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“Michelin Slip Up”

Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists
Ranked #77 of 8,973 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Takeout
Neighborhood: Mong Kok
Reviewed December 25, 2011

Four of us went to the original Mongkok store on a weekday afternoon and lined up for an hour to get in, with the thoughts of a pilgrimage in mind. The food was just okay. This place has been blown way out of proportions by Michelin. This is the problem with judging Chinese food with western (French?) standards by a mostly non-Chinese panel. I think Michelin should stop messing with other cuisines and just stick with what they know. I looked at their Hong Kong list and see a lot of holes through it. Tim Ho Wan still makes their dim sum on site (I don't know if that is still true now that they have expanded to IFC), which is good, as compared to a lot of other restaurants that serve factory made stuff. But it is still just okay, nothing special. It is not worth lining up on an exhaust filled street for an hour, sit at a cramped table shared with strangers, drink awful tea, and endure the rushed and unfriendly service.

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2  Thank EKKC89
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

We went to Tim Ho Wan at 9.10am. The shop opens at 10am but there was already a queue forming outside the shop. If you haven't already heard, Tim Ho Wan is a one-star Michelin rated restaurant, serving good dim sum at cheap prices.

How to get here? Travel to Yau Ma Tei Stn. Exit A2. Look to your left, turn into the alley [with Burger King] and you should be at Dundas St 邓打士街. Head to Waterloo St. One block b4 Waterloo St is Kwong Wa St.

The queue snaked on as it gets nearer to 10am, so be there early or be prepared to wait. TIP: Grab their order form (pink/green slips of paper) and salivate at their choices while jotting down your order. We were lucky to be one of the first group into the shop. We ordered 9 items with prices ranging from HKD10 to HKD 22, and our total bill was a mere HKD 147!! The food was really, really good and fresh. There were 1 or 2 mediocre items according to my standard but some exceptionally fantastic ones like its cha siew bao (roasted pork bun) and har gao (prawn dumplings).

The service crew were very and efficient and friendly, contrary to what I've heard about them being rude etc. The guy who served us advice that we should finish the rice rolls first as they would not taste as nice after awhile. Sure enough, they turn cold even before we are done with the third roll.

Perhaps there are other better or cheap dim sum restaurants in HK but since we only tried this, there's no comparison but it's worth it for us.

Thank cloversze
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Reviewed December 17, 2011

guess its our own fault. went at peak hour 6:30 on a saturday night. told to come back after one hour, and then ended up waiting for another hour! got in to a tiny dollhouse interior, jam packed and impersonal. staff werent that helpful and felt like we were just a number being rushed in and out. the bbq pork bun was amazing!!!! But i suggest you go off-peak, we will next time. food is pretty good and cheap which is a plus for being michelin!

Thank Monpol
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Reviewed December 16, 2011

YES YES YES! Everything you've heard is true! Amazing dim sum at cheap prices. And yes, it is really a hole in the wall, but when the food is this good, I might as well be in a Turkish prison. Those who are not enamored with dim sum and Chinese food will likely be unimpressed, but if you love this stuff and want a great HK experience, I highly recommend Tim Ho Wan.

We got to the restaurant right around 10 a.m. on a Monday, and there was already a considerable line. Don't worry about showing up exactly at the time they say you should come - we had to wait an extra half hour. Part of the fun was talking with other tourists in line. There is also plenty to see in the area - we went all the way up to the goldfish market, but could have gone further to the flower market.

I highly recommend the baked pork buns, vermicelli with pork liver, and spare ribs in black bean sauce. Of course ha gow and all the other staples are spot on.

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Thank gokolski
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Reviewed December 9, 2011

Food is absolutely amazing.

The baked pork buns are awesome and easily the best Chinese I have ever had.

Arrive early, say, 9 am to have a chance of been seated for the first sitting.

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