I was invited by the kind folks of Tim Ho Wan's PR company to dine at Tim Ho Wan some time ago.
When I first heard about Tim Ho Wan, I heard both good and bad stuff.
The good being the acclaimed One Michelin Star that Tim Ho Wan has gotten and the amazing dishes at very affordable prices.
The bad being the horrible queues one have to deal with.
For a typical dinner queue on a weekend, one may have to queue from 2 - 3 hours. Not only do you have to deal with the horrible queues, you might also have to deal with sold out items.
Because of the food tasting session, the hubby and I were blessed to have been able to try the legendary dimsum without queuing.
Beating the queues. A sense of relief and yet guilt.
This the typical order sheet. Simple, straightforward and affordable dimsums.
The happy c(hubby) and I eagerly awaiting for our food!
We started with their legendary Baked Bun with BBQ Pork, one of the 4 stellar items in their "The Big 4 Heavenly Kings" must-have!
When I first looked at the bun, I thought that everyone was pulling a fast one on me by saying this is the pork bun. It didn't look like anything I imagined! I thought that pork buns came in the typical white pao! I took a bite of this and the sweetness of the pastry crust made me crave for me. I never thought that a pork bun would be both sweet and savoury but this really took my breath away. Served piping hot with lots of filling, you HAVE to try this.
I then tried the Pan Fried Carrot Cake, another of the "kings". I loved that the carrot cake was both soft in the inside while delightfully crispy on the outside. While it was really yummy, I don't think it deserved to be a "king."
They kept calling this the "ma lai gao". The Steamed Egg Cake was pretty ordinary to me. Seemed like a simple cake. Definitely not worth queuing 3 hours for.
The hubby loved the Vermicelli Roll Stuffed with Pig’s Liver. As I am not a fan of innards, I didn't try this. He said that this was really fresh, soft and the skin wasn't too thick. The sauce was a perfect marriage with the rolls.
I tried the Charsiew version instead and was pretty wow-ed by it. THIS I LIKE. ANOTHER!
After trying the 4 Heavenly Kings, we moved on to try Tim Ho Wan's other star dimsum items.
The Prawn Dumplings (Har gao) were fresh, the skin wasn't thick and the prawns were quite QQ!
The Pork Dumplings with Shrimp (Siew Mai) and The Garlic, Mushroom and Spinach Dumpling were the hubby's favourite. I wasn't a huge fan of the veggie dumplings but I really enjoyed the Siew Mai!
The Beancurd Skin Roll with Shrimp and Spring Roll with Egg White were crisp and a delightful mouthful.
I totally love the Pork Rib with Black Bean Sauce and Rice with Chicken, Sausage and Mushroom and Congee with Lean Pork, Century Egg and Salted Egg. THESE ARE THE STUFF WORTH THE QUEUE! The congee was so delish! I could taste the salted egg with each spoonful I took. Very very addictive!
We ended the night with the refreshing Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake and Yam Puree with Sago. Something light to end the meal.
Did I think the meal was good? Yes. Did I think it was worth the 3 hours wait? Not really. 3 hours is crazy! I would recommend going at odd hours instead for your fix of dimsum. I went another time near to closing at 9.10pm and waited barely 10 mins. Downside? A lot of things were sold out. Try out Tim Ho Wan for yourself and let me know what do you think!
Thank you Tim Ho Wan for inviting us!
Tim Ho Wan
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura #01-29A
(t) 6251 2000