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Dim Sum Restaurants in Singapore

 Dim sum restaurants in Singapore: How they began

The origins of dim sum go back over a thousand years, to when the Silk Road was first built to connect ancient China and Europe. Weary traders would stop at roadside eateries for refreshments. Filling, delicious and easy to eat, these bite-sized delights were often served up with tea, giving rise to the 'yum cha' tradition that remains popular, even today.

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Beauty in the Pot - 1KM

Beauty in the Pot - 1KM

Paya Lebar
Chinese$$$$
5.2/6226
Beauty in the Pot - 1KM
Yunnan Garden @ Fusionopolis

Yunnan Garden @ Fusionopolis

one-north
Chinese$$$$
4.6/6220
Yunnan Garden @ Fusionopolis
Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant

Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant

Harbourfront
Chinese$$$$
4.6/6214
Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant
Fragrant Garden

Fragrant Garden

Serangoon
Chinese$$$$
4.9/6143
Fragrant Garden
VLV Singapore

VLV Singapore

Clarke Quay
Chinese$$$$
4.8/6115
VLV Singapore
Sea Scent at Keppel Club

Sea Scent at Keppel Club

Telok Blangah
Chinese$$$$
4.7/6118
Sea Scent at Keppel Club
Jing Hua Xiao Chi

Jing Hua Xiao Chi

Orchard Road
Chinese$$$$
4.5/698
Jing Hua Xiao Chi
Chong Qing Grilled Fish 重庆烤鱼 - Liang Seah Street

Chong Qing Grilled Fish 重庆烤鱼 - Liang Seah Street

Bugis
Chinese$$$$
5.1/663
Chong Qing Grilled Fish 重庆烤鱼 - Liang Seah Street
Tao Seafood Asia

Tao Seafood Asia

Marina Bay
Chinese$$$$
5.2/676
Tao Seafood Asia
Yi Jia South Village Seafood Restaurant - Macpherson

Yi Jia South Village Seafood Restaurant - Macpherson

MacPherson
Chinese$$$$
4.9/697
Yi Jia South Village Seafood Restaurant - Macpherson
ThaiPan Restaurant

ThaiPan Restaurant

East Coast
Chinese$$$$
4.8/692
ThaiPan Restaurant
Yu Pin Steam Seafood

Yu Pin Steam Seafood

Bugis
Chinese$$$$
4.8/678
Yu Pin Steam Seafood
Sea Tripod Seafood Paradise

Sea Tripod Seafood Paradise

Outram Park
Chinese$$$$
5.2/669
Sea Tripod Seafood Paradise
Hand in Hand Beijing Restaurant

Hand in Hand Beijing Restaurant

Bugis
Chinese$$$$
4.7/646
Hand in Hand Beijing Restaurant
Peony Jade - Keppel Club

Peony Jade - Keppel Club

Telok Blangah
Chinese$$$$
4.3/667
Peony Jade - Keppel Club
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar

Mitzo Restaurant & Bar

Orchard
Chinese$$$$
5.5/635
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar
Peony Jade - Clarke Quay

Peony Jade - Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay
Chinese$$$$
4.8/651
Peony Jade - Clarke Quay
Straits Chinese Restaurant – Keck Seng Tower

Straits Chinese Restaurant – Keck Seng Tower

Tanjong Pagar
Chinese$$$$
4.6/642
Straits Chinese Restaurant – Keck Seng Tower
Chong Qing Grilled Fish 重庆烤鱼 - Mosque Street

Chong Qing Grilled Fish 重庆烤鱼 - Mosque Street

Chinatown
Chinese$$$$
4.9/625
Chong Qing Grilled Fish 重庆烤鱼 - Mosque Street
Lucky8 Restaurant

Lucky8 Restaurant

Orchard
Chinese$$$$
5.1/633
Lucky8 Restaurant
  1. 1.

    What can I expect at Singapore’s dim sum restaurants?

    Steamed and deep-fried are the two traditional ways of preparing dim sum, and restaurants in Singapore have exhaustive menus that include steamed buns, tarts and dumplings stuffed with chicken, pork, shrimps or veggies, bringing a wide variety of flavours and textures to the table. Char siu baos, shu mais, steamed soup dumplings and pork ribs are some of the hot favourites at Singapore's dim sum restaurants, while egg tarts, salted egg custard buns and steamed sesame balls rank highly among its most beloved dessert options.
  2. 2.

    The authentic dim sum experience at Singapore's restaurants

    Many dim sum restaurants in Singapore follow the age-old cart system where servers come around to your table with a trolley filled with bamboo baskets, each with a different type of dumpling or bao within. In more modern establishments, however, you can simply order your preferences off a menu. Start the meal with the lighter steamed buns and dumplings, before moving on to more flavourful options like chicken feet or clams. The deep-fried varieties are reserved for the end of the meal, right before the dessert course.
  3. 3.

    Reasons to enjoy dim sum at restaurants in Singapore

    Each mouthful of dim sum imparts a different flavour without filling you up too much, making this a light, yet varied meal. Whether you prefer to have it as an appetiser or a full meal, dim sum can be savoured at all hours of the day. The rise of dim sum brunches in Singaporean restaurants of late have seen weekend brunch buffets coming up with delicious dumpling-and-cocktail combo meals. You can, of course, enjoy your dim sum the traditional way, with black tea or chrysanthemum tea. Be it exquisitely handcrafted options at an upscale eatery or delightfully familiar flavours at a hawker centre, dim sum restaurants in Singapore continue to spoil you for choice all across the island.