Cover Here are our picks for the best Chinese New Year puddings in Hong Kong (Photo: Courtesy of Ying Jee Club)

These are the best Chinese New Year puddings to enjoy with your loved ones to celebrate the Year of the Ox

If things have started looking extra cheerful and bright to you lately, you may already know it’s that time of the year again: Chinese New Year. It’s a time of celebration with loved ones and a perfect excuse to indulge in a mouth-watering spread of festive delicacies, including poon choi, CNY-themed afternoon teas, and of course, “Leen Goh” (aka Chinese New Year puddings).

Known as a traditional, auspicious treat which symbolises reaching a higher level of prosperity in the coming year, these sticky rice cakes often come in a variety of savoury and sweet flavours, which have long been regarded as a staple for the holiday. With the Year of the Ox fast approaching, we’ve compiled a list of the best, most sought-after puddings in Hong Kong for you to delight in and celebrate with families and friends.

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Ming Court

Celebrate Chinese New Year in style with festive delights curated by the stellar culinary team at Ming Court, which includes two classic puddings perfect for sharing with your nearest and dearest. 

Crafted with premium ingredients and refined recipes, both of the Lunar New Year coconut pudding and turnip pudding with abalone, conpoy and air-dried preserved meat are housed in a specially designed container that can be converted into an exquisite candy box for family and friends to share snacks and blessings.  

The coconut pudding and turnip pudding are priced at HK268 and HK$328 per box respectively. All of the puddings are available to order from now until sold out. Online orders are available here.

Ming Court, 6/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 352 3330; cordishotels.com 

Spring Moon

Celebrated as one of the city’s most prestigious fine-dining restaurant serving up classic and exquisite Cantonese fare, you can always count on Spring Moon for premium holiday treats and its CNY lineup is no exception. Aside from our all-time favourites including turnip and taro puddings, the restaurant is also offering their signature coconut Chinese New Year pudding. Looking auspicious and tempting, each creation is hand-crafted by the renowned dim sum sous chef Kanny Cheuk is guaranteed to be an apt reflection of tried-and-true recipes. 

Online orders are available here.

Spring Moon, 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 22 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2696 6760; peninsula.com 

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Tin Lung Heen

Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Tin Lung Hin at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is most famous for its luxurious, sky-high setting and well-executed dishes—and their Chinese New Year puddings deserve special mention, too. In addition to offering two deluxe festive hampers, the restaurant also delivers pudding sets that come with the famous XO sauce, which includes the premium Tin Lung Heen red dates and bird’s nest coconut pudding, and turnip pudding with conpoy. 

Both puddings are priced at HK$365 per box. Online orders are available here.  

Tin Lung Heen, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270; ritzcarlton.com

T'ang Court

Known for its consistent fine Chinese fare and polished settings, T’ang Court has launched a selection of scrumptious puddings in honour of the Year of the Ox. The puddings are all made with the freshest ingredients and authentic recipes—including the turnip pudding with sweet turnip hand-shredded by the culinary team, the classic coconut New Year Pudding and the premium taro pudding with conpoy and dried shrimp. These puddings are presented in auspicious red-and-gold gift boxes, making them perfect for family reunion and gift-giving.

Both the turnip and taro puddings are priced at HK$218 per box, while the coconut pudding is priced at HK$198 each. The puddings are available to order from now until they are sold out. The order form is available here.

T’ang Court, 1/F-2/F, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2131 7898; langhamhotels.com

Rùn

Rùn at the St.Regis Hong Kong has prepared Lunar New Year puddings in three different flavours for you to impressed loved ones. The traditional radish and taro puddings are given a makeover with fresh daikon radish and dried oysters specially sourced from Japan, and you’ll be able to sample rich flavours and chunky texture in every bite. For those with a sweet tooth, the rose-flavoured brown sugar pudding is a must-try item. The unique treat is made with quality Okinawa black sugar and subtle rose flavouring, which will give us a refreshing floral aroma with a right amount of sweetness. 

The traditional radish pudding and taro puddings are priced at HK$388 and HK$368 per box respectively, while the rose-flavoured brown sugar pudding is priced at HK$288 each. All of the puddings are available to order from now till February 11.

