One of the great things about living in Vancouver is getting to experience a variety of cultural celebrations, one of them being Lunar New Year. And if there is an opportunity to include a sweet or two, Vancouver mamas are there! We have rounded up the city’s yummiest treats to ring in the Year of the Rat.
Delicious Lunar New Year Treats
Any opportunity to celebrate with Purdy’s, and we’re there! This year, Purdy’s has come out with an assortment of chocolate in honour of the Lunar New Year. What we especially love are the different price points, ranging from $2.50 and up. If you are looking to hand out something for your child’s class, pick up a bunch of their ‘Lai See Pack’ (red envelope) filled with their signature chocolates.
Pears, bubbles, tapioca – whatever you want to call them, they’re undeniably good! GongCha’s limited drink series for Lunar New Year is out now: Mango Mango, Mango Matcha, Mango Latte. They are calling us! But the real question is: which one should we try first?
Wild Sweets Chocolatiers
One of the “25 best chocolatiers in the world”! That means you can’t go wrong with a Red Envelope Chestnut & Golden Fruits Gateau from Wild Sweets. Their aptly themed colour scheme will be a sure hit! If you are looking for something more chocolatey themed to take to your Lunar New Year dinner, check out the Chinese New Year Chocolate Art Collection.
12191 Hammersmith Way #2145, Richmond
Dragon’s Beard Candy
Chinese delicacy, Dragon’s Beard Candy, is made right in front of your eyes from cornflour, nuts and honey. It was known to be reserved for the Emperor and when he ate it, it got stuck on his beard, hence the name Beard Candy! This is available at a variety of vendors, including Aberdeen Centre in Richmond.
4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Go all out with a deluxe bento box of eight gourmet candies, including Lotus Flowers, Fuji Caramel Apples, Dark Chocolate Orange Peels, Sparking Rosé Bears, Baby Rosé Bears, Peach Blossoms, Golden Truffle Eggs and Tangerine Slices complete with a gold rat charm!
Not only does Beta5 have Mandarin Crunch bars in honour of the Lunar New Year but they also have some fittingly Asian-inspired cream puffs. Think mango milk tea, salted egg yolk and mandarin cream rice pudding puff. Pre-order yours until January 31 through their web store before they’re gone! PS: The also have Lunar New Year chocolates!
413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, 604.669.3336
Adorable macarons in inspired flavours like HK Coffee Tea Mix, Black Sesame Dark Chocolate, Durian White Chocolate, cookies and several glorious lunar-inspired cakes.
1433 W Pender St, Vancouver
Granville Island is celebrating Lunar New Year with a lion dance, sugar painting and Chinese calligraphy workshop! Grab a Dragon’s Tears green tea from Granville Island Tea Company and fresh Vietnamese pastries from Obarz as you wander the island and snap photos.