Tim Ho Wan, the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant is now on our doorstep in Chatswood, Sydney! Serving yum cha from 10am to 9pm everyday, a bunch of friends and I were on holidays/lunch break and started waiting at 10.30am on a Friday. The queue was looooooooong and got even longer as time went on…
We got seated just before noon, which means we waited for 1.5 hours! We handed in our order list and the food started rolling out shortly. The first dish that arrived was their world-famous Baked Bun with BBQ Pork ($6.80). This was seriously awesome, it was a crossover between a Chinese Pineapple Bun and BBQ Pork Bun. The crust was crunchy and the BBQ pork filling was warm and delicious.
Here’s a snapshot of the inside, you can actually see the real stuff! These buns were so good that a man sitting next to us brought a backpack full of plastic boxes just to take these buns home with him!
Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork and Shrimp ($6.20) this is something that most yum cha places would serve and likely much cheaper. There wasn’t anything distinct about this steamed bean curd from memory.
More bean curd skin! This one had been deep-fried. Beancurd Skin Roll with Shrimp ($6.80) it was crispy and the filling was tasty but I liked the spring rolls more.
Yes they look like normal spring rolls, but they actually contain an egg white and crab meat filling that melts in your mouth. These were probably some of most delicious spring rolls I’ve had… Spring Roll with Egg White ($6.00)
What’s yum cha without some chicken feet?! Braised Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce ($6.20) not sure how much abalone actually went in this dish, but these feet were flavoursome and very gelatinous. Yum 😛
This was another Tim Ho Wan’s recommendation, Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver ($7.50) my friends loved it, I wasn’t such a fan of the strong taste of offal.
Vermicelli Roll with Sesame Sauce ($5.80) we all agreed on this one, it was tasty and similar to the ones you can order at street stalls in Hong Kong aka Dai Pai Dong.
Now for something different, Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling ($7.80) these are a twist on the traditional deep-fried wontons that you get at other yum cha places. They were crispy, unique and enjoyable.
We almost didn’t get to try these because the waitstaff said that they sold out… it was only midday?! I’m glad we asked again and eventually tried these Spinach Dumpling with Shrimp ($6.80) because they were full of flavour. I love how the skin of these dumplings are translucent!
We actually tried to order Rice with Chicken, Sausage and Mushroom.. but again, we were told that they were unavailable so we ordered the Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf ($8.80). We all agreed that this one was pretty average and that we’ve had better ones elsewhere.
Not having visited other Tim Ho Wan branches, I was unable to make any comparisons. I recommend going as a group so that you can try more food, our bill worked out to be $20pp for the five of us. If you’re not into queuing an hour or two for food, you could wait until the hype dies down or visit at 4pm when the wait time is apparently 10-15 minutes.
Tim Ho Wan
The District, 436 Victoria Ave Chatswood, NSW 2067
(02) 9898 9888