Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong review — Tasting the cheapest Michelin Star meal you never ever get

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most costly locations. However, there is a Michelin-starred restaurant here with extremely reasonable prices; if you are visiting Hong Kong, you should absolutely try it. When you think of Michelin stars, you think of the finest of the best food that is quite expensive. However, you can eat Michelin-starred meals for $3 at a Hong Kong restaurant. Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong is the name of the restaurant (Tim Ho Wan Original). Now, let’s look at the cheapest Michelin-starred dinner you’ll never have with Focus Asia Travel.

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Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong (Tim Ho Wan Original) get one Michelin Star

Food is one of the most interesting attractions in Hong Kong in the perspective of visitors. When it comes to cuisine, Hong Kong is well-known for its interesting street food, distinct taste, and cheap costs. Furthermore, Hong Kong boasts several Michelin-starred restaurants, allowing it to meet the various demands of guests.

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Diners lined up for waiting table became familiar at Tim Ho Wan – Picture: tim ho wan original blog.

There are several Michelin Star restaurants in Hong Kong serving Asian-European cuisine, however the prices are not inexpensive. There are, however, outliers, such as the eatery Tim Ho Wan.

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Here are the shrimp dumplings.
Here are the shrimp dumplings.

 

These are the turnip cakes, which we ordered mostly out of intrigue.
These are the turnip cakes, which we ordered mostly out of intrigue.

 

Chiu Chow-Style Steamed Dumplings (HK$14)
Chiu Chow-Style Steamed Dumplings (HK$14)

Tim Ho Wan is regarded as the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant. Because Tim Ho Wan specializes on dim sum, you can expect to taste exquisite cakes at a reasonable price. The restaurant’s most renowned meal is Steamed BBQ Pork Buns (baked pork buns, Char Siu Bao), which costs less than $US3 for three excellent cakes.

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BBQ pork buns (Char Siu Bao). Picture: tim ho wan original blog.

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BBQ pork bun tim ho wan original tim ho wan hong kong tim ho wan hong kong review
Inside BBQ pork buns

 

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Picture: tim ho wan original blog.

The first Tim Ho Wan restaurant launched in Sham Shui Po a decade ago, and it is the spiritual offspring of two former Four Seasons Hong Kong chefs, Mak Gui Pui and Leung Fai Keung. Initially, the bar only had approximately 20 chairs, but due to the high quality of the dimsum, the restaurant has become a favorite hangout for Hong Kong residents. Because of its low prices and high quality, the restaurant won a Michelin star in 2010 and was included in the Hong Kong and Macau culinary books.

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This were our favorite, steamed spinach dumpling with shrimp (RM7.80) with smooth, translucent skin.
This were our favorite, steamed spinach dumpling with shrimp (16 HKD) with smooth, translucent skin. Credit image: tim ho wan hong kong review blog.

A meal for two at Tim Ho Wan is about $ 33. You can try some of the highlights dishes, such as Steamed fresh shrimp dumplings (ha jiao) – $24 HKD, Deep-fried bean curd (tofu) sheet roll with shrimps – $25 HKD, Steamed pork dumplings with shrimp – $25 HKD, Deep-fried bean curd (tofu) sheet roll with shrimps – $25 HKD, Sweet barley soup with bean curd (tofu) skin – $12 HKD… Do not miss the opportunity to taste Pan fried turnip cake -$14 HKD, and other dim sum dishes, such as Steamed rice rolls stuffed with minced beef – $20 HKD, Steamed rice rolls stuffed with barbequed pork – $20 HKD, Shrimp-wrapped bean curd (tofu) skin – $25 HKD, Steamed rice with pork, dry squid, and black mushrooms – $26 HKD…

These were steamed beef balls with bean curd skin–basically, meatballs.
These were steamed beef balls with bean curd skin–basically, meatballs.

 

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Above is the black bean spare ribs.

 

The rice noodle roll had come recommended to us, but I could not get past the slimy texture here.
The rice noodle roll had come recommended to us, but we could not get past the slimy texture here. Credit image: tim ho wan hong kong review blog.
Above is the pork pastry.
Above is the pork pastry. Credit image: tim ho wan hong kong review blog.

 

Above are steam pork dumplings with shrimp.
Above are steam pork dumplings with shrimp.

 

You’ll notice that none of the above descriptions and menu item reviews are particularly glowing.
You’ll notice that none of the above descriptions and menu item reviews are particularly glowing.

 

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Steamed rice with chicken feet and spareribs. Credit image: tim ho wan hong kong review blog.

 

Glutinous Rice with Lotus Leaf unwrapped.
Glutinous Rice with Lotus Leaf unwrapped. Credit image: tim ho wan hong kong review blog.

Furthermore, the Teochew style steamed dumplings are an intriguing option for vegetarians. There are up to 25 dim sum meals to select from. As a result, it is advisable not to eat anything before coming here in order to enjoy excellent dishes for a very low price in comparison to quality.

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Teochew dumplings

 

Above are the vegetable dumplings.
Above are the vegetable dumplings.

 

Tim Ho Wan signature dessert: Tonic petal and medlar cake.
Tim Ho Wan signature dessert: Tonic petal and medlar cake. Credit image: tim ho wan hong kong review blog.

In 2013, Tim Ho Wan started expanding and now has more than 50 restaurants in the world. In the first version, the restaurant in Hong Kong is still crowded. If you visit here, you will have to wait a long time, especially when you come to at rush hours (from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.), but the tastiness of the food here is enough to offset that.

Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong menu and prices in English

Don’t worry. Everything on the Tim Ho Wan menu is fantastic. Every meal is guaranteed a happy ending—unless you’re allergic to pig liver, chicken feet, or monosodium glutamate (in which case you should never ever go to Asia).

Steamed

Steamed fresh shrimp dumplings – $25 HKD
Steamed dumplings in chiu chow style – $12 HKD
Steamed sparerib with black bean sauce – $15 HKD
Steamed egg cake – $15 HKD
Glutinous rice dumplings – $26 HKD
Steamed pork dumplings with shrimp – $25 HKD
Mun chicken feet with abalone sauce – $26 HKD
Steamed beef balls with bean curd skin – $15 HKD
Steamed eggplant stuffed with meat and shrimp – $22 HKD
Steamed vegetable dumplings with shrimp – $25 HKD

Glutinous Rice with Lotus Leaf unwrapped

Steamed beef balls with bean curd skin
Steamed beef balls with bean curd skin

Deep Fried Food

Deep-fried bean curd (tofu) sheet roll with shrimps – $25 HKD
Baked bun with barbequed pork (3 pieces) – $22 HKD
Pan fried beef dumplings with tribute vegetable – $22 HKD
Deep fried dumplings filled with meat – $14 HKD
Pan fried green pepper filled with mixed fish and pork – $14 HKD
Pan fried turnip cake -$14 HKD

Pan Fried Green Pepper Filled with Mixed Fish & Pork 煎釀虎皮尖椒
Pan Fried Green Pepper Filled with Mixed Fish & Pork 煎釀虎皮尖椒

Steamed Rice

Steamed rice with chicken feet and spareribs – $26 HKD
Steamed rice with pork, dry squid, and black mushrooms – $26 HKD
Steamed rice with beef and pan fried egg – $26 HKD
Poached seasonal vegetables – $20 HKD

Steamed Rice Rolls

Steamed rice rolls stuffed with barbequed pork – $20 HKD
Steamed rice rolls stuffed with minced beef – $20 HKD
Steamed rice rolls stuffed with shrimps and chives $24 HKD
Steamed rice rolls stuffed with pig’s liver – $20 HKD

A Must-Try for any first timer to Tim Ho Wan! Vermicelli Roll Stuffed with Pig's Liver ...
A Must-Try for any first timer to Tim Ho Wan! Vermicelli Roll Stuffed with Pig’s Liver …

Dessert

Tonic medlar petal cake – $12 HKD
Sweet barley soup with bean – $15 HKD
Sweet red bean soup with taro paste – $15 HKD

Mango Pomelo Soup Dessert of Tim Ho Wan
Mango Pomelo Soup Dessert of Tim Ho Wan

Drinks

Mineral water – $12 HKD
Soft drink (soda) – $12 HKD

How much does it cost to eat at Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong?

Even if you go all out, a Tim Ho Wan meal will be the cheapest Michelin star meal you will ever get.

Average cost for two: $130 HKD or $16 (£9.50)
Order all 11 best-sellers (will feed three to four people): $212 HKD or $27 (£16)

Tim Ho Wan's best-sellers.
Tim Ho Wan’s best-sellers.

What should you order at Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong?

Many people come here to order bucket loads of baked buns and dim sum. We suggest ordering one item from each category—one steamed, one deep fried, one steamed rice or rice roll, and one dessert. If you’re ordering for two hungry tourists, we suggest:

Steamed fresh shrimp dumplings – $25 HKD
Steamed dumplings chiu chow style – $25 HKD
Baked bun with pork – 3 pieces (never leave without trying it) – $22 HKD
Pan fried turnip cake -$14 HKD
Steamed rice with chicken feet and spareribs – $26 HKD
Tonic medlar and petal cake – $12 HKD
Sweet barley soup with bean curd (tofu) skin – $12 HKD

Credit image: tim ho wan hong kong review blog.
Credit image: tim ho wan hong kong review blog.

Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong

Sham Shui Po
Address: 9-11 Fuk Wing St, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2788 1226
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00-21:30 / Sat-Sun: 09:00-21:30
Prices: Average cost for two: $130 HKD or $16 (£9.50). Order all 11 best-sellers (will feed three to four people): $212 HKD or $27 (£16)
Website: http://timhowan.hk/index.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/timhowanofficial/

Inside the unassuming Sham Shui Po location Tim Ho Wan dishes up truly
Inside the unassuming Sham Shui Po location Tim Ho Wan dishes up truly

Central
Address: Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall) , Central
Phone: +85 2332 3078
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 09:00 – 21:00

TIM HO WAN IFC Central Hong Kong exterior
TIM HO WAN IFC Central Hong Kong exterior

Olympic
Address: Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui
Phone: +85 2332 2896
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 10:00 – 22:00

Almost zero queus at the Olympic City branch of Tim Ho Wan
Almost zero queus at the Olympic City branch of Tim Ho Wan

Tseung Kwan O
Address: Shop 49, G/F., POPCORN 2, 9 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O
Phone: 2789 2803
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10:00 – 21:30

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North Point
Address: Shop B, C, & D, G/F, 2-8 Wharf Road, Seaview Building, North Point
Phone: +85 2979 5608
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10:00-21:30

Tim Ho Wan, North Point
Tim Ho Wan, North Point

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