When it comes to Chinese food, every one of us has a soft spot for dim sum—or yum cha as it is commonly referred to in Hong Kong. A classic Cantonese delight that is commonly enjoyed with hot tea—hence the term ‘yum cha’ which translates to ‘drinking tea’ in Cantonese—who can resist waking up to likes of steaming hot, meat and seafood-stuffed morsels of goodness.
Many folks may argue that the best (and most affordable) dim sum can only be found in Hong Kong or Guangzhou but we beg to differ. In fact, you can just as easily find some of the best and cheapest dim sum delights right here in Singapore.
As much as we love our cafe-style brunches, there is just something about dim sum that still makes it our ultimate go-to comfort food. Here is our list of 12 dim sum places in Singapore that will not hurt your wallet but will have you thoroughly satisfied nonetheless.
Established in 1976, Red House Seafood is one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Singapore and they have been offering masterful creations that display Singapore’s kaleidoscopic gastronomical palate to their loyal customers for decades. Their menu sees finely-crafted dishes that speak of incredible thought and finesse.
Mention Red House Seafood and most people will think of quality seafood and exquisite hand-crafted dim sum. But not many people know that Red House Seafood’s latest outlet at The Grand Copthorne Waterfront is easily one of the most gorgeous Chinese restaurants in Singapore.
Dressed in tasteful hues and gorgeous furnishings, Red House Seafood at The Grand Copthorne Waterfront is a place that is suitable for all occasions—it is perfect for family gatherings, date night with your loved one as well as a business luncheon to host your clients and business partners.
Here is some good news if you are planning to dine at Red House Seafood. It is offering 20% OFF total bill for food only (excluding promotional items and beverages), and the Alaskan King Crab is available at a whopping 60% discount at S$98/kg (usual price S$248/kg).
Red House Seafood has recently introduced a new daily a la carte dim sum buffet at the The Grand Copthorne Waterfront and Prinsep Street outlets. Enjoy unlimited servings of dim sum, congee, noodles and specialities from S$23.80++/pax.
From Braised Alaskan Crab Bee Hoon to the Signature Creamy Custard Lobster and Crab Meat Pao Fan, here are the iconic dishes that you have to order when you are dining at Red House Seafood.
Missing your weekly yum cha sessions with your family? Or have you just been craving for some dim sum? The Chinese-style delicacy features an assortment of bite-sized portions of food such as dumplings, buns and fried fritters that are served in little bamboo baskets. Unfortunately, unless you’re a pro in the kitchen, these morsels of joy aren’t easy to do up yourself.
Thankfully for us, there are many dim sum restaurants in Singapore that will be offering islandwide deliveries for dim sum during the Circuit Breaker period.
From the famous Swee Choon to the underrated Yi Dian Xin, we’ve got all your dim sum delivery needs covered. While we will have to do without the bamboo baskets and the experience itself, this shall suffice for now.
If you haven’t heard of Simpang Bedok or you’re an Eastie looking to (hopefully) discover some new in the area, we’re here to introduce some places you might fancy at this popular alcove of affordable eats and undiscovered hot spots!
Nearby Tanah Merah MRT station, this cosy corner in the East of Singapore has much to offer – from good ol’ Bak Chor Mee and halal Dim Sum to fancy Crab Meat Linguine and Wagyu Bowls, Simpang Bedok’s food options will keep you coming back for more!
Social Place is a modern Chinese dim sum joint from Hong Kong which has recently opened in Singapore. Located in Forum The Shopping Mall, this contemporary restaurant will wow you with their yummy dishes, imbued with elegance and luxurious flair.
From steaming baskets of siew mai to liu sha baos (salted egg yolk custard buns), dim sum is a well-loved staple among Singaporeans.
Yet, we are firm believers that the best dim sum should not only be yummy, but affordable too. Tang Tea House is a halal dim sum eatery at Simpang Bedok known for their budget-friendly scrumptious dishes.
Any trip to Hong Kong would not be complete without having a meal (or should we say every meal?) in one of their many cha chaan tengs, snacking on a couple of Hong Kong egg tarts in one seating and slurping up some Hong Kong-style milk teas to end your day on a sweet note.
Even though that the service is definitely not the best around, Hong Kong still remains as one of the best food destinations in Asia. Thankfully for us, there are quite a number of iconic Hong Kong restaurants that opened in Singapore over the past few years.
Forget about the 4-hour flight to Hong Kong, here are 7 Hong Kong food concepts in Singapore that will gau dim any lingering HK food cravings.
A highly celebrated stalwart in the Chinese dim sum scene here in Singapore, Red Star Restaurant is one that needs no introduction.
Here is where one can relish in a large selection of dim sum goodies be it steamed or fried and have them served to you table-side via food trolleys—the traditional way. Standing as one of the few Chinese restaurants left in Singapore (or at least the only one we know about) that still serves dim sum this way, Red Star Restaurant is a gem that many loyal patrons, new and old, hold dear.
If you’d like to experience proper Cantonese dim sum dining the traditional way, then Red Star Restaurant is where it’s at.