Looking for the best dim sum in Singapore? From restaurants with dim sum pushcarts/trolleys to dim sum buffets, dim sum deliveries and more!
Where can you find the best dim sum in Singapore? Whether you are looking for dim sum pushcarts or a 2021 version of dim sum buffets, or places that offer dim sum at dinner (as opposed to the more traditional lunch dim sum), we round up all the best dim sum in Singapore, with Michelin-starred dim sum on one end of the scale to the most affordable dim sum in Singapore. Do note most F&B now offer delivery so if you have a favourite dim sum restaurant, check their website to see if you can order dim sum takeaway or delivery.
To be fair, what constitutes the best dim sum in Singapore is really subjective. You may want traditional dim sum offerings or perhaps it’s the ambience that matters most to you. Only a few restaurants have dim sum pushcarts in Singapore, so maybe you’re looking for one of these experiences. As for finding the most kid-friendly dim sum in Singapore – we find that a tough one! Kids generally love dim sum (har gau and xiao long bao are both winners), while some places have special dim sum treats for kiddies, even the poshest restaurants will accommodate well-behaved kids. Whatever dim sum you are craving, we cover all the options in our ultimate dim sum in Singapore guide!
Tim Sum vs Dim Sum vs Yum Cha
Some say dim sum, others tim sum (it sounds the same when you say it out loud) while others call it yum cha – it’s essentially all one and the same – small portions of steamed or fried dumplings or small dishes that are traditionally served with Chinese tea.
Where to Get the Best Dim Sum in Singapore
During the pandemic, dim sum buffets look a little different and instead of being served self-service buffet style the ‘buffet’ element tends to mean you can order as much as you want from the dim sum menu or a la carte dim sum at a set price and the dim sum is served to your table.
Man Fu Yuan Weekend Dim Sum Buffet
Looking for a tantalising dim sum buffet spread to try lots of different dim sum dishes? The Man Fu Yuan weekend dim sum buffet gets rave reviews with its unlimited selection of over 40 dishes. Dim sum highlights include crispy prawn bean curd roll with wasabi mayonnaise, wok-fried radish cake with X.O. chilli sauce, and honey-glazed pork belly. Service here tends to be spot on from topping up your Chinese tea to making dim sum recommendations to suit your taste. The dim sum buffet here is $68++ per adult (minimum two to dine) and $34++ per child (aged 6 to 12 years old). Fancy some bubbly with your dim sum feast? Opt for the unlimited Bolla Prosecco Spumante DOC Extra Dry for 90 minutes at $38.80++ per pax.
Man Fu Yuan, 80 Middle Road, Level 2, InterContinental Singapore, Singapore Tel: (+65) 6825 1008, Dim Sum hours: weekends and p.h 11:30am to 1pm, and 1:30pm to 3pm, www.singapore.intercontinental.com/offers/man-fu-yuan-weekend-dim-sum-buffet
Hai Tien Lo
Hai Tien Lo within the Pan Pacific at Marina Bay mixes authentic Cantonese cuisine with fusion accents. There’s a weekend dim sum buffet ($69.80 per adult / $39.80 per child from 6-12 years old) and weekday dim sum buffet ($60.80 adults /$33.80 for kids). take the 11:30am seating and have dim sum breakfast or go later for lunch and nibble on delicate handmade dim sum creations like Steamed Charcoal Barbecue Pork Bun with Black Truffles, and Steamed Pork and Prawns Dumplings with Fish Roe. Get your cameras ready for the animal-shaped dim sum on Hai Tien Lo’s a la carte menu. Kids will love the look of the Deep-fried Thousand Layer Swan Puff with Prawn Paste, in a swan shape as well as the Deep-fried Potato with Duck Meat and Mushrooms which looks just like little ducklings!
