• Judy Tay

13 Exquisite Bak Zhang To Indulge In This Dragon Boat Festival


Bak zhang - or rice dumplings - have come a long way since their debut in the story of Qu Yuan, which evolved into the Dragon Boat Festival. Today, this occasion is celebrated by people enjoying these iconic pyramid-shaped snack while drinking realgar wine.


We're used to the popular version of bak zhang, the soy-sauce marinated ones stuffed with braised pork, five-spice powder and mushrooms (the less available but equally well known cousins being the Nonya zhang or kee zhang with their signature white fillings). Yet contemporary dumplings make an appearance year by year, hiding unique treasures within its organic casing.


But whether you're a fan of the old or new, you'll definitely love these house-crafted bak zhang selections, which are intricate and exquisite.


1. Singapore Chili Crab Dumpling

Golden Peony


Its name is a mouthful, but so is the rice dumpling. This year, Golden Peony reinvented the traditional zhang with an atas Singaporean twist, adding chili crab and a whole trove of seafood-y treasures into the glutinous rice. Now that's a different way to enjoy my favourite dish!


A piece of the Singapore Chili Crab, Prawn & Whole Bedford Scallops Rice Dumpling costs $28.90, and is available at Golden Peony from now till 25 June. Customers can opt for self-collection or top up $30 for home delivery.


Golden Peony at Conrad Centennial Singapore

Address: 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982


More details and ordering here.



2. Hong Kong Style Dumpling

Fullerton Hotel


You don't have to go to Hong Kong to try authentic HK-style dumplings because Jade Restaurant has come up with a premium version. Packed with sinful ingredients like abalone, scallop, and even roast meat, this one definitely comes with caloric consequences, but trust me, it'll be worth it.


A piece of the Traditional Hong Kong Style Abalone Treasure Glutinous Rice Dumpling costs $48.00, and is available at Jade Restaurant from 17 to 25 June (pre-order 3 days in advance). Customers can opt for self-collection or top up $15 for home delivery (free delivery with minimum spend of $100).


Jade Restaurant at Fullerton Hotel

Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Lobby Level, Singapore 049178

More details and ordering here.

3. Indulgent Dumplings

Mitzo Restaurant & Bar


If avant-garde is your game, this one's for you. Mitzo's rice dumplings this year looks perfect for #ricedumplingsofinstagram, if there's such a thing. From savoury (Mitzo Signature Rice Dumpling with Abalone) to sweet (Sweet Rice Dumpling with Rose Lotus Paste), they've got you covered for gratifying Dragon Boat Festival.


A set of the Mitzo Signature Rice Dumpling, Kurobuta Pork Nonya Rice Dumpling and Sweet Rice Dumpling costs $51.00+ and is available at Mitzo Restaurant & Bar from now till 30 June. Customers can opt for self-collection or top up $15 for home delivery (free delivery with minimum spend of $150). Existing Park Reward members and new sign-ups will also receive 2 complimentary pieces of #PlantItForward Dumplings worth $27.00 with any purchase.


Mitzo Restaurant & Bar at Grand Park Orchard Hotel

Address: 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857

More details and ordering here.



4. Traditional Dumpling

Hua Ting Restaurant


Created by Hua Ting Restaurant's Master Chef, the Abalone, Roasted Meat, Dried Scallops & Beans Rice Dumpling is a mix of tradition and home. But in a luxurious, extravagant home. Meticulously handcrafted, each rich dumpling is wrapped with specially imported bamboo and lotus leaves, and steamed for six hours. Best suited for old-school bak zhang lovers!


A piece of the Abalone, Roasted Meat, Dried Scallops & Beans Rice Dumpling costs $29.84 and is available at Hua Ting Restaurant from now till 25 June. You'll need to self-collect at Orchard Hotel though, but there's a drive-thru service for easy pick up as well.


Hua Ting Restaurant at Orchard Hotel

Address: 442 Orchard Road, Level 2, Singapore 238879

More details and ordering here.



5. White Pepper Crab Dumpling

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant


Here's another one for crab lovers. The White Pepper Crab Rice Dumpling is filled with sweet chunkfuls of real crab meat and black-eyed peas for an added crunch. Word on the street is this one packs a fiery punch!


A piece of the White Pepper Crab Rice Dumpling costs $18.00 and is available at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant from now till 25 June. Customers can opt for self-collection or top up $25 for home delivery (free delivery with minimum spend of $150).

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant at Singapore Marriot Tang Plaza Hotel

Address: 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865

More details and ordering here.

6. Premium Vegetarian Dumpling

Yan Ting Restaurant


Apart from plain ol' kee zhang, there's something for vegetarians too. The Black Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Truffle is a dark beauty with an earthy oomph. Want!


