Tasty dim sum at TimHoWan at Gateway Ekamai
Tim Ho Wan - one of the most famous Hong Kong dim sum and “the most affordable Michelin-starred” restaurant in 2010 can be experienced at Gateway Ekamai (and other branches too like Terminal 21). I’ve heard quite a lot about this restaurant especially for those who have visited Hong Kong and they said it is worth a try - the Baked Bun with BBQ pork was a must try menu and sure I had to find out myself.
Entering the restaurant, the open kitchen was highly visible and I was quickly greeted with one of the staff members giving me a checklist and a pencil. The menu was in fact already there on the table as a piece of paper with 25 menus - dumplings, vermicellis, rice bowls, the baked bun and desserts - all the usual dim sum menus you can find.
Food came fast as I am assuming most of it were already made and kept in steaming pots. The Baked Bun BBQ pork was the most attractive looking menu as I have never eaten baked buns before - normally they are just steamed. I have to say it was excellent as the texture of the bun was nice and crispy and the BBQ pork was just sweet and delicious. However, I was unfortunate to have one bun that was not entirely filled up with the BBQ pork and the other two had a decent amount in it. The dumplings that I got was outstanding and it’s ingredients felt like it was packed to its full capacity, I got the one with the spinach + shrimp and the pork + shrimp dumplings. It is also great with the soya sauce too! The crispy side of the menu I explored was the interesting beancurd skin roll with shrimp and the fried wasabi prawn dumpling. I have to say the fried wasabi prawn dumpling felt a bit of fusion taste because of the wasabi but nonetheless I still enjoyed it. Lastly the Vermicelli roll with shrimp it was great but to be honest it tastes as good as other excellent vermicelli rolls out there in Bangkok. What was interesting though it was first served without the sauce itself but immediately when the staff puts the plate down he pours the hot steaming sauce in front of you which makes it looks more delicious!
Will I visit again? Yes but will not visit that frequent as the prices are quite high. I still recommend this place if you are up for dim sum at around Thonglor Ekamai. Although the proportion that was given was mostly in threes and some of you may think that is too little I was somewhat full with just 3 plates! Maybe I had the baked bun that could have filled me up. Now, as I am writing this, I am actually feeling like going back there just to have those baked buns...