Hongmin is a chain of Chinese restaurants located in Bangkok, Thailand. The chain was established as a place where you can eat authentic Chinese food in a relaxed environment, where everything is top-quality but is served very quickly. Hongmin is a wonderful place for a fast lunch or even a leisurely dinner, as the restaurants are prettily designed, low-key and offer enormous menus with lots of styles of food. Chinese food in Thailand is normally quite expensive, but Hongmin is not. That’s one of the big reasons it’s so popular -it serves authentic Chinese food at a cheap price.
The Atmosphere at Hongmin – I love eating at Hongmin as it’s always bustling, full of people, smells amazing and, as the restaurants are normally large, you can just walk in and sit right down. Depending on the Hongmin location, you have a choice of booths, tables or long wooden tables with benches. Perfect for small parties to large family groups. The staff is smiling and friendly, and are very helpful even if they speak minimal or no English.
The Food at Hongmin – Obviously, everyone eats at Hongmin for the food, which really is spectacular, especially for the price. As I said, Chinese food in Thailand is normally expensive (much higher price than in America for instance), so even though Thais love Chinese food, most restaurants are out of their price range except for special occasions.
At Hongmin though, you can afford to eat here at any time. Most people start their meal with a selection of dim sum. Dim sum are small servings of food that is steamed and served in steamer baskets. We normally start off with pork buns, shrimp dumplings and spring rolls. We also order a plate of fried spring rolls, as these come with a sweet and sour sauce that’s lovely and light and a perfect addition to the crispy savoriness of the rolls.
Chinese noodles are popular at Hongmin, as the bowls are large and prices are around $3-4 for most styles. I always get my noodles ‘wet’, meaning with soup, whereas my friend likes hers ‘dry’ – just fried noodles, vegetables and meat without soup. Try the Hong Kong fried noodle with pork or duck (wet or dry) or, for other entree options, you shouldn’t miss the fried sea crab with curry powder, oyster omelette or the sea bass with lime sauce and rice – deliciously tangy and spicy.
Hongmin also has a good selection of Chinese-style dessert, everything from small Hong Kong custards (custard served in a pastry case) to ginko balls in a ginger and sugar sauce. They also serve delicious iced coffees and teas, as well as fruit shakes and juices.
Location of Hongmin Restaurants in Bangkok – My favorite Hongmin restaurant is in the Carrefour building on Ladprao, just a few blocks down from Union Mall. There’s also an excellent Hongmin on the third floor of Mahboonkrong Mall (MBK), as well as one on the first floor of the same mall.
Also check out the Hongmin restaurants at Future Park Rangsit, Fashion Island, Seacon Square and in the Carrefour building on Rama IV road.
If you love Chinese food, or just want to try Asian food that’s a little different than Thai, Hongmin is a great choice. Every restaurant is full of Thais happily eating, so you know the food is good before you even sit down, and portions are large, so filling. You can get away with lunch at Hongmin for around 200 baht ($6.50) each or, if you order one of their daily specials, even less. A good deal for food this tasty.
Hongmin – IGuideBangkok.com