Tim Ho Wan

Restaurants, Chinese City Hall
Tim Ho Wan - Vermicelli roll stuffed with pig's liver
Tim Ho Wan - char siew bun
Tim Ho Wan

With five outlets now spread out across the island, Hong Kong's budget Michelin-starred dim sum master, Mak Kwai Pui hasn't exactly been idle. The famous char siew buns ($4.50/three) still rank high on every foodie's must-try list, and there's a couple of new additions like the steamed chicken with fish maw ($5.50, available only at Plaza Singapura) and dainty siew mai topped with half a quail's egg ($5, only at Toa Payoh) worth queuing for a taste. Its newest addition at Aperia in Lavender can also sate a supper craving for steamed carrot cake or congee in the wee hours of the morning with its 24/7 opening hours.

Tim Ho Wan is also at #02-02 Hersing Centre Toa Payoh, #B1-51/52 Bedok Mall, #01-13/14 Westgate and #01-01/02/03 Aperia. 


Venue name: Tim Ho Wan
Address: #01-29A/52 Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Rd
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat & Sun 9am-10pm.
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I’ve been here before about a year ago with my father and we came again last week because we both really enjoyed it. I thought that the service was fast and efficient at peak and non-peak hours and it’s very reasonably priced.

Our first dish was obviously the Baked BBQ Pork Buns. Their version has a crunchy and sweet top compared to the normal steamed version and the bun has a slightly yellow colour instead of the white steamed version. The baked BBQ pork on the inside was and still is delicious! They’ve mastered the right balance between the sweetness and savoury taste that the char siew should have and it remains moist but not so much that it leaves the bun soggy. It also comes in a good size, so you can enjoy it while it lasts but leaves you with enough room to try their other items.

The second dish was a ‘monthly special’ of Steamed Yam Cake. This came topped with minced pork, Chinese sausauge, and other garnishes. I was pretty surprised with this dish and ended up really liking it! I’m a big fan of yam in general so I knew I would like it but I didn’t expect it to taste so good. It was steamed so well that it broke apart easily with chopsticks and I could see the chunks of yam in each piece. It was also surprisingly not too dense, as yam normally is.

My father recommended the Stir Fried Noodles, as he had tried it previously with my mother and they both enjoyed it. They were right, the noodles were done really well too. It had a good amount of char siew and the spiciness level was just right. The egg noodles were a good choice with this combination and the serving wasn’t too big so it was easily shared between the two of us.

I wanted to try their Chicken Feet because I didn’t the last time I was here. I liked this dish too because it was cooked differently to how it normally is at a dim sum restaurant. This version had more of a liquid sauce than normal and didn’t use black beans. I found it light and easy to eat and I probably ate most of it!

Both me and my father really liked the Steamed Spinach Dumpling with Pork so we had to get it again this time. This is by far, the best version of this dish that I have tasted both here in Singapore and in London. I don’t know how they manage to make the dumpling so clear and thin, all while being able to contain the filling inside. There is a really generous amount of the spinach and pork in each dumpling and it breaks open so easily because the skin is thin.

Lastly, we ordered the Rice Noodle Rolls with Prawn. We also had this the last time and really liked it so decided to have it again. This is pretty standard but I like that the soy sauce poured on top isn’t too salty in taste and it goes really well with the chili sauce that they provide on the table!

Terrible service at Tim Ho Wan Toa Payoh. It used to be so good with the old ladies who are v nice and sensitive to customer needs. today wanted to enjoy deepavali but was met with heck careless staff (sounds like they are from China) and rude. First the lady with blazer seated us. Then we just waited and waited and waited. for about 15 mins before another couple came in ordered and got their tea first. Hey, we ordered tea too but oh well what happened to the first come first serve basis? asked to check on our order. no apologies. asked v rudely, what you order? walked away and continues serving customer from next table. i asked to leave if our order wasnt being processed. that was when they decided to finally pour us tea and came back with siew mai. ok slowly ate that while i fume. my order also includes charsiewbao which as a record goes to the next table customer first too. finished my dimsum and the charsiewbao still NOWHERE in sight. when i came in, already noticed something wrong. all the staff were young staff and were standing around gossiping in china slangs. no one seems to be busy yet no one is attending to us. should have just left then. anyway i just left fuming after i graciously finished my dimsum. i declined to wait for my charsiewbao and paid. the cashier is also the one taking orders and when pressed she blatantly said she forgot to key in the order. when i asked she still served me when i could have just left without paying anything now i have to pay for the tea substandard dim sum and rude service. asked for a discount and they say NO very fiercely and asked me for membership or credit card. Blatant disrespect of customer when she is the one at fault. I think given its lacklustre service standards, this tim ho wan should just close down. no matter how good the food is, if the people are no good no point going not to mention that the food has deteriorated considerably. prawns not fresh in the dim sum etc.

I recently patronised the newly-opened outlet at I12, East Coast Road. Only 2 items are worth its salt - baked char siew pau and pan-fried radish cake. The other items are either average or below average, especially the spicy char siew noodles, which is a con job. The quality and taste do not justify the high prices. I can get better dim sum at other restaurants for less, eg Canton Paradise and Crystal Jade. Tim Ho Wan is grossly over-rated.