It’s probably true that fewer Singaporeans wrap their own glutinous rice dumplings with the passing of each generation. However, that’s not to say we don’t enjoy them anymore. After all, what’s not to love in those leafy bundles of sticky rice packed with scrumptious fillings? With bak chang to suit every budget — and palate — available for takeaway and delivery this rice dumpling season, you and your loved ones can savour this traditional Chinese delicacy without cooking a single grain yourself. Unless you choose to, of course!
P.S. Rice Dumpling Festival a.k.a. Dragon Boat Festival a.k.a. 端午节 (duān wǔ jié) falls on 25 June 2020, so start ordering up those yummy parcels!
Bak Chang Delivery 2020: Premium Rice Dumplings from Award-winning Restaurants
Celebrity Chefs Restaurants, Resorts World Sentosa
Indulge in a luxurious five-piece Dumpling Feast ($98nett per set), a collaboration among five speciality dining concepts at Resorts World Sentosa. The assortment of dumplings is handmade by Feng Shui Inn, Forest 森, Tangerine, Syun, and Malaysian Food Street. Elegantly presented in a three-tiered bamboo steamer, the gourmet set is also ideal for gifting.
Available from now till 22 June at Malaysian Food Street, Waterfront, Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa. Pre-order at least three days in advance. To order, call 8140 7228, email [email protected] or shop online
Check out a quartet of tempting rice dumplings from Crystal Jade this season. The vegetarian Eight Treasure Quinoa Rice Dumpling ($6.80) and “Hae Bi Hiam” Rice Dumpling ($8.80) are two new must-tries. Making a comeback is the robust Traditional Hong Kong-style Premium Jinhua Ham with Conpoy Rice Dumpling ($18.80). The Classic Five-Spice Marinated Pork Rice Dumpling ($7.80) is another returning favourite. E-store exclusive bundle sets of three or five assorted dumplings are also on offer.
Available till 25 June at Crystal Jade outlets islandwide. Selected cardholders can pre-order by 5 June for 15% early bird discount, and enjoy 10% off till 25 June. To order, visit your preferred outlet or shop online (enjoy an additional 5% off with promo code CJRD5OFF)
Golden Peony, Conrad Centennial Singapore
New offerings from Golden Peony include Crispy Smoke Duck with Chestnut Rice Dumpling, ($24.80nett) and Mala Chicken Rice Dumpling ($21.80nett). Those looking to satisfy a sweet tooth should try Egg Custard Sweeties Rice Dumplings ($12.80nett). Popular mainstays, Traditional Hong Kong Style Rice Dumpling ($33.80nett), and Singapore Chilli Crab, Prawn and Whole Bedford Scallop Rice Dumpling ($28.80nett), also return.
Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore
Hai Tien Lo’s Executive Chef Ben Zeng and Dim Sum Chef Ho Kam Fai join hands to charm taste buds with five flavourful interpretations. First up, Grain Dumpling with Cordyceps Flowers ($8.80nett) makes for a nutritious new creation. Back by popular demand is Traditional Jumbo Rice Dumpling ($33.80nett) that’s perfect for a family to share. Classic Pork Belly and Salted Fish Dumpling ($16.80nett), Cantonese Pork Dumpling ($13.80nett), and Traditional Nyonya Dumpling ($9.80nett) complete the selection. Two exquisite gift sets are also on the menu.
Available from now till 25 June at Hai Tien Lo, Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore. To order, call 6826 8240, email [email protected] or shop online (enjoy 25% off with promo code TAKEAWAY25; and complimentary delivery for orders above $100)
Hua Ting Restaurant, Orchard Hotel Singapore
Master Chef Lap Fai’s signature Cantonese-style Rice Dumpling with Abalone, Roasted Meat, Dried Scallops, and Beans ($32.80) headline this selection. For a nutritious boost, try collagen-rich Rice Dumpling with Pork Bone Cartilage and Homemade XO Sauce ($18.80), or vegetarian Brown Rice Dumpling with Wild Mushrooms and Black Truffle ($18.80). Great for gifting, the Assorted Dumpling Set ($62.80) packs one of each. You can also self-collect two six-course Takeaway Festive Sets (from $108 per person) for a complete meal of rice dumplings paired with Hua Ting Restaurant’s classic dishes.
Available from now till 25 June at Hua Ting Restaurant, Level 2, Orchard Hotel Singapore. To order, call 6739 6666, email [email protected] or shop online (enjoy up to 20% off and get a complimentary traditional game with every takeaway order; islandwide delivery only via GrabFood)
Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, Sheraton Towers Singapore
New to the menu yet ultra traditional, Teochew Rice Dumpling (small $26; regular $48) packs braised Irish duck, pork belly, salted egg yolk, conpoy, and more. It’s inspired by heart-warming Teochew homecooked meals from Executive Chinese Chef Chung Yiu Ming’s childhood. It joins all-time favourites Abalone and Pumpkin Rice Dumpling ($50), and Traditional Rice Dumpling ($44).
