The Dragon Boat Festival (端午节 “Duan Wu Jie” ), or Dumpling Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This year the festival falls on 18 June 2018. For thousands of years, 端午节 “Duan Wu Jie” has been marked by eating “Zong Zi” (糯米) – bamboo leaf-wrapped steamed glutinous rice dumplings. In Singapore, we get a variety of delicious glutinous rice dumplings, which we also called “Bak Chang”, all year round. However, for the Dragon Boat Festival, restaurant and chefs create some extra special treats.
Hai Tien Lo
Decadent treats made of premium glutinous rice packed with an assortment of generous ingredients have been crafted by Hai Tien Lo’s Executive Chef Lai Tong Ping (黎东平). There are Cantonese Pork Dumpling with Salted Egg Yolk ($13.80 per piece),
Traditional Nyonya Dumpling ($9.80 per piece), Classic Pork Knuckle Dumpling with Yam and Peanut ($17.80 per piece), Brown Rice Dumpling with Salted Egg and Corn ($8.80 per piece) and more.
The dumplings are available from 18 May to 18 June 2018. Guests may enjoy these flavourful rice dumplings while dining at Hai Tien Lo, or purchase as takeaways from the restaurant.
Hai Tien Lo Dragon Boat Festival – Exquisite Handcrafted Rice Dumplings Promotion
Date: 18 May to 18 June 2018
Price: From SGD8.80 to SGD31.80 (per piece), SGD68.90 or SGD88.90 (per set)
Venue: Hai Tien Lo (Level 3), 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm; 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Man Fu Yuan
Man Fu Yuan celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival with four varieties of handcrafted bamboo leaf-wrapped Chinese rice dumplings available for takeaway and for dine in at the restaurant from 16 May to 18 June 2018.
There is barbecued smoked char siew rice dumpling ($12.80), Hokkien-style rice dumpling ($9.00), signature X.O. sauce Nyonya rice dumpling ($10.80) and the red bean lye rice dumpling ($8.00).
Man Fu Yuan Restaurant
80 Middle Road
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant has a luxurious collection of handcrafted Rice Dumplings – including the Abalone, Foie Gras and Tea-smoked Duck Dumpling ($38.80), Superior Fish Maw and Cod Fish Dumpling ($28.80), Truffle and Pork Belly Dumpling ($18.80) and Signature Xin Cuisine Homemade Traditional Dumpling ($12.80).
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
317 Outram Road, Singapore 169075
Tel: +65 6731 7173
Hoo Kee Bak Chang
Hoo Kee sells Hokkien style dumplings or bak chang. There is the original flavour which costs $2.80 each. The bak chang with mushroom and bak chang with salted egg yolk would be $3.60 each. Hoo Kee Bak Chang 和记肉粽 is included in Bib Gourmand 2017 Singapore list.
Amoy Street Food Centre, #01-18
Mon-Sat: 10am to 5pm
Closed on Sunday and public holidays
Kim Choo Kueh Chang
Kim Choo Nyonya rice dumplings are well loved in Katong. They have Nyonya Rice Dumplings ($3.50), Nyonya Vegetarian Rice Dumplings ($3.50), Traditional Salty Dumpling With Salty Egg ($5.00), X.O. Traditional Salty Dumpling ($7.00), Cantonese Bean Dumpling ($5.00) as well as Kee Chang and Mini Nyonya Chang.
Kim Choo has outlets in Joo Chiat and East Coast Road as well as a new outlet in Century Square. They also do online sales for the Dragon Boat Festival. Read The Nyonya Dumplings and Kuehs of Kim Choo Kueh Chang.
60 Joo Chiat Place
109 East Coast Road
Tel: +65 6741 2125
Make Your Own Dumplings
Learn to make glutinous rice dumplings the traditional way at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall this Dragon Boat Festival. Stuff, wrap and tie your own dumplings, and be treated to delicious bak zhang!
Date: 16 & 17 June 2018
Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Admission: Available on a first-come, first-served basis
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
12 Tai Gin Road
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