Raffles Hotel Singapore Offers New Rice Dumplings

The take-home treats will be available from June 1 until the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on the 14th.

Spiced pork belly glutinous rice dumplings. (All photos courtesy of Raffles Hotel Singapore)

While there likely won’t be any races or opportunities to dine out this Dragon Boat Festival due to social distancing measures, Singapore residents can still celebrate the occasion by ordering sticky rice dumplings stuffed with premium ingredients from the Raffles Hotel. The eponymous celebrity chef of the Raffles’ Chinese fine-dining restaurant 藝 yì by Jereme Leung has unveiled a new selection of sweet and savory rice dumplings, all wrapped in bamboo leaves as per tradition.

If it’s classic flavors you’re after, go for the traditional abalone and Jinhua ham glutinous rice dumplings, priced at S$48 each. The decadent, umami-rich filling includes 12-head abalone, Jinhua ham, Japanese dried scallops, roast duck, pork belly, chestnuts, and the all-important salted duck egg yolk.

Meanwhile, the spiced pork belly glutinous rice dumpling (S$18 each) offers a piquant alternative with a Southeast Asian twist. Its melt-in-the-mouth stuffing of tender pork belly and Japanese dried scallops come accentuated with sambal and Sakura shrimps.

Kee chang (alkaline sticky rice dumplings) served with the Raffles’ signature kaya jam.

And there’s a dessert option too. Sweet-toothed foodies should order kee chang with Raffles’ signature kaya jam (S$22 for five pieces, including a 200 gram jar of kaya). Leung has chosen to pair the smaller treats with the aromatic, coconut- and pandan-infused flavor of kaya, instead of having them dipped in a bowl of white sugar or drizzled with palm sugar syrup.

Rice dumplings from 藝 yì by Jereme Leung are now available via rafflesgrabandgo.com, and those who order online by May 31 will enjoy a 20 percent early bird discount. From June 1–14, 2021, the rice dumplings will be available for self-collection from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Raffles Grab & Go counter inside Raffles Hotel Singapore. Delivery is also available for the same period, though it’ll be subject to additional charges.

More information here.

Traditional abalone and Jinhua ham glutinous rice dumplings from the Raffles Hotel.

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