Available from 8 to 25 June at Li Bai, Lower Lobby Level, Sheraton Towers Singapore. Pre-order by 15 June for 15% early bird discount. To order, call 6839 5623, email [email protected] or shop online (complimentary delivery for orders above $80)
Braised duck stars in Paradise Group’s new Teochew Style Braised Specialties Dumpling ($12.90), completed with a dash of sesame oil. Last year’s bestseller, Black Truffle Five Grain Dumpling ($13.90), returns by popular demand. Other winners include Premium Abalone Dumpling ($24.90), Deluxe Pork Dumpling with Conpoy and Chestnut ($11.90), Salted Pork Belly Brown Rice Dumpling ($10.90), and Red Bean Dumpling ($5.90). Try different flavours with the Paradise Dumplings Bundle.
Available till 25 June at Paradise Teochew, Beauty in The Pot, Canton Paradise, Paradise Dynasty and Paradise Classic outlets. To order, visit your preferred outlet or shop online (selected cardholders enjoy 20% off self-collection; complimentary delivery with minimum spend)
Peach Blossoms, PARKROYAL Collection Marina Bay
Offering three well-loved varieties, plus a bundle set, Peach Blossoms’ rice dumplings are available for delivery or self-collection. Best-sellers include Traditional Hakka Rice Dumpling ($18.80), and XO Cantonese Rice Dumpling ($36.80). Sweet lovers will love Hokkaido Sweet Potato “Lava” Rice Dumpling ($16.80). Cut into the elegant butterfly pea rice and purple and orange Hokkaido sweet potato custard oozes out!
Available from now till 25 June at Peach Blossoms, Level 5, PARKROYAL Collection Marina Bay. To order, call 6845 1118, email [email protected] or shop online (enjoy 25% off minimum spend of $50 nett after discount with promo code PEACHBLOSSOMS25; and complimentary delivery for orders above $100)
Ready for a new-fangled twist to the traditional rice dumpling? Chef Anthony of Route 65 was inspired by his mother, who has been making bak chang and gifting them to friends and family for over 20 years. Choose from Pork Bak Chang Rice Burger Set ($9.90) and Shoyu Beef Bak Chang Rice Burger Set ($10.90). Each set comes with a Black Lemon Tea with Lychee Boba. The first 20 orders above $50 daily also get a complimentary pair of Mom’s Traditional Bak Chang — yes, made daily by Chef Antony’s mama herself!
Available from 15 to 30 June at Route 65, #01-434 Suntec City North Wing Tower 5. To order, shop online (get a 5% returning discount voucher)
Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Select from PARKROYAL on Beach Road’s Homemade Savoury Rice Dumpling ($3.80), and Homemade Classic Rice Dumpling with Roast Pork and Egg ($5.80). For more robust Sichuan and Cantonese flavours this festive season, order the ‘Treasured Traditions’ family set menu ($68 per person). It features six courses from Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Ling Zhi to Si Chuan Dou Hua’s signature Homemade Fine Bean Curd with Wolfberries, plus six complimentary pieces of Homemade Savoury Rice Dumplings.
Available from 14 to 30 June at Si Chuan Dou Hua, Level 1, PARKROYAL on Beach Road. To order, call 6505 5722, email [email protected] or shop online (UOB cardholders enjoy 15% off with promo code UOBRICE15)
Summer Pavilion, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Commemorate the annual Dragon Boat Festival with one Michelin Star Summer Pavilion’s traditional Hong Kong-style rice dumpling ($22+). This luxe rice dumpling comprises roast duck, roast pork, dried scallops, dried shrimp, salted egg yolk, mushrooms, lotus seeds, chestnuts, and green beans.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Novel creations from Wan Hao include the indulgent 10-Head Abalone and Conpoy Chicken Rice Dumpling ($25nett). Also making its debut is the nutritious Wild Mushroom 5-Grain Vegetarian Rice Dumpling ($14nett). Popular favourite White Pepper Crab Rice Dumpling ($18nett) returns, alongside the classic Signature Pork and Salted Egg Rice Dumpling ($14nett).
Available from 11 to 25 June at Wan Hao, Level 3, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. Enjoy a 20% discount when purchasing a box of four rice dumplings. To order, call 6831 4605, email [email protected] or shop online
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Taking centrestage at Xin Cuisine this year is the new Teochew-style Dried Shrimp and Red Bean Dumpling ($16.80). For dessert, try Red Lotus Seed Paste and Chestnut Dumpling served with Osmanthus Sauce ($11.80). Traditionalists love Homemade Traditional Dumplings ($14.80 per piece; $68 for 6 pieces). The perennial bestseller boasts premium rice grains steamed with five-spice pork belly, salted egg yolk, mushroom and dried shrimp.
Available from now till 25 June at Xin Cuisine, Level 4, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium. To order, call 3138 2531, email [email protected] or shop online (enjoy 20% off orders by 11 June and 15% off orders till 25 June; and complimentary delivery for orders above $200)
Yan Ting, The St Regis Singapore
Relish the return of stalwart glutinous rice dumplings from Yan Ting’s team of master chefs. The trio comprise Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Abalone and Golden Dried Scallops ($38nett), Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Pork Belly and Salted Egg Yolk ($22nett), and Vegetarian Black Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Mixed Grains and Black Truffle ($18nett). You can also complement your order with Yan Ting’s specialities such as Peking Duck and Braised Boston Lobster with XO Sauce.
