I made the pilgrimage to Hong Kong a few years ago to eat at Tim Ho Wan. It’s the world’s cheapest Michelin Star restaurant and the home of dumplings and pork buns so good they have a cult following.
So I certainly wasn’t put off by reports of long queues for Tim Ho Wan’s opening in Melbourne. A little time in a queue is easier than a flight to Hong Kong.
As it was turning up for lunch at Tim Ho Wan’s new Bourke street restaurant on a weekday at 12.15 meant minimal time queuing. Just like in Hong Kong the efficient Tim Ho Wan staff let you fill out your orders on a piece of paper while you are standing in the queue and eyeballing the diners already in there (tip: avoid sitting near the windows to escape hungry stares).
The must order at Tim Ho Wan are the pork dumplings ($7.80 for three). The Melbourne version are just as good as those in Hong Kong: a crisp, brown shell with filled with sweet, sticky pork.
Tim Ho Wan’s dumplings are perfectly pleated and with thin skins that are almost translucent. The pork and prawn dumplings ($7.80) are gutsy with a fresh, meaty filling while the prawn dumplings ($8.30) have a delicate flavour.
The steamed greens ($6.80) have just the right amount of crunch and in true dumpling house style there’s bottomless tea ($2.50) to accompany your dumplings.
Details: Tim Ho Wan, 206 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000. Monday – Sunday: 10:00am – 10:00pm.
Damage: Reasonable (although more expensive than in Hong Kong!). Our bill for two came to $40.