Chiang Mai’s Chinese Restaurants ? We’ve got plenty! It’s just a matter of knowing where to look. But first, a few words about choosing restaurants in Thailand:
Option 1: Walk Around. It’s free and you can get better data from looking in person than you can any other way.
Option 2: Google Maps, if you zoom in close, will show you most places in the area. Click on them to get more information.
Option 3: Google Maps and Yelp search are useful while travelling if you have strong preferences on the type of food you want.
Option 4: Zagat or similar restaurant guide. Zagat scores things I don’t care about, but the numbers are useful.
Option 5: Ask People. What they choose is better than the average, so you’re ahead of the curve. Keep your query as general as you can and ask what’s good.
Option 6: Keep an Eye Out. Whenever people mention a restaurant in another context, that is a sign you should investigate. The context does not have to be praise–just not complaining.
Option 7: Read Professional Reviews. The details they give you are often great. Their advice on what to order is trustworthy. Trust the details, distrust the rating.
A List of Chiang Mai’s Chinese Restaurants
Fujian Cantonese. Inside the Kad Dhara Shopping Village is Fujian, Dhara Dhevi’s renowned Chinese restaurant. Housed in a two-story mansion built in a typically Sino-Portuguese style dating back to the mid-19th century.
Yangzi Jiang on Nimmanhaemin’s Soi 5. Mee Jiang (sister restaurant of Yangzi Jiang) in the Chang Klan Plaza for traditional, inexpensive Cantonese style Chinese food. Try the crabmeat and fishmaw soup or the duck tongue if your brave!
Hongkong-Style Noodles. 90 Thipanet Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai (small soi after the Shangri La Hotel).
Jok Sompet, Sripoom Road (on the canal). Best jok (congee) in town.
Hongkong Lucky Restaurant, 5/6 Soi 7, off Ratchadamnoen Road. “One of the best dim sum and Chinese food places that we’ve ever been to… and we’re Chinese! We went to the other location in Maya mall. The service and quality of food was excellent. You could tell that all the dim sum dishes were freshly handmade unlike other places. The owner was really humble and greeted most of the guest himself. If anyone visits and is unsure of what to order, their baked BBQ pork bun will not disappoint!!!”
Fu Jian at the Mandarin Oriental. A bit pricey but it’s awesome! They have Thailand’s best deep fried pigeons, honestly!!
The China Palace. 373/14 3 Tambon Wat Ket, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50000
Sunflower Chinese Restaurant Dim sum buffet on the 24th floor with great views of Chiang Mai city. The lava bun is superb and the ha-gao are some of the best in town. Just 412 baht per person too! Open 11.30am – 2pm. Duangtawan Hotel, Night Bazaar, 132 Loy Kroh Road. Phone 053 905 000
Yangzi Jiang: The lunch dim sums here are arguably the best in town with only the finest ingredients (and good prices). Open 11.30am – 2.30pm. Nimmanhaemin Soi. 5 053 225 313
Toey Dim Sum. Cheap and cheerful, a basket will cost you only 22 baht for a great variety of dim sums. Open 9.30am-10pm daily. www.toeydimsum.com. Phone 087 812 9440
Jasmine Dusit Princess. A longest standing dim sum restaurant and a city favourite. Salted egg bun are hot, soft, and aromatic.Open 11.30am – 2.30pm. Chang Klan Road
www.dusit.com/dusitprincess/chiangmai/ 053 253 900
Jasmine at Royal Princess is the place to go if you are going for Dim Sum / Yum Cha. High quality and cheap.
Mix. Great fusion food (not strictly Chinese) and quite cheap. Mix does a great job with service, ambience and presentation and the food is excellent. Soi 1 Nimanhemin rd. A.Muang Chiang Mai 50000. Hours: 10AM–10:30PM. Phone: 053 216 878
Jia Tong Heng. Mediocre Cantonese food. A large fronted restaurant and easily found by turning left into Sri Dornchai road coming from the night bazaar on Changklan road. After 150 metres, it’s on the left. A must for Chinese lovers and the doors open from 10 until 10pm.