The Dim Sum Has Landed

Alexis Yap

If you’ve been on your Facebook newsfeed these past few days, you’ve probably heard the latest. Michelin-starred restaurant Tim Ho Wan is now open at SM Seaside City Cebu. Lines are long, and the wait to try their TDF (To Die For) Baked Buns with BBQ Pork is always worth it. But what other fares are worth a try? Here’s my list of must-tries for the Tim Ho Wan virgins, so to speak:

1. Baked Bun with BBQ Pork

Of course, this should be number one on your list — the dish that earned them the coveted Michelin Star. Tim Ho Wan is the first casual dining restaurant to be given this honor. Now, that’s really quite something isn’t it?

2. Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork and Shrimp

This saucy dim sum dish is one of my favorites at Tim Ho Wan. After I’ve tried this, I have developed a slight obsession to anything that has beancurd skin. Yum!

3. Pork Dumpling with Shrimp and Prawn Dumpling

Taste the succulence of these dim sum all-time favorites. The secret we’ve been told is everything’s made fresh. Makes sense… And since most of their ingredients are imported, we’ve got to give them props for their effort and their commitment to maintaining their food quality.

4. Beancurd Skin Roll with Shrimp

Not sure if bean curd skin would have a similar appeal to most palates but this dish merely affirms my growing obsession to it. Give it a try.

5. Wasabi Prawn Dumpling

The perfect marriage of a crispy, pleasantly greasy outer crust to the succulence of the best prawns imported from Vietnam! All I can say is, “More wasabi, please!” Oh yeah, and order more than one. Trust me.

6. Poached Fresh Greens with Oyster Sauce

Sometimes the simplest dishes can be the best, like this plate of greens that can easily complement any of the other dishes on the table.

7. Rice with Chicken Sausage and Mushroom

I’ve always liked this combination. Honorable mention to the long grain Jasmine rice the restaurant uses. It makes all the difference.

8. Mango Pomelo Sago

Yup, you heard it right. This basic mango sago gets its zesty kick from the pomelo pulp that bursts in your mouth as you work your way to the bottom of the bowl. If you’re a taro type of gal, you might like their Taro Coconut Milk with Sago, a very rich and creamy soup supplemented with delicious, tiny, chewy, taro cubes. (I’m sure you’re already salivating.)

Okay, I know my list is quite long. Mind you, this is the typical casting on my Tim Ho Wan dining table for two, and I find absolutely no shame in that! But for those with a more conservative capacity, bring the entire battalion so you can try a little of everything. Or, you may always try the others on your next visit. After all, Tim Ho Wan has just landed in Cebu, and something tells me they’re definitely here to stay. *wink*

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