If you ever feel like indulging in dim sum when you're in Hong Kong (you'd be crazy not to), I'd highly recommend a stop at the Michelin-star restaurant Tim Ho Wan. These self-proclaimed dim sum specialists have much-deserved hype surrounding the establishment which has grown immensely since it first opened in 2008 in Mong Kok.
Tim Ho Wan is always packed regardless of the time and day, whether you're the enthusiastic early riser who eats dim sum for breakfast, or the late bird who happens to show up during off-peak hours. But, I can seriously have dim sum at any time during the day. One time a friend of mine told me about a time she had dim sum spontaneously in the wee hours of midnight.
I arrived at the Olympian City location with three guests just before 10:30am on a scorching day in October, and already there was a large line out the front door. We were extremely lucky to get a table within 30 minutes, considering it's customary to wait for hours at a time at a restaurant that takes no bookings in advance.
Tim Ho Wan offers the "cheapest Michelin star dim sum" à la carte in Hong Kong, with dishes priced at HK$10 upwards of HK$24 (which, if you think about it in Canadian dollars, stretches to about $1.50 to $3.60 CAD each). We ate until we were so full we couldn't get out of our seats, by wolfing down a combined total of $35 CAD worth of food between the four of us.
All the dishes are notably fresh and unparalleled in quality. You simply can't go wrong with the usuals: the Har Gow shrimp dumplings (my all-time fave), Siu Mai (pork and shrimp dumplings), and the vermicelli roll stuffed with beef or shrimp.
I absolutely loved the steamed egg cake which is spongy and light like angel cake, with a predominant but not overpowering caramelized taste. It deserves a spot on the must-eat list for Tim Ho Wan.
My favourite by far is the baked BBQ pork buns which are, hands down, a piece of heaven. Yes folks, these are baked to crispy, crumbly perfection with a flawless combination of sweet and savoury inside. I'll be honest though, after having these it's almost painful for me to go back to ordinary BBQ pork buns.
So ladies, gents. You all know how big of a deal a Michelin star is. Tim Ho Wan brings some serious game to the dim sum world and you'd be hard pressed to find baked BBQ pork buns anywhere else in the world. Tim Ho Wan has six locations throughout Hong Kong and has already expanded to Singapore. When you do swing by, whether it's your first time in Hong Kong or the fifth time, go before opening hours and grab a number for a table.
Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2
18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui
Olympian City Mall, Hong Kong, China (Mong Kok)