One of the things I was looking forward to when we visited Hong Kong was the opportunity to dine at a Michelin starred restaurant for an affordable price. Mak Kwai-pui, a former chef of three Michelin starred restaurant Lung King Heen, opened the first Tim Ho Wan in Mongkok. Five different branches were opened later in Hong Kong, three of which also received a Michelin star. The location we went to in Olympian City shopping mall? The original branch of Tim Ho Wan actually moved there because of rent increases. In 2013, Tim Ho Wan started to expand overseas – the Philippines, Australia, Taiwan (we actually saw this branch a few days later!), and the newest branch opened in New York!
Olympian City is HUGE! So huge that they have Olympian City, Olympian City II, and Olympian III. In true Hong Kong form, this mall is perfect for those that are looking to shop for hours. They have big food courts, restaurants, clothing stores, and basically everything.
Tim Ho Wan was a short walk towards what we thought was a food court, but it ended up just being a line of restaurants along the outside of the mall. Since we were there during off peak hours, the line wasn’t too bad. Not surprisingly, there were a lot of tourists. For people who can’t read the Chinese menu, they provided you with an English one.
Service here was bad, but not like the usual rude HK service. The service was basically non existent! They took forever to get our orders, and then took forever to serve us our food. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not surprised the service was bad,bBut I figured if the service was bad, the food must be really good for them to receive a Michelin star. I mean, only upscale restaurants that serve their customers a fine dining experience have this honor.
They’re known for their baked BBQ buns, so of course we had to get some.
I don’t normally like or order baked BBQ buns, but these were really good! They were definitely the best dim sum dish we ordered.
Everything we ordered was just good but not mindblowing. Not really sure why they have a Michelin star, but at least I can say I’ve dined here! I’ve definitely had better dim sum in the states, hah.
In Olympian City, we walked by an Apple Store that we had to check out… but not because of the products. On one side of their store, they had floor to ceiling glass windows with this view (well, this is only part of it).
More views! I didn’t feel guilty/like a tourist because everyone was asking the nice Apple employees to take pictures for them. :3
Next stop: Victoria Peak! Originally, we were going to take the trolley, but the line was ridiculous! It snaked around and around… we legit couldn’t even see the beginning of the line. So I decided to just call an uber, which ended up being cheaper for the four of us. #win
That skyline though… so unreal! *insert heart eyes*
Before we headed down the mountain, we stopped by Mak’s Noodle. They’re famous for their wonton noodle soup (which I ate way too much of during our time in Hong Kong). Unfortunately, for $6, these bowls were so tiny! Although the dish was decently good, the portions are definitely too small. Each bowl consisted of three wontons and about five bites of noodles.
If you’ve been to Tim Ho Wan, did you think they deserve the Michelin star? And what do you think of Hong Kong’s skyline? (I think it’s my favorite!)