I am sure many people have heard of Tim Ho Wan (添好運), one of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants in the world being a dim-sum specialist ya? Having heard so much, I made sure this time I got a chance to try out their dim sum, on Saturday when my friend was not working. 🙂
We went to the outlet at IFC Mall at 4+pm, hoping that the queue would be short at such a weird hour. There were many people waiting in the queue, but fortunately we only had to wait about 10 min before we got our seats. The restaurant was not very big with seats close to one another.
While we were queuing, we were already given a piece of menu to place our order (they have English menu on pink sheet too). Hence shortly after we sat down, the food were served pretty quickly. We ordered total of 7 items, out of which 3 were the “Big 4 Heavenly King Dim Sum” (四大天王点心):
Out of the Big 4, we ordered the baked bun with BBQ pork (酥皮焗叉烧包, 3 for HK$19), pan-fried turnip cake (香煎萝卜糕, 3 for HK$14) & steamed egg cake (香滑马来糕, 1 for HK$14). Didn’t order the steamed rice rolls stuffed with pig’s liver (黄沙猪润肠) as we don’t really fancy pig’s liver, so to replace this, we ordered the steamed rice rolls stuffed with BBQ pork instead (蜜味叉烧肠, 3 for HK$20). On top of these, we also had the steamed fresh shrimp dumplings/ har gao (晶莹鲜虾饺，4 for HK$25), glutinous rice dumpling (古法糯米鸡，1 for HK$26) & steamed pork dumplings with shrimp (鲜虾烧卖皇，3 for HK$25).
It’s no wonder Tim Ho Wan is famous for the baked bun with BBQ pork. I liked that the bun was crusty and the char siew (BBQ pork) filling very flavourful but not overly sweet. Too bad we couldn’t stomach more of the bun as we ordered so many other items haha.
I also liked the pan-fried turnip cake as it was generously filled with turnip, unlike those in Singapore that usually mix with a lot of rice flour. But I must admit it was quite oily. My friend didn’t really like it because she thought it was rather bland.
As for the steamed egg cake, frankly I am not a fan because other than being very soft and fluffy, it was rather bland for me. Maybe I don’t really know how to appreciate such egg cakes…
The steamed rice rolls stuffed with BBQ pork was a disappointment. The char siew inside the rice rolls had a strong smell & the rice rolls were not as smooth as I would like them to be. I also thought the glutinous rice dumpling was so-so as the glutinous rice was quite hard & dry, but my friend liked the chicken filling which she thought was tasty.
Same thing for the steamed fresh shrimp dumplings, they were too dry & the shrimps didn’t seem to blend well with the skin. However the steamed pork dumplings with shrimp were yummy! I can’t really take seafood but this I couldn’t care less, I ate 2 as they were tasty & just moist enough hehe.
Our feast costed HK$149 (about S$24) in total and we left the restaurant feeling so bloated! Personally I think I don’t mind going back again to try other stuff as well as have the baked bun with BBQ pork & pan-fried turnip cake there! Meantime, maybe I should just go try the Tim Ho Wan outlet in Singapore to see if the standard is the same lol.
FYI the addresses of the 4 Tim Ho Wan outlets in Hong Kong:
1) G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon (this is the outlet that was awarded the Michelin star)
Nearest MTR station: Tsuen Wan Line, Sham Shui Po, Exit B2
Tel 2788 1226. Opening hours: 8am-9.30pm daily
2) Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui (this outlet used to be at Mongkok, also awarded Michelin star)
Nearest MTR station: Olympic, Exit D3
Tel 2332 2896. Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily
3) Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall), Central
Nearest MTR station: Tung Chung Line, Hong Kong, Exit A1
Tel 2332 3078. Opening hours: 9am-9pm daily
4) G/F, 2-8 Wharf Road, Seaview Building, North Point
Nearest MTR stations: Island Line, Fortress Hill, Exit B/North Point, Exit A1
Tel 2979 5608. Opening hours: 10am-9.30pm daily