Singapore Life #38 – Chinatown During Chinese New Year

Last weekend, we decided that we would like to see Chinatown during Chinese New Year.

Chinatown during Chinese New Year

This is our second Chinese New Year in Singapore, but we didn’t get to see a lot last year as we were still pretty fresh off the plane.


year of the horse

It’s the year of the horse which means unexpected adventure and surprising romance. Time is believed to travel quickly like a galloping horse during this lunar year.




It was the tail end of the lunar new year festivities, so things were winding down, but there was still plenty of people out and plenty to see.



During the two week long celebrations, decorated trucks drive around the streets of Singapore with drummers sitting and playing in the back. They are loud! We live on the 5th story with double glazed windows and as they drive down our street it’s still almost deafening. These guys are clearly pretty used to having their photos taken. Peace lah.



maxwell food centre

For lunch, we headed to Maxwell Food Centre which is known as one of the best hawker centres in Singapore.



We shared some spicy popiah. It was so good that Key went back to get a second plate for us :) I’m going to have to work out a way to make this myself, as I’m going to miss it heaps when we are back in Canberra.


maxwell chicken rice

We had chicken rice which was delicious as always.



And some sweet buns for dessert. The one on the left was stuffed with banana and chocolate and the other one was pandan with a kaya filling. Delicious, but then I was absolutely full to the brim.


pineapple tarts

We actually had these pineapple tarts at the start of the New Lunar Year, but I thought I’d show them to you in this post because they are traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year celebrations. The pastry is very short and buttery and the the pineapple component is quite thick and jam like. I might have a go at making them myself next year, as I think we will enjoy acknowledging (a more Australian style) Chinese New Year again next year.

You can see more of Chinatown in Singapore, here.



Gong Xi Fat Cai



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Hi! I’m Taryn. The Wooden Spoons is a food blog and collection of wooden spoons, recipes and stories. I’m a Canberra fan-girl with a passion for all things food. I love South East Asian food, fusion food done well and slow cooked anything. I don’t get quinoa, have a mild phobia of milk touching my skin and custard from a package freaks me out. Thanks for joining me on my cooking and food adventures.

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