Looking for the best dim sum in Singapore? From restaurants with yum cha pushcarts/trolleys to dim sum buffets, where to find dim sum for dinner or high tea (& where to get 50% off dim sum), we’ve got you covered!
Where can you find the best dim sum in Singapore? Whether you are looking for dim sum pushcarts/yum cha trolleys or a 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 yum cha 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.
Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Singapore
Since the pandemic, dim sum buffets may look a little different but 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 or served on the buffet counter. Here’s where to find some of the best dim sum buffets in Singapore.
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 ($98 for adults /$49 for kids). Take the 11:30am seating and have dim sum breakfast or go later for lunch and nibble on barbecued meats like Crispy Barbecued Pork Belly, and Deep-fried Crispy Cod with Sesame Seeds in Pomelo Sauce. Other noteworthy highlights include the Poached Dumplings with Prawn and Chicken in Chilli Oil, Deep-fried Banana Fritters with Prawn Paste and Sesame and Baked Hokkaido Cheese Tarts. Hai Tien Lo also does a weekday dim sum buffet ($63 adults/$31.50 for kids).
Dim sum buffet hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Hai Tien Lo, Level 3, Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: (+65) 6826 8240
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 unlimited Prosecco for 90 minutes at $38.80++ per pax.
Dim sum buffet hours: weekends and p.h 11:30am to 1pm, and 1:30pm to 3pm,
Man Fu Yuan, 80 Middle Road, Level 2, InterContinental Singapore, Singapore Tel: (+65) 6825 1008
Red House Seafood
Red House Seafood is a Singaporean institution established way back in 1976 and one of our faves for dim sum in Singapore. Interesting dim sum options 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 specialities 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, truffle wild mushroom dumplings and even salmon sashimi. Seafood here is all sustainable (shipped in weekly). The dim 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! Dim sum hours: 12pm to 2.30pm on weekdays, 11am to 3pm on weekends. Reserve here.
Red House Grand Copthorne, Tel:(+65) 6442 311
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 $88 per person (cocktails are add-on) and during the week a classic dim sum lunch buffet ($68) is served featuring 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). Reserve here.
Madam Fan, 32 Beach Road, The NCO Club, Singapore 189764, Tel: (+65) 68181921
Peach Garden has lots of outlets all offering different promotions for their dum sum buffets. Peach Garden Miramar offers an a la carte buffet with unlimited orders of over 20 signature dim sum dishes. This dim sum buffet costs $38++ per pax (Mon – Thur) /$40++ per pax (Fri – Sun, Eve & P.H.) and is available for lunch and surprisingly dinner too! Peach Garden Chinatown Point does a dim sum buffet for high tea 3pm-5pm (from $28, min 3 pax) while Peach Garden Thomson offers afternoon dim sum on traditional push carts. Different dishes are served every week so you’ll always have something new to try. Dim Sum Tea Buffet 3pm-5pm.
Peach Garden, Multiple outlets islandwide, Tel: (+65) 6451 3233
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 $78 for adults, $40 kids 7-11, while lucky kiddos aged 6 and under dine for free! Reserve here.
Cherry Garden, 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039801, Tel: (+65) 6885 3538
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). Reserve here.
Jade at The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square Singapore 049178, Tel: (+65) 6733 8388
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. There’s a dim sum lunch buffet featuring 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
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 $138 with tea and extends up to $208 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. Dim Sum hours: 10:30am – 12:30pm, and 1om-3pm, Reserve here.
Yan Ting, 29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6506 6887
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. 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
Peach Garden Thomson Plaza offers traditional pushcart dim sum at lunchtime. From Mondays to Fridays you can chow down on dim sum at 30% off while on the weekend there’s a 15% discount on pushcart dim sum. Different Peach Garden outlets have different promotions and offerings (see above) so always check their website for deals. Reserve here.
Peach Garden, Thomson Plaza,
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.
Red Star, #07-23 54 Chin Swee Road, Singapore 160054, Tel: (+65): 6532 5266
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. Dim Sum Hours: 3pm – 6pm (Mon to Fri). Reserve here now.
Yum Cha Restaurant Chinatown, 20 Trengganu Street, #02-01, Singapore 058479, Tel: (+65) 6372 1717,
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Orchard)
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Orchard) was awarded one Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Singapore (2017 – 2019, and 2021). This restaurant serves Teochew cuisine like classic Steamed Pomfret in Teochew Style, marinated sliced octopus, as well as dim sum like delicate crystal dumplings and Fried Carrot Cake with XO Sauce. There’s an a la carte menu and a dedicated dim sum menu (lunchtime only).
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Orchard), 2 Orchard Turn, 238801, Singapore,
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
Shang Palace received a Michelin Star in the 2021 MICHELIN Guide. This elegant dim sum restaurant within Shangri La hotel serves an extensive menu dominated by old-time Cantonese classics like deep-fried whole boneless chicken stuffed with glutinous rice (order one day ahead), slow-boiled soups and of course dim sum such as the Shang Palace Steamed Shrimp Dumplings with Beetroot ($11) and Traditional Steamed Barbecued Kurobuta Pork Buns ($8). Reserve here now.
