From its humble beginnings as a hole-in-the-wall eatery in Hong Kong, Tim Ho Wan has reached the Philippines. This restaurant prides itself in possessing a Michelin star, a highly valued citation awarded to food spots that are recommended for diners all around the world. Tim Ho Wan’s affordable and authentic Hong Kong dishes merited it the prestigious award, given by French tire manufacturer Michelin. As of this typing, the restaurant has three branches here in the Philippines: SM Megamall, Glorietta 3, and SM North EDSA.
Long lines are usually the most obvious trademark of a Tim Ho Wan branch, mainly because of people wishing to have a taste of their pork buns coupled with the restaurant’s “no reservations” and “first come, first serve” policies. However, the pork buns are only one of four dimsum specialties always ordered by patrons – dubbed The Big 4 Heavenly King Dim Sum:
- Baked Bun with BBQ Pork
- Vermicelli Roll Stuffed with Pig’s Liver
- Pan Fried Turnip Cake
- Steamed Egg Cake
CJ and I were lucky enough to visit their newly-opened SM North EDSA branch, which was a jeepney ride away from where we work. She was craving their pork buns; so being the good partner that I am, I brought her here to satisfy her craving. As I haven’t tasted their dishes yet and I didn’t want to risk the long queues at their Megamall and Glorietta branches, this visit allowed us to hit two birds with one stone.
We arrived at 2:00 in the afternoon; fortunately, there was no line so we managed to enter without waiting. The Philippine branch of Tim Ho Wan is larger than that of its home country, but the seating was still full despite the larger area. Thus, people were waiting patiently for any customers who are done – especially during lunchtime. Seating arrangements inside were reminiscent of hole-in-the-wall food joints, with small stools and long benches juxtaposed to maximize space. Large dimsum trays served as chandeliers, and news articles about the restaurant adorned the walls. Cantopop tunes played in the background, contributing to a modern ambiance.
I’ll stop with the introductions here and let the pictures below show how our trip went. Until the next review, bon appetit.
Tim Ho Wan
UGF, Main Building (beside Project Pie)
SM City North EDSA
Quezon City, 1100