Tim Ho Wan was launched in Bangkok, in August 2015. After 6 months, we finally tried it at Terminal 21, their first outlet in the Kingdom. There were long queues initially, and I assumed that the hype has already died down. There wasn’t any line when we were there on a weekday for lunch, but still quite crowded.
Tim Ho Wan has a policy of not seating parties until all guests have arrived, and I only found the signage in English. Perhaps the English signage is critical, as it could be difficult for staff to explain in English, but they can do so easily in Thai.
Was it a good-knock-my-socks-off kind of dim sum? Nope, it wasn’t. But then, I wasn’t blown away even in Hong Kong, and also in KL.They should really stop milking on “the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred dim sum” accolade.
Michelin one star was only awarded to the Tim Ho Wan branch at Mongkok and Sham Shui Po. Mongkok was the original branch, but it has already closed down due to high rent. So, this leaves the Sham Shui Po branch. So, any Tim Ho Wan that is not Sham Shui Po, there ain’t no glamour-star … the only star is the expensive price tag, that comes with the so-called association with Michelin.
According to an article in The Nation here, the Thailand branch is run by local firm Dim Sum Wonderland. It’s a franchise business, so treat it like any other (good) dim sum restaurants in the Kingdom. Definitely worth a visit, but don’t set your expectations too high.
It is also more expensive than KL’s price. Prices in Bangkok are subjected to 10% service charge and 7% VAT . Prices in KL are inclusive of GST, but subjected to 10% service charge.
Baked Bun with BBQ Pork – 3 pieces (120++ baht vs. RM 11.50++ in KL)
Pan fried carrot cake – 3 pieces (100++ baht vs. RM 10.50++ in KL)
Prawn dumpling – 4 pieces (130++ baht vs RM 12.50++ in KL)
Pork dumpling with shrimp – 4 pieces (120++ baht vs RM 11.50++ in KL))
Beef ball with beancurd skin – 3 pieces (110++ baht vs RM 8.30++ in KL)
Tim Ho Wan
Terminal 21, Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Sukhumvit Road, North Klongtoey, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel: +662-006 5288
Operating Hours: 10.00am-10.00pm (Last order 9.30pm)
They also have an outlet at Gateway Ekkamai, and another one opening at The Street Ratchada soon.