Hai Tien Lo, Level 3, Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Tel: (+65) 6826 8240, www.panpacific.com
Red House Seafood
Red House Seafood is a Singapore institution established way back in 1976 and one of our faves for dim sum in Singapore. Interesting dim sum include Chilli Crab Bun ($10/3 pcs), and their BBQ Pork Char Siew Crispy Bun ($6/3 pcs). If you fancy a dim sum feast, head over for Red House Seafood’s dim sum a la carte lunch buffet of more than 50 items, of which 16 seafood and dim sum specialties are one-time order dishes – the rest are ‘free flow’! Look out for house-made dim sum favourites such as har kau, siew mai, custard buns and the truffle wild mushroom dumplings and even salmon sashimi. Seafood here is all sustainable (shipped in weekly). The tim sum buffet is priced at $36.80/19.80++ (adult/child 4 to 11 years) weekdays, and $42.80/$22.80++ (adult/ child 4 to 11 years) weekend and p.h. Add on the 90-minute beverage package for a dim sum extravaganza. Sounds like a great tim sum deal to us!
Red House Grand Copthorne, Tel: (+65) 6442 311, Dim sum hours: 12pm to 2.30pm on weekdays, 11am to 3pm on weekends, www.redhouseseafood.com
Madame Fan is a fine-dining Chinese restaurant with multiple private rooms helmed by acclaimed London-based restaurateur Alan Yau (the man behind world-famous Hakkasan). Tables are smaller than the usual Chinese placements, making this low lit plush striking red and black dining room more of an intimate affair. There’s a cocktail weekend dim sum brunch at $78 per person and during the week classic dim sum lunch is served like Scallop Shumai, Siew Long Bao and Har Gau alongside Crispy Aromatic Duck, with pancake. Note: no baby chairs are available (probably a little too posh for loud kids).
Madam Fan, 32 Beach Road, The NCO Club, Singapore 189764, Tel: (+65) 68181921, www.madamefan.sg
Peach Garden at Novena Gardens is the original branch (since 2002), but now there are seven more branches offering dim sum in Singapore. Peach Garden at OCBC Centre offers fine dining and spectacular views across Singapore River. Peach Garden serves dim sum lunch at 50% off some items but those in the know visit for dim sum high tea between 3-5 pm for their dim sum buffet promotion! Different Peach Garden outlets have different promotions but on Mondays to Fridays, diners can get 50% off the Peach Garden a la carte and dim sum menu items ($38 per person while it’s $42 on weekends).
Peach Garden, Multiple outlets islandwide, Tel: (+65) 6451 3233, Dim Sum Tea Buffet 3pm-5pm, www.peachgarden.com.sg/promotions
The beautiful Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental Singapore Hotel has been designed with Feng Shui in mind and offers modern Cantonese cuisine. Dim sum favourites include Crispy Wasabi-Aioli Prawns with fresh mango and tobiko, Steamed Juicy Pork Xiao Long Bao and delicious Steamed Kurobuta Char Siew in Fluffy Bao. Don’t miss their weekend dim sum buffet at $68 for adults, $40 kids 7-11, while lucky kiddos aged 6 and under dine for free!
Cherry Garden, 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039801, Tel: (+65) 6885 3538, www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore/fine-dining/cherry-garden
Jade at The Fullerton Hotel
Jade at The Fullerton Hotel delights with its duck egg blue colour palette and exquisite forest bird wallpaper. Dim sum lunch sets during the week start from $52 for a multi-course dim sum meal with soup and other courses like Wok Fried Rice and Black Bean Fish with Salted Egg. On the weekends there’s the Jade’s Weekend Yum Cha or dim sum buffet at $55 per person (minimum of 2 persons).
Jade at The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square Singapore 049178, Tel: (+65) 6733 8388, www.fullertonhotels.com
Peony Jade Restaurant
Peony Jade Restaurant specialises in Szechuan and Cantonese dishes as well as dim sum and has two branches – one perched upon the Singapore River at Clarke Quay and the other at the Keppel Club. The dim sum lunch buffet starts at an affordable $33.80 (for minimum 3 persons) and features light green Pandan Liu Sha Bao fragrant with pandan, Deep-fried Prawns in Creamy Yolk and mains of Roasted duck. Kids will love the Piggies Char Siu Bao ($7.50 for 3) of honey glazed BBQ pork inside bao that are decorated like little pigs.
