{Hong Kong} Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店 @ Mong Kok {Relocated}

Tim Ho Wan is THE must-go-to-place-for-dim-sum when you’re in Hong Kong. I get mixed comments about it being heavenly and overrated so I need to find out for myself.

Tim Ho WanThis is the queue I joined at 9.30am. Shop opens at 10am. WHURT!

But thank goodness we joined early. The moment the shop opened, we got “19” as our queue number. We returned half an hour later as told, and the queue number had already jumped to “70+” and waiting time had gone up to 2 hours!

Service was pretty “chop chop” (efficient) and surprisingly not rude despite the crowd.

Baked Bun with BBQ PorkThe moment we sank our teeth into this signature baked BBQ pork bun, the wait became all worthwhile.

Pan-fried Turnip CakeAnother signature dish. The turnip cake was sooooo soft.

Siew Mai + Har GaoHaving gotten used to the more-pork-than-prawn Siew Mais in Singapore, suddenly the prawn-filled ones there seemed weird. Not bad, but I can give that a miss. The Har Gaos were darn yummy though.

Vermicelli Roll Stuffed with BBQ Pork
Steamed Chicken Feet with Black Bean SauceOffensive looking, but good, even for someone who doesn’t like chicken feet.

Steamed Beef Ball with Beancurd SkinThis was so-so.

Steamed Beancurd Skin Roll Filled with MeatAnd so was this.

Steamed Egg CakeBUT THE ‘STEAMED EGG CAKE’ WAS POWER. It didn’t look like much, but the way the spongy cake melts away in my mouth sent me to heaven for a split second.

Tonic Medlar & Petal CakeThis Osmanthus jelly dessert was noteworthy too.

Consider ourselves lucky, because it was the second last day of operation when we visited this original Mong Kok branch. They have now shifted to Olympian City (see new address below). Looking at the three units, I guess there will be much more space to fit in the crazy crowd.

To also find out if standards at other branches are different, we visited the one at Sham Shui Po, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street (深水埗福榮街9-11號地下) the next day. Standards are still as great! Best of all – NO QUEUE, more seating, better ambience, same prices. And speaking about prices, Tim Ho Wan is one of the cheapest Michelin restaurants around. We spent an average of HK$60 (S$10) per person for a whole table of dim sum.

Tim Ho Wan is coming to Singapore in April. I bet everyone is excited as I am, so will be the queue and inflated prices.

Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists 添好運點心專門店 {New}

8.5Overall Score

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