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Tim Ho Wan is a 1 Michelin Star Dim Sum Restaurant, originally from Hong Kong, and is now opened by Chef Mak Kwai Pui in Singapore. Currently, there are 4 Tim Ho Wan dim sum restaurant in Singapore.
Westgate Jurong East #01-13/14
Bedok Mall #B1-51/52
Plaza Singapura #01-29A/52
Toa Payoh #02-02
As a Cantonese, i've always like to eat Dim Sum. A very typical Cantonese. So, my boyfriend and I decided to try out this famous food that everyone has been talking about ever since it is opened in Singapore. I will be giving my honest opinion here.
We didn't order much but we definitely ordered 3 of the Big 4 Heavenly Kings. We don't eat Pig Liver so we opted out that dish from our orders.
Prawn Dumpling(4pcs) $5.50
The first bite was awesome. I really like the prawns in it as they are very 'Q' and fresh. However, the taste reminds me of the prawn dumpling i had in Imperial Treasure at ION Orchard. Both were equally delicious but i must say that Tim Ho Wan had make this prawn slightly more chewy and Q.
Pan Fried Carrot Cake(3 pcs) $4.50
One word to describe this dish - DELICIOUS. It actually made me went home to try to cook this dish out. lol. My grandma has taught me the recipe to make carrot cake. I am still trying to improve this recipe and make the best carrot cake at home. haha.
Nicely pan-fried. Very soft in texture.
Vermicelli Roll with Shrimp $5.50
4 words to describe this (in chinese) 入口即化. The prawns were similar to the Prawn Dumpling. Very Q and can i just say crunchy. (?)
I also like how the cheong fun is made. The skin is soft. However, i would like it to be softer. In that case, i would really rate this 10/10.
Rating 9/10 .
Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (3pcs) $4.50
This is one of the Big 4 Heavenly Kings in their menu.
I am not really sure if the skin is supposed to be soft. It was slightly softer than what i thought. I picture the outer layer to be really crunchy and when i bite it, the BBQ Pork is gonna melt in my mouth. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
Would definitely prefer the skin to be more crunchy and to be served hot.
Spring Roll with Egg White (3pcs) $4.20
Not a fan of deep fried food but this dish was well made. I really enjoyed eating this and the egg white fragrance was remarkable.
Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling (3pcs) $5.00
A little disappointed with this dish. I was expecting more from it. The wasabi was not strong in flavour. The filling has overwhelmed the taste of the wasabi. I thought the wasabi is supposed to be the main character here??
Pork Rib with Black Bean Sauce $4.20
This is a very common dim sum dish in Hong Kong. I am sure i have tasted better pork rib than this. Nevertheless, pork rib was well marinated and again, melts in your mouth.
Steamed Egg Cake (1pc) $3.80
I am not sure if it is just me but i don't really enjoy this eating. It is slightly sweeter than i thought, also has this strong 'coffee' smell.
Above are just my honest and humble opinion. I think Tim Ho Wan is slightly overrated. It is quite difficult to maintain a superb standard when a brand is expanding. Different chefs have a different way of handling food, even if there is a book to follow. Nevertheless, Tim Ho Wan is definitely a place everyone should try at least once.
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