Har kaw, siew mai, lor bak gou, dim sum so good you just can’t say no!
Little morsels of deliciousness, carefully wrapped in paper-thin dough, topped with chives and cooked to perfection, dim sum (点心: dian xin) holds a special place in our hearts (and tummies). A hearty exchange of ‘inspirational’ life anecdotes, over these bite-sized goodness and sipping Chinese tea at a traditional Chinese dim sum restaurant with family or friends — that’s our kind of perfect afternoon.
If that sounds like something you might want to plan for the coming weekend, here’s the ultimate list of Chinese restaurants in Singapore (complete with promotions), which serve up quality dim sum while being easy on your wallet.
|Restaurant||Address||What To Order|
|Red House Seafood||Various locations||Bird’s Nest Egg Tart, Crispy Prawn with Mango Dressing, Pan-fried Cai Po Carrot Cake, Deluxe Seafood Fried Rice, and Braised Abalone with Jellyfish|
|Yum Cha||20 Trengganu Street (Off Temple Street) #02-01, Singapore 058479||Steamed salted egg custard bun, salted egg prawn ball, prawn & mango fritter, and Peking duck|
|Tim Ho Wan||68 Orchard Rd, Plaza Singapura #01-29A & #01-52, Singapore 238839||Baked barbecue pork bun, beancurd skin with prawn & pork, sesame ball with molten salted egg and egg tart|
|Peach Garden||Multiple outlets islandwide||Steamed prawn dumpling, yam puff with char siew, stewed pork trotters in black vinegar and drunken prawns|
|Mouth Restaurant||38 Maxwell Rd #01-01/02, Airview Building, Singapore 069116||Steamed salted egg custard bun, pork & prawn dumpling, Peking duck and deep fried ‘chopstick’ prawn spring roll|
|Shang Court||Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard #01-219/222, Singapore 819666||Steamed shrimp dumpling with bamboo shoot, pork & mushroom dumpling, Suzhou baked minced pork bun, signature pan fried bun with pork, kong bak pau, prawn roll and ngor hiang|
|Tien Court||403 Havelock Road, Copthorne King's Hotel Singapore, Singapore 169632||Deep-fried prawn & pork dumpling with lychee, steamed pork & prawn dumpling with caviar and steamed pork ribs with taro|
|Hua Ting||442 Orchard Rd Level 2, Orchard Hotel Singapore, Singapore 238879||Signature baked mango & chicken tart, steamed seafood abalone dumpling, turnip cake in homemade XO sauce and sweet trilogy and baked herbal empress chicken drumstick with abalone & fungus|
|Summer Palace||1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 3 Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715||Shrimp dumplings with bird's nest, deep-fried yam with garoupa, steamed glutinous rice with crab, double boiled egg white milk custard with bird's nest|
|Shang Palace||22 Orange Grove Rd Lobby Level, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Singapore 258350||Steamed beef tripe with satay sauce, thousand layer radish puff with Yunnan ham, traditional steamed buns with roasted pork belly & steamed yam and chilled coconut ai-yu jelly|
|Jade||1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Singapore 049178||Wagyu beef puffs, abalone siew mai, lobster porridge, braised bird's nest soup and pistachio muah chee|
|Hai Tien Lou||7 Raffles Boulevard Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, Singapore 039595||Signature XO chilli sauce with rice flour rolls, roasted meats platter, deep-fried prawns with salted egg yolk and egg tart with swiftlet’s nest & white fungus|
Red House Seafood
Dim sum fans will surely know this fine dining establishment, given that it's one of the oldest seafood restaurants.
Red House Seafood, established since 1976, is famous for its dim sum and seafood offerings, number up to 50 items for its a la carte lunch buffet.
What sets their dum sum apart is their specialty dishes, which includes items such as bird’s nest egg tart, crispy prawn with mango dressing, pan-fried cai po carrot cake, deluxe seafood fried rice, and braised abalone with jellyfish.
You can refer to the menu here.
Price: S$30 - S$40/person
Address: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel (Level 2), 392 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169663 (only available at Grand Copthrone outlet)
Contact number: 6735 7666
Dim sum hours: 12pm to 2.30pm (Monday to Friday), 11am to 3pm (Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday, last order 2.30pm)
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A household name that serves up delectable dim sum throughout the day, its main outlet is situated bang in the centre of Chinatown. As they get pretty crowded during lunch and dinner (even on weekdays), be sure to make a reservation before heading down.
Yum Cha's high tea dim sum buffet is also available at both outlets on weekdays from 3pm to 6pm (last order 5:30pm). The price is not stated online so you'll have to call to enquire.
