Last Updated: June 19, 2020
In a country that embraces our food culture, Singaporeans often define our celebrations by food.
Just think about it: most of us look forward to feasting during Chinese New Year reunion dinners, visiting our relatives and sharing a meal during Hari Raya celebrations, and so on. Be it nibbling on the likes of gulab jamun and laddoo, or cutting into log cakes, food is one language that all Singaporeans understand.
It’s no wonder then, that we also remember this Chinese festival by the food we consume. The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duan Wu Jie (端午节), might more commonly be known colloquially as ‘Dumpling Festival’. Personally, I always look forward to when stalls and restaurants serve up tightly-wrapped glutinous rice dumplings.
If you’re wondering where’s the best place to get your rice dumplings (or zongzi 粽子), our article will point you in the right direction. From traditional flavours to funky new interpretations, there’s something here for everyone.
Here are 18 places for rice dumplings in Singapore, during this Dragon Boat Festival 2020—categorised according to hotels, brands and home-based businesses.
Established in 1943, Thye Moh Chan has been making handcrafted traditional Teochew baked goods since then. Think tau sar piah, Teochew mooncakes and now, Teochew rice dumplings—you’re in for a treat!
For Dragon Boat Festival this year, look forward to Thye Moh Chan’s Teochew Double Delight Dumpling (S$5.80/piece), available from now until 25 June 2020, while stocks last.
A unique combination of handmade sweet green bean paste, stir-fried minced pork, mushrooms and chestnuts all wrapped within glutinous rice. These dumplings are individually hand-wrapped, and each batch is cooked for three hours, so there are only limited quantities available daily.
You can get these delectable dumplings at Thye Moh Chan stores in Chinatown Point and Paragon, or all BreadTalk and Toast Box stores. Psst, if you buy five dumplings at S$29 you’ll get one free, and if you buy 10 pieces (S$58) you’ll get two free pieces and a free limited-edition thermal bag!
Thye Moh Chan @ Paragon: 290 Orchard Road, #B1-11/12, Singapore 238859 | Tel: +65 6732 | Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Daily)
A passion project by Chef Pang of Antoinette fame, Pang’s Hakka Delicacies 小彭客家菜 came from his need to share unique Hakka heritage dishes with foodies. For Dragon Boat Festival 2020, Pang’s Hakka Delicacies brings us a selection of original Hakka rice dumplings, available from 25 June 2020 onwards.
Choose from classic ones like Hakka Pork Belly With Preserved Mustard Lead Dumpling (S$7), Hakka Red Wine Chicken Dumpling (S$7), Hakkapang Hakka Salted Egg Dumpling (S$8).
For something pretty in pastel, the Hakkapang Mochi Dumpling (S$7) is an Insta-worthy twist with marbled sweet potato mochi skin—for that perfect watercolour blend of orange and purple. Or get The Hakka Experience Dumpling Bundle (S$25)—which comes with five dumplings (one of each kind)—for a feast!
You can collect your orders from Pang’s Hakka Delicacies within Antoinette, or opt for islandwide delivery with S$8 delivery fee (between 1pm – 6pm).
Previously known as Wan Bar + Kitchen, Route 65 Bar + Kitchen has relaunched with a bang in Suntec City. Bringing us an Asian fusion F&B concept, this casual dining lounge is jumping into the rice dumpling action too, from 15 to 30 June 2020.
They’ve reinvented the traditional bak zhang as burgers. Check out the Shoyu Beef Ba Zhang Burger Set (S$10.90) and Pork Ba Zhang Burger Set (S$9.90), which both come with Black Lemon Tea with Lychee Boba.
Deconstructed and reconstituted as burgers, you’ll get glutinous rice “buns” sandwiching beef ribeye slathered in fragrant sweet shoyu sauce or thinly-sliced pork belly with aromatic five spices. You can add sides like Har Cheong Gai Gai Wings (S$8), Spiced Popcorn Chicken (S$8), Mulan-cheon Meat Fries(S$8) and more, if you’re feeling more ravenous than usual.
Order your choice through their page, and get it delivered to you or opt for self-collection between 11.30am – 8.45pm.
From now until 30 June 2020, classic Cantonese restaurant Yàn 宴 celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival 2020 with three Cantonese-style dumplings and even a Wrap-Your-Own Dumpling Set.
