Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan they say is the cheapest Michelin star restaurant; I’m not overly familiar with how this is measured or how many stars a restaurant should have but I can say that their food is really scrumptious.

They don’t have an overwhelming array of food to choose from and the serving size is just right even for a solo eater.

Their interior is simple, clean and no-nonsense; I like the cute lamps that look like siomai steamers.

Tim Ho Wan opened on my birthday last year; so naturally I asked my husband if we could have my birthday lunch here but of course the line was extremely long. They provide seats for guests while waiting in line but for the few weeks after they opened, lines extended beyond the chairs.

Even up to now, about a year and a half after they opened, there is still a bit of waiting time before you can be seated if you arrive during lunch or dinner rush; but if you eat during odd hours of the day you normally don’t have to wait anymore. Oh, and turnaround of service is quite fast; which is good.

Their menu is a simple one-pager paper that serves as the place mat as well. My husband likes it because it has pictures – he’s very visual (or just too lazy to read :P). Upon being shown to your table, you will have a small clipboard & pen with the items on the menu and you just have to place your orders there. The waiters will double check your orders once you give it to them so don’t worry if you mistakenly ordered 1 prawn dumpling, you’ll have a chance to correct your order to 2. 😛

Their top 4 items – or what they call the “Big 4 Heavenly Kings” have the biggest photos on the menu. The big 4 are: Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (3 pcs per order), Pan Fried Carrot Cake, Steamed Egg Cake and Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver. Of the 4, I’ve only tried the baked bun. I’ve tried the vermicelli but not the one with pig’s liver.

Here are a few of the regular orders that we have whenever we eat in Tim Ho Wan (not all at the same time, though that’d be heaven!):

Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (3 pcs per order; PHP145)

I really love the baked bun! I love how it is freshly baked and I am in love with the soft yet crunchy, flaky and buttery bun. It’s sort of sweet but it’s perfect with the BBQ pork filling.

Prawn Dumpling (4 pcs per order, PHP160)

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Beef Ball with Beancurd Skin (3 pcs per order, PHP120)

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Chow Mien Stir Fried Noodles (PHP130)

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Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling (3 pcs per order, PHP140)

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Vermicelli Roll with Beef (3 pcs per order, PHP160)

The sauce is poured on the rolls just when it arrives on your table. I’ve tried to look for what kind of sauce this is but can’t seem to find it. 🙂 I’ll just have to ask the waiters the next time we eat here.

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Rice with Chicken, Sausage & Mushroom (PHP170)

They ask if you want to pour sauce over your rice and the husband agreed as this was his order; I’m not sure though if it’s the same sauce as the one on the vermicelli. I didn’t like this too much as I found it quite bland.

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