A Delicious & Healthy Fruit Platter For A Special CNY Feast

Try the tropical fruit trick this busy Chinese New Year with the easiest culinary wizardry a host will ever know!
Try the tropical fruit trick this Chinese New Year with the easiest culinary wizardry a host will ever know!

The Lunar New Year is a great time to come together with your family and indulge in traditional dishes and goodies.

Why not update the feast and serve a festive platter of rainbow fruit that is both visually vibrant and good for your health? It’s also easy for young families and busy parents to prepare, amidst all the CNY hustle and bustle.

It’s perfect for anyone who wants a fresh and modern take on the traditional tray of nuts, old-school cookies, and other CNY snacks of yesteryear.

Nature’s candy for all to enjoy!
Nature’s candy for all to enjoy!

Materials

  • Luxe serving platter
  • All kinds of fruits (mix fruits of different sizes for an interesting texture)
  • Cookie cutters

Method

  1. For mangoes, remove the cheeks from each side of the mango stone and score with a sharp knife in a criss-cross pattern. Press from the skin side to open out.
  2. Strawberries can be served whole, halved to reveal the lovely pyramid outline, or slit at ascending intervals to create a strawberry rose. Leave the green tops on to add colour and make them easier to pick up.
  3. Add passion fruit halves for colour and their enticing aroma. Drizzle over juicy watermelon wedges for a zingy, thirst-quenching taste.
  4. Garnish with pomegranate jewels and fruit shapes for more texture, and serve.
Pick out some of your favourite fruits!
Pick out some of your favorite fruits!
Start with your larger fruit pieces.
Start with larger fruit pieces.
Gradually add smaller pieces to create textural dimension & colour.
Gradually add smaller pieces to create textural dimension & colour.
Have fun cutting out shapes from the larger fruit slices with your cookie cutters, & embellishing your platter with pretty fruit shapes!
Have fun cutting out shapes from the larger fruit slices with your cookie cutters, & embellishing your platter with pretty fruit shapes!
There’s no such thing as too much fruit when it’s this pretty!
There’s no such thing as too much fruits when it’s this pretty!

Top tip for busy hosts: Prep your fruit platter in advance and keep it looking fresh by soaking your fruit slices in saltwater (½ tsp salt dissolved in 1 cup of cold water) to keep them from browning. Soak for 10 minutes, then rinse off. This will keep the fruits from oxidizing for a few hours, and the salt is barely noticeable!

The vibrant colours of ripe, fresh fruit make an eye-catching centrepiece on the CNY table!
The vibrant colours of ripe, fresh fruit make an eye-catching centerpiece on the CNY table!
Provide your guests with charming utensils, or let them dig into the platter with their (clean!) hands.
Provide your guests with charming utensils, or let them dig into the platter with their (clean!) hands.
A gilded platter of fresh fruit is both perfect with today’s healthy living mantra, & a cool, new way to deck out a traditional CNY table.
A gilded platter of fresh fruit is both perfect with today’s healthy living mantra, & a cool, new way to deck out a traditional CNY table.
Chic, black wax candles in dark wood & pomegranate fragrance (available at Typo) do wonders to elevate your hosting table from pleasant to posh & trendy.
Chic, black wax candles in dark wood & pomegranate fragrance (available at Typo) do wonders to elevate your hosting table from pleasant to posh & trendy.
Fruits galore!
Fruits galore!

As we know, the Chinese New Year period is all about good fortune and regrowth, and fruits and flowers are rich in seasonal symbolism. So, whether it’s for your grand reunion dinner, or just an intimate gathering among friends, a rainbow plate of healthy fruit for everyone to enjoy can be very meaningful, as well as pretty to present to your guests. Of course, feel free to stuff your fruit platter with as much ‘auspicious’ fruit as you like! It’s the best opportunity to consume as much luck as possible for a sane amount of CNY calories!

Have fun getting super creative with your CNY table this year, & enjoy the extra time you’ll have with friends & family!
Have fun getting super creative with your CNY table this year, & enjoy the extra time you’ll have with friends & family!

Where To Get Your Ingredients & Party Tableware

Start your new year with stylish, new serving ware (and cookie cutters) from Madera De Mango (Causeway Point), Courts (Causeway Point), Japan Home (Anchorpoint, Causeway Point, Eastpoint Mall, Northpoint, YewTee Point & Waterway Point), Harvey Norman (Bedok Point & Northpoint), Metro (The Centrepoint & Causeway Point), & Kitchen + Ware (Waterway Point).

Have fun picking out all kinds of fresh fruit for your platter from Little Farms (Valley Point), Cold Storage (Anchorpoint, Causeway Point, The CentrepointNorthpoint), FairPrice Finest (Changi City PointValley PointWaterway Point) & NTUC FairPrice (Eastpoint Mall & YewTee Point).

Get pretty, scented candles & fragrances for your festive table at BsaB (The Centrepoint), Typo (Anchorpoint & Waterway Point), Oasis By M.D.M (Causeway Point), The Aroma Hub (Northpoint), & Yankee Candle (Changi City Point).

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