The 5 Best Chinese Restaurants in Singapore
Eat & Drink | April 07, 2019
With Chinese comprising about 75% of Singapore’s population, it comes as no surprise to find Chinese cuisine in the epicenter of the Lion City’s food scene. Food is an integral part of Chinese culture. It is the centerpiece of every important milestone among families and friends. Aside from sustenance, the Chinese attach symbolism to certain food and produce, mostly symbolizing harmony, prosperity, and good fortune.
Find your way to five-star Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochew, and Hainanese cuisines with our guide to the 5 best Chinese restaurants in Singapore.
See also: The 5 Best Taiwanese Restaurants In Singapore
Weekend Dim Sum Brunch Buffet (From $69.80): Hai Tien Lo’s extensive buffet with over 60 dim sum creations will leave you feeling like an emperor. Delight in the seemingly endless array of meticulously handcrafted dim sum which includes Five Spice Rolls, Chicken Feet with Peanut in Chili Sauce, and Fried Carrot Cake in Chef’s Signature Homemade XO Chili Sauce. The key to enjoying the dim sum buffet is to try every morsel of dim sum and go back for seconds of your favorites.
Seasonal Themed Menus: Hai Tien Lo mixes it up by offering seasonal themed menus that highlight the Chef’s signature dishes such as Fragrant Duck Confit with Chef’s Specialty Red Wine Sauce. The prix fixe menus are a perfect complement to Singapore’s festive seasons.
Healthier Alternative: All rice-based dishes can be switched for the more healthful brown rice at no additional charge.
Dim Sum Brunch (From $68) enriched by unparalleled signature creations: Applauded as one of the Lion City’s best dim sum brunches, Cherry Garden boasts of familiar dim sum staples such as siu mai and xiao long bao and signature dim sum that are almost impossible to find elsewhere such as deep-fried escargot dumplings and crystal dumpling with fresh mushrooms and black truffle.
Food and Wine Pairings: Celebrations are made extra special with Cherry Garden’s selection of classic and modern wines that wonderfully complement their festive Cantonese dishes.
Divine Desserts: It’s almost a crime not to punctuate a Chinese meal with a dessert. In stark contrast with their long list of appetizers, dim sum, and specialties, Cherry Garden’s arsenal of desserts may seem short-stacked but with such perfectly-executed desserts, five is just the right number. The osmanthus jelly with wolfberry is a delight both to the eyes and the palate.
Teochew Specialties: Crystal Jade is a popular chain of restaurants in Singapore but only the Golden Palace branch offers Teochew dishes, a cuisine that is rooted in the Chaoshan culture. A highly historical cuisine, the restaurant gives it a modern spin to fit in the upscale ambience.
Affordable Dim Sum Baskets: A $6 dim sum basket from a Michelin-starred restaurant may sound too good to be true but it is just mouthwateringly true.
Indulgent Shark’s Fin Dishes: Crystal Jade Golden Palace has one of the longest lists of shark’s fin dishes in Singapore. Believed by Chinese to possess medicinal and wellness properties, shark’s fin is presented in more creative ways than simply soup such as sautéed shark’s fin with scrambled egg and olive oil.
Michelin Star Recognition: Having received the elusive Michelin star recognition for its authentic rendition of the Teochew cuisine, Crystal Jade Golden Palace joins the ranks of the best restaurants not only in the country but across the globe.
Authentic Cantonese Dim Sum: Foodies can attest that Singapore is a haven for great-tasting dim sum but only a few restaurants can transport diners to the province of Guangdong for its remarkable authenticity. Wah Lok’s bo luo bao, or pineapple bun, is believed to be the best in all of Singapore.
Guangdong-born Chef: Wah Lok takes pride in its Guangdong-born chef with Hong Kong culinary training – a combination that results in upgraded award-winning authentic Cantonese classics.
Vegetarian Dishes: Wah Lok is one of those few places where vegetarians and carnivores are both spoilt for choice. Their vegetarian dishes are so ingeniously crafted that they practically appear to be indulgences.
Perfect Peking Duck: Peking duck is more than just a dish, it is a gastronomic experience that starts from the roasting of a whole duck to crisp, fatty perfection until it is served and sliced right at the patron’s table.
Special Set Menu for Large Groups: A Chinese restaurant is an easy choice for celebrations because a set menu is almost always offered. Imperial Treasure has an assortment of set menus that celebrate its bestsellers: yang chow four treasures, Peking duck, and homemade pastries.
Vegetarian Set Menu: A vegetarian set menu that does not revolve on tofu is great news to the health-conscious. Imperial Treasure’s vegetarian set menu showcases cleverly-crafted veggie-centric dishes such as stewed vermicelli with shredded carrot and stewed beancurd skin with mushroom.