Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Dumpling Festival with a feast of wrapped rice dumplings this year!
According to legends, long long ago, a loyal Chinese official threw himself into the river when the Chu capital was captured by Qin. The local fishermen who raced out in their boats to save him were too late. So, in the hopes that his body will not be consumed by the man-eating fish, they threw in cooked rice wrapped in leaves. This event brought about the Dragon Boat Festival and the eating of dumplings during the festival.
While we can’t really beat our oars in a race, we can at least celebrate by indulging ourselves in delicious rice dumplings! Here are some of the best places you can get them at!
1. Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant at PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Source: PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant | 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591
Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant at PARKROYAL on Beach Road brings you two types of traditionally handcrafted rice dumplings and a six-course set menu to complement the Dragon Boat festivities from now till 30 Jun 2020.
The ‘Treasured Traditions’ six-course set menu (SGD68 per person) encompasses a well-balanced meal of Double-boiled Chicken Soup with “Ling Zhi”, Deep-fried Sliver Cod in Teriyaki Sauce, Braised Homemade Meat Ball with Salted Egg Yolk, Large Prawns with Broccoli in Garlic and Chilli Sauce, Stir-fried Hong Kong “Kai Lan” with Garlic, Homemade Fine Bean Curd with Wolfberries, and six complementary pieces of Homemade Savoury Rice Dumplings.
Those looking for à la carte rice dumplings may select from the Homemade Savoury Rice Dumpling at SGD3.80 per piece or the Homemade Classic Rice Dumpling with Roast Pork and Egg Yolk at SGD5.80 per piece.
2. Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Source: Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant | 317 Outram Road, Singapore 169075
Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival 2020 with a selection of Rice Dumplings from Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, from the Best-selling Traditional Rice Dumpling to the newly launched Teochew-style Dried Shrimp and Red Bean Dumpling. It is only available for order until 25 Jun 2020!
3. Eastern Rice Dumpling
Source: Eastern Rice Dumpling
Eastern Rice Dumpling | Various locations
Delivery: $12 with min. order $50 | Free with orders above $100
A third-generation business, Eastern Rice Dumpling’s Nyonya and Hokkien Rice Dumplings are a fan-favorite not just for their affordable price but for their taste as well. This year, their offerings include Kee Chang with Bean Paste, Vegetarian Nyonya Rice Dumpling, and XO Salted Egg Rice Dumplings, among others.
Yàn| 1 Saint Andrew’s Road #05-02, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957
Delivery: $10 | Free with orders above $80
Take your pick from Yàn’s premium Abalone and Fish Maw, Shrimp and Scallop in XO Sauce or vegan option, the Preserved Vegetables with Heura Chicken. You also have the option of wrapping your own rice dumpling by getting their Wrap-Your-Own Rice Dumpling Set, which comes with all the equipment and ingredient you’ll need!
5. Hoo Kee Bak Zhang
Source: Hoo Kee Bak Zhang
Hoo Kee Bak Zhang | Various locations
For over half a century, Hoo Kee Bak Zhang has been offering up traditional, authentic and delectable Hokkien Bak Changs. On their menu, this year is the Pork Chestnut, Mushroom with Pork & Chestnut, Salted Egg Yok with Pork & Chestnut, and Deluxe All-in, which is an all-in special mix of lean pork, chestnuts, salted egg yolk and mushrooms!