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Tim Ho Wan

 
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Plaza Singapura, #01-29A/#01-52 68 Orchard Road Singapore Singapore 238839
 
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Tim Ho Wan, the Michelin one star dim sum restaurant, has finally arrived in Singapore. Its dim sum have won the plaudits of food critics and the hearts of epicureans around the world. The Big 4 Heavenly Kings available on the local menu are, the Baked BBQ Pork Buns, the Steamed Egg Cake, Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver and Pan Fried Carrot Cake. 

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10am to 10pm
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Casual
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  • < $10
  • $10-$20
  • $20-30
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Food / Beverage: 
 
4.1  (10)
Ambience: 
 
2.8  (10)
Service: 
 
3.5  (10)
Value: 
 
3.5  (9)
Overall Score: 
 
3.7  (12)
If you happen by a Tim Ho Wan outlet that doesn't have a quene at all, what are you waiting for? It time to make your way in quick! This was how I reacted whenever I was walking around looking for a place to have a meal in and saw the place relatively empty. Unable to believe my luck, I made a quick entrance in.

I'd recommend especially their BBQ pork buns when it comes to food. Of my virgin experience at Tim Ho Wan, I remembered agreeing with my friend to order every single dish that the restaurant has to offer. With the exception of the BBQ pork buns, which we ordered 2,3 plates, we ordered 1 of each item. If you wonder why we're into the pork buns, its simply because its really delicious! With its crispy, crumbly and sweet exterior with succulent fragrant pork meat in its interior, it was heavenly to simply sink your teeth into the bun. Other notable dishes I'd recommend would be the siew mai and the shrimp rolls.

The service too, was to my satisfaction. It was extremely commendable the way the staff at the Bedok outlet processed my order, as if they meet customers everyday who order all their dishes. Unfazed, they came up bearing the dishes with a smile and even had ingenious ways of creating space when the table is simply too cluttered with plates.

Overall, despite chalking up a large bill (over $100), my friend and I decided that it was really worth the experience and it would be a terrific idea to try it once again.
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100%

If you happen by a Tim Ho Wan outlet that doesn't have a quene at all, what are you waiting for? It time to make your way in quick! This was how I reacted whenever I was walking around looking for a place to have a meal in and saw the place relatively empty. Unable to believe my luck, I made a quick entrance in.

I'd recommend especially their BBQ pork buns when it comes to food. Of my virgin experience at Tim Ho Wan, I remembered agreeing with my friend to order every single dish that the restaurant has to offer. With the exception of the BBQ pork buns, which we ordered 2,3 plates, we ordered 1 of each item. If you wonder why we're into the pork buns, its simply because its really delicious! With its crispy, crumbly and sweet exterior with succulent fragrant pork meat in its interior, it was heavenly to simply sink your teeth into the bun. Other notable dishes I'd recommend would be the siew mai and the shrimp rolls.

The service too, was to my satisfaction. It was extremely commendable the way the staff at the Bedok outlet processed my order, as if they meet customers everyday who order all their dishes. Unfazed, they came up bearing the dishes with a smile and even had ingenious ways of creating space when the table is simply too cluttered with plates.

Overall, despite chalking up a large bill (over $100), my friend and I decided that it was really worth the experience and it would be a terrific idea to try it once again.

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I'm a huge Dim Sum fan so obviously I love Tim Ho Wan. I think it really lives up to its expectations and I totally understand the long queues.

The first time I went I thought the BBQ pork buns were the most divine things in the world and I devoured my fair share. I recently went back though and didn't find it as incredible as I remembered, but altogether I think the food here is still great.

Price wise I think its quite affordable being a Michelin star restaurant so yes, totally love it!
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80%
Hevina Kaur Reviewed by Hevina Kaur on March 14, 2014
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"Lovely!"

I'm a huge Dim Sum fan so obviously I love Tim Ho Wan. I think it really lives up to its expectations and I totally understand the long queues.

The first time I went I thought the BBQ pork buns were the most divine things in the world and I devoured my fair share. I recently went back though and didn't find it as incredible as I remembered, but altogether I think the food here is still great.

Price wise I think its quite affordable being a Michelin star restaurant so yes, totally love it!

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I fell deeply in love with the pork bun! In my opinion, what really makes it nice was actually the extremely crispy bun that carries the pork within it.

Apart from that, majority of the food comes in 3 servings, which was just nice for us as I went with 2 of my friends. Hence, all of us thought we got ourselves really yummy dim-sums at really reasonable and affordable prices.

Another highlight would be the century egg porridge as it tasted equally amazing as well.

I must say that I went at the ideal timing as I only had to wait for 5 minutes before I got myself a table for three. Otherwise, you might need to queue for seats for as long as 30 minutes.


