For lunch I ate at Nanhai No. 1, a Michelin One Star restaurant in a beautiful setting with matching prices. For dinner I bought dim sum at a hole in a wall in Mongkok which also had the distinction of being the cheapest Michelin One Star restaurant in Hong Kong.
I went to Tim Ho Wan late in the afternoon hoping that there’s no line.
My favorite was the glutinous rice in lotus leaf (lo mai gai) which was called glue rice dumpling on the menu. It was moist, very flavorful and had lots of lean pork as filling. It tasted much better than the ones I’ve had in more expensive restaurants.
glue rice dumpling (glutinous rice in lotus leaf) HK$22
I bought 4 orders of my ultimate Tim Ho Wan favorite BBQ pork buns. Cheap or not these are really the best bbq pork buns. Your first bite will be sweet, savory pork filling and not just bread. There’s just enough bread to wrap around a lot of filling instead of the other way around in most places. These were perfect the next day for breakfast.
baked bun with bbq pork HK$15 (3 pieces)
My friend Tisay gave us a box of warm Portugese egg tarts from Macau Restaurant. I haven’t had these in a long time and enjoyed the rich buttery crust filled with creamy egg custard.
Portugese egg tarts from Macau restaurant
A visit to Tim Ho Wan is now a part of my trip to Hong Kong. I still have several dishes I want to try. I doubt I’ll ever get to eat inside the restaurant but I don’t really mind. For those who stay in a hotel in Hong Kong I suggest you take out the BBQ pork buns since you can eat them anytime.
I’m sad that this branch has closed as of January 2013.
Tim Ho Wan
Shop 8, Taui Yuen Mansion Phase 2, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
telephone: (852) 2332-2896
The newest branch of Tim Ho Wan is at:
Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon
telephone: 2332 2896