6 spots to find tasty Lunar New Year treats in Vancouver

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      If you want to know some insider tips for how to celebrate Lunar New Year (February 5), it’s simple: eat a lot of good food with family and close relatives, and continue to feast even after your stomach has reached maximum capacity.

      Luckily, Vancouverites have a lot of gourmet options to kick-off the first day of the lunar year. From Asian vegetarian and vegan spots serving up dishes with prosperous meanings, to Chinese desserts with lucky connotations, there’s no shortage of tasty bites to help ring in the Year of the Pig.

      And for those who will always have room for more grub, here are six places in Vancouver that will be offering some auspicious Lunar New Year-inspired treats.


      Buttermere (958 Main Street)

      Although this cake shop works out of a commissary kitchen, it still creates some of the most photogenic items in town. Its Lunar New Year offerings include a bright red-hued “Year of the Pig” cake with a Chinese blessing message, featuring flavours like chocolate sponge with coconut-crunch spread, and matcha sponge with red-bean mousse. Its Chinese New Year pillow set has returned, which showcases tiny cakes adorned with adorable pink pigs that almost look too good to eat. Almost.

      Available while quantities last.


      Temper Pastry

      Temper Pastry (2409 Marine Dr, West Vancouver)

      Pastry chef Steven Hodge has created his own delicious version of a piggy bank, in celebration of the Year of the Pig. The limited edition Lunar New Year chocolate showpiece features a gold coin and greeting message, which will likely be the center of attention at any family gathering to ring in the Asian holiday.

      Available until February 5.


      Beta5 Chocolates

      Beta5 Chocolates (413 Industrial Avenue)

      This sweets shop always pulls through with special items for any holiday, and Lunar New Year is no exception. In celebration of the Year of the Pig, it will be offering three cream puff flavours: mandarin rice-pudding, mango bubble tea, and sesame ginger. In terms of chocolate, mandarin crunch bars and a new collection that features two flavours will be on the menu: luck (white chocolate, mango, and milk tea), and prosperity (hazelnut, orange, brandy, and cocoa nibs).

      Available while quantities last.



      Purdys Chocolates (various locations)

      Vancouver’s long-time chocolatier is welcoming the pig zodiac with a variety of Lunar New Year-themed confections, which will undoubtedly satisfy sweettooths. From gold-foiled chocolate coins to piggy medallions, and from lai see (lucky red envelope) packs to Lunar New Year gift boxes, you’ll have a hard time choosing which treat to indulge in.

      Available while quantities last.



      Soirette (1433 West Pender Street)

      This Coal Harbour spot is known for its seasonal mouthwatering goodies, and this year it has whipped up an array of sweets to celebrate the Year of the Pig. Guests will find items like a Lunar New Year cake (made with yuzu, matcha, and black sesame flavours), chrysanthemum-lime macarons, homemade pineapple tarts, and assorted Lunar New Year cookies.

      Available while quantities last.


      Beaucoup Bakery

      Beaucoup Bakery (2150 Fir Street)

      Beaucoup’s pastry chef and co-owner Betty Hung has an Asian heritage, so it makes sense that customers will sometimes find hints of Asian influences in her creations at the French bakery. For Lunar New Year, she has created a peanut mochi-and-sesame croissant, which features soft peanut-mochi cake, black sesame frangipane, and crushed peanuts. To top it all off, the buttery pastry is dusted with hints of gold—a truly festive touch for the lunar holiday.

      Available until February 24.

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