The Abalone And Fish Maw Rice Dumpling (S$28.80/piece) is truly exquisite, with 8-head abalone from Australia, sea cucumber and fish maw. If you prefer something a little more down-to-earth, the Shrimp And Scallop In XO Sauce Rice Dumplings (S$18.80/piece)—topped with Yàn’s signature housemade XO sauce will do the trick.
Vegans can enjoy the Preserved Vegetables With Heura Chicken Rice Dumpling (S$10.80/piece), which is surprisingly hearty.
Or get the whole family in on the fun with a Wrap-Your-Own Dumpling Set (S$78), with double portions of vegan dumpling for you to wrap, and three ready-to-eat dumplings.
Place your orders online, or via phone—call +65 6384 5585, or WhatsApp +65 9769 4283. You’ll get 20% off for self-collection, or opt for islandwide delivery with a S$10nett fee per location.
Yàn 宴: 1 St Andrew’s Road, National Gallery Singapore, #05-02, Singapore 178957 | Tel: +65 6384 5585 (call)/+65 9769 4283 (WhatsApp) | Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Daily) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
What’s better than one type of rice dumpling? A whole festival package full of them, of course.
This Dragon Boat Festival, Resorts World Sentosa brings us a collaboration from its five speciality dining concepts— Feng Shui Inn, Forest森, Tangerine, Syun, Malaysian Food Street. The gourmet set (S$98 per set of five dumplings) is presented in its own three-tiered steamer, and is available for order from now until 22 June 2020.
Look forward to these exquisite creations that’ll have you thinking about rice dumplings differently:
You can opt for self-collection from 8 to 25 June 2020, or delivery within the same timeframe through foodpanda.
Resorts World Sentosa: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269 | Tel: +65 8140 7228 | Opening Hours (for self-collection): 11am – 8pm (Daily) | Website
This third-generation business has been around for 30 years, and is still going strong. Eastern Rice Dumpling 东园肉粽 is famous for their Nyonya and Hokkien dumplings, which are priced affordably.
This Dragon Boat Festival 2020, satisfy your rice dumpling cravings and choose from a selection of traditional dumplings from Eastern Rice Dumpling. They offer Nyonya Rice Dumpling (S$4.30), Hokkien Rice Dumpling (S$4.30), Cantonese Style Rice Dumpling With Egg Yolk (S$5.20), Plain Kee Chang (S$2) and more.
If you’re in the gifting mood, Eastern Rice Dumpling stocks a range of gift sets. From XO Gift Set (S$64) which comes with 10 XO Salted Egg Rice Dumplings, to Nyonya + Hokkien (S$45) which comes with five Nyonya Rice Dumplings and five Hokkien Rice Dumplings.
Eastern Rice Dumpling 东园肉粽: 300 Balestier Road, Singapore 329737 | Tel: +65 6352 6283 | Opening Hours (for delivery): 9am – 6pm (Daily) | Website
With 40 years of history, Hiong Kee Dumplings 香记肉粽 at Hong Lim Market & Food Centre is one of the go-to spots for rice dumplings.
Hiong Kee Dumplings offer both traditional Hokkien dumplings that come with salted egg, and Nonya dumplings. You can choose from Pork Dumpling (S$5.50/plain, S$6/with salted egg), Chicken Dumpling (S$5.50/plain, S$6/with salted egg), Nonya Dumpling (S$5.30), and Pork Belly Dumpling (S$6).
While they’re not doing delivery for now due to overwhelming demand, you can still head down to place your takeaway orders. Do note that though they open till 6pm normally, during the peak period because of the Dragon Boat Festival, they may close earlier if they sell out.
Hiong Kee Dumplings 香记肉粽: Blk 531A Upper Hokkien Street, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, #02-37, Singapore 058285 | Tel: +65 6535 2783 | Opening Hours: 8.30am – 6pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun & PH | Facebook
Another contender for popular traditional bak zhang, Hoo Kee Bak Zhang 和记肉粽 is located at Bukit Merah and Amoy Street Food Centre. Established since 1948, Hoo Kee Bak Zhang has been serving up traditional Hokkien dumplings for over 60 years.
Soft glutinous rice, savoury meat, and crunchy chestnuts, these dumplings are wrapped in fragrant bamboo leaves and cooked to perfection. Choose from the classic Pork Chestnut (S$3), Salted Egg Yolk With Pork & Chestnut (S$4), Mushroom With Pork & Chestnut (S$4), or the Deluxe All-In (S$5)—a special blend of lean pork, chestnuts, salted egg yolk and mushrooms.
