There’s still about a month away from the Dragon Boat Festival, but it’s never too late to start thinking about indulging in rice dumplings. Traditionally these dumplings, wrapped with care in fragrant bamboo leaves, are made of glutinous rice and stuffed with nuts, braised meats and scallops.

Heritage places such as Kim Choo Kueh Chang and Hoo Kee Bak Chang are popular for their rice dumplings off-season. But the Dragon Boat Festival is a great opportunity to go beyond the usual formula for some indulgent mix of ingredients.

These restaurants are taking inspirations from traditional dishes and adopting a more international approach with their dumplings. Think foie gras and chestnuts stuffed with roast goose and grilled unagi served atop glutinous rice. These dumplings aren’t just great as impressive gifts, but also a real gastronomic delight to enjoy at home.