A piece of the Black Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Truffle costs $18.00 and is available at Yan Ting Restaurant from now till 25 June. Customers can opt for self-collection or top up $30 for home delivery (free delivery with minimum spend of $60).


Yan Ting Restaurant at St. Regis Hotel

Address: 29 Tanglin Road, Level 1U, Singapore 247911

More details and ordering here.


7. Royalty Gift Set

Shang Palace


This Shang Palace Rice Dumpling Gift Set exudes an air of serenity and royalty. It comprises dumplings made with high-end ingredients combined thoughtfully like the barbecued pork with Yunnan ham and conpoy, and eight treasures with mixed grain rice and quinoa. Apart from bak zhang, this gift set comes with a canister of premium tea. Enjoyment fit for a king!


The Shang Palace Rice Dumpling Gift Set costs $68.00 and is available at Shang Palace from now till 25 June. Delivery is available via GrabFood.

Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel

Address: 22 Orchard Grove Road, Singapore 258350

More details and ordering here.

8. Braised Pork Belly Dumpling

Intercontinental Hotel


Here, braised pork is the main highlight. Don't be stumped by it's simple appearance - the Signature Braised Pork Belly Rice Dumpling is a handful of buttery, premium delight and an affordable cost. Just look at that melting fat!


A piece of the Signature Braised Pork Belly Rice Dumpling costs $10.00 and is available at Intercontinental Hotel from now till 25 June. Customers can opt for self-collection or top up $15 for home delivery.

Intercontinental Hotel

Address: 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966

More details and ordering here.

9. Plus Sized Dumpling

Pan Pacific Singapore

Do you love sharing? Because the Traditional Jumbo Rice Dumpling is huge and can heartily serve up to 4 - 6 people! Made with premium ingredients like pork belly, Japanese mushrooms, dried scallops and premium glutinous rice, it's a treatful sight to behold. Don't worry, it comes with salted egg yolks, too. Psst... there's no shame in having this alone.


A piece of the Traditional Jumbo Rice Dumpling costs $33.80 and is available at Pan Pacific Singapore from now till 25 June. Customers can opt for self-collection or top up for home delivery (according to location; free delivery with minimum spend of $100). Key in discount code TAKEAWAY25 to enjoy 25% savings on your order.


Pan Pacific Singapore

Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595

More details and ordering here.


10. Crowd Favourites

Crystal Jade


If you're not the adventurous type, this one's for you. The Rice Dumpling Bundle of 3 comes with 3 types of rice dumplings, with flavours which are easy to stomach. There's the classic Hokkien dumpling which are five-spice marinated; quinoa with eight treasures which are healthy and a hei bi hiam one for a little spice kick.

The Rice Dumpling Bundle of 3 costs $25.04 and is available for self-collection at selected Crystal Jade outlets from now till 25 June.

More details and ordering here.


11. International Dumplings

Resort World Sentosa

Handcrafted by master chefs and packed with high-end ingredients, Resort World Sentosa's Dumplings Feast 2020 (set of 5 rice dumplings) is a mélange of unforgettable international flavours. Each dumpling embodies its own character, perfected by individual F&B tenants such as Feng Shui Inn, Forest 森, Malaysian Food Street, Syun and Tangerine. Piqued your curiosity yet?

The Dumplings Feast 2020 costs $98.00 and is available for self-collection at Resorts World Sentosa outlets from now till 22 June. Remember to pre-order it!

More details and ordering here.

12. Sweet & Savoury Dumpling


Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant


To some, pumpkins can taste like the sweet nectar of a sweet potato-persimmon hybrid. And if you love pumpkins in your food, you'll love the Abalone and Pumpkin Rice Dumpling. Combined with top-grade abalone, marinated meats and condiments, this rice dumpling is a great balance of sweet and savoury.

A piece of the Abalone and Pumpkin Rice Dumpling costs $50.00 and is available at Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant from now till 25 June. Delivery is available via GrabFood.

More details and ordering here.


13. Dainty Dumpling

Peach Blossoms

If not for its taste, then for its dainty ethereal outlook. Dubbed 'flavourful parcels of joy', the Hokkaido Sweet Potato "Lava" Rice Dumpling is as sweet as its name. Its made with purple and orange Hokkaido sweet potato custard and - you guessed it - butterfly pea rice, which gives the dumpling its unique lilac colour.


A piece of the Hokkaido Sweet Potato "Lava" Rice Dumpling costs $16.80 and is available at Peach Blossoms from now till 25 June. Customers can opt for self-collection or top up for home delivery (free delivery with minimum spend of $100). Key in discount code PEACHBLOSSOMS25 to enjoy 25% savings on your order with a minimum spend of $50.

More details and ordering here.

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