With chunks of juicy, sweet yet savoury BBQ char siew encrusted in a soft and pillowy golden bun baked to perfection, a bite of Baked BBQ Pork Bun is enough to send you to heaven.
No matter how big a dim sum menu is, this is one dish we always look out for, one that we have to order. It puzzles us why many dim sum restaurants in Singapore do not serve this dish, but for those that we have been to and fell in love with, we want to spread the joy of biting into a good Baked BBQ Pork Bun. Here is our take on 5 of Singapore’s Best Baked BBQ Pork Buns.
FENG SHUI INN
It is the combination of exquisite and authentic fine Cantonese cuisine and an elegant and luxurious ambience that contribute to the overall dining experience at Feng Shui Inn, at Resorts World Sentosa.
But something that not many people know about is that Feng Shui Inn does a competent Baked Po Luo Char Siew Bao (S$5 for 3 pcs) as well. Indeed a hidden gem in their menu that you should look out for when you next dine there. It is available during lunch from 11.30am – 5.30pm daily.
Feng Shui Inn
8 Sentosa Gateway
Crockfords Tower Level G2
Resorts World Sentosa
Tel: +65 6577 6688
Daily: 11.30am – 4am
Nearest Station: Harbourfront
IMPERIAL TREASURE FINE DINING
Nothing particularly fanciful nor extraordinary about the Baked BBQ Pork Bun (S$4.80 for 3 pcs) here, but it is one item that we cannot miss out on when doing our Sunday dim sum brunch at Imperial Treasure Fine Dining. The buttery buns are always served warm, and the sweet pork filling is generous and hearty.
#L2-04, Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
Tel: +65 6688 7788
Daily: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Bayfront
TIM HO WAN
Tim Ho Wan, the cheapest 1-Michelin Star dim sum restaurant from Hong Kong, finally opened in Singapore last year. The star on the menu and what the must-order dish is the legendary Baked Buns with BBQ Pork ($4.50 for 3). We can say with confidence after trying, that the buns are as good as the ones in Hong Kong.
#01-29 Plaza Singapura
The Atrium @ Orchard
68 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6251 2000
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut
A recent addition to our list of go-to places for a hearty Chinese meal is TungLok Teahouse at Far East Square that serves all day dim sum during lunch and dinner. Yes, all day dim sum. What you get is very piquant food and a wide selection of quality teas in a cosy teahouse setting – complete with paintings from the 60’s and Peranakan-inspired décor.
This is a taste of Hong Kong, truly. We were wow-ed by its standard on our first visit, and since then, we have been loyal. There is nothing to pick on when it comes to Tung Lok Teahouse’s Baked BBQ Pork Buns (S$4.50 for 3 pcs), and we make it a point to have everyone around us love it.
Sweet and juicy chunks of barbecued pork encrusted within soft and crumbly baked buns – we could gobble down three at a go.
Far East Square
9-13 Amoy Street, #01-01
Tel: +65 6877 1123
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sun & PH: 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Raffles Place/Telok Ayer
WAH LOK CANTONESE RESTAURANT
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant at Carlton Hotel Singapore is one of the most popular restaurants to go to for dim sum and its refined Cantonese cuisine.
Wah Lok serves a great variety of dim sum, but the swoon-worthy Baked Barbecued Pork Buns (S$4.40 for 3 pcs) are so consistently good that they have made a name for themselves and rank among the tops in town. We have had the bo luo buns with char siew on numerous occasions, and it is always baked to perfection; they do not disappoint.
Level 2 Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road
Tel: +65 6311 8188
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun & PH: 11am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall
For more recommendations, read our guide to Singapore’s Top 30 Chinese Restaurants