Bangkok has a repertoire of restaurants to try. The city’s culinary scene is — so it seems – moving faster than the speed of light; decent and new restaurants often come and go as often as the passing of time. But — if you ask us — what lives on and lasts the longest comes in the way of Chinese restaurants. Think about it, it isn’t often that you see a Chinese haunt closing down, is it?
Having the biggest overseas Chinese community in Southeast Asia, Thailand has long been a home to millions of both Chinese and Thai-Chinese. And in order for Chinese migrants to meet their growing appetite for their home food back in the good old days, Chinese restaurants stepped in and since then, many are still around, some becoming the neighbourhood staple; and almost none seem to dwindle in popularity or in demand. And as expected, the country’s cuisine was greatly influenced by Chinese food, for example, Ba Mee (noodle) dishes, Jok (rice porridge), Salapao (steamed buns) and Khanom Jeen (fermented rice noodle).
There’s absolutely no lack of quality restaurants in the city, so if you’re currently hunting for high-end haunts for Chinese fare, we’ve curated five dazzling spots around the international heart of Bangkok, Sukhumvit, just so you can indulge in both authentic and modern Chinese food as you’ve never experienced before.
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Hong Bao Sukhumvit 39
Chinese restaurants are the ideal spot for family and friendly gatherings and Hong Bao Sukhumvit 39 happens to be one of the spots for such occasions. Located within Central Embassy, Hong Bao is a premium Cantonese eatery that offers delectable and authentic Chinese-inspired dishes in a cosy yet luxury dining environment. Unlike many other places, the menu here features hand-crafted dim sum manned by the chef team from Macao and Canton. So make sure you go straight for the dim sum, with dishes like Steamed Supreme Pork & Shrimp Dumplings (THB 117), Golden Egg Salty Egg Creamy Bun (THB 107), and Premium BBQ Pork Bun (THB 117). Want something more carb-loaded or filling? Go for the Hong Kong Stir-Fried Rice Noodle (THB 374), Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs with Pineapple (THB 374), and Szechuan Stir-fried Prawn Balls (THB 588).
Hong Bao Sukhumvit 39, Central Embassy, Bangkok, +662 662 3565
Pagoda Chinese Restaurant
Modern and old-age Chinese food come together in seamless harmony at Pagoda Chinese Restaurant. Perched on the 4th floor of Marriott Marquis Bangkok Queen’s Park, the Cantonese cuisine-focused restaurant offers a variety of sumptuous and upscale-presented dishes, such as Crispy Roasted Pork Belly (THB 450), Braised Superior Bird’s Nest Soup (THB 1,600 per person), Marinated Chicken in Shaoxing Wine (THB 380) and Steamed Prawn & Asparagus Dumplings (THB 120). The venue also boasts a pagoda-inspired ceiling and colourful lacquered tiles, which draws timeless and elegant beauty to the upscale restaurant.
Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, Marriott Marquis Bangkok Queen’s Park, Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok, +662 059 5999
Man Fu Yuan Kitchen
Situated on the 8th floor of Helix Quartier at The EmQuartier, Man Fu Yuan Kitchen is a beautifully furnished space in delicate purple and white hues with chandeliers and purple booths. Featuring a European vintage-style setting, it may come as a surprise to you that the venue actually serves Chinese food spanning, ranging from dim sum and steamed buns, as well as Thai and western cuisines. The venue makes mean steamed, fried and baked dim sum. So eat your weight in such delicacies and don’t forget to tuck into the Japanese Sweet Potato Bun with Custard Lava (THB 135) and watch the deep-fried purple bun ooze out a luscious sweet cream as you bite into it. Then, go next for the Steamed Chili Crab Bun (THB 135), Stir-fried Kai Lan with Garlic or Oyster Sauce (THB 220) and Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Egg Yolk (THB 240).
Man Fu Yuan Kitchen, 8/F, Helix Quartier, EmQuartier, Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok, +662 003 6240
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant
Helmed by the skilled chef Peter Li, who has experience working at fine dining restaurants in various five-starred hotels and resorts, Man Ho is a Chinese restaurant at JW Marriott Bangkok that celebrates time-tested Chinese cuisine in its flamboyant yet traditional Chinese decor atmosphere. Serving up age-old recipes, diners can expect to indulge in Snow Fish Roasted in Bamboo (THB 800), Birds Nest Braised with Crab Claw (THB 1,600 per person), Salt Baked Taiji Chicken (THB 550), and Whole Fired Beijing Duck (THB 1,490). Vegetarian options are also available. And if you’re a dessert person, Mango Pudding (THB 170), Sesame Dumplings with Ginger Syrup (THB 170), and Lemongrass Jelly (THB 170) can surely satisfy your sweet tooth. Dim Sum buffs can also opt for the all-you-can-eat dim sum option (THB 1,150++) and enjoy over 20 kinds of the Chinese delicacies to your heart’s content.
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, JW Marriott Bangkok, Sukhumvit Road, Soi 2, Bangkok, +662 656 7700
Heritage fare meets contemporary fusion. This is the place to be when you don’t know whether you want traditional or modern Chinese food. Situated within Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok, China Table serves Chinese fusion mash-ups while putting a modern twist on the interior design of their venue, which complements well with the food they cook. Diners can choose between the a la carte or the buffet menu, with the latter including all-you-can-eat dim sum, soups, noodles, desserts, priced at THB 888. But if a la carte is more your thing, go for the juicy Roasted Pecking Duck (1,400) and Kwangtung Stewed Wagyu Short Ribs (THB 880). They won’t disappoint.
China Table, Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok, 489 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok, +662 302 3333