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