Michelin Dim Sims – Tim Ho Wan

I am OFFICIALLY back in Melbourne :) It’s such a bittersweet feeling to be back ~ Its great to come home, sleep in my own bed but at the same time, I miss my family especially my sister and nephew SOOOOO MUCH! Have had such an amazing holiday!

Love you both!

Love you both!

I’m not really sure if I’m a tourist or a local when in HK :) Because of family, I have always gone back and forth at least once or twice a year. And back at Uni I would come back for 3 to 4 months, so that’s why it’s so easy for me to overlook the more ‘touristy’ places such as Disneyland, Ocean Park and some other HK must go restaurants.

Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan is definitely one of them :) I have heard that it is one of the cheapest restaurants in the world to have been awarded a Michelin star and I know many tourists put ‘Tim Ho Wan’ on their must-go lists. So this time round, I decided to persuade my parents and family to go try their famous dim sims ~
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I have heard that waiting for a table can be a nightmare and because there only around 18 seats in the Mongkok store there is usually at least 45 minutes wait. Thank gosh I remembered Lorraine (Not Quite Nigella) mentioning in her post that you can book a VIP room and some of the other stores ~ and there is only a minimum spend of $1000HKD(approximately $125AUD), which sounds like a lot, but when some more expensive VIP only dim sims its actually quite easy to reach $1000HKD.
Thanks to Win Win we got a VIP room immediately for a table of 10 and also placed our orders for their special dim sims such as the abalone puff tarts, prawn and chicken dumplings and bird nest egg tart ~ you can’t order these dim sims unless you have a VIP table :)
We went to the Sham Shui Po store and got there at around 6:30pm, thankfully it wasn’t very busy, Tim Ho Wan has kept the traditional HK yum cha ambience as you can see with the wooden table and chairs. Staff were the no nonsense type but were still attentive and helpful as we went with my little nephew and niece :)
Prawn and chicken dumplings $20HKD ($2.5AUD) Each

Prawn and chicken dumplings $20HKD ($2.5AUD) Each

It slightly strange to have dim sims for dinner as its a very brunch and lunch type food ~ We were all pretty hungry so Dad immediately ordered the first round of dim sims. The first to appear at our table were all the special dim sims we had pre-ordered like the prawn and chicken dumplings. They were so pretty and reminded me of the Swarovski swan with the little prawn tail :P
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These were quite nice with chicken meat in the bottom of the dumpling and topped with a prawn. However, I didn’t find them that different and don’t really understand why they need to be ordered in advance.
Red rice steamed prawn noodles $30HK ($3.75AUD) per plate

Red rice steamed prawn noodles $30HK ($3.75AUD) per plate

Dad insisted on getting these as he’s trying to lose some weight and wanted to try the steamed rice cakes made with red rice instead of white :) I really liked the pink colour but taste and flavour wise, they’re very much the same as the regular white ones ~
Abalone and chicken puff pastry tarts $40HKD ($5AUD)

Abalone and chicken puff pastry tarts $40HKD ($5AUD)

I was excited about trying these abalone and chicken puff tarts, because I’ve never had abalone in the form of a tart :) *Warning* these are PIPING HOT and very crumbly, I tried to pick one up and it started to crumble and the chicken pieces were pouring out and burnt my finger ~ But gosh these were tasty!
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I loved the combination of chicken and abalone and also the slightly chewy texture of the abalone :) I also want to know Tim Ho Wan’s secret for making such good puff pastry with the ability to immediately melt in my mouth.
Har Gow $23HKD ($2.8AUD) and Siu Mai $23HKD ($2.8AUD)

Har Gow $23HKD ($2.8AUD) and Siu Mai $23HKD ($2.8AUD)

Once we finished our special dim sims, it was time for the more traditional dim sims such as Har Gow (Prawn dumplings) and Siu Mai (Pork and prawn dumpling). My nephew Aden is obsessed at Har Gows and can have 3 to 4 all by himself! He’s only 2 hahaha we all liked the har gows especially the thin and soft dumpling skin. I’m a Siu Mai girl and always choose them over har gows :) I liked the ones here, as they were freshly steamed but once again thought they were quite similar to the regular siu mais at our local restaurant ~
Steamed pork ribs $14HKD ($1.75AUD) and Chicken Feet with Black bean sauce $15HKD ($1.9AUD)

