They are most famed for their mouth-watering BBQ pork buns and the queues of people that congregate outside their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it canteen. Welcome to Tim Ho Wan, the one of the world’s cheapest Michelin star restaurants. This is Yum Cha heaven, so if you need your fix you have certainly come to the right place.
Seated in the 17-seat canteen the fast, hectic pace of the restaurant will keep you in the fast lane: have your order ready before you come inside, eat fast, and get out or watch as you get stared down by one of the grumpier ladies.
Despite this fast-paced attitude the food is worth it. A full meal to feed three to bursting point cost less than AU$20/GBP£14/US$21 – and that’s with leftovers.
BBQ pork buns are notorious for being overly sweet, so biting into Tim Ho Wan's buns I was pleasantly surprised to be met with a beautiful sweet interior filled with soft pork pieces.
The chiu chow-style dumplings were also beautiful; notorious for having soggy nuts, they had steamed these to perfection, with the crunch still intact amongst the soft exterior.
Top picks? The famed BBQ pork buns, vermicelli rolls, turnip cake, and the chiu chow style dumplings. Delicious!
Tim Ho Wan
Tsui Yuen Mansion, 2-20 Kwong Wa St
Mong Kok, Hong Kong
* Sham Shui Po
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
* ICC Mall in Central (Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall) , Central, Hong Kong
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The Dim Sum Specialists
Tim Ho Wan is a very delicious and extremely affordable Michelin 1 star restaurant in Hong Kong. My traveling companion and I were so excited to eat here, we may have gone a little overboard with our order. Our food started to come out and just wouldn't stop coming! We had a hard time finding room at our tiny table for so many steamed baskets and plates of dim sum. But when all was said and done, and our last pork-stuffed steam bun was finished, our bill was only $14. Not too shabby for a Michelin-starred restaurant!
I stumbled upon this place, with several locations spread across Hong Kong (and soon, Singapore). Led by the former dumpling chef of 3-starred Lung Keen Heen, this food is classic Hong Kong and sublime.
My favorite dish were the BBQ-pork steamed buns, but these Pork and Vegetable dumplings were out of this world.
My mouth is watering writing this, thousands of miles from the most incredible food I've ever had.
The price, for 7 dishes for two? About $20 USD.