The Minimalist Guide to Eating at Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong!

So you have read our review of Tim Ho Wan Plaza Singapura and is now dying to visit the orignal Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong? Here is the minimalist guide to eating at Tim Ho Wan @ Mong Kok. Just follow these 3 simple steps to enjoy dim sum at THW – touted as the cheapest Michelin-Starred Restaurant!

 Inside Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum Restaurant, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Inside Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum Restaurant, Mong Kok, Hong Kong


Step 1 : How to Queue at Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong

First of all, you must know that THERE WILL BE A QUEUE OUTSIDE Tim Ho Wan. If you think that you can just waltz into THW, eat your dim sum and whizz out in 20 minutes, you could be the owner of Tim Ho Wan OR you just arrived in Asia and not know the ways and customs of Asians with regard to food.

Therefore, you must always go to Tim Ho Wan @ Mong Kok with a plan. The plan is therefore to go straight to the entrance, grab your queue number and head on to Ladies Street to do some shopping…

 Ladies Street near to Tim Ho Wan Mong Kok
Ladies Street near to Tim Ho Wan Mong Kok

The reason is because the typical waiting time is about 45 minutes to 1 hour during meal times.

So Step 1 : Grab your queue number and head for shopping good times at Ladies Street!


Step 2 : What to order at Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong

For your first order, go for the “4 Heavenly Kings” – Steamed Egg Cake (香滑马来糕), Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver(黄沙猪润肠), Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (酥皮叉烧包), Pan Fried Carrot Cake (香煎萝卜糕)

 Tim Ho Wan's Famous Baked Bun with BBQ Pork - 3 for only 17HKD!
Tim Ho Wan’s Famous Baked Bun with BBQ Pork – 3 for only 17HKD!

Essentially, all the versions at THW Hong Kong tastes better than the Singapore version. The star of the show, the baked bun with BBQ was crisp on the outside, fluffy on the bite and flowing with BBQ (chinese style) flavours on the inside. Thrashing the Singapore version hands down.

 Steamed Egg Cake - 12 HKD @ Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong
Steamed Egg Cake – 12 HKD @ Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong

Before trying the steamed egg cake at Tim Ho Wan Mong Kok, we never thought that sweet and savoury dim sums could be eaten together. They certainly can. Each bite was an education in the art of gourmet food altogether. The steamed egg cake was surprisingly good by itself. It’s like a brown sugar cake, not too sweet but superbly fluffy. The aroma of the brown sugar just permeates through your taste buds. Mmm…

 Pan Fried Carrot Cake - 14HKD @ Tim Ho Wan Mong Kok
Pan Fried Carrot Cake – 14HKD @ Tim Ho Wan Mong Kok

The pan fried carrot cake or turnip cake was very aromatic. The fried mini shrimps (known affectionately as hei bi in Singapore) brought out the flavour of the turnip. Crisp on the outer layer and flavourful within. The texture of the turnip could also be felt with each bite – very much unlike factory-churned ones.

 Went for the Beef Chee Cheong Fun instead - 18HKD
Went for the Beef Chee Cheong Fun instead – 18HKD

Instead of going for the pig’s liver vermicelli roll (chee cheong fun), we decided to go for the Beef version and we were thoroughly intrigued! The beef was SUPER tender – as though it has been pounded many times over. The roll was springy and taong (chewy or “Q” as they would call in Taiwan). Together, it was a perfect match!

So Step 2: Go straight for the “4 Heavenly Kings”, you wont go wrong with the Signatures


Step 3 : Order anything else you wish to savour at Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong

Maybe except the siew mai. We thought it was quite normal. The beef ball with beancurd skin on the other hand is a MUST TRY!

Siew Mai was relatively normal - 24 HKD
Siew Mai was relatively normal – 24 HKD

Beef Ball with Beancurd Skin - 16HKD @ Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong
Beef Ball with Beancurd Skin – 16HKD @ Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong

Beef balls were oh so tender and Q! You could literally press against it and it would resume its shape! The sauce that is poured over it was not too salty and has a light tang to it. This added to the flavours of the beef balls. Yum!

So Step 3 : Order what catches your sight but just dont order the siew mai (eventhough you may be tempted to!)

Tim Ho Wan Mong Kok Hong Kong
Tim Ho Wan Mong Kok Hong Kong

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The greatest part about eating dim sum at Tim Ho Wan is that eventhough you’ve enjoyed great Michelin-starred food, the price is still relatively affordable!

 Final bill at only 121HKD
Final bill at only 121HKD

Follow the 3 simple steps in our Minimalist guide to eating at Tim Ho Wan Mong Kok Hong Kong for an enjoyable dim sum meal!

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