The unique culinary tradition of dim sum started out as mid-afternoon snacks for weary workers and travelers on the ancient Silk Road.
Whether for a mid-afternoon high tea or weekend brunch ritual, here are the best dim sum restaurants in Singapore.
Classics like Deep-fried Beancurd Skin Roll with Prawn, Steamed Honey Glazed Pork Bun and more grace the menu together with more unique choices like Crispy Scallop Coated with Filo String. The value-for-money dim sum buffet – served on trolleys being wheeled around, just like the old times – even includes options like Baked Lobster with Cheese.
Level 5 Marina Mandarin, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
NEXT: Tim Ho Wan →
When this Michelin-starred Hong Kong establishment first graced Singapore’s shores, patrons braved the snaking queues for hours for the Crispy BBQ Pork Bun (pictured) in particular. Now with 8 locations islandwide, you get amazing dim sum sans the waiting time. The outlet at Aperia Mall in Kallang is open till 3am!
NEXT: Hua Ting →
You’ll probably have little luck getting a table without a reservation for a dim sum lunch here, and surely that’s testament to how amazing the food here is. Its menu star is a winner packed in a field of champions: the Baked Chicken and Mango Tart (pictured right), a sweet-savoury delight encased on light, buttery pastry.
Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879
NEXT: East Ocean Teochew Restaurant →
Comforting dim sum favourites come in steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried varieties and more. Our reco: the steamed BBQ pork buns trump the baked ones. For sweeter options, the baked mini egg tarts take the cake. Plus, the kids get cute animal-shaped dim sum!
#05-08/09 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238872
NEXT: Yum Cha →
Bustling with Singaporean families speaking in dialect, Yum Cha is busy – rowdy, even – but the charm of this restaurant lies in this very authenticity. Must-tries include tried-and-true classics include Siew Mai and Baked Egg Tarts, as well as their restaurant specialties like the Rainbow Seafood Dumpling.
#02-01, 20 Trengganu St, Singapore 058479
NEXT: Mitzo →
If you can ever describe a restaurant and its food as sexy, that’s what Mitzo is. Mitzo reinvents Cantonese fare with flavours simultaneously familiar and fresh, blowing even the Asians away. A must-try: their specialty char siew (barbecued roasted pork), caramelized to sweet-savoury perfection.
Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857
NEXT: Min Jiang →
The dim sum here is delightfully refined – possibly even a bit too clean for those after the original, busy Hong Kong teahouse experience. But if luxe is your thing, then it’s worth putting all your eggs in Min Jiang’s dim sum basket. For a change of setting, get a table outdoors on the verandah by the pool.
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221
NEXT: Paradise Dynasty →
This restaurant’s crowning glory: dramatically colorful xiao long bao (Shanghai steamed dumplings containing meat and soup) of 8 different flavours, from foie grass to garlic to cheese. Fact: the skin of the dumplings are so coloured from natural ingredients like carrot, spinach, red sorghum and more.
NEXT: Peach Blossoms →
By Pinky Chng, January 2017
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