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Dragon Boat Festival 2023: Where to find the best rice dumplings (zongzi) in Hong Kong

By Corrine Cheung 5 June 2023

Header image courtesy of Nina Hotels

What is Dragon Boat Festival without glutinous rice dumplings? Munching on zongzi wrapped in bamboo leaves during the annual celebration is one of the best ways to spend time with friends and family. If you’re not making your own zongzi from scratch, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the festive treat with store-bought options—here’s our guide on where to get the best rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival 2023.

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Photo: Ming Court

Cordis, Hong Kong

Ming Court at Cordis is offering two types of deluxe dumplings, one of which is the classic glutinous rice dumpling with whole abalone, conpoy, roasted duck meat, Jinhua ham, salted egg yolk, and shiitake mushroom. It is also introducing the black glutinous rice dumpling with aged dried tangerine peel, red bean paste, and lotus seed set this year, featuring the zongzi with a bottle of traditional pu’er tea. Available in sets, these sweet and nutritious treats can be purchased online here from now until 21 June.

Ming Court, Level 6, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 3552 3300

Photo: Spring Moon

The Peninsula

Spring Moon at The Peninsula is offering up various rice dumpling selections, such as the well-loved deluxe glutinous rice dumpling marinated in rosé wine. For 2023, the restaurant is also presenting the “Golden Twins” glutinous rice dumplings, pairing a lotus seed paste dumpling with a sweet red date paste and lychee dumpling.

If you’re looking for a gift set to share the love, the supreme glutinous rice dumpling gift set combines Spring Moon’s premium glutinous rice dumpling with a signature XO chilli sauce. Designed in an Art Deco style, the packaging is made from 100-percent recycled materials, making it a wonderfully festive yet aesthetically beautiful gift. These rice dumplings can be purchased from now until 22 June on The Peninsula’s website.

Spring Moon, 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 22 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo: The Peninsula Boutique

The Peninsula Boutique

Spring Moon’s rice dumplings aside, The Peninsula Boutique is also releasing its debut gift collection in the form of signature rice dumplings made with Chinese ham and filled with red bean and mandarin peel. If you would like to participate in the festivities but don’t love zongzi, how about zongzi-shaped Tuen Ng cookies that come in various flavours and box sets? Find more information on the collection and how to order on the website.

The Peninsula Boutique, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 22 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Due to popular demand, The Ritz-Carlton is reintroducing its beloved sweet rice dumplings this Dragon Boat season. Now sold as a premium sweet rice dumpling set, it includes the sweet rice dumpling with red bean paste and mandarin peel and the Shanghai-style sweet rice dumpling with lotus seed paste. Packaged in an intricately designed gift box inspired by the lotus leaf, these delicious delicacies are available to order on the website.

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon

Photo: Regal Hotels

Regal Hotels

Enjoy both classic and vegetarian rice dumplings at Regal Hotels! For lovers of traditional zongzi, the Regal Supreme fish maw, conch, Chinese ham, and conpoy rice dumpling is inspired by Chinese soup flavours, and the Regal Supreme osmanthus red bean and taro paste rice dumpling is perfect for plant-based eaters with a sweet tooth. Order individually or in sets online; the dumplings are available for purchase until 19 June.

Regal Hotels, locations across Hong Kong

Photo: Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong is bringing back its classic rice dumpling choices to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. The Legacy House’s glutinous rice dumpling set includes the steamed sweet rice dumpling with chestnut and steamed rice dumpling with abalone, pork, and mushroom seasoned with Shaoxing Huadiao wine. Freshly made daily, this set of rice dumplings can be ordered from its website and will be available for collection until 22 June.

Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 3888

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Photo: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Combining classic tastes with the sweet and the savoury, Grand Hyatt is presenting the abalone, Yunnan ham, and conpoy dumpling and the five grains, tangerine peel, and red bean dumpling this Dragon Boat season, available individually or as a set. For spice lovers, pair your zongzi with Grand Hyatt’s signature One Harbour Road XO sauce, available for purchase online and pick up in-store until 22 June. Orders must be placed one day in advance.

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2588 1234

Shangri-La Hotels

Island Shangri-La and Kowloon Shangri-La are presenting a wide range of glutinous rice dumplings and three new flavours to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival.

Highlights at Kowloon Shangri-La include Shang Palace’s Chiuchow-style sticky rice dumpling served in bamboo and the Taiwanese sticky rice dumpling in Hakka style for those who would like to enjoy different kinds of authentic zongzi. Also making its debut is the Far Eastern Taipei roasted duck with bamboo shoots rice dumpling, which includes the signature roasted duck made famous by Shang Palace at the Far Eastern Taipei Shangri-La.

Summer Palace at Island Shangri-La is offering a sticky rice dumpling with abalone, conpoy, and organic pork belly and a sticky rice dumpling with 60-year dried tangerine peel and red beans, available individually or as a set. Orders can be placed online. Shangri-La Circle Members can enjoy up to 20 percent off with the promo code DBSCL23 before 21 June.

Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central | (+852) 2877 3838

Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East | (+852) 2721 2111

Photo: Kerry Hotel

Kerry Hotel

Featuring flavours from all across Asia, Kerry Hotel is offering a wide selection of festive indulgences to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival. Hung Tong’s deluxe dumplings trio includes the Spanish Ibérico pork rice dumpling with cordyceps, the black garlic chicken rice dumpling with porcini, and the sweetened red bean rice dumpling with osmanthus, which can be paired with champagne as a set. Also available is the sticky rice dumpling with Yunnan ham and conpoy for those who are craving for a more authentic tasting experience. These rice dumplings will be available for order before 21 June.

Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Hung Hom | (+852) 2252 5888

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Photo: Rú

Nina Hotel

Rú at Nina Hotel is bringing back three zongzi flavours to create a concise collection, which includes the glutinous rice dumpling with whole abalone, five grains dumpling with Chinese ham and conpoy, and glutinous rice dumpling with seed paste. Also available is the glutinous rice dumpling with whole abalone. Place orders here before 9 June to enjoy an early-bird discount of up to 28 percent off with free delivery for orders over $2,000.

, Nina Hotel Tusen Wan West, 8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 2280 2898

Photo: Le Méridien

Le Méridien

Over at the Le Méridien, two glutinous rice dumplings at Nam Fong Restaurant are making their debut. Packaged in a stylish and reusable gift bag, the glutinous rice dumpling with pork, green mung bean, and egg yolk and the glutinous rice dumpling with pork, conpoy, and dried shrimp are both crafted with high-quality white glutinous rice for a chewy texture. With an early-bird discount of 25 percent off until 12 June, these dumplings can be purchased until 21 June. Discounts for bulk orders are also available. Click here for details.

Le Méridien Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport | (+852) 2980 7788

Photo: Man Ho Restaurant

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Crafted by master chefs at the Michelin-starred Man Ho Restaurant, these Dragon Boat Festival rice dumplings feature three distinctive options that highlight the authenticity of this traditional speciality. Paying homage to the indigenous Fujian recipe, the Hokkien glutinous rice dumpling includes a native Hokkien sweet and chilli sauce, a traditional accompaniment to this delicacy. The dried abalone glutinous rice dumpling and red bean and pork glutinous rice dumpling are offered as a pair in a gift set. These rice dumplings can be packaged in a thermal bag or an elegant gift box which could be ordered here.

Man Ho Restaurant, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 2810 8366

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Curious, introverted, and dramatic, Corrine is passionate about all things theatre, music, literature, and the mythical. When she’s not busy writing the newest story, you will find her binge-watching the latest anime and shows on Netflix, reading the latest books or screlting musical songs in the shower.