Top 10 Best Dim Sum in Singapore [2021 Edition]
As the gentle steam from the steamer basket covers the bustle and the chaos of the busing waiters and the rambunctious crowd, the exquisite food within invites you to feast. Be it in a fancy restaurant, or your humble neighbourhood fare, dim sum is a celebration of the little joys in life. To make sure you truly savour it, Tropika Club discovers the Top 10 Best Dim Sum in Singapore.
These are Tropika Club’s very own aggregated rankings, or ‘rankings of rankings’. We collect information from a variety of sources to ascertain the final rankings here. This is further refined through consulting the TripAdvisor rankings to decide the position of the choices here when there’s a tie.
1. Tim Ho Wan
Introduction: It may be a fixture in many of our gleaming shopping malls. But it had humble beginnings – a ‘hole-in-the-wall’ eatery in Mongkok, Hong Kong. But now it is no stranger to the Michelin Star, with outlets across the world’s cosmopolitans. Did you know? Their outlet in Plaza Singapura is their very first international outlet!
But you don’t need a pretty penny for the delicious Hong Kong dim sum at Tim Ho Wan, they pride themselves on being affordable with their scrumptious dishes.
Offerings: The Baked Bun with BBQ Pork, their ‘main attraction’, is world-famous so you definitely can’t miss that.
Craving for something different? They expanded their menu early last year, adding more variety to their menu Now you can order dishes like Spicy Fried Rice, Hong Kong Braised Beef Soup Noodles, and Rice with Pork Ribs.
Location: They have 12 outlets across Singapore
Contact: +65 6955 0188
2. Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
Introduction: They call themselves as ‘the happiest Tim sum haven’ (they spell it with a ’t’). With their delicious affordable fare they might as well be. Since 1962, they stay true to their philosophy of providing simple joys, creating handcrafted dim sum from their own original recipes and fresh flavours. Don’t be fooled by their humble furnishings, this may well be one of the top Dim Sum restaurants in Singapore.
Offerings: The Mee Sua Kueh, a deep-fried vermicelli cake. brings perhaps the biggest joy, so does their Steamed Salted Egg Custard Bun, Sichuan Chilli Oil Wanton and Shanghai Xiao Long Bao. Of course, they serve the usual dim sum fare as well, which are just as tasty.
Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882
Contact: +65 6225 7788
3. 126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi 揾到食
Introduction: Did you miss it? Their Cantonese name is actually a play on their address – Wan Dao Sek / One Two Six. They first started in 1985 with an outlet in Sims Avenue, before expanding with another outlet in Boon Keng. They’re open 24 hours all week – perfect for your late night supper haunts.
Offerings: The Thai-style Fried Crab Dong Fen is an absolute delight not to be missed. The dong fen is fried to perfection, with garlic perfectly infused with the noodles and shell-cracked crab. You can switch the dong fen with thick bee Hoon if you like.
The Pork Belly Buns is another delight, with its thin skin and tender pork. For a good meaty bite, try their King-sized Siew Mai and their Pork Ribs.
Location: 126 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387449 | 1086 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328187
Contact: +65 6746 4757 | +65 6297 5032
4. Victor’s Kitchen
Introduction: Victor’s Kitchen is the brainchild of a former chef at the five-star Victoria Hotel in Hong Kong. Now, he brings his curation of his authentic, award-wining recipes to Singapore.
Offerings: Their unassuming shopfront hides one of the best custard buns in Singapore – the Golden Egg Tolk Lava Bun. Another specialty of theirs is the Steamed Carrot Cake with XO sauce, a traditional Hong Kong Recipe.
Location: 91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza, #01-49
(Bras Basah MRT), Singapore 189652 | Chinatown Point B1-33, 133 New Bridge Road (Chinatown MRT), Singapore 059413
Contact: +65 9838 2851 (Chinatown Point number)
5. Yi Dian Xin Hong Kong Dim Sum
Introduction: This humble hidden gem sits unassumingly on Upper Serangoon Road, only a few minutes’ walk from Kovan MRT. Blink and you just might miss it. Even, so it’s dim sum delights has managed to win the hearts of casual foodies and food bloggers alike.
