It’s Chinese New Year! What excites us the most after those Angbows has definitely got to be the goodies. Daydreaming about savoury bak kwa and melt-in-your-mouth pineapple tarts is enough to make our mouths water. Concurrently, are you also racking your brains on how to dodge these standard questions: “When are you settling down?” or “Where are you working now?” – God knows how many times you have answered (or avoided) them.
Fret not. Liebherr presents you a guide on pairing wines with New Year snacks. Bring the right wine with the right treat on your upcoming visits – the combination of fragrances will keep your relatives distracted long enough.
Bak Kwa with Riesling
Bak Kwa are thin slices of meat marinated with honey and spices and barbequed to smoky perfection. This popular delicacy originated from Fujian, China, and was a luxury treat reserved only for special occasions. The Cantonese calls it “long yoke”, which means “robust fortune”.
A must-have during Chinese New Year, one can never go wrong with gifting bak kwa to relatives. Although it is made from pork, and we usually pair red meat with red wines, do bring along a Riesling wine this time round. The crisp white with its floral aromas is going to complement the sweet barbequed pork beautifully.
Pineapple Tarts with Champagne
Also known as “ong-lai” in Hokkien dialect, pineapple directly translates to “fortune, come”. So there is little wonder why pineapple tarts are such big hits during Chinese New Year. Buttery, crumbly, sweet and tangy, they are little nuggets of joy that you can pop right into your mouth.
Hype up the evening with a refreshing glass of bubbly and to tame the sweetness on your tongue.
Cashews with Sauvignon Blanc
Cashew nuts take on the shape of gold ingots from the olden days and hence represent wealth, or so the Chinese believe. We think the best cashews are homemade, lightly toasted in an oven to a light golden. Leave out the salt and you get a healthy snack. Pass round a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and let the zest carry you away. It is Chinese New Year after all!
Love Letters with Chardonnay
Legend has it that crispy eggs rolls were once used by secret lovers to exchange messages and then eaten to remove all traces, hence earning egg rolls its tender name.
The ingredients in this crispy wafer may be less romantic these days (just egg, flour, sugar, and coconut milk) but we love it all the same. The best love letters are baked light and crisp with a whiff of coconut fragrance. Chardonnay goes best with creamy foods boasting mild flavours – just the thing for love letters.
Glutinous Rice Balls with Sauternes
Known as tangyuan to the Chinese, glutinous rice balls are a doughy dessert served in sweet broth and sometimes come with peanut, sesame, or red bean filling. Associated with family togetherness, they are favoured during Chinese New Year gatherings. Accentuate this sticky treat with a Sauternes and let its sweet, nutty flavour refresh your palate. Happy reunion!
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