Here’s where to order celebratory bak chang and rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2022 on Friday 3 June 2022.
Looking for rice dumplings to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival (also called Dumpling Festival or Duanwu Festival) on Friday 3 June 2022 (the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar)? The traditional Chinese food for the Dragon Boat Festival is bak chang/bak zhang or zongzi — pyramid-shaped glutinous sticky rice dumplings with different fillings of pork, water chestnuts, mushrooms and other fillings wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. Nyonya (Peranakan) rice dumplings are stuffed with braised pork, five-spice powder and candied winter melon. while the rice dumpling ‘Kee zhang‘ has no filling and is eaten as a sweet, dipped gula melaka (palm sugar).
Scroll on for all the tastiest spots to find rice dumplings in town!
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Dragon Boat Festival History
The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chinese poet and minister during the Zhou Dynasty Warring States period who was banished and accused of treason. He later drowned himself in the river when the Chu capital was captured by Qin. Legend has it that he couldn’t be saved by locals who tried to race out in boats to reach him in time. Fishermen beat their oars against the water to stop the man-eating fish in the river from devouring Qu Yuan’s body. Some say they threw cooked rice wrapped in leaves into the water, in the hope that the fish would eat them instead. This legend has resulted in the celebratory Dragon Boat Festival, with dragon boat races and the eating of rice dumplings wrapped in reed leaves.
So now you know a little about the Dragon Boat Festival history – let’s check out some of the rice dumplings and gifting options in Singapore to celebrate this festival.
Bak Chang/Rice Dumplings in Singapore: Dumpling Festival 2022
1. Rice Dumpling Gift Sets at Hai Tien Lo, Pan Pacific Singapore
Pan Pacific Singapore’s award-winning Cantonese restaurant Hai Tien Lo (海天楼) celebrates Dragon Boat Festival with handcrafted rice dumplings from the Traditional Jumbo Rice Dumpling with Abalone ($38.80 per piece) filled with pork belly, salted egg yolk, chestnuts, green bean, lotus seed and a whole abalone; Classic Taiwanese Dumpling with Sesame Oil ($18.80), Traditional Nyonya Dumpling ($12.80) filled with pork, candied melon, Japanese mushrooms, shallots and garlic; for sweet lovers, the Teochew Dumpling with Yam Paste and Gingko Nuts ($8.80) plus Rice Dumpling Bundles from $88.
Rice dumpling orders: early bird discount of 20% for orders made between 18 April to 1 May, for collection between 2 May to 5 June. available until 14 June 2021, at ppsinshop.com.
Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard Singapore, www.ppsinshop.com
2. Bak Chang (Hokkien style rice dumpling) at Hoo Kee Bak Chang
Hoo Kee Bak Chang 和记肉粽 (Michelin Bib Gourmand bak chang for five consecutive years) is a family business that has been selling Hokkien style rice dumplings or bak chang for over 60 years throughout the year and not just during Dragon Boast Festival. Bak chang flavours range from the original flavour of roasted pork with chestnuts (from $3.80) as well as bak chang with salted duck egg yolk and the deluxe bak chang of pork, roasted chestnuts, salted egg yolk, and shiitake mushrooms.
Rice dumpling orders: all year-round.
Hoo Kee Bak Chang 和记肉粽, www.hookeebakchang.sg/shop
3. Premium crafted rice dumplings at Peach Blossoms
Peach Blossoms offers handcrafted rice dumpling flavours from Blazing Pig Trotter Rice Dumpling ($128 per piece. serves four, for dine-in guests only) to the signature Premium XO Cantonese Rice Dumpling, traditional Hakka’ Kurobuta Pork Belly Rice Dumpling, and the Hokkaido Sweet Potato Lava Rice Dumpling. The Peach Blossoms bundle rice dumpling set ($88.80) comprises Premium XO Cantonese Rice Dumpling, Traditional ‘Hakka’ Kurobuta Pork Belly Rice Dumpling, Hokkaido Sweet Potato ‘Lava’ Rice Dumpling and a complimentary jar of Peach Blossoms Homemade Dried Shrimp Chili Paste.
Rice dumpling orders: Selected credit cards enjoy up to 25% savings on rice dumplings (except the rice dumpling bundle set) from 25 April to 22 May 2022, a regular discount of 15% from 23 May to 3 June 2022, and 15% savings for bundle sets from 25 April to 3 June 2022.
