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Bangkok's affordable best dim sum restaurants

From lava buns to shrimp wontons and xiao long bao, here are the best restaurants to chow down on dumplings that won't send you broke.

By BK staff | Sep 01, 2017

  • Bangkok's affordable best dim sum restaurants
    Din Tai Fung

Hong Bao

The lava salapao, a hypnotic or- ange-swirled bun filled with mol- ten, salty duck egg yolk, may be the social media headlining dish, but there’s no shortage of winners at this always-packed Cantonese restaurant. Reserve a table and bring the family for a dim sum feast, while keeping your eyes on the menu for specials and out-of-the ordinary fillings in the rolls and bao.

5/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5679. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 10am-10pm.

Other branches: Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-662- 3565; Crystal Park, 098-831-0012; The Rest Area, 063-267-3866 

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Salapao Waraphon

With around 80 kiosks and dine-in restaurants, this is the steamed bun specialist of the people. Good thing Waraporn’s salapao is not only ubiquitous but de- licious, coming in typical fillings like barbecue pork, minced pork and custard, as well as esoteric options like coconut and sweet taro with ginkgo seed. Crowds also flock here for bouncy shrimp-stuffed dim sum sta- ples like ha gao, shu mai and tofu sheet roll.

7/F, CentralWorld, Rama 1 Rd., 02-613-1615. Open daily 10am-10pm.

79 other branches across Bangkok 

Tim Ho Wan

Formerly touted as the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant, this Hong Kong-born chain is known for its legendary pork buns with their crumbly pastry and ooz- ing barbecue pork. Detractors say the taste isn’t quite up to scratch with the original branch, but this is still some damn fine dim sum, whether you’re there for the buns or other pleasures like pork and shrimp shumai, har gow (shrimp dumpling) and glutinous rice cooked in lotus leaf.

3/F, Terminal 21, Sukhumvit Soi 21, 02 006 5288. BTS Asok. Open daily 10am-10pm.

Other branches: Gateway Ekamai, 02-042-4588; The Street Ratchada, 02-121-1812 

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Chef Man

The original opening from Hong Kong-born chef Man Wai Yin, whose empire also includes Chairman and M Krub, is Bangkok’s most reliable name for dim sum, trumping the big imported chains with its dutiful prepa- ration, fresh ingredients and perfect timing. Some dishes add interesting Thai touches and require ordering days in advance, like the Peking duck which comes with slices of ripe mango, while the oozing lava buns are unrivaled.

3/F, Eastin Grand Sathorn, Sathorn Rd., 02-212-3741, 02-212-3789. BTS Surasak. Open daily 11am-3pm, 6-10pm.

Other branches: Thana City Sports Club, 02-336-0879; Ratchadamri, 02-651-8611 

Din Tai Fung

This globe-conquering, Taiwanese import situated atop CentralWorld still causes queues for its xiao long bao (soup- filled steamed dumplings), which arrive at your table in the same Chinese wooden basket used to steam them, still bil- lowing smoke. Despite the large menu, Din Tai Fung really excels as a dumpling haven—also try the shu mai, wonton wrappers filled with paste-like lean pork and prawn meat.

7/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., 02-646-1282. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily 11am-10pm.

Other branches: Central Embas- sy, 02-160-5917; Central Plaza Ladprao, 02-541-1622 

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Best Eats 2017 is available as a free booklet inserted in BK Magazine issue number 704 (Aug 25) available at over 400 venues Bangkok-wide and a downloadable PDF version here.


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