COCONUTS HOT SPOT – Visitors to the recently opened Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan restaurant won’t see things normally associated with restaurants of this ilk: fancy plates, dry ice, playful gimmicks and jaw-dropping prices.
The only thing Tim Ho Wan serves is a long parade of authentic dim sum dishes, some of which you didn’t even know existed. And the best thing, Tim Ho Wan might just be the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.
Inside the restaurant, the air is filled with the sounds of satisfied customers and judging by the looks of sheer joy on their faces, the food has made up for the unpleasant one-to-two-hour-long queue to get into the restaurant.
Once seated, the staff won’t keep you waiting too long.
Much like its highly-acclaimed mother branch in Hong Kong, Tim Ho Wan in Terminal 21 does not try to indulge its customers with fine-dining ambience, nor does it try to look too fancy.
The success and international recognition of the branch in Hong Kong means the restaurant in Bangkok has a lot to live up to, and it doesn’t disappoint.
While a few of the dim sum items were good, most of the dishes were simply mind-blowingly good. I also noticed that a lot of the other patrons couldn’t resist but order a few extra dishes to takeaway. I suspect, mainly for fear of having to queue up this long any time soon.
So, to make sure your trip to Tim Ho Wan will be just as remarkable as mine, the following is a list of items you MUST NOT miss, especially after all that queueing.
First, you will have to try every one of the “Big 4 Heavenly Kings.” They are absolutely heavenly, and truly deserving of their regal title. My personal favorite is the “Baked Bun with BBQ Pork” (120THB for 3 pieces), with its crispy bread shell and BBQ pork filling that tastes just right—savory, while at the same time, sweet.
Amazingly, the plain-looking Pan-Fried Radish Cake (THB100) is delicious enough without adding any sauce. Steamed Egg Cake (THB80) feels softer than silk in your mouth, and it tastes just mild enough to contrast everything else on the table. Last but not least, there is the Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver (THB120), which is so good non-liver-lovers would enjoy it, maybe.
Aside from these four, I would also recommend Beef Ball with Bean Curd Skin, as well as Braised Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce. These two are commonly found on the streets of Hong Kong, but rumor has it that Tim Ho Wan makes them better than anyone.
For Bangkok diners who adore dim sum and Hong Kong cuisine, the opening of Tim Ho Wan is a dream come true. The restaurant is indisputably the cheapest way to experience the twinkle of a world-renowned Michelin star.
Terminal 21, 3rd Floor
Asoke BTS station