Peony Jade Restaurant, 10 Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club, Singapore 109918, Tel: (+65) 62769138, www.peonyjade.com
Yan Ting at the St. Regis Singapore is a sophisticated restaurant that always impresses for dim sum in Singapore. We love the booth seats for a more intimate tim sum lunch (and they offer dim sum lunch sets). Weekend breakfast dim sum is served from 10:30am, so this is a good option if you have kids that need to stick to their post-lunch naptimes. Their dim sum buffet starts at $128 with tea and extends up to $198 to include Champagne, wine and beer. Dim sum ranges from Black Truffle Siew Mai and XL Xiao Long Bao to Steamed Chicken Claw in Black Bean Sauce, plus a huge choice of mains from Chicken Claypot, to Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus and Lily Bulbs to Steamed Scallops with Beancurd in XO Sauce.
Yan Ting, 29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6506 6887, Dim Sum hours: 10:30am – 12:30pm, and 1om-3pm, www.yantingrestaurant.com
Min Jiang in the elegant Goodwood Park Hotel serves Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine and is a super place to head to for the traditional dim sum pushcart trolley experience. Min Jiang had a refurb so expect plush new interiors by interior designer, Ernesto Bedmar, the creative mind behind the stunning Min Jiang at Dempsey. Master Chef Chan Hwan Kee has been in the kitchens for 10 years and has a new range of hand-made dim sum such as the Steamed Pumpkin Ball, and Deep-fried Homemade Squid Tofu with XO Sauce. Unusual dim sum include the creatively presented Min Jiang Land and Sea Quartet of a rabbit-shaped Steamed Prawn and Carrot Dumpling, a Deep-fried Pork ‘Char Siew’ and Pine Nuts in Glutinous Pastry fashioned like a carrot. Alongside are a Steamed Squid and Sea Cucumber Dumpling and Steamed Prawn and Chinese Stem Lettuce with Tobiko Dumpling formed like a sea cucumber and starfish respectively. One of the best upscale dim sum restaurants in Singapore.
Min Jiang, 22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221, Tel: (+65) 6730 1704, www.goodwoodparkhotel.com/min-jiang
Red Star is one of the original Singapore dim sum spots when it comes to traditional dim sum pushcarts brought to your table by aunties that roam the room and take personal offence when you don’t grab their dim sum offering. Decor may lack in fancy aesthetics and the dim sum standards are not as high as competitors but this place oozes old school tradition and is really something to experience. Book ahead.
Red Star, #07-23 54 Chin Swee Road, Singapore 160054, Tel: (+65): 6532 5266, www.redstarrestaurant.com.sg
Beng Hiang Weekday Dim Sum Lunch Buffet is where you can find hand-crafted dim sum in Singapore served on dim sum pushcarts. The dim sum promotion is from 11:30am – 3pm on weekdays (excluding public holidays) at $21.80+ per adult and $14.80+ per child (height of 120cm and below).
Beng Hiang Restaurant, 135 Jurong Gateway Road #02-337 Singapore 600135, Tel: (+65) 6221 6695, Dim Sum hours: 11:30am to 1pm (Last order: 12:45pm) and 1:15pm – 2:45pm (Last order: 2:30pm), www.benghiang.com
Yum Cha Chinatown Restaurant
Yum Cha Chinatown Restaurant offers casual dim sum in Singapore with the bonus of having old-fashioned dim sum pushcarts (call ahead to confirm). Yum Cha Restaurant in Chinatown serves a $26.80++ (adults) and $16.80 (kids) weekday dim sum high tea buffet from 3pm – 6pm. Yum Cha Chinatown also does breakfast dim sum and lunch dim sum a la carte but it gets booked up fast. There are over 60 items to choose from, including the Squid Ink Dumpling, Scallop Pea-Shoot Dumpling and more.
Yum Cha Restaurant Chinatown, 20 Trengganu Street, #02-01, Singapore 058479, Tel: (+65) 6372 1717, Dim Sum Hours: 3pm – 6pm (Mon to Fri), www.yumcha.com.sg
Crystal Jade Golden Palace
Award-winning restaurant group Crystal Jade has a phenomenal amount of outlets (over 110) across the region. It’s Crystal Jade Golden Palace that’s earned itself a Michelin Star. Dim sum is classic Cantonese and they do all the dumpling favourites of Har Kau ($6.80) and Char Siew Bao ($5.80). At Crystal Prestige try their Prestige Signature Dim Sum platter ($11.80 per portion of 4 items), (pictured) available on weekends and their Signature Oven Roasted Baby Spanish Suckling Pig which is served in a similar style to Peking duck with the Chinese pancakes. Crystal Jade Golden Palace Restaurant at Paragon also has the indoor mall playground which is popular with little ones before or after dim sum lunch.
