The Dumpling Festival (端午节 “Duan Wu Jie” ), or Dragon Boat Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Dumpling Festival 2019 falls on 7 June. For millenniums 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 Dumpling Festival, restaurant and chefs create some extra special treats.
Hai Tien Lo
Hai Tien Lo (海天楼) presents an ensemble of handcrafted rice dumplings made up of premium glutinous rice and superb ingredients, meticulously hand-wrapped in bamboo leaves.
This Dumpling Festival 2019, besides the classic favourites, Executive Chef Ben Zeng 曾泽彬) adapts well-loved Cantonese delicacies into two special dumpling varieties – the Classic Pork Belly and Salted Fish Dumpling 咸鱼花腩粽 ($18.80) and the Crystal Dumpling with Red Bean and Sago 红豆水晶西米粽 ($8.80).
Hai Tien Lo’s Traditional Jumbo Rice Dumpling ($33.80) will also be available this dumpling festival with a new ingredient – roasted duck.
Other handcrafted flavours include Cantonese Pork Dumpling with Salted Egg Yolk 廣東咸蛋鮮肉粽 ($13.80 ) featuring pork belly, salted egg yolk and green beans as well as Traditional Nyonya Dumpling 南洋娘惹粽 ($9.80) filled with pork, candied melon, Japanese mushrooms, shallots and garlic.
Classic Rice Dumpling Gift Set 端午套装 ($68.90) and Premium Rice Dumpling Gift Set 端午金装 (8890), comprising three delectable flavours exquisitely packaged with a bottle of Hai Tien Lo’s Signature Homemade XO Chilli Sauce or Fragrant Spicy Dried Shrimp Sauce, are available.
Date: 6 May to 7 June 2019
Price: From $8.80 to $33.80 (per piece); $68.90 or $88.90 (per set)
Venue: Hai Tien Lo (Level 3), 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
For Dumpling Festival 2019 Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Marriot Tang Plaza is offering five varieties of refined, handcrafted rice dumplings. From the classic Signature Pork & Salted Egg Yolk to the nutritious Black Truffle 5-Grain Vegetarian to the novel White Pepper Crab as well as the sweet yet nutrition-packed Japanese Potato with Kidney Bean & Palm Sugar – there is something for everyone.
Making its debut this year is the prized, mega 10-Head Abalone, Whole Chicken, Conpoy and Shiitake Mushroom Rice Dumpling (霸王鲍鱼全鸡粽) that serves 10 persons and is shaped like a rectangular golden pillow.
Date: 21 May to 7 June 2019
Price: From $14 to $18 (per piece); $258 for premium 10-head Abalone dumpling
Venue: Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oreintal
Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival with three delicious rice dumplings at Cherry Garden in Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. A spin off from the restaurant’s all-time favourite Five Grain Fried Rice is a rice dumpling rendition (SGD 16 per piece) perfect for the health conscious. A perennial favourite is the Black Garlic rice dumpling (SGD 18 per piece) with sea whelk, preserved vegetables, bamboo charcoal powder, chunks of nutritious black garlic and succulent Kurobuta pork. Traditionalists will enjoy the plump and savoury Golden Pearl rice dumpling (SGD 28 per piece), featuring a generous filling of pork belly, chestnut, mushrooms, slow-braised baby abalone, mung bean and salted egg yolk.
Date: 28 May to 7 June 2019
Venue: Cherry Garden Mandarin Oriental, Singapore 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square Singapore 039797
Tel: +65 6885 3500 | email email@example.com
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
To commemorate the Dragon Boat Festival 2019, award-winning Shang Palace Chef, Mok Kit Keung, creates 2 special-edition glutinous rice dumplings with a touch of indulgence. Featuring the finest ingredients, the selection includes Whole Abalone with Black Truffle Paste Dumpling and Roasted Goose with Golden Chestnut and Foie Gras Dumpling. A brand-new gift set featuring a quartet of dumplings and a tea set makes for a perfect gift to celebrate the occasion.
Date: 02 May 2019 – 04 Jun 2019
Online sales – 2 May to 4 June; Collection dates – 13 May to 7 June
Venue: Shang Papace, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Tel: +65 6213 4002
Mandarin Orchard Singapore
Mandarin Orchard Singapore offers five rice dumpling flavours crafted by Executive Chef Chen Kentaro of Michelin-starred Shisen Hanten to commemorate Dumpling Festival 2019.
Savour the popular Hong Kong-style Dumpling which features premium ingredients such as roasted duck, roasted pork, shiitake, chestnut and dried scallop; and the Abalone Dumpling which includes premium baby abalone, pork belly, and other exquisite ingredients.
Making a debut this year will be the Japanese Purple Potato and Pumpkin Dumpling.
The Assorted Dumpling Set, priced at $65, is perfect as a gift or for sharing. Each set contains the Abalone Dumpling, the Hong Kong-style Dumpling, and two pieces of Azuki Red Bean Dumpling.
Date: 22 May to 7 June 2019
Venue: Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s Festive Counter, Level 1, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Price: From $6.80 to $28.80 (per piece); $65.80 (per set)
Tel: +65 6831 6262/6266
Hoo Kee Bak Chang
Hoo Kee Bak Chang 和记肉粽 is included in Bib Gourmand 2017 Singapore list. Hoo Kee sells Hokkien style dumplings or bak chang all year round. There is the original flavour which costs $3 each. The bak chang with mushroom and bak chang with salted egg yolk would be $4 each. The prices go up as the dumpling festival draws closer. From 25 May, the prices will increase by $1 per dumpling.
Online Ordering is possible.
Amoy Street Food Centre
01-18 Singapore 069111
Tel: 6221 1155
Blk 161 Bukit Merah Central
01-3735 Singapore 150161
Tel: 6222 7866
Kim Choo Kueh Chang
Kim Choo Nyonya rice dumplings are well loved in Katong. They have Nyonya Rice Dumplings, Nyonya Vegetarian Rice Dumplings, Traditional Salty Dumpling With Salty Egg, X.O. Traditional Salty Dumpling, Cantonese Bean Dumpling as well as Kee Chang and Mini Nyonya Chang. Read The Nyonya Dumplings and Kuehs of Kim Choo Kueh Chang.
Prices of Kim Choo bak changs go up during the Dumpling Festival (端午节 Duan Wu Jie) and start from $4 per piece.
Kim Choo has outlets in Joo Chiat and East Coast Road as well as a new outlet in Century Square. Online Ordering is possible at their website.
60 Joo Chiat Place
109 East Coast Road
Century Square 2 Tampines Central 5 #B1-29
Tel: +65 6741 2125
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