This sensational Singaporean feast is just the thing to mark Lunar New Year. You may be inspired to rustle up curry puffs and cocktails, pandan chiffon cake and bubble tea, a glorious gado gado – or all the recipes in our tantalising Singapore fling, originally created for the May 2015 issue of Wallpaper*. Happy Lunar New Year!

Curry puffs 

lunar new year curry puff recipe

Makes 24

2 tbs vegetable oil
2 onions, diced
thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
3 large cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
500g minced beef
4 tbs curry powder 
250g waxy potatoes, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes 
100g frozen peas 
2 tsp salt 
400ml coconut milk
juice of 1/2 lemon 
500g blocks of puff pastry 

Heat the oil in a large, heavy pan over medium heat and add the onion, ginger and garlic, stirring occasionally until soft and golden.
Add the beef and stir until brown.
Sprinkle in the curry powder and stir fry for a few minutes, then add the potatoes and peas and fry for another minute or so. 
Add the salt, coconut milk and lemon juice. 
Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes until the potatoes are cooked and the mixture is thick and glistening, with no liquid left. 
Allow to cool.
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Split each block of pastry into 12 pieces. 
Flatten each with the palm of your hand, then roll out thinly on a lightly floured surface to a diameter of about 10cm. 
Place a tablespoon of filling in the centre and brush the edges of the pastry with a little water. 
Fold in half and crimp the edges together to seal. 
Arrange on a baking sheet, spaced 3cm apart, and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until puffed and golden. 
Eat at room temperature. 

Singapore chilli prawns 

Singapore chilli prawns lunar new year recipe

Serves 4-6

1kg raw king prawns in the shell
3 tbs tomato ketchup 
3 tbs Shaoxing wine
3 tbs chilli sauce 
2 tsp chilli oil
80ml water 
2 tbs corn oil 
3cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped 
4 large spring onions, sliced into rounds 
2 fresh red chillies, finely chopped 
2 eggs, lightly beaten 

Peel the prawns, leaving the tail on. 
With a sharp knife, slice down the back of each prawn, removing the intestine but not cutting all the way through the prawn. 
Mix together the ketchup, wine, chilli sauce, chilli oil, and water, and set this mixture aside.  
Heat a wok, or a wide deep pan, over a very high heat. 
Add the corn oil and then, when very hot, add the ginger, garlic, onion and chillies, and stir fry for 30 seconds. 
Add the prepared prawns and stir fry for 2 minutes, then add the reserved sauce ingredients and continue to stir fry for another 2 minutes. 
Pour in the beaten egg and stir well until the egg is cooked and the prawns well coated with the sauce. 
Serve with sliced baguette. 

Fishball noodle soup 

Fishball noodle soup lunar new year recipe

Serves 4

For the fishballs 
500g white fish fillets, such as cod or haddock, skinless and boneless
2 tsp of cornflour stirred into 50ml cold water 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp ground white pepper 

For the soup 
150g glass (mung bean) noodles
1 litre chicken or fish stock, or use stock cube
3 cm fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 
2 tbs light soy sauce 
1 tbs sesame oil 
2 medium pak choi, chopped into large pieces 
3 spring onions, trimmed and sliced 
1 red chilli, thinly sliced 

Place all the ingredients for the fishballs in a food processor and blend to a very fine paste. 
Transfer to a bowl and place in the fridge to firm up for 1 hour. 
Put the glass noodles in a bowl, cover with boiling water, and leave for 10 minutes to soften. Drain and set aside. 
Shape the fishball mixture into bite-sized balls with your hands. 
Pour the stock into a large pot over medium heat, then add the ginger and bring to a boil. 
Drop in the fishballs, bring back to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. 
Add the soy sauce, sesame oil and pan choi to the pot and simmer for another 2 minutes. 
Divide the noodles between four bowls. 
Add fishballs to each, followed by the hot soup. 
Serve with sliced spring onions and chillies. 

Bubble tea

Bubble tea lunar new year recipes

Serves 4 

125g tapioca pearls 
150g sugar
black tea

Pour approximately 8 cups of water into a pan and bring to a boil. 
Add the tapioca pearls and stir until they float to the surface. 
Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then turn off the heat, cover, and rest for another 15 minutes. 
In a separate pan, bring 200ml water to the boil, add the sugar and stir until dissolved, then take off the heat and set aside. 
Drain the pearls and rinse them under cold running water. 
Stir them into the syrup. They may be stored like this for several hours. 
Brew a pot of strong black tea for four.
Pour into a jug and allow to cool. 
Add milk to taste.
To serve, fill three-quarters of a large glass with tea and stir in a scoop of the tapioca pearls and syrup. 
Serve with an extra-thick bubble tea straw. 

Hainanese chicken rice

lunar new year Hainanese chicken rice recipe

Serves 6 

1.5-2kg free-range chicken 
5cm fresh ginger, sliced
2 spring onions, sliced 
1 tbs sesame oil 
2 cups long grain rice
4cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped 
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped  
1 pandan leaf, tied in a knot

For the chilli sauce 
6 red finger-size chillies, chopped 
2 cloves of garlic, peeled 
4cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped 
1 tsp sugar 
1 tbs salt
juice of 1 lime 

Clean the chicken; remove and reserve the excess fat. 
Season with salt, and stuff with ginger and onion.
Place in a large pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. 
Then lift it out of the pot, rub with sesame oil, and cool to room temperature. 
Strain and reserve the stock. 
Wash the rice thoroughly and drain. 
Place the reserved fat in a lidded pan and heat over a low flame. 
Add the ginger and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. 
Add the rice and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. 
Add three cups of stock and the pandan leaf, bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and cook, covered, for 12 minutes. 
Turn off the heat and leave to sit with the lid on. 
For the chilli sauce, blend all the ingredients in a food processor with two tablespoons of stock. 
To serve, slice the chicken and serve with rice, chilli sauce and remaining stock ladled into small bowls. 

