There’s no denying it. There’s nothing like a hot steaming basket of dim sum.
Yet when Bangkok streets are studded with a lineup of both high-end and street-side Chinese restaurants, suffice to say, it can be tricky to know which one actually serves the best steamed dumplings in town. Here, we’ve curated a list of where to find the best dim sum in Bangkok to cater to your craving. Scroll down to see which one fits best to your dim sum standard.
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Pagoda Chinese Restaurant
Perched on the 4th floor of Marriott Marquis Bangkok Queen’s Park, Pagoda Chinese Restaurant has merged together new and old-age Chinese food in seamless harmony. The establishment boasts a pagoda-inspired ceiling and colourful lacquered tiles, which adds a timeless and elegant beauty to the upscale restaurant. The Cantonese cuisine menu offers a variety of sumptuous dim sum like the Steamed Prawn Dumplings (THB 160), Steamed Pork Spare Ribs (THB 120), and their iconic Mushroom-shaped Steamed Buns (THB 120).
Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, Marriott Marquis Bangkok Queen’s Park, Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok, +662 059 5999; Open: Mon-Sun, 11:30 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-1o pm for dinner.
Hong Bao Sukhumvit 39
Friends, family, and dim sum always go very well together. So whether it’s a family dinner, graduation feast, or just a birthday celebration, you can never go wrong with Hong Bao, a Cantonese eatery offering delectable and authentic Chinese fare in a cosy yet luxurious dining ambience. Its extensive menu features hand-crafted dim sum manned by a Macao and Canton chef team. Dive straight into the luscious Golden Salty Egg Creamy Bun (THB 107), Pan Fried BBQ Pork Buns (THB 117) and Steamed Radish Cake with Dried Scallops (THB 107). Conveniently, diners can also find Hong Bao at Sukhumvit 39, ICON SIAM and Mega Bangna.
Hong Bao, Central Embassy, Bangkok, +662 662 3565; Open: Mon-sun, 11 am-10 pm.
An irresistible lava bun lives here at Shang Palace, the Cantonese restaurant nestled within the Shangri-La Hotel. The green goddess steamed bun filled with salted egg custard will crush your expectations with its true take on the yolky flavour of the cured egg. But other than that infamous finger-licking-delicious bun, the restaurant with a striking crystal chandelier offers up other spectacular dim sum to be enjoyed in its elaborate setting, too.
Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangkok, +662 236 7777; Open: Mon-Sat, 11:30 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-10:30 for dinner; Sun, 11 am-3 pm for lunch and brunch and 6-10:30 for dinner.
Perched on the 32nd floor of Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, not only does Yào Restaurant offer a cool, highly Instagrammable cityscape, the outlet also makes mean dim sum and other succulent Chinese stir-fries. Their haute-cuisine takes on dim sum as evident in the Foie Gras and Shrimp Dumplings (THB 258) and Crispy Fried Crab Roll (THB 278) will manifest their upscale, sky-high and skilled expertise in the Chinese culinary art.
Yào Restaurant, Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse, 262 Thanon Surawong, Bangkok, +662 088 5666; Open: Mon-Sun, 10:30 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-10:30 pm for dinner.
Din Tai Fung
For soup dumpling aficionados, it’s hard to skip over the glorious name of Din Tai Fung. Ranked as one of the world’s ten best restaurants by The New York Times, the Taiwan-native dim sum haunt with its iconic xiao long bao mascot has won the hearts of many folks around the globe. Most notable dishes include the drool-inducing soup dumplings (of course), along with scrumptious substantial bites like Fragrant Pork with Crushed Garlic (THB 175), Stir-fried Hong Kong Kailan with Special Sauce (THB 220), and Fried Rice with Pork Chop (THB 270).
Din Tai Fung (Central Embassy), 4 10330 546/4 Phloen Chit Rd, Lumphini, Bangkok, +662 160 5918; Open: Mon-Sun, 11 am- 9 pm.
Man Ho Chinese Restaurant
Celebrating time-tested Chinese cuisine in a flamboyant yet traditional Chinese atmosphere, Man Ho, the Chinese restaurant at the JW Marriott Bangkok, serves up Chinese age-old recipes, featuring both meat-packed and veggie-centric options. More of a steamed food person? 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; Open: Mon-Sun, 11:30 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-10:30 for dinner.
Taking Cantonese cuisine to modern new heights, Bai Yun, perched on the 59th floor of Banyan Tree Bangkok serves nothing but the highest quality Chinese food in a modern setting. Though the venue offers a la carte and set menus, we highly recommend you go for the unlimited dim sum option (price varies from THB 1,295++ to 1,650++ depending on the time and day) just so you can eat your weight in dim sum like there’s no tomorrow.
Bai Yun, Banyan Tree Bangkok, 21/100 South Sathon Road, Bangkok, +662 679 1200; Open: Mon-Sun, 11:30 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-10:30 pm for dinner.
Man Fu Yuan
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, ranging from fried and baked dim sum and steamed buns, over to Thai and western cuisines. Diners, 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.
Man Fu Yuan Kitchen, 8/F, Helix Quartier, EmQuartier, Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok, +662 003 6240; Open; Mon-Sun, 10 am-10 pm.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok on 19 September 2019.