Here’s where to order celebratory bak chang and traditional rice dumplings and gifts for Dragon Boat Festival 2023 for Thursday 22 June 2023.
Looking for rice dumplings to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival 2023 (also called Dumpling Festival or Duanwu Festival) on Thursday 22 June 2023 (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).
Rice dumplings are best eaten when they are steamed, but may also be eaten as sold from your favourite rice dumpling spot. If the rice dumplings are not eaten on the day of purchase, they should be placed in the refrigerator where they can be usually kept for up to four days. When you’re ready to tuck in, reheat the rice dumplings by steaming for 15 minutes or boiling for 12 minutes.
Scroll on for all the tastiest spots to find rice dumplings in town to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival 2023!
Read more: Guide to Best Dim Sum in Singapore
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, hoping 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.
Bak Chang/Rice Dumplings for Dumpling Festival 2023
So now that 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.
Handcrafted Rice Dumplings: Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
For Dragon Boat Festival 2023, award-winning Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant presents a feast of gourmet handcrafted dumplings using only premium ingredients. These rice dumplings will delight the palates of those seeking modern flavours as well as the traditionalists! Choose between five different rice dumplings ranging from the traditional Cantonese-style Rice Dumpling with pork belly and salted egg yolk ($18) to unique flavours of White Pepper Crab ($22), and even vegetarian options like Cordyceps Flower & Purple Glutinous Rice ($18). The luxurious 5-Head Abalone with Karasumi & Iberico Pork Rice Dumpling ($30) features an indulgent combination of abalone, scallop, succulent Iberico pork and the highly prized karasumi (dried mullet roe), air-flown from Italy – it holds a hint of savouriness akin to salted egg yolk. Alternatively, try the Oolong Tea Smoked Roasted Irish Duck Rice Dumpling ($20) made with ‘the Wagyu of Duck’, lightly smoked with premium imperial oolong tea for an oriental finish and melt-in-your-mouth texture. For those who can’t decide what to get, the Assorted Rice Dumpling box featuring four different flavours ($68) is perfect for you!
Early Bird offer: Get the Assorted Rice Dumplings at $65 nett (U.P. $78 nett). Valid for online orders from 15 May, for collection 22 to 31 May only.
Get 15% Discount: Quote “SASSYRD15” when ordering online to enjoy the 15% discount. Valid with a minimum purchase of four rice dumplings Valid for online orders from 15 May, for collection 22 May to 22 June.
Rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023: Pre-order online from 15 May 2023. Order here from 15 May (collection from 22 May – 22 June 2023).
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865
Man Fu Yuan’s Handcrafted Rice Dumplings
Celebrate the traditions of Dragon Boat Festival 2023 with a choice of seven artisanal rice dumplings from Man Fu Yuan at InterContinental Singapore. This award-winning Cantonese restaurant has four new rice dumpling flavours, along with two gift bundle sets. The new and luxurious Man Fu Yuan Classic Cantonese XL Rice Dumpling with Red Quinoa ($88 nett). is a whopping limited-edition 1kg rice dumpling with premium ingredients such as two 5-head South African abalones, five-spiced pork belly, giant dried shrimps imported from Hong Kong, dace fish, roasted duck and red quinoa. Only 88 pieces of these rice dumplings are available for purchase this year. Other notable choices include the Japanese Sweet Potato with Sesame Rice Dumpling ($19.80 nett), and Australian Pumpkin with Quinoa Rice Dumpling ($19.80 nett). Every order of five dumplings includes an elegantly-designed pyramid box specially created to replicate the experience of unveiling the treasures within.
Place your order for rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023 before 22 May 2023 and get 25% early bird savings!
Rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023: from now till 22 June 2023 via intercontinentaltakeaway.oddle.me and is available for collection, dine in during lunch, takeaway and delivery from 22 May to 22 June 2023.
Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore, email email@example.com, Tel: (+65) 6825 1008.
Michelin-starred Rice Dumplings: Dragon Boat Festival 2023
This Dragon Boat Festival 2023, plump for handcrafted rice dumplings by One Michelin-starred Shang Palace from Shangri-La Singapore. Laboriously hand-wrapped and brimming with gourmet ingredients, these fragrant rice dumplings are a delight to tuck into for family celebrations or as befitting gifts. We have our eyes on the Shang Palace Rice Dumpling Gift Set ($89.90) which comes with the Shang Palace Signature Barbecued Pork Rice Dumpling with Yunnan Ham and Conpoy, Traditional Nyonya Rice Dumpling, 20-year Tangerine Peel Red Bean Lava Rock Rice Dumpling, Plant-Based Meat with Preserved Vegetables Low-GI Brown Rice Dumpling and Shang Palace Tea! You can order many of these dumplings separately – there’s the Truffle Pork Rice Dumpling with Salted Egg at $21.90 nett with Black truffle paste, braised pork belly, mushroom, chestnut, salted egg yolk, and glutinous rice or the 20-year Tangerine Peel Red Bean Lava Rock Rice Dumpling at $17.90 nett just to name a few.
Enjoy 15% savings for rice dumpling purchases made before 4 June 2023 (excluding gift sets).
Rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023: From 25 May to 4 June 2023, collection at Shang Palace, between 12pm to 8pm. From 6 to 22 June 2023, orders can be picked up at the Dragon Boat Festival Booth at Tower Wing lobby. Delivery service is available from 25 May to 22 June 2022.
