Friday, May 10, 2013

Review: Tim Ho Wan

The cheapest One Michelin starred restaurant in the World, Tim Ho Wan, has finally landed itself in our Island just last month. 

Definitely there was a huge anticipation, especially for their 4 heavenly kings (the Baked Bun with BBQ pork, Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver, Pan Fried Carrot Cake and Steamed Egg Cake) which totally blew me away when I first had them in Hong Kong last year. So I wasn't surprised when there was long queues outside the restaurant when it first opened. Well, in the first place we Singaporeans love to queue don't we? :P However, the queue was just too insane. 4 hours of queuing just for a meal? Nope, I'm not going to do that. 

Thus, we waited till the hype has died (slightly) before heading down. Well, it was still a slightly more than an hour queue (thank you Chun Wei!). 

The restaurant itself wasn't very big I have to say. 

Serving was prone though, which was good for the hungry souls as well as though waiting eagerly outside. 

Baked bun with BBQ pork. 

This is definitely the reason for the queue, crumble skin with ozzing bbq pork. Best serve hot. 

The Hong Kong version seriously 'wow-ed' me. However, this was good, but no where near it's counterpart in Hong Kong. I feel that the bun lacks the fragrance needed to impress.   

Steamed egg cake.

I need to confess that, I actually love this cake more than the BBQ bun when I had it in HK. Died serious. So you could imagine my excitement when I know I could meet with it again! ZOMG! *hug self and cry* 


Le sigh.. Again, it failed to impress. That love at first taste reminds in HK. :/ 

Those were the chee cheong fun that were available which I shall not comment since I'm not a fan of cck with fillings. 


I'm never a fan of this dimsum. I just don't understand why so many people like a simple prawn wrapped with skin? Not until I tasted this hargow I realised all along I was fooled by all the other restaurants which served hargow to me. So a good hargow tasted this good?! Well, better late then never. 

Glutinous rice in lotus leaf. 

This was not bad, however I remembered having better ones from HK itself. 

Siew Mai.

I have a personal love for siew mai so this siew mai is awesome to me! 

Carrot cake. 

Definitely an above average attempt, however I felt it was a little to oily for my liking. 

Spring rolls.

Deep fried to perfection. *thumbs up*

Sorry I could't really the exact name. But THIS IS A MUST ORDER! Another deep-fried perfection! Seems like their deep-fried items are all not bad eh? 

Steam beacurd sheets with prawns filling.

This is a personal favorite of mine. 

Beef balls were kinda mehz, both in HK and locally. I guess we just don't like it. :/

Dumplings which was the same case as the beef balls.

Osmanthus cake, the only item on the menu which we felt was comparable to the original branch. 

Yam sago. 

I don't remember having this in HK, I guess this was specially catered for the local? Nonetheless I love it, well you have to be a yam lover to appreciate this dessert. :)

So these were roughly the variety of food served in Singapore's THW, which is like maybe half of the branch in HK. So little isn't it? :( We have to like order 2/3 of each items in order to cater to our hungry stomach (6 of us)

Overall, I would say Tim Wan Ho in Singapore is good, but we definitely have other better dim sum venues which don't require us to queue insanely. Well, the story of THW best explains the word 'authentic', if you get me. :) 

Hong Kong anyone? :P

Tim Ho Wan

#01-29 Plaza Singapura
The Atrium @ Orchard
68 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6251 2000



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  2. "Hong Kong anyone? :P" <-- YES!!!! Me! haha. I love HK and am hankering for a holiday..too much stress and work for uni T_T But you know what? I've never actually gone to THW before - there's a lot of other yum cha places near our place that are really good and I've been going for years so it's like nostalgic too =P haha.

    1. Hi dear!

      I'm so slow in catching up with comments! :P

      Oh dear! I totally feels you! Uni life can be so stress! Glad that I have graduated! Hehe, which year are you in may I ask? Haha! Yeah, there are just too many dim sum places in HK and they all stand out on their own!!! hehe! Oh man, this converasation is making me wanna fly to HK now! haha!

  3. What about the pricing? do you think it was reasonable?

    1. Hi!:)

      The price is comparable to other local dim sum places, considering it is a Michelin starred restaurant. :) I would say it's worth a visit if you haven't tried the one in HK