10 of the Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Singapore to Visit Now
No longer limited to breakfast or teatime, good dim sum—a traditional meal that originated in China that consists of small plates and snacks—has grown into a popular tradition avid diners crave on a regular basis. It has become a ubiquitous part of our local food scene with many Chinese restaurants specialising in a plethora of classic and contemporary flavours. Here are 10 restaurants where you can easily get your fix.
1/10 Cherry Garden
Known for its beautiful interiors and authentic Cantonese cuisine, diners will find themselves returning for the culinary team’s signature dim sum and dishes that are presented with a modern flair. For brunch, order the crispy wasabi-aioli prawns that are topped with chunks of mango and tobiko (flying fish roe). The selection is wide but do remember to have the pan-fried A4 Miyazaki Wagyu sirloin with garlic barbecue sauce and sautéed vegetables—it’s a treat you won’t want to miss.
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2/10 Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao
This casual dining establishment under the Crystal Jade Group is a favourite of many for its sumptuous variety of xiao long bao as well as delicious Shanghainese cuisine and provincial treats that warm the heart. An order of the steamed Shanghai xiao long bao is always a must for its exquisite pleated skin that easily gives way to an umami-packed broth and flavourful meat. No meal here is complete without an order of its signature Szechuan dan dan la mian, tossed in a rich spicy-sour sauce to pique the palate.
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3/10 Golden Peony
Head to this fine-dining restaurant, helmed by acclaimed Chinese executive chef Ku Keung, for an exquisite experience that exemplifies a seamless marriage of Cantonese fare and international flavours. Must-haves include the London duck pancake roll that also boasts the right balance of tender, crunchy and crispy textures. The succulent braised dong po pork belly , which is slowly cooked for eight hours, is a luscious treat that is best savoured with a side of mantou buns.
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4/10 Hai Tien Lo
This stalwart of Cantonese cuisine is helmed by chef Ben Zeng, who has over 25 years of culinary experience. His enticing menu is designed to be a unique and delicious showcase of Cantonese dishes, including the ever-popular dim sum offered on the à la carte lunch menu. There are offerings for every craving—those with a penchant for classic flavours can opt for the steamed prawn dumplings and steamed xiao long bao with minced pork, while those looking for more contemporary adaptations can go for the likes of steamed charcoal barbecue pork buns with black truffle.
5/10 Jade Restaurant
Housed within the beautifully conserved The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, a meal at Jade Restaurant is always a treat as the culinary team, headed by executive chef Leong Chee Yeng, serves authentic Cantonese cuisine that is matched with quality hospitality. The weekend yum cha remains popular with gourmands, thanks to its wide array of contemporary and classic offerings. Standouts include the xiao long bao brimming with an umami-packed bak kut teh broth; steamed siew mai filled with meaty abalone; and crispy lobster encased in a crisp dumpling.
6/10 Madame Fan
Madame Fan is the brainchild of revered restaurateur Alan Yau, who wanted to introduce a new era of Chinese dining in Singapore through modern interpretations of Cantonese classics. These dishes, crafted by executive Chinese chef Mike Tan, are pleasantly paired with East-meets-West cocktails. Since the restaurant’s inception, it has also been the go-to place for dim sum creations that are prepared in the traditional style but made much more enticing with the use of contemporary ingredients. The weekend dim sum menu includes seafood spring rolls with flavours of kumquat and wasabi, as well as wild mushroom dumplings with black truffle.
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7/10 Man Fu Yuan
This restaurant is a stalwart in the Chinese fine-dining scene for good reason. With executive sous chef Aaron Tan at the helm, the culinary team serves an extensive menu of Cantonese fare in the à la carte menu and dim sum dishes at the popular weekend buffet. Those who want to indulge in their delicious cuisine may opt for the latter, just so they can dig into the likes of steamed chicken claw drenched in premium XO sauce, classic Hong Kong char siew bun, and prawn and pork siew mai topped with flying fish roe, among many others.
8/10 Peony Jade (Keppel Club)
Peony Jade Restaurant has been an institution in Singapore's F&B scene, having opened its first outlet in Clarke Quay in 2004 and then Keppel Bay in 2008. The latter remains a favourite spot for dim sum dishes, thanks to the culinary team who prepares them using fresh ingredients and masterful culinary techniques. Opt for the dim sum buffet if you want a truly indulgent experience, and feast on signatures such as pan-fried carrot cake, deep-fried vegetable spring rolls, and deep-fried prawn rolls topped with banana mayo and sesame seeds.
9/10 Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant
Since its opening in 1988, the popular restaurant has gathered a loyal following with customers returning for its delectable Cantonese staples and, of course, the popular dim sum selection served during lunch. Classic flavours star in the expansive menu, and these include the baked barbecue pork buns, deep-fried beancurd skin rolls with shrimp, and steamed crab meat and egg white dumplings, which are elevated with premium ingredients.
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10/10 Yan Ting
Yan Ting stands out in Singapore with its refined approach to Cantonese cuisine, whipped up by a team of talented master chefs experienced in traditional culinary techniques. On weekends and public holidays, gourmands flock over for a taste of their delectable dim sum delights, which are paired with free-flow drinks (from tea to champagne). It’s always good to start with the specially-crafted delights—options are aplenty with the likes of steamed pork and shrimp dumplings topped with abalone, and steamed crystal shrimp dumplings crowned with foie gras for a contemporary twist.