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Mar 6, 2010 12:17 AM

Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong: so is it worth the wait?

Will be in HK in August, do I wait, or do I find better dim sum elsewhere?


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  1. Fu Sing at Sunshine Plaza, Wan Chai. :)

    1. I don't understand the question. Do you wait for what?

      Also it would be nice to put the name of the city in your subject line, as this board covers all of China and southeast Asia.

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      1. re: PeterL

        Apologies for that, anyway to get in and edit original post?

        Is the food worth the three hour wait? I am assuming not, based on Peech's reply

        1. re: stanleyk

          We've edited the title, which you can do within 2 hours of your posting, but not afterwards.

          1. re: stanleyk

            Here is a review on (in English with photos). Personally I wouldn't never wait for that length of time. But if you have some shopping to do in the area, you don't have to stand there and wait.


        2. there are plenty of dim sum restaurants where you can make reservations and still the food is good. the Lei Garden chain for instance is pretty good. i go to the one in mongkok and tst east. they are both pretty good. try roast pork, it's very nice. also, victoria city in wan chai is also very famous for dim sum

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          1. re: yanyan123

            I can be flat out honest and say the food is not worth the wait. The dim sum by most standards is quite good (although lately I keep hearing they are dropping in quality) but is it worth waiting 2+ hours? The flat out answer is no. If the wait was 30 minutes...maybe...but it's ridiculous the amount of time they ask their customers to wait.

            There are plenty of comparable if not better dim sum places in Hong Kong. Places such as Lei Garden, Fu Sing, Fook Lam Mun are all very good (although they are a tad pricier).

            1. re: big_apple_ken

              As someone on Openrice says, you can go shopping and phone ahead to see where you are in the que, so you don't actually have to stand there for 2 hrs.

              1. re: PeterL

                That is a good point PeterL. Technically speaking you don't have to physically stand outside for 2 hours and go shopping nearby. Although, unless you truly have something to do in the area...technically are still killing time before you eat at Tim Ho Wan.

                1. re: PeterL

                  But why bother? The location is already out of the way for many people, especially tourists. Why then does one bother to make the trek, get a number, go somewhere else for another 2-3 hours, then make the trip back to the restaurant for this meal? Lots of time/effort are spent this way, when lots of other places offer better quality dim sum with zero wait time?

                  I admit that the prices are cheap and affordable, so the price/quality ratio is pretty high. But unless you are on a really tight budget, you'd be better off going somewhere else and use you time for something more meaningful, especially when you have limited time in HK.