If you love these steaming, aromatic, bite sized baskets of deliciousness – and who doesn’t – then here is a list of some of the best, most interesting or best valued dim sums to be had in town.
After a big overhaul, this classic dim sum destination has got a newly polished menu, filled with mouth-watering dishes. The restaurant has refined its sourcing methods and is using only the best and freshest local ingredients as well as quality imports, all of which are skilfully mastered by the chef for your tasting pleasure. The classic salted egg bun oozes soft and creamy from the inside is a big hit as are the slightly crispy-fried chive dumplings, steamed wontons, and fried taro. Each is served with a special sauce for a perfect match. With a generous option of over 50 dishes in the buffet menu, you will be spoilt for choices. This restaurant has been a favourite for dumpling loves for over three decades, and with the recent update to the menu, promises to be a popular destination for years to come.
For over a decade, Fujian has been steadily solidifying its position as one of the premier dim sum destinations in Chiang Mai. Today its dim sum menu features over 30 delights. Serving Hong Kong style dim sum, the duck, for example, is prepared from a recipe that uses both baking and grill techniques, giving the dish a unique texture. Har gow, our favourite, as well as the steamed rice noodle rolls, both use Hong Kong rice flour, so tender and smooth it almost melts in your mouth. Each and every dumpling is stuffed differently with interesting combinations throughout the extensive menu. The soup comes in four different choices but the double boiled baby cabbage in consomme soup is the highlight and takes nearly a day to prepare. Leave some space for dessert as this is, arguably, the best part of the meal. The signature sesame ice cream that is aromatic and sweet will be just the dish to complete this meal.
At Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
Open 11.30am – 2.30pm (lunch) 6 – 10.30pm (Dinner)
Tel. 053 888 888
Dim sum buffet on the 24th floor with great views of Chiang Mai city with a selection of over 30 dumplings, buns and side dishes to choose including hagao, deep fried squid balls, sesame balls, steamed prawns, turnip cakes, red pork, shumai, siopao steamed buns and all the classic dim sum favourites. A table of 4 persons only pay for 3 on every Wednesday! 420 baht per person and 210 for children from 6 – 11 year old.
Lunch 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner 6 – 10.30pm
Duangtawan Hotel, Night Bazaar, 132 Loy Kroh Road
053 905000 ext. 82406 or 095 145 0249
Superb Chinese cuisine at Shangri-La’s China Kitchen which covers a great range of Sichuan cuisine as well as a fantastic selection of dim sums.
Set in a five star hotel, China Kitchen’s standards are as to be expected; the service is impeccable, the setting is exclusive and elegant with private rooms, cozy booths and tables for small and large groups, with views of the hotel’s gardens outside and the food is delicious.
The dim sum buffet is becoming a talk of the town for its great value. Nearly 30 items are available on the dim sum menu and there are constant promotions on, so it is worth checking in with the hotel to find the latest deals.
The ingredients are fresh and locally sourced from the best producers or imported if unavailable locally. It is an all you can eat buffet, though the food is brought to your table, so there is no need to queue or fight over that last prawn. The steamed baskets arrive with an assortment of sauces and offer a great variety of favourites as well as some interesting dishes we haven’t seen before. Make sure you save some room for the desserts which are also delicious and very refreshing.
High quality dim sum for everyday and special occasions.
At Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai 89/8 Chang Klan Road, T. Suthep
Open 11.30am – 2.30pm and 6 – 10pm
Tel. 053 253 888
The lunch dim sums here are simply divine and arguably the best in town with only the highest quality ingredients (and prices).
Open 11.30am – 2.30pm
Nimmanhaemin Soi 5
053 225 313
Cheap and cheerful, a basket will cost you only 22 baht for a great variety of dim sums.
Open 9.30am-10pm daily
087 812 9440
Huge massive prawns and top grade ingredients in this absolutely authentic Hong Kong style, and flavoured, restaurant.
Open 9.30am – 10pm
5,/6 Soi 7, Ratchadamnoen Road, Sriphum Sub-district
099 535 8883
The Fueng Fah Restaurant serves up a massive dim sum buffet with a selection of over 30 dim sums, using the freshest and best produce, each day, carefully selected by the restaurant’s chef who brings over 20 years’ experience. For 369 baht per person, enjoy a free flow of dim sum dishes, water, and chrysanthemum tea.
Open 6am-10pm (Dim sum from 11am-3pm)
1st Floor, Fueng Fah Restaurant, Chang Klan Road, T. Chang Klan (Inside the Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel)
The dim sum is freshly made every day and their signature morsel is the steamed bun with red date. 390 baht net per person, come 5 pay 4 until the end of the year.
Open Saturdays – Sundays 11.30am – 2pm
At the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, 153 Sridonchai Road
053 283 900 # 7057