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Food Review | Tim Ho Wan @ ERA Centre Toa Payoh Singapore

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If you didn’t know, Tim Ho Wan – the Michelin one star restaurant famed for it’s affordable and delicious dim sum is opening it’s second outlet over at ERA Centre in the heart of Toa Payoh on 8th September 2013 (yes, this Sunday!). That’s really fast since Tim Ho Wan’s first outlet just opened this year in April 2013 – which I attended here!

So I’m really glad that I got this opportunity once again to attend the pre-opening of Tim Ho Wan at Toa Payohthis time with Rachel in tow!(:

Tim Ho Wan (Toa Payoh) – 2nd outlet
ERA Centre
450 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 #02-02
Singapore 319394

Oh and not too worry, the third Tim Ho Wan outlet will be opening in the next few months at Bedok Mall while the fourth will be coming to you in the West side too(:

To read up on more information about the founder: Chef Mak Kwai Pui, do refer to my previous blog post HERE!


Menu: Tim Ho Wan (Toa Payoh)

If you were wondering..yes, there are actually NEW dishes on the menu over at Tim Ho Wan (Toa Payoh). Can you spot them?(:

In total, there are SIX new dishes to the menu. These are monthly specials and the line-up will change every few months! Note that these new dishes will be EXCLUSIVE to the Toa Payoh outlet only (until further notice). Some of these dishes are extremely popular dishes from Hong Kong while others have been specially whipped up to cater to our Singaporean’s palates.

Examples include: Steam Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce, Fried Noodle with BBQ Pork and Soy Sauce as well as Deep Fried Dumpling with Salted Meat! I tried most of them – so read on!(:


The Food: Tim Ho Wan (Toa Payoh)

Seated in groups of 4, we were all treated to a scrumptious dinner of dimsum! And here’s what we had:

1. Congee With Lean Pork, Century Egg & Salted Egg – S$4.20

We started off the meal with a bowl of congee to share. And my gawds, this is REALLY, REALLY good! Super tasty and our entire group ordered seconds! Very generous portions of pork, century egg and salted egg inside and the consistency of the congee is perfect – just the way I like it!

2. Steam Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce – S$5.00

A very popular dimsum dish that is finally available on the menu and this is one of the monthly specials exclusive to Tim Ho Wan Toa Payoh only if I’m not wrong. I don’t particular harbor a fondness for chicken feet so I had Rachel do the honor of trying it. She liked it, so I guess it should be pretty good!

3. Prawn Dumpling – S$5.50

As mentioned in my previous post here, this was and still IS one of my favourite dishes at Tim Ho Wan at both outlets, here at Toa Payoh and over at Plaza Singapura(: It’s nice, juicy and the fillings are so generous! Love(:

4. Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling – S$5.00

An interesting dish and based on feedback – it seems to be very, very popular amongst the diners including those at my table as the other couple opposite us ordered seconds. I thought it was alright – the wasabi taste is relatively mild to my surprise and the filling is as always – generous.

5. Fried Noodle with BBQ Pork & Soy Sauce – S$6.00

I would say it’s a great meal on it’s own. I quite like it, but with such a huge spread in front of me – I opted to eat more than to finish this. But it’s pretty nice! Also an exclusive monthly dish at Tim Ho Wan Toa Payoh only.

6. Steam Spinach Dumpling with Shrimp – S$3.80

I thought it was chives at the first look, then I realized it was spinach instead. Surprisingly, it’s not too bad and there’s a nice morsel of shrimp stuffed inside the yummy dumpling(:

7. Pan Fried Carrot Cake – S$4.50

I thought the carrot cake was pretty decent, but nothing much to rave about.

8. Vermicelli Roll with Sweet and Sesame Sauce – S$4.20

Ah it’s basically plain ol’ Chee Cheong Fun with some spring onions topped with sweet and sesame sauce. I very much prefer the  Vermicelli Roll with BBQ pork instead. Tried it HERE!

9. Deep Fried Dumpling with Salted Meat – S$3.80

Another one of the new monthly dishes at Tim Ho Wan Toa Payoh. It looks pretty interesting and we were trying to figure out how to eat it as it’s pretty big ‘ball’ of dumpling. Actually it’s pretty hollow inside hehe. I love the crispy skin but the meat inside is not something Rachel nor I would rave about.

10. Steamed Egg Cake – S$3.80

I was expecting it to be as good as the last time I tried it at the previous event when I raved over it HERE. But I was a little disappointed because it was rather salty this time round.

11. Pork Dumpling with Shrimp – S$5.00

Basically, it’s siew mai. Doesn’t taste nor look too similar to our typical siew mai we see and it tastes a little different too. Still, I quite like it because there’s mushrooms in it. Lol.

12. Baked Bun with BBQ Pork – S$4.50

How can I forget about the famous Tim Ho Wan BBQ pork bun? Of course, we had to have seconds all around because it’s seriously one of the best dishes they have available! The pastry outside is so sweet and crumbly, the bread nice and soft and the generous filling of BBQ pork makes it the perfect dish. Super yummy combination!(:

13. Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake – S$3.50

One of the desserts served to end off our food tastings includes the Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus CakeAgain, not particularly fond of it (personal preference) so I had Rachel do the taste test instead and she said it was pretty decent.

14. Mango Pomelo Sago – S$5.00

Ended off the food tasting with a nice cold and refreshing bowl of mango pomelo sago with generous bits you can tell, mango, pomelo and sago! XD


The Verdict: Tim Ho Wan (Toa Payoh)

Once again, I enjoyed eating all the delectable dimsum at Tim Ho Wan and it was a great opportunity to try out many dishes that I missed out on eating the first time and I’m so glad that I was able to do so!(:

In general, I like the fact that Tim Ho Wan is expanding so that people don’t have to queue for insane long periods of time at Plaza Singapura (lol), but more importantly, the fact that the prices of the dim sum is extremely affordable to the mass public.

Definitely would recommend you to drop by Tim Ho Wan one day to try out their dimsum sometime soon (if you haven’t), especially the Toa Payoh outlet because of the exclusive new dishes offered here.

Also would recommend you order the following such as: Congee With Lean Pork, Century Egg & Salted Egg, Prawn Dumpling, Pork Dumpling with Shrimp and Baked Bun with BBQ Pork. And maybe the Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling to try as well!(:

Would like to end off by thanking Magdalene for the invite and Rachel for being my plus one!(:

Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura) – 1st Outlet
68 Orchard Road #01-29A
Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839

Tim Ho Wan (Toa Payoh) – 2nd Outlet
ERA Centre
450 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 #02-02
Singapore 319394

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