(Dragon Boat Festival 2016) Rice Dumplings from Szechuan Court

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“Rice Dumpling Festival” is what many of us would term Dragon Boat Festival. Why? Because Singapore’s immense passion for food supersedes traditional practices. How many of us know the full story behind Dragon Boat Festival? We might have heard various versions of its origins, but it ends there, and I’ll stop here before I start boring you with information acquired from the Internet.

We consume rice dumplings during this period of the year because firstly, it’s delicious! Secondly, it’s ubiquitous. There are small-scale stalls that sell rice dumplings on an almost daily basis, but it is only during the Dragon Boat Festival that you find various versions of rice dumplings in restaurants and hotels.

Over the years, I’ve always favoured Szechuan Court’s rice dumplings over others for many reasons. Quality of ingredients is one; generosity of ingredients is another. Taste, of course, is a huge motivating factor. Lastly, its size: I would dive into this massive bundle of deliciousness like how a bunny would into a pool of carrots.


Szechuan Court’s Signature ‘Gong Bao’ Chicken Dumpling ($26++, 600g)

This massive dumpling weighs a hefty 600 grams! My favourite flavour of all time, Szechuan Court’s Signature ‘Gong Bao’ Chicken Dumpling never disappoints. Encased within the glutinous, are tender pieces of well-marinated chicken boasting the right balance of spiciness and savouriness, and texturally contrasted with crunchy roasted peanuts.


Traditional Hong Kong Rice Dumpling ($18++, 300g)

The Traditional Hong Kong Rice Dumpling is another hearty option encasing succulent pork belly, barbecued pork, roasted duck, Japanese flower mushrooms, salted egg yolk, yellow beans, dried shrimps and chestnuts. I totally would mind this as a meal on a regular day!
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(Dragon Boat Festival 2015) Szechuan Court, Fairmont Singapore

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Luxuriate in massive bundles of joy this Dragon Boat Festival at Fairmont Singapore’s Szechuan Court; the sizeable bamboo-leaf wrapped dumplings (weighing at a hefty 600g each) come in 4 flavours this year, available from 8 to 20 June 2015.

Stewed Spiced Pig Trotter Dumpling ($34++, 600g) -luscious stewed pig trotter complemented with mushrooms, chestnuts and black eye beans, wrapped in glistening glutinous rice.


Hong Kong-Style Rice Dumpling ($32++, 600g)

Each dumpling packed with a generous amount of quality ingredients, the Hong Kong-Style Rice Dumpling for instance encases freshly-roasted pork belly, barbecued pork, roasted duck, Japanese flower mushrooms, salted egg yolk, yellow beans, dried shrimps and chestnuts.
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(Dragon Boat Festival 2015) Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

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This Dragon Boat Festival, comforting and homely flavours are found in Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant’s handmade rice dumplings that require at least 6 hours of cooking.

This year, the Black Truffle with Pork Belly & Dried Scallops rice dumpling ($18 per piece of $168 per box of 8) makes its debut; with the deep earthy flavour of black truffle coming through subtly but surely.

Their Signature Pork & Salted Egg rice dumpling ($12 per piece of $118 per box of 8) is what mesmerised me the most. This is coming from someone who has been living outside of Singapore most of the time –I found familiar flavours and aromas that brought me back to the most joyous days in home.

If fragrance and spice are two prominent keywords in your food diary, go for the Spicy Sambal rice dumpling ($10 per piece or $102 per box of 8), which features succulent pork belly, onion, garlic, and a house-blended dried shrimp-based sauce. This is another must-try!

One of the best tasting Grain Rice dumplings I’ve had can be found right here. The 5-Grain rice dumpling ($9 per piece or $96 per box of 8) encompasses a melange of rice varieties including brown rice, oat, sorghum rice, barley and pearl rice, combined with vegetarian bak kwah, carrot, black fungus, turnip, salty and soft braised peanuts that I enjoyed endlessly, and cabbage –an inviting mix of textures in a dumpling that is also a good source of dietary fibre and vitamins.

Dumplings are available from 1 to 30 June 2015.

For more information, call (65) 6831 4605 or visit singaporemarriott.com/dining.

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Level 3, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865

(Dragon Boat Festival 2015) Peony Jade

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The smell and sightings of dumplings quickly confirms that Dragon Boat Festival is fast approaching. I have been traveling between Auckland and Singapore a lot in these couple of months, and celebratory mood amongst Asians living in New Zealand is no less pronounced. Since I was only in Singapore for a week last month, I took the opportunity to sample as many dumplings as my stomach could digest. One of those that outshines is Peony Jade, like it always has with festive offerings.


Steamed Cantonese Style Dumpling ($9.80++ per piece)

This season, 4 new flavours make an appearance ready to tantalise taste buds. The Steamed Cantonese Style Dumpling encases caramelised kurobuta pork cha siew with chestnut, salted yolk, braised peanuts and Chinese murhsoom; the Steamed Healthy Vegans Multi Grains Dumpling ($8.80++ per piece) features assorted beans; the Steamed Hokkien Style Dumpling wins votes with succulent fatty pork belly, chestnut and salted yolk.
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