Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)

After a day out playing at St. Games, we made our way to Tim Ho Wan - the latest (branch at Plaza Singapura) place / craze for dim sum apparently. The restaurant takes no reservations, so the queue can and is usually insanely long (40 minutes or more just to get in!). Fortunately for us on a weekday mid afternoon there wasn't much of a crowd. LuttiSparrow & Co. were already famished at this point. Thankfully, it took us less than 15 minutes to be seated.
Interesting fact: Tim Ho Wan is a Michelin one star restaurant famed for it’s affordable and delicious dim sum.

Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)

It was a vibrant place bustling with constant activity (true to its Hong Kong origins I guess). Service was prompt and attentive enough (even though it was full house as the afternoon progressed); kudos to the service staff that day. Food was served at a relatively fast rate (we had to eat faster just to make way for the oncoming dishes - we did order quite abit).

Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
Table Setting
Without further ado, the food that we ordered were:

Carrot Cake @ S$4.50
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
Infused with the usual white radish (and other ingredients), this carrot cake was easy on the palate and not too greasy.

Prawn Dumpling (a.k.a Hakau) @ S$5.50
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
These were a delight: translucent, chewy and moist skin enveloping juicy fresh pieces of prawn; but otherwise normal.

Pork Dumpling (a.k.a Siew Mai) @ S$5.00
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
This would have to be one of my favorites! The wolfberry placed at the top added something special and there wasn't any strong essence of pork. The meats (shrimp/prawn and pork) together with the wolfberry made a refreshing tasty combination. The skin enveloping it was neither hard nor dry and made the experience even more delightful! ^^

Glutinious Rice @ $5.00
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
This was shared amongst 3 person, but if it was for 1 it would be quite filling. The glutinous rice (wrapped with the lotus leaf) had fully absorbed the flavor of the aromatic leaves. The aromatic lotus (leaves) flavor complimented the meat. The stickiness of the rice was just nice, not too dry and sticky yet chewy and moist (not sticking to the teeth and easy to swallow).

Beancurd Skin @ S$4.00
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
These were nice and flavorful, but not that memorable (unless beancurd is your favorite food)

Fried Beancurd Roll @ $5.50
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
These were a crispy, not-too-greasy, delight.

Rice (Chicken and Sausage) @ S$6.00
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
Essentially chicken and Chinese sausage (with a mushroom or two) with rice. This would be recommended for the hungry souls as it is quite filling and flavorful.

Vermicelli Roll (Chee Cheong Fun) with Pork (Char Siew) filling @ S$5.50
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
The char siew was seasoned well and was a hit with .Co. The vermicelli used was thin but sufficient in enveloping the meat, not letting a morsel escape.

Vermicelli Roll (Chee Cheong Fun) with Beef filling @ S$5.50
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
Beef is an unusual filling for chee cheong fun (for me at least). This was a nice surprise and change from the usual: the beef was tenderized (which made it easy to chew). Into the mix were shreds of ginger which also helped to eliminated most of the strong beefy flavor (for those who don't like that strong taste of beef); making it light on the palate.

Vermicelli Roll (Chee Cheong Fun) with Shrimp filling @ S$5.50
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
What can I say? The shrimp was fresh, juicy and succulent, and the skin enveloping it made it all the more better.

BBQ Pork Bun (Signature Dish!!) @ S$3.00
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
Now this would be my absolute favorite! The bun resembles the po lo bun a little. While crispy on the outside, it is moist and fluffy on the inside with a tinge of butter enveloping the char siew - yummilious combination. It was so good that we ordered another plate. If we had not eaten the other foods, we might have ordered more! lol

With the amount of food we ordered, the total bill came to be just S$73.56 (much cheaper than Canton Paradise and more fulfilling on the stomach too). Though I have friends who believe the food is not worth the wait, I would not mind going back again (but on a day with a lesser crowd and definitely not a a busy weekend). To me, anything that takes more than a 15 minute wait (on just queuing alone) is never worth it.

Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura)
The insanely long queues!

Tim Ho Wan Singapore (Plaza Singapura)

68 Orchard Road #01-29A
Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839

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