Steamed pork ribs $14HKD ($1.75AUD) and Chicken Feet with Black bean sauce $15HKD ($1.9AUD)

Another yum cha stable, steamed pork ribs Mr Bao loves these ~ these were very flavoursome with the black beans and was not at all overcooked. I don’t like it when it’s overcooked and becomes very chewy. LOL I hope I didn’t scare anyone by posting a photo of chicken feet ~ I know many of my friends are scared of them and will never even attempt putting one in their mouths, but please give it a go, you might like it! I personally love the rubbery texture of them :P Okay… I better stop there hehe
Steamed Beef Balls $14HKD ($1.75AUD) and Chiu Chow dumplings $10HKD ($1.25AUD)

Steamed Beef Balls $14HKD ($1.75AUD) and Chiu Chow dumplings $10HKD ($1.25AUD)

When I was growing up lol I would only eat Steamed Beef Balls when we went to yum cha, but now I think I’m a bit over it :P I liked these ones though as they had soft and spongey texture and the mince beef was of a better quality than some other restaurants. Mum was a fan of these Chiu Chow dumplings which have pork mince and wood ears filling enclosed in the same dumpling skin as a Har Gow.
Baked Pineapple BBQ Pork Bun $16HKD ($2AUD)

Baked Pineapple BBQ Pork Bun $16HKD ($2AUD)

These baked pineapple BBQ pork buns are probably Tim Ho Wan’s most famous and popular dim sim dish ~ If you are familiar with Hong Kong snack food you would have had the pineapple (polo bao) bun before. These are like the pineapple bun but with BBQ pork (char siu) filling :) Definitely something different from the traditional BBQ pork buns, we quite liked it. I particularly liked the sweetness from both the bun and the filling ~
Radish cake luo bak go $12HKD ($1.25AUD)

Radish cake luo bak go $12HKD ($1.25AUD)

Another favourite of mine is radish cake, luo bak go no matter if it steamed or pan fried, while this one had good flavours, I think it lacked some radish pieces and was quite soft in texture.
Luo Mai Ji Steamed Glutinous Rice $24HKD ($3AUD)

Luo Mai Ji Steamed Glutinous Rice $24HKD ($3AUD)

I can easily fill myself up with dim sims, but I find most men I know can’t :P They still need something more carb-loaded hehe That’s why we ordered the steamed glutinous rice parcel, it was quite big with chicken, pork mince and dried shrimp as the filling.
Pork Bone and Bean Congee $18HKD ($2AUD)

Pork Bone and Bean Congee $18HKD ($2AUD)

We also got the Pork Bone and Bean congee, I don’t usually see many restaurants serving this congee, very tasty and filling with the beans :)
Steamed beef rice with egg $18HKD ($2.25AUD)

Steamed beef rice with egg $18HKD ($2.25AUD)

Not sure how my brother in law was able to eat one of these steamed rice by himself ~ Definitely value for money though as they were only $18HKD less than $3 AUD! The topping was pretty much the same as the dim sims we’ve had before, but the rice came with a sweet soy sauce which made plain rice so much more exciting.
Ma Lai Go (Steamed Cake) $14HKD($1.75AUD)

Ma Lai Go (Steamed Cake) $14HKD($1.75AUD)

There were a few sweet dessert options on the menu, starting with the Ma Lai Go which is a steamed cake made from brown sugar and lard. It’s quite hard to find good Ma Lai Go even in HK, they’re either too wet or too dry some are too sweet and some aren’t. I know Tim Ho Wan are not known for their ma la gao, however, I was quite impressed with both flavour and texture :D *WIN*
Osmanthus jelly $10HKD($1.25AUD)

Osmanthus jelly $10HKD($1.25AUD)

