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Best Chinese Restaurants in Singapore 2016

Best Chinese Restaurants in Singapore 2016

There are plenty of Chinese restaurants in Singapore, and seeking out the best can be like looking for noodles, we mean needles, in a haystack. From the tastiest roast duck from Bayswater in London to a wholesome Cantonese meal and even an ah-ma-approved spot for dinner with the grandparents, this list is filled with ideas for when you need a Chinese meal that'll tick all the boxes. Eat up!
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One of the classiest options under the Crystal Jade umbrella, this restaurant in Paragon is ideal for business lunches, intimate dates or special celebrations. The menu boasts a good balance of traditional cooking and fun fusion dishes, with significant emphasis on Teochew and Guandong cuisines. Start your meal with the humble Deep Fried Beancurd with Pepper and Salt ($9.80) — savoury cubes of silky homemade beancurd deep fried till golden brown. Check out the selection of Teochew braised meats, including Duck ($24), Sliced Duck Tongue ($18) and Duck Wing & Web ($20) — a rare find in a Chinese restaurant. The Double Boiled Chicken Soup with Fish Maw & Dendrobium ($26) is proof that soups are a forte here — the clear broth is clean-tasting and not overly herbaceous as some Chinese soups can be. The restaurant also does surprisingly excellent, thoughtful fusion dishes. The Baked Lamb Rack with Red Wine & Black Pepper Sauce ($18 per portion) sports perfectly cooked meat slicked in an umami-rich sauce, while the Angel Hair Pasta with Seafood & Black Truffle Sauce ($12 per portion) sees springy, al dente noodles tossed in a complex, earthy sauce.
Avg Price: $60 per person
Picture by Burppler Clar Eng


For some, Paradise Dynasty is home to just “colourful xiao long bao”, but this restaurant has so much more to offer. It has a remarkable selection of noodle dishes that are seriously underrated, like the Zha Jiang Noodles ($8.80) that Burppler Amanda Jayne raves about and the massive portion of La Mien with Sliced Pork ($10.80) that no one seems to be able to finish. Apart from the noodles, the Chilli Oil Vinaigrette Dumplings ($6.80) and the Juicy Pan Fried Pork Dumplings ($4.20 for three pieces) also come highly recommended by our community. We love how convenient the Paradise Dynasty outlet at ION Orchard is — great for a quick catch up over lunch, or when you and your friends need to refuel after shopping. The portions are generous, so it's best to share a noodle dish with a friend before tucking in to the other delicious delights!
Avg Price: $25 per person
Photo by Burppler Alison Ho


This popular Hokkien restaurant has moved from its Amoy location to its new digs just opposite JCube. The sprawling space at Beng Hiang comes complete with private rooms, a stage and fish tanks to distract young ones. The place is often bought out for banquets, so reservations come highly recommended. Order their signature Kong Ba Bao (from $16) — melt-in-the-mouth meat slicked in a rich, umami-laden sauce and wrapped in fluffy steamed buns that is present on almost every table. If it’s a special occasion, celebrate with one of their charcoal roasted Suckling Pig ($200, order one day in advance). Crisp and juicy — it’s everything you can ask for in a well-prepared suckling pig. Other noteworthy items on the menu include the Oyster Omelette ($12), fried till crisp golden and studded generously with plump oysters, and the Traditional Hokkien Noodles (from $8).
Avg Price: $20 per person
Photo by Burppler Joe Yang


With over 15 outlets around the island, this local restaurant chain is the place to head to when the chicken craving strikes. Dishes here are meant to be shared, not eaten alone, making it great for big group situations. Ironically, the most well-received dish at The Soup Restaurant is not a soup, but instead the Samsui Ginger Chicken (from $19.90). The simple dish, which used to be enjoyed by Samsui women once a year during Chinese New Year, features slices of steamed chicken skilfully cut and served alongside a pile of lettuce leaves and a pool of addictive ginger-sesame oil dip. The umami rich sauce is so addictive that customers can purchase a bottle at the counter to take home. At the VivoCity outlet, you get the best of both worlds — Cantonese dishes as well as a selection of hearty dim sum. Order the tasty Earthern Bowl Carrot Cake ($4.50), Crispy Prawn Cheong Fun ($5.90) and the Ha Kao ($5.50) that comes highly recommended by Burppler Mok XC!
Avg Price: $20 per person
Photo by Burppler Mok XC

If the thought of a dark, glistening, lacquered duck excites you, then this is the place you should head to. Situated on the second floor of Capitol Piazza, this restaurant specialising in fatty duck is an outpost of London's Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant, and a trip here is certainly less onerous than one to the original Bayswater outlet itself. Without a doubt, order the Roast Duck ($36 for half, $68 for whole) for the family to share. The aromatic, crisp-skinned, succulent meat is sliced off the bone so skilfully and doused with a umami-rich duck sauce that you’d want to drizzle all over your rice. To complete the meal, get the House Special “Pei-pa” Beancurd ($28) — deep-fried, round tofu balls served with seafood and vegetables, and a side of the unbelievably Crispy Pork Belly ($22), because let’s face it, one roast meat is never enough.
Avg Price: $45 per person
Photo by Burppler Ian Low


Part of the Imperial Treasure family, Imperial Treasure Nan Bei — which means North and South in Mandarin — has an extensive menu that includes all Chinese cuisines from North to South of China. From hand-pulled Shanghai ramen, delectable dim sum and even Cantonese double boiled soups, you can be assured there’s something for even the fussiest eater in the family. Conveniently located on the fifth floor of Takashimaya, Nan Bei is a great pit stop for the whole gang to refuel after shopping. You won’t go wrong with dim sum options (till 5pm) like the Baked BBQ Pork Bun ($5, 3 pieces), crispy Yam Puffs ($5, 3 pieces) as well as heartier items like Ee Fu Noodles (from $14) and the Tung Hoon with Scallops (from $16). The latter is seasonal so just ask the friendly staff if it's available — you don't want to miss out on this heavenly combination of seafood and noodles!
Avg Price: $25 per person
Photo by Burppler Sushi Dream


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