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 2023 falls on Thursday 22 June 2023.
Bak Chang for Dumpling Festival 2023
A wide variety of bak chang, also referred to as zongzi (粽子) or glutinous rice dumpling, is available in Singapore for everyday enjoyment. Many Singapore hotels and restaurants will introduce new and luxurious variations for the annual festival. Here is a brief guide to a few of Singapore’s best traditional bak chang and some of the most interesting rice dumplings for Dumpling Festival 2023.
The options include the extravagant Kurobuta Belly with Cordyceps Flower and Sea Cucumber Rice Dumpling and Ginseng Chicken Rice Dumpling from award-winning chefs to traditional Nyonya, Cantonese, Hokkien or Teochew Bak Chang from the neighbourhood shops and hawker stalls.
Prices of bak chang will likely increase as the festival draws nearer. A number of restaurants offer early bird discounts.
Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant – Premium Selection of Handcrafted Rice Dumplings for Dumpling Festival 2023
Celebrate Dumpling Festival 2023 with a decadent selection of four exquisitely handcrafted rice dumpling creations by Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant.
Li Bai’s two new creations this year are The Kurobuta Belly with Cordyceps Flower and Sea Cucumber Rice Dumpling ($55 regular, $98 large) and meat-free Mala Wild Mushroom Rice Dumpling ($42).
For the traditionalists, Li Bai offers its signature Traditional Rice Dumpling ($58) and the well-loved Abalone and Pumpkin Rice Dumpling ($58).
Available for dine-in and takeaway, the rice dumpling is presented in a classy red box made perfect for personal indulgence or gifting.
Available 22 May to 22 June 2023.
Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant
39 Scotts Road, Sheraton Towers Hotel
Orders: Tel: +65 6839 5623 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Online Orders
藝 yì by Jereme Leung – Indulgent Rice Dumplings Curated for Dragon Boat Festival 2023
藝yì by Jereme Leung presents a tantalising array of handcrafted sweet and savoury rice dumplings to commemorate the annual Dragon Boat Festival.
Butterfly Pea Flower Kee Chang with Raffles Signature Kaya Jam (S$28++ for 5 pieces, including a jar of Raffles Signature Kaya Jam (200g)) – yi by Jereme Leung’s sweet rendition of Kee Chang in combination with the rich and sumptuous Raffles Signature Kaya Jam.
Braised Pork Belly with Preserved Mustard Vegetables Glutinous Rice Dumpling ($22++ each) – delicately wrapped rice dumpling packed with luscious slices of five-spiced pork belly and artfully layered tangy ribbons of preserved mustard vegetables.
Traditional 12-Head Abalone & Preserved Meats Glutinous Rice Dumpling ($49++ each) – exquisitely crafted dumpling enfolded together with a 12-head abalone, Sakura Ebi shrimp, salted egg yolk, chestnut, lotus seeds, pork belly, Japanese dried scallops, sliced mung bean and premium preserved meats.
From 5 June to 22 June 2023, the rice dumplings will be available for dine-in at 藝yì by Jereme Leung.
For orders and takeaways, 藝yì by Jereme Leung’s rice dumplings will be available for ordering on Raffles Grab and Go from 22 May to 22 June 2023. The rice dumplings will be available for self-collection and delivery from 5 to 22 June 2023.
Early bird reduction
enjoy a 20% discount by ordering on Raffles Grab and Go by 4 June 2023.
藝yì by Jereme Leung
#03-02, Raffles Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road
Tel: +65 6412 1816
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – Classic Chinese & Local Heritage-inspired Rice Dumplings
Chinese Executive Chef Leong Chee Yeng from Jade presents signature Chinese creations with the debut of a new flavour this year, available for purchase by piece or as part of a gift hamper.
The newest creation is the Ginseng Chicken Rice Dumpling (人参鸡肉粽, $22 nett). For those seeking a healthier and no less flavourful experience, Jade’s vegetarian Truffle and Trio Mushroom Five-grain Rice Dumpling (松露三菇五谷素粽, $16 nett) is available again.
Jade’s best-selling Traditional Hong Kong-style Abalone Treasures Rice Dumpling (港式鲍鱼裹蒸粽, $58 nett) is a sumptuous parcel of premium ingredients: two pieces of South African Ten-head abalone, roasted duck, roasted pork belly, dried scallop, lotus seed, salted egg yolk, black mushroom, mung bean, dried shrimp, fresh pork fat and chestnut.
The six-piece Auspicious Greetings Hamper ($158 nett) is an elegant, reusable woven basket containing one Traditional Hong Kong-style Abalone Treasure Rice Dumpling, one Ginseng Chicken Rice Dumpling and one Truffle and Trio Mushroom Five-grain Rice Dumpling, alongside three locally inspired flavours that are available exclusively in the hamper – Blue Pea Nyonya Rice Dumpling 蝶豆娘惹粽, Hokkien Hae Bee Hiam Rice Dumpling 福建鲜肉香辣虾米粽 and Hokkien Salted Egg Yolk Rice Dumpling 福建黄金咸蛋鲜肉粽.
