Tim Ho Wan, which literally translates to "add good luck," has earned the prized Michelin star in all but one year since it opened in Hong Kong.
Branches in Singapore followed suit, and despite its limited locations in just three international cities, Tim Ho Wan has the attention of the world's foodies.
And now that the gastronomic wonder has found its way to Manila, in SM Mega Fashion Mall and soon at the SM Mall of Asia, consider us fortunate to have a taste of the restaurant's array of heavenly dishes.
Wonder no more about the popularity of Tim Ho Wan. Take a number and dig into the Ten Must-trys in Tim Ho Wan.
1. Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (P145.00/3 pcs.)
This is definitely a must-try. The pork bun is crumbly, fluffy pastry packed with lush, sweet and savory barbecued pork, which in itself has lured long lines.
2. Pan Fried Carrot Cake (P145.00/3 pcs.)
Yes, it’s a cake but less sinful. Tim Ho Wan’s pan fried carrot cake is known as radish cake to dim sum lovers. It is a crunchier, heartier alternative to the comfort food classic.
3. The Steamed Egg Cake (P85/slice)
Another must-try is this velvety custard topped with a caramelized crunch cake. It is somehow similar to a mocha chiffon cake sans the icing and it is served in a bamboo steamer.
4. Vermicelli Roll with Pig's Liver (P150/3 rolls)
It is a silky and tender slice of liver with a salty secret sauce and wrapped in vermicelli.
5. Prawn Dumpling (P160/4 pcs.)
Prawn dumpling also known as hakaw is already a universal favorite made more special by generous fillings at Tim Ho Wan. It is best with soy sauce and some chili.
6. Dumpling Teochew Style (P120/3 pcs.)
This dumpling of veggies and peanuts is somewhat similar to the Filipino fresh lumpia.
7. Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling (P140/3 pcs.)
Golden crisp on the outside with unexpected soft taste of prawns on the inside and a hint of wasabi. It tastes like a kani salad with a crunchy twist.
8. Pork Dumpling with Shrimp (P150/4 pcs.)
Their siomai has a distinctive layer of prawns on top and pork below. The outer layer of yellow lye skin is very also smooth so it is very pleasing to the palate.
9. Glutinous Rice with Lotus Leaf (P190)
Also known as ma chang, Tim Ho Wan’s glutinous rice is served with a surprise. The rice is wrapped in lotus leaf but it doesn’t end there as every spoonful of it includes sausages, meat and mushroom, which make it a one full meal.
10. Cold Barley Water (P50)
A refreshing drink that is similar to gulaman.
What’s best about Tim Ho Wan is the experience of a Michelin-starred dining without hurting your wallet. Nothing in its menu is priced above P200 so you can help yourself and indulge in this absolutely foodgasmic and gastronomic experience!