To be honest, I have not tried Tim Ho Wan here in Manila but I’ve heard a lot of good reviews about it from friends. So, I made sure to include Tim Ho Wan in our Hong Kong itinerary. A Michelin-starred restaurant that would not put a hole in my pocket seemed like too good to pass up. Plus, I wanted to try their original branch, of course.
Well, according to some articles online, Tim Ho Wan’s original branch in Mongkok closed down in 2013 due to spiraling rent. Therefore, the oldest existing branch is in Sham Shui Po. Reportedly, the Sham Shui Po branch serves the best food among all Tim Ho Wan branches according to locals. Sham Shui Po is also on the way to Hong Kong Disneyland, so I thought, it would be perfect to eat breakfast there before going to see Mickey.
From Golden Crown Guesthouse, we walked to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station and boarded the MTR bound for Tsuen Wan on the Tsuen Wan Line. We alighted at Sham Shui Po MTR Station (5 stations away from Tsim Sha Tsui). Travel time was around 11 minutes. Fare was HKD6.2/adult and HKD3.2/child using On-Loan Octopus Card. (To see estimated journey times and MTR fares, use the Train Trip Planner here: http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/main/index.html ).
Upon alighting at Sham Shui Po MTR Station, we took Exit B2. Then, we walked forward to the direction of Fuk Wa Street. We crossed Fuk Wa Street and continued on to Fuk Wing Street. We then turned right to Fuk Wing Street (Don’t cross Fuk Wing Street). Then, we walked four blocks along Fuk Wing Street until we saw a big sign with green Chinese characters. This sign is right in front of Tim Ho Wan Sham Shui Po branch. It was a 10-minute leisurely walk from Sham Shui Po MTR Exit B2 to Tim Ho Wan.
We arrived at Tim Ho Wan at 8:30 am, Wednesday, and were seated immediately. We were served hot tea and given a sheet of paper and a pencil. Written on the paper is the menu with corresponding prices (in English). We wrote the number of orders on the side of everything we wished to try and gave the paper to the server. Service was quick. In less than ten minutes, they started serving our food.
We ordered one each of the following: Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (HKD18, three pieces per order), Steamed pork dumplings with shrimp (HKD26, four pieces per order), Pan-fried turnip cake (HKD15, three slices per order) and Glutinous rice dumpling (HKD26). We were charged HKD2/head for the hot tea. Total of HKD93 for three adults and one child. At first I thought we ordered too little, but we actually got quite full because the glutinous rice dumpling was filling.
Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan in Sham Shui Po is not at all sosyal (classy) unlike what its Manila counterpart seems like. It looks just like any typical neighborhood restaurant. Food is great. Service is fast. Definitely cheap and value for money especially in Hong Kong where even street food is expensive. Thumbs up!
Complete address: G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Opening Hours Update as of July 16, 2016: It seems that Tim Ho Wan Sham Shui Po has changed its opening hours to 10:00 am – 9:30 pm everyday.
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