bake Inc – Pineapple Tarts
Pineapple tarts are sold at many stalls at the Taka CNY Fair 2020. One stall that stood out was Bake Inc – they seem to be focused on pineapple tarts. There are signs referring to them as the “King of Pineapple Tarts”. You do not have to take their word for it. Adequate samples were available for sampling.
Baker’s Well – Love Letters
The Baker’s Well stall was well organised with a good range of CNY goodies on display. Our attention was drawn to the love letters. Several varieties were available – such as the hae bee hiam and charcoal love letters. These will spruce up the goodies platter at Chinese New Year 2020.
King of Melon Seeds – Dried Fruits
King of Melon Seeds sells more than just seeds at the Takashimaya CNY Fair 2020. Their premium melon seeds and peanuts are certainly attractive. But the dried fruits provide a more colouful (and possibly more healthy) snack for CNY. The bright colours also look very auspicious.
Rasa Sayang – Rainbow Mini Shells
Rasa Sayang is a familiar brand of Chinese New Year snacks. We like their unusual flavours like Spicy Lime Peanuts and Tom Yum Emping. This year, we were attracted to the new colourful item – rainbow mini shells. They will add some colour to the usual brown-coloured snacks.
Tozai – Japanese dried seafood
Tozai is a large stall that sells many types of produce from Japan. One of our favourite type of snacks is the dried seafood. They are quite pricey but are very delicious (and addictive). Like many stalls at the Taka CNY Fair, the dried seafood items are available for sampling before purchase.
Bee Cheng Hiang – Freshly made bak kwa
Bak Kwa is a precious commodity during Chinese New Year in Singapore. Bee Cheng Hiang is one of the well-known brands in Singapore with many outlets. The stall sells freshly grilled bak kwa. Freshly made bak kwa is way better than those that have been pre-packaged. It tasted fresh and warm and the texture was soft. A few versions of bak kwa are available. The sliced pork costs $56 per kg. A “gourmet fusion” version costs $68 per kg.
For prices of bak kwa at Lim Chee Guan, read our post here.
Hang Heung HK – 老婆餅 (Wife Cakes)
Hang Heung is a stall from Hong Kong selling 老婆餅 (Wife Cakes). I am not sure if this is a traditional CNY snack, but it would certainly bring a smile to the ladies in the house. Several varieties are available. As for the origins of the wife cake or sweetheart cake, Wikipedia provides some legends of origin.
East Ocean – Prosperous Fish Dessert
Various types of dessert were on display at the East Ocean Teochew Restaurant stand. The item that caught our eye was the beautiful koi dessert. Fish is a prosperous dish to be served at the Lunar New Year meals. The colours and presentation enhances that even further. Priced at $36 for quite a large fish, it seems like a value for money gift that will be well received.
NestBloom – Beautiful Birds’ Nest
The displays of birds’ nest, moulded into shapes of flowers, at the NestBloom stand were probably the most beautiful things on sale at the Takashimaya CNY Fair 2020/2019. They are quite expensive costing around $33 to $43 each. They are instant birds’ nest soup packages and all that needs to be done is to add water. I think they will make a nice Valentine’s Day gift as well.
Yi Lai Shuen – Taiwan Noodles and Sauces
Our final entry in the TOP 10 things to buy at the Takashimaya CNY Fair 2020 at Ngee Ann City is the Yi Lai Shuen stall from Taiwan. They sell noodles and many types of sauces to go with the noodles. We think these are useful as quick meals for visiting relatives on New Year’s Day. As we are not familiar with the different types of sauces, we recommend trying as many of them as possible before buying. We like the chilli bean sauce ($20) and of course the XO sauce ($40).
Thank you for reading and have fun at the Takashimaya Chinese New Year Festive Celebrations 29 Dec 2019 to 23 Jan 2020. For suggestions on places to eat at Ngee Ann City, read our list of TOP Restaurants at Takashimaya.
Takashimaya Chinese New Year Festive Celebrations
Sun 29 Dec 2019 to Thu 23 Jan 2020
Takashimaya Square, B2
Takashimaya Department Store
391 Orchard Road
Tel : +65 6738 1111
10.00am – 9.30pm (Daily)
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