10 must-have Lunar New Year essentials on foodpanda to usher in a roaring Year of the Tiger

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28 JANUARY 2022 — APAC (SINGAPORE) — Whether it is a missing ingredient or an additional gift, last minute shopping has become more common during the festive period. In fact, research has shown that this year especially, people are prioritising speed and convenience when shopping for the holidays. 

With the Lunar New Year round the corner, foodpanda is helping customers prepare their favourite traditional dishes and source for festive essentials from pandamart and foodpanda shops. Delivering festival supplies from hotpot ingredients to traditional decorations within 30 minutes, foodpanda gives customers a peace of mind knowing that they can access thousands of products quickly and easily while enjoying a safe celebration at home. 

Celebrating festivals during the pandemic is not an easy feat. foodpanda hopes to make customers’ lives more convenient, so that they can focus on spending quality time with their loved ones. With around 300 pandamart cloud stores in 11 markets, and more than 45,000 retail partners on foodpanda shops — customers will no longer have to scramble for last minute groceries, goodies, or gifts. This Lunar New Year, customers can select from over 1,800 festive essentials from pandamart and shop for festive products from more than 7,000 retail partners on foodpanda shops across Asia, including local heritage businesses! 

A Roaring Start to The Year

Customers who haven’t started or are still sorting out their Lunar New Year decorations can consider these festive household products:

  1. A roaring surprise: Display products tiger motifs, such as the Tiger Beer Orchid Brew Can and the Paseo Bathroom Rolls Festive Pack on pandamart (Singapore). 
  2. Paint the town red: From festive adornments to red packets, customers can decorate their homes in the colour of prosperity with decorations from ZUZU Party Supplies on foodpanda shops (Hong Kong).  

A Rawrsome Feast

To welcome the festivities with a decadent feast, those hosting loved ones can look to pandamart and foodpanda shops to obtain ready-made Lunar New Year dishes, hotpot sets, lavish seafood ingredients and last minute special ingredients. 

  1. A Feast for the Eyes: Customers can find a variety of brands such as New Moon and Traditional Chinese Medicine company Eu Yan Sang offering ready-made ‘Peng Cai’ on pandamart (Singapore) and foodpanda shops (Singapore).  
  2. Just My Luck: Skip the long hours preparing for the reunion dinner with hotpot sets found on pandamart (Malaysia). Customers looking to add variety to their hotpots can look to EB Frozen Food on foodpanda shops (Malaysia) for a selection of delicious seafood ingredients. 
  3. Prosperity Toss: Yusheng, also known as Prosperity Toss, is the centrepiece of every reunion dinner. Find ready-made fresh Yu Sheng on pandamart (Malaysia) and in grocery stores on foodpanda shops such as Carrefour and FamilyMart (Taiwan), Gourmet Market (Thailand), and Chams Convenience Store (The Philippines). 
  4. Auspicious Seafood: Grace dining tables with seafood ingredients that symbolise abundance and luck such as the Chilean King Crab from pandamart (Taiwan) and Gourmet Market on foodpanda shops (Thailand). 
  5. Toast to a Rawrsome Year: Spark conversations over celebratory drinks such as Step By Step Moscato and Jacob’s Creek wines from pandamart (Singapore and Laos). For alternatives, hosts can also find a variety of non-alcoholic beverages from supermarkets and convenience stores on foodpanda shops such as Carrefour and FamilyMart (Taiwan), Gourmet Market (Thailand) as well as Sinangag Club, Choice Mart and Chams Convenience Store (The Philippines). 

Bite-Sized Delights 

The festive season is incomplete without the Tray of Togetherness, a serving platter with eight compartments filled with sweet nibbles such as pineapple tarts, seeds and nuts, and candied fruits to signify good fortune for the year ahead. These snacks, popular among the young and old, help to bridge conversations over a shared-love for childhood favourites. 

  1. Old-School Goodies: Traditional snacks such as pineapple tarts and succulent Bak Kwa (dried meat jerky) always make an appearance in households celebrating the Lunar New Year. These delicious tidbits are often gifted during household visits and can be found from heritage businesses such as Bee Cheng Hiang and Mdm Ling Bakery on foodpanda shops (Singapore). 
  2. Squeeze The Day: A symbol of good luck, mandarin oranges are given during house visits to wish hosts a year of prosperity. Kids often bring these oranges in exchange for a money-filled red envelope given by parents or older family members. Find these citrus delights at supermarkets and convenience stores on foodpanda shops such as Carrefour and FamilyMart (Taiwan), Gourmet Market (Thailand), as well as Sinangag Club, Choice Mart and Chams Convenience Store (The Philippines). 

Giving the Gift of Luck

Customers looking for a purr-fect gift for families and friends can discover a range of gift options such as brand hampers and gift sets that will be a grand spectacle when delivered to their doorsteps via foodpanda. 

  1. Sweet Treats: Loved ones will surely be surprised by New Year Lucky Bags from Carrefour and Family Mart on foodpanda shops (Taiwan) to brand hampers and sweets fortune bags found exclusively on pandamart (Laos and Malaysia). Meanwhile, pamper and spoil taste buds with bird nest gift sets from pandamart (Cambodia).