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My first day in Hong Kong was a rainy one. With the weather looking to be better for the other days, I decided to make it an indoor day, staying mostly in Kowloon until the evening.
I started the morning by taking the subway to Mong Kok. From there, I walked to a shopping center. Along the way, I passed through narrow streets with market stalls, and my first thought was that it resembled the Chinatown neighborhoods I’ve been to, which is the most obvious thought I have ever had, because, obviously, Hong Kong would be that way. I’ll blame the jet lag on that one.
After making my way through a maze of pedestrian bridges & tunnels, I was at my destination. Normally, a shopping center wouldn’t be a landmark I would seek out, but this particular shopping center (Olympian City) is home to one of the most famous dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong, the Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan.
Tim Ho Wan has a few locations around Hong Kong, as well as some foreign outposts as well (including New York City soon!). I went to the Olympian City location because it was closest to my hotel, plus it seemed to be larger & therefore a bit less overcrowded. It’s also somewhat the original restaurant, having moved from the original Kowloon location to Olympian City a few years ago. Tim Ho Wan opens at 10am, and typically has long lines during its busiest hours. However, thanks to it being a grey, rainy Tuesday in early January, I was the first person in line 15 minutes before opening. Within 10 minutes, a bunch of other people arrived, but even then, there were still plenty of open tables.
Unlike some dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong, there were photo menus, as well as English translations. You check off what dim sum you want on the order form, then it’s brought fresh to your table as it is cooked.
I love dim sum. Living in San Francisco, I’ve had it a lot, but Tim Ho Wan blew my mind. I started with their crispy baked BBQ pork buns, vermicelli roll with BBQ pork, deep fried dumplings filled with pork, prawn dumplings, and steamed egg cake. Everything was delicious.
The baked BBQ pork buns were so good that I had to have a second order along with the deep fried dumplings that arrived later. I love baked BBQ pork buns normally, but these were on an entirely different level. They were crispy on the outside, but fresh on the inside, packed with BBQ pork goodness. I’m writing this some six months later, and I can still remember exactly how Tim Ho Wan’s crispy baked BBQ pork buns taste.
This entire meal cost just 126 HKD, which is around $16 USD. It’s the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world. It’s no wonder why people line up for Tim Ho Wan’s dim sum because I’d consider flying back to Hong Kong just for the baked pork buns alone.
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A trip around the Pacific Rim – Introduction
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Cathay Pacific Business Class Boeing 777-300ER Los Angeles LAX to Hong Kong HKG review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Airbus A330 Hong Kong HKG to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Street markets & Petronas Towers
Cathay Pacific Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Plaza Premium Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Auckland AKL review
Air New Zealand Economy Class Airbus A320 Auckland AKL to Queenstown ZQN review
Queenstown Motel Apartments – Queenstown, New Zealand review
Queenstown, New Zealand – A Lord of the Rings tour
Day trip from Queenstown, New Zealand – Milford Sound
Queenstown, New Zealand – Skyline Queenstown
Craft beer in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown to Franz Josef, New Zealand by bus
Hiking to Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Franz Josef to Nelson, New Zealand by bus
Fellworth House – Nelson, New Zealand review
A beer & wine tour through Nelson, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Nelson, New Zealand
Nelson to Wellington, New Zealand by bus and ferry via Picton
A nerdy day at Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand
Exploring the museums & parks of Wellington, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington to Auckland, New Zealand by bus
New Year’s Eve in Auckland, New Zealand
A rainy New Year’s Day at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
A rainy day at the Auckland Art Gallery & New Zealand Maritime Museum
The best craft beer in Auckland, New Zealand
Emperor Lounge Auckland AKL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Auckland AKL to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia & Jalan Alor
Malaysia Airlines Golden Regional Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Boeing 737-800 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Hong Kong HKG review
A visit to Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong for dim sum
A rainy day in Hong Kong – Science Museum & Kau Kee noodles
Hong Kong – Victoria Peak & more great food
More dim sum in Hong Kong – Din Tai Fung & Dim Sum Square
A day trip to Macau from Hong Kong
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The best craft beer in Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong review
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A layover in Osaka – Ramen, sushi, & exploring the city
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JAL Business Class Boeing 787 Osaka KIX to Los Angeles LAX review