Pandan chiffon cake 

lunar new year Pandan chiffon cake  recipe

Serves 10-12

12 pandan leaves 
6 eggs, separated, 
plus 3 egg whites
250g caster sugar
50ml vegetable oil 
170ml coconut milk 
225g plain flour 
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cream of tartar 

Heat the oven to 160C.
Use scissors to snip the leaves into short lengths, then place in a food processor with 200ml water and blend to a pulp. 
Strain the pulp through a fine sieve into a large bowl, pressing out every drop of liquid. 
Add the egg yolks, half the sugar, the oil and the coconut milk, and whisk together until smooth.
Beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. 
In a clean, grease-free bowl, whisk the egg whites until just holding soft peaks.
Add the rest of the sugar and the cream of tartar, then whisk to a stiff, glossy meringue. 
Fold a third of the meringue into the cake batter in order to loosen it and then carefully fold into the rest. 
Pour the mixture into an ungreased, loose-bottomed, 24cm chiffon cake tin and bake for 40-50 minutes until very well risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean. 
Invert the cake tin onto a wire tray and allow the cake to cool completely, upside down, without loosening the cake from the tin. 
Release the cake by running a thin-bladed knife around the tin. 

Beef rendang 

lunar new year Beef rendang recipe

Serves 8 

6 kaffir lime leaves 
3 tbs vegetable oil
1.5kg braising beef, cut into 5cm cubes
400ml coconut milk
200ml water
1 tbs soft brown sugar 
2 1/2 tsp salt 
juice of one lime 

For the rempah (curry paste)
9 large fresh chillies, sliced 
4 stalks fresh lemongrass, rough outer leaves removed, white part of stalk sliced 
6 Brazil or macadamia nuts
5cm piece of ginger, peeled and sliced 
5cm piece of galangal, peeled and sliced 
10 shallots, or 2 red onions, peeled and chopped
7 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
3 tbs vegetable oil
1 tbs ground coriander 

Blend all the rempah ingredients to a fine paste in the food processor. 
Remove the ribs from the lime leaves and roll the pieces up tightly together like a cigar. 
Slice them, with a very sharp knife, into very thin slivers. Set aside.
Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy, large pot and fry the rempah for 5 minutes until fragrant. 
Add the beef cubes and stir fry for a few more minutes to brown and coat the pieces, then add the remaining ingredients, including the sliced lime leaves. 
Simmer, without covering the pot, for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is very tender and the sauce very thick. 
If the sauce seems too liquid, turn up the heat and reduce it down. 
Serve with steamed white rice. 

Sago gula melaka

lunar new year Sago gula melaka recipe

Serves 6

150g sago pearls 
1 pandan leaf, tied in a knot 
2 tbs caster sugar 
100g palm sugar (gula melaka)
1/4 teaspoon salt
250ml thick coconut milk 

Pour the sago into a bowl and soak in cold water for 15 minutes, then rinse and drain well. 
Bring 1.5 litres of water to boil in a large pan, then add the sago and pandan leaf, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. 
Simmer for 10 minutes until the sago is almost fully translucent, with just the barest white flecks in the centre. 
Turn off the heat and allow to stand for 10 minutes, then pour into a large bowl of cold water and stir for 30 seconds, discarding the pandan leaf. 
Drain, then scoop the sago into a bowl and stir in the sugar and salt. 
Rinse six individual cups (espresso or Chinese tea cups are perfect), but do not dry them. 
Spoon the sago into the cups and allow to set in the refrigerator. 
Shave the palm sugar into a small pan containing two tablespoons of water and place over a medium heat. 
Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved, then allow to cool. 
To serve, unmould the sago puddings into dessert bowls and pour a little coconut milk and syrup over each. 
Place the rest of the coconut milk and syrup in small jugs for extra serving.

Gado gado 
(Indonesian salad with peanut sauce) 

lunar new year Gado gado (Indonesian salad with peanut sauce) recipe

Serves 4-6

150g peanuts 
1 tbs tamarind paste
50g palm sugar (gula melaka)
2 fresh red chillies, roughly chopped
I clove garlic, peeled 
3 tbs nam pla fish sauce 
juice of 1 lime
250g long beans, trimmed, cut into 5cm lengths, and blanched for 2 mins
6 small potatoes, cooked, peeled and quartered 
1/2 large cucumber, seeds removed and cut into batons
large handful of beansprouts 
1/2 Chinese cabbage, shredded 
3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved 

Roast the peanuts in the oven or in a dry frying pan for 5 minutes until fragrant and golden.  
Set aside to cool. 
Place the tamarind paste, palm sugar, chillies, garlic, and peanuts in a food processor and grind to a paste. Remove to a large bowl and stir in the nam pla, lime juice and 120ml of water. 
Add the prepared vegetables and toss well together. 
Add half a boiled egg to each serving.