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Chinese New Year treats | Lifestyle | Daily Tribune

After ushering in the new year, the next big event that the whole world is looking forward to is the Chinese New Year, and it is almost here. Following the lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on 12 February 2021, so preparations have definitely begun. Chinese delis and grocery stores (even regular supermarkets) are stocking up on nian gao, a glutinous rice cake better known as tikoy in the Philippines, which is said to symbolize family unity and close relationships.

Even a foreign brand, Kee Wah Bakery, which is one of Hong Kong’s finest Chinese bakeries, carries its own version of nian gao, which it calls Chinese New Year pudding. Made with high-quality glutinous rice flour, its pudding has a sweet mochi-like texture to it. Just as with other nian gaos in the market, this Chinese New Year pudding symbolizes prosperity in life or business — or both — in the coming year. What makes it different from commercial nian gaos is that this one follows a family recipe, and it comes not just in the usual round shape but in the clean and crisp lines of a square as well. There are five variants to choose from: Original, Low Sugar, Coconut Flavor, Almond Flavor and Red Dates Flavor.

But Kee Wah Bakery has set up a physical store at The Podium (ground floor, near the BDO Corporate Office entrance) and made its products available in the Philippines through Pick-a-Roo, Lazada, Shopee, MetroMart, GrabMart, Facebook, Instagram and its website ( not just to sell its Chinese New Year pudding but a host of other exciting and delicious Chinese New Year treats as well.


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