For our HK EAT>SHOP>SEE Itinerary, please click HERE
We got our tickets secured at a fairly low price.
With the excess money, I got the valid permission from dear Chris to shop till we drop! Not forgetting that we have initially planned a long list of ‘Food-to-Try’. We’re on an amazing race.
Things to do after landing in HK
#1 Get a proper map
Though itineraries are planned, route maps & train maps are essential
#2 Download DiscoverHongKong·AR on your iPhone/ iPad
This is a really handy apps if you haven’t planned your full itinerary yet 🙂 Try it!
#3 Airport Express – Get a one way ticket
Getting a one way ticket for a group e.g: a group of 2 or even 3 is way cheaper than buying a return ticket separately for each individual.
For example: HKD190 (RM74) for 3 pax (single journey from Airport to Kowloon). You could opt to stop at HK Island or Tsing Yi at a different pricing. Ask the staffs at the airport. They are very friendly to help & explain.
#4 SHOP: ELEMENTS at Kowloon
Right above the Kowloon station is the Elements mall for pure shopping bliss. This place was themed after the five Chinese elements.
Metal: Luxury brands & world-class dining
Water: International cuisine
Wood: Health, beauty & lifestyle
There are lots of flagship stores here, including H&M!
#5 Get an Octopus Card
Essential for MTR or even when it comes to shopping at the mini mart (e.g 7-11 convenient store)
#6 This is HK
You would want to take pictures of the crowded buildings. It’s like a forest of concretes.
#7 Leaving our footprints at Mongkok
#8 Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum 添好運點心專門店
We have been warned by friends even before our plan to visit Hong Kong about the long queue that we have to go through before getting to taste what this gem has to offer.
“Have to wait very long… at least 2 hours I tell you…” they warned
This is not a joke at all. This once called hidden gem is now not so hidden anymore. Why?
World’s Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant
Tim Ho Wan, though was rated to be One Star Michelin Restaurant, it is the most prominent one in the rankings. It was opened in early 2009 by Mak Pui Gor, the former dim sum chef at Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hotel which was the only Hong Kong restaurant to receive the ultimate three stars at that time. Reah more about Michelin Star Restaurant in HK & Macau HERE.
People just didn’t mind being packed like sardines or waiting for the long queue either.
Don’t be surprised if you see a huge crowd or a humongous long line outside Tim Ho Wan. Just approach the lady in front of the shop and get a number. As for us, we got the number, and was asked to come back in 2 hours time. We didn’t mind & went street hopping exploring Mongkok. Don’t tell me you’re not gonna wait since you’re already there hoping to try. Haha. Don’t give up!
Some might say… Is this worth the wait? Did the dim sums really casted their yummy spells so much?
Well, that’s for you to judge 🙂
Seated in a restaurant, squeezed into a tiny cul-de-sac, it’s really an experience being packed into a shop with just 20 over seats. The restaurant today is strangely muted with the talking (only “noms-noms”) as the patrons would dedicate themselves to wolfing down their orders.
Baked Bun with BBQ pork 酥皮叉烧包 – HKD14 (RM5.40)
Many have raved about their glorious pork buns. 3 light, crispy barbecue pork buns filled with a gentle stew of meat chunks swaddled in slightly sweet sauce. I would say this impressed us most.
Steamed Dumplings in Toechew style 潮洲蒸粉果 – HKD10 (RM3.90)
Another must try on their list, these cute little dumplings were enriched with dried radish, dried shrimps, chopped peanuts, garlic chives, grounded pork, and shiitake mushrooms! Soft and giving you the crunch at the same time.
Traditional Glutinous Rice with Chicken 古法糯米鸡 – HKD20 (RM7.80)
We must say that this portion was huge. Soft flavorsome rice, ingredients were also generous and tasty. However, the glutinous rice was a bit too much for us to finish.
Vermicelli roll stuffed with shrimp 韭黄鲜虾肠 – HKD17 (RM6.60)
CCF! We thought this was just average and would recommend you to try their CCF stuffed with pig’s liver 黄沙猪润腸 for an adventurous change.
These are just some of their delicious savouries. You’ll be happy to check out more dim sum orders when you get there as their dim sum fares are largely responsible for keeping this restaurant forever busy (especially their pork buns – you’ll see them on every table)
It’s a tiny price to pay for a small piece of Michelin history
Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum Expert
Shop 8, Tsui Yuen Mansion,
2-20, Kwong Wa Street,
Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Tel No : 2332 2896
How to get there?
Walking distance from both Mongkok and Ya Ma Tei MTR – slightly nearer to Ya Ma Tