Tim Ho Wan Manila 添好運: The Big Four Heavenly Kings 四大天王點心 Are Coming Soon!
Check Candid Cuisine’s review on Tim Ho Wan Philippines and find out what dimsum to order.
Photo Credits: Telegraph UK
This is the big headline that everyone in Manila is raving about. Hong Kong’s most famous dimsum restaurant, and the World’s Cheapest Michelin Star restaurant chain Tim Ho Wan 添好運 is now set to open THREE branches here in Manila – SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia and Glorietta Mall. Situated in the newly constructed extension SM Mega Fashion Hall along with SM’s iconic ice skating rink, famous Swedish brand H&M (Hennes & Mauritz AB HMB:SS) and Inditex Group’s Pull & Bear (the same company that owns Zara, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius and Bershka brands), Tim Ho Wan Manila will soon be serving its cheap dimsum dishes that people line up for more than 2 hours in Hong Kong and Singapore.
From 15 Seater to World’s Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant: Tim Ho Wan, The Dim-Sum Specialists
Despite of the buzz that Tim Ho Wan Manila has created, very few actually know what made it famous, save for those who have endured a 2-3 hour waiting time even during off peak hours in both Hong Kong and Singapore.
What used to be a 15 seater restaurant along Kwong Wa street in Mongkok, Chef Mak Kwai Pui earned his first Michelin Star – Bib Gourmand 2010 and 2011 in the Hong Kong and Macau Michelin Guides. Soon Tim Ho Wan became a brand synonymous to dim-sum, a standard that nearly every tourist visiting Hong Kong and now Singapore would dare not to miss. Tim Ho Wan now has 4 branches in Hong Kong and 3 branches in Singapore, since opening in April 2009. (On a lighter note, Tim Ho Wan’s Mongkok branch is now closing due to high rental prices, a fact not foreign among Hong Kong tenants.)
The Big 4 Heavenly Kings of Tim Ho Wan 添好運的四大天王點心
Photo Credits: Tim Ho Wan
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
Pork buns are worth the wait!
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.
Commentary: I have long been waiting for someone to spark the trend of pork buns here in Manila. Steamed pork buns are already famous in New York, hailing from Ippudo Ramen chain. I recall eating pork buns in IPPUDO Singapore’s branch and admittedly I would go back for the pork buns over the ramen. (But then I wouldn’t spoil everything as my Ippudo feature is coming VERY soon at Candid Cuisine! )
Here’s a sneak peek of my HAKATA IPPUDO feature coming soon at Candid Cuisine:
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! What more could Tim Ho Wan offer?
Pan Fried Turnip Cake
Also known as 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. I know the lot of you would snack in something sweet between your main meal just to eat something different, so this steamed egg cake should be no brainer.
Tim Ho Wan Manila Menu and Price Range
Of course, Tim Ho Wan is not entirely limited to just the Big Four Heavenly Kings. They also have classic and signature dimsum dishes from their kitchen such as Har Gow, Siew Mai, Spareribs with Taosi or Pork Ribs, Vermicelli Roll with Sweet and Sesame Sauce, Glutinous Rice Dumplings 古法糯米鸡, Steamed Beancurd Rolls 黑椒鱼腐扎 and more. Although it might come as a surprise that there are some bloggers who commented that their dimsum was overly steamed and that it was overhyped. We hope that isn’t so here in Tim Ho Wan Manila.
Photo Credits: Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan’s Hong Kong branch has dimsum prices ranging from HKD 10 – 15 while in Singapore prices for their dimsum range around SGD 4.50 – 5.50. Here in Manila, Tim Ho Wan is pricing their pork buns for P145 for 3 pieces. (Choi Garden sells their pork buns for P120 also for 3 pieces, so that’s a cheaper option for you!) Their pork dumplings are to be sold for P150 – not exactly cheap, for a restaurant hailed as the World’s Cheapest Michelin Star restaurant.
Tim Ho Wan Manila Branches
Photo Credits: JK Regala
Together with veteran restaurateur Rikki Dee of Todd English Food Hall and CATS Motors’ CEO Felix Ang, Tim Ho Wan Manila is set to open its very first flagship branch at the Upper Ground Level of SM Mega Fashion Hall near Uniqlo. But fear not, Tim Ho Wan is also set to open its second and third branches at Glorietta (in August 2014) and SM Mall of Asia (MOA)! Get ready for another IHOP experience, folks.
Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong and Tim Ho Wan Singapore Branches
While you’re waiting for Tim Ho Wan Manila to open, if you’re headed to Hong Kong or Singapore, don’t hesitate to allot 3-4 hours in your itinerary for Tim Ho Wan! It’s certainly worth the food trip.
Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong: Sham Shui Po, Olympian City, IFC Mall Central, King’s Road North Point, Tai Kok Tsui
Tim Ho Wan Singapore: WestGate Jurong East, Bedok Mall, Plaza Singapura, Toa Payoh
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