A Hong Kong-born master chef is behind delicate dumplings, rice noodle rolls and roasted goose at Bangkok dim sum favourite, Chef Man. Just make sure you visit with a hungry group.
The eponymous restaurant of veteran Chinese chef, Wai Yin Man (“Chef Man” is not a kitschy English name, as I ignorantly thought) is one of the most popular places in Bangkok for dim sum. Chef Man was born and raised in Hong Kong, which explains the influence in his Cantonese cuisine. The first of the three branches opened in 2011 at Eastin Grand Hotel, Sathorn, but today I’m at the bottom of The Royal Place 2, a condominium in the up-market Pathum Wan district. There’s a gracious, well-to-do atmosphere, with smartly dressed families and groups perfectly placed among wooden panels, maroon carpet and matching cushioned chairs. Service is tight and the tablecloths without a crease, a palatable contrast to the brigade of chefs in the kitchen.