10 decadent rice dumplings to try this Dragon Boat Festival

These glutinous rice parcels packed with atas and unusual fillings are definitely worth the carbs

10 decadent rice dumplings to try this Dragon Boat Festival
10 decadent rice dumplings to try this Dragon Boat Festival
05 Jun 2018

10 decadent rice dumplings to try this Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival is less than two weeks away and you know what that means – time to indulge in glutinous rice dumplings, or zong zi. Typically stuffed with pork, chestnuts and mushrooms, rice dumplings have been undergone quite the transformation in recent years as restaurants push the boundaries with unconventional and atas ingredients to tickle taste buds. From foie gras to fish maw, here are some decadent ones to try.

Peach Blossoms’ Rice Dumpling with Abalone, Sakura Ebi and Foie Gras
Peach Blossoms’ Rice Dumpling with Abalone, Sakura Ebi and Foie Gras
05 Jun 2018

Peach Blossoms’ Rice Dumpling with Abalone, Sakura Ebi and Foie Gras

Abalone, foie gras and sakura ebi – it doesn’t get better than this, especially for those with a taste for the finer things in life. Rich and umami, each bite is a mix of chewy, creamy and crunchy textures. The new dumpling ($21.80) is one of five zong zi available at Peach Blossoms this year.

Available till June 18. To order, call 6845 1118 or visit www.meritushotels.com/marina.

Li Bai’s Multi-grain and Dried Seafood Rice Dumpling
Li Bai’s Multi-grain and Dried Seafood Rice Dumpling
05 Jun 2018

Li Bai’s Multi-grain and Dried Seafood Rice Dumpling

Another option for seafood lovers is Li Bai’s Multi-grain and Dried Seafood Rice Dumpling ($48), which is packed to the brim with sole fish, clam, mussel, dried scallop, dried oyster, dried shrimp, and sea whelk. It also contains black glutinous rice, red beans, mung beans and black-eyed peas.

Available till June 18. Call 6839 5623 to order.

Man Fu Yuan’s Barbeque Smoked Char Siew Dumpling ($12.80)
Man Fu Yuan’s Barbeque Smoked Char Siew Dumpling ($12.80)
05 Jun 2018

Man Fu Yuan’s Barbeque Smoked Char Siew Dumpling ($12.80)

The classic char siew rice gets the dumpling treatment. Luscious slices of Man Fu Yuan’s signature barbecued Kagoshima pork belly char siew are marinated with rose wine, before being barbecued to a sweet caramelised char. 

Available till June 18 at intercontinentalshoppe.sg.

Syun’s Unagi Dumpling
Syun’s Unagi Dumpling
05 Jun 2018

Syun’s Unagi Dumpling

Giving the dumpling a Japanese twist is Syun with its Unagi Dumpling, which is presented like a nigiri with a thick slab of grilled teriyaki-glazed eel atop a block of Japanese mochigome (glutinous rice). The zong zi is part of Resort World Sentosa’s decadent Dumpling Festival Package ($98), which includes gourmet dumplings from celebrity restaurants Forest 森, Tangerine, Syun, Fengshui Inn and Osia Steak and Seafood Grill.

The Dumpling Festival Package is available for preorder till June 15. Call 6577 6688 or 6577 6599 or email dining@rwsentosa.com.

Golden Peony’s 'Gou Bu Li' Rice Dumpling
Golden Peony’s 'Gou Bu Li' Rice Dumpling
05 Jun 2018

Golden Peony’s 'Gou Bu Li' Rice Dumpling

This year, Golden Peony Executive Chinese Chef Ku Keung created not one but three new rice dumplings to tempt your taste buds and taking centrestage is the East-meets-West inspired 'Gou Bu Li' Rice Dumpling ($22.80) stuffed with melt-in-your-mouth Iberico pork collar, Chinese mushrooms and salted egg yolk. Still reminiscing about their X.O. Sauce London Duck Rice Dumpling ($24.80) from last year? It is also back by popular demand.

Available till June 18 at connoisseur.sg/ricedumplings.

Crystal Jade’s Mala Rice Dumpling
Crystal Jade’s Mala Rice Dumpling
05 Jun 2018

Crystal Jade’s Mala Rice Dumpling

For a fiery kick, there’s Crystal Jade’s mala rice dumpling ($8.80). Succulent pork shoulder and Spanish pork collar are marinated in a spicy blend of Sichuan peppercorns, dried chillies and chilli oil - the perfect complement to the glutinous rice. The rice dumpling was not as lip-numbing as we hoped but shiok nonetheless.

Available at all Crystal Jade outlets and online till June 14.

Wan Hao’s Rich Vinasse Chicken Rice Dumpling
Wan Hao’s Rich Vinasse Chicken Rice Dumpling
05 Jun 2018

Wan Hao’s Rich Vinasse Chicken Rice Dumpling

Like red yeast chicken? This is the rice dumpling version of the popular confinement dish ($16). Chunks of chicken thigh are marinated in red yeast before being stuffed with chestnuts, black-eyed beans, and egg yolk into a nutritious and flavour-packed rice dumpling. For lovers of all things sweet, there’s the locally-inspired Coconut with Brown Sugar, Red Bean and Chestnut Rice Dumpling ($12), which is served with a scoop of coconut ice cream (dine in) or palm sugar (takeaway).

Available till June 18. For pre-orders, call 6831 4605 or visit bit.ly/RiceDumplings18

Xin Cuisine’s Superior Fish Maw and Cod Fish
Xin Cuisine’s Superior Fish Maw and Cod Fish
05 Jun 2018

Xin Cuisine’s Superior Fish Maw and Cod Fish

Executive Chef Chan Shun Wong from Xin Cuisine puts a fishy spin on the rice dumpling by pairing delicate yet flavourful cod fish fillets and fish maw with dried scallop and salted egg yolk ($28.80) into a savoury parcel. The other new option is the Truffle and Pork Belly Dumpling ($18.80), which is filled with juicy pork belly, Chinese sausage and fragrant black truffle. 

Available till June 18. Call 6731-7173 or order here.

Hai Tien Lo’s Traditional Jumbo Rice Dumpling
Hai Tien Lo’s Traditional Jumbo Rice Dumpling
05 Jun 2018

Hai Tien Lo’s Traditional Jumbo Rice Dumpling

Traditionalists (or those will a huge appetite) will appreciate the Traditional Jumbo Rice Dumpling from Hai Tien Lo which features the golden combination of dried scallops, melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, Japanese mushrooms and salted egg yolk. At $31.80 a pop, this doesn’t come cheap but its hefty size (it can feed four) and decadent fillings make it well worth its price tag.

Available till June 18 at pacificmarketplace.sg.

Jade’s Vegetarian Five Crops Cordyceps Fungus Glutinous Rice Dumpling
Jade’s Vegetarian Five Crops Cordyceps Fungus Glutinous Rice Dumpling
05 Jun 2018

Jade’s Vegetarian Five Crops Cordyceps Fungus Glutinous Rice Dumpling

Also making a return is Jade’s Vegetarian Five Crops Cordyceps Fungus Glutinous Rice Dumpling $10). Popular with the health conscious, the zong zi comprises gains like barley, oats, brown rice, we well as  shiitake mushrooms, chestnuts and cordycep fungus to boost the body’s immune system and improve kidney and lung functions.

Call 6877 8943, or order online at shop.fullertonhotels.com.

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