Rùn, 2/F, St. Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai Hong Kong, +852 2138 6808; marriott.com  

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Man Ho

Man Ho’s ever-popular puddings are returning in elegant gift boxes for food lovers to have a taste of tradition that equal parts delicious and decorative. This year, the restaurant is offering two classic flavours, namely Chinese New Year pudding with gold leaf and mashed red dates, and turnip pudding with Japanese dried scallop and dried tiger prawns. If you’ve got a penchant for traditional recipes, Man Ho’s creations are not to be missed.

Both puddings are priced at HK$288 each, which are available to order from February 4-10. Online orders are available here.

Man Ho, 3/F, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong; +852 2810 8366, marriott.com 

The Legacy House

In addition to offering a tantalising selection of festive delicacies including baked goods, wines and deluxe hampers packed with gourmet treats, The Legacy House at Rosewood Hong Kong also showcases two kinds of puddings to welcome the Year of the Ox: the coconut Chinese New Year pudding and turnip pudding. Packaged in auspicious gift boxes that adorned with Chinese motifs such as the traditional hexagonal window and the scenery of mountains and blooming gardens, these puddings will make for a wonderful gift for the festival. 

Both puddings are priced at HK$288 each. Online orders are available here 

The Legacy House, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8732; rosewoodhotels.com

Lung King Heen

Michelin-starred Cantonese fine dining restaurant Lung King Heen is pulling out all the stops this Chinese New Year with a fine selection of puddings to tempt the most discerning palate. Aside from traditional flavours such as Lunar New Year pudding with coconut milk, turnip pudding with conpoy and abalone, executive Chan Yan-tak and dim sum chef Lo King-ming have also prepared two innovative varieties—silverfish potato pudding with conpoy and salted egg yolk, and taro pudding with black truffle and air-dried meat to please pudding lovers. 

Both the Lunar New Year pudding and silverfish potato pudding are priced at HK$488 per box, while the turnip pudding and taro pudding are priced at HK$558 each. 

Lung King Heen, 4/F Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 852 3196 8880, fourseasons.com 

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Dashijie

No Chinese New Year puddings roundup would be complete without bringing up Daishijie, a well-loved homegrown food brand that dedicated to promoting heritage treats and time-honoured cooking techniques. Their signature turnip pudding and taro pudding is a must-try, but if you’re looking to try something a little bit different, don’t miss the turnip pudding with boletus. Sweet option water chestnut pudding is offered as well.

The signature turnip pudding and turnip pudding with boletus are both priced at HK$308 per box, while the taro pudding and water chestnut pudding is priced at HK$338 and HK$238 each. 

Dashijie's Chinese New Year puddings are available at selected Citysuper outlets and Sogo Department store. Online orders are available here

Duddell’s 

Looking for premium puddings with beautiful, auspicious packaging to please the foodie or hard-to-shop-for person in your life? Duddell’s creations will not disappoint. As well as offering the two signature varieties, including Chinese New Year cake and turnip cake, the Michelin-starred restaurant has also launched a new flavour, savoury taro cake this year. These puddings are all presented in special edition boxes designed by G.O.D (Goodes of Desire), which feature beautiful hand-drawn traditional patterns of Chinese teacups and soup bowls in honour of Hong Kong’s heritage.

The turnip pudding and taro pudding are both priced at HK$348 per box, while the sweet Chinese New Year pudding is priced at HK$298 each. Online orders are available here.

Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191; duddells.co 

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Little Bao

While classic puddings reach widespread popularity during the festive season, a touch of innovation creates unusually good varieties as well. Little Bao—the brainchild of Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2017, May Chow—is offering two innovative creations that are sure to get the Year of the Ox off to a delicious start. 

The taro cake is given a makeover with a unique combination of ingredients, including purple sweet potatoes from Okinawa, Chinese rose wine sausage, Chinese cured pork, dried scallop and sea salt, and you’ll be able to sample rich flavours and chunky texture in every bite. Their version of turnip cake, traditionally made with daikon radish, instead features fresh beetroot to naturally gives the auspicious red colour and add a refreshing flavour to the savoury pudding.  

Both puddings are priced at HK$238 per box, which are available to order from now until they are sold out. Customers are required to advise the preferred date for pick-up as all the cakes are made one day prior to ensure absolute freshness. Online orders are available here

Little Bao, G/F, Shop H1, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 6794 8414; little-bao.com 

Cuisine Cuisine

Besides welcoming the return of their wildly popular creations—turnip pudding with parma ham and coconut cream pudding with Okinawa brown sugar—Cuisine Cuisine at the Mira also launches two new flavours to satisfy your carvings for holiday treats.  