Shang Palace, Shangri-La Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350
Traditional Rice Dumplings from Beng Hiang Restaurant
Much-loved Hokkien restaurant Beng Hiang Restaurant maintains its long-time culinary traditions with its chefs preserving the same recipes for over four decades using only the best ingredients for its restaurant dishes as well as its rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023. This year there is a selection of three rice dumpling creations. Packing a distinct umami punch, the Hokkien Rice Dumpling ($6.80 each) has slices of succulent pork belly, shiitake mushrooms, dried shrimps and chestnuts wrapped in aromatic glutinous rice. There is also the Hokkien Rice Dumpling with Salted Egg Yolk ($7.50 each) and for a sweet and savoury rice dumpling, delight in the Nonya Dumpling ($6.80 each) with fragrant 5-spiced minced pork and candied winter melon, encased in fragrant glutinous rice tinted with a lovely blue from butterfly pea flower.
Enjoy an early bird discount of 15% for rice dumpling orders before 11 June 2023 when you get the Dumpling Combo ($48.80) with a trio of Hokkien Rice Dumpling, Hokkien Dumpling with Salted Egg and Nonya Dumpling and a choice of signature 5-Spiced Sausage Roll or Deep-fried Prawn Roll.
Rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023: available from 22 May to 22 June 2023 via in-store purchase, call and email only.
Beng Hiang Restaurant, Blk 135 Jurong Gateway Road #02-337 Singapore 600135
Joo Chiat Kim Choo’s Traditional Rice Dumplings
Joo Chiat Kim Choo offers authentic rice dumplings all year round, not just for Dragon Boat Festival 2023! They just opened a new flagship store at 77 Circuit Road where you can get Teochew Rice Dumplings served alongside classic and signature flavours like Nyonya Rice Dumpling and the Emperor’s Rice Dumpling. Other must-try flavours are the Hokkien Rice Dumpling with Salted Egg Yolk and the Cantonese Bean Rice Dumpling. For something a little different, try the Hakka Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables Rice Dumpling and the delicious Pulut Hitam Nyonya Rice Dumpling. Especially for Dragon Boat Festival 2023, Joo Chiat Kim Choo’s Gift Collection Sets 2023 feature four sets of specialty bak chang flavours.
Rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023: available all year around.
Joo Chiat Kim Choo 1 Enterprise Road, Singapore 629813, www.joochiatkimchoo.com.sg
Xin Cuisine’s Rice Dumpling: Dragon Boat Festival 2023
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant has a new rice bak chang creation for Dragon Boat Festival 2023, the Abalone and Cumin Pork Rice Dumpling, a luxurious choice perfect for gifting or self-indulgence. The firm rich abalone and aromatic spices of cumin pork complement the sticky, chewy texture of glutinous rice. There’s also Xin’s Signature Home-made Traditional Rice Dumpling and the Kee Chang Red Lotus Seed Paste Dumpling served with Osmanthus Sauce ($13.80), as well as an Assorted Rice Dumpling Bundle set at $92. Handcrafted in-house by Xin Cuisine’s Dim Sum Chef, these rice dumplings make a fab gift for Dragon Boat Festival 2023.
Early Bird Discount: 20% off rice dumplings from 22 Apr to 7 May 2023 (applied on order)
Rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023: from 17 May – 22 June 2023, Wednesdays to Sundays. Orders must be made 3 days in advance. All bak changs are available for order online.
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, 317 Outram Rd, Singapore
Bak Chang / Hokkien Rice Dumpling at Hoo Kee Bak Chang
Hoo Kee Bak Chang 和记肉粽 (Michelin Bib Gourmand bak chang) 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 2023. 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 dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023: all year-round from $3.80.
Hoo Kee Bak Chang 和记肉粽, www.hookeebakchang.sg/shop
Eastern Rice Dumpling: Dragon Boat Festival 2023
The recipe for rice dumplings from Eastern Rice Dumpling has been passed down three generations for the last 40 years. One of the more affordable rice dumpling spots – their popular rice dumplings – include Nyonya Rice Dumpling ($3.90) and the Hokkien Rice Dumpling ($3.90) made from fried glutinous rice and a filling of chestnut, mushroom and pork marinated with five spices. For Dragon Boat Festival 2023, grab their rice dumplings at 300 Balestier Road, as well as nine other outlets at shopping malls in the heartlands.
Rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023: available all year round. You can order online here.
Eastern Rice Dumpling | Dong Yuan Bak Chang, www.easternricedumpling.com
Hong Kong-style Rice Dumplings for Dumpling Festival 2023
Celebrate the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival 2023 with Paradise Group‘s hand-wrapped Hong Kong-style rice dumplings. Choose between the Gula Melaka Red Bean Paste Rice Dumpling ($6.80), Roasted Pork with Dried Shrimp and Conpoy Spicy Rice Dumpling (only available as part of a set) and Braised Pork Belly with Japanese Mushroom and Conpoy Rice Dumpling ($12.80). If you are looking for rice dumplings to gift check out their Rice Dumpling Gift Set ($68.80) with five rice dumplings!
Citi, Maybank Credit or Debit Cardmembers and PGR members get 10% off the Rice Dumpling Gift Sets
Rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023: Paradise Group’s rice dumplings are available for pre-order from 22 May to 22 June 2023.
So which rice dumpling offering will you be choosing to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival 2023?