Tim Ho Wan – Hong Kong
Tim Ho Wan has various locations in Hong Kong, Singapore and now Manilla. The non-Hong Kong locations are franchised. Follow the links above for a Tim Ho Wan near you.
Atmosphere & Service
You won’t walk right into to a Tim Ho Wan. You’ll wait. And wait. We were fortunate enough one afternoon, to get in in less than 10 minutes. But most of the time, you’ll wait 30 minutes. 60 minutes. Maybe more. There are no reservations. The good news is the line moves rather quickly and they don’t let people linger over their food. On some days if you go at extremely non-peak times, you may be able to walk right in, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
Service is fast. Servers bring things out as they’re ready, to keep you eating and keep you moving. Ordering is just like sushi. You fill you’re order out on a piece of paper. With the places always packed, seating can be cramped. They try to pack in as many as they can, so the atmosphere reminds you of fast food. This is not fine dining, even though they’ve won a Michelin star.
Tim Ho Wan. There’s only three other words beyond that that you need to know.. Pineapple Pork Buns.
Tim Ho Wan has 28 dim sum dishes, but what got Tim Ho Wan their Michelin star were the BBQ pork buns. Phenomenally good. Sweet and salty exterior filled with char siu pork. It’s hard to eat just one order, but that’s what you’ll be relegated to at most locations. The BBQ pork buns are just one of the Big 4 Heavenly Kings which also includes Steamed Egg Cake, Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver and Pan Fried Carrot Cake.
Prices are moderate and you definitely get what you pay for. But those BBQ Pork Buns, they’re pretty much worth anything you want to pay.
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street
Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
+85 2 788 1226
MTR Station: Sham Shui Po, Exit B2