Tim Ho Wan is the best dim sum restaurant in the world. It has a Michelin star in Hong Kong, but this is the Taipei location without a Michelin star.
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The only other Chinese “brunch” restaurant with a Michelin star is Din Tai Fung. However, the Tim Ho Wan and Din Tai Fung Taipei locations aren’t rated by the Michelin Guide. Who really gives a flying fuck though? What true foodies want to know is whether the food is consistent and good? Right?
By chance, I stumbled upon Taipei’s Tim Ho Wan. I wanted to eat at Fuhang Doujiang, but they were closed, so I opted for Tim Ho Wan. I hopped on the MTA then hopped off at the Taipei Main Station. Tim Ho Wan was across the street. I didn’t realized it was the same Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong until I sat down and looked at the menu. I guess I had a little food serendipity then the weight gain began.
Tim Ho Wan is a steal relative to other Michelin starred restaurants. It was much cheaper than Din Tai Fung. They keep it simple with their limited menu. Furthermore, the food is freshly made and it’s not pushed around in those clunky steal carts. The clunky steal carts that usually bang against your elbows. Yes, those damn things.
Like my original Din Tai Fung meal, I ordered all the traditional dim sum items with a few other not so traditional. Furthermore, Shiu Mai and Har Gow were two must order dim sum dishes. Here were my absolute favorite items:
- Shiu Mai – The typical crab roe was topping was missing on each dumpling. However, it didn’t stop the flavor. Each shiu mai had an amazingly plump and juicy taste to them. The shiu mai’s soft golden wrapping was delicate yet strong enough to hold everything together. It was succulent, tasty, full of flavor, and a little sweet. It was on par with the Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong. It makes me want to leave my wife and kids then move to Hong Kong for the dim sum.
- Har Gow – The minced shrimp was wrapped with a translucent wheat and tapioca starch. It was taunting me to eat it, so I gobbled it up. The wrapper stuck to my chopsticks but it broke away as I took a bite. The morsels were succulent and flavorful. It was fantastic. However, it was slightly below its Hong Kong counterpart.
- Pork Bun – This is one of the reason Tim Ho Wan is famous. The crispy yet buttery outer shell came apart easily as I bit into the warm pork bun. The sweet barbecue pork was amazing. If this is gluttony, I’m going to be sinning all day. Gym can kiss my ass cause he’s the biggest jerk in town.
Lastly, Tim Ho Wan is the best dim sum I’ve ever had in my life. Easily. My second favorite dim sum restaurant would be Hong Kong’s One Dim Sum. Luckily for the world, Tim Ho Wan is slowly expanding around the world with its latest location in New York. However, I would expect to pay my soul for the meal like how I did with Ichiran’s Brooklyn branch. Capitalism at its finest. Bastards.
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- Service - 7/107/10
- Presentation - 7/107/10
- Flavors - 9/109/10
- Decor - 7/107/10
- Ambiance - 6/106/10
Tim Ho Wan is the best dim sum restaurant in the world. It has a Michelin star in Hong Kong, but this is the Taipei location without a Michelin star. Tim Ho Wan is the best dim sum I’ve ever had in my life. Easily. My second favorite dim sum restaurant would be Hong Kong’s One Dim Sum.