Chinese New Year is around the corner—and who wouldn’t agree it’s the perfect time to indulge in an array of auspicious festive delicacies?

As the way to one’s heart is through their stomachs, we’ve rounded up some of the most sought-after Chinese New Year puddings in the city for you to delight in and celebrate with loved ones. From the finest traditional recipes to the refreshing, innovative varieties, check out the flavours of fortune that are worth a try:

Lung King Heen

Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is launching a number of enticing Chinese New Year puddings, including taro pudding with dried meat, as well as abalone and turnip pudding with conpoy.

Aside from these traditional flavours, executive chef Chan Yan Tak and his team also bring a touch of innovation with two new flavours—Lunar New Year pudding with coconut flower syrup and a water chestnut pudding with strawberry fruit tea. The organic syrup is designed to perfectly complement the steamed chewy texture of the pudding, giving us a rich caramel-like aroma. While the latter pudding is refreshing to munch on with the scent of green tea.

The two new varieties are priced at HK$400 per box, while the taro pudding and abalone and turnip pudding are priced at HK$428 and HK$488 each respectively.

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

Shang Palace

This year, Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La takes us on a tantalising ride, exploring a taste of tradition which is equal parts indulgent and (somewhat) healthy, with three new pudding varieties launched.

Inspired by sweet red bean soup, the red bean pudding features precious 30-year-aged tangerine peel for a stunning aroma. Meanwhile, the red rice and hawthorn pudding with dried longan features ingredients believed to promote heart health. The red date pudding with ginger and brown sugar, with its natural sweetness, will cetainly please even the most discerning pudding connoisseur.

These heartwarming puddings are priced at HK$328, HK$288 and HK$268 respectively.

Shang Palace, Lower Level I, Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 2733 8754, shangri-la.com

Dashijie

Celebrated as one of the city’s most prominent driving forces promoting traditional Cantonese cuisine and a student of the late Pearl Kong Chen, esteemed gastronome Theresa Yiu founded her own brand of premium food products, selling dried noodles, mooncakes and Chinese New Year puddings.

Made and packaged locally, the Dashijie brand polishes the conventional savoury turnip pudding with several variations by adding premium XO sauce, or this year’s new addition of Japanese dried oysters, adding extra umami to the popular pudding. Other favourites include a savoury taro pudding with cured meats, a vegetarian porcini turnip pudding, as well as sweet options in the likes of black sugar and ginger pudding.

Dashijie Chinese New Year puddings are available at selected Citysuper outlets and Sogo Department store. For more information please see here.

See also: Meet 7 Of Hong Kong's Most Groundbreaking Gastronomes

The Peninsula Boutique

To celebrate Chinese New Year as a precious time of togetherness, The Peninsula Boutique showcases two brand-new varieties: osmanthus and jasmine tea. Made with freshly ground glutinous rice flour, their creations are some of the best in town, known for their great texture and flavour.

Packed in artistic and auspicious gift boxes with Chinese imperial design details, these treats are sure to impress loved ones.

Both puddings are priced at HK$188 each, while an assorted gift box with osmanthus and original flavours is also available for HK$348.

The Peninsula Boutique, The Peninsula Arcade, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2696 6969; peninsulaboutique.com

Man Ho

JW Marriott’s Man Ho is presenting the most sought-after festive treats for a truly indulgent celebration. Crafted from unique recipes and the finest ingredients, the Chinese New Year pudding with gold leaf and mashed red dates will complete your feasts perfectly. For a savoury variety, you can opt for the classic turnip cake with dried tiger prawns.

The Chinese New Year pudding with gold leaf and mashed red dates is priced at HK$248 per box, while turnip cake with dried tiger prawns is priced at HK$258 each.

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

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