Crystal Jade Golden Palace, 290 Orchard Road, Paragon #05-22, Singapore 238859, Tel: (+65) 6734 6866, www.crystaljade.com
Lei Garden at Chijmes is housed in a colonial building that looks onto the central green lawn. The dim sum menu is expansive; must orders include the Roasted Pork Belly Siew Yuk of crackling skin and juicy tender meat, cheong fun with bbq pork, and their Crab Roe Soup Dumpling.
Lei Garden, 30 Victoria Street, CHIJMES #01-24 Singapore 187996, Tel: (+65) 6339 3822, www.chijmes.com.sg/lei-garden-restaurant
Summer Palace at Regent Singapore has been awarded a Michelin Star for its authentic Cantonese fare. There’s a weekday set ($72pp/min 4 to dine) that pairs dim sum with other dishes like Poached Lobster Meat with Scallop and Egg White in Lobster Broth. Chef Leong Kwok Sing’s repertoire of signature dim sum creations include Steamed Prawn Dumplings with Bird’s Nest, Steamed Pork Dumplings with Dried Scallops alongside mains of Chef’s Signature Roasted Meat Platter. Every month there’s a special new dim sum creation to look out for. Interestingly Summer Palace also offers a gluten-free menu.
Summer Palace, 1 Cuscaden Road, 3rd Floor, The Regent Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6725 3288, www.regentsingapore.com.sg/dining/summer-palace/
Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan, which started as a humble ‘hole-in-the-wall’ eatery in Hong Kong, now has one Michelin-star and several branches offering tim sum in Singapore. When they first opened at Plaza Singapura queues were ridiculous, but as the hype has died down, so have queue times (there are now 11 locations in total spread out across the island). The set up is fast-casual dining. Big hits from their dim sum menu include the Baked Barbecue Pork Bun – crisp on the outside, soft inside and filled with sweet char siew meat and sauce – and their thinly wrapped Beancurd Skin with Pork & Shrimp plus their pan-fried radish cake.
Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum, multiple locations, www.timhowan.com
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant within Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel wows with dramatic black and gold walls and booth seats fashioned as jewel boxes. Dim sum is available for lunch, from steamed shrimp dumpling with black truffle ($6/two pieces), to crispy mango prawn in rice roll ($6.50), and the deep-fried Prawn Dumpling with Lychee and Special Mayonnaise ($5.50/two pieces)
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, 320 Orchard Road, 3F Marriott Hotel, Tel: (+65) 6831 4605, www.singaporemarriott.com
Upscale Golden Peony on the third level of the Conrad Centennial Hotel offers a la carte dim sum by Executive Chinese Chef Ku Keung. Sample signature Cantonese dim sum in a variety of exotic flavour combinations like the Phoenix Feet with X.O. Chilli Sauce ($5.80), Roast ‘Char Siew’ ($12) and the Char Siew’ Bo Luo Bao ($6.80). There’s even a special dim sum selection for kids here (all $4.80), like the Shrimp Toast and Chicken Bun.
Golden Peony, 2 Temasek Blvd, Level 3, Conrad Centennial Hotel, Singapore 038983, Tel: (+65) 6432 7482, website
Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck
Restaurant group Imperial Treasure started in 2004 and now has over 23 restaurants. They have a team of culinary Hong Kong chefs who prepare dim sum daily. Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck at Paragon is where to head when a craving for Peking duck sets in. Plus, with Paragon’s indoor play area the kids can burn off some steam before or after your dim sum lunch. There are cute booth seats in one of the dining rooms but you’ll need to reserve these ahead of time as it is always busy. Dim sum ranges from Prawn Cheong Fun ($7) to Diced Scallop Soup Dumpling ($8) to Fried Carrot Cake with XO sauce ($12).
Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon Shopping Centre, #05-42/45, 290 Orchard Road, Tel: (+65) 6732 7838, See website for other locations, www.imperialtreasure.com
Chopsuey Cafe in Dempsey Hill, with its leafy alfresco area and its imposing black and white decor that the PS Gourmet brand is recognised by, offers a really unique setting for dim sum in Singapore. Dim sum here is lunchtime on weekdays, brunch on weekends. The menu is Anglo-Chinese (think Sour Fish and Chips and Prawn Toasts) and their dim sum ranges from Crispy Lobster Wontons ($15) to steamed Chicken and Chive ($8), and Sticky Rice Dumplings ($10). Plus the Brit fave of Shredded Duck Pancakes ($29).
Chopsuey Cafe, Block 10, Dempsey Road, #01-23, Singapore 247700, Tel: (+65) +65 6708 9288, www.pscafe.com/chopsuey-cafe-at-dempsey-hill
Grand Shanghai is all art-deco-inspired interiors inspired by the “Old Shanghai” of the 1930s. Chef Jacky Tang cooks up Shanghainese specialities and dim sum. Get your cameras ready for the “Light and Shadow” Crispy Duck ($28) – an inventive take on duck where thin shavings of crispy duck with hints of wasabi are hung on a tree of spun sugar to pick off with your chopsticks. A stage is set up for dinner when traditional Chinese music and jazz will be playing (temporarily not available).
Grand Shanghai, 390 Havelock Road, Level 1 King’s Centre, Singapore 169662, Tel: (+65) 6836 6866, www.grandshanghai.com.sg
Full of Luck Club
Full of Luck Club, tucked away in Holland Village, is a modern dim sum spot where you’ll find Duck Spring Roll with Hoisin Sauce ($7.5) and Pulled Pork Spring Rolls with Yuzu Chilli Sauce ($7.50) alongside claypot rice, noodles and mains. Desserts are pleasingly modern with Western influences; think Matcha Creme Brûlée and Hokey-Pokey Ice Cream Fried Bao.
Full of Luck Club, 243 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278977, Tel: (+65) 6208 6845, www.fullofluck.com
Straight from Hong Kong, Social Place brings its Instagrammable décor and playful dim sum to Singapore. Think Charcoal Custard Buns ($8.80 for 3 pieces) dusted with gold; Deep Fried Lobster Glutinous Puffs ($7.80 for 3 pieces); and Truffle Shiitake buns ($6.80 for 3 pieces) masquerading as mushrooms. For dessert, pull out your spoons and get spanking the custard piglet Small Pig Pudding ($6.80 per piece); or try the pretty Mahjong Jelly ($6.80).
Social Place, 583 Orchard Road, Forum the Shopping Mall #01-22, Singapore 238884, www.socialplace.sg
Shang Social is the first standalone dining establishment by the Shangri-La Group, paying tribute to Cantonese, Huaiyang, and Sichuan cuisine. It makes a great spot for dim sum at Jewel after you have admired that amazing waterfall. The extensively curated dim sum menu is only served at lunch. Opt for the platter of 5 dim sum or dig into the unmissable Signature Pan Fried Bun with Pork ($5.80 each), a plump parcel that is steamed then fried so that the dumpling is part soft, part crunchy and filled with piping hot juicy pork.
Shang Social, Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard, #01-219 to 222 Singapore 819666, Tel: (65) 6346 0260, www.shangsocial.com
Min Jiang in Dempsey is a real beauty with bright interiors offset with plenty of natural woods and rattan. The menu by award-winning Master Chef Goh Chee Kong offers fine dining Cantonese and Sichuan cuisines. The handmade dim sum are worth a special mention. Steamed ‘Goldfish’ Prawn Dumplings ($4.80/each) are almost too wonderful to eat – little goldfish dim sum ‘swimming’ in a delicate egg white sauce. Don’t miss the shocking naturally blue Steamed Blue Pea Truffle Vegetable Dumplings, and the clever Steamed Crabmeat, Prawn and Vegetable Dumplings shaped like a stingray amongst the selection in the Deluxe Dim Sum Platter ($38). If you are feeling flush splash out on Stewed Noodles with Lobster ($118) and Legendary Wood-Fired Beijing Duck ($118/whole duck) where the duck is carved tableside and served with crepes and condiments (or if you are hankering after shredded duck pancakes order the Crispy Silver Hill Duck).
