The Dragon Boat Festival which is more commonly known as 端午節 (pronounced as 'Duan Wu Jie') amongst the local Chinese is a time where rice dumplings are often prepared and eaten. Even though it is not uncommon to be able to purchase rice dumplings on a day-to-day basis, hotels all around Singapore often launch interesting flavours during this period (much like the Mooncake Festival).
The famed Cherry Garden restaurant located within the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, has revealed the Black Garlic Glutinous Rice Dumpling (黑蒜豚肉竹碳粽 - S$18+) this year. The Black Garlic Glutinous Rice Dumpling is a combination of glutinous rice, wholesome wild rice, fragrant black garlic, savoury preserved vegetables, succulent kurobuta pork belly and bamboo charcoal powder. The bamboo charcoal powder provides a unique grey hue to the otherwise brown dumpling and it complements the fragrant rice infused with the salty and sweet notes of black garlic and minced pork belly.
The signature Golden Pearl Dumpling (怀旧鲍鱼裹蒸粽 精装版) - S$28+) - a signature from Cherry Garden - also returns this year with an extravagant filling of premium ingredients such as the slow-braised abalone, dried scallops, juicy pork belly, mung beans, mushrooms, chestnuts, salted egg yolk and lotus seeds.
For those looking for something a little more unique, Cherry Garden is also offering the Red Yeast Glutinous Rice Dumpling (干贝红糟鸡粽 – S$16+) this year which features an appealing combination of glutinous rice, brown rice, conpoy, and red yeast minced chicken.
Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival at Cherry Garden
(10 to 20 June)
Weekday Lunch: 12pm to 230pm
Weekend Brunch: 11am to 1pm (first seating) | 130pm to 33pm (second seating)
Dinner: 630pm to 1030pm