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Chinese, Asian
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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Takeout, Seating, Table Service

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Sham Shui Po District
2.5 km from Kowloon City
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The second branch of this famous dim sum chain is roomier than the original, but don’t be surprised to still find a queue of expectant diners at the en...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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Reviewed 28 December 2021

This Cantonese dim sum restaurant was started by Chef Mak Kwai Pui, who was with Lung King Heen before. Along with Chef Leung Fai Keung, they started the 20-seater dim sum restaurant in Mongkok. A year later, they earned their first Michelin, and then opened...more branches, offering good dim sum at affordable prices. They are so successful and now become an international group, with restaurants in 13 countries. We came to the branch in Sham Shui Po today, the one with Michelin 1-star in town. Fortunately, we came early on a weekday, so after waiting for a short while we got our table. The environment was no-frill, with packed tables. But you can see that nobody would mind that and you could see customers happily enjoying their food. We ordered a number of their signature dim sum, and frankly everything was very good. The first was Baked BBQ Pork Buns 酥皮焗叉燒包 ($23). The buns got a crusty skin similar to something I had in childhood called Mexico Buns. The buns were soft and the BBQ pork fillings was tasty. A must-try. The Braised Chicken Feet in Abalone Sauce 鲍汁燜鳳爪 ($33) was another good one. The chicken feet had been braised such that the bones could easily detach and the abalone sauce was also delicious. The Pig Liver Rice Roll 黃沙豬潤腸粉 ($26) got a good bite with the rice roll not too thick. The pig liver was cut into small pieces, and had cooked just appropriately, not too old to make it rubbery. The Pan-fried Radish Cake 香煎蘿蔔糕 ($19) was good as the amount of flour added was not too much to make the cake hard, but it did not have sufficient dried shrimp and cured meats, and was a bit too thin in size. The Shrimp Dumplings 晶瑩鮮蝦餃 ($31) had a thin dumpling skin, with the shrimp crunchy on texture and tasty. I could easily finish the whole portion by myself. The Chiu Chow Style Dumplings 潮州蒸粉果 ($18) had a translucent skin so you could see the fillings inside, and they were great in taste, with the peanut and bamboo shoot providing a wonderful crunchy texture in the fillings. The Steamed Sponge Cake 香滑馬拉糕 ($21) was truly amazing, with the cake very fluffy and one of the best I had ever tasted. The sweetness was also spot-on. Really good and my recommendation. The service was decent, with the staff remained helpful despite they were very busy. The bill was $179 and considering the food quality it was a great bargain. Definitely worth a visit.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 2 March 2020

Came here as friend is a meat eater and this was the top on her itinerary of places to eat. As a veggie it was limited and found the food quite bland. Staff were friendly and accommodating and were able to let me know what...I could and couldn’t eat.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 20 February 2020 via mobile

First off, dont get to hyped just because this place has a Michelin star. Because although it has,it has always stayed true to its humble origins. The interior is simple, the service as well. However all is made up for by the food! I, perhaps,...was lucky enough to visit at a quiet time, so presure was not so high in the kitchen. All the food served was on point and tasted wunderfull. I can whole-heartedly recommend all dumpling/Dimsum variaties and my personal favorite the BBQ pork buns! All and all I spend just under $10 USD for an abundance of food.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 12 February 2020 via mobile

In a world of big city China restaurant pricing, good quality food at reasonable cost is hard to come by, short of the more street food approach. This location of Tim Ho Wan was worth the walk for us. It is decidedly a turn and...burn affair, so don't expect to loiter. The highlight was the much touted barbecue pork buns, though my wife and I sampled a host of dishes over three visits. Service is hit and miss though I would say a bit more of a miss. Abrupt would be complimentary closer to rude perhaps more accurate. I was actually told to pull my chair closer in to the table at one point. I would like to share that I am 6'3" and if I got any closer to the table I would have been on top of the bloody table. Further, I was already occupying less than half the space between myself and the next table and the other guest was nowhere near me. You can tell that this pushed my buttons in a bad way. Almost enough to cause me to reconsider coming back. Finally, the chaotic nature of a bit of a touristy trap - given its reasonably deserved decent reputation, is a too overworked staff. Multiple time we had dishes not show up and yet others served that were not the ones ordered. Given that you order numerous of the small dishes it becomes difficult to keep track of. All this said, my wife and I were satisfied with the food though somewhat less so with the service. On balance though, a solid place.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 27 January 2020 via mobile

Visited Tim Ho Wan due to their Michelin Guide recommendation, did not disappoint. Prices are very reasonable and the food is also of decent quality, particularly liked their char siu buns, the crust on top goes well with the fluffy texture of the bun itself.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 8 January 2020

When in HK you definitely should go to this dimsum place! And try everything on the menu! Our favorite is the Char Sui Bao, the best you'll ever have, promise! You cannot make a reservation but if you have to wait, it will definitely be...worth it.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 January 2020