Available from now till 25 June at Yan Ting, Level 1U, The St Regis Singapore. To order, call 6506 6887, email [email protected], or shop online (enjoy 10% off with promo code TAKE10 for self-collection; and complimentary delivery for orders above $60)
Bak Chang Delivery 2020: Delectable Rice Dumplings from Hawkers & Heritage Brands
Eastern Rice Dumpling
A third-generation business whose recipe has been passed down for about 30 years, popular variants include Nyonya Rice Dumplings with Chilli Shrimp and XO Salted Egg Rice Dumpling. Located at various locations islandwide, or shop online (complimentary delivery with minimum spend; order by 3pm for next day delivery)
Hiong Kee Dumplings
Second-generation owners of Hiong Kee Dumplings continue to prepare old-school Hokkien and Nyonya rice dumplings the same way since it originated as a street stall in Hokkien Street in 1982. While they don’t have the bandwidth for delivery at the moment, they are open for takeaway. You could also use a third-party courier service to collect and deliver your order to you. Located at #02-37 Hong Lim Food Centre. Click here for details
Hoo Kee Bak Zhang
Hoo Kee Bak Chang has been serving up traditional authentic Hokkien rice dumplings since 1948. Each dumpling boasts the best cuts of meat and chestnuts, with salted duck egg yolk and Shiitake mushroom variants also available. The Amoy Street Food Centre branch is temporarily closed, but takeaway and delivery are available from the Bukit Merah outlet. Located at #01-3735, 161 Bukit Merah Central. Click here to order
Serving authentic Nyonya kueh for over three decades, Hougang Kueh is currently offering islandwide delivery by zones each week. Savour old school tastes in Traditional Salted Egg Dumpling, Vegetarian Dumpling, Nyonya Dumpling and more. Sold in bundles of five or ten pieces, it’s an affordable way to indulge! You can also take the opportunity to order its Signature Yam Cake, Teochew Soon Kueh, and more. Click here to order (complimentary delivery with minimum $35 spend)
Kim Choo Kueh Chang
Specialising in Nyonya-style rice dumplings, Kim Choo Kueh Chang has been a mainstay in Singapore’s rice dumpling culture since 1945. They also have Hokkien-style ‘salty’ dumplings and kee chang. Mini versions in boxes of 10 make a great light snack or gift. Available for takeaway and delivery, Kim Choo Kueh Chang’s flagship store is located at 60 Joo Chiat Place. Click here to order
Tian Fa Dim Sum
Westies may be familiar with Tian Fa Dim Sum, known in Jurong for its 100 per cent handmade dim sum. On top of that, you can also get Hokkien Bak Chang and Nyonya Bak Chang this season. All items are made-to-order and delivered cold, great for storing (up to a week in the fridge). Located at #01-183, 252 Jurong East Street 24. Click here to order (complimentary delivery with minimum $35 spend)
Yi Jia Yuen Nonya Kueh & Cake
Specialising in traditional Chinese confections for all occasions, Yi Jia Yuen Nonya Kueh & Cake offers six classic rice dumplings. Savouries range from Nonya Rice Dumplings ($3.30) to Salted Egg Bak Chang ($4.30). Dessert dumplings include Kee Chang ($6 for 5 pieces) and Red Bean Kee Chang ($7 for 5 pieces). You can walk in to purchase from 7.30am to 4pm (go early before they’re sold out) from Tuesdays to Sundays. Available till 25 June at #01-109, 3020 Ubi Avenue 2. Click here for delivery orders
Do-It-Yourself Bak Chang!
Wan Qing Dumpling Festival 2020
Or what about teaming up with the kids to make your own rice dumplings? Join an exclusive online cooking tutorial by Kim Choo Kueh Chang and just follow along. It’s one of many activities happening during this year’s Digital Edition of the Wan Qing Dumpling Festival. Hosted by the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall from 1 to 30 June, the exciting line-up includes family-friendly animated storytelling sessions, game contests, and craft workshops. Click here for more information
Wrap-Your-Own-Dumpling with Yàn
Alternatively, order a Wrap-Your-Own-Dumpling Set ($78nett) from Yàn for a lively hands-on activity. It offers double portions of the vegan Preserved Vegetables with Heura Chicken Rice Dumpling ($10.80nett). Each ingredient is packed separately and comes fully cooked. Simply follow the instructions provided and become a pro dumpling maker! You’ll also get three ready-to-eat dumplings, comprising one Abalone and Fish Maw Rice Dumpling ($28.80nett), and two pieces of Shrimp and Scallop in XO Sauce Rice Dumpling ($18.80nett).
Ready-made dumplings from Yàn are also available for self-collection and delivery, of course. Available till 30 June at Yàn, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore. To order, call 6384 5585, WhatsApp 97694283, or shop online
And that’s a wrap! Sorry, we couldn’t resist. Happy Dragonboat Festival, peeps!
Unless otherwise stated, all prices above may be subject to 7% GST
Header image: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (Cooking with Kim Choo)
Feature image: Paradise Group