These dumplings are cleverly differentiated by the colour of the string used to tie them. Red for the classic Pork Chestnut, yellow for the salted egg yolk variant, green for the ones with mushroom, and blue for the Deluxe All-In.
You can make your dumpling reservations by calling +65 6222 7866 and choosing self-collection. Do note that the Amoy Street outlet is closed during this period, so you can only get your dumplings from the Bukit Merah branch. You can also opt for delivery and place your orders online.
Hoo Kee Bak Zhang 和记肉粽 @ Bukit Merah: Blk 161 Bukit Merah Central, #01-3735, Singapore 150161 | Tel: +65 6222 7866 | Opening Hours (for delivery and pick-up): 12pm – 3pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun
Hoo Kee Bak Zhang 和记肉粽 @ Amoy Street: 7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre, #01-18, Singapore 069111 | Tel: +65 6221 1155 | Opening Hours: 11am – 5pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun, Closed until further notice | Facebook | Website
Serving up rice dumplings since 1945 in Singapore, Kim Choo Kueh Chang 金珠肉粽 maintains its mainstay—traditional hand-wrapped Nyonya dumplings. They’ve been operating out of shophouses in Joo Chiat since the beginning, and still retains much of its vintage charm.
For Dragon Boat Festival 2020, you can order their mouth-watering rice dumplings from their website. Choose from Nyonya Chang (Pork) (S$4.50), Traditional Salty Chang (S$4.50/plain, S$5.50/with salty egg), or Kee Chang (S$20/10 pieces).
If you prefer bite-sized goodies, Kim Choo Kueh Chang also offers Mini Nyonya Chang (Pork) (S$20/10 pieces) and Mini Traditional Salty Chang (S$20/10 pieces).
Drop by their stores at Joo Chiat, East Coast and Century Square to place your orders. Do note that the Century Square outlet only stocks limited quantities, so get there early to avoid disappointment.
Kim Choo Kueh Chang 金珠肉粽 @ Century Square: 2 Tampines Central 5, #B1-29, Century Square, Singapore 529509 | Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Daily)
Kim Choo Kueh Chang 金珠肉粽 @ East Coast: 111 East Coast Road, Singapore 428801 | Tel: +65 6741 2125 | Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Sun to Thurs), 9am – 9.30pm (Fri & Sat)
Get a taste of home and tradition this Dragon Boat Festival with Hua Ting Restaurant 华厅餐厅at Orchard Hotel. From now until 25 June 2020, you can enjoy three different dumpling flavours from Hua Ting Restaurant.
The signature Cantonese Style Rice Dumpling 鲍鱼囊蒸粽 (S$32.80/piece) comes with abalone, roast duck, pork belly, dried scallop and beans. A fancy take on the traditional rice dumpling, each dumpling is wrapped with bamboo and lotus leaves, and steamed for six hours.
Healthy options include the Pork Bone Cartilage Dumpling X.O.酱猪软骨炒米粽(S$18.80/piece) and Brown Rice Dumpling 黑松露野菌糙米粽 (S$18.80/piece). And if you’re purchasing a gift, the Assorted Dumpling Set (S$62.80) comes with all three flavours—perfect for your family and friends.
Hua Ting Restaurant 华厅餐厅: 442 Orchard Road, Level 2, Orchard Hotel, Singapore 238879 | Tel: +65 6739 6666 | Opening Hours (for delivery and pick-up): 10am – 10.30pm (Daily) | Website
This Dragon Boat Festival 2020, Jade at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore launches three new rice dumplings and two traditional ones. From now till 25 June 2020, savour these creations by Executive Chef Leong Chee Yeng.
Jade’s Signature Glutinous Rice Dumpling With Five-Spice Pork 传统炒米咸肉粽 (S$9) consists of glutinous rice stir-fried with five-spice powder and black soy sauce, then packed with marinated pork belly, fresh pork fat, salted egg yolk, and more.
All-time favourite Traditional Hong Kong Style Abalone Treasure Glutinous Rice Dumpling 港式鲍鱼裹蒸粽 (S$48) comes with a truly bountiful mix of 10-head abalone, dried scallop, roast duck, roast pork belly and other goodies.
