Attention Tim Ho Wan Fans! Michelin Star Dim Sum will soon be available at the heartland near you. Malcolm ditched his diet plan for the highly anticipated food tasting at the second outlet by Chef Mak Kwai Pui.
Expect longer queues and perhaps more jams along PIE as Tim Ho Wan is finally opening their second outlet. Strategically located at Toa Payoh Central (ERA Centre, next to Courts) this new branch which opens on 8 September will cater to the needs of residents in central and northern Singapore.
The real treats are the additional six new dishes to the menu which are exclusively available at this Toa Payoh outlet. A few new dishes include Steam Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce, Fried Noodle with BBQ Pork & Soy Sauce, and Deep Fried Dumpling with Salted Meat.
There’s more news to rejoice ‘cos Chef Mak is planning to open the third outlet at Bedok Mall while the fourth outlet will open in the western part of Singapore. With these different outlets in Singapore, Tim Ho Wan hopes to serve residents living in different parts of the island.
The Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (S$4.50) is my favourite dish! Slightly crispy on the outside, soft and tender inside. One bite and you can taste the sweetness of the char siew which melts in your mouth. Eat it while it is fresh from the oven for the best taste. It’s no wonder this is one of the 4 Heavenly Kings on the menu.
Unlike other carrot cakes, this Pan Fried Carrot Cake (S$4.50) from Tim Ho Wan simply melts inside when you put it in your mouth. What I really love about this dish is that every bite consists of more carrot taste than the usual rice flour taste. Though slightly oily for my likely but an excellent dish for any dim sum lovers.
The only sweet dish among the 4 Heavenly Kings, the Steamed Egg Cake (S$3.80) can be eaten with the main course or be served as a warm dessert. Be careful of the hot steam as you sink your teeth into the tenderness of this delicious but plain-looking sweet treat.
We didn’t get to sample the Vermicelli Roll stuffed with Pig’s Liver yesterday. But we were one of the first to try the new item, Vermicelli Roll with Sweet and Sesame Sauce (S$4.20) available only at this Toa Payoh outlet. Those who are used to having your Hong Kong style vermicelli roll stuffed with meat will have a surprise when they try this dish. Though it’s not stuffed, the main attraction of this steam roll lies in the unique combination of the sweet sauce, sesame sauce and soy sauce. Take a moment to let the aroma of the sesame sauce fills your nostrils.
How often do you get chicken feet served with abalone sauce? The Steamed Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce (S$5.00) is a must try for phoenix claw fans. Every bite of this perfectly steam chicken feet adds to your daily collagen needs.
Time to fill your stomach with some fried noodles to complement the dim sum! Fried Noodles with BBQ Pork and Soy Sauce (S$6.00) is one of the latest items to be added to the menu and only available at Toa Payoh outlet.
Another new item on the menu, Deep Fried Dumpling with Salted Meat (SS$3.80) has a sweet crust with lightly salted pork inside. A unique combination of sweet and salted, but since it’s new may as well taste it.
If food porn can seduce, this Steam Spinach Dumpling with Shrimp (S$3.80) has definitely lured me in. This crystal-skin dumpling combines the right amount of spinach, pork and shrimp to give a wholesome flavour.
A fusion twist on the traditional fried prawn dumpling, this Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumplings (S$5.00) do not have the overwhelming taste of wasabi. Spread the roe evenly on the fried dumpling and pop half of it into your mouth for the fresh taste of the prawn.
No trip to the dim sum house is complete with eating the traditional steamed Prawn Dumpling (S$5.50). The thin layer of skin envelopes the filling which consists of generous bits of fresh prawn.
End off the main course with Congee with Lean Pork, Century Egg and Salted Egg (S$4.20) to clear your palate before the dessert.
Can’t decide to choose between the Mango Pomelo Sago (S$5.00) or Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake (S$3.50), why not choose both? The mango pomelo sago tastes slightly bitter with the pomelo sago but the sweetness and smoothness of it is able to cover for it. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, then try the Tonic Medlar & Osmanthus Cake for a herbal treat.
Tim Ho Wan Toa Payoh outlet
Address: ERA Centre, 450 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 #02-02, Singapore 319394
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Contact Number: 6483 2000
Thanks Tim Ho Wan’s management and PR team for organising the food tasting, and Nicholas from Nichology.net for extending the invitation.