It has been over a year now since my sister and I have last dined in at Tim Ho Wan in SM Megamall. This time ’round, we came in with our parents and grandfather, to celebrate my birthday. 🙂 Yay! Tim Ho Wan is one of my favorite restaurants when it comes to Chinese food. Its dimsum entrees definitely leave everyone wanting for more. When in Tim Ho Wan, especially when with a large bunch of friends or family, expect your table to look a bit…messy but magnificent. 😛 Just look at all these food!

Birthday Celebration at Tim Ho Wan (SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City)

Arriving flavorful and deliciously presented, the Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling (PhP 140) was like a taste of garden by the sea. Stuffed with prawn and some greens, these fried dumplings are worth an order. The wrap was crisp and light. Not the “singe-your-nose-hairs” kind, the wasabi dressing on top wasn’t too spicy and just gave a “horseradish” kick, so don’t worry about it.

Conveying a combination of sweet and savory, the Beancurd Skin Roll with Shrimp (PhP 150) was also well-fried. It left a small trail of oil on my lips but that’s okay. These rolls presented a flavor profile reminiscent of a more robust version of the Vietnamese pancake we have tried in Saigon Steak in Vietnam. I liked that the bean curd wrapper was not too thick. I thought dipping these rolls in black vinegar will bring a smoky punch with a light, pleasant bitterness.

Next up, the Vermicelli Roll with Sweet and Sesame Sauce (PhP 140) was soft and satisfying. It’s a great choice also for my grandfather who did not want to chew hard. The sesame sauce was excellent as it’s aromatic.

Beef Ball with Beancurd Skin (PhP 120) tasted nothing fancy, but its heartiness and juiciness are winning factors. Thumbs up for that. 🙂

Dinner would not be complete without a rice entree. Louie and I shared the Spare Ribs Rice (PhP 170). Coated with tasty sauce that enveloped all throughout the rice underneath, the spare ribs had a silky smooth and supple texture. Meat was tender and juicy, not so fatty. Love it.

So far, we enjoy eating anything with pork floss. When my sister told me Tim Ho Wan features a new dish such as the Tofu with Pork Floss (PhP 130), we knew we had to try it. It was really good. The silken tofu was very soft inside yet the exterior managed to stay firm. Flavor bomb exploded with every bite. Almost like cotton candy, the fluffy pork floss was as expected. It’s the real deal.

Finally, we also shared a bowl of Braised Soup in HK Style with Shredded Chicken and Mushroom (PhP 160) (good for two). Comforting, warm, and tasty, it’s an awesome treat for those dreaming of the ultimate Chinese food.

Tim Ho Wan has a special place in my heart. I highly recommend it! ♥

Tim Ho Wan is a Michelin Star hole-in-the-wall eatery in Hongkong, famous for Baked Pork Buns.


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Date Published: 07/06/2016

My Birthday Celebration at Tim Ho Wan (SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City)
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18 Responses

  1. Cynthia Gartung

    It looks like it was a wonderfully messy and delicious birthday celebration! Made even better celebrated with family and friends!

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, I just love spending celebrations with an intimate moment with them than throwing out a large party with several others that I’m not really close with. Food was perfect.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Dim sum is best enjoyed with a bunch of family and friends. It’s a light meal but hearty enough to get you completely satiated and satisfied. 🙂

  2. Chrishelle

    What a great place for your Birthday celebration. All the food looked so amazing. I would love to try the Wasabi Salad Prawn dumpling. That sounds like an amazing appetizer. Really there was so much delicious food I cannot pick a favorite. Happy Birthday.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Oh, I won’t blame you. Even if the menu has only one page, the number of options you can pick out is considered a lot to consume in one visit. 🙂 Everything in pictures just looked so amazingly delicious. Thanks, Chrishelle!

  3. Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking

    Your food pictures always leave me so hungry afterward, and this time is no different. Tim Ho Wan is a restaurant that my whole family would enjoy. Everything looks so flavorful and satisfying. Happy Birthday!

  4. Jamie

    Most of that looks absolutely amazing! I’m so sad that I am much to far away to try it. The sushi roll reminds me of one a place back home serves. All of the pics make me super hungry!

  5. Echo

    I love Chinese food so much. I really wish that we had more high quality restaurants here. All of this food looks so delicious!

  6. Censie Sawyer

    looks like a great place to enjoy a nice dinner out for your birthday! All of this food looks so delicious! Happy Birthday!! Wishing you a great year ahead!


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