New Year foods that bring prosperity and good fortune
It’s Chinese New Year and to celebrate, HI Now hosts Jobeth Devera and Kanoe Gibson are ringing in the year of the rat with some sweet treats from Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery located in Honolulu’s Chinatown! Manager Liana Fang brought some gao and several kinds of Chinese fruit candies to bring some good luck ahead of the new year.
2020 brings the year of the rat, which is the first animal in the Chinese lunar calendar. Gao, a type of rice cake dessert, is a classic part of every Chinese New Year. It’s a tradition that has people lining up at Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery.
“Gao is sticky, and it’s made out of mochi flour and brown sugar, so you want togetherness,” Fang explains when asked why people eat gao during the new year. You can find both mini and small sizes at the bakery.
In addition to gao, it’s also customary to eat sweet fruit treats to bring prosperity and sweetness in the coming year. The sweet treats you can find at Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery include water chestnut, kumquat, pineapple, lotus root, lotus seed, coconut chunks, carrots, ginger, strawberry, coconut, mango, sweet melon, and lychee. This gift set wouldn’t be complete without a lucky candy — which you can find in the arrangement’s center.
The bakery is also known for its manapua and rice cake. While you’re there, try some of its other delicious treats like almond cookies, peanut candies, or even some pork hash!
Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery is open every day of the week from 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Don’t forget to check in on Yelp next time you stop by and get one free custard tart. Be sure to get there early so you can grab your favorite before it’s all sold out!
Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery
1027 Maunakea St.
Honolulu, HI 96817
For more information: Call 808-531-6688