Steamed radish cake from Saint Germain Bakery. (saintgermainbakerybc/ Instagram)

Celebrate Lunar New Year with these delicious Burnaby treats

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with these delicious treats!

By Vikki Hui | January 26, 2022 |5:00 am

For cultures that follow the lunisolar calendar, February 1st will mark the first day of the Year of the Tiger (Japan welcomed the Year of the Tiger on January 1st and Tibetan Losar will begin on March 3rd). Food is a big part of the celebrations across the cultures, be it the Chinese New Year, Korean New Year (Seollal), or the Vietnamese New Year (Tết Nguyên Đán), and we compiled a list of Lunar New Year-themed treats you can find in Burnaby to get you in the celebratory mood.

Chez Christophe

 

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Chez Christophe is collaborating with three Vancouver foodies – Deanna Woo, Eating with Kirby, and Foodology – to create the unique flavours that will be featured in its limited-edition nine-piece chocolate box. The three foodies drew inspiration from their childhood and LNY memories and the flavours include Deanna’s Lucky Black Sesame inspired by black sesame soup, Kirby’s Ramen Crunch inspired by crunchy ramen snacks, and Foodology’s Haw Flake inspired by a sweet and sour treat made from Chinese hawthorn fruits. Pre-order here. 
Address: 4717 Hastings Street

Saint Germain Bakery


Saint Germain is offering up traditional Lunar New Year treats like  a snack platter that includes peanut fritters, sesame fritters, and flakey crunches, as well as steamed radish cake, and their classic mixed fruit cake.
Address: 4720 Kingsway #1120C in Metropolis at Metrotown

Tea Cubed Patisserie CNY Pop-up

Tea Cubed Patisserie is a collaboration between Kukki Jar, Niche Creamery, and Thirstea. The three local businesses are combining their strengths to celebrate LNY with delicious Asian flavours. Treats offered include mango sago cream puffs, Thai tea black sesame puffs, matcha mandarin cakes (gluten-free), and milk teas. Head to Station Square from January 28th to January 31st to enjoy a delicious treat with matcha jasmine or oolong milk tea! The will be open from  1-5:30pm/7-9:30pm on Jan 28-30 and 12-5:30pm on Jan 31.
Address: 4650 Kingsway (Station Square PriceSmart Foods)

Gary’s Patisserie

 

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Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with a delicious mango lychee mousse from Gary’s Patisserie. Made with fresh mangos, lychees and whipping cream this mousse comes in individualized jars, perfect for a sweet treat to ring in the new year. Gary’s Patisserie is known for its delicious mango treats. So if you’re a mango fan, this is the spot for you to go.
Address: YVR PREP – 5279 Still Creek Ave

Maxim’s Bakery

 

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Maxime’s is known for its wide variety of Chinese breads, cakes, and pastries. For Lunar New Year, check out their coconut koi pudding, savoury radish cake, and brown sugar pudding cake, known as nin gao.
Address: 4800 Kingsway #161 in Metropolis at Metrotown

Minus Cake Boutique


While Minus is technically located in Vancouver, it sits right on the border of  Boundary Rd so we thought we’d include it on this list because technically this spot is very close to Burnaby! Enjoy a delicious cake in red and gold (colours that signify good fortune in Chinese and Vietnamese cultures) with an adorable fondant tiger from Minus Cake Boutique. The cake is a red velvet cake with cream cheese and taro cream filling decorated with chocolate and rainbow fruit loops, and it’s perfect for sharing with friends and family.
Address: 3615 Kingsway

Purdys

Looking for delicious gifts for LNY? Purdys’ is the perfect place to start. From milk chocolate coins to chocolates with Asian-inspired flavours such as matcha, yuzu, and mango, Purdys has got you covered. The treats are beautifully packaged in a variety of LNY-themed designs including red packets and Chinese zodiac-themed wrapping.
Address: Metropolis at Metrotown, Brentwood Town Centre, Lougheed Mall

Looking for traditional treats or more LNY-themed snacks?

Check out your local Asian bakeries, T&T, Asian grocery stores, and Crystal Mall! Roasted watermelon seeds are a staple at Chinese/Chinese-diaspora and Vietnamese households, and they can easily be found in T&T’s LNY section along with other festive snacks such as candied lotus seeds. While LNY meals are traditionally a homecooked occasion, you can also support your local restaurants and check out some of these traditional festive dishes.

Here are some other Asian bakeries in Burnaby you can order from and support for Lunar New Year and beyond: 

Vikki Hui

Burnaby Beacon contributor

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