Yumsome Dim Sum
Hidden away in a far-flung and unremarkable shopping mall outside the Bangkok city centre, you’d be forgiven for thinking Hong Bao is a non-starter... but think again.
For this new dim sum restaurant is backed by the very same Mr. Lee behind Water Library
, one of Bangkok’s most prestigious establishments.
This could go someway to explaining why the 200-seater is indeed so packed at weekends, with diners often spilling over into Lee’s neighbouring Italian restaurant, despite a surprising lack of media coverage.
Hong Bao’s kitchen, boasting seven chefs from Macau and Hong Kong, serves up typical Cantonese cuisine with a modern twist in typical Cantonese surrounds of red painted walls, dark cherrywood trimmings and large white round tables.
Their signature salty-sweet ‘salapao sai’ buns packed with taro, sweet carrot or salty egg yolk are visually enticing with a playful swirl of colour that teasingly hints at their filling, while their golden crispy pork with a slither of juicy fat and soft tender meat beneath simply melts in the mouth.
Other classic dim sum dishes include prawns dipped in salty egg, shrimps wrapped in rice noodle rolls, pan-fried turnip cakes with crispy bacon bits, and shrimp, chive or pork dumplings. As testament to these tasty bites, Hong Bao is very busy at the weekends and booking ahead is therefore essential. Go hungry!