Offerings: Their golden Beancurd Prawn Rolls is satisfyingly crunchy and savoury. Their Signature Salted Egg Custard Pao is what people really come here for. The Steamed Carrot Cake is also another must-have.
Location: 1012 Upper Serangoon Rd, Singapore 534750
Contact: +65 9168 5587
6. Peach Garden
Introduction: The founders of this restaurant chain had one vision: to create an exquisite sanctuary to savour traditional Chinese cuisine. Since their establishment in 2002, their restaurants have garnered coveted accolades and rave reviews, and have even catered for several government events and state banquets.
Offerings: They have three different types of restaurants: Fine Chinese Dining, Chinese Restaurants, and Chinese Dining. Each of them has its own menu.
For their OCBC Centre branch, they serve Peking duck on free flow during their lunch and dinner hours, while their dim sum is only served during the weekend lunch hours.
And their dim sum is pure decadence. Notable dim sum dishes on the OCBC Centre branch menu are Steamed Bak Kut Teh Xiao Long Bao, Steamed Prawn Dumpling with Squid Ink, and Baked Char Siew with Pineapple Bun.
If you’re going to be in Chinatown, their outlet at Chinatown Point boasts Steam Custard Buns with light, fluffy buns.
Location: They have 7 outlets across Singapore.
Contact: +65 6535 7833
7. Hai Tein Lo
Introduction: You can find Hai Tein Lo tucked in the glamour and luxury of the Pan Pacific Hotel at Marina Square. Just as the skylines across the restaurant shifts and changes, the menu at evolves with the times with help from Executive Chef Ben Zeng, infusing a contemporary twist to traditional Cantonese cuisine.
Offerings: Keeping in line with their modern approach to traditional cuisine, the dim sum dishes here are reinvigorated with distinctive ingredients:
- Steamed Prawn and Asparagus Dumplings
- Steamed Charcoal Barbecue Pork Bun with Black Truffles
- Pan-fried Beancurd Sheet stuffed with Prawn Paste
- Steamed Charcoal Barbecue Pork Bun
Location: 7 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039595
Contact: +65 6826 8240
8. Summer Palace
Introduction: Summer Palace received the Michelin one-star for the third year in a row in 2019. There’s no wondering why; each of the dim sum dishes on their extensive menu is painstakingly prepared by the two Hong Kong chefs. With its lush oriental interior, awash in red and gold, there’s no doubt you’ll be dining in style here.
Offerings: The novel creations at Summer Palace include the Prawn Dumpling with Spinach infused skin, Bird’s Nest Dumpling and BBQ Pork bun.
But if you’re opting for a more traditional experience, you can try these dishes, which are no less decadent: Glutinous Rice and Baby Abalone wrapped in Lotus Leaf, Steamed Siew Mai with Baby Abalone, Stir-fried Turnip Cake with X.O. Sauce, and Deep-fried Prawn and Mango Rolls.
Location: 1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 3 Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715
Contact: +65 6725 3288
Introduction: It seems that the magnetism and the fervent energy has shaped how this restaurant breaks the mould of Chinese dining. Mitzo pairs contemporary Cantonese cuisine with an artisanal cocktail programme.
Offerings: Mitzo epitomises a modern gourmet experience, their Royal Shrimp Dumplings topped with an elegant arrangement of caviar. Their Steamed Shrimp and Scallop Dumpling have a lovely pink hue.
To top off your luxurious meal, you can top up for a free flow of cocktails, beers, wines and bubbly too.
Location: 270 Orchard Rd, Level 4 Grand Park, Orchard, Singapore 238857
Contact: +65 6603 8855
10. Peach Blossoms
Introduction: Since opening 1987, they have been taking pride in their tradition of preparing and serving authentic Cantonese cuisine, with their Chinese Executive Chef taking the lead.
Offerings: Their signatures are the Fried Liu Sha Bao and Crisp-baked Sweet Potato Bun with Custard . Their traditional Cantonese fare also include the XO Chilli Carrot Cake, Steamed Siew Mai with Crystal Prawns, and Steamed BBQ Pork Buns.
