Tim Ho Wan in Manila
Finally, some angel brought this franchise home to the Philippines. Okay, I will be honest that I didn’t know about this restaurant until the boyfriend lured me into an hour of long queue in Hong Kong. His selling point was “just to try some bbq pork buns” which then was just plain “asado siopao” to me…LOL! (but not anymore).
It was one of those nights when the boyfriend was feeling hungry, craving for Chinese food, so we went to SM Megamall where the first branch is located. As expected, the queue:
They open at noon and the cut off time at night is 8:30PM. On that evening we arrived a few minutes late, but because my date was very resourceful, we got in. Yahooooo! 🙂
The price range I’d say is more expensive than typical dimsum places here, take for example the pork siomai that costs 150 pesos for 4 pieces — (I love this by the way. I ate 3 of 4…hehe!) — but if you’ll compare it to THW in HK, then the price is about the same.
The seats are quite limited in my opinion — just like the usual Tim Ho Wan dimsum houses, they aren’t as big as other Chinese restaurants. Due to the space limitations — one thing to note, you have to be complete when you arrive as you won’t be allowed to hoard seats while you wait for your friends. How would you feel lingering around while seeing a hundred more people waiting outside anyway? 🙂
Now the dishes that we ate! There are only 25 options to choose from and we have already tried some of them in Hong Kong. We just wanted to compare if they tasted the same. One thing we noticed though, is that the Wasabi Prawn Dumpling was new — of course the boyfriend ordered it. We had 8 dimsum pieces just for the 2 of us. I placed my satisfaction scores for each plate 🙂
If you have tried these baked pork buns then you’ll probably agree with me but if you haven’t, I tell you — it’s not your ordinary asado sio pao! haha! Go try it and see for yourself. The crisp but soft and a bit buttery sweet crust blends so well with the pork barbeque. Eat it while its freshly baked — and you’ll forget your name! 🙂
Overall, we got the feeling that it was tastier here in Manila than in Hong Kong, or maybe because of the food we ordered? We just probably nailed our options here. Second time’s always the best right? Anyway, we walked away with very happy tummies. For sure there will be a third trip! 🙂
Go try it if you haven’t. Highly recommended resto. Just be ready to queue up — bring your iPad or be WiFi ready! 🙂
Tim Ho Wan 添好運 (First branch)
Ground Floor, SM Mega Fashion Hall
SM Mega Mall, EDSA Mandaluyong City
Coming Soon: Tim Ho Wan Glorietta; Tim Ho Wan SM MOA