Other dumplings from this year’s selection include Vegetarian Five-Grain Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Organic Millet And Omnipork 五谷野菇素粽 (S$9), Glutinous Rice Dumpling With Turmeric Pork and Black Eyed Pea 黄姜眉豆猪肉粽 (S$9), and Fermented Red Yeast Glutinous Rice Dumpling 酒糟咸肉粽 (S$9).
Place your orders online, and choose between drive-thru pick-up, or delivery with a fee of S$15 per location.
Jade: 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Singapore 049178 | Opening Hours (self-collection and delivery): 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 8pm (Daily) | Website
For a luxurious take on the traditional Dragon Boat Festival, head over to Yan Ting 宴庭 at The St. Regis Singapore. From now until 25 June 2020, indulge in their masterfully crafted selection of rice dumplings.
The traditional Glutinous Rice Dumpling With Pork Belly And Salted Egg Yolk (S$22) is a perennial favourite, and comes with salted egg yolk, tender pork belly, chestnuts, dried scallops and more.
Treat your tastebuds and go for the Glutinous Rice Dumpling With Abalone And Golden Dried Scallops (S$38). Treasures like abalone, roasted duck and pork belly, chestnuts, dried scallops and the like pack this dumpling full of flavours.
For our health-conscious friends, the Vegetarian Black Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Mixed Grains and Black Truffle (S$18) is healthy and still tasty. Fragrant black truffle sauce, chestnuts, mung beans, and shiitake mushrooms are enveloped within a mix of black glutinous rice and five-grain rice.
Place your orders online, and islandwide delivery is free for orders above S$60. Otherwise, there’s a delivery charge of S$30. Opt for self-collection and you get 10% off with the promo code TAKE10.
Yan Ting 宴庭: 29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore, Level 1U, Singapore 247911 | Tel: +65 6506 6888 | Opening Hours (for delivery and pick-up): 9am – 9pm (Daily) | Website
Get your hands on a selection of rice dumplings fit for royalty from Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant at Sheraton Towers Singapore. This 8 to 25 June 2020, they’ve come up with a decadent collection of rice dumplings.
Go back to your roots and try the Steamed Traditional Rice Dumpling (S$44/piece), though this has been upgraded too. Dried shrimp, conpoy, pork belly, lean pork, salted egg yolk and more goodies make up this dumpling’s fillings.
The new Teochew Rice Dumpling comes in two sizes, Large (S$48/piece) and Small (S$26/piece, minimum two pieces). Packed with home-marinated pork belly, stewed duck meat, dried scallops and more, this combines all of your favourite flavours into one.
And go all out with the decadent Abalone And Pumpkin Rice Dumpling (S$50/piece)—it’s filled with abalone, conpoy, pork belly, pumpkin, char siew, and more. Talk about abundance!
Make your order online, at least three days in advance, and head down to pick-up your orders.
Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant: 39 Scotts Road, Sheraton Towers Singapore, Singapore 228230 | Tel: +65 6839 5851 | Opening Hours (for pick-up): 11am – 10pm (Daily) | Website
Peach Blossoms 鴻桃軒 at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay brings us exquisitely crafted rice dumplings this Dragon Boat Festival 2020. From now until 25 June 2020, you can savour three well-loved rice dumpling flavours.
The Premium XO Cantonese Rice Dumpling (S$36.80/piece) comes packed with abalone, Kurobuta pork belly, dried oyster, and many other goodies. Drizzled with housemade XO sauce, this is large enough for four to share.
For something simpler, the Traditional Hakka Rice Dumpling (S$18.80/piece) still packs a flavourful punch, especially with the luscious salted egg yolk.
But the star of the show has to be the Hokkaido Sweet Potato “Lava” Rice Dumpling (S$16.80/piece). This sweet rice dumpling is filled with purple and orange Hokkaido sweet potato custard, wrapped in butterfly pea rice.
The Bundle Set (S$68) comes with one of each, so it’s perfect for sharing with the family. Order online, and for orders S$50 and above, use the code PEACHBLOSSOMS25 for 25% savings. You can opt for self-collection, or islandwide delivery with a fee of S$10 for orders under S$100.
Peach Blossoms 鴻桃軒: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Level 5, Singapore 039594 | Tel: +65 6845 1118/+65 8468 8970 | Opening Hours (for pick-up): 11am – 8.30pm (Daily) | Website
Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival 2020 with Si Chuan Dou Hua Resturant 四川豆花饭庄at PARKROYAL on Beach Road, and savour two types of traditional handcrafted rice dumplings.
