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.

Chef Man Best Lava Buns!

Beloved of big-haired aunties, the original opening from Hong Kongborn chef Man Wai Yin (Chairman and M Krub) sets the dim sum bar high. Setting it apart from the big imported chains are interesting Thai touches found in the likes of the Peking duck with slices of ripe mango. The oozing lava buns still can’t be beaten.

3/F, Eastin Grand Sathorn, 33/1 Sathorn Rd., 02-212-3741. Open daily 11am-2:30pm, 6-10pm. Other branches: Thana City Sports Club, Ratchadamri.


Din Tai Fung Xiao long bao!

A must-visit for soup dumplings, this Taiwanese import is one of the most popular restaurants in CentralWorld. Despite the large menu, the xiao long bao are the main event and arrive to your table still billowing smoke.

7/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd, 02-646-1282. Other branches: 5 other branches in Bangkok.


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Hong Bao

The huge crowds that fill this restaurant’s bright, light dining space are here for the all-day dim sum presented in a European-style room replete with chandeliers and 18th-century ink drawings. Brisk service and salubrious surroundings complement an endless parade of dumplings, noodles and buns.

104 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-662-3565. Open MonFri 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm; Sat-Sun 10:30am10pm. 4 other branches in Bangkok.


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Man Fu Yuan Kitchen

While the high-end Cantonese restaurant in the hallowed halls of Rajpruek Golf Club welcomes no shortage of VIP visitors, this mall spin-off is altogether more casual. The kitchen is still a notch above, though, excelling in soy sauce-laden chee cheong fun with crispy shrimp (soft, springy rice-noodle exterior, crunchy center) and generous char siu buns packed with sweet-honey pork.

8/F, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6240. Open daily 10am-10pm. Other branch: Rajpruek Golf Club.


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Tim Ho Wan

What was once the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant now serves its legendary pork buns in Bangkok. Detractors say the taste isn’t quite up to Hong Kong, but this is still some damn fine dim sum, whether you’re there for the buns or other pleasures like shumai and glutinous rice.

3/F, Terminal 21, Sukhumvit Soi 21, 02-006-5288. Open daily 10am-10pm . Other branches: Gateway Ekamai, The Street Ratchada.


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Put on your stretchy pants, forget about the macros and tuck in to BK Best Eats 2018. This is the Bangkok dining that ignores fancy restaurants and 10-course tasting menus and goes straight for the comfort food—steaming bowls of fat-rich ramen, triple-decker burgers, all-you-can-eat dim sum buffets with an extra helping of pork buns. In other words, the stuff most of us eat out, most of the time.

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