Eat Hong Kong Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan

by Feb 20, 2019

Did you know about the other Michelin Star dim sum?

I didn’t but I will…

Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店 tl;dr

  • 2010 Michelin Star
  • Cheap Dim Sum
  • Another Place I Always Make My Way To

Another day in Hong Kong, another plate of steamed goodness! If you haven’t read my previous post about Hong Kong dim sum, go check it out. To be upfront, there’s another dim sum post after this one. What can I say, I love dim sum!

I had heard about Tim Ho Wan’s accolades for being one of the cheapest Michelin starred restaurants in the world. When I was in the North Point area, I swung by the give it a try.

Where Is It?

In the lower key northeastern area of Hong Kong Island is a, by now, well known dim sum restaurant called Tim Ho Wan. There’s a couple of busses to get there but the closest  MTR will either be:

  1. Fortress Hill
  2. North Point

Depending on where you’re coming from and you interest in walking, you may simply want to take the bus that will drop you a little closer to the venue. Walking down the street prior to their opening hour, I almost couldn’t tell where it was since there was no line.

One of the nice things of going to out of the way locations just as they open is that there’s fewer people!

One of the Few Michelin Starred Tim Ho Wan Branches
Assorted Dim Sum Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong China 02All Our Dim Sum

What Did I Order?

What didn’t I order? I ordered so much that I honestly don’t remember it all, but my stomach remembers! Being by myself, I was able to go all out and order all to my heart’s content. And fortunately since the camera has to eat first, these digital pictures will always remember.

It’s never dim sum till I get some har gow (shrimp dumplings) and siomai (pork dumplings). These were light, full flavor, and thin skinned. I never quite understood what people say about thick skins till I tried a couple from more convenient low cost dim sum spots.

At THW, a meal is never the same without biting into their sweetly crusty crunchy bun and chewing on that almost too sweet BBQ pork filling. I’ve always been a fan of beef balls and found these to be comparable to every other one I’ve tried. While not the worst, definitely enjoyable.

Pork Bun Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong China 05Baked BBQ Pork Buns
Pork Dumpling Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong China 05Siomai Pork Dumpling with Goji Berry
Shrimp Dumpling Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong China 05Har Gow Shrimp Dumpling
Beef Ball Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong China 05Steamed Beef Balls
Shrimp Noodle Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong ChinaShrimp Noodle Roll

End of the Meal Decision?

I have a tendency to order a lot of the things that I order everywhere else, so it’s easier on my starved brain to compare and contrast the different versions. Having not eaten them all my life, it’s harder for my unrefined palate to pick out all the culinary nuances versus a more experienced tongue. I’m still at the point where a lot of them tastes very similar.

What I’m trying to say, I have yet to find a dim sum that is mind blowingly great. While these are good, and I would never turn down dim sum, I’ve definitely have had worse.

Everyone has something they are good at, and Tim Ho Wan is no different. Their Baked BBQ Pork Buns is enough of a reason for me to come back time and time again. I’m sure I’ll find some new things on the menu the next time a Pork Bun cravings comes a calling.

Red Bean Ball Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong China 02Dessert Ball
Red Bean Ball Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong ChinaDessert Ball Exposed

Speaking of Next Time

I heard recently that Tim Ho Wan (at least in Singapore) has released new menu items. And I’ve also heard that there’s a “Big 4 Heavenly Kings” menu:

  • Steamed Egg Cake
  • Pig Liver Rice Rolls
  • Pan-Fried Carrot Cake
  • Baked Bun with BBQ Pork

Given my dietary proclivity to non gout causing foods and particular tastes, I’ll have to bring Nadia with me next time. I’m very careful to refrain from the liver diehs. With that being said, I’ve also never developed a taste for the fried turnip cake, though I’ll try it, however I won’t be eating an entire order of it myself.

Till the next time Tim Ho Wan…
There will be a next time!

You're going to eat, you might as well eat something tasty.
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