In some ways, dim sum has become a victim of its own popularity. Like an incredibly tasty Chinese ‘bits and pieces’, it has become so ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget how it is meant to be presented and, most importantly, how it tastes when done with superb authenticity. At The Mayflower, the flagship Cantonese restaurant at the Dusit Thani Bangkok, authenticity is the name of the game and the results are delicious.
You’ve probably seen the liquid-centred buns with salted egg in the centre in various places around Bangkok – even, gasp, in 7-11 and other convenience stores. Of course, there’s none of that at The Mayflower, their gourmet version making a perfect, creamy starter (fried or steamed for B150).
But the really impressive courses are to come and, although dim sum serving sizes tend to be on the smaller side, the menu at The Mayflower is exceptionally satisfying and interesting enough to start a tug-of-war over the Lazy Susan.
The minced shrimp roll comes out wrapped in nori, and topped with ikura, which is salmon roe (B180). But it’s quickly overshadowed by the one-two punch of steamed snowfish with miso sauce (B180) and the crispy scallop, shrimp and crab roll wrapped in seaweed (B150).
The popularity of snowfish seems to have skyrocketed in recent years and it is a natural fit for Asian flavours – it retains its light taste and texture while also offsetting more potent seasonings. The scallop, shrimp and crab, on the other hand, is an indulgence for seafood fans, three dishes using seriously high-end produce squeezed together.
If you’re still hungry after that, the abalone wonton steamed and served with traditional dipping sauces (B300) is a stunning reminder of why we often make the mistake of ‘filling up on wontons’ and why we can’t resist having a second go at one, this time steamed and topped with flying fish caviar and pumpkin sauce (B400).
The Mayflower is also knee-deep in mooncakes at the moment. See our rundown on p70. They’ve got a range of flavours – try the durian if you’re game but chances are, unless you’re keen on this ‘acquired taste’, you’ll prefer the milder flavours.
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Dusit Thani Bangkok, 946 Rama IV Rd
02-200-9000 | dusit.com | 11.30am-2pm, 6pm-10pm