Min Jiang, 7A and 7B Dempsey Rd, Tel: (+65) 67740122, www.goodwoodparkhotel.com
Part of the Paradise empire, Canton Paradise at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands serves popular dim sum like the Steamed Rice Rolls with Preserved Turnip Filling. For dessert, Steamed White Chocolate with Walnut Charcoal Bun ($2.90/piece), are buns made with bamboo charcoal powder and filled with premium white chocolate.
Canton Paradise, multiple locations, www.paradisegp.com
Asia Grand is on the ground floor of Odeon Towers and rolls out Hong Kong dim sum and Cantonese dishes of roast meats of Peking Duck and Suckling Pig. Try their Steamed Cheong-Fun with Dough Fritters ($8) and prawn-packed Hau Kau ($6.80)
Asia Grand, 331 North Bridge Road, #01-02 Odeon Towers, Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720, Tel: (+65) 6887 0010, www.asiagrand.com.sg
Hua Ting is known for its Roast Meats of Crispy Duck and Suckling Pig. Dim sum favourites include their soft buttery Steamed Custard buns with Salted Egg Yolk ($4.80/3pc) and Steamed Xiao Long Bao stuffed with Crab Roe and Crab Meat ($6.30).
Hua Ting, Level 2, Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road, Tel: (+65) 6739 6666, Dim Sum Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm (Mon to Fri), 11am – 2.30pm (Sat & Sun), www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/orchard-hotel-singapore/hua-ting-restaurant
Mouth Restaurant serves affordable dim sum like the pretty Prawn Har Gao ($6.20/4 pcs) which comes in different colours and flavours—Squid Ink, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Carrot and Original.
Mouth Restaurant, 01-61 China Square Central South Bridge Court Shophouse, 22 Cross Street, Singapore 048421, Tel: (+65) 6438 5798, www.mouth.com.sg
Taste Paradise is a smartly decorated restaurant and a good non-hotel option for upscale dim sum in Singapore. On the dim sum menu: naturally coloured xiao long bao (Shanghai steamed dumplings containing meat and soup) of 8 different flavours, from foie gras to garlic to cheese. Many diners also swear by their Buttery, flaky BBQ pork pastry (char siew bao).
Taste Paradise, 04-07 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, Tel: (+65) 6509 9660, www.paradisegroup.com.sg
Tang Tea House
Looking for halal dim sum in Singapore? We hear Tang Tea House serves handmade halal dim sum that is affordable. From Barbecued Chicken Buns ($3.80 for 3) to Shanghai Steamed Dumplings and Chicken Feet ($3.90).
Tang Tea House, various locations, Tel: (+65) 64459100, www.tangteahouse.com
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant on the second level of Carlton Hotel, with its white tablecloths and chandeliers, is a smart spot for dim sum and is also popular with families. They are known for their Baked Barbecue Pork Buns ($7.20 for four) and Steamed Crab Meat & Egg White Dumplings ($9.20 for four) along with crispy deep-fried yam rolls ($9.20 for four).
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant, 76 Bras Basah road, 2F Carlton Hotel, Tel: (+65) 6311 8188, www.carltonhotel.sg/dining/wah-lok-restaurant-singapore
Yàn is a good option for upscale Cantonese dim sum in Singapore as a pre- or post cultural visit to the National Gallery, as the restaurant sits on the 5th floor. For dim sum there’s Steamed Xiao Long Bao with Minced Pork and Premium Stock ($5.80 4pcs) while the Dim Sum Combination Platter ($18) features six bite-size delicacies from Steamed Fresh Prawn Dumpling topped with Fish Roe to Steamed Pork and Prawn Dumpling with Mini Abalone.
Yan, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #05-02, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957, Tel: +65 63845585, www.yan.com.sg
Many restaurants only serve breakfast dim sum or more usually dim sum lunch as two seatings. The following restaurants do however serve dim sum for dinner so if you are craving little morsels of deliciousness in the evening, hit these spots up!
Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant
Old school Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant is one of a few places that serve dinner dim sum in Singapore. This casual restaurant serves Cantonese and Shanghainese dim sum at very affordable prices. Look out for the Swee Choon mee suah kueh ($2) – a vermicelli crispy cake – plus fluffy char siew bao (three for $1.80) and the chilli oil soused chao shou (four for $3.50).
Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant, 183-193 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882, Tel: (+65) 6225 7788, www.sweechoon.com
126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi
Dim Sum at 24 hour Wen Dao Shi is really affordable. This cheap and cheerful spot offers freshly-baked Egg Tarts ($3.50 for three) and other dim sum many of which are fried.
126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi, 126 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387407, Tel: +65 6746 4757, 1086 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328187, Tel: +65 6297 5032, www.126.com.sg
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung is a crowd pleaser and great for dim sum beginners given there is not so much choice in dumplings as to be overwhelming. Grab your self-order chit and pen down the classic Pork Xiao Long Bao (or spring for the steamed Steamed Truffle & Pork Xiao Long Bao). Other highlights include Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing, and Egg Fried Rice. Don’t miss their Sesame Bao — these fluffy white buns are filled with sweet nutty black sesame paste so the kids love them too (perfect for dessert). Kids are entertained by watching the dim sum chefs preparing dumplings with lighting speed at the viewing counters (always a good distraction while you are braving the queues).
Din Tai Fung, multiple locations. See website for details
Peach Garden serves lunch dim sum but the cheapest way to eat dim sum here is at their tea between 3-5 pm where you can get up to 50% off the Peach Garden a la carte and dim sum menu items ($38 per person while it’s $42 on weekends).
Peach Garden, 301 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Plaza #01-88, Singapore 574408, Tel: (+65) 6451 3233, www.peachgarden.com.sg
Victor’s Kitchen at Sunshine Plaza offers cheap dim sum in its hole-in-the-wall type diner that serves Hong Kong-style dim sum with famed custard buns, Scallop and Sausage Carrot Cake with XO Sauce ($4.80) and the ‘liquid gold’ salted egg bao liu sha bao ($4.8).
Victor’s Kitchen, 1 Bencoolen Street, #01-49 Sunshine Plaza, Singapore 189652, Tel: (+65) 98382851, www.victors-kitchen.com
Yi Dian Xin Hong Kong Dim Sum
Yi Dian Xin Hong Kong Dim Sum offers fuss-free cheap dim sum. Look out for Signature Salted Egg Custard Bun ($3.80) and Steamed Prawn Dumpling ($3.50/3 pcs).
Yi Dian Xin Hong Kong Dim Sum, 1012 Upper Serangoon Road, Tel: (+65) 9168 5587, Dim Sum Hours: 7am – 3pm (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tue, www.facebook.com/yidianxin1kovan/
Pretty much all restaurants above have sorted out delivering dim sim since the pandemic. We make special mention of some dim sum restaurants in Singapore offering dim sum bento boxes or dim sum buffets delivered to your door!
Direct to Masses
If you want to have some dim sum in your freezer on hand for a quick meal – look no further than Direct to the Masses. Direct to Masses is the online dim sum delivery arm of one of our fave affordable casual restaurants The Masses serving up wallet-friendly Franco-Asian cuisine. On their dim sum delivery menu are 80 easy-to-heat-up frozen foods – cook from frozen and they’ll be ready in eight to 20 minutes to prepare. Think a variety of dim sum from plump pau, to glutinous rice dumplings, sumptuous siew mai, custard pau to pre-cooked Crackling Roasted Pork and Charcoal-Grilled Kurobuta Char Siew! There are also European dishes to cook at home.
Direct to Masses, Tel: (+65) 8361 6303, www.directtomasses.sg
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant offers a takeaway dim sum bento box from $15 for two choices of dim sum plus a main, brown rice and a complimentary dessert of the day.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, 320 Orchard Road, 3F Marriott Hotel, Tel: (+65) 6831 4605, www.singaporemarriott.com
Peach Garden has a special delivery dim sum buffet at $35 per person* featuring 27 dim sum dishes! If that isn’t a deal enough they are also offering free delivery or self-collect to get a $50 cash voucher to use at their outlets! *(minimum 4 pax to order dim sum delivery)
Peach Garden, Multiple outlets islandwide, Tel: (+65) 6451 3233, www.peachgarden.com.sg/promotions
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Please note all dim sum menus, offerings and prices are subject to change – always call ahead to reserve and ask about any relevant information then.