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100%
Neo Wen Hsuen Reviewed by Neo Wen Hsuen on March 13, 2014
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"Dim Sum Paradise"

I fell deeply in love with the pork bun! In my opinion, what really makes it nice was actually the extremely crispy bun that carries the pork within it.

Apart from that, majority of the food comes in 3 servings, which was just nice for us as I went with 2 of my friends. Hence, all of us thought we got ourselves really yummy dim-sums at really reasonable and affordable prices.

Another highlight would be the century egg porridge as it tasted equally amazing as well.

I must say that I went at the ideal timing as I only had to wait for 5 minutes before I got myself a table for three. Otherwise, you might need to queue for seats for as long as 30 minutes.


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Pork Bun
Branch Location:
Dhoby Ghaut
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When TIm Ho Wan was first introduced to Singapore, many people raved about it and there was a huge commotion too. Long queues are formed outside its first outlet at Dhoby Ghaut and the wait can be up to 3 hours. I, who was very curious about the hype and what makes Tim Ho Wan so desirable, decided to join the crowd one day as well. The wait took me 1.5 hours as the restaurant itself has quite a small seating capacity but the queues just kept getting longer by the minute.

Food did not take long to come. The BBQ Char Siew Buns absolutely exceeded my expectations! The buns had a crunchy crust which were toasted to a perfect gold color and when you bite into the buns, it is as if there was a char siew explosion in your mouth. Sweet, yet tasty chewy char siew seems to melt in your mouth. I can safely declare that it is the best char siew buns that I had. Another dish that is worth the queue is the steamed egg cake, which is light in taste and pretty fluffy. To my disappointment though, the rest of the items on the menu were not as yummy. The chee cheong fun, porridge, har gows were all pretty average, in fact not very worth the price as prices tend to be on the steeper side at Tim Ho Wan.

I heard from quite a number of friends that the authentic Tim Ho Wan at Hong Kong has much more delicious dim sum as compared to the outlets in Singapore. I don't think I would brave the queue for the food here anymore, despite how the Char Siew buns leave me wanting for more. I would only patronise if there are no queues at all in the future.
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60%
strawberryswirls Reviewed by strawberryswirls on February 28, 2014
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"Not worth the queue"

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When TIm Ho Wan was first introduced to Singapore, many people raved about it and there was a huge commotion too. Long queues are formed outside its first outlet at Dhoby Ghaut and the wait can be up to 3 hours. I, who was very curious about the hype and what makes Tim Ho Wan so desirable, decided to join the crowd one day as well. The wait took me 1.5 hours as the restaurant itself has quite a small seating capacity but the queues just kept getting longer by the minute.

Food did not take long to come. The BBQ Char Siew Buns absolutely exceeded my expectations! The buns had a crunchy crust which were toasted to a perfect gold color and when you bite into the buns, it is as if there was a char siew explosion in your mouth. Sweet, yet tasty chewy char siew seems to melt in your mouth. I can safely declare that it is the best char siew buns that I had. Another dish that is worth the queue is the steamed egg cake, which is light in taste and pretty fluffy. To my disappointment though, the rest of the items on the menu were not as yummy. The chee cheong fun, porridge, har gows were all pretty average, in fact not very worth the price as prices tend to be on the steeper side at Tim Ho Wan.

I heard from quite a number of friends that the authentic Tim Ho Wan at Hong Kong has much more delicious dim sum as compared to the outlets in Singapore. I don't think I would brave the queue for the food here anymore, despite how the Char Siew buns leave me wanting for more. I would only patronise if there are no queues at all in the future.

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Tim Ho Wan is highly regarded upon as THE dim sum place for Singaporeans to flock to, due to its status as one of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant.

Service was fast, and I do applaud the dedicated and friendly staff. Ambience was terrible. It was too noisy for my liking, extremely headache-inducing! The only pro was that I came with a partner, and getting seats for two was much easier than if you came in threes or more. I was ushered in after a mere 10 minutes of queueing.

I personally did not feel that its food selections are to-die-for. There's only around 25 selection of Dim Sum to choose from, and dessert-wise, only 2. Its "4 Big Heavenly Kings" comprising of the famous HK BBQ Bun isn't spectacular, same for the rest of the Dim Sum offered. The only two dishes which I felt was able to fully eliminate my hunger pangs was the Egg Porridge and Rice in Pandan Leaves with Chicken Stuffing (relatively huge portion). If you're looking for good food with a much wider variety to satiate your taste palate, I think Swee Choon is a much better alternative.
Overall Rating:
 
50%
Audrey Kum Reviewed by Audrey Kum on January 06, 2014
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"Terrible Ambience!"

Tim Ho Wan is highly regarded upon as THE dim sum place for Singaporeans to flock to, due to its status as one of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant.