Peach Blossoms, Order via email: [email protected]
4. Man Fu Yuan’s Handcrafted Rice Dumplings
Award-winning Man Fu Yuan at InterContinental Singapore welcomes the Dragon Boat Festival with a medley of handcrafted rice dumplings. Chinese fine dining restaurant Man Fu Yuan presents eight rice dumpling delights as a gift set in a uniquely designed limited edition rice dumpling carrier. There are also individual rice dumplings on offer – the new XXL Jumbo Rice Dumpling with Chicken, Mushrooms and Chinese Sausages wrapped in Lotus Leaf ($39.50 /for 4-5 persons), Spicy Mala Pork Belly and Abalone Rice Dumplings ($29.50) as well as Signature Black Bean Chicken Dumpling ($17.50), and a sweet rice dumpling flavour Black Sesame Rice Dumpling ($12.50) with rich, nutty sesame paste, amongst other bak chang offerings. There will also be rice dumpling masterclasses led by Executive Chinese Chef Aaron Tan for an exclusive hands-on experience.
Rice dumpling orders: handcrafted rice dumplings are available for pre-orders from 18 April 2022 to 1 June 2022, and for dine-in, takeaway collection and delivery from 2 May to 3 June 2022.
Man Fu Yuan, singapore.intercontinental.com/dragonboat2022
5. Din Tai Fung’s Red Bean Rice Dumplings
Red Bean Rice Dumplings are traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival as a symbolic advocacy of filial piety. Din Tai Fung’s rice dumplings have been specially air-flown from Taiwan and are handmade with top-grade pearl glutinous rice, finely mashed red bean wrapped in aromatic bamboo leaves in a unique pillow shape.
Rice dumpling orders: at $6.80 per frozen piece, while servings last, available for takeaways.
Din Tai Fung, www.dintaifung.com.sg
6. Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant’s Unagi Abalone Rice Dumpling
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant has a new rice dumpling creation for Dragon Boat Festival – the Unagi Abalone Dumpling ($28.80)! Sweet and packed with umami, the Unagi Abalone Dumpling is rich in minerals and nutrients. There’s also Xin’s Signature Home-made Traditional Rice Dumpling ($16.80) and the Kee Chang Red Lotus Seed Paste Dumpling served with Osmanthus Sauce ($12.80) as well as an Assorted Rice Dumpling Bundle set at $88.
Rice dumpling orders: Purchase before 15 May 2022 to enjoy 20% off a la carte dumpling orders. All dumplings are available for order from now till 1 June 2022.
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, singaporeatrium.holidayinn.com/rice-dumplings-offer-2022.
7. Handcrafted Rice Dumplings from Resorts World Sentosa
This Dragon Boat Festival, Resorts World Sentosa offers a Dumpling Feast of handcrafted rice dumplings by five master chefs including the first-ever dumpling from Michelin-starred table65. The Deluxe Dumpling Set features five rice dumplings ($118 per box) – Feng Shui Inn’s Eight Treasures Dumpling, table65’s Smoked Eel and Pork Tendon Dumpling, Osia Steak and Seafood Grill’s Beef Cheek Dumpling, Syun’s Zakkoku Okowa Dumpling and Malaysian Food Street’s Sweet Banana Dumpling.
8. New rice dumpling creations at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant is featuring six rice dumpling creations – think Abalone with Karasumi & Conpoy ($28); a White Pepper Crab rice dumpling ($20), the Signature Pork and Salted Egg Yolk rice dumpling ($16) and Assorted Rice Dumplings packages ($65).
Rice dumpling orders: available until 3 June 2022. Enjoy 15% off with a minimum purchase of 2 boxes of Assorted Rice Dumplings.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore, www.celebratorydelights.com
9. Golden Peony’s bak chang for Dumpling Festival 2022
Golden Peony at Conrad Centennial Singapore offers a range of bak chang for Dumpling Festival 2022. From Sweeties Red Bean Rice Dumpling ($13.80) with gula melaka syrup to Singapore Black Pepper Chili Crab, Prawn and Bedford Scallops Rice Dumpling ($29.80) and Bak Kut Teh Rice Dumpling ($25.80) featuring pork ribs being wrapped in glutinous rice.
Rice dumpling orders: available 9th May to 3rd June 2022.
Golden Peony, www.connoisseur.sg/golden-peony-rice-dumplings
So which rice dumpling offering will you be choosing to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival?