Six top places for the halal dim sum lover in Singapore
- 27 November 2018
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Singapore is a foodie’s delight, rivaling cities like Bangkok, New York and even London. But what makes it special for us is the number of halal food options available in the city. More than 15 per cent of Singapore’s resident population is Muslim, and expats only add to that number. It goes without saying that the food capital of Asia offers a wide range of halal restaurants to choose from.
Dim sum may be used to describe dumplings in any form these days, but this style of Chinese cuisine traditionally refers to small plates or baskets of bite-sized dishes served with tea. In traditional Chinese tea houses, trolleys laden with dim sum baskets would be rolled around and people would pick up what they want and carry it to their tables. It was a casual, community-style meal enjoyed over conversation and laughter. A handful of places in China and Hong Kong still serve dim sum in this manner.
Whether your tastes are traditional or modern, your search for halal dim sum in Singapore ends here: we have handpicked the best dim sum experiences for you to choose from. Do try them all and decide your own favourites:
Tang Tea House
A great place for a family gathering, Tang Tea House serves traditional dim sum accompanied by Chinese tea. The Shanghainese chefs in the kitchen pride themselves on authentic fare. The four locations across the island speak volumes about the popularity of Tang Tea House, especially their chicken pau and prawn har kow.
Locations: 242 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799466; 357/359 Bedok Road, Singapore 469545; 14 Jurong West St 42, #01-783, Singapore 640414; 57 Lorong Bekukong, Singapore 499173
Meal for 2: SGD 30 / USD 21.81
Enak Enak Hong Kong Tea House
A lesser-known eatery, Enak Enak serves handmade dim sum at affordable prices. Their Hong Kong-style egg tarts are reportedly as good as those served in the streets of Hong Kong. Open till 5 am, it is the perfect spot to satiate those midnight cravings.
Locations: 342 Bedok Road Singapore 469524; 1202 East Coast Parkway, 449881
Meal for 2: SGD 20 / USD 14.54
The Dim Sum Place
Familiar but with a twist of the modern, dim sums at The Dim Sum Place are customised for the local palate. Expect the unexpected here, with popular dishes like crispy chicken in coffee sauce and a delicious vermicelli roll with lamb rendang. Unlike other places, you can choose to have your siu mai fried instead of steamed, lending it a lovely crispy texture. Besides an extensive dim sum menu, the restaurant also serves classics such as beef rendang and beef brisket noodles, so you don’t go home hungry.
Location: 791 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198759
Nearest MRT: Bugis or Lavender
Meal for 2: SGD 20 / USD 14.54
Streats Hong Kong Café
Serving popular Hong Kong and Macau street food, Streats is a casual café ideal for weekend lunches. The pristine interiors complement modern touches in the restaurants. The deep-fried prawn dumplings are a big hit, and a noodles and pasta menu keeps the kids happy too.
Locations: Bukit Panjang Plaza, City Square Mall, E! hub Downtown East, IMM Building, Resorts World (Asian Café), West Mall, Bedok Mall, Suntec City, Tampines 1
Meal for 2: SGD 30-35 / USD 21.81-25.45
Located in Royal Plaza on Scotts Road, Carousel has been voted the best buffet in town many times over. What makes this even more attractive is the fact that it is both halal-certified and offers an array of dim sum options, especially at high tea. Perfect for those who like a little bit of everything, Carousel buffet is sure to please diners who crave variety.
Location: 25 Scotts Road, Royal Plaza, Singapore 228220
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Meal for 2: SGD 150 / USD 109.07
Marina Mandarin’s AquaMarine gives serious competition to Carousel, but there’s room for both on the island. The breakfast spread includes halal Asian and international selections including, naturally, scrumptious dim sum. The glass-enclosed show kitchen adds to the visual appeal of the restaurant, which is perfect for families or large groups looking for a wide range of food options.
Location: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, Marina Square, Singapore
Nearest MRT: Promenade
Meal for 2: SGD 130-150 / USD 94.53-109.07