And so… We did it.
We gathered enough courage, braved the crowd, and stood in line for two hours, just to see what Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong’s Michelin Star dimsum restaurant, has to offer.
Ever since it opened, I have always wondered why this restaurant has attracted crowds. Is it because Pinoys are familiar with the concept of Michelin stars and the Michelin Guide? Have they heard about the resto through their friends, relatives, or favorite celebrities? Or simply because the place is still new and well, you know how people are when it comes to new things, or new places.
So anyway, we decided to head over to Tim Ho Wan earlier today to have brunch. Even though we came in really early, there was already a fairly long line waiting outside. The line got twice as long when lunch time came. The ordering procedure was pretty strict—You can’t make multiple orders of one dish, and you can’t even order them for takeout. I’m sure there’s more, but those are the ones I heard when I was standing in line. ^^;
The restaurant opened up at 11:30. This is the only shot that I could get of the interior, since we were seated outside of the resto. As you can see, it’s quite crowded.
Menu shot. Their menu items are very limited, none of those fancy-schmancy dishes that you can find in high-class Chinese restaurants, like Peking Duck, shark’s fin soup, etc. They don’t even have a lot of rice meals. Just a whole assortment of dimsum (both steamed and deep-fried), a type of soup, and two desserts. Another thing that surprised me is that the menu items are cheap.
Tim Ho Wan’s famous Baked Bun with BBQ Pork. This was amazing – The bun itself had a nice, slightly crumbly texture, with a light, milky taste. The filling was really savory and sweet.
Prawn Dumplings (for mom) and Dumpling Teochew Style (for myself). The dumplings weren’t too bad; I really like the translucent skins that they used. I was surprised when I found out that the Teochew dumplings had nuts inside.
Congee with Lean Pork, Century Egg, and Salted Egg. The congee bowl was a little bit small and didn’t have enough ingredients, but it was still packed with flavor.
Rice with Beef and Fried Egg. Oh, wow. “Tender” is an understatement when it comes to the beef. It had a soft, almost jelly-like consistency. The long-grain rice was really fragrant too.
Their iced tea tasted like… Well, iced tea, mixed with some orange juice.
To conclude this entry, I would like to give myself a pat on the back for having enough patience to stand in line for two whole hours. ^^; It’s definitely worth it—The presentation of Tim Ho Wan’s food may look simple, but the taste is extraordinary. I’ll be sure to come back… But probably when the hype is done and the lines have died down. ^^;
Tim Ho Wan is located at UG/F SM Megamall, Fashion Hall, Julia Vargas Ave cor EDSA Wack Wack, Mandaluyong.