This visit to Tim Ho Wan's first store in Singapore proved a point:
One should always approach with an open mind and a hungry tummy.
Although the 1 Michelin Star and its "Four Heavenly Kings" called at Singapore's shores in April this year, it wasn't a die-die-must-queue for me; I have booked a trip to Hong Kong this year and I have all intent to drop by what is dubbed "the cheapest 1 Michelin Star restaurant" at the Tim Ho Wan in Mong Kok. But then again, I was running out of places to bring my parents for their Sunday brunch. So Tim Ho Wan it was last Sunday.
1.5 hours - the time the restaurant took to move our table of 5 into the restaurant. Perhaps we were too ambitious to think that we could have BRUNCH by joining the 50-strong queue at 11am. For a start, you should totally skip Tim Ho Wan if you're ravenous, because no one in the queue is going to tolerate your hungry caveman behaviour.
And on with the anticipated "Heavenly Kings".
|BBQ Pork Buns, S$4.5 for 3|
|Vermicelli Roll with Pig's Liver (S$5.5), Pan-fried Turnip Cake (background) (S$4.5)|
|Steamed Egg Cake (S$3.8)|
And if you're done with the Heavenly Kings and don't want to make this a wasted trip, go for these:
|Deep-fried Beancurd Skin Roll (S$4.2 for 3)|
|Steamed prawn dumplings (S$5.5 for 4)|
|Steamed Glutinous Rice (S$5)|
|Steamed Mushroom and Spinach Dumpling (S$3.8 for 3)|
|Osmanthus Cake (S$3.5 for 3)|
My advice to those who have yet to pop by - wait. For those in the East, word has it that Tim Ho Wan will be opening one branch in Bedok, bringing its total number of outlets here to 3 (currently it's just Plaza Singapura and Toa Payoh). Hopefully, the crowd will be spread evenly among the 3 (and more to come) branches, and the waiting time will be cut down. In the meanwhile, you'll just have to make do with the restless queue and the boisterous waitresses.
Tim Ho Wan
#01-29A Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
(The restaurant does not accept reservations.)
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm (weekdays), 9am - 10pm (PH and weekends)
Our family of 5 rang up a total bill of S$105.22, including 7% GST and 10% service charge.