1. Min Jiang
The Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang Dumpling, which features Australian wagyu beef cheek slow-cooked with potatoes, homemade rempah (spice paste) and turmeric glutinous rice, is the highlight this year… and it’s really delectable. Unfortunately, one is so filling, we couldn’t have another one! Also try the other new flavour – Chicken with Salted Egg Yolk and Chestnut Dumpling – if you prefer a more traditional taste.
Min Jiang is at: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road.
Photo: Goodwood Park Hotel
2. Hoo Kee Bak Chang
One of the few places in Singapore where you can still get home-made traditional rice dumplings done the way our granny used to make them. The Salted Egg and Mushroom one is delicious, and it’s best enjoyed with a little chilli sauce at the side.
Hoo Kee Bak Chang is at: Amoy Street Food Centre.
3. Golden Peony
Oooooh… Chilli Crab and Chicken Rice dumplings… this is like combining two unique Singaporean favourites into one. We were torn between choosing which one we enjoyed better, but the more outstanding one is the Chilli Crab, so go for that if you want something unique.
Golden Peony is at: Level 3 Conrad Centennial Hotel, 2 Temasek Blvd.
Photo: @conradsingapore / @misstamchiak
4. Hiong Kee Rice Dumplings
Another place for those in-the-know to get the most traditional rice dumplings. They are made in limited quantities and sell out fast so it’s best to go early if you want to get some.
Hiong Kee Rice Dumplings is at: #02-37, Blk 531A, Upper Hokien St.
5. Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
This Chinese restaurant has always comes up with exciting and tasty Bak Chang creations, and this year their four flavours – Pork & Salted Egg Signature Dumpling; Black Truffle, Cordyceps Flower & Pork Belly Rice Dumpling; Mushroom, Pork Belly & Dried Scallop Rice Dumpling (New) and Five-Grain Rice Dumpling (Vegetarian) – all impressed us once again.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant is at: Level 3, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road.
6. Shang Palace
Food Instagrammer Philip Lim @keropokman shows us the beauty of this Chinese restaurant’s Five Grain Truffle-infused Bak Chang in this video – it looks so nice we went out to buy it straight away. The best thing is that the five-grain rice used here makes this healthier than the more common glutinous rice variety – a good excuse to indulge in it!
Shang Palace is at: Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
7. Din Tai Fung
Another vegetarian Bak Chang which we really loved is the Red Bean Rice Dumpling which is specially imported from Taiwan by Chinese food stalwart Din Tai Fung. The sweet luscious red beans make a perfect complement to the fragrant glutinous rice. One is not enough!
Din Tai Fung is at: Various outlets in Singapore, visit www.dintaifung.com.sg
8. Homemade Bak Chang
This is probably the best: Bak Chang made by mum or granny. And if your seniors know of a great recipe, be sure to learn it so your kids can also enjoy the traditional delicacy next time. We are so happy to see on Instagram many Singaporeans still making their own Bak Changs for their family and gifting to friends, and enjoying those made by their mums. Let’s hope the tradition continues!