Price: S$15 to S$20/person (ala carte)
What to order: Steamed salted egg custard bun, salted egg prawn ball, prawn and mango fritter, and Peking duck (if you’ve the stomach space)
Address: 20 Trengganu Street (Off Temple Street) #02-01, Singapore 058479 | 6 Changi Business Park Ave 1 #01-33, ERS BizPark @ Changi, Singapore 486017
Contact number: 6372 1717 | 6789 1717
Dim sum hours: 10:30am to 10:30pm (Monday to Friday), 9am to 10:30pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Tim Ho Wan
A chain dim sum restaurant hailing from the mecca of dim sums, Hong Kong, Tim Ho Wan has 12 outlets spread all over our sunny island. Offering piping hot and authentic dim sum throughout the day, they’re famous for baked barbecue pork bun and egg tarts. Don’t leave without trying them, because the calories are really worth it!
Price: S$20 to S$25/person
What to order: Baked barbecue pork bun, beancurd skin with prawn and pork, sesame ball with molten salted egg and egg tart
Address: 68 Orchard Rd, Plaza Singapura #01-29A & #01-52, Singapore 238839
Contact number: 6251 2000
Dim sum hours: 10am to 10pm (Monday to Friday), 9am to 10pm (Saturday and Sunday)
An oldie but a goodie. Here’s the thing about Peach Garden — they serve dim sum during lunch time, but the best time to visit would be between 3-5 pm to take advantage of their promotion. Depending on the outlet you visit, on Mondays to Fridays, diners enjoy up to 50% off their a la carte and dim sum menu items. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, there’s Peach Garden's signature high-tea buffet, which includes a la carte menu items and dim sums.
Do note that as Peach Garden changes its menu periodically, you might want to give them a call to check in on their current menu in advance.
Price: S$22 to S$28/person
What to order: Prawn dumpling, yam puff with char siew, barbecue pork bun and prawn paste chicken
- Get 1-for-1 a la carte buffet when you dine with four persons and above at Hotel Miramar (S$58++ from Monday to Thurs, S$68++ for Fridays, S$78++ for Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays). More details here.
- Get 1-for-1 set menu with free flow beer and wine at the OCBC Centre outlet. Valid for S$98, S$128, and S$158 set menus. More details here.
- Get 50% off high tea a la carte buffet when you dine as a group of 4 pax and above. Get 30% off for 2 pax and 40% off for 3 pax (S$58++ for adults, S$42++ for Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, before discount). Only available at the Chinatown Point outlet. More details here.
Address: Multiple outlets islandwide
Contact number: 6451 3233
Dim sum hours: 3pm to 5pm daily
Sitting on the fringe of CBD is Mouth Restaurant, a must-visit if you’ve got a dim sum craving during the work week that needs fixing. Famous for their steamed salted egg custard bun, you’d want to give their crispy deep fried ‘chopstick’ prawn spring roll a definite try.
Price: S$25 to S$30/person
What to order: Steamed salted egg custard bun, pork & prawn dumpling, Peking duck and deep fried ‘chopstick’ prawn spring roll
- Save up to 20% on your visit when you purchase cash vouchers on Chope.
Address: 38 Maxwell Rd #01-01/02, Airview Building, Singapore 069116
Contact number: 6438 5798
Dim sum hours: 11.30am to 3pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4:30pm and 6pm to 10pm (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)
Easily the most trendy and hipster dim sum restaurant on this list, Shang Social gives traditional Cantonese, Huaiyang, and Sichuan cuisine with a modern touch. Situated at the new Jewel Changi Airport, not only does every corner of their restaurant look Instagram-worthy, every dish is aesthetically plated before serving.
They are famous for steamed shrimp dumpling with bamboo shoot, pork & mushroom dumpling and Suzhou baked minced pork bun. If you've the stomach space or are dining with a group of foodies, be sure to also order up their signature pan fried bun with pork, kong bak pau, prawn roll and ngor hiang.
Price: S$25 to S$30/person
What to order: Steamed shrimp dumpling with bamboo shoot, pork & mushroom dumpling, Suzhou baked minced pork bun, signature pan fried bun with pork, kong bak pau, prawn roll and ngor hiang.
Address: Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard #01-219/222, Singapore 819666
Contact number: 6346 0260
Dim sum hours: 11.30am to 4.30pm (Monday to Sunday)
Located at the quaint Robertson Quay, Tien Court is my grandma’s go-to when it comes to dim sum, and grandmas are never wrong. An unassuming Chinese restaurant that consistently serves quality dim sum at a reasonable price, there’s nothing not to love.