The baked bun with BBQ pork is my favorite. Absolute delicious! The shrimp dumplings, and steamed beef balls are also excellent. Reasonable prices. Only cash. A must visit in HKG.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 30 December 2019

We read about this place late 2018 so in January 2019 we decided to go and find it and when we did it was a 2 hour waiting time to get a table so we got take away. We swore that we would come back...one day. That day was earlier this month, December 2p19. And because of the troubles in HK it was not busy. There were 6 of us and we had brunch. 10 out of 10 folks. Make the effort as the ladies there are very helpful so nothing was an issue. Have a go at the real yum change. Excellent.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 23 December 2019

Were there for a late lunch.Surprisingly almost no wait time. Crowded place.Very fast Service. Do not order too much at a time and eat slowly! We had 6 or 7 dim sum boxes for a total of around 175 HKD. Could not quite finish all...the Food. Very good ,but do not expect light cuisine because of the Michelin star.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 2 December 2019 via mobile

This is got to be some of the best dim sum I've ever tried. Most of the items we're kind of run-of-the-mill but they're baked about taste it as if it was delivered to your table by God himself. Absolutely Sublime. I can't describe how...good this how bow is. I would fly back to Hong Kong just to get this humbow or actually have it shipped to the United States if I could get it here fresh and hot. I guess I'll have to go back to Hong Kong. If nothing else you could go to the front door and order these little Beauties to go. Primitive people that might be the best thing to do because there's usually a long line. This place is touted as the cheapest Michelin star restaurant you can never go to without spending more than $20 per couple. Yeah that's how much we spent $20 for a very satisfying lunchMore

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 22 November 2019

My cousin and I went to go try this Michelin starred dim sum restaurant called Tim Ho Wan (in Kowloon with branches in Central and North Point). I had reservations because, what does Michelin know about dim sum. Well, I must say, it had to...be some of the worst dim sum I have had in my life. Having parents who were born in Shanghai, then lived in Hong Kong and Macau in the 1950's, and growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area my standards are high for Chinese food. The worst dim sum in the San Francisco Bay Area is head and shoulders above this place. My cousin says that she can get better dim sum in Denver where she lives. Limited menu, non standard versions of dishes, lack of flavor, weird crusty overly sweet Cha sui bao, almost no traditional dim sum deserts. At least it was cheap. I would have really been upset if I had to eat bad dim sum AND pay through the nose for an undeserved Michelin Star. What a disappointment. Michelin is delusional.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 17 November 2019

Was there arround 2pm for lunch, a couple people were waiting in front of me but got seated in no time to a shared table, which I enjoy doing as a solo traveler. You get a piece of paper to order and check what you...want. Service is fast, you get some tea (I think you get charged for it but it was almost nothing and typical of all the Dim Sum places I went to). The food was really good and I enjoyed every bite, well worth it. Nothing fancy about this place, kinda old and basic but service and food is excellent. Surprisingly to me, it was packed with locals and very few tourists. Another place I went to close by, also highly rated for Dim Sum, was newer, fancier with a good 50% tourists crowd but not quite as good as this one if you ask me.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 3 November 2019 via mobile

Food was nice, service was ok, but to be honest not much special when compared to a local dim sum in Sai Kung. Definitely worth a try since it is a Michelin starred restaurant.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 21 October 2019 via mobile

To be fair, the bbq pork buns are utterly good. But other than that, nothing special. Service not that good, not speaking about the toilets...

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 20 October 2019

I've had a lot of dim sum in my life so when I went to Hong Kong recently, naturally I was curious to see if Tim Ho Wan would live up to its lofty reputation. I'm pleased to say it did! I went for a...very early lunch (~11am) on a Saturday and, to my surprise, there was no queue and we were seated straightaway. The menu is fairly concise but features all the staple dim sum items you can think of and everything is served quickly. The quality of the food is second to none. I grew up on London dim sum which is pretty excellent, but the char siu used in this place was leagues above anything I'd ever had. In particular, the cheong fun was excellent. However, of all the dishes I ordered, the har gow stands out as the highlight. They say that you can tell the quality of a dim sum chef by the quality of the har gow they make - and let's just say that this har gow spoke volumes. The char siu baos were totally different to what I expected. All the versions of it I've ever tried have been 100% savoury, but Tim Ho Wan uses a sweet dough for its take. I wasn't sure what I thought after one bite, but after the second I was sold and after the third I was hooked. The only dish that wasn't for me was the chicken feet. Nothing at all to do with the taste - more to do with my Western sensitivities! Can't fault Tim Ho Wan for that. I had dim sum at other (significantly more expensive) places whilst I was in Hong Kong, but this was the best. In fact I'd be comfortable saying it was the best dim sum I've ever had. And everything I got came up to about half the price of what I'd pay at home. Can't wait to go back.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
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