MELBOURNE | The original Tim Ho Wan in Mong Kok, Hong Kong is known for being the world’s most affordable Michelin starred restaurant. It’s expanded across the world in recent years, and I visited the Melbourne CBD one for What’s On Melbourne.
The space is large and bright, with fast, efficient service. Place your order using the QR code on the table (you can order with a waiter if you like) and very quickly, the food arrives at your table.
The signature barbeque pork buns are a must order. Baked, soft buns generously filled with umami rich char siu pork. The pan fried turnip cake, steamed egg cake, and vermicelli rolls with pig’s liver are the other three signature items and are all worth a look.
Other favourites of mine include the pork and shrimp sui mai; rice with Chinese sausage, chicken, and egg; and the dry version of the beef brisket tendon noodles. The latter is also available as a soup version, in a rich broth of Cantonese spices.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, there’s things like mango sago pomelo pudding and Hong Kong style egg tarts. To drink, it’s things like Chinese tea, Hong Kong style milk tea, and fresh soybean milk.
Tim Ho Wan
206 Bourke Street
Mon – Sun: 10:00am to 8:00pm