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Dragon Boat Festival 2022: Where to find the best rice dumplings (zongzi)

By Charlotte Ip 30 May 2022

Header image courtesy of Rosewood Hong Kong

With the Dragon Boat Festival coming up, it is high time to stock up on zongzi—glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves—for an authentic holiday feast. For those of us lacking a talented home cook to handcraft the festive delicacy from scratch, here’s our guide to where you can find the best rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2022.

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Regal Hotels

Indulge in classic as well as vegetarian rice dumplings this year courtesy of Regal Hotels! Its sumptuous selection spotlights the Regal Supreme whole abalone rice dumpling with conpoy and Chinese ham ($278) and the Regal Supreme lotus seed paste rice dumpling ($148) as traditional flavours, and the newly launched Regal Supreme vegetarian rice dumpling with porcini and mixed beans ($208) for plant-based eaters. Available in sets, the available zongzi are perfect for foodies of all dietary persuasions. Order them in gift sets or as individual portions online from now till 2 June.

Regal Hotels, locations across Hong Kong

Photo: Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung

Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung

Yue at the Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung is embracing the simplistic charm of this age-old celebration with the abalone rice dumpling ($298). A classic item of abalone, mushrooms, lotus seeds, mung beans, salted egg yolk, and glutinous rice, this festive icon is available for order here for pick-up till 2 June. An advance order of two days is required.

Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel, 9 Yi Tung Road, Tung Chung | (+852) 2535 0000

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Rosewood Hong Kong

Against the artistic canvas of K11 Musea, Rosewood Hong Kong shines bright in its luxurious splendour. Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival this year with The Legacy House and its seasonal glutinous rice dumpling set ($598)—a made-to-order “bamboo steamer” basket that comes with one steamed glutinous rice dumpling with abalone, pork, and mushroom and one steamed sweet glutinous rice dumpling with chestnut. Place your order here from now till 1 June, with advance reservation required of up to 3 days. Rice dumpling sets will be available for collection at The Legacy House until 4 June.

Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8888

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Shangri-La Group

Combining the expertise of three fine-dining restaurants studded with Michelin chefs, the Shangri-La presents an exquisite collection of seasonal gift baskets for the Dragon Boat Festival, such as the Summer Palace deluxe hamper ($3,888) and Hung Tong deluxe hamper ($1,888). Rice dumplings and celebratory must-haves like champagne and chocolates are all included. Individual zongzi like the Summer Palace sticky rice dumpling with abalone, conpoy, and organic pork belly ($408) and Summer Palace sticky rice dumpling with 60-year dried tangerine peel and red beans ($318) are also available. Be sure to put down your order in advance and note the delivery times.

Shangri-La Group, locations across Hong Kong

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Nina Hotels

Nina Hotels promises a tried-and-true approach to the Dragon Boat Festival this year, presenting a concise selection of rice dumplings for your pleasure. Choose between the glutinous rice dumpling with whole abalone ($198) or the glutinous rice dumpling with lotus seed paste ($108)—or have them both in a mix of savoury and sweet! Place your orders here from now till 1 June with free delivery for orders above $2,000.

Nina Hotels, locations across Hong Kong

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Conrad Hong Kong

Conrad Hong Kong and its Cantonese flagship Golden Leaf are keeping the Dragon Boat Festival menu simple and true-to-textbook this year, with the acclaimed restaurant serving up a flavour-packed deluxe assorted meat rice dumpling ($288) with succulent pork belly and roasted duck, followed by mini sweet rice dumpling with mashed lotus seed paste ($208). Complete the online order form or place your order by phone at (+852) 2822 8813 from now till 2 June. If you join Hilton Honours, you can even enjoy 15 percent off.

Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 2521 3838

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Green Common

Green Common returns with plant-based rice dumplings this year in the shape of an OmniPork Strip rice dumpling with porcini and vegan salted egg ($69) and OmniPork rice dumpling with quinoa ($69). Both pack a flavourful punch while keeping the zongzi low in saturated fat and meat-free, with zero trans-fat and cholesterol. Order yours here with 10 percent off for one, 15 percent off for two, and 25 percent off for four!

Green Common, locations across Hong Kong

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Hung Fook Tong

Hung Fook Tong cares about your wallet just as much as your well-being. For Dragon Boat Festival, its selection of festive zongzi includes the rice dumpling with abalone, dried scallop, and pork ($120) and rice dumpling with black truffles Chinese ham, dried scallop, mushroom, and pork ($92) as perennial favourites. A low-sugar option—the gan-shui rice dumpling with tangerine peel, red bean, lily bulb, with lotus seed ($68)—provides a wholesome end to your zongzi feast. Until 1 June, rice dumpling e-coupons can be bought through Hung Fook Tong’s mobile app. Simply present the e-coupons at designated stores to pick up your rice dumplings! Click here to see more details.

Hung Fook Tong, locations across Hong Kong

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