Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far. Speaking of weekends, Yum Cha is definitely one of the most classic family activities for Hongkongers to do on Sundays. I was so excited the famous Hong Kong Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant, Tim Ho Wan, has finally hit Sydney. Ahead was my first visit to their Chatswood branch with Mr. D a while ago.
Mr. D and I went there on a Monday afternoon but still there was a 15-20 minute wait before we could get a table. The restaurant setting is similar to that of their Hong Kong branches, and they keep a very small menu compared to other Yum Cha places in Sydney. As a professional chef, Mr. D always prefers smaller menus so we were headed to a good start at Tim Ho Wan.
Our first bite of dim sum goodness was the Pan-fried Carrot Cake. The English menu troubled me a little as I knew for fact that it was turnip cake. Given both turnips and carrots are the same in Cantonese, I can understand it just fine. But it may get some other customers confused. Nevertheless, this cake was delightfully crispy with a subtle savoury flavour. And the best part? It did not leave a layer of unwanted grease in my mouth like some of the turnip cakes at other Chinese restaurants do.
Prawn Dumpling is a must-have type of dish for Yum Cha, and this one did not disappoint. The skin was thin and they were stuffed with loads of fresh prawns, yum!
Pork Dumpling with Shrimp, aka Siu Mai, is another Yum Cha staple. These ones from Tim Ho Wan were filled with succulent pork and fresh prawns, making each bite a mouth-watering temptation.
Spring Roll with Egg White was light and crispy. Mr. D really liked it even though he is usually a chicken spring roll type of guy.
And here is what all of you are waiting for – Tim Ho Wan’s signature Baked Bun with BBQ Pork! A little confession: I never like the traditional doughy bao type of BBQ pork buns. And needless to say, the old classic Hong Kong crime-thriller, `The Untold Story’ has always daunted on me, leading me not to like BBQ pork buns. But, oh boy, these little baked buns really got me at the first bite! The crunchy top was sweet and decadent while the fillings were juicy and warm! I was thrilled to see the Chatswood branch has kept up to the standard of their Hong Kong counterparts! Definitely would order these (over and over) again!
For those who love beef, you should not miss Tim Ho Wan’s Beef Ball with Beancurd Skin. Not only were the beef balls juicy and flavourful, but they also struck a great balance between the meat and the coriander.
Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf was yummy and nicely portioned. I just wished I wasn’t that full to enjoy it.
Overall, I am very happy with my trip to Tim Ho Wan and I think they have done a pretty good job in quality control.
Do you like Yum Cha? And have you tried Tim Ho Wan yet?
Tim Ho Wan, Chatswood
Phone / (+61) 2 9898 9888
Address / The District (above Chatswood station), 436 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067
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