From actual time of posting, 2 other Tim Ho Wan outlets have been slated to open or has opened. Besides ERA Centre, there is now the Westgate & Bedok Mall outlets to choose from beside the one at Plaza Singapura.
24/8/2013 – Tim Ho Wan has been all the rage in Singapore. The queue at Plaza Singapura for the first few weeks was so long one needs to wait for hours to go in. I finally was able to try their food when I decided to visit this outlet at Toa Payoh when I heard they opened. Priority were given to ERA agents (not surprising, since Tim Ho Wan is owned by Hersing Corporation, who owns ERA as well) and that the rest will have to wait at the join-in queue (on a Saturday there weren’t much ERA agents around).
The Glutinous Rice Dumpling (lor mei gai) ($5++) took me by surprise. My initial thoughts before having it that the glutinous rice taste, being infused with the lotus leaf’s fragrance will overpower the taste of the ingredients inside. The ones here is a strong combination of tastes between the lotus-leaf infused glutinous rice, chicken and mushrooms.
Glutinous Rice Dumpling
The Prawn Dumpling (har gau) ($5.50++, comes in 4s) should never be missed out in a dim sum restaurant. The differences between the ones here and elsewhere is that the ones here are the prawns used are slightly bigger and more juicier.
The Pork Dumpling with Shrimp (siew mai) ($5++, comes in 4s) should also never be missed out in a dim sum restaurant.
Pork Dumpling with Shrimp
The Pan Fried Carrot Cake ($4.50, comes in 3s). Soft and moist and the radish taste was rather apparent.
Pan Fried Carrot Cake
No one should ever leave here without ordering the Baked Bun with BBQ Pork ($4.50++, comes in 3s). The outside of the bun is very crusty and tasted great. The BBQ Pork is even better. Well-marinated, it was sweet and meaty. This is a perfect combination.
Baked Bun with BBQ Pork
The Vermicelli Roll with BBQ Pork (chee chiong fun) ($5.50++) was well-executed. The vermicelli roll is thin, the BBQ pork was juicy and succulent.
Vermicelli Roll with BBQ Pork
The Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake (Cold) ($3.50++, comes in 3s) is a great dessert to end off the dim sum feast with. With a jelly-like texture consisting of wolfberries and osmanthus, it tasted sweet and refreshing.
Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake (Cold)
The Chinese Tea ($1.20++) is refillable and is always a refreshing drink to order in any dim sum places.
If you are around Toa Payoh, do visit the outlet here as they have branch-exclusive food items!
Food: 8.6/10 (great dim sum)
Ambience: 8.0/10 (well furnished according to the theme of the restaurant)
Comfort: 7.7/10 (ample but cramped seating)
Service: 8.2/10 (fast service)
Tim Ho Wan
450 Lor 6 Toa Payoh
#02-02 ERA Centre
Operating Hours: 10am – 9pm (daily since 1/11/2013); 12pm – 8pm (daily, before official opening operating hours)
Tel: +65 6483 2000