Service was fast, and I do applaud the dedicated and friendly staff. Ambience was terrible. It was too noisy for my liking, extremely headache-inducing! The only pro was that I came with a partner, and getting seats for two was much easier than if you came in threes or more. I was ushered in after a mere 10 minutes of queueing.

I personally did not feel that its food selections are to-die-for. There's only around 25 selection of Dim Sum to choose from, and dessert-wise, only 2. Its "4 Big Heavenly Kings" comprising of the famous HK BBQ Bun isn't spectacular, same for the rest of the Dim Sum offered. The only two dishes which I felt was able to fully eliminate my hunger pangs was the Egg Porridge and Rice in Pandan Leaves with Chicken Stuffing (relatively huge portion). If you're looking for good food with a much wider variety to satiate your taste palate, I think Swee Choon is a much better alternative.

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When Tim Ho Wan first landed in Singapore at Plaza Singapura, my family paid them a visit, only to decide to dine somewhere else as the queue was way too insane. We decided to give it a try again after a few months, when the hype has somewhat subsided.

We waited for about 30 minutes before we got our seats, and proceeded to order about 80% of the menu. Everything was pretty good, but not great. I'm sure I can find similar tasting dim sum at other places like Crystal Jade. That said, their BBQ pork buns and steamed egg cake were indeed extraordinary. The BBQ pork buns had a very nice, crusty and warm exterior which I really loved, and the steamed egg cake was super fluffy and light. Provided that the queue is reasonable, I'd go back just for these 2 items.
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70%
Lydia Teo Reviewed by Lydia Teo on December 22, 2013
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"Worth it if there's no queue"

When Tim Ho Wan first landed in Singapore at Plaza Singapura, my family paid them a visit, only to decide to dine somewhere else as the queue was way too insane. We decided to give it a try again after a few months, when the hype has somewhat subsided.

We waited for about 30 minutes before we got our seats, and proceeded to order about 80% of the menu. Everything was pretty good, but not great. I'm sure I can find similar tasting dim sum at other places like Crystal Jade. That said, their BBQ pork buns and steamed egg cake were indeed extraordinary. The BBQ pork buns had a very nice, crusty and warm exterior which I really loved, and the steamed egg cake was super fluffy and light. Provided that the queue is reasonable, I'd go back just for these 2 items.

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While I was away in Melbourne for my first semester of uni, I kept seeing Tim Ho Wan appear on my Instagram news feed, so I knew that I had to come home to check out what the hype was all about. And I wasn't disappointed.

We reached Plaza Sing at around 3pm; there wasn't much of a queue and it moved fairly quickly. Tip for avid queue-ers: make sure all your friends have arrived by the time you reach the head of the line, or else your party will not be seated.

Originally, I didn't plan to eat much, as we've only just had lunch. However, all that changed when we were served the legendary char siew baos. The outer crust is rich and buttery, the bun itself isn't too thick and the char siew filling is sweet and ample. I finally understood why there is a limit of 3 char siew bao orders (1 serving) per person.

The osmanthus jelly is also very pretty - picture the osmanthus flowers and goji berries suspended in a glistening glassy gelatin mixture - and best thing is, it tastes as good as it looks. The jelly has a smooth mouthfeel and literally melts in your mouth, as you keep on taking bite after bite of that addictive jelly. And I don't even usually like osmanthus jelly.
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80%
linwen Reviewed by linwen on December 22, 2013
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"Surprise after surprise"

While I was away in Melbourne for my first semester of uni, I kept seeing Tim Ho Wan appear on my Instagram news feed, so I knew that I had to come home to check out what the hype was all about. And I wasn't disappointed.

We reached Plaza Sing at around 3pm; there wasn't much of a queue and it moved fairly quickly. Tip for avid queue-ers: make sure all your friends have arrived by the time you reach the head of the line, or else your party will not be seated.

Originally, I didn't plan to eat much, as we've only just had lunch. However, all that changed when we were served the legendary char siew baos. The outer crust is rich and buttery, the bun itself isn't too thick and the char siew filling is sweet and ample. I finally understood why there is a limit of 3 char siew bao orders (1 serving) per person.

The osmanthus jelly is also very pretty - picture the osmanthus flowers and goji berries suspended in a glistening glassy gelatin mixture - and best thing is, it tastes as good as it looks. The jelly has a smooth mouthfeel and literally melts in your mouth, as you keep on taking bite after bite of that addictive jelly. And I don't even usually like osmanthus jelly.

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I was really excited when I found out that this Michelin-starred brand had finally come to Singapore, and at unbelievably affordable prices, too. Although I was skeptical about the queue, my friends and I stood in line for almost two hours anyway, just to see if the food there lived up to expectations.

