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6 Must-Try Glutinous Rice Dumplings This Dragon Boat Festival

6 Must-Try Glutinous Rice Dumplings This Dragon Boat Festival

Have you heard of the annual Dragon Boat Festival that is celebrated by the Chinese on the fifth day of the fifth month? 

Every year these traditional dumplings (also known as bak zhang) are always eaten around this time of year, and here’s where to find them in Singapore!

1. Established in 1945 and specialising in Nyonya-style rice dumplings: Kim Choo Kuen Chang 

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If you’re in the Joo Chiat area, stop by Kim Choo Kueh Chang! They’re famous for their traditional Nyonya Chang rice dumplings with its satisfying combination of spices, glutinous rice, pork and pandan leaves. Otherwise, try their Traditional Salty Chang with Salty Egg! 

Photos by @jactan28, @mautummy on Instagram

PS: Due to the current pandemic, they aren’t able to accept pre-orders, and you will have to physically visit the shop to buy these dumplings.

Kim Choo Kueh Chang

Price: SGD 2

Address: 60 Joo Chiat Place Singapore 427784 (Map)

Contact: +65 6741 2125

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm


2. For some Michelin-Star Hokkien Dumplings: Hoo Kee Bak Chang 

Serving locals hawker-style dumplings, since 1948, treat yourselves to these sticky rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves, and indulge in their decades-long original and flavourful recipes.

Photo by @u_chan_singapore on Instagram

Dumplings with the red string are the Original Hoo Kee Bak Chang (filled with ‘specially marinated’ pork and roasted chestnuts), while dumplings with the yellow string are the Salted Egg version, and the green string ones are the Hoo Kee Bak Chang Mushroom

Photos by @fluffyunicorneats on Instagram

PS: They have 2 branches available, do check their website for more information on their Bukit Merah Central branch!

Hoo Kee Bak Chang

Price: From SGD 3.50

Address: Amoy Street Food Centre #01-18 Singapore 069111 (Map)

Contact: +65 6221 1155

Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm


3. For a local taste of Shanghai-style dumplings: Yans Dining

If you used to frequent Shanghai on the regular for business, family reasons or if dumplings from this part of the world are just your favourite… You’ll find yourself drooling over this super authentic Chinese restaurant. 

Photos by @yan_sdining on Instagram

Did you know that ‘shanghai’ literally translates to “on the sea”? Naturally, you can expect seafood like spicy crayfish to make quite an appearance! There are also VIP rooms available for private dining.

Photos by @yan_sdining on Instagram

Yans Dining

Price: From SGD 9.60 (two pieces)

Address: 333A Orchard Rd, #04-22 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238867 (Map)

Contact: +65 6836 1188

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 3pm (lunch), 5:30pm to 10pm (dinner)


4. Sweet and Salty Chaozhou Rice Dumplings: Breadtalk 

We’ve all got our individual preferences and we might prefer different combinations of tastes – for example, sweet and salty, or sweet and sour. 

Photos: @zac.onsen, @wensdelight, @shootandspoon on Instagram

Honing in on salty and sweet, this store has crafted a special Teochew-style Bak Chang. Made from pork belly, shiitake mushrooms, chestnuts, spices and homemade sweet tau sar sauce made from mung beans… This dumpling has the perfect balance between sweet and salty. Interested in a different flavour? Try their new Salted Egg Bak Chang made with a salted egg, dried shrimp and without the sweet sauce!

Photo by @zac.onsen on Instagram


Price: From SGD 15

Address: BreadTalk IHQ, 30 Tai Seng St, Singapore 534013 (Map)

Contact: 8600 1129

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm


5. Always introducing new flavours: Crystal Jade 

Crystal Jade doesn’t just have multiple Michelin Bib Gourmand awards, they’re in fact  1 Star Michelin winners as well! This brand presents food that’s wholesome and nourishing, including foods that are easy on the stomach! 

Photos: @wishuponatart, @travlim on Instagram

They’ve also introduced new special dumplings for this time of year...Grandma’s Braised Pork Belly with Purple Glutinous Rice Dumpling, and the Spicy Dried Shrimp ‘Hei Bi Hiam’ Rice Dumpling. But that’s not all, order all three for the festival including a sweet dessert option in the form of Yangzhi Ganlu for a delicious mango sago variation!

Photo by @jazpster on Instagram

Crystal Jade

Price: From SGD 7.80

Address: 391 Orchard Rd, #04-19 Takashimaya shopping centre, Singapore 238872 (Map)

Contact: +65 6735 2388

Opening Hours: 11:30am- 3pm, 6pm-10:30pm


6. Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival in utter food luxury: Raffles Singapore

When ordering food from a fancy 5-star hotel, you’d expect it to be top-notch right? Serving you traditional dumplings that celebrate local and fusion flavours… What you get for the price is world-class quality ingredients, that are often considered as delicacies and known for their expensive price tags. 

Photos: @yimin.evelyn, @yirestaurant, @x_wanderlust_g on Instagram

On this menu you’ll find dumpling options such as abalone and Jinhua ham, Japanese scallops, roast duck, three-layered meats, and chestnuts. And to top it all off, they also offer their famous Raffles Kayu Jam in Kee Chang-style dumplings! All of these are cleverly crafted by their Master chef, Jereme Leung who’s constantly introducing new flavours.

Photo by @raffleshotelsingapore on Instagram

Raffles Singapore

Price: From SGD  18

Address: 1 Beach Road Singapore 189673 (Map)

Contact: +65 6337 1886


Who knew there were so many different variations of dumplings to choose from!

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