Oct 22, '10

Lunch at the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant

buns with BBQ pork
Buns with BBQ pork

My lunch at Tim Ho Wan ( 8 Kwong Wa street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong) was 44 Hong Kong dollars, the return trip from the Central Hong Kong – more than 200 HKD. (1 euro is 10.8 HKD today). Of course, I could have used the public transportation, but I thought hours of waiting at this one Michelin starred dim sum canteen would be painful enough.

Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan

Roughly 4 euros for a meal at an internationally recognized restaurant is surely a good deal, but first, you need to get a queue number and an order form from the not very nice lady organizing the seatings, then you need to wait, sometimes 3 hours they say.

Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan

I was lucky, I had to wait for only one hour- arrived at 12 pm, was seated by 1 pm. As I was alone, I had to share my tiny table with another person. You don’t even choose your lunch companions here. You do have a wide choice of dim sum on the other hand- I had steamed fresh shrimp dumplings (18 HKD), steamed catfish and celery with turnip dumplings (12 HKD) and baked buns with BBQ pork (12 HKD).

steamed fresh shrimp dumplings
Steamed fresh shrimp dumplings

My favourite was the latter – the buns were so freshly baked, they were almost falling apart and you could also feel cinnamon inside.

To be honest, I didn’t find the shrimp and fish dumplings that spectacular though.  They were tasty, perfect dumplings I guess, but nothing to remember. Having said that, I do think that Tim Ho Wan is a very good dim sum place. Is it worth the long wait? Depends on your patience.

Buns with BBQ pork
Buns with BBQ pork
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