Return to Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan (Hong Kong)

September 29, 2013 in Food, Hong Kong, Reviews, Travel by pacejmiller

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The first time I blogged about Tim Ho Wan, a Hong Kong dim sum restaurant famous for earning a prestigious Michelin star, was in 2010 (that post is here). At the time, there was only one store in the Mong Kok area, and a 2-hour wait was a frequent occurrence at the tiny joint.

Now, that place has relocated and there are four Tim Ho Wan branches across Hong Kong (Sham Shui Po, North Point, Tai Kok Tsui and Hong Kong Station). There are also two or three outlets in Singapore.

It was our last morning in Hong Kong and so we decided to check out the Hong Kong Station branch (which I see every time I visit HK), which is located in the row of shops between HK Station and the IFC Mall. It’s open 9am-9pm and I thought a visit around 10:30am would be relatively wait-free. I was wrong, but it wasn’t too bad — about a 15-minute wait in the end.

Admittedly, this new Tim Ho Wan has lost some of its original hole-in-the-wall charm. It’s obviously more commercialized, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The place is now more spacious, looks cleaner and better organized than it was before. And the prices are still very reasonable and you can get full for less than HK$40.

We ordered a lot of stuff.

The must-get is still the BBQ pork buns, which are world-famous because of the different skin that makes it almost like a pineapple bun. So the outside is crusty, crunchy, and the interior is hot and filled with delicious BBQ pork.

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The quality of the rest of their stuff is also excellent. I particularly liked the salty dumpling, which is probably the best I’ve had anywhere.

 

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The regulars, such as the shui mai, har gao (prawn dumplings), turnip cake and vermicelli roll are also great. Just good ingredients and nicely made, with just the right mix of flavours.

 

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Two dishes that I didn’t really like were the Cantonese sponge cake and the Medlar laurel blossom cake, but only because I’m not a fan of this type of dessert. My wife liked them a lot though, so it’s just a matter of personal preference.

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You know what? My experience of Tim Ho Wan this time was probably even better than the first. It’s not a typical yum cha place where you can sit down and enjoy a long meal, but as far as the food and service are concerned you can’t really do any better.

9/10

Details

Tim Ho Wan (添好運)

Address: Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall) , Central

Phone: 2332 3078

Hours: 9am-9pm