20 Rice Dumplings to Indulge in for Dragon Boat Festival 2024

As the Dragon Boat Festival approaches in 2024, the air is once again filled with the tantalising aroma of freshly steamed rice dumplings, or “bak chang” as they are affectionately known. This annual celebration of heritage and community is marked by the delightful tradition of savouring these glutinous delicacies, each one a unique culinary masterpiece. This comprehensive guide will take you on a delectable journey through 15 of the most remarkable rice dumplings that Singapore has to offer during the Dragon Boat Festival 2024. 

#1 Kim Lee Hokkien Zhang and Crispy Puff

Kim Lee Hokkien Zhang and Crispy Puff not only specializes in a variety of handmade curry puffs but also produces its own bak zhang. The Hokkien Rice Dumpling with Salted Duck Egg Yolk is a standout, stuffed with pork belly, chestnut, dried shrimp, and mushrooms. For those who prefer an even creamier experience, the Hokkien Zhang with Double Salted Egg Yolk is a must-try. If you’re not a fan of salted egg yolks, the classic Hokkien Rice Dumpling is always available. There is also the Mini Nyonya Rice Dumpling, filled with winter melon, chopped mushroom, minced pork, and pork lard.

Address: 27 Jalan Berseh, Singapore 200027
Opening Hours: 9 am–6 pm daily

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#2 Swensen’s

For a unique take on the rice dumpling tradition, Swensen’s has crafted the kueh salat rice dumpling ice cream. This epic creation features two ice cream layers – butterfly blue pea coconut and pandan with coconut – encasing three salted egg bon bons and coated in a golden chocolate shell. A delightful departure from the classic, this frozen treat promises to be a hit with all ages.

Address: Multiple outlets

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#3 Kuriya Japanese Market

Kuriya Japanese Market is back with its fusion onigiri glutinous rice dumplings, affectionately known as ‘zong-nigiri,’ for the third consecutive year. Offering six flavors, including pork, chestnut mushroom, XO dried scallop, and abalone unagi, this unique blend of Japanese and Chinese culinary traditions promises to captivate taste buds.

Address: Multiple outlets

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#4 Dian Xiao Er

Dian Xiao Er, a beloved Chinese restaurant, is offering two distinct rice dumpling creations for the Dragon Boat Festival. The traditional salty pork dumpling, filled with braised pork belly, chestnut, mushrooms, and salted egg yolk, pays homage to time-honored recipes. For those seeking a twist, the Nyonya pork dumpling, infused with a delightful spice blend, is sure to delight the senses.

Address: Multiple outlets

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#5 Crystal Jade

Crystal Jade, a household name in the world of Chinese cuisine, is elevating the Dragon Boat Festival experience with a diverse range of handmade rice dumplings. The new spicy Szechuan pepper chicken dumpling with pearl peanut rice promises a fiery kick, while the classic five-spice marinated pork, jumbo-sized HK-style Jinhua ham and conpoy, and red bean paste with tangerine peel dumplings remain firm favourites. Shoppers can indulge in the trio gifting bundle to savour the Szechuan and five-spice options.

Address: Multiple outlets

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#6 Paradise Group

The Paradise Group is shaking up the rice dumpling scene with a lineup of classic dishes reimagined as delectable treats. Indulge in the abalone with salted pork belly brown rice version, the braised pork belly with “mui choy” creation, and the braised pork belly with XO sauce rendition. For those with a sweet tooth, the osmanthus gula melaka red bean paste rice dumpling is a must-try. Alongside these modern interpretations, the brand’s beloved pork with conpoy and chestnut, as well as black truffle honey BBQ Iberico pork rice dumplings, make a welcome return.

Address: Multiple outlets

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#7 D’Bun

D’Bun, a versatile establishment that started with charcoal-roasted mini char siew pau, has since expanded its offerings to include mooncakes and bak zhang. Among their enticing selections are the Blue Pea Nyonya Dumpling and the Blue Pea Nyonya Dumpling with Spicy Kick, both featuring juicy minced pork and winter melon slices encased in blue pea flower-marinated rice. For those seeking a more robust flavour profile, the Premium XO Braised Pork Dumpling is a standout, with its fragrant premium XO sauce enveloping the signature braised pork, chestnut, dried scallop, shrimp, red chilli, and spices.

Address: 358 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427603
Opening Hours: 8 am–9 pm daily

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#8 Wu You Eating Place

Wu You Eating Place offers a unique daily menu with no fixed offerings. For the 2024 Dragon Boat Festival, they have two special handmade Cantonese-style rice dumplings that boast more fillings and less glutinous rice. The Cantonese Dried Shredded Scallop Rice Dumpling is generously stuffed with braised pork, dried shrimp, salted egg yolk, chestnut, Japanese flower mushroom, dried scallop, and mung bean, delivering a robust umami punch. For those seeking an even more intense flavour profile, the Cantonese XO Rice Dumpling features similar ingredients, but with the addition of the restaurant’s signature XO sauce.

