By Hélène Yu
04 June 2021
With the Dragon Boat Festival fast approaching, rice balls of all flavors have started to roll out in our favorite shops and restaurants. Check out our top picks for the best dumplings to taste in Hong Kong this year
Feasting on rice balls (aka zongzi in Mandarin) is one of Hong Kong’s most beloved culinary traditions. Made of sticky rice and stuffed with a variety of savory and sweet toppings, these dumplings are often wrapped neatly in fragrant bamboo leaves, which are eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival in honor of Qu Yuan, a prominent poet and minister of the Warring States period who drowned in the Mi Lo River in protest against corrupt rulers.
Legend has it that after Qu Yuan’s death, his followers paddled on boats, beating drums to repel evil spirits and threw rice balls into the river to prevent fish from eating his body – that is as well as the festival is related to boat racing and dumpling, becoming an important part of traditional Chinese culture.
This year’s Dragon Boat Festival falls on June 14, and you have about two weeks to hunt for delicious dumplings and share them with family and friends. To make the process easier, we’ve handpicked the best rice balls available in town that will ensure a memorable celebration.
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There is always an element of excitement when Rosewood’s Legacy House launches its festive offerings, from moon cakes to Christmas baskets, and its rice balls are no exception. This year, the restaurant marks the Dragon Boat Festival with two creations: a dumpling featuring a six-headed South African abalone, a simmered pork belly and an assortment of mushrooms; and a sweet golden chestnut dumpling – both varieties are meticulously prepared with quality ingredients and recipes to satisfy even the most discerning palate.
The two dumplings come in a set for HK $ 558 each. Pickup and delivery are available until June 14. Place your order here
Legacy House, 5 / F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8732; rosewoodhotels.com/thelegacyhouse
Regal Hotels is going all out for the Dragon Boat Festival with a tantalizing range of rice balls that will be a hit with all foodies this season. In addition to savory options enriched with decadent ingredients such as whole abalone, conpoy, Chinese ham, salted egg yolk and fish mouth, sweet creations made with red bean paste and taro, lotus seed paste are also offered. If you are looking to give as a gift, their boxes will really make an impression.
Orders and pickup are available until June 13. Place your order here
Known for its consistently well-executed Cantonese cuisine, Tsui Hang Village has partnered with Pine wine to create special edition dumplings that are perfect for those who want to enjoy unique twists on traditional flavors this year.
Their East-Meets-West gift set (HK $ 388) includes two decadent creations of modest size: an eight-treasury conpoy rice dumpling stuffed with premium ingredients such as mushrooms, salted egg yolks and pork belly ; plus another tasty variety that includes Parma ham, pepperoni and cheese. It is also accompanied by a bottle of white wine, Grand Reyne Blanc, AOC Bordeaux, 2020, which features fruity flavors to balance the richness and elevate your dumpling experience.
The quartet set (HK $ 498) is also worth a try, which includes the two mentioned dumplings, a tasty creation with Chinese ham, Parma ham and peanuts, a golden kumquat rice dumpling and good sure, a bottle of wine to complete your feast. with family and friends.
Orders and pickup are available until June 12. Place your order here
Tsui Hang Village, Boutique 507, L5, FoodLoft, Mira Place One, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2376 2882; tsuihangvillage.hk
Tsui Hang Village, 22 / F, Lee Theater Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2409 4822; tsuihangvillage.hk
Tsui Hang Village, 2 / F, New World Tower, 18 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2524 2012; tsuihangvillage.hk
Rice balls from three Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Lung King Heen have always been one of the city’s most popular creations, and it’s not hard to see why. From its unwavering dedication to elevating classic flavors to the use of premium ingredients, the restaurant’s dumplings are an absolute delight.
This year, they are launching a gift box ($ 468) that includes an organic rice dumpling with abalone and conpoy, and a packet of Iron Goddess tea to complement the chewy texture and rich flavors of the dumpling. Competition for Lung King Heen dumplings is fierce, stocks are running out fast every year, act fast!
