Tim Ho Wan’s Michelin star dumplings come to Melbourne

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. 

Tim Ho Wan's legendary pork buns
Tim Ho Wan’s legendary pork buns

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).  

Inside the pork buns
Inside the pork buns

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.  

Steamed greens at Tim Ho Wan
Steamed greens at Tim Ho Wan

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.  

Prawn dumplings at Tim Ho Wan
Prawn dumplings at Tim Ho Wan

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. 

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