A server drives a cart stacked high and low with bamboo baskets, steam rising from their closed lids. Another server whizzes by, carrying a huge tray piled high with steel plates. The server reads your mind when you make eye contact, whether to affirm your wish for a look or respectfully decline. On the other hand, the latter is uncommon. Dim sum is a delicacy that one can never get enough of.
Numerous restaurants in Singapore serve dim sum in a variety of shapes and sizes. Continue reading to learn about the ten best places to eat this Chinese delicacy.
Taste Paradise promises grandeur and does not let you down. First and foremost, the fine dining establishment’s interior is unabashedly and lavishly Chinese. The ceiling is obscured by a winding pattern of gilded slates resembling a dragon, a mystical creature of fearsome power in Chinese folklore. The embedded lights cast a warm glow on life-sized, hand-painted portraits of Chinese emperors. Everything in this restaurant is loud, except for the servers’ rapid footsteps that fall hushedly upon the expansive red carpet.
Of course, the kitchen is fully capable of producing dim sum worthy of this ostentatious façade. Even the most simple dishes are expertly crafted to perfection. The roast pork, for example, has a crackling crown atop melty meat. The Classic XO Carrot Cake is also a standout: a case of ordinary ingredients elevated into extraordinary flavours.
- Stunning architecture
- One of the best spots for carrot cake in Singapore
- Fine-dining dim sum
|Address||ION Orchard, 2 #04-07 Orchard Turn, 238801|
|Contact number||+65 6509 9660|
|Business hours||11 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 11 PM (Mon – Fri)
11 AM – 4.30 PM, 6 PM – 11 PM (Sat – Sun)
Mr Jimi Tan, the founder of Swatow Seafood Restaurant, is of Teochew descent and a proud supporter of the culture. They bring their roots to the forefront with Teochew dim sum, with the help of renowned chefs from all over Asia Pacific.
Teochew cuisine is distinguished by a minimalist approach to condiments, focusing instead on the natural flavour profiles of its ingredients. As a result, using fresh ingredients is critical. These include pearly crystal dumplings with lightly-seasoned fillings wrapped in delicate, translucent skins at Swatow.
Please keep in mind that dim sum is only available until 3 p.m. at both locations.
- Teochew dim sum on weekends at the Serangoon Gardens Country Club
- Light seasoning, fresh ingredients
|Address||Toa Payoh Mall: 02-602 Lor 4 Toa Payoh, Blk 181, Singapore 310181
Serangoon Gardens Country Club: Heliconia Wing, 22 Kensington Park Road, Singapore 557271
|Contact number||Toa Payoh Mall: +65 6363 1717
Serangoon Gardens Country Club: +65 6343 1717
|Business hours||Toa Payoh Mall: 8 AM – 5 PM, 6 PM – 10.30 PM daily
Serangoon Gardens Country Club: 11 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 10 PM (Mon – Fri)
9 AM – 11 AM (Sat – Sun)
Swee Hoon Tim Sum Restaurant has a history dating back more than 50 years. They got their start in a small shop where bamboo and steel steamers were prominent. The dim sum are made by hand, wrapped in warmth and a belief in the value of hard work. Swee Hoon has expanded to multiple storefronts since then, boasting an extensive menu of tze char, desserts, and dim sum in every preparation imaginable.
Do you suffer from sporadic cravings that strike at inconvenient times? While dim sum is typically served for breakfast or lunch, we have discovered it to be an extremely satisfying (albeit sinful) supper as well. As a result, we are excited to learn that Swee Choon is planning to launch a frozen dim sum line, allowing us to enjoy these delectable treats whenever and wherever we want.
- Frozen dim sum available
- Islandwide delivery available at S$5
- Dim sum feast available at 15% off with promo code SC15OFF
|Address||183/185/187/189, Jln Besar, 191/193, Singapore 208882|
|Contact number||+65 6225 7788|
|Business hours||11.30 AM – 2.30 PM, 6 PM – 2 AM (Mon – Thu)
11.30 AM – 2.30 PM, 6 PM – 3 AM (Fri)
10 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 3 AM (Sat & PH)
10 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 2 AM (Sun)
Mongkok Dim Sum is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for late-night diners and early risers. Each dish costs an average of S$5, making it very affordable.
The liu sha bao appears to be a crowd favourite. Its fluffy exterior splits easily, revealing gooey, piping hot custard. The prawn dumplings, on the other hand, are simply irresistible, with a whole prawn wrapped in seductive, gauzy sheets.
Try the 3 Yolk Crab Porridge for a more filling meal. The portion of congee is intended to feed three to four people. It is served in a claypot with chopped century egg, runny egg yolks, and crumbled salted egg yolk, and conceals a reasonable amount of crab meat within.
- Open 24 hours
- Dishes cost an average of S$5
- Liu sha bao and prawn dumplings
|Address||214 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389274|
|Contact number||+65 8484 8829|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours daily|
The Dim Sum Place, which is only a four-minute walk from Masjid Sultan, wants to share the joy of Cantonese cuisine with the surrounding community – and they can. The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) has certified their dim sum as Halal, so Muslim friends can stop by for a meal that meets their dietary requirements.
The Dim Sum Place offers a variety of duck options in place of pork that are absolutely addictive. Meanwhile, the dining experience is streamlined: order from your mobile phone by scanning a QR code, and your food will be served promptly.
Despite the fact that there is plenty of seating, the restaurant can become crowded due to its popularity. As a result, the atmosphere is lively and dynamic.
