Whether you like your dim sum traditional or with a modern twist, these restaurants offer some of the best steamed and deep-fried bites in town.
Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant
Serving fine Cantonese cuisine since 1998, Jade Palace is a highly popular spot for dim sum lunch.
The never-ending stream of diners flock here on weekends to feast on classics such as har gao – plump prawns wrapped with translucent skin, silky smooth cheong fun, traditional roast pork and char siew.
The restaurants also serves one of the best crispy-skinned roast duck in town. Look out for the dim sum and Peking duck set lunch featuring Peking duck, stewed noodles with shredded duck fillet and other scrumptious dishes. Reservation is highly recommended.
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If you are looking for a quieter spot, try Mitzo at Grand Park Orchard. Not your typical Chinese restaurant, the setting is modern and colourful.
Executive head chef Nicky Ng’s dim sum items are woven with creativity – for instance, the premium steamed dim sum platter’s juicy siew mai is topped with baby abalone, and the har gow’s smooth translucent skin is speckled with bits of purple cabbage, and topped with caviar.
The xiao long bao is given a twist with a filling of double-boiled duck soup instead of the usual pork and broth. Of course not to be missed is Mitzo’s famous char siew – chunks of fatty, juicy and perfectly caramelised barbecued pork.
The restaurant also serves a vegetarian steamed dim sum platter and a deep-fried dim sum platter.
Level 4, Grand Park Orchard
This elegant restaurant is a top spot for fine dim sum. Dine on classic steamed items as well as more unusual creations like baked abalone puff with assorted mushrooms or deep-fried crab meat dumpling with bacon and golden mushroom.
Or tuck into the fatty and luscious barbecued iberico pork with honey sauce speciality. Pair your meal with artisanal tea blends such as the aromatic lychee oolong tea, curated by Tea Bone Zen Mind.
As Summer Pavilion has maintained its one-Michelin-star for the second year, chances are it’s always fully booked on weekends, so do reserve a table ahead of time.
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Classics like deep fried beancurd skin roll with prawn, steamed honey glazed pork bun and more grace the menu together with more unique choices like crispy scallop coated with filo string.
The value for money dim sum buffet — served on trolleys being whelled around — even includes options like baked lobster with cheese.
Level 5 Marina Mandarin, 6 Raffles Boulevard
This new one-Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant is another great spot to head to for dim sum lunch. Feast on black coloured squid ink and seafood dumplings, an innovative take on traditional dim sum. The fresh seafood and rich umami flavours meld perfectly with a hint of salted egg yolk in the centre. Also try the Dim Sum Trio comprising a delicate bird’s nest dumpling, scallop dumpling and lobster dumpling. Every month, dim sum chef Leong Kwok Sing introduces creations that showcase special flavours of seasonal ingredients.
Located at the National Gallery, Yan offers up delicious interpretations of modern Chinese food — including dim sum.
The restaurant is opened from 11.30am to 2pm daily. Some of the must-try items include the steamed shrimp and crab meat dumpling with mini abalone, steamed beancurd with shrimp paste and egg white sauce and deep-fried egg plant roll with squid paste.
Text: Amy Van/The Peak Additional Reporting: Atika Lim