How better to enjoy a meal with both the kids and their grandparents than by tucking into yummy dim sum? Thankfully there are quite a few great places that serve this traditional Cantonese cuisine. Here are 10 we love for their authentic and delicious dim sum offerings.
Jiang Nan Chun
The luxurious Jiang Nan Chun at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is the ultimate tai-tai lunch venue, with a reputation for great dim sum even if it’s a bit of a splurge. With new Chinese Executive Chef Tim Lam at the helm, new dim sum dishes have been rolled out, like steamed pork dumpling topped with a baby abalone, which has been braised for hours, crispy silky turnip with dried shrimp and ham wrapped in crisp pastry. Other must-haves are its wok fried turnip cake with XO sauce and Cantonese sponge cake. While you’re there, ask for a side dish of XO sauce too – it’s excellent.
190 Orchard Blvd, Singapore 248646; Tel: 6831-7220
If you’re tasked to placate a fussy mother-in-law, head to the ever-reliable Jade Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel, where Masterchef Leong Chee Yeng’s elegant, contemporary dim sum is bound to impress. It’s more about artistry here than quantity. The weekend dim sum set menus starts with eight pieces of dim sum, including steamed abalone siew mai, osmanthus char siew bun, with deep-fried taro with mushrooms and truffles, followed by more substantial complementary dishes like the excellent wok-fried rice flour rolls with scallop in XO sauce and double boiled fish maw. A six-course weekday dim sum set lunch is also available.
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178; Tel: 6877-8188
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This modern Chinese restaurant at Grand Park Orchard Singapore serves up beautifully presented dim sum, albeit with a playful touch. Home in on the three- or four-course weekday dim sum set lunchesfeaturing over 10 types of dim sum, along with soup of the day, noodles or porridge and dessert. Or do Ladies Night every Thursday where $75++ per person gets you a parade of endless booze (think wine, cocktails, beers and spirits) to complement a selection of free-flowing dim sum, such as black pepper shrimp pork roll, crispy duck roll and crystal prawn dumplings. Dim sum brunch features over 40 items including dim sum, gourmet seafood and wok dishes, and a free-flow option of cocktails, champagne, wines and beer for $60.
Level 4 Grand Park, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857; Tel: 6603-8855
Man Fu Yuan
At the Intercontinental Singapore, Man Fu Yuan’s dim sum, along with its general Chinese fare, is always dependably good. After a long absence, its wok fried radish cake with XO sauce is back on the menu, along with other creative dim sum. Tuck into its delightfully green har gau topped with gold leaf, mushroom-shaped mushroom bun with cabbage and shrimp and rice roll with shredded chicken, egg and lao gan ma chilli sauce and deep fried purple sweet potato custard ball.
80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966; Tel: 6825-1008
Dim Sum Inc
For cheap, cheerful, and especially if you have restless kids in tow, head to Dim Sum Inc at Pagoda Street. This is a casual quick-service spot with a focused selection of affordable, dependable dim sum. Apart from standard classics, there are some gems among them, including adorable animal-shaped buns, a trio of assorted har gau and deep-fried mango prawn rolls which are bound to keep the kids seated at the table. Meanwhile, grown-up palates will love the salted egg xiao long bao, carrot cake with XO sauce and chilli crab xiao long bao. A small selection of rice bowls, Hong Kong noodles, and dishes – including a HK style burger – complement.
31 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059190; Tel: 6224-0805
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Dim sum is served the old-fashioned way at Min Jiang from push trolleys, but minus the din of traditional Chinese restaurants. The dim sum is equally nostalgic, including pan-fried carrot cake, deep fried yam puff with scallop and steamed BBQ pork buns. More items come from the kitchen, such as fried Teochew chive pancake and items featuring a more contemporary twist, such as mini black charcoal egg custard buns.
22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221; Tel: 6730-1704
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
If dim sum is, broadly speaking, small morsels of Chinese delicacies which, with quantity, make up a meal, then one could say this restaurant also offers dim sum but with a regional difference. When you want a break from the standard prawn filled har gau or pork siew mai, this casual restaurant with its piquant Jiangnan flavours is an easy, inexpensive alternative. Apart from the classic xiao long bao, there are salted egg yolk or chilli crab stuffed variety as well, Shanghai pork buns, French bean and minced pork guo tie and a host of small dishes, from drunken chicken to chilled black fungus in vinegar.
For locations, visit www.crystaljade.com
Not a dim sum restaurant strictly speaking, but the Fullerton Bay Hotel’s Clifford Pier offers a fabulously good-value dim sum weekend brunch that must be listed here. Not only is the sizeable range of dim sum served in a gorgeously luxurious setting with historic significance, it also comes to your tableside from traditional push trolleys. To complement is a fairly large buffet of local favourites, with highlights such as laksa, popiah and radish cake.
80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326; Tel: 6597-5266
A stalwart in the Chinese restaurant scene, Cherry Garden serves up some of the best and most creative dim sum in town, alongside traditional standards. Presented in modern steel baskets instead of traditional bamboo, options include steamed Wagyu beef dumpling in sha cha sauce, crispy snow crab dumpling, and steamed prawn dumpling with black garlic, and steamed walnut and dark chocolate bun. Cherry Garden also offers a good weekend dim sum brunch which covers a good selection of soups, hot dishes, noodles, congee, and dessert.
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797; Tel: 6885-3500
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