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Where to buy rice dumplings for delivery and takeaway in Singapore

One’s a snack – but two or three of these rice dumplings make for a pretty satisfying meal

By Fabian Loo
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Rice dumplings are a labour of love. While not all of us are equipped, or patient, enough to make these traditional treats from scratch, there’s no denying that rice dumplings make for a great snack, or a delicious meal. The upcoming Dragon Boat Festival is the perfect excuse to stuff your face with a variety of dumplings – from time-honoured renditions to modern creations. And some of these top spots even offer delivery services that’ll bring their rice dumplings straight to your door.

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Our top picks

Resorts World Sentosa rice dumplings
Resorts World Sentosa rice dumplings
Photograph: Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa

Attractions Sentosa

The freshest ingredients from the land and sea come together in the signature dumpling feast ($118) at Resorts World Sentosa. Eight chefs across eight restaurants have imbued within the classic leaf wrapper flavours inspired by their specialty cuisine – creating variants both trendy and traditional. 

Indulge in a Hakka-style Golden Summer Dumpling, stuffed with eight premium treats – from 10-head abalone to smoked duck – for an auspicious feast. Or feast your eyes (and tummy) on the pink-hued Ocean’s Jewels Dumpling, where sustainably sourced catch of sea whelk and Hokkaido scallops wrapped in Japanese hoshi ebi or dried shrimp-infused glutinous rice. Also included: a Peranakan-style Nonya Sapphires, which sports a butterfly pea-stained exterior enveloping minced pork tossed in piquant XO sauce; the Eternal Amber Dumpling, an elevated take on the classics where pork belly is swapped for a hormone- and antibiotic-free variant from Australia; and a novel Chest of Pearls Dumpling that is reminiscent of sushi, where rice comes packed with aburi tai, or Japanese sea bream, and red miso Tajima wagyu beef. 

Taking cues from sweet desserts, the Siamese Jade is a sleeper hit where glutinous rice comes steamed with coconut milk and taro to create a sweet, sticky rice treat. Bouquet of Rubies is a delightfully floral dumpling, where stuffings of organic red rice, dried longan, red beans, and more are wrapped in bamboo leaves, then cooked in a floral tea bath sweetened with longan honey to slowly impart flavour. 

ORDER HERE The set of eight can be purchased at rwsentosa.com/en/promotions/restaurants/dumpling-feast-2021 

Parkroyal on Kitchener Road rice dumplings
Parkroyal on Kitchener Road rice dumplings
Photograph: Parkroyal on Kitchener Road

Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant at Parkroyal on Kitchener Road

Restaurants Chinese Kallang

The humble rice dumpling gets a luxurious makeover at Parkroyal on Kitchener Road’s Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant. As an ode to the year of the ox, the usual parcel comes stuffed with wagyu beef instead ($9.80). The meat, braised till tender, is then wrapped in brown rice and left to steam for over three hours. More impressive is the Cantonese rice dumpling with abalone and goose liver sauce ($22.80), a hefty creation that packs both size and flavour. Within, you’ll find a showing of prized ingredients: roasted pork, duck, marinated pork belly, and salted egg yolk – all tucked into a hearty lotus leaf bundle.  

Also intriguing is the dumpling made with sago ($10 for three) instead of glutinous rice. Peeking through its translucent skin are vibrant fillings of purple potato, red bean, and lychee, resulting in a colourful treat that tastes as good as it looks. Can’t choose? Sample them all in an exclusive bundle deal ($38.80), which comes presented in a reusable thermal bag (perfect for gifting). 

ORDER HERE Head to shop-parkroyalkitchener.panpacific.com/en_SG/, or drop by the hotel’s restaurant for pick-ups

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Crystal Jade rice dumplings
Crystal Jade rice dumplings
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Crystal Jade

Restaurants Chinese Orchard

The kitchens of Crystal Jade Palace have turned its signature Grandma’s Braised Pork Belly dish into a hearty rice dumpling ($9.80). Covering the middle of fork-tender pork belly is a vibrant purple glutinous rice exterior. Or sample the spicy dried shrimp variant ($8.80), packed with chicken coated with homemade dried red shrimp paste, and Hokkaido conpoy for a spicy take on the savoury treat. Classic renditions of five-spice pork rice dumpling ($8.80) and the premium Hong Kong-style convoy rice dumpling with Jinhua ham ($19.80) is also available for purchase.

But it’s the petite mango sago crystal jelly dumplings ($7.80) that we cannot get enough of. The bite-sized portions make it all too easy to pop a few in the mouth, and instead of chewy grains, this refreshing dessert dumpling comes filled with konnyaku mixed with juicy pops of mango and pomelo.

ORDER HERE Head to estore.crystaljade.com, or drop by any Crystal Jade outlet for takeaways.

BreadTalk rice dumplings
BreadTalk rice dumplings
Photograph: BreadTalk

BreadTalk

Things to do Hougang

Sweet or savoury? There’s no need to choose with the traditional treats from Breadtalk. The Teochew double delight bak chang is a salty-sweet creation. Besides melt-in-your-mouth pork belly and braised shiitake mushrooms, the plump triangle also comes with a spoonful of homemade tau sar or sweet bean paste – ensuring each mouthful is loaded with ingredients. Or swap the sweet filling with a salted egg instead in the Teochew salted egg bak chang, hand-wrapped with other classic fix-ins of pork, dried shrimp, and chestnut. Each rice dumplings goes for $6.50, and seven pieces are sold in a bundle for $39.

ORDER HERE Head to breadtalk.com.sg/shop, or swing by any Breadtalk, Toast Box, and Thye Moh Chan outlets for takeaway.

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Joo Chiat Kim Choo
Photograph: Joo Chiat Kim Choo

Joo Chiat Kim Choo

Heritage brand Joo Chiat Kim Choo has long been making traditional rice dumplings, using a time-honoured recipe that has been passed down for generations. Options range from mini kee zhang ($2) to salted rice dumplings ($7). There is also an online exclusive The Emperor’s Heirloom No.2 ($148), where six premium dumplings – made with dried scallops braised pork, ginkgo nuts, and more – come elegantly presented in a leatherette box. 

ORDER HERE joochiatkimchoo.com.sg/collections/preorderproducts

Jiang-Nan Chun rice dumplings
Photograph: Jiang-Nan Chun

Jiang-Nan Chun

Restaurants Chinese Orchard

Michelin-starred Cantonese eatery Jiang-Nan Chun presents a series of four traditional creations. In particular, the Abundance Rice Dumpling ($32) comes stuffed with luxury; break apart the soft rice exterior to find abalone, mushroom, lotus seeds, dried scallops, roasted pork belly, salted egg yolk, and more. Classic rice dumpling ($28) turns up the heat with pork coated in XO chilli sauce, while the Eight Treasure variant ($28) comes steamed with cordyceps flower, peanut, and beans for texture.  

ORDER HERE fourseasonssingapore.oddle.me/en_SG

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Man Fu Yuan
Photograph: Man Fu Yuan

Man Fu Yuan

Restaurants Chinese Rochor

For a novel take on the timeless treat, Man Fu Yuan offers a tongue-tingling mala-braised beef brisket dumpling ($15) with bamboo shoots and mushrooms. And presented in a round ball (to resemble a garlic bulb) is the smoked pork char siew dumpling ($12) perfumed with black garlic. Other highlights: XO sauce Nonya dumpling ($12) with winter melon strips and dried shrimp, alongside black sesame rice dumpling ($8) and red bean lye rice dumpling ($8). 

ORDER HERE singapore.intercontinental.com/dragon-boat-festival 

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