Available 1 to 22 June 2023
Early Bird Offer: From 8 to 31 May 2023, customers can enjoy 15% off individual rice dumpling orders and 10% off Auspicious Greetings Hamper orders, via shop.fullertonhotels.com.
Self-collection Discount: Enjoy 10% off self-collection orders until 18 June 2023 (not applicable in conjunction with other offers or discounts).
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square Singapore 049178
Peach Blossoms – Handcrafted Rice Dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023
Peach Blossoms’ Handcrafted Rice Dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023 features four mouth-watering options – Premium XO Cantonese Rice Dumpling with Abalone, Conpoy, Kurobuta Pork Belly, Japanese Flower Mushroom, Homemade XO Sauce (served for 4) | XO极品鲍鱼瑶柱黑豚港式裹蒸粽 |) ($58.80),
Vegetarian Rice Dumpling with Morel Mushroom, Black Truffle, Cordyceps Flower | 羊肚菌黑松露虫草花素 | ($48.80)
Traditional ‘Hakka’ Rice Dumpling with Kurobuta Pork Belly with Fermented Bean Curd, Japanese Flower Mushroom, Dried Shrimp, Chestnut, Salted Egg Yolk | 家传客家黑豚南乳粽 | ($28.80)
Hokkaido Sweet Potato ‘Lava’ Rice Dumpling with Purple and Orange Hokkaido Sweet Potato Custard in Butterfly Pea Rice | 北海道紫薯流沙粽 | ($20.80).
The Peach Blossoms Bundle Set ($108.80) comprise Premium XO Cantonese Rice Dumpling, Traditional ‘Hakka’ Rice Dumpling, and Hokkaido Sweet Potato ‘Lava’ Rice Dumpling.
Available 12 May to 22 June 2023
Limited time promotion
20% off all items from 12 May until 31 May 2023, and
15% off from 1 June until 22 June 2023
The bak changs can be purchased from Peach Blossoms or from the eShop
6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Tel: +65 6845 1118
Beng Hiang – Traditional Handcrafted Rice Dumplings
Beng Hiang Restaurant celebrates Dragon Boat Festival 2013 with an ensemble of three rice dumplings. The all-time favourite Hokkien Rice Dumpling 福建肉粽 (250gm, $6.80+) packs a distinct umami punch. For those who prefer their dumplings with egg yolk, opt for the Hokkien Rice Dumpling with Salted Egg Yolk 福建咸蛋肉粽 (250gm, $7.50+) for a more indulgent treat. The sweet and savoury Nonya Rice Dumpling 娘惹甜粽 (250gm, $6.80+) is generously packed with fragrant five-spiced minced pork and candied winter melon, encased in fragrant glutinous rice tinted a lovely blue from butterfly pea flower.
The assortment of rice dumplings is also available as a bundle, ideal for gifting and home celebrations alike.
Available for takeaway from 22 May to 22 June 2023.
Orders can be placed over the hotline +65 6221/6684.
Enjoy 15% savings for purchases made before 11 June 2023.
Beng Hiang @ Jurong East
02-337, Block 135 Jurong Gateway Road
Tel: +65 6221 6695/6684
Shangri-La – Luxurious selection of handcrafted rice dumplings by One Michelin-starred Shang Palace
For a delightful culinary adventure to commemorate Dragon Boat Festival 2023, Shangri-La Singapore presents an immaculate collection of handcrafted rice dumpling creations by One Michelin-starred Shang Palace.
New creations by Executive Chinese Chef Daniel Cheung are
20-year Tangerine Peel Red Bean Lava Rock Rice Dumpling 二十年陈皮豆沙流沙岩米棕 (S$17.90, 280g) and
Plant-based Meat with Preserved Vegetables Low-GI Brown Rice Dumpling 梅菜植物肉低糖糙米棕 (S$19.90, 280g).
The popular signature bak changs available are
Shang Palace Signature Barbecued Pork Rice Dumpling with Yunnan Ham and Conpoy 香宫金华火腿瑶柱裹蒸粽 (S$29.90, 650g)
Traditional Nyonya Rice Dumpling 风味娘惹粽 (S$19.90, 280g) and
Truffle Pork Rice Dumpling with Salted Egg 松露咸蛋肉粽 (S$21.90, 280g).
Heritage of Asia Rice Dumpling Gift Set 亚洲风味粽子礼盒 (S$69.90) and Shang Palace Rice Dumpling Gift Set 香宫端午节礼盒 (S$89.90) would made splendid gifts.
Guests can place their orders on the hotel’s e-store with options of self-collection or delivery of orders from 26 May to 22 June 2023.
Enjoy 15% early bird savings for purchases made before 4 June 2023 (excluding gift sets).
22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Hoo Kee Bak Chang – Traditional Hokkien Bak Chang
Hoo Kee Bak Chang 和记肉粽 won the Michelin’s Bib Gourmand 5 times from 2016 to 2022. It sells Hokkien style dumplings or bak chang all year round. There is the original flavour as well as bak chang with mushroom and bak chang with salted egg yolk. A deluxe all in version, with specially marinated lean pork, roasted chestnuts, salted egg yolk and shiitake mushrooms, is also available.
Prices start from $3.50 but will go up during period leading up to 端午节 Duan Wu Ji or Dumpling Festival 2023.
Hoo Kee Bak Chang 和记肉粽
Amoy Street Food Centre
#01-18 Singapore 069111
Tel: +65 6221 1155
Blk 161 Bukit Merah Central
#01-3735 Singapore 150161
Tel: +65 6222 7866
Kim Choo Kueh Chang – Authentic Nyonya Bak Chang
金珠肉粽 Kim Choo Nyonya rice dumplings are well loved in Katong. They have Nyonya Rice Dumplings, Traditional Salty Dumpling With Salty Egg as well as Kee Chang and Mini Nyonya Chang. Read The Nyonya Dumplings and Kuehs of Kim Choo Kueh Chang.
Online Ordering is possible.
Kim Choo Kueh Chang 金珠肉粽
(Original – Main Factory)
60 Joo Chiat Place
(East Coast Branch)
109/111 East Coast Road
Tel: +65 6741 2125
Hiong Kee Dumplings – Small Batch Fragrant Traditional Bak Chang
Hiong Kee Dumplings 香记肉粽 has been around for than 40 years. They offer Nyonya rice dumpling, Pork rice dumpling and Chicken rice dumpling, with generous tasty filling.
Hiong Kee Dumplings 香记肉粽
Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
Blk 531A #02-37, Upper Hokkien Street
Tel: +65 6535 2783
D’bun Cafe – Freshly Handmade Bak Chang
D’bun Cafe 利满 in Joo Chiat sells handmade local delicacies and their steamed baos are popular. They also make nice bak changs and the Blue Pea Nyonya Dumpling ($5), with marinated minced pork with winter melon slices, is one of their specialties.
They also have an affordably priced luxurious Abalone Trufle Braised Pork Dumpling ($9.80), a Cantonese Mung Bean Dumpling ($7.80) and a vegetarian version of the Blue Pea Nyonya Dumpling ($5).
Online Ordering is possible.
358 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: +65 6345 8220
Thye Moh Chan – Teochew Bak Chang
Thye Moh Chan uses time-honoured recipe for their Teochew style rice dumplings. For Dumpling Festival 2023, their selection includes the well-loved Teochew Double Delight Bak Chang (潮州双拼肉粽) ($6.80) and Teochew Salted Egg Bak Chang (潮州咸蛋肉粽) ($6.80), along with the new Teochew Vegetarian Chang ($6.80).
From 1 May to 22 June 2023, customers may purchase
6 pieces and get one complimentary piece; 10 pieces and get two complimentary pieces.
Each bundle also comes with a complimentary limited-edition bag.
Thye Moh Chan Outlets in Chinatown Point, Jewel, Nex and Paragon
also available in selected Toast Box outlets
Thye Moh Chan Website | Toast Box Website
Crystal Jade – Flavourful Handcrafted Bundles
Celebrate Rice Dumpling Festival 2023 by tucking into Crystal Jade Group’s expertly-wrapped parcels of glutinous rice studded with a delicious combination of quality ingredients.
Savour two new highlights – Scallion Oil Chicken with Preserved Vegetable Cai Po Rice Dumpling ($8.80)
and Petite Red Bean Paste with Tangerine Peel Rice Dumpling ($8.80 for 5 pieces).
Other popular items from Crystal Jade are Jumbo-Sized Hong Kong Style Abalone Rice Dumpling 豪华鲍鱼裹蒸粽 ($25.80) and Classic Five Spice Marinated Pork Rice Dumpling 经典五香咸肉粽 ($9.80).
For gifting, the Trio Gifting Bundle ($25.80 ) with complimentary limited-edition gift carrier bag includes 2 x Scallion Oil Chicken with Preserved Vegetable Cai Po Rice Dumpling 1 x Classic Five Spice Marinated Pork Rice Dumpling.
Estore: 2 May – 19 June 2023
Crystal Jade Outlets: 8 May – 22 June 2023
Exclusively for Jadeite & UOB cardmembers:
Pre-Order Early Bird Period 2 – 28 May 2023: Jadeite – 15% | UOB – 10%
Regular Period 29 May – 22 June 2023: Jadeite – 10% | UOB – 8%
Estore Exclusive: Additional 5% off with promo code R23T5
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