By clicking send message I agree to the terms and conditions, privacy policy and to receive correspondence from Exotiq Thailand and Williams Media.

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

The ever-popular cuisine of China reflects the unique character of its homeland – diverse and fascinating, with hidden depths that are a delight to explore.

Like the people of China, this cuisine has spread and taken root around the world over the years. Indeed, one of its most celebrated dishes – Egg Foo Yong – is said to have been refined, perfected and popularised from an original Guangdong recipe, by a Chinese chef in San Francisco.  

Much of Chinese cuisine enjoyed around the world originates from Canton province in the south of the country, and its neighbour Hong Kong. The probable reason for this is that most Chinese who emigrated to the USA, Europe and elsewhere came from this region.

And with food - and the enjoyment of eating - so fundamentally important to the Chinese, it’s not surprising that they took this crucial aspect of their culture along with them.

But although Cantonese cuisine may have become the default Chinese dining experience in many countries, dishes from the vast mainland – with its widely diverse landscape, peoples and cultures – have also begun to gain popularity among discerning diners.

The influence of Chinese cooking underpins other cuisines throughout Asia, particularly here in Thailand where many people can claim Chinese ancestry. There are echoes of Chinese inspiration in the ingredients and preparation of a number of Thai dishes.

And there are also quality chefs all over Thailand dedicated to delighting diners with their own interpretations of classic Chinese cuisine. Examples of this are showcased here in an exciting tour of some of the most outstanding examples waiting to be savoured.  

To enhance this culinary journey, each dish is accompanied by a pairing recommendation from each restaurant’s wine list by my colleague Bart Duykers of Andaman Wine Club:; [email protected]


A gloriously expansive Chinese Set Menu at The Dining Room restaurant is exquisitely highlighted by this succulent lobster dish, that features an unusual addition of Mozzarella cheese alongside more traditional poached broccoli. It creates a stunning contrast between the textured flavour of the lobster meat -  mixed with Hong Kong flour then deep-fried – and the cultured smoothness of the classic Italian cheese. Chicken broth, ginger, garlic and spring onions are all part of the culinary spell cast by Chef Sam Liang to conjure up this wonderful and remarkable Cantonese creation.

Wine Companion: Try the Thai Rosé with this dish. I suggest the Sakuna Rosé from Gran Monte winery, made from 100 per cent Syrah grapes in the Khao Yai hills north of Bangkok. Nicely balanced, dry and very fruit-driven.

For another helping contact:


Search form