Best Custard Bun (Liu Sha Bao) in Singapore

Best Custard Buns

I love custard buns. It is not a secret that I have been on a quest to find the best custard buns in Singapore.

A good custard bun (also known as Liu Sha Bao) has soft pillowy dough which is filled with egg custard and salted duck egg’s yolk. There are plenty of dim sum restaurants in Singapore that serve it, but most of them are mediocre. Where can you find good custard buns? Where can you go to satisfy your cravings for this popular dim sum?

Here’s my list of the Best Custard Buns in Singapore.

Imperial Treasure Custard Bun


Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine


The Imperial Treasure name is synonymous with good quality and consistently good Chinese food. My girlfriend and I frequent Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine at Marina Bay Sands, and whenever we dine there, it is a must for us to order their Custard Bun.

It is one of my to-go places and this one does not disappoint with the combination of soft bun with very addictive custard filling.

#L2-04, Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
Tel: +65 6688 7788
Daily: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Bayfront

Jiang-Nan Chun Custard Buns


Jiang-Nan Chun


Jiang-Nan Chun at Four Seasons Singapore is known for serving classic Cantonese cuisine in a luxurious setting. While everything on the dim sum menu is absolutely perfectly prepared, my favourite at Jiang-Nan Chun is without a doubt, the Custard Buns with salted egg yolk.

190 Orchard Boulevard
Four Seasons Hotel
Tel: +65 6831 7220
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun (Dim Sum Brunch): 11am – 1pm, 1.30pm – 3pm

Man Fu Yuan Custard Bun


Man Fu Yuan


There are many Cantonese restaurants in Singapore, but Man Fu Yuan at Intercontinental Singapore stands out for offering a unique tea pairing service. Here, you can enjoy a range of Chinese tea to go along with the signature dishes and dim sum.

Fans of custard bun will be happy to know that Man Fu Yuan serves two kinds of custard bun ($12 for 6) – deep fried and steamed. Both are equally good, but I prefer the latter.

80 Middle Road
2F Intercontinental Hotel
Tel: +65 6825 1062

Molten Custard Man Tou


Paradise Pavilion


What I love about Paradise Pavilion’s custard bun is that it is always consistently good. I’ve had it on many occasions, and it is always so satisfying. This is the easily one of the best, if not, best custard buns in Singapore. Besides the usual custard bun, they also have a Crispy Custard Lava Man Tou ($8.80) served with vanilla ice cream. It is heavenly.

8A Marina Boulevard
#02-01 Marina Bay Link Mall
Tel: +65 6509 9308
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 4pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Raffles Place

Peach Garden Custard Bun


Peach Garden


This should go without saying, but I will reiterate the obvious: Peach Garden has, hands down, one of the best custard buns ($4.20) in Singapore. Besides their signature Wasabi Prawn and X.O. Carrot Cake, the custard bun is the must-order dish when you are at Peach Garden.

65 Chulia Street
#33-01 OCBC Centre
Tel: +65 6535 7833
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sun & PH: 10.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Raffles Place

Royal China Custard Bun


Royal China Restaurant


Another of my favourite in town is the custard buns at Royal China. Its rendition was packed with a generous filling of the molten salted egg yolk custard and it had a certain “oomph to elevate it to something truly special.

1 Beach Road
#03-09 Raffles Hotel
Tel: +65 6338 3363
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sun & PH: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall


For more recommendations, read our guide to the best dim sum places in Singapore


33 COMMENTS

do try the liu sha baos from Imperial Treasure! they are my fave so far. I’m going to try those from East Ocean soon too, my friend swears by them!

Imperial treasures! Very nice.

I always have prob with what photo belong to which restaurant, maybe u can consider the photo just after the restaurant name?

You must try the one from Mouth Restaurant at chinatown! It’s really really good. God. I’m drooling just thinking of it.

fullerton jade lui sha bao is close to the restaurant in IFC mall’s one (hk) <3 any of the above serve dim sum buffets?

cherlyn: Mandarin court has a dim sum buffet at $69++. Peach garden also has buffet, but I feel that it’s so so only. If you want a good dim sum buffet, try Hai Tien Lo or Cherry Garden, but I think they don’t serve custard bun.

Bosses At VivoCity. $5.8833 per basket of 3. Heaven! I gotta try those you mentioned guys. thanks for the tips and a beautiful blog. super like! :)

Well, the best I feel ought to be from “THE CATHAY”. (at the Cathay Building, Douby Ghaut)

Salted Egg taste blend in nicely with the custard… and the best part is, the bun comes with the custard sauce flowing out when you try to open the bun.

Some of the restaurants I went to, the custard is dry, and does not ozzes out like it should be!

The serving is 3 in a basket, I can eat 2 baskets anytime!

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  • so far i guess one of the best i’ve ever had was in china on a holiday trip…
    was quite dissapointed in the ones served here in sg, but will definately try out the ones you shared about!!

    thank you!!

    Mouth restaurant has moved to city square shopping mall from chinatown ! Their custard bun is highly recommended, a must try too !

    love your post! im a pretty big fan of liushabao myself. I once have the best liu sha bao at the dragon something restaurant at excelsior hotel (next to funan). The buns come as part of the ala carte dim sum brunch buffet. Very affordable. $19.90++ per pax on weekends. Now dunno where to find the restaurant or similar standard buns anymore. If u can know where the restaurant or chef move to, pls post. Thks!

    check out the Liu sha bao at the dim sum stall foodcourt at marina bays sands. Surprisingly very good!

    Victor’s Kitchen at Sunshine Plaza should be on this list, their custard buns are awesome :)

    The liu sha boa at mouth restaurant is really good!!! but make sure the waitress serve it warm, Once i went late and it was cold and thus not so good.

    I love liu sha bao too!! the best I’ve tried so far is from Imprerial treasures @ Great World City….the stuff that dreams are made of..

    Swee choon dim sum has good and cheap custard buns! $3.30 for a basket of 3. Yum cha has dried up ones, don’t quite like it:/

    I love the one at East Ocean Restaurant. Previously located at Shaw Tower But is currently located at Ngee Ann City 5th level. Best I ever ate.

    The best beat best best liu sha bao is at NUSS, The Scholar. Although, you have to be a member to get in, or find a friend who is a graduate!! I swear this is awesome!

    I really like the baked ones from Mouth restaurants! You get a crispy skin and really runny liu sha inside!

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