Tim Ho Wan (Central branch) – Hong Kong

Overview

Frequently described as the world’s cheapest 1 Michelin Star restaurant, Tim Ho Wan serves dirt-cheap, basic but good quality dim sum to the masses. While certainly not jaw-dropping in flavour, the dishes are of good quality with decent ingredients and it is hard to argue with the price tag (150 HKG or less than $20 AUD for everything below). While it cannot hold a candle to higher-end restaurants such as Man Wah, it certainly works in a pinch and I could see myself eating here regularly if I lived in Hong Kong

The Food

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The queue at the entrance at 9am when the restaurant opened

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Baked Bun with Barbecue Pork

Very tasty baked buns with a crisp outer texture and gooey barbecue pork goodness on the inside

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An inside view of the bun

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Steamed Pork Dumpling with Shrimp (Siu Mai)

A perfectly acceptable rendition of Siu Mai

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Glue Rice Dumpling

This was an odd one, ordered more out of curiosity than anything else. Pork and mushrooms drenched in a barbecue-style sauce covered by a glue rice square wrapped in a leaf. The rice with the sauce and pork was very nice, although the mushrooms were undercooked for my liking.

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An inside view of the Glue Rice Dumpling, with pork, mushrooms and a barbecue marinade

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Vermicelli Roll with Pork

Again, a perfectly acceptable vermicelli roll

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Deep Fried Chives and Shrimp Dumplings

Again, a perfectly acceptable vermicelli roll

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