New Restaurant Alert: Tim Ho Wan at SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong
Those Baked Pork Buns are finally in Manila.
Tim Ho Wan
G/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Pork Buns
(SPOT.ph) The Michelin-starred baked bun with barbecued pork. Three large golden globes that crumble ever so softly open to reveal that airy, cushion-soft white goodness underneath. Then, the real treasure: small cubes of pork glistening from its own juices, fork-tender. Mouth tender, even. One quick bite and you suddenly find yourself witnessing the marriage of the gently sweet bun and the savory-sweet pork. The best part is that after months of waiting, Tim Ho Wan finally opened today, May 20, at the SM Mega Fashion Hall. Their prized pork buns are now within reach.
A full house may be the usual sight at Tim Ho Wan
Checklist, a true hole-in-the-wall tradition
Tim Ho Wan began as a hole-in-the-wall in Mongkok when a retired Four Seasons chef opened a humble 60-seater. It eventually became known all over the world. The Philippine branch is the first outside Hong Kong and Singapore.
Steamed Egg Cake
Vermicelli Roll with Pig’s Liver
There’s more to Tim Ho Wan than the Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (P145)-though these are the ones you line up hours for. The buns are part of the bestselling 4 Heavenly Kings which include Pan Fried Carrot Cake (P145), three slabs of a toothsome white radish cake speckled with ham bits; the Vermicelli Roll with Pig's Liver (P140), steamed mid-sized almost creamy logs swimming in a salty secret sauce, a good dose of herbs revivify the rich chunks of liver inside; and the Steamed Egg Cake (P85), a lighter-than-air chiffon-cake-like slice teeming with the subtle flavor of eggs.
Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling
The Hakao (P160) is as delicious as a prawn dumpling can get-it's stuffed to the brim with fresh shrimp-but the better shrimp option is the Wasabi Salad Prawn Dumpling (P140), the crisp copper beancurd envelope adding a wonderful crunch to the plush shrimps. A tiny whisper of fire from the wasabi glaze pumps up the flavors a notch.
Pork Ribs with Black Bean Sauce (P120)
Glutinous Rice in a Lotus Leaf
Eight hundred and twenty miles away from the original Hong Kong branch (known to be the cheapest Michelin Star destination in the world), the Manila Tim Ho Wan manages to maintain the famous wallet-friendly prices. Nothing on the menu is over P200, with the fragrant Glutinous Rice in a Lotus Leaf (P190) being the priciest. Owner Rikki Dee, who also opened the Todd English Food Hall in SM Aura Premier, said they source some of their ingredients, including the pork, locally.
After eating at Tim Ho Wan Philippines, two things are clear: a very delicious experience and hunger-provoking long lines. An hour after the doors were opened to the public, the crowd had only gotten bigger. If you want a bite, then you should very well be in line now.
Tim Ho Wan does not allow takeaway orders. Two more branches in Glorietta and SM Mall of Asia are set to open within the year.