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“The world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant”

Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists
Ranked #232 of 12,423 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Takeout
Neighborhood: Mong Kok
Reviewed July 1, 2011

The restaurant is headed by Mak Pui Gor, the former dumpling master at Hong Kong's Four Seasons Hotel. Pui Gor worked at the hotel's three-starred restaurant, Lung King Heen, before going it alone.
But despite his new star rating, awarded in November, he is not raising the prices. This means Tim Ho Wan is Hong Kong's hottest meal ticket and if you want to eat here, you must take a number and stand in line - for a long time.
All the dim sums were made to order, thus the waiting time can get pretty annoying.
First to arrive was the traditional glutinous rice with chicken. The glutinous rice was soft and chewy while the chicken pieces were well marinated
We also loved the steamed shrimp dumplings (ha jiao), pearly bundles that looked plain but were not; the filling contained nothing but shrimp, but they were savory and aromatic, as though steamed with garlic, scallions and ginger.
The turnip cakes were simple but satisfying.
Vermicelli roll filled with pork slid through our chopsticks.
Teo chew dumplings – another favorite – spilled their filling of peanuts and shrimp and greens, fresh and crunchy.
Here comes the star – crispy cha siu bao (crispy bbq pork ben)!! These buns are baked, barely golden, and have a sweetness and crunch in the crust that, combined with the pork, is not a little reminiscent of cornbread and barbecue from a very different part of the world.. Each little bite was a mouthful of heaven!
The ham siu gok (deep fried glutinous rice dumpling) was pretty amazing too. The outside was crispy while the inside is soft and chewy.

Date of visit: March 2011
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

Like i have never tasted. Sweet meat, firm crust with the tinniest dusting of sugar. Outstanding. And were the pig's livers...oh my, yum. Go.

Date of visit: April 2011
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

The reputation of this place preceded it with standout reviews in the Sydney morning herald. I knew that there would be a wait but the novelty of eating at a Michelin star establishment and paying next to nothing was too tempting. So I went here with three other friends and we waited over 2 hours! The dim sum overall was good but not outstanding except the baked cha siu bao. My friend summed it up when he said it was main course and dessert in one bite. Just awesome. We started off with two plates of eight and had a further 3 plates. Now I can say with confidence that these should be the best in HK as I had them in two other highly reputable dim sum joints where my knowledgable local hosts claimed that they were done best. The other places where good too though. So would I wait 2 hours again. The answer is no as I have now done it and the rest of their dim sum was only slightly above average.

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Reviewed June 24, 2011

As we had already read past reviews on the internet, we were prepared to tackle this restaurant :b We got a ticket with a nº at 10am and went shopping on Nathan road for an hour before we returned to the restaurant at 11am. We waited a bit outside while we filled in the menu with what we wanted(they ask for it before you're seated)
Once you got in,it was so full and squashed :S to get into my seat, they had to slide out the table so i could sit down and then slide it back in against me ahah. Food began to pile up in front of us until we could no longer see each other(we ordered 250HKD in food!) and the food was excellent, especially the chicken feet and the cha siu bao :) The service is kinda bad as they keep yelling over everyone and you have to keep asking them for something until they hear you and you can hardly hear yourself with all the noise, but the food is cheap and the air-con was good. Of course we couldn't finish all the food so we asked for a doggy bag :)

Date of visit: June 2011
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

Firstly the place is quite near to ladies market..I had to ask an uncle around Kwong Wa St and he directed us to the place.

We reach there at 9pm and saw a queue outside the shop.

Interesting part is, you have to go to the front of the door and get a queue no. from the lady who informs us that the last order is at 9.30pm. So if you can get into the shop by 9.30pm they will still serve, but if you can't get in, then you have to come back another time. A view inside the shop shows that at most you can sit around like 20 pax at one time.

Luckily for us, we manage to get in by 9.30pm after our no. is being called, upon which you have to hand the order list to the lady who emphasizes that no additional orders will be entertained.

The char siew bun is really good and nice..the fillings inside are very soft. We had this char siew and prawn chee chong fun which is also very soft n succulent.

My suggestions are for a pax of 3 adults and 1 kid, you can go ahead and order around like 11 dishes.

The amount that we spend is ard HKD$160, relatively cheap if compared to eating dim sum food in Singapore.

Date of visit: June 2011
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