The Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel is a well known landmark
on Huay Kaew Road, and their classical Chinese restaurant is the Phu
Ping. The Dining Out team was invited to try the Dim Sum lunch in the
Phu Ping restaurant, and being partial to this type of relaxed eating,
we were pleased to accept. This, by the way, is not the usual tote it up
as you select the items, but a 247 baht, all inclusive lunchtime deal.
The Phu Ping restaurant is done out with that typical
‘grandness’ of an upmarket Chinese restaurant. Gilded dragons and
huge urns, waitresses in cheongsam’s split to the hip and despite the
aforementioned golden dragons, it has a simple, clean, uncluttered look.
You have the choice of eating at different sized free-standing tables,
or in alcoves, and the tables are covered with heavy white linen table
cloths, and the crockery is quality porcelain - despite the cost of the
Dim Sum lunch, it is an upper class restaurant. There are also four
rooms for private parties, if that is your requirements. Big business,
The Dim Sum lunch has its own menu, quite separate
from the a la carte one, with 23 items covering all the various items -
be they steamed or deep fried. Most items have descriptive names,
although there are a couple such as Sui Mai and Tai Wan Sui Mai that
require an interpreter, or the leap of faith! The items range between 25
baht for the Chinese buns or the white lettuce stuffed with shrimp,
through to 50 baht for the steamed prawns, but most are under 30 baht.
Shrimp, crab, pork, duck and fish are all represented plus eggs,
lettuce, bean curd, cucumber and white mushroom.
We were joined for lunch by Janjeera Mechai from the
hotel’s PR department, and very quickly the eager attending service
personnel descended. Dark soy and light soy in special saucers were
arranged in front of us, and the Dim Sum items followed quickly, with
about four or five containers to begin with. One of these was the
steamed prawns, and the servings had plenty of prawns. No complaints
there. This, I am told, is one particular item upon which the Chinese
rate the Dim Sum food.
One of the first set was the deep fried stuffed taro.
This was another excellent item that I found to be most enjoyable (and
could be easily stabbed with a chopstick)! We continued on, the service
girls bringing what seemed to be an unending stream of dishes, including
one of my favourites - a Chinese red pork bun - but just remember not to
eat the paper. Two other items that I really enjoyed were the Crabmeat
Sui Mai and the Black Mushrooms with Shrimp, though I can honestly say
there was nothing that I did not enjoy. Excellent standards and the
specific items were not minuscule as one sometimes gets at other Dim Sum
Towards the end, we were given some fried rice with
pineapple and then a clear soup with white mushrooms and red Chinese
herbs, which I was assured is good for one’s kidneys. But this was not
the end. There were still desserts to come, but Miss Terry had to
decline, being altogether too full to take another mouthful.
To drink, Madame chose the jasmine tea, while I went
for soda water - after all, one should have a clear head for business,
though the usual beers and wines are available for those who do not have
to work after lunch.
The Phu Ping’s Business Dim Sum lunch had
everything required of a business lunch. It was quick, the food was good
and relatively inexpensive, compared to the cost of the items if they
had been ordered individually. I would have been happy to conduct my
business there - and I would leave satisfied and full! On the day we
attended there were many other business types having lunch too. I hope
all their negotiations were as good as the lunch they ate. Recommended.
Phu Ping restaurant, Chiang Mai Orchid hotel, 23 Huay
Kaew Road, Chiang Mai, telephone 053 222 099, email cmorchid @loxinfo.co.th,