During the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on 14 June this year, eating glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves is a must. According to tales passed down over the millennia, the culinary tradition of eating zongzi, or ba zhang, can be traced back to Qu Yuan’s death. Despite the tragic history behind this festival, it has evolved to become a celebration that many joyously partake in. If you’re planning to visit your family with ba zhang to share, or if you’re planning to put in an order for rice dumpling delivery, we rounded up a list of the best rice dumplings in Singapore, ranging from the classic to the modern, the local to the unique.
One thing is for sure: these delectable delights are all certain to charm even your traditional mother-in-law!
1. Dian Xiao Er: Delight in Traditional and Nyonya dumplings
WithDian Xiao Er’s freshly steamed and frozen rice dumplings, celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival will be an easy affair. Order in for the family with their bundle of 5 Nyonya Dumplings (from $31.89) or 5 Traditional Dumplings (from $31.89). Get the best of both worlds with their Bundle A and Bundle B (from $31.89). Plus, enjoy a complimentary gift box with purchase of any of their bundles. Perfect for gifting when you visit grandma this weekend!
2. Hua Ting: Exquisite zongzi with abalone and convoy, bird’s nest, and more
8. SHINSEN: Frozen rice dumplings with premium Japanese ingredients
If you’re searching for frozen dumplings to last beyond the occasion, SHINSEN, an online Japanese grocery, has got you covered. Their Chilled Duck Bak Zhang ($18.80) and Chilled Wagyu Truffle Bak Zhang ($29.80) are best enjoyed with their house-made bak zhang sauce and a sprinkle of sugar. With SHINSEN’s rice dumpling delivery available islandwide, have yourself a no-frills, week-long celebration at home!
9. Swatow City: Authentic Teochew rice dumplings with nostalgic flavours
10. Tingkat PeraMakan: Nyonya rice dumplings and gift bundles with kueh-kueh
If you love Peranakan cuisine, you will adore TingKat PeraMakan’s Nyonya Rice Dumplings ($6.50 for 1 pc, $63 for 10 pcs). Encasing a flavourful, fragrant filling of pork cooked with coriander spice paste and winter melon cubes, these piquant creations are certain to leave you wanting more. If that happens, don’t worry. You can always fall back on the Gift Bundle C ($74.50), which comes with 4 Nyonya Rice Dumplings, Kueh Salat, Kueh Kosui, Banana Cake, and Apom Berkuah, for you to savour to your heart’s content. Or have these rice dumplings and treats delivered straight to mom-in-law’s house—for a heartwarming gift she’ll always remember!
11. TungLok Signatures: Get the best of sweet and savoury dumplings
Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables Rice Dumpling
12. 455 Penang Heritage: Affordable, traditional Hokkien bazhang
If you prefer your ba zhang simple, stripped down, and without frills, look no further than 455 Penang Heritage. Their classic Hokkien-style Bazhang ($33 for 6 pcs) comes with a savoury filling of tender pork and umami-packed mushrooms. Sure to satisfy your quota of rice dumplings for the year with ba zhang delivery.
For more ba zhang delivery options and decadent dishes from Singapore’s best Chinese restaurants—that also deliver islandwide—check out Oddle Eats!