Some days, when you’ve had your fill of Thai food but still fancy those Asian flavours, you might find yourself wondering about the best Chinese restaurants in Bangkok.
There’s plenty of quality Sino establishments — from cheap shop houses serving up delicious street food to sophisticated dim sum joints.
Over the centuries the Thai people have developed a love for Chinese culture and food, and many Chinese have made the country their home. There is a large Chinese community in Bangkok, and Bangkok’s thriving Chinatown is one of the largest, most energetic and most authentic in the world. It’s bustling, chaotic, exciting, and packed with some absolutely amazing Chinese restaurants.
There are so many Chinese culinary delights to be experienced in the city that it can be tricky to know which are the best. Here are our top picks for Chinese restaurants in Bangkok…
The 8 Best Chinese Restaurants In Bangkok
Sukhumvit 39/Central Embassy
As its loyal following will testify, Hong Bao has some of the best dim sum in Bangkok.
With a couple of locations: above Seed on Sukhumvit 39 and on the fifth floor of the Central Embassy building on Ploenchit Road, the Cantonese style delicacies are served up in a refined setting at this prestigious restaurant.
Everything is of the highest quality and cooked to perfection. Dim sum is available all day, and there is a wide selection including steamed rice rolls, juicy pork buns, shrimp dumplings, and cream lava buns.
Aside from the dim sum, there is also an extensive a la carte menu featuring extravagant dishes like braised abalone and Peking duck.
Tang Jai Yoo
Famous for the signature dish of succulent roast suckling pig, Tang Jai Yoo is something of a Bangkok institution — chefs have been cooking up a storm here in the heart of Chinatown for over eighty years.
Critics have raved about the suckling pig, which comes presented whole (head included) on a large dish, its skin faultlessly crisped and light with just the right amount of fat, and its flesh fall apart tender.
But whilst the pig is the main draw for many diners, the rest of the menu at Tang Jai Yoo also offers up some seriously tasty and well executed options, such as stewed goose feet, oyster omelette and turtle soup.
Tang Jai Yoo is located at 85-87 Soi Yaowaphanit, Yaowarat Rd.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
For exquisite Chinese fine dining in a beautiful venue, The China House is perhaps the most elegant choice in Bangkok.
The restaurant and bar are decorated in the opulent and sophisticated style of a Shanghai restaurant in the art deco era, and the outstanding authentic Cantonese cuisine dishes are interpreted with a contemporary twist.
Menu highlights include traditional Beijing style lacquered goose, stir fried lobster loin with carrot sauce, and wok seared wagyu beef with savoury black pepper sauce and pistachio nuts. From Tuesday to Friday there’s also a sensational unlimited Dim Sum lunch.
The China House is part of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, at 48 Oriental Avenue, right beside the scenic Chao Phraya River.
Banyan Tree Hotel
Towering above the city on the 59th floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel is Bai Yun, a chic, refined restaurant with magnificent panoramic views. As you would expect for such an elegant setting, the food is as impressive as the surroundings.
Classic Cantonese cooking is brought bang up to date with contemporary touches. Dishes like shredded abalone and jellyfish salad with sesame oil, oven roasted black cod, and essence of bird’s nest with ginkgo nuts in cantaloupe vie for attention on the varied menu.
There is also an excellent dim sum menu and a delightful and comprehensive assortment of Chinese teas.
Bai Yun is situated high up in the beautiful Banyan Tree Hotel at 21/100 South Sathon Road in the Sathorn district in central Bangkok.
Din Tai Fung’s sensational Shanghai Dumplings (delicately folded and filled with juicy steamed pork) are their biggest crowd pleaser, and are the main reason why most people come to this popular Taiwanese restaurant — which has been awarded Michelin stars in some of its other franchised locations.
With over forty years of culinary experience the team at Din Tai Fung really know what they’re doing, and their talent shines through with their creative and elegant contemporary menu.
Only the freshest ingredients are used, and in addition to the famous xiao long bao (that’s the dumplings), there is an exciting array of inventive soups, appetisers and fragrant meat and fish dishes.
The restaurant’s glamorous location on the top floor of CentralWorld (Bangkok’s largest shopping mall) on Ratchadamri Road in Siam affords striking views out over downtown Bangkok from its floor to ceiling windows.
This exclusive Cantonese riverside restaurant has the most gorgeous view of the Chao Phraya river from its lush garden setting.
The creative, Michelin starred chef Jackie Ho showcases his incredible skills with dishes that are bursting with flavour yet perfectly balanced and with an emphasis on ingredients that promote good health. His exciting cuisine puts Mai Jiang forward as another strong contender for the best dim sum in Bangkok.
Main dishes range from classic Chinese to international inspired fusion food like crab claw with honey-lime sauce and port braised Wagyu. Sea cucumber and abalone are among the house specialities.
Mai Jang is the restaurant for the Peninsula Hotel located at 333 Charoennakorn Road, and can be easily reached by boat from Sathorn Pier if you fancy a jaunt on the river.
Hua Seng Hong
Hua Seng Hong might be a ‘no frills’ kind of establishment, but that doesn’t detract from the deliciousness of the traditional Chinese gastronomy available here. As it’s so popular it can get rowdy and crowded here, but that all adds to the authentic atmosphere at this reputed Chinatown address.
Portions are generous, with many dishes to choose between — from dim sum, tasty noodles and roasted duck with sticky sweet sauce, to braised goose feet and yellow crab curry. Seafood is something of a speciality here too.
Hua Seng Hong is located at 371-373 Thanon Yaowarat, right in the thick of Chinatown.
Arnoma Grand Hotel
On the second floor of the Arnoma Grand Hotel on the Ratchadamri Road in Ratchaprasong area, the famous Ah Yat Abalone gives an outstanding gastronomic performance dishing up some of the finest Chinese seafood in Bangkok — or perhaps even the world.
As you may have guessed from the name, a large section of the menu is dedicated to abalone, as well as other shellfish like razor clams and scallops brought in fresh from all over the world — the stewed abalone with goose web is a popular choice amongst the local Chinese community.
Meat dishes such as crisp roasted pork belly are well-liked too, as is the appetizing Hong Kong style dim sum selection.
What’s your pick for the best Chinese restaurant in Bangkok?