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· 16 May 2011
The race is on to find the yummiest Dragonboat Festival dumplings; we rounded up a few tempting flavours worth the chow down.
Hai Tien Lo
Size matters when it comes to dumplings—master chef Lai Tong Ping of Hai Tien Lo once again presents his signature Giant Rice Dumpling Indulgence ($68) that feeds four to five persons. Generously filled with a decadent combination of black truffle, abalone, scallop, freshly-roasted meat, mushroom, golden salted egg yolk and dried lotus seed, it is a meal on its own.
Available from 23 May to 6 June. 7 Raffles Boulevard, Pan Pacific Singapore. Tel: 6826 8240
For dessert, try Shang Palace’s new Egg Custard with Bird’s Nest Dumpling ($25). Sticky glutinous rice enrobes smooth egg custard and nourishing bird’s nest to create a novel delicacy. Another toothsome treat is the Sweet Green Tea Dumpling ($7.50)—a refreshing creation that blends the best of Chinese and Japanese flavours.
Available from 9 May to 6 June. 22 Orange Grove Road, Shangri-La Hotel, lobby level, Tower Wing. Tel: 6213 4473
Din Tai Fung
Unlike most other ‘pyramid’ dumplings, Din Tai Feng’s red bean rice dumplings ($4) are uniquely shaped like traditional Chinese hard box pillows. Made from top grade Taiwan ‘pearl rice’ for a chewy and extra-smooth bite and complemented with the finest red bean paste, it can be eaten at room temperature but tastes best when served steaming hot.
Available from 9 May to 6 June at all Din Tai Fung. #B1-03 Paragon Shopping Centre. Tel: 6836 8336
Organic foods are all the rage and Mandarin Court Chinese Restaurant jumps on the bandwagon by introducing the Organic Mixed Grains Dumpling ($6.80). Made from a mixture of brown rice, barley, black rice and wheat, the wholesome grains are interspersed with bits of chestnut for a light sweetness. Available from 16 May to 6 June. 333 Orchard Road, Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Tel: 6737 4411