Shang Palace, 22 Orange Grove Road, 258350, Singapore
Summer Palace at Regent Singapore has been awarded a Michelin Star for its authentic Cantonese fare. There’s a weekday set ($75++ per person. Minimum 4 persons required) 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 too. Reserve here now.
Summer Palace, 1 Cuscaden Road, 3rd Floor, The Regent Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6725 3288
Xin Cuisine offers delicious Cantonese-style dim sum such as Steamed Pork Dumpling with Crab Meat and Dried Scallop (Xiao Long Bao), Steamed Barbecued Pork Bun, Custard Bun with Salted Egg Yolk, and Shrimp Dumpling with Fish Roe (Har Kow). Pair your dim sum feast with Xin’s Signatures for a memorable meal. Dim sum at this Chinese restaurant within the Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium hotel is available daily during lunch hours only.
Xin Cuisine, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, 317 Outram Road Singapore 169075, Tel: (+65) 6733 0188,
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. Reserve here now.
Golden Peony, 2 Temasek Blvd, Level 3, Conrad Centennial Hotel, Singapore 038983, Tel: (+65) 6432 7482,
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 earned itself a Michelin Star (which it then lost in 2019 though it’s still a very solid choice for dim sum). 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. Reserve here now.
Crystal Jade Golden Palace, 290 Orchard Road, Paragon #05-22, Singapore 238859, Tel: (+65) 6734 6866,
Beng Hiang specialises in Hokkien cuisine and offers Weekday Dim Sum Lunch where you can find handcrafted dim sum in Singapore. They have regular dim sum buffet promotions from 11:30am – 3pm on weekdays (excluding public holidays) at $23.80+ per adult but do check ahead to see if this dim sum deal is on. Dim Sum hours: 11:30am to 1pm (Last order: 12:45pm) and 1:15pm – 2:45pm (Last order: 2:30pm), Reserve here now.
Beng Hiang Restaurant, 135 Jurong Gateway Road #02-337 Singapore 600135, Tel: (+65) 6221 6695
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). Reserve here now.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, 320 Orchard Road, 3F Marriott Hotel, Tel: (+65) 6831 4605,
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
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). Reserve here now.
Chopsuey Cafe, Block 10, Dempsey Road, #01-23, Singapore 247700, Tel: (+65) +65 6708 9288,
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,
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,
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
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. Reserve here now.
Shang Social, Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard, #01-219 to 222 Singapore 819666, Tel: (65) 6346 0260
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 is 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
Part of the Paradise empire, Canton Paradise at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands serves popular dim sum like 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
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,
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). Reserve here now.
Hua Ting, Level 2, Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road, Tel: (+65) 6739 6666,
Mouth Restaurant is a Cantonese restaurant in Chinatown serving 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. Reserve here now.
Mouth Restaurant, 01-61 China Square Central South Bridge Court Shophouse, 22 Cross Street, Singapore
Taste Paradise is a smartly decorated restaurant and a good non-hotel option for upscale dim sum in Singapore. Look out for their roast meats and dim sum like Pork Dumpling in Hot Chilli Vinaigrette, buttery, flaky BBQ pork pastry (char siew bao) and kids will love the Steamed Custard Bun (comes in piggy shapes).
Taste Paradise, 04-07 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, Tel: (+65) 6509 9660,
Tang Tea House
Looking for halal dim sum in Singapore? We hear Tang Tea House serves handmade halal dim sum that is super affordable – from Barbecued Chicken Buns ($3.80 for 3) to Shanghai Steamed Dumplings and Chicken Feet ($3.90). There are lots of locations so if you are craving halal dim sum hit this spot up!
Tang Tea House, various locations, Tel: (+65) 64459100,
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 family lunchtime dim sum. 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). Reserve here now.
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant, 76 Bras Basah road, 2F Carlton Hotel, Tel: (+65) 6311 8188
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. Reserve here now.
Yan, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #05-02, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957, Tel: +65 63845585,
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. If you have late night dim sum carvings, know that the Jalan Besar Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant is open until 3am! 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). Reserve here now.
Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant, multiple locations,
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,
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.
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 $40 dine-in dim sum during the week (with spectacular views across Singapore River!) Peach Garden Hotel Miramar serves dim sum lunch at 50% off some items plus there’s pushcart dim sum at Peach Garden Thomson (with discounts ongoing! Different Peach Garden outlets have different promotions so always check their website for deals. Dim Sum Tea Buffet 3pm-5pm.
Peach Garden, Multiple outlets islandwide, Tel: (+65) 6451 3233,
Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan, which started as a humble ‘hole-in-the-wall’ eatery in Hong Kong, now has 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 multiple locations). 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
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,
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). Dim Sum Hours: 7am – 3pm (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tue.
Yi Dian Xin Hong Kong Dim Sum, 1014 Upper Serangoon Road, Tel: (+65) 9168 5587,
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, frozen dim sum 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
Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant
Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant has frozen dim that you can store in your freezer (think Truffle Xiao Long Bao, Mala Siew Mai and Chive Dumplings). Whip these out to steam at home. Or order up their Hong Kong Dim Sum, Shanghai Dim Sum, and Zi Char cuisine: 15% off self-pickup orders with a $5 Islandwide delivery fee.
Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant, multiple locations,
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,
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,
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