If you haven’t been / heard of Tim Ho Wan, read this to learn more.
The Michelin-starred Dim Sum Restaurant opens a second outlet in Singapore, palliating the pain of Singaporeans who is known for queuing. Being the people behind bringing Tim Ho Wan into Singapore, it is no surprise that the joint has extended this time, to ERA Centre at Toa Payoh. It can seat 86, slightly smaller than the one at Plaza Singapura.
Officially opening to public on Sunday, 8 September 2013, 1pm, dim sum enthusiasts can expect 6 new items only available at this outlet, of which, 3 are monthly specials (that changes every month) and 3 are permanently on the outlet menu.
Amongst the monthly special, the Deep Fried Dumpling with Salted Meat ($3.80++) is my favorite. Many times, I’m just an innocent lover of sweet and savory ingredients combined. Its sweet sticky inner shell makes it delightful to bite on, and the fillings would have been perfect if not for the presence of a foul vegetable.
The Steamed Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce ($5++) was not too bad either. Not exactly a WOW-item, but it was worth the stomach space. Flavorful and not overly sweet. The Fried Noodles with BBQ Pork & Soy Sauce ($6++) on the other hand, was lackluster. It could have been better with more moist and impactful flavors.
Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling ($5++) was the first new item that caught my attention, and I’m glad I was not disappointed. The wasabi sauce was subtle, the crisp dumpling wasn’t too oily, and the whole prawn was fresh and a vital presence in the dish. The empty Vermicelli Roll with Sweet and Sesame Sauce ($4.20++) wasn’t too bad either. I especially like the sesame sauce, though it can get too salty. The roll was reasonably thin, soft and moist.
The Mango Pomelo Sago ($5++), though, wasn’t my favorite. It was a bit too sour for my liking. Otherwise, it was ordinary.
Baked Bun with BBQ Pork ($4.50++) :: Chef Mak has also tweaked the recipe for its famous hot-seller a little, making it less sweet for our local palate. It was quite evident that there were some amendments done. Regardless, I still think this is in a league of its own. Heavenly.
Tim Ho Wan will be opening its 3rd outlet at Bedok Mall in the near future, and its 4th in the western part of Singapore. I am guessing and hoping that it’s at Westgate Shopping Mall, the mall that is under construction right beside Jurong East MRT. Then really, a Westie like me can stop hitting the town once and for all /triumphantlaugh.
Special gratitude to Magdalene, the Brand Cellar team, the Tim Ho Wan team, Chef Mak and Chef Leung for the hospitality and hosting the invited tasting.
Address: ERA Centre, 450 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #02-02
Telephone: 6483 2000
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Daily)