Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum @ Mongkok, Hong Kong

Jan 18, 11 at 12:07 am

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Our last day in HK began with a hearty dim sum breakfast which is located just a street off from our hotel. It wasn’t part of my plan to bring them to this place because I know the place is always crowded and the queue is just too – insane. Well, my guess is, because it’s the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant? Nevertheless, no harm trying our luck at it was just nearby.

We reached there at about 10am in the morning on a typical working Tuesday. A small queue already formed in front of the shop. To mention about the shop, it is very very small, probably can sit about 16 people maximum at any given time. I understand from the comments that this is to ensure quality of the food served because every basket of dim sum is made fresh on the spot.

We waited for around 30 minutes – not a problem for us as there is a market just across the road, so we just take our own sweet time to stroll to see what the locals shop at the market. Ended up we bought some fresh vegetables as well!

Back to the story, we got our seats but still have to wait for another 10 minutes just because, like I said, they need time to prepare our orders.

First thing that came to our table was the signature baked bun with bbq pork. The skin is fluffy and crispy at the same time while the fillings just melt in your mouth.

Baked bun with BBQ pork
Baked bun with BBQ pork

Seriously, I’m not exaggerating here and as you can see from the photos, we had two baskets of this stuff. Must try!

Next on the table was this steamed fresh shrimp dumpling. The skin is translucent enough to hold these big and fat shrimps!

Steamed fresh shrimp dumpling
Steamed fresh shrimp dumpling

Pan-fried turnip cake was usual fare. I had better ones elsewhere.

Pan-fried turnip cake
Pan-fried turnip cake

If memory serves me right, this should be steamed dumpling in chiu chow style.

Steamed dumpling in chiu chow style
Steamed dumpling in chiu chow style

What’s with their delicate hands rolling out some almost transparent rice rolls? Seriously good stuff!

Rice roll stuffed with BBQ pork
Rice roll with BBQ pork

Not forgetting the customary steamed pork dumpling with shrimp (siew mai).

Steamed pork dumpling with shrimp
Steamed pork dumpling with shrimp

Last photo of this post, this is steamed beef ball with beancurd skin. A nice change from our usual delicacies.

Steamed beef ball with beancurd skin
Steamed beef ball with beancurd skin

Apologies as the photos don’t look quite good. I was using wide angle lens and had no time to change it, hence most of the photos here have been cropped.

So, dim sum in HK? There are quite a number of good ones. If you haven’t been to HK before, try this or Lin Heung’s.

Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum Specialist (添好運點心專門店)
G/F, Phase 2, Tsui Yuen Mansion, 2-20 Kwong Wa St, Mongkok
Opens 10am-10pm

Direction – via Yau Ma Tei MTR Exit A2 (Walk north along Nathan Road, turn right into Dundas Street and walk past Sai Yeong Choi Street South, Tung Choi Street and Fa Yuen Street. Walk further down Dundas Street until you reach Kwong Wa Street. It should take about 15 minutes walk.)


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