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Although you might not be jetting off to the land of siew mai and har gow any time soon, don’t despair! We’ve rounded up our picks for the most popular dim sum places in the Changi Precinct, so you can still savour these delectable small bites on the sunny shores of Singapore.
1. $1.30 Dim Sum - For budget-friendly supper snacks
Since it opened in 2019, Kuai San Dian Xin has spawned in multiple coffeshops across the island. With affordable dim sum available 24/7, it’s not hard to see why their proposition has gained so much traction in Singapore. You’ll find their stalls in Bedok and Tampines, so if you’re in these neighbourhoods and have a hankering for late-night dim sum, these places could be your go-to.
True to its name, every item on the menu is S$1.30. Some well-reviewed items include the steamed pork ribs, prawn chee cheong fun (steamed rice roll), and siew mai (steamed pork dumpling). Some patrons recommend pairing your food with their special chilli for an extra kick.
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily
Address: 123 Bedok North Street 2, #01-142, Singapore 460123 | Blk 878C Tampines Ave 8, Singapore 520878
2. 家传之包HOME (JiaChuanZhiBao HOME) - For the bao-lover
This specialty bao (steamed buns) shop dubs their goods ‘ugly baos’, although we think they look anything but! Aside from traditional favourites like pork (S$1.80) and turnips buns (S$1.60), they offer creative fillings like XO dried shrimp (S$3), otah (ground fish meat with spices) (S$1.80), and peanut and sesame paste (S$1.20).
While there is no dine-in, take-outs are welcome. To ensure you can bring home the flavours you want, however, you’ll have to order at least two days in advance. Visit their website to view their full menu and make an order.
Beautiful gift sets for festive occasions like Chinese New Year, Mother’s Day, and Christmas are also available.
Opening hours: Thursday to Tuesday 11:00am to 7:00pm, with pre-order collection from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
Address: 474 Tampines Street 43, #01-114, Singapore 520474
3. Swee Choon Century Square – For a twist on dim sum favourites
Although Swee Choon is an establishment that has been around in Singapore for 59 years, it doesn’t mean you can only expect the standard, traditional dim sum when you dine there. They’ve put fresh twists on dim sum favourites: you’re in for a sweet and savoury surprise with their Prawn & Banana fritters (S$4.10 for two pieces) and you’ll find carrot cake’s quirky cousin, the Mee-Suah Kueh (wheat vermicelli cake) (S$3.30 for two pieces), a refreshing change. Their unassuming Tofu Bomb (S$4.10 for two pieces) also packs a punch of flavour and spice!
Recently, Swee Choon ventured beyond their home ground in Jalan Besar and opened their second outlet in the east of Singapore, at Century Square mall. You can also order hot food or their range of frozen dim sum, which you can easily warm up with your cookware, straight to your doorstep via online delivery.
Opening hours: 9:00am to 10:00pm, daily.
Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-01, Singapore 208882
4. Hong Kong Zhai Dim Sum 香港仔點心之家 – For hotel-standard dim sum parties in Singapore
While you won’t be able to dine at Hong Kong Zhai, you might have savoured some of their creations without even knowing it. This kitchen has been supplying handmade dim sum to restaurants and hotels in Singapore for over 30 years!
Whether you’re looking for sumptuous snacks for a house party or an office gathering, Hong Kong Zhai has got you covered. They offer customisable dim sum party sets for three to four pax (S$52.80) up to 25 to 30 pax (S$368.80). Pick-up from their kitchen in Bedok is an option, but island-wide delivery is also available.
Remember to place your order a day in advance!
They also offer a wide range of ready-to-cook dim sum you can stock up on for when you need to whip up a quick meal at home or when the immense craving for dim sum suddenly strikes.
Opening hours: Delivery or pick-up from 9:00am to 9:00pm daily. Closed on public holidays.
Address: 3017 Bedok North Street 5, Singapore 486121
5. Tang Tea House at Changi Village – For halal dim sum by the sea
If you’re ever in Changi Village, Tang Tea House is hard to miss. This iconic kampong (Malay for ‘village’) by the sea radiates rustic, old school charm and serves up a wide selection of halal dim sum.
When you can’t make up your mind, go for their sampler dishes like the Multi-Flavour Dumplings ($8.90 for six pieces) or the Multi-Flavour Buns (S$7.50 for six pieces), which include kaya (coconut jam), yam, and salted egg yolk fillings. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try their chicken feet (S$3.90) doused in a sweet, black bean sauce. Tasting these talons might not be as scary a feat as you might think!
You can also complement your meal with chicken rice and other zi char (home-cooked Chinese dishes) favourites, also available on the menu. If Changi Village is a little too out of the way for you, you can check for an outlet near you wherever you are in Singapore, or get your favourite dim sum and other tantalising dishes delivered to your doorstep via island-wide delivery.
Opening hours: Opens daily from 11:00am to 10:00pm
Address: 57 Lorong Bekukong, Singapore 499173
6. Four Seasons Restaurant at Jewel Changi Airport – For all-you-can-eat halal dim sum
Four Season’s Restaurant A La Carte Dim Sum Buffet has proven to be a hit since its introduction in April this year. The buffet is available daily, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Indulge in all-you-can-eat halal dim sum at S$25.80++ per adult and S$16.60++ per child on weekdays, and S$29.80++ per adult and S$18.60++ per child on weekends.
You also have more reasons to make the buffet a family affair here at Jewel Changi Airport since children below the height of 0.9m dine for free! The same goes for each elderly patron over the age of 65, who dines with three paying adults.
The extensive food menu is not limited to just dim sum, but includes local stir-fried dishes like mee goreng and char kway teow noodles, and desserts like ice cream for a sweet finish.
Opening hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm daily, buffet till 5:00pm
Address: 78 Airport Blvd, Jewel Changi Airport, #B2-227/228, Singapore 819666
7. Din Tai Fung at Jewel Changi Airport – For xiao long bao that cannot go
There’s more food to eat at Jewel — specifically dim sum, of course!
In Singapore, Din Tai Fung is practically synonymous with its signature xiao long bao (soup dumplings). You can expect the same, delicious dumplings you ordered on your last visit, thanks to the meticulous precision of its kitchen. Not only have they perfected the XLB, they’ve also gotten creative with it. You’ll find various permutations of these dumplings at this oft-packed restaurant, ranging from savoury to sweet.
Feeling indulgent? The Steamed Truffle and Pork Xiao Long Bao might tickle your fancy. As for the sweeter side of things, orh nee (sweet yam paste) aficionados might find the Steam Yam Xiao Long Bao to be right up their alley.
There are also plenty of other treats in their line-up which might scratch your dim sum itch, like wontons, steamed buns, and desserts like mango pudding, some of the best food delights here at Jewel Changi Airport.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 11:30am to 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am to 9.30pm, Sunday 11:00am to 8.00pm
Address: 78 Airport Blvd, Jewel Changi Airport, #03-214/215, Singapore 819666
It’s time to feed that dim sum craving in Singapore!
If you’re starting to feel hungry by now, you’re not the only one. Changi Precinct has plenty more dim sum options to satisfy that craving of yours, so what are you waiting for? Grab a friend or two, or bring your entire family out for some scrumptious snacks or supper. Hop into the neighbourhoods or go straight to Jewel Changi Airport for the best food variety ever in the east of Singapore! You can also explore food options at Changi Airport via Changi Eats and have your orders delivered to you fresh.
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