Tim Ho Wan – Hong Kong, China
Rating: 1 (not edible) to 5 (food heaven!): A Solid 5
It only took me 5 years to return and do a rewrite. I was very unkind in my original review potentially because my expectations were set too high and wasn’t met plus the 1hr 45 min wait time made me a very unpleasant customer.
This time around – expectations were still high and thankfully it was met with lots of good stuff! So good, we went twice during our visit in HK! And practically had the whole menu!
Everything about this newer location is better – service was slightly nicer, more forgiving if you can’t read Chinese or speak Cantonese (luckily I can still speak the basics!), cleaner, and more spacious.
Tip 1: Tim Ho Wan opens at 10am – queue up by 9:30-45am, guarantees a table for the first seating.
Tip 2: Do not line cut! Hangry folks will tell you to get the eff off!
Tip 3: Cash ONLY (Cheap eats for Michelin Dim Sum!)
Tip 4: Paper menu & pencil on the table, mark the boxes with your quantity of choice (1 or 2) but ALSO circle them because during peak hours – the kitch might miss a few items.
Tip 5: Don’t be afraid to ask “we are still waiting for such & such – can you please check?!” – or else you’ll be sitting & waiting for quite some time…
The Goods: the list is long! Ha Ha
-Pineapple roast pork buns, Custard Buns (Modern China is better!), Pig Liver Rice Roll (churn fun!) – it’s a specialty!, Har Gaw (shrimp dumping), Watercress dumpling, Chiu Jo Fun Gor, Shrimp & eggwhite spring roll (must get!!!), chicken feet, the big glutinous rice in lotus leaf!
The Not Bad list – everything else on the menu is pretty good but I’ve had better versions of it elsewhere. Like the “kuai fai go” – the medicinal tonic jelly, or steamed spare ribs, the Malaysian sponge cake, Shui Mai, or even the congee… slightly better versions at One Dim Sum, Jasmine Garden…
Bottomline – everything is worth a shot at your first visit! Enjoy the gluttony feast!
Thank you for reading this very long rewrite! #happyfoodhunting!