Price: S$40 to S$45/person
What to order: Deep-fried prawn & pork dumpling with lychee, steamed pork & prawn dumpling with caviar and steamed pork ribs with taro
Address: 403 Havelock Road, Copthorne King's Hotel Singapore, Singapore 169632
Contact number: 6318 3193
Dim sum hours: 12pm to 10pm daily, closed on Tuesdays.
Head over to Hua Ting if you are looking for a conveniently located Chinese restaurant that serves traditional dim sum. Sitting on the 2nd floor of Orchard Hotel Singapore, it also offers a wide selection of bigger sharing plates like Peking duck and fried rice with crab, salmon roe, egg white & black garlic.
Price: S$45 to S$50/person
What to order: Signature baked mango & chicken tart, steamed seafood abalone dumpling, turnip cake in homemade XO sauce and sweet trilogy and baked herbal empress chicken drumstick with abalone & fungus
- DBS, UOB and OCBC cardholders enjoy 15% off on a la carte menu items when they dine-in.
Address: 442 Orchard Rd Level 2, Orchard Hotel Singapore, Singapore 238879
Contact number: 6739 6666
Dim sum hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm
A short walk from Orchard MRT Station is where you will find the one-star Michelin Cantonese Restaurant, Summer Palace. Although their selection of dim sum is not as varied as some of the other Chinese restaurants on this list, it definitely makes up for it with their seasonal dim sum menu that changes every 3 months.
Price: S$50 to S$60/person
What to order: Shrimp dumplings with bird's nest, deep-fried yam with garoupa, steamed glutinous rice with crab, double boiled egg white milk custard with bird's nest
- Save 10% on your visit when you purchase a S$50 voucher for S$45 on Chope.
- Enjoy 15% off with a minimum spend of S$100 when you make reservations via Quandoo.
- Citibank and OCBC cardholders enjoy 15% off on a la carte menu items.
- Selected OCBC cardholders can enjoy 10% off set menus. Valid till 30 June 2023.
Address: 1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 3 Regent Hotel Singapore, Singapore 249715
Contact number: 6725 3288
Dim sum hours: 12pm to 2:30pm (Monday to Friday), 11:30am to 2:30pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Cantonese fine dining, just a stone’s throw away from the main Orchard Road stretch, Shang Palace is all old world charm. It’s the sort of place you bring your parents or future in-laws to dine at. Steamed, fried, boiled, pan-fried, Shang Palace offers over 46 different dim sums for you to pick and choose from.
Price: S$55 to S$60/person
What to order: Steamed beef tripe with satay sauce, thousand layer radish puff with Yunnan ham, traditional steamed buns with roasted pork belly & steamed yam and chilled coconut ai-yu jelly.
Address: 22 Orange Grove Rd Lobby Level, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Singapore 258350
Contact number: 6213 4398
Dim sum hours: 12pm to 2:30pm (Monday to Friday), 11am to 3pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Housed within The Fullerton Hotel, Jade offers dim sum set lunch on Monday to Friday and dim sum buffet on Saturday and Sunday. Expect dim sum classics like prawn dumpling and pork & shrimp dumpling alongside new creations like Wagyu beef puffs, steamed sweet yam lava bun and pistachio muah chee.
Price: S$55++ per person, (minimum of two guests to dine) for weekend yum cha
What to order: Wagyu beef puffs, abalone siew mai, lobster porridge, braised bird's nest soup and pistachio muah chee
Address: 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Singapore 049178
Contact number: 6733 8388
Dim sum hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm daily
Hai Tien Lo
Dim sum gone luxe. There’s nothing simple or basic about having a dim sum afternoon at Hai Tien Lo. Located on the 3rd level of Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore, this is perhaps one of the most fancy dim sum restaurants in Singapore, and for good reason.
Their dim sums include ingredients like swiftlet’s nest, foie gras, lobster, abalone and crab that elevate classic dim sums to a whole new level of yums. Be sure to dress up for the occasion because, Hai Tien Lo has a smart casual dress code—talk about fancy.
If you're in the mood for a buffet, Hai Tien Lo also offers a weekend brunch buffet menu from 11.30am to 2.30pm (last order at 2pm). You can top up S$90 to enjoy unlimited house pour champagne, house wines, beers, juices and soft drinks.
Price: S$36.50 for children, S$73 for adults (weekend dim sum buffet)
What to order: Signature XO chilli sauce with rice flour rolls, roasted meats platter, deep-fried prawns with salted egg yolk and egg tart with swiftlet’s nest & white fungus
Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, Singapore 039595
Contact number: 6826 8240
Dim sum hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm
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