I have to admit, I actually chose my hotel in Hong Kong according to its proximity to Tim Ho Wan, the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant. Is that obsessive?!
I ate here three times, each time arriving by 9.30am to join (or start!) the queue which, by 10.30am, snakes around the corner.
While in line, you get an ordering slip and a pencil to choose your dishes. I got a Cantonese one – but hey, when in Hong Kong – so I chose some random stuff for fun! Once inside I could look at some pictures on the menu placemat thingy too, plus they brought me an English ordering menu (they were very nice!).
Ok so here’s the joy – first up, rice roll stuffed with pig’s liver. I’m not into offal, but I’ll give anything a try, and this was a wonderful surprise… Light, chewy, delicate rice rolls, rich pasty-ish liver. Good stuff.
I’d heard about their fatty, crispy, “baked” version of chau siew bau and made sure I got some. My word, they are something to behold! They were incredibly rich and delicious – I just wish I’d been with someone to share them with, as I had to eat all three by myself 😉
My personal favourite were these beauties…
These are always my favourite at yum cha, and these were some of the best I’ve ever had. A bit of chilli sauce and they’re heaven on Earth. The sui mai, meatballs (with some kind of tangeriney peel frangrance arghlghlghl) and pork ribs were all perfect as well.
These were the surprise for me – dumplings with peanuts and greens, which I’ve tried before at yum cha (usually Zilver I think) and have enjoyed, but these were a bit magic – the combination of textures was spot on.
All in all, I was a very happy woman by 10.30am. Then, off for dessert – freshly cooked, fragrant, wobbly egg tarts. Hundreds of them! On every street corner! Honk Kong I love you xxxTim Ho Wan Daily 10am-10pm Shop 8, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street Mong Kok Kowloon Phone +852 2332 2896