Whether it is pregnancy-related food hankering or you’re feeling peckish late at night, there aren’t any real patterns when it comes to late-night supper cravings. One day you could be craving rich and flaky roti prata slathered with curry while on another you just want a piping bowl of frog leg porridge. And then there are nights when you just want the variety of tastes and textures that dim sum affords. Options include steamed goods such as har gao and siew mai, baked and fried delights including egg tarts and carrot cake as well as carbohydrates like porridge and chee cheong fun. Hungry yet? Here are 10 restaurants and eateries to satisfy your late-night dim sum supper cravings:
1. The Dim Sum Place
Near the Kampong Glam enclave sits The Dim Sum Place. Founded in 2016, the halal casual dining restaurant prides itself on handmade Hong Kong-style dim sum and Cantonese cuisines. Popular dishes here include Steamed Chicken Siew Mai with Shrimp, Molten Salted Egg Custard Bun and Vermicelli Roll (chee cheong fun). They have multiple locations but the North Bridge Road outlet is the only one that closes between 11 to 2am.
The Dim Sum Place is at 791 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198759. Visit its website for more information.
2. Tang Tea House
Tang Tea House is a halal-certified restaurant known for its Chinese food. Besides an extensive list of zi char dishes for those who are especially hungry, Tang Tea House has a dedicated menu for dim sum. Favourite picks include Shanghai Steam Dumpling (or xiao long bao), BBQ Chicken Bun, Chicken Feet and Siew Mai. There is also the Multi-Flavour Buns for groups that can’t make up their mind on a particular filling. Tang Tea House closes between 11-2am.
Tang Tea House has multiple locations in Singapore.
3. Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
We can’t mention dim sum without mentioning Swee Choon. The restaurant, after all, has been around since 1962 and has expanded beyond its flagship outlet at Jalan Besar. Their extensive menu of dim sum is handmade and includes less common options such as Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun that has been fried and Mee Sua Kueh. The Jalan Besar branch closes at 4am while the AMK Hub location is open 24/7.
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant has multiple locations in Singapore.
4. Enak Enak Restaurant
Enak Enak Restaurant is a family restaurant founded in 2005. They are known for their selection of local and western dishes that include, of course, dim sum. These are handmade fresh with bestsellers such as Shanghai Steamed Dumplings, Golden Sands Buns and Steamed Rice Rolls. The Simpang Bedok branch closes between 4-5am and the East Coast Park location closes at 4am.
Enak Enak Restaurant is at 340 Bedok Rd, Bedok Shopping Complex, Singapore 469520 and 1202 ECP, #01-01 East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449881.
5. Dim Sum Haus
Another late-night dim sum option right down the street from Swee Choon is Dim Sum Haus. Also handmade fresh, fan favourites range from the Baked Salted Egg Custard Bun and Har Gao to Steamed Pork Ribs with Yam and Pan Fried Carrot Cake with Chinese Sausage. Dim Sum Haus closes at 530am from Tuesdays to Sundays.
Dim Sum Haus is at 57 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208809. Visit its website for more information.
6. 126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi
Fondly referred to as ‘126’ by some due to its location at 126 Sims Ave, Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi has been a popular longtime establishment for affordable dim sum in the east. But did you know that they have another location in Boon Keng at Serangoon Road? The brand has been around since 1985 and counts the porridge, chee cheong fun and egg tarts among the top must. The Sims Ave branch is open 24/7 and the Serangoon Road location closes at 2am.
126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi is at 126 Sims Ave, Singapore 387449 and 1086 Serangoon Rd, #1086, Singapore 328187
7. Mongkok Dim Sum
Located just a street from Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi is the Geylang outpost of Mongkok Dim Sum, the only one of its four branches that is open 24/7. While it doesn’t have as extensive a menu as the former, the latter remains an affordable and yummy alternative. Customers return to Mongkok Dim Sum, especially for its variety of porridge options, carrot cake and chee cheong fun as well as the slew of steamed and fried delights.
214 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389274
8. Dim Sum Express
Dim Sum Express has six outlets dotted among the heartland areas islandwide. What sets the brand apart from its competitors is that each plate of dim sum sold here is priced at $1.50 each. They frequently run a ‘buy 10 free 1’ promotion on their items on their social media too. Dim Sum Express is open 24/7.
Dim Sum Express has multiple locations in Singapore
9. 89.7 Supper Club
89.7 Supper Club is another option with two branches in the east — Geylang and Changi Village. The halal-certified restaurant has been in operation since 2002 where they serve a wide variety of cuisines such as dim sum, burgers, kebabs and Indian food. Dim sum options here range from steamed buns and rice rolls to har gao and siew mai. 89.7 Supper Club is open 24/7.
1016 Geylang East Ave 3, #01-165, Singapore 389731 and Block 5, Changi Village Rd, #01-2035, Singapore 500005
10. Kimly Dim Sum
Some of you might recognise Kimly as the brand of coffee shops and food courts. But under the group, which was founded in 1990, is also the Kimly Dim Sum arm that was started in 2008. They have since opened over 30 Kimly Dim Sum outlets, making any one of their locations likely situated near you regardless of where you are in Singapore. Certain branches are open 24/7.
Kimly Dim Sum has multiple locations in Singapore.