Mar 01 2011
I’ve read from several blog posts about this new Michelin starred dimsum restaurant in Mongkok, Tim Ho Wan. This made Tim Ho Wan included in our lists of “to-do” things, Lin Heung (which is also a Michelin starred restaurant) is also included in the list but Tim Ho Wan is closer to TST. Coming from the warnings of other bloggers, the waiting time is 2 hours, so to avoid this, come before the place opens at 10 am. We arrived past 10 am, so the first batch of lucky diners were already munching their dimsums inside. We were handed an order slip by the attendant, scribbled number 11 on it and hastily said “half hour!”. We roamed around the area for around 20 minutes and when we came back, we’re surprised with the crowd in front of the place:
Fortunately, some of the first batch finished eating and numbers are rolling. While waiting for the number 11 to be called, we ticked our order slips to be handed out before we were seated.
Finally, we found ourselves squeezed elbow to elbow with a group of Chinese teenagers already occupied with their tower of steamers and baskets of dimsum. Don’t be a diva and ask for a separate table because this restaurant only sits 30 people.
We are clueless on what to order because aside from the order slip and some newspaper clippings in the restaurant, we just have to base our orders on what other diners are eating. What we ordered:
The shrimp is very fresh and succulent, the skin is very thin. The whole dimsum is very soft I have to carefully pick them without breaking them apart.
Just an okay dimsum, didn’t eat the bean curd at the bottom. But the meat itself is soft.
A little overcooked, the black bean sauce is flavorful though. But I prefer the chicken feet from Causeway Seafood restaurant.
I had a hard time picking these babies up with my chopsticks. Just like the shrimp dumplings, shrimps used in this one is fresh and melts in your mouth.
And for the star of our Tim Ho Wan experience:
These three pieces of bread may seem unappealing, look like ordinary breads. But wait till you catch its smell of sweet freshly baked bread. The top is crunchy and sweet, and the best part is the filling!
The filling tasted like asado, but the pork meat is so soft that blends well with the delicate texture of the bread. Melt-in-your-mouth asado. I want to take home some to Manila.
When you’re in HK and you’re in the vicinity of Mongkok, Tim Ho Wan is worth the visit and the wait! Just come early and eat fast.
Tim Ho Wan
2-8 Kwong Wa St.
Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How to go there: Take Exit A2 of Yau Ma Tei MTR Station.