Truffle fans will be delighted to see the vegan turnip pudding with black truffle and assorted mushrooms, which is specially crafted with aromatic Italian black truffle and porcini paste, as well as shredded king trumpet mushrooms for a pleasantly chewy texture. On the sweet side, there’s the roselle, rose puree and osmanthus pudding with bird’s nest and gold foil, which is refreshing to munch on with a right amount of sweetness. 

Both the turnip pudding varieties are priced at HK$408 each, while the roselle pudding and coconut cream puddings are priced at HK$448 and HK$348 per box respectively.  

Cuisine Cuisine, S3/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; cuisinecuisine.hk 

Ying Jee Club

Fine dining Cantonese restaurant Ying Jee Club has rolled out two handcrafted puddings that are perfect for those who yearn to celebrate the culinary tradition with some modern twists. Apart from offering the not-too-sweet Chinese New Year pudding, which features a unique blend of coconut milk and Ceylon black tea, executive chef Siu Hin-chi and his culinary team have also prepared the classic turnip pudding with conpoy, preserved premium Chinese sausages and bacon that’s sure to delight your tastebuds. 

The Chinese New Year pudding and turnip pudding are priced at HK$238 and HK$298 per box respectively. The puddings are available to order from now till February 11. To place orders, guests can visit Ying Jee Club in person, call 2801-6882 or email to reservation@yingjeeclub.hk. 

Ying Jee Club, Shop G05, 107-108, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2801 6882; yingjeeclub.hk  

China Tang Landmark

For an authentic taste of Chinese New Year, you can’t go wrong with these exquisite puddings hand-crafted by China Tang, one of the most reputed Cantonese fine dining establishments in Hong Kong. The traditional turnip pudding is made with fresh radish, a generous amount of dried tiger shrimps, homemade shrimp roe, Sakura shrimp and Chinese sausage to infuse rich flavours into every bite. On the sweet side, the Lunar New Year pudding is a healthy alternative to the traditional recipe, which features Okinawa brown sugar and fresh coconut juice to offer the perfect amount of sweetness.

Both puddings are priced at HK$328 per box, which are available for order from now till February 11. 

China Tang Landmark, Shop 411- 413, 4/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 2148; chinatang.hk 

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Hoi King Heen

Festive puddings come in a wide selection of flavours at the award-winning Chinese restaurant Hoi King Heen at the InterContinental Grand Stanford. Aside from traditional ones such as turnip and taro puddings, the restaurant’s culinary team is also bringing brilliant twists into the celebration with sweet potato and sugar cane pudding, and egg custard glutinous pearl pudding. These scrumptious puddings are must-tries for good luck and prosperity in the new year.  

The egg custard pudding is priced at HK$288 per box, while all the other varieties are priced at HK$268 each. Online orders are available here

Hoi King Heen, B2, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2731 2883; intercontinental.com 

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Summer Palace

Summer Palace delivers a delicious spread of Chinese New Year puddings for a truly indulgent celebration. As well as offering sweet red bean pudding, which features the precious 80-year-old dried tangerine peel and Tokachi red bean, Chef Leung Yu-king is giving the traditional turnip pudding an aromatic update with 88-month Iberico ham and premium Emmental cheese. Traditional flavours and crowd-favourites including classic turnip pudding, taro pudding, and sweet Chinese New Year pudding are offered as well.  

The red bean pudding, which comes in an exquisite Ox-shaped gift box with red packets is priced at HK1,288 per box. The turnip pudding with Iberico ham is priced at HK$528 per box, while all the other varieties are priced at HK$308 each. Online orders are available here.

Summer Palace, 5/F, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2820 8552; shangri-la.com 

Jouer

To welcome the Year of the Ox, the popular French-style artisan café and atelier Jouer is collaborating with Black Garlic to launch a selection of puddings that are perfect for sharing with family for an auspicious celebration. In addition to offering the classic turnip cake, which features organic turnip, Chinese sausage and dried shrimps, the shop also showcases another savoury variety, mushroom turnip cake that made with wood ear, goji berry and confit garlic. If you’re looking for sweet options, their ginger Okinawa black sugar pudding, and figs and goji Okinawa black sugar pudding are not to be missed.  

The figs and goji Okinawa black sugar pudding is priced at HK$188 per box, while all the other flavours are priced at HK$168 each. Online orders are available here.

Jouer, G/F 1, Sau Wah Fong , Wan Chai, Hong Kong +852 2528 6577; jouer.hk