Tim Ho Wan 添好運 from Hong Kong had hit Singapore with their first outlet earlier this year and there had been raves about their dim sum. But it’s only recently when they opened an outlet at Jurong’s Westgate that I finally went to pay them a visit. Because, I’m not willing to Q for hours just for a meal.
The outlet at Westgate opens at 11am, we reached at 10:30am on a Sunday and had to wait till 11:45am before we get a table (sadly I still ended up in the Q). But one thing for sure, we get freshly cook food with the crowd. (and the wait makes you hungry)
There’s also 3 dishes under Chef’s Recommendation which might just be a fusion of HK dim sum with local’s favors like chilli crab and laksa.
Between 4 of us, we ordered 10 different dishes and it was food enough as a brunch for 3 guys and a girl. Would you Q for these?
Baked Bun with BBQ Pork ($4.50 for a set of 3) Prolly my favorite of all, because I can never resist BBQ Pork, especially HK-style. What we love is the crispy and slightly sweet top layer of the bun. The skin of the bun is not thick also, unlike the traditional ‘bao’. There’s BBQ Pork filling with every mouth too. I won’t mind more of the filling though.
Steamed Egg Cake ($3.90) I’m not a fan of this in the first place. But it’s rather spongy and do not have the aftertaste of baking powder. Not something I appreciate.
Pan Fried Carrot Cake ($4.50 for a set of 3) Another of my favorite! There’s nothing very special but you rarely get carrot cakes with tons of shredded carrot inside! We enjoyed that texture of stickiness of carrot cakes with shredded carrot. And the taste was made excited with bits of chinese sausages. BUT, we ordered extra for take over and there’s a bitter taste to it, suspect from over-pan-frying.
Vermicelli Roll with BBQ Pork ($5.50) Vermicelli rolls is not something I really like as it’s hard to find one that is silky and filled with taste. But this is something worth trying. There’s tons of filling and the sauce really bring the taste to another level. And of course, the ‘skin’ is very silky. Sliding down your throat!
Spring Roll with Egg White ($4.20) Nothing special besides the type of filling they use. Egg White. But it taste pretty normal. It’s just spring roll.
Prawn Dumpling ($5.50 for a set of 4) Normally I would eat the filling and not the skin. Somehow, I swallow the whole dumpling in no time. Taste-wise, I cant describe it in words. It’s tasty and unique. Something familiar but I cant pint-point what. Maybe it’s something from childhood memory from one of the dim sum restaurant.
Yam Dumpling with Chilli Crab Meat ($5 for a set of 3) Likely this is a local thing. A fusion of HK & SG. The layer of the dumpling is a thin layer of yam which you can hardly taste and filled with our famous chilli crab sauce with shreds of crab meat. Pretty interesting. But I would really love to taste the tradition yam dumpling with the meat sauce filling instead.
Congee with Lean Pork, Century Egg and Salted Egg ($4.20) Enough for 3 small bowls to be shared. And it’s super tasty! And another sliding down your throat dish. Love love the bits of salted egg yolk.
Braised Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce ($5) Ours came with 2 pair of feet and peanuts. It tasted exactly like braised meat sauce so I couldn’t link up the abalone sauce for this. The guys enjoyed this dish alot while I only tasted a bit as I couldn’t get over eating the chicken feet as a whole yet.
Pork Dumpling with Shrimp ($5 for a set of 4) What I love? The use of dried mushroom in the dumpling! Nothing very amazing but I appreciated the filling used – pork, shrimp, dried mushroom.
Averagely, the meal costed us $20 per pax and also a wait of 1hr and 15min. I prolly won’t visit when there’s a Q again. Quality-wise, the price is definitely reasonable for some items and slightly on the high-side for most. Taste-wise, there’s only a few items which are above average with most on the average range.
Having taste the Singapore’s version, we can’t wait to taste the Hong Kong’s version soon!
p.s. now i’m missing the bbq pork bun.
Updated 16 Jan 14: We had also tried the Hong Kong’s version of Tim Ho Wan 添好運.