For more modern flavours, you can try their Deep-Fried Prawn Coated with Passion Fruit Mayonnaise, Deep-Fried Eggplant with Pork Floss, and the Chilled Japanese Cucumber Rolls Filled with Jellyfish.
Location: 6 Raffles Boulevard Level 5, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Contact: +65 6845 1118
With dim sum being a such a popular cuisine, 10 doesn’t even cover the other fantastic dim sum restaurants in Singapore. Up next – 5 more dim sum restaurants you should check out too.
11. Asia Grand
Introduction: Asia Grand is managed by Andy Chau, Jacky Ma, and Masterchef Danny Sin, the three founders of the venerable Tsui Hang Village in Hong Kong back in the 80s. With over 100 years between the three of them, you can surely expect to truly savour exquisite, authentic flavours in their dim sum.
Offerings: Their bestsellers? Lean Meat Porridge with Preserved Egg, Steamed Cheong Fun with Shrimp, Fried or Steamed Carrot Cake, and their Baked Custard Bun.
Location: 331 North Bridge Road, #01-02 & #01-05/08, Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720
Contact: +65 6887 0010
12. Wah Lok
Introduction: At the Carlton Hotel, Wah Lok has been setting the gold standard for luxury Cantonese dining since 1988. With their fastidious adherence to traditional methods, every bite at Wah Lok will take you back in time.
Offerings: Their Dim Sum menu boasts all the favourites, executed with a perfectionist’s hand. Stack your table with flaky Baked Barbecued Pork Buns, delicate Steamed Glutinous Rice Dumplings, tender-centred Baked Egg Tarts, and pillowy Steamed Carrot Cake.
Alas, good things come to those who wait; their dim sum dishes is only available during their lunch service.
Location: 76 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189558
Contact: +65 6311 8188
13. Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine
Introduction: Established in 2004, Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine has grown immensely, expanding to over 20 restaurants across Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Incheon, London, and Paris.
The secret to their recipe of success? Mastering the full breadth of the iconic Chinese cuisine, along with impeccable service.
Offerings: Their steamed Teochew Dumplings packs a surprise as it contains both soft and crunchy ingredients. The Deep-Fried Yam Puffs look like works of art that’s too good to be eaten. For a sweet and savoury affair, try the Baked BBQ Pork Pastry with its crumbly pastry and syrupy char siew fillings.
Location: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City, #02-112, Singapore 237994
Contact: +65 6732 2232
14. Hua Ting
Introduction: Hong Kong Masterchef Lap Fai helms this esteemed institution. As they garner accolade after accolade, Hua Ting continues to uphold its dedication to outstanding quality with every dish they make, while imparting the traditional flavours of authentic Cantonese cuisine to every generation of diners.
Offerings: Expect a sprinkling of contemporary in each of their dishes: Steamed Shrimp Dumpling with Cordycep Flower, Steamed Shrimp Dumpling with Dried Yamakurage, Steamed Custard Bun with Salted Egg, Deep-fried Fresh Scallop Pastry and Garlic, and Deep-fried Shrimp with Seaweed in Crispy Bean Curd Sheet Roll. The Steamed Beancurd with Assorted Vegetables is also not one to miss.
If you’re left with wanting a completely modern concoction, you can try their signature Baked Mango Chicken Tartlets.
Location: Orchard Hotel Singapore, Level 2, 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879
Contact: +65 6739 6666
15. Cherry Garden
Introduction: The teak panels and slate floors, a wall of windows let natural light flood the room – Cherry Garden exudes oriental opulence. Many a generation have returned to this esteemed restaurants, thanks to its weekend dim sum brunch, offering unlimited servings of their prized dim sum..
Offerings: Their extensive dim sum menu is also a reflection of its decadence, including bites like Glutinous Rice Dumplings in Almond Cream, Wok-fried Escargot Dumplings, and the Steamed Kurobuta Char Siew Pao.
Location: 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039797
Contact: +65 6885 3500
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