Orders and pickup are available until June 13. Place your order here
Lung King Heen, / F, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3196 8880; fourseasons.com/hongkong/diner
Famous Shanghai bistro Xia Fei Society is throwing three delicious rice balls to celebrate the upcoming festival. The new Egg Yolk and Pork Dumpling (HK $ 50) is made with quality meat marinated in a secretly flavored soy sauce; while another tasty variety, with ham and egg yolks (HK $ 60), features raw ham from the Jinghua region of China to give off a strong but pleasant flavor, perfect for those with a penchant for salty treats.
A sweet rice dumpling (HK $ 38) is also offered. Stuffed with a rich and creamy red bean paste, it offers an exquisite taste with a comforting sweetness and a subtle aroma of osmanthus.
Contact the company Xia Fei by Instagram direct message or call the restaurant to place orders
Xia Fei Company, 4 / F, Century Square, 1-13 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 7611; xiafei.com.hk
Whether you are a fully vegetarian or a foodie, you will be delighted to see Green Common’s innovative rice balls. Their OmniPork Porcini Mushroom Rice Ball (HK $ 69) is a modern take on traditional recipes, which includes vegan pumpkin-based salted egg yolk and a range of plant-based ingredients and superfoods to offer. a healthier alternative without sacrificing delicious flavor.
There’s also another variety designed with a healthy twist: OmniPork Quinoa Rice Ball (HK $ 69). Seasoned with five-spice powder and natural seasonings, the dumpling features a luscious blend of sticky rice, mung bean, red quinoa, shiitake mushroom and lotus seeds, with a chewy texture and a mouth-watering aroma oozing to every bite.
Orders and pickup are available until June 11. Place your order here
Green Common, various branches in Hong Kong; greencommon.com
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Looking for more varieties to satisfy your rice dumpling craving with modern touches? Another equally impressive choice designed to please your sophisticated palate is Soil To Soul’s creations. Here, Executive Chef Gu Jin Kwang extends the restaurant’s modern approach from Korean vegetarian cuisine to traditional dumplings with light recipes and premium ingredients.
The Fried Kimchi Dumpling (HK $ 98), for example, has a unique fusion of kimchi pickle and perilla seed oil to give rich aromas with spicy and nutty notes. Sesame Rice Dumpling (HK $ 98) stuffed with fresh vegetables, including mushrooms and zucchini in chili sauce and sesame oil, is another tasty and healthy offering worth trying. . If you have a sweet tooth, their yakgwa rice dumpling (HK $ 98) which features traditional Korean party candy, mixed nuts, cereal, natural plum extract with a subtle touch of aged soy sauce, is Do not miss.
Orders and pickup are available until June 14. Call the restaurant to place orders.
Soil To Soul, 704, 7 / F, K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 2389 9588; soltosoulhk.com
Ming Court is a household name in Hong Kong, loved for its authentic and upscale Cantonese cuisine, served in elegant surroundings. In honor of the Dragon Boat Festival, the Michelin-starred establishment has launched a line of rice balls that make an indulgent celebration.
Besides the premium dumpling with a whole twelve-headed South African abalone, a Japanese conpoy, roasted duck meat, Jinhua ham and salted egg yolk, the restaurant also offers the eight-treasured vegetarian dumpling with a mix of wild mushrooms, such as morels, porcini mushrooms and vegetarian roast “pork” to mimic the traditional taste and texture of meat. Serve with a spoonful of homemade special homemade XO sauce if you prefer to enjoy rich flavors.
Orders and pickup are available until June 14. Place your orders here
The most decadent and luxurious we have ever seen. Designed by Yung’s Bistro, a modern dining concept from renowned Yung Kee goose restaurant, the new dumpling (HK $ 1,480) features an authentic Guangdong recipe, which includes whole South African abalone, Japanese dried scallops, Dried shiitake mushrooms, salted egg yolks, pork belly, as well as the brand’s signature charcoal grilled goose. A regular option (HK $ 258), without the abalone, is also available. Both varieties are preservative free and made with refined cooking techniques to impress.
Orders and collection are available until June 11 (orders for the abalone dumpling must be placed four days in advance to ensure freshness). Call the restaurant on +852 5599 2800 to place orders.
Yung’s Bistro, Shop 701, 7 / F, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2321 3800; facebook.com/yungsbistro