Written by Diana Lee.
As much as we love celebrating Chinese New Year, there’s bound to be a hole in your pocket after spending on preparations such as home decor, snacks, fashion, and red packets!
To make CNY this year easier on your pocket, here’s a guide to shop for CNY goodies on a budget. Read on for the best CNY offers and promos available for you.
Home Decor, Clothes & Gifts
Being surrounded by vibrant hues of red and auspicious CNY tunes playing in the air, who wouldn’t enjoy retail shopping during pre-CNY season? Here are some of the places going all out with their CNY promotions:
Exclusive for Standard Chartered credit cardholders: Spend RM800 at any of the specialty stores within The Gardens Mall to redeem a bento bag with a set of bamboo tableware and a pack of unique CNY packets. For more info click here.
Exclusive for Maybank card members: Spend RM288 in a single receipt in SOGO Malls and stand a chance to win an RM888 SOGO Gift Card. For more info click here.
Don't have the luxury of time to do retail shopping in person? We’ve rounded up some of the best CNY shopping deals available online:
Exclusive for Citibank card holders: Get RM25 off when you spend a minimum of RM100 via the Lazada App. Use the promo code CITINC25.
*Only applicable for new Lazada customers.
For more info click here.
Exclusive for Citibank card holders: Get RM22 off when you spend a minimum of RM250 for CNY clothes of selected brands in Zalora. Use the promo code CITICNY22.
*Valid until 31 March 2020.
For more info click here.
Exclusive for HSBC card members: Enjoy 20% off when you purchase CNY hampers, flowers and gifts with an HSBC/HSBC Amanah debit/credit card/-i. Offer is applicable for direct booking via www.giftlab.com.my with promo code: HSBCCNY20.
For more info click here.
Do-It-Yourself Home Decor
Do you have a lot of leftover red packets from previous years? Reuse them as CNY decorations this year! These easy tutorials will spruce up your home all the same:
Create your own cute CNY lanterns at home using recycled red packets!
Nothing represents prosperity more than having mini ‘God of Prosperity’ a.k.a 小財神 at home!
Finally, the ‘Year of the Rat’ is not complete without decorations of cute rats!
Chinese New Year Snacks
Snacks are an important part of Chinese New Year, as it doesn’t feel like the New Year if your house isn’t filled with delectable snacks stored in clear containers with bright red lids!
Most people prefer to make simple Chinese New Year snacks at home without blowing up their budget. It’s because when you purchase these snacks, most of the time you’re paying additional for the packaging too. Hop over to your nearest bakery for fresh ingredients, get a few containers and bake/fry away with these simple recipes:
- Arrowhead Chips (Ngaku) symbolizes ‘good life’ for the Chinese. Since the process are tedious, it’s a very meaningful gesture only given to close relatives. Learn how to make these chips the easy way:
- Dried Prawn Rolls (Hae Bee Hiam) are famous CNY snacks, as prawns symbolize fortune and happiness while spring rolls represent wealth. Learn how to make traditional Hae Bee Hiam here:
- In Hokkien, pineapple is translated as ‘ong lai’ which literally means ‘prosperity come’. Learn how to make these ‘prosperous’ pineapple tarts yourself:
Otherwise, impress your family and friends with these novelty Chinese New Year snacks:
Speciality Chicken Bak Kwa with Golden Salted Egg flavor. This collaboration between NerdUnit, PowerPlant and ChickenProject will be a unique snack for your home. Get 18 pieces and a mystery gift for only RM49 (195g).
To order, click here!
Giant Ong Lai Tart Ice Cream from Inside Scoop. Who needs regular bite-sized pineapple tarts when you can have a giant one? This unique dessert is made up of mango sorbet & vanilla bean ice cream that is covered in mandarin orange mousse with caramelized pineapple and mandarin orange jelly center, on top of an almond pie crust.
It is priced at RM135.70. Get it here!
Golden Yuzu Osmanthus Jelly with Goji Berries in the shape of a Koi Fish by Eat & Treats Bakery. Impress your guests with this prosperous dessert.
Priced at RM108, available right here!
When it comes to Yee Sang, there’s no compromise, as it represents your fortune and luck all year round. Here’s a list of the best Yee Sang deals with premium ingredients. After all, it’s only once a year!
Red Chinese Cuisine @ Pullman Hotel: Starts from RM98++ onwards and available for dine in and takeaway.
Choose from a variety of toppings including premium seafood such as sea urchins, abalone slice, soft shell crab or Australian Wagyu Beef slice.
Li Yen @ The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur:
Choose from 5 variations beginning from RM118++ with toppings such as golden fish skin, silverfish, Japanese kelp, sakura shrimps, truffle slices and more
Yen @ W Hotel KL:
Choose from 3 types: Norwegian Salmon Fish Yee Sang with sea grapes, Tempura Crispy Lobster and Soft Shell Crab Yee Sang with dried lettuce, and the Caviar, Gold Flakes, Truffles Oil and Abalone Yee Sang. Price starts from RM118++ onwards.
Shanghai @ JW Marriott KL:
Choose from a wide variety of Yee Sang starting from RM108++. Go big or go home with the Lobster and Geoduck Yee Sang!
We hope this guide will help to ease your CNY budget this year.