We also ordered the osanthemis jelly, Win WIn is usually a fan of this jelly but found it to be too sweet, and after trying it, I must agree with her, that they could have probably used a little bit less sugar especially for people in HK ~
Bird Nest Egg Tart
The last special dim sim we ordered was the Birds Nest egg tart, bird nest is considered a delicacy in Chinese cuisine so it’s quite precious to find them in street foods such as egg tarts. Once again there were fresh out of the oven and this time Dad burned his tongue when he put one in his mouth :P They had a firmer biscuit base than the abalone tarts ~ it had a very eggy filling which was nice, but don’t think it was sweet enough. I think I still prefer the egg tarts from Tai Cheong more hehe ~
I think that’s all the dim sims we tried at Tim Ho Wan ;) I hope I haven’t missed any because there was so much food, my parents kept ordering multiples too! I also had to fight to take a photo of the food before they hacked into it ~ Overall, I think I was underwhelmed by the food here at Tim Ho Wan, there were some show stoppers such as the abalone puff, pineapple BBQ bun and also the ma lai go. However, the other dim sims were comparable to other local yum cha restaurants. I don’t think I would wait 45 minutes or longer for a table, but would recommend a VIP room if you have more than 6 people as it’s quite affordable and you also get to try the special dim sims! We were all full and had some left overs and it worked out to be around $135HK ($16.9AUD) per person :)
Tim Ho Wan
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34 thoughts on “Michelin Dim Sims – Tim Ho Wan

  1. Kevin January 30, 2013 at 10:28 pm Reply

    This looks so good.

  2. Jeno @ Week Nite Meals January 31, 2013 at 2:52 am Reply

    Daisy reading your postings are always a treat! Sounds like your family members are as funny as you are, and they appreciate delicious food, which means they are my type of people!!!

    The dim sum items looks absolutely wonderful! Which made me craving for some, but it’s not the weekend yet and we don’t normally have dim sum unless it’s Saturday, Ugh! For some reason the beef rice looked very intriguing to me, even though it was one of the less expensive items. Never tasted it before, though reminds me of the steam meat bowl my Mom makes for the children of the family.

    Thanks for sharing, have a great week!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm Reply

      Hi Jeno :) your comments are alway so sweet and encouraging! My family definitely likes food as well so that’s why it’s quite easy to have dinner with them hahaha but at the same time we have different palates and taste :P they much prefer Asian food while I’m more of a Western and Sweets kind of person.

      The dim sims were definitely yum even though some weren’t as exciting as I expected it to be hehe :) It was weird to have dim sims for dinner hehe like you we usually have them for lunch on the weekends as well ~ Ohhh maybe the beef rice look familiar to you that’s why it caught your attention?

      Hope you’ve been well xox

  3. Norma Chang January 31, 2013 at 6:24 am Reply

    That sure was a dim sum feast with so many varieties. Glad you are having a great time with your family in HK..

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm Reply

      Definitely a dim sim feast indeed :) but kind of strange to have dim sims for dinner ~ I had an amazing time even though I’m back home in Melbourne now!

  4. Choc Chip Uru January 31, 2013 at 7:04 am Reply

    So much range my friend, I had to smile at the amount of dim sum choice :D
    It all looks delicious!

    Cheers
    CCU

  5. Hannah January 31, 2013 at 11:48 am Reply

    Oh my dear holy heavens, I cannot say out loud what those abalone tarts look like to me, but I am laughinglaughinglaughing.

    Focus on the cake, Hannah. The cake.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm Reply

      Now you’ve got me intrigued! What are you thinking of?!? tell me :P

  6. Em January 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm Reply

    I loved Tim Ho Wan when we went to Hong Kong last year, such good food and so inexpensive! Friends are going later this year and we have already given them a list of places they have to eat at!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm Reply

      Definitely a great place to go for Dim Sims in HK and like you said it’s so cheap :) Hope your friends will like it too!

  7. Catherine January 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Oh gosh, this was the worst possible post to read when I haven’t had yum cha since the last time we all went together and I’ve been craving it like crazy! It’s a shame it didn’t live up to your expectations but then again, you seem to be an expert, judging by last time we went haha! Welcome back!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm Reply

      Thanks lovely :) we NEED to catch up! And I don’t mind going to have yum cha with you if that’s what your craving hehe

  8. theragingcook January 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm Reply

    I want Dim Sum and Har Gows and the Abalone ones and the Red Rice Har Cheung :D Nom nom nom!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 10:53 pm Reply

      The abalone tarts were the BOMB but they were so hot totally burnt my tongue LOL

  9. hotlyspiced February 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Glad you had a great holiday. You do get around the best restaurants. I love the look of all of this food especially that incredible looking jelly and the prices seem so reasonable xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm Reply

      Aww I try to Charlie hahaha maybe that’s why I’m so broke and getting fat :P gonna have to hit the gym again soon! Tim Ho Wan is definitely very affordable ~ xox

  10. Vien February 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm Reply

    WOOHOOO hope you had a fantastic holiday Daisy!!!!! hehe everything looks delicious!!! :D Can’t wait to hear all about your travels!
    I went to the Mongkok store and waited for about an hour and a half (or possible more)!!! But it was definitely worth the wait! There weren’t as much variety as this store but I have to agree with you, I really really really liked the baked pineapple char siu buns! Oh damn, now I’m craving dim sums!!! hehehe :P

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm Reply

      Thanks Vien :) I’ve had such an AMAZING holiday! I seriously did NOT want to come back at ALL! LOL But I guess that’s the sad reality but at least I had fun with family and friends YAY!

