Tim Ho Wan Plaza Singapura : Is it Worth the Wait?

Tim Ho Wan, the famous Hong Kong michelin-starred dim sum restaurant has opened its first outlet outside Hong Kong – right here in Singapore @ Plaza Singapura!

 Tim Ho Wan @ Plaza Singapura
Tim Ho Wan @ Plaza Singapura

 View of the seatings @ Tim Ho Wan Singapore
View of the seatings @ Tim Ho Wan Singapore

 Queue for dim sum at Tim Ho Wan Plaza Singapura
Queue for dim sum at Tim Ho Wan Plaza Singapura

If this is your first time eating at Tim Ho Wan, do note that the waiting time can be quite long. As we were eating as a family and needed 8 seats, the staff needed time to re-arrange the seats and wait for patrons to finish up as well. Hence, our total waiting time was close to 2 hours.

HOWEVER, if you are eating as a couple, it is much easier to arrange seats for you. As we were waiting, many couples went ahead of us. Hence, the waiting time for couples is about 30 minutes.

Once you reach the seats in front of the restaurant, you would be given the order chit to have a look at the menu so that you can place orders as soon as you’re seated.

 Page 1 of Menu @ Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum
Page 1 of Menu @ Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum

 Page 2 of Menu @ Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum
Page 2 of Menu @ Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum

What to order at Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum Restaurant

If you have no idea what to order at Tim Ho Wan, you definitely wont go wrong with the four heavenly kings (四大天王)- 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)。。。

 Four heavenly kings (四大天王) @ Tim Ho Wan Singapore
Four heavenly kings (四大天王) @ Tim Ho Wan Singapore

 Pan Fried Carrot Cake (香煎萝卜糕)from Tim Ho Wan Plaza Singapura
Pan Fried Carrot Cake (香煎萝卜糕)from Tim Ho Wan Plaza Singapura

The carrot cake was flavourful, slightly crisp on the outside and layered on the inside with the textures felt as you go in for your first bite.

 Steamed Egg Cake (香滑马来糕) from Tim Ho Wan
Steamed Egg Cake (香滑马来糕) from Tim Ho Wan

The steamed egg cake has always been the surprise for us (we’ve tried the original Tim Ho Wan in Mong Kok, Hong Kong some time back). This is because it is something sweet! Try having something sweet while you’re having the savoury dim sums. Doesnt sound quite right does it? But the egg cake somehow blends in seemlessly with its mild sweetness, light fluffy texture and fragrant brown sugar taste. Somehow it goes really well with the dim sums at Tim Ho Wan…

 Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (酥皮叉烧包)@ Tim Ho Wan
Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (酥皮叉烧包)@ Tim Ho Wan

The char siew bao as always been the highlight of Tim Ho Wan. So much so that each person is limited to 1 order of the famous dim sum! Unlike all other buns you’ve ever eaten, it is REALLY crispy on the outside and bursting with char siew flavours on the inside! An ingenious creation indeed. Still remember our first bite at Tim Ho Wan Mong Kok…ahh…
Oh, somehow the Singapore version of the baked bun with BBQ pork fares slightly poorer compared to its HK counterpart. Especially the char siew portion. This version is slightly on the sweet side while the one in HK is on the “Oh” side (“Oh” refers to “Oh, this is really good!”)

We also tried several other dim sums such as

 Prawn Dumpling (晶莹鲜虾饺)
Prawn Dumpling (晶莹鲜虾饺)

 Garlic Mushroom Spinach Dumpling (金蒜香菇菠菜饺)
Garlic Mushroom Spinach Dumpling (金蒜香菇菠菜饺)

You wont miss much if you do not try these 2. But do try the following (plus beef ball – unfortunately we tucked in too fast and forgot to take photo of it :p)…

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Chicken Feet with Black Bean Sauce (鼓汁蒸凤饺)

 Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork and Shrimp (鲜竹卷)
Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork and Shrimp (鲜竹卷)

 Spring Roll with Crab Meat (螃蟹春卷)
Spring Roll with Crab Meat (螃蟹春卷)

The beancurd skin roll, beef ball and spring roll are the next few dim sums that you must try. The meats of the beancurd skin roll and beef ball are fresh, succulent and sort of dances around in your mouth (partly also because its hot) but still, it was yummy!

The spring roll had a sweet, seafood taste to its fillings. Something that you dont quite usually get with spring rolls (usually vege inside right?)

However, if you have space for only 1 other dish, you MUST ORDER the Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake (杞子桂花糕)

 Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake (杞子桂花糕) @ Tim Ho Wan
Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake (杞子桂花糕) @ Tim Ho Wan

Again, we tucked in ferociously before we took this photo (yes, this is almost the remains of the carcass). The taste was simply REFRESHING! Light refreshing sweetness with lasting tastes of the medlar and osmanthus….did we mention that it was refreshing?

You would definitely enjoy your trip to Tim Ho Wan @ Plaza Singapura. Even our mum who is quite a connoisseur herself (high tea / buffet queen) enjoyed the dim sum at Tim Ho Wan! Hence, we would definitely say it’s worth the wait to eat at Tim Ho Wan (添好运)!

Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (酥皮叉烧包)Tim Ho Wan

Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (酥皮叉烧包)Tim Ho Wan

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