- Halal-certified dim sum
- Islandwide delivery available
- Wide range of duck options
|Address||791 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198759|
|Contact number||+65 6655 8787|
|Business hours||11 AM – 3 PM, 5.30 PM – 9 PM / 2 AM (Mon – Thu / Fri)
11 AM – 2 PM / 11 PM (Sat / Sun)
Yum Cha Chinatown is also close to a place of worship, being only two minutes away by foot from the Sri Mariamman Temple. It also has a branch in Changi Business Park. Both storefronts are decorated in the style of traditional teahouses, with marble tabletops and heavy teak chairs. As a result, the Cantonese name yum cha, which literally means “drink tea,” was coined.
Yum Cha specialises in fried dim sum. The Prawn Mango Fritters, in particular, are a deep-fried indulgence of juicy prawns dressed in refreshingly sweet mangoes. The tropical flavours whet your appetite and prepare you for heavier, more savoury dishes later on.
- Delicious fried dim sum
- Traditional teahouse concept
- Reasonably priced
|Address||Chinatown: 20 Trengganu St #02-01 Singapore 058479
UE Bizhub East: 6 Changi Business Park Ave 1, #01-33 Singapore 486017
|Contact number||Chinatown:+65 6372 1717
UE Bizhub East:+65 6789 1717
11 AM – 9 PM (Mon – Fri)
9 AM – 9 PM (Sat – Sun)
UE Bizhub East:
11.30 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 9 PM (Mon – Fri)
9 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 9 PM (Sat – Sun)
The Dim Sum Haus SG is a clean, bright restaurant with lightning-fast service. Most items on the extensive menu are familiar to customers. The Baked Salted Egg Custard Bun, on the other hand, will catch you off guard with its unusual cooking method. The spotless buns have a defiant, lightly charred ring at the bottom and a crumbly texture.
A Steamed Crispy Rice Roll with Shrimp is also available, with a crunchy, umami filling embedded within soft, satiny rice rolls. Go to their website to place an order for delivery or pick up and save 10% on the Family Bundles.
- Islandwide delivery available
- Baked Salted Egg Custard Bun
- Order for pick up and get 10% off Family Bundle
|Address||57 Jln Besar, Singapore 208809|
|Business hours||10.30 AM – 3 PM, 5.30 PM – 10.30 PM (Mon – Fri)
9.30 AM – 10.30 PM (Sat)
9.30 AM – 9.30 PM (Sun)
Victor’s Kitchen is the result of one man’s – we’re guessing Victor’s – quest to make authentic dim sum more approachable and accessible to Singaporeans. Before moving to Singapore over a decade ago, the Hong Kong-born chef worked at the five-star Victoria Hotel.
His award-winning recipes have consistently passed the authenticity test. The signature Golden Egg Yolk Lava Buns are rich and decadent. Aside from that, there is a relatively uncommon rendition of carrot cake on the menu. At Victor’s Kitchen, the normally stir-fried dish is steamed with plenty of dried scallops, fat strips of white radish, and smoked sausages. All of this results in an endearing sweetness that is spiked with their special XO sauce for an extra kick.
- Rare steamed carrot cake with XO sauce
- Signature Golden Egg Yolk Lava Buns
- Hong Kong-born chef with award-winning recipes
|Address||Sunshine Plaza: 91 Bencoolen St #01-49 Singapore 189652
Chinatown Point: 133 New Bridge Rd, #B1-33 Singapore 059413
|Contact number||+65 9838 2851|
|Business hours||Sunshine Plaza: 10.30 AM – 8 PM (Mon – Thu)
10.30 AM – 9 PM (Fri – Sat)
Chinatown Point: 10. 30 AM – 9 PM daily
9. Min Jiang
Min Jiang’s radiance rivals, but differs from, that of Taste Paradise. The original Goodwood Park location is a sophisticated space with a retro flair. Gigantic lanterns float overhead, and patrons sit on cushions adorned with calligraphic characters.
The second location is nestled in the heritage-rich Dempsey Hill and has a similar contemporary-chic structure. To give the impression of a quaint respite, the Eastern influences are toned down and replaced with rattan.
Aside from traditional dim sum, guests are treated to a variety of innovative dishes and presentation. For example, the Pan-Fried Pork Gyozas arrive with a thin veil of crisp and a vial of vinegar ready to be injected. Meanwhile, the Deep-Fried Century Egg and Prawn Spring Roll, which has an appearance similar to rolled Chinese scrolls, has a mild, inviting century egg flavour.
- Breathtaking architecture
- Innovative dim sum
- Interesting food presentations
|Address||Dempsey Hill: 7A & 7B Dempsey Road Singapore 249684
Goodwood Park: 22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
|Contact number||Dempsey Hill: +65 6774 0122
Goodwood Park: +65 6730 1704
|Business hours||11.30 AM – 2.30 PM, 6.30 PM – 10.30 PM daily|
126 Wen Dao Shi is a popular dim sum restaurant with a traditional atmosphere. The menu includes popular dishes such as succulent Scallop Siew Mai and a variety of Chee Cheong Fun (rice rolls).
- Traditional dim sum joint ambience
- Open 24 hours daily
- A small selection of new dishes
|Address||Geylang: 126 Sims Ave, Singapore 387449
Serangoon: 1086 Serangoon Road Singapore 328187
|Contact number||Geylang: +65 6746 4757
Serangoon: +65 6297 5032
|Business hours||Open 24 hours daily|
Finally, dim sum is a highly adaptable treat that can be dressed up or down. There is a restaurant to suit every budget and taste. Take advantage of these delectable dim sum!