      Wow that’s definitely dedication for you wait for an hour! Next time book the VIP room so you don’t have to wait ~ I want to have the baked pineapple char siu buns as well!

  11. Tina @ bitemeshowme February 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm Reply

    You sure did seem like you tried EVERYTHING on the menu. What a shame it wasn’t what you expected it to be. I’ve heard heaps of good things about it too.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 11:06 pm Reply

      HAHAHA i had my WHOLE family with me :) so it made trying everything so easy! We had doubles of some things too ~ Yeah it just wasn’t as ‘great’ as I expected :( but still nice so i wouldn’t discourage people from going just don’t have ‘huge’ expectations ~

  12. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm Reply

    Oh I’m so glad that you got the VIP room to save you the wait! Oh my kingdom for one of those char siu buns! Oh and are those nails yours? :o

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 11:06 pm Reply

      LOL You really take notice of my nails don’t you Lorraine :P They’re not really mine lol they’re fake gel ones ~

  13. libishski February 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm Reply

    Welcome back, Daisy! Can’t wait to see you very soon :)

    I definitely feel like a tourist when I go ‘home’ to Indonesia, even though I have an Indonesian passport and was born there >_< And if I ever go to HK (which I hope to do very soon), I'd be acting like the biggest tourist with my camera haha.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 11:12 pm Reply

      Thanks Libby :) super excited about seeing you too ~

      Hahahaa I know what you mean by feeling like a tourist lol I sound local but totally act ‘tourist’ :P

      Don’t worry about looking like a tourist in HK! Everyone there has a camera now the HUGE DSLR ones hahaha btw i got one too :)

  14. Ali February 2, 2013 at 10:24 pm Reply

    Welcome back! It’s so hard to leave home and family, isn’t it? Hope you get settled back in Melbourne soon :)
    Great photos of all of that food! Looks great!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm Reply

      Thank you Ali :) It’s good to be back even though it’s quite sad to leave my family ~ but I’ll hopefully see them again soon ~
      Hope you had a nice Christmas and New Years too!

  15. Ashley February 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm Reply

    Hmm it seems a shame that so many of the dim sims were kinda so-so! But I guess they’re all pretty cheap so it’s not too bad :) The abalone ones in particular look awesome!

    Also love the nails holding the abalone tart! Are they yours? :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 11:16 pm Reply

      Hahhaha you’re just like Lorraine :P yup that’s my finger and my nails you’re gonna see a lot more of them in my HK posts lol I got them done when I was over there ~

      Agreed that even though the dim sims weren’t that ‘amazing’ ehhe it was cheap and still pretty good, it’s just the whole michelin star thing just hyped it up LOL

  16. leaf (the indolent cook) February 4, 2013 at 12:54 am Reply

    Tim Ho Wan is on my list for when I go to Hong Kong one day. So much food and so affordably priced!

  17. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed February 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm Reply

    Welcome home!! Oh, such beautiful pics, I’m so nostalgic for HK.
    Heidi xo

  18. Basil October 7, 2013 at 12:10 am Reply

    Hi Daisy!

    I love your instagram feed and recently started reading your blog. I’m not sure if you remember, but I posted that comment last time about having the same letter cookie cutters as you :D
    You’re posts here are so good and reading them late at night definately makes me hungry :) They are going to be so helpful for when I return to Hong Kong and Taiwan in December. I just wanted to ask, for the prices listed above, are they for the whole plate/ steamer, or is it AUD$2.50 per dumpling and AUD$5 for each abalone?

    Thank you, and keep up the great work!

  19. piggyeatalot May 24, 2014 at 9:11 pm Reply

    Wow I just stumbled across your Tim Ho Wan blog :) I never knew you can get a VIP room AND order spesh stuff! I wld love love love to try the abalone tart…. it looked soooooooo gooooooooooddd

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