I was so excited when I found out that Tim Ho Wan was coming to Melbourne, Australia. I remember seeing on the news, that on opening the line was so long and people would line up for hours to get in. The restaurant itself wasn't very big and they do not take bookings, so I waited for a few months, when the hype had diminished.
For those of you who don't know, Tim Ho Wan - It all started with two chefs from Kong Kong, with a focus on high quality and affordable dim sums. They have won a Michelin star and have globally expanded to more than 20 outlets around Asia and now Australia. I am proud to say that I have been the three different outlets now.
Tim Ho Wan is not your ordinary yum cha where dim sums are put on a heated trolley. They have one picture menu for you to order. The choices are therefore limited, for me that was good enough. It is the quality and not the quantity that mattered to me. Sure the prices of these yum cha dim sims may be a little more than a normal Chinese restaurant, but I was determined to try them out.
Prawn har gows were served, my favourite!!! The skin was thin and transparent. The moment I picked one up with chopsticks, I wanted to see if the skin would fall apart and nope it didn't. The amount of prawn was generous and it still could be eaten in one bite. Yum!
Next was the rice dish, with Chinese mushrooms, chicken and chinese sausage. Another one of my favourites! Chicken was tasty and also very tender.
I thought I would order some Chinese greens as well.
Vermicelli rolls are something that is not readily available in Chinese restaurants. In fact it may be only available on weekends. Basically thin rolls made from a wide strip of rice noodles, mostly eaten with sesame and soy sauce, sometimes a little chilli sauce if you want that extra kick.
To finish off, it was something that I have been looking forward to have ever since I have tried them in Hong Kong. It was the famous baked buns with BBQ pork. Imagine delicious and juicy BBQ pork inside a soft dough but yet crispy skin bun. When they arrived at our table, they resembled the ones that we had in Hong Kong. However on tasting them, I was a little disappointed, they were a little over too sweet for my liking. What ashame!! They were not the same!
Tim Ho Wan is one of the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant that I have been to. When you are in Melbourne next, why not give this one a go?
Visit Tim Ho Wan - 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000