Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, and we’re a nation of foodies too. If you’re looking to try authentic Chinese cuisine, this sunny island a pretty good choice to embark on your foodie adventure. Here’s the rundown of some Chinese restaurants in Singapore and their signature dishes we know you’ll love.
1. Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant
Imperial Treasure lives up to ‘super’ when comes to their signature Peking Duck. Peking Duck is a Chinese dish consisting of crisp roast duck skin (with a little meat) complemented with vegetables (usually cucumbers and spring onions) and sweet sauce and wrapped in thin pastry. So popular that loyal patrons make orders in advance, the Super Peking Duck is roasted to perfection, and carved and sliced on the platter before your very eyes. You can decide what to do with the rest of the duck meat – the chef will whip up duck rice or duck noodles the way you want it. Calorie-laden, but oh-so-delicious! Both outlets at Paragon and Asia Square get especially crowded during peak hours, so do reserve a table in advance to secure a seat.
Imperial Treasure's signature Peking Duck (Photo Credit: Imperial Treasure Restaurant Group Pte Ltd)
2. Peach Garden
Peach Garden’s story began with 2 restaurateurs and their passion for exquisite Chinese cuisine and quality service. With different concepts like fine Chinese dining, Chinese restaurants, all-day Chinese dining and a noodle house, patrons are spoilt for choice. Peach Garden’s collection of signature dishes include Steamed Lobster with Chinese Wine and Wheat Vermicelli; Chilled Mango, Sago and Pomelo; Deep-fried Prawns with Wasabi Salad Cream; Garlic Beef Tenderloin with Maggi Seasoning; Roasted Spare Ribs with Honey; Chilled Black Glutinous Rice with Ice Cream in Coconut and more.
Deep-fried Prawn with Wasabi Salad Cream (Photo Credit: Peach Garden Restaurant Pte Ltd)
3. Tim Ho Wan
Hailing all the way from Hong Kong a.k.a the land of dim sum, Tim Ho Wan has been attracting enthusiastic crowds willing to brave snaking queues for hours to get a taste of highly raved about bite-sized perfections from the popular dim sum joint. When it’s finally your turn to dig in, make your wait worth the while. Don’t hold back when placing your order! Try the Baked Bun with BBQ Pork, a crumbly, fluffy pastry chock full of generously marinated barbequed pork. Hailed as one of The Big Heavenly King Dim Sum from Tim Ho Wan, the baked bun, together with the Vermicelli Roll stuffed with Pig’s Liver, Pan Fried Turnip Cake and Steamed Egg Cake are just a few of the many delights that have won the hearts of food critics around the world.
The Big 4 Heavenly King Dim Sum. From right: Baked Bun with BBQ Pork, Vermicelli Roll stuffed with Pig’s Liver, Pan Fried Turnip Cake and Steamed Egg Cake.
(Photo Credit: Tim Ho Wan)
4. Din Tai Fung
Enjoy delectable Chinese cuisine at the Michelin Star awarded Din Tai Fung. Ranked as one of the world’s Top 10 Best Restaurants by The New York Times, the cuisine at this Chinese restaurant doesn’t disappoint. A trip to Din Tai Fung is not complete without tasting their famous Xiao Long Bao (Steam Pork Dumplings). Don’t underestimate these bite-sized portions of food - they’re small but mighty. Filled with tasty minced pork and artfully wrapped in delicate dough skin, expect flavourful soup to ooze out upon biting in. Then satisfy your carb craving with their specialty Zha Jiang Mian (Noodles with Minced Pork in Bean Sauce) and Fried Rice with Shrimps and Eggs.
Fried Rice with Shrimps and Eggs and Xiao Long Bao
5. Dian Xiao Er
Renowned for its herbal roast duck, Dian Xiao Er’s Ten Wonder Herbs Roast Duck has gotten rave reviews from local food journalists and bloggers. Quality Cherry Valley ducks marinated in herbs and spices for hours, then roasted to perfection over a slow fire – that’s got to be any meat lover’s dream. The superb blend of roast duck and herbs will thrill your taste buds! While you’re there, try other popular favourites like Stir Fried Lotus Roots with Macadamia Nuts, Dong Po Pork (stewed pork belly), and Mongolian Spare Ribs.
Herbal Roast Duck and Dong Po Pork
6. Soup Restaurant
A household name for home-cooked Chinese cuisine, the Soup Restaurant’s signature Samsui Ginger Chicken packs a punch. Steamed with minimal flavoring, dip the chicken in the fragrant ginger sauce, and there you have it, a mouth-watering combination.
7. Swatow Seafood Restaurant
Known for its Teochew roots and true to its name, Swatow Seafood Restaurant specialises in seafood delicacies. It is also popular for its daily Hi-Tea Dim Sum buffet that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Look out for their signature Teochew Cuisine and piping hot Traditional Dim Sum on pushcarts!
8. Mellben Seafood
Located in heartland coffee shops, Mellben Seafood is not your conventional air-conditioned restaurant. Mellben serves a variety of food, and the all-time favourites are the Butter Crab and Claypot Crab Bee Hoon. To get a taste of Singapore’s trademark crab dish, order the Chilli Crab (along with deep fried buns to go with the spicy sauce). Brace yourselves for long queues during peak periods – the never-ending queues holds testament to its reputation as the go-to place among crab lovers.