Indeed, the dimsum there was better than other popular dimsum places in Singapore such as Ding Tai Fung or Crystal Jade. Their signature BBQ Pork Bun was done in a unique way, with a thin, crisp brown crust on the outside. The filling was slightly sweeter than normal, although not overly so, and delicious! The steamed egg cake was also very soft and fluffy, and tasted very mild and fragrant.

However, overall I just don't think the food is earth-shattering enough to warrant an hour plus's wait.
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80%
Rachelle Reviewed by Rachelle on December 20, 2013

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"tasty, but not worth the wait "

I was really excited when I found out that this Michelin-starred brand had finally come to Singapore, and at unbelievably affordable prices, too. Although I was skeptical about the queue, my friends and I stood in line for almost two hours anyway, just to see if the food there lived up to expectations.

Indeed, the dimsum there was better than other popular dimsum places in Singapore such as Ding Tai Fung or Crystal Jade. Their signature BBQ Pork Bun was done in a unique way, with a thin, crisp brown crust on the outside. The filling was slightly sweeter than normal, although not overly so, and delicious! The steamed egg cake was also very soft and fluffy, and tasted very mild and fragrant.

However, overall I just don't think the food is earth-shattering enough to warrant an hour plus's wait.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
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BBQ Pork Buns
Branch Location:
Plaza Singapura
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After standing 45 minutes in queue, my first thought was that it better be worth the wait. Tim Ho Wan landed in Singapore three months ago and whetted the appetites of the locals with four words – cheapest Michelin star restaurant. The heavenly four are the four best dishes on the menu, of which two lived up to the expectation while one disappointed. The steamed egg cake ($3.80) was fluffy and light. It was like eating sweet air- not at all dense and cloying.

Contrary to my skepticism, the baked buns with BBQ pork ($4.50 for 3) impressed the palate. The bun itself was crispy and light, almost like an airy biscuit. The sweet barbecued pork was bursting was flavor and each bun had a generous filling of it. However, the signature vermicelli roll with pig’s liver ($5.50) was not satisfactory. Although the pig’s liver was crunchy and not pungent, the layers were too thick. I strongly encourage you not to miss the pork buns but you can definitely find better vermicelli rolls elsewhere.
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60%
alicianyq Reviewed by alicianyq on September 01, 2013
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"Will be back if there is no queue "

After standing 45 minutes in queue, my first thought was that it better be worth the wait. Tim Ho Wan landed in Singapore three months ago and whetted the appetites of the locals with four words – cheapest Michelin star restaurant. The heavenly four are the four best dishes on the menu, of which two lived up to the expectation while one disappointed. The steamed egg cake ($3.80) was fluffy and light. It was like eating sweet air- not at all dense and cloying.

Contrary to my skepticism, the baked buns with BBQ pork ($4.50 for 3) impressed the palate. The bun itself was crispy and light, almost like an airy biscuit. The sweet barbecued pork was bursting was flavor and each bun had a generous filling of it. However, the signature vermicelli roll with pig’s liver ($5.50) was not satisfactory. Although the pig’s liver was crunchy and not pungent, the layers were too thick. I strongly encourage you not to miss the pork buns but you can definitely find better vermicelli rolls elsewhere.

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First, let me rave about their bbq pork buns and their steamed egg cake.

AHH SOO GOOD.

When we bit into the crusty white bun, sticky red meaty juicy pork flowed out onto our tongues, we were wowed. Before I came, I was hesitant and in disbelief. Like c'mon. How good can bbq pork bun get?

And wow. I was shocked. The steamed egg cake was SO soft and fluffy too, without the smell of baking powder which some places had. I relished every bit of the brown fluffiness siting in it's bamboo steamer.

Let's observe a moment of silence here shall we?










Haha. Back to reality. Though they had their good stuff, some of the other dishes were just normal and nothing to spend your precious afternoon queuing for.

I would say go for their porridge, bbq pork buns and the steamed egg cake.
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80%
Averlynn Lim Reviewed by Google Plus Image Averlynn Lim on August 18, 2013
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"Good but won't queue again"

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First, let me rave about their bbq pork buns and their steamed egg cake.

AHH SOO GOOD.

When we bit into the crusty white bun, sticky red meaty juicy pork flowed out onto our tongues, we were wowed. Before I came, I was hesitant and in disbelief. Like c'mon. How good can bbq pork bun get?

And wow. I was shocked. The steamed egg cake was SO soft and fluffy too, without the smell of baking powder which some places had. I relished every bit of the brown fluffiness siting in it's bamboo steamer.

Let's observe a moment of silence here shall we?










Haha. Back to reality. Though they had their good stuff, some of the other dishes were just normal and nothing to spend your precious afternoon queuing for.

I would say go for their porridge, bbq pork buns and the steamed egg cake.

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