Tim Ho Wan 添好运 – Is it overrated ?

I think it is. Probably because it’s widely known for the Michelin star award. But in my humble opinion, they aren’t in any way far superior than other dim sum chains around. Crystal Jade, for example, whips up a selection of equally good, if not better Siew Mai (pork dumpling with shrimp) and Pan Fried Carrot Cake whilst Canton Paradise baked Char Siew (BBQ pork) Buns is almost comparable to Tim Ho Wan.

So what’s the fuss about the award winning restaurant ?! Sometimes, the really good foods need not be those that are widely publicized.

Side track abit yeah. This brings me back to the fried Hokken Mee from the ABC Brickworks Food Centre. The uncles from Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee who churns out plates of fried hokkien mee day in day out, has no awards, no news publications, neither does he has any pictures taken with any celebrities and had them pasted all over his stall. What he has, is a humble character with a near perfect recipe in his fried hokkien mee and specialty sambal chilli that for those who appreciate this dish, will certainly be able to reconcile with me.

Back to Tim Ho Wan, their expansion plans into the neighbourhoods is one big move that I do admire. Reaching out to the folks who do not frequent the town areas, and yet able to enjoy a well-known dim sum delicacy right at their footsteps. And sometimes, it’s such daring move that enables its success. So I won’t deny the fact that yes, Tim Ho Wan, does has their strategies placed in the right focus.

Coming back to the food, the signature Baked Buns with BBQ Pork was nevertheless a good one. With a crisp bun skin and sweet BBQ pork filling that’s bustling almost to the brim, even the take-away keeps up to its standard despite them having turn cold. Of course, they are not the monopoly in the dim sum industry. Canton Paradise’s baked buns fared equally well and it’s a good alternative if you want to ditch that long queue at THW.

Baked Buns
Baked Buns with BBQ Pork $4.50 for 3 pcs

Another of the prized treasures at THW is the Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver. The combination was a daring one as pig liver should be quickly consumed when it has just been cooked. Otherwise, they will turn hard and chewy. But having them heated in a dim sum warmer consistently probably drains out the moisture within and the pig liver tends to be abit on the hard side. While the vermicelli roll was of a smooth texture, it does not come off as any surprise.

Zhu Chang Fen
Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver $5.50

The Pan Fried Carrot Cake was a disappointment though. Too ordinary to be exact. While I much prefer the ones at Crystal Jade, those at THW are rather plain and lack of lustre from the radish.

Carrot Cake
Pan Fried Carrot Cake $4.50

The Pork Dumpling with Shrimp pose off as another ordinary folk. While it is not difficult to attain a good pork dumpling, THW probably does not have their focus here since it is not one of their “Big 4 Heavenly Kings” signatures.

Shao Mai
Pork Dumplings with Shrimp $5.00 for 4 pcs

While we wanted to have something staple, we attempted the Rice with Beef & Fried Egg. And well, I certainly do not have much qualms about this dish since it is meat beef that tends to be a little more pricey as always but yet, serving it at this very reasonable price tag. Other than it being somewhat salty, it is quite a delectable one overall.

Beef rice w egg
Rice with Beef and Fried Egg $6.00

That probably sums up our gastronomic affair at Tim Ho Wan, Bedok Mall.

On a side note, generally items that are ordered for takeaway does not consume a service charge. There are some items we noticed, are not allowed for takeaway at all. However, if we do insist on them being packed for takeaway, we are allowed to do so but would in turn be charged an extra service charge for these items instead. For this, we find it rather puzzling. Though we know that we would be taking them away and has to consume the food within a stipulated time, but it’s pretty much “at our own risk” and the extra service charge just don’t justify ? *baffled*

Nevertheless, Tim Ho Wan is still good a worth to try for its award winning reputation.

Tim Ho Wan (Bedok Mall)添好运 is located at :

Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 22:00
Sat, Sun & PH: 10:00 – 22:00

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