This 14 to 30 June 2020, enjoy the ‘Treasured Traditions’ Six-Course Set (S$68), which includes double-boiled chicken soup, cod in teriyaki sauce, homemade fine bean curd and six complimentary pieces of dumplings.
If you’re just here for the rice dumplings, choose between Homemade Savoury Rice Dumpling (S$3.80/piece) and Homemade Classic Rice Dumpling With Roast Pork And Egg Yolk (S$5.80/piece).
Order online, and you can pick up your orders from Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant. Or opt for islandwide delivery, with fees starting from S$12. Psst, if you pay with any UOB card, you’ll get 15% off with the promo code UOBRICE15.
Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant 四川豆花饭庄: 7500 Beach Road, PARKROYAL on Beach Road, Singapore 199591 | Tel: +65 6505 5722 | Opening Hours (for delivery and pick-up): 11.30am – 10pm (Daily) | Website
This Dragon Boat Festival, share the joy of handcrafted sweet and savoury dumplings from 藝 yì by Jereme Leung at Raffles Hotel Singapore, from now until 30 June 2020.
A well-loved traditional delicacy, the Buddha Jumps Over The Wall Rice Dumpling (S$48/piece) is luxurious indeed. Wrapped in pandan leaves, this dumpling includes South African abalone, Japanese sea cucumber, sakura ebi and Japanese dried scallops.
The Traditional Savoury Rice Dumpling (S$18/piece) is a hearty classic, with premium ingredients like Japanese dried scallops, pork belly, salted duck’s egg and sakura ebi.
For those with a sweet tooth, the Specialty Yunnan Rose Red Bean Dumpling (S$18/three pieces) is right up your alley. Fragrant Yunnan rose petals come together with glutinous rice and red bean paste for a lovely sweet dumpling.
Make your orders online, and choose whether you’d like to pick your dumplings up yourself, or get it delivered to your doorstep (subject to charges). You can also get 25% off for orders above S$100, using the promo code 25OFF.
藝 yì by Jereme Leung: 328 North Bridge Road, Raffles Arcade, Raffles Hotel Singapore, #03-02, Singapore 188719 | Tel: +65 6412 1816 | Opening Hours (for pick-up): 11.30am – 9pm (Daily) | Website
Traditionally, rice dumplings are handcrafted and recipes are passed down through the generations. For home-based business Love Dumplings, this is the very essence of their concept.
Started by Sherilyn recently during the COVID-19 and ‘Circuit Breaker’ period, she follows a family recipe that’s passed down from her great-grandmother. After good reviews from her relatives who tried her rice dumplings, she decided to sell her dumplings online.
Love Dumplings sells only Kiam Bak Chang (S$4/piece), but you can choose whether you’d like chilli with your dumplings. Aside from the pork, chestnut, mushroom and salted egg yolk filling, each dumpling is made with love. Plus, there’s no MSG or preservatives.
Place your orders (minimum five pieces) through their Shopee page, or check out Love Dumpling’s Instagram page for more details. You can choose to pick up the orders yourself, or opt for delivery with a fee of S$10.
For those of you on the ever-popular keto diet, don’t fret. You can still enjoy “rice” dumplings this Dragon Boat Festival 2020.
After browsing the Pasar United – Dabao 2020 Facebook group, I chanced upon someone selling Cauliflower Dumplings. For those who aren’t in the know, cauliflower rice is a popular substitute for white rice amongst those on low-carb diets.
It turns out that Jesling Ang (who’s the original poster) was promoting for her mother, 61-year-old Mok Eng Lan. Previously working as a cabbie, she pressed pause on it amidst COVID-19 concerns.
To supplement her income, she turned to selling Cauliflower Bak Chang (S$8/piece), which she did last year as a side income. Packed with pork belly, salted egg yolk, scallops, and mushrooms, these “rice” dumplings are keto-friendly.
Place your orders through their post on Pasar United—do note that there’s a minimum order of six pieces. They offer islandwide delivery too, for a flat rate of S$6.
Cauliflower Dumplings: Facebook
With so many places offering rice dumplings this Dragon Boat Festival, you’ll be spoiled for choice. I know I’d want to stuff my face with tasty bak chang.