In the restaurant world, there is no higher recognition than the Michelin star. Chefs strive for their entire lifetime pursuing this ultimate acclaim. Only the very best restaurants, replicating their dishes consistently year after year, achieve this Olympian feat. It is with much honour that Tim Ho Wan’s Hong Kong dim sum restaurant ranks as one of them.
Tim Ho Wan was started by Chef Mak Kwai Pui, formerly of the prestigious three Michelin starred Lung King Heen restaurant in Hong Kong’s Four Seasons Hotel, alongside Chef Leung Fai Keung. In 2009, the two chefs joined forces to open their first 20-seater dim sum restaurant in Mongkok. A year later, they would earn their own one Michelin star. More restaurants opened, each earning its own Michelin star. The accolades for serving superb food at affordable prices soon followed. Indeed, Tim Ho Wan was once called the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the world!
Hailing from Four Seasons Hotel where Lung King Heen restaurant earned 3 Michelin Stars, Chef Mak Kwai Pui has only one goal in mind with Tim Ho Wan Manila: to make high quality dimsum affordable to the masses. His Big 4 Heavenly Kings take center-stage in the minds of people whenever Tim Ho Wan is to be discussed, and he has certainly expanded this to more than just Hole in a Wall dishes.
The Big Four Heavenly Kings to set foot at Tim Ho Wan Manila:
Baked Bun with BBQ Pork
Locals and tourists can certainly attest that Tim Ho Wan’s Baked Bun with BBQ Pork is the ultimate bestseller that everyone is queueing up for. The bun is crumbly on the outside and softness with the inside. With a sweet tangy barbeque pork filling, the pork buns are certainly the best of its kind.
Vermicelli Roll Stuffed with Pig’s Liver
Lovingly called Chee Cheong Fun in Singapore, Tim Ho Wan’s Vermicelli Roll Stuffed with Pig’s Liver should leave you mouthwatering. Rice rolls are my absolute favorite dimsum. Soft and silky rice roll stuffed with fresh pig liver is incredibly delicious. You’re missing a lot if you don’t order this dimsum in any restaurant!
Pan Fried Turnip Cake or Pan Fried Carrot Cake
Tim Ho Wan’s Pan Fried Carrot Cake is actually filled with raddish. I would commonly order this in traditional Chinese restaurants like Choi Garden as Pan Fried Raddish Cake, which is one of the best I’ve tried in the metro. This one is a huge contender.
Steamed Egg Cake.
To balance the saltiness of the Vermicelli Roll, the fried crispy exterior of the Pan Fried Turnip Cake and Baked Pork Buns, Tim Ho Wan has their sweet, springy Steamed Egg Cake that could be thought of a dessert in between meals.
According to timhowan.com ; candidcuisine.net