Address: 312 Lavender St., Singapore 338816
Opening Hours: 11 am–3 pm, 5–10 pm daily

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#9 Kerene’s Kitchen

Kerene’s Kitchen is a home-based business run by a former dim sum chef at Shangri-La Hotel. The Hokkien Bak Chang comes in three options: with Abalone, with Yolk and without Yolk. Stuffed with the usual suspects like pork belly, mushrooms, egg yolk, dried shrimp, and chestnut, it also features shallots and garlic for an added flavour boost. For something a little different, the HK Style Rice Dumpling is a large rectangular dumpling that’s good for 2-3 people, featuring pork belly, dried scallop, egg yolks, mung beans, lotus seeds, mushrooms, and chestnuts. The Nonya Chang is another intriguing option, with its butterfly pea flower-infused rice, coriander powder, pork collar butt, mushrooms, winter melon sugar, sesame oil, and pepper.

Address: Online only

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#10 Xin Cuisine

Forgoing fancy combinations, Xin Cuisine presents two classic options that pay homage to the quintessential flavours of the festival. The Signature Home-made Traditional Rice Dumpling is a generous 380g offering, brimming with five-spiced braised pork belly, salted egg yolk, mushroom, and shrimp. For those with a sweet tooth, the Red Lotus Seed Paste Rice Dumpling served with Osmanthus Sauce is a delightful 220g treat. Also known as “kee chang,” this bak zhang is filled with creamy lotus paste, chestnut, and gingko nuts, and is accompanied by a fragrant osmanthus sauce for an added floral punch.

Address: 317 Outram Road, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Singapore 169075
Opening Hours: 11.30 am–3.00 pm, 5.30–9.30 pm Wed to Fri, 11.30 am–1.00 pm, 1.15–3.00 pm, 5.30–9.30 pm Sat & Sun

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#11 Joo Chiat Kim Choo

The iconic Joo Chiat Kim Choo, renowned for its Chinese rice dumpling expertise, is taking customers on a nostalgic journey this Dragon Boat Festival. Visitors to the flagship store can look forward to complimentary old-school card games and the opportunity to try their hand at gachapon and arcade machines, all while savouring the brand’s diverse rice dumpling offerings. From the new Five Royal Stars gift set featuring Nyonya, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, and Hakka versions to the majestic Emperor’s Heirloom box housing six premium dumplings, there’s a gift option to suit every taste.

Address: 60 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore 427784
Opening Hours: 9 am–9 pm daily

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#12 Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant

Traditionalists will find solace in Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant‘s classic rice dumpling, brimming with pork belly, roast duck, Chinese mushroom, chestnut, salted egg, conpoy, and dried shrimp. For those seeking a more premium experience, the wagyu beef cheek, pearl meat, and morel mushroom creation, infused with dried scallop and chestnut, is a true indulgence. Sweet-toothed diners can indulge in the golden kansui rice dumpling, which celebrates the flavours of osmanthus syrup and dragon fruit sauce.

Address: 39 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228230
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–3 pm, 6:30–10 pm Mon to Sat, 10:30 am–3 pm, 6:30–10 pm Sun

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#13 Feng Shui Inn 

Feng Shui Inn presents three gourmet rice dumplings for the 2024 Dragon Boat Festival. The Imperial Abalone Dumpling is a gluten-free delight, generously filled with premium dried seafood and juicy abalone, all encased in a preserved mustard green leaf. The Double Delight Dumpling combines the tender grilled unagi with the succulent flavour of smoked bacon, creating a unique and flavorful experience. For those with a sweet tooth, the Yuan Yang Dumpling features black glutinous rice and high-fiber lotus paste, infused with gula melaka and accompanied by a house-made osmanthus sauce.

Address: Level 1, Equarius Hotel Lobby, Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, 8, 098269
Opening Hours: 11 am–2:30 pm, 6–10:30 pm daily

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#14 Yan

Yan, the Cantonese-style restaurant, is showcasing a trio of rice dumplings that are sure to impress. The Cantonese-style 8 Treasures Yangcheng rendition, generously stuffed with pork belly, roast duck, conpoy, salted egg yolk, black mushroom, chestnut, lotus seed, and mung beans, is perfect for sharing. Meat lovers will delight in the Kurobuta pork and cowpeas rice dumpling, as well as the spiced pork meat and salted egg yolk rice dumpling. For a complete experience, the gift set offers all three creations nestled in a woven basket.

Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, #05-02 National Gallery, Singapore 178957
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–2:30 pm, 6–10 pm daily

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#15 Hiong Kee Dumplings

Tucked away in the bustling Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, Hiong Kee Dumplings has been delighting customers for over four decades. Now in the hands of the second generation, this hawker stall continues to uphold the tradition of crafting authentic Hokkien-style rice dumplings. Try the Pork Dumpling, which features a filling of pork, mushroom, chestnut, and with or without salted egg. For those who prefer a chicken-based option, Hiong Kee also offers a Chicken Dumpling. For a taste of Peranakan influence, the Nonya Dumpling strikes a perfect balance between the sweetness of winter melon and the savoury notes of pork meat. Beyond the savoury varieties, the stall also tempts with sweet offerings like Kee Chang and Red Bean Kee Chang.

Address: 531A Upper Cross St, #02-37, Singapore 051531
Opening Hours: 9 am–6 pm daily

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#16 SohGood Bak Chang

If you’re seeking the pinnacle of Cantonese-style rice dumplings, SohGood Bak Chang at Chinatown Complex Food Centre is a must-visit destination. The Traditional Pork Belly with Salted Egg Yolk Bak Chang and the Traditional Pork Belly Bak Chang are standout choices, featuring melt-in-your-mouth pork belly and a generous chestnut filling. For those with a sweet tooth, the one-of-a-kind Orange Peel Red Bean Bak Chang is a delightful surprise, with the citrusy orange peel perfectly complementing the delicate red bean filling.

Address: 335 Smith St, #02-209, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 9:30 am–5 pm Sat & Sun

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#17 Hoo Kee Bak Zhang

Hoo Kee Bak Zhang, a renowned Hokkien rice dumpling purveyor, has been delighting taste buds for over 70 years. The Original (red) offers a classic Hokkien flavour profile, while the Salted Egg (yellow) and Mushroom (green) variations add delightful twists to the traditional recipe. The Deluxe All-In (blue)  is also a standout choice, boasting a robust Chinese five-spice aroma, accompanied by the fragrance of seasoned pork and the rich allure of dark soy sauce.

Address: 161 Bukit Merah Central, #01-3735, Singapore 150161
Opening Hours: 9 am–3 pm Mon to Sat

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#18 Peach Blossoms

Peach Blossoms invites you to indulge in their exclusive assortment of bak zhang. For the purists, the Traditional Hakka Kurobuta Pork Belly Rice Dumpling is a timeless delight, with its 600g heft showcasing fermented bean curd, Japanese flower mushroom, dried shrimp, chestnut, and salted egg yolks. Those seeking a touch of grandeur will be captivated by the Premium XO Cantonese Rice Dumpling, a massive 1kg creation filled with ingredients like abalone, conpoy, and luscious Kurobuta pork belly. For those with a sweet tooth, the Hokkaido Sweet Lava Rice Dumpling marries a rich Hokkaido sweet potato custard with butterfly blue pea rice, creating a symphony of flavours and textures.

Address: 6 Raffles Blvd, Level 5 PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore 039594
Opening Hours: 12.00–3.00 pm, 6.30–10.30 pm Mon to Fri, 11.30 am–3.00 pm, 6.30–10.30 pm Sat & Sun

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#19 Hai Tien Lo

Hai Tien Lo, the award-winning Cantonese restaurant, is set to captivate taste buds with its sumptuous selection of rice dumplings. From the all-new Pan Pacific black pepper foie gras sausage rice dumpling to the signature Supreme rice dumpling filled with pork belly, whole abalone, roasted duck, and scallops, the culinary team has spared no effort in curating a truly indulgent experience. For those seeking time-honoured flavours, the Hokkien rice dumpling with pork and salted egg yolk, as well as the Teochew rice dumpling with yam paste, chestnut, and ginkgo nuts, promise to transport you on a nostalgic journey.

Address: 7 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039595
Opening Hours: 11.30 am–2.30 pm, 6.00–10.00 pm daily

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#20 Man Fu Yuan

Michelin-recommended Cantonese restaurant Man Fu Yuan is elevating the rice dumpling game with seven meticulously crafted offerings. Alongside beloved classics, the collection boasts two new creations: the Nyonya-style rice dumpling with plant-based meat, sweetened winter melon, and mushroom, as well as a glutinous rice dumpling with red bean, honey date, and red date for the sweet-toothed connoisseurs. For those seeking a grand gift, the restaurant’s three luxurious bundles, presented in a gorgeous teal box adorned with intricate illustrations and gold accents, are sure to impress.

Address: 80 Middle Road, InterContinental Singapore, Level 2, Singapore 188966
Opening Hours: 12.00–3.00 pm, 6.00–10.00 pm Mon to Fri, 11.30 am–3.00 pm, 6.00–10.00 pm Sat & Sun

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