Monday, 13 May 2013

TIM HO WAN REVIEW

The Tim Ho Wan craze has probably died down abit since it's opening last month, and i've finally come around to editing the photos i took when we got there!

Normally, i loathe queueing up for food but.. i reminisced fondly of the amazing experience at the hole-in-the-wall dimsum inn in Mong Kwok, Hong Kong that i insisted on having those famous char siew buns and peanut porridge again!

I vaguely recall the taste of the mouth-watering BBQ Buns we devoured and tapao-ed for extras because they were so damn gooooood! Indisputably the best (and also cheapest Michelin starred)  dim sum meal i've ever had. 

So thankfully for me, i had a group of friends who were insane enough to join me and the rest of the queue at 9 on a sunday morning. Five of us still ended up waiting in line for another 2.5 hours before we eventually got a table overlooking a sea of hungry, rapacious vultures.. very much like us XD 

In fact, the queue got even longer after 11am. -.-''

When we eventually got a menu, i was terribly disappointed to learn that they didn't include their Peanut Porridge or Deep Fried Dumpling filled with Meat into the menu. Also, the Osmanthus Cakes were not available that day. T_T bummer.

Hence, these were what we had instead:

Steamed Egg Cake ($3.80) - Light and fluffy, slightly sweet and was pretty much how i remembered it to be, like Malay Steamed Cake haha. It's worth ordering :)

















Baked Bun with BBQ Pork ($4.50)These buns look more refined and less baked/burnt than the ones i had in Hong Kong. My friend was raving about how crispy and tasty the buns were when he took a bite but honestly.. it was kind of a let-down for me. The buns i had were more "chao-tah" on the outside and were extremely crusty yet soft inside. The char siew were so moist and honey sweet and the ones here just paled in comparison. They were dry and less-crisp than i'd expected it to be, and this was the dish i wanted so much to impress!



Could barely finish two this time..



Chicken Feet with Black Bean Sauce ($4.00) - These salty wiggly chicken feet on the other hand, were super tasty! I love their bean sauce, they make everything taste yummy! Must try!



Pork Rib with Black Bean Sauce ($4.20) - Another Michelin Star dish in ultimate black bean sauce, i'd have to say that this is by far my favourite of the lot! So tender and juicy, sweet and salty all in one bite! I ordered two more of these after the first basket heheh.



Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork & Shrimp ($4.00) - I couldn't eat this because it contained prawns and i'm uber allergic to them but from what i heard, it's pretty decent!



Pork Dumpling with Shrimp ($5.00) - Skipped this too because it had shrimp, my friends liked it but it wasn't very different from most well-established dimsum restaurants.




Prawn Dumpling ($5.50) - Gosh.. and this too.. hahaha i'm guessing the prawns tasted a little different from the ones we had in Hong Kong since they probably come from different countries.



Glutinous Rice Dumpling ($5.00) - Another unexpected winner.. the rice was soft and chewy and the meat was so tender! The mushroom in the dumpling was exceptionally meaty and succulent.. *applauds* i wished they added more mushrooms into the rice!!



Noms..



Pan Fried Carrot Cake ($4.50) - Another noteworthy dish from the menu. I'm not a big fan of fried carrot cakes most of the time because it gets really "ge-lat" after a few mouthfuls. However, this one was smooth and velvety, had chunks of radish so it didn't feel too heavy on the palate. Gotta finish this while it's hot though! 



Vermicelli Roll with Pig's Liver ($5.50) - Actually, we ordered the Beef so when  this arrived, we were slightly confused with the taste lol. Unfortunately, i couldn't appreciate this, the liver had a powdery finish and  just tasted  weird with the  rice noodle roll. I don't think it was a good combination. Sorry!!


Vermicelli Roll with Shrimp ($5.50) - Couldn't eat this as much as i wanted to because i just suffered from a bad case of diarrhea from fresh Botan Shrimps lol. I enjoyed the  plain Chee Cheong Fan with the sauce though, it was good enough for me. 



Poached Fresh Seasonal Vegetables ($5.50) - Possibly the most expensive dish here! I was put off by the pricing but still decided to order this because i love vegetables and needed a palate cleanser to clear my taste buds. The steamed lettuce were sweet and crunchy but definitely not worth as much as the Prawn Dumplings or Vermicelli Rolls! I think they need to revise the price for this one, wouldn't you agree? 




























And that was it! Didn't have desserts as the Osmanthus Cakes were not available and we had already overindulged ourselves with the dimsum. 

Honestly, i was underwhelmed by the standards of the meal considering the fact that i had one of the best dimsum experiences under the same chef in his humble little restaurant in Hong Kong. Perhaps i had set my bar too high before we arrived, hence, i left feeling deflated by my unrealistic expectations.

I heard that the foods were altered to cater to our local taste buds but frankly, i'd have prefered if they didn't. Most of the dishes lacked authencity and a little spark. I could have the same satisfaction at Yum Cha or Crystal Jade and this one just didn't quite match up to the original 1 Michelin Star restaurant i previously visited in Mong Kok (i read that they closed down? =c ). 

Anyway, i would still recommend you to visit, but probably after a few months' time when the hype dies down further and the management and operations are more stable. In my next post, i will post photos of a few of the items to show comparisions of the dishes we had in Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong versus the one here in Singapore. 

Hope this information helps manage your expectations of the restaurant if you decide to visit them in the near future! :)

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