Best Cantonese Restaurants in Singapore for Family Dinners

From the luxurious to the humble, Cantonese cuisine in general is well received among Singapore families. Here are some options, with something for everyone.

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Originating from Guangdong, Cantonese cuisine’s prominence outside China is due to the large number of Cantonese migrants all over the world. In terms of cooking styles, Cantonese cooking incorporates a range of styles including steaming, stir frying, braising, and so on. In general, the flavours of dishes are well balanced – especially in contrast to Sichuan cuisine – with a modest amount of spices and herbs used.

As it is palatable and enjoyed by most people, a meal at a Cantonese restaurant is an excellent choice for family gatherings. Here are some notable restaurants to choose from in Singapore:


1. Red Star Restaurant



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One of the few places in Singapore where one can have dim sum the traditional way –displayed and “promoted” on push carts – Red Star was opened in 1974 by four local masterchefs who were collectively known as the culinary Heavenly Kings back in the 60s and 70s. Besides a large variety of dim sum, this restaurant also serves up affordable, authentic Cantonese fare and a good dose of nostalgia with its charmingly aged decor and elderly servers.

At Block 54, Chin Swee Road, #07-23, Singapore 160054, tel: 6532 5266. Visit redstarrestaurant.com.sg


2. Lei Garden



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Founded by chief executive officer Chan Shu Kit, who opened the first restaurant in 1973 in Hong Kong, you can expect the Cantonese food here to be très authentic. The one Michelin-star restaurant at Chijmes is well known for humble fare done very well, such as its Cantonese roast meats (char siew and crispy skin roast pork), as well as more decadent items such as the Double Boiled American Sea Whelk Soup with Common Yam Rhizome and Wolfberries Soup. What’s interesting – and heartening – also is that Lei Garden has a farm-to-table system in place, which ensures a sufficient supply of quality ingredients at its restaurants. It has at least three eco-farms in China and New Zealand, which rear pigs and chickens, and which cultivate fruits and vegetables with organic fertilisers. Overall, an excellent place to bring the family on the most special occasions.

At #01-24 Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996, tel: 6339 3822. Visit www.leigarden.hk/en


3. Ka-Soh/Swee Kee



With a rich history dating back to the 1930s, Ka Soh, also known as Swee Kee Fish Head Noodle House, is a family-owned establishment that’s famous for its fragrant Prawn Paste Chicken and Sliced Fish Noodle Soup. The latter is still cooked in the traditional style today in all of Ka Soh’s branches here and overseas (Indonesia and Malaysia). First, snakehead fish bones are deep fried before being incorporated with other ingredients to form a base for the stock. Cooked for hours until a white milky liquid is formed – no evaporated milk is added – the stock, is enhanced with Chinese wine and paired simply with rice noodles and crunchy vegetables.

At 2 College Road (Alumni Medical Centre), Singapore 169850, tel: 6473 6686 and two other locations. Visit https://ka-soh.com.sg/


4. Wah Lok



Don’t be distracted by its elegantly modern but very much Western-styled entrance and interior. When it comes to food, this award-winning Chinese restaurant, established in 1988, is decidedly Cantonese. Its must-tries, which range from the traditional to modern, include the double-boiled whole yellow melon soup with mixed seafood (served in a scooped-out melon), lobster mee sua, baked barbecued pork buns, braised bird’s nest wrapped in egg white in red carrot soup and roasted pork. Authentic dim sum is available during lunch.

At Carlton Hotel Singapore, 76 Bras Basah, Singapore 189558, tel: 6311 8188/8189. Visit https://www.carltonhotel.sg/wah-lok.html



5. Lai Wah



Opened in 1963, it is said that it was at Lai Wah that the Chinese New Year tradition of Yu-Sheng was first started. Interestingly, Lai Wah also lays claim to being the originator of chilli crab as we know it today. Located on the first floor of a HDB block, this unassuming restaurant is still decorated simply, exuding a cosy homestyle vibe. Expect service that’s uncomplicated and unfussy, paired with simple food that showcases the freshness of the ingredients and the expertise of the wok master. Besides Lai Wah’s calling card dishes, must-tries here include the crispy roasted chicken, stir-fried broccoli and cauliflower, and sweet and sour pork.

At Blk 44, Bendemeer Road, #01-1436, Singapore 330044, tel: 6294 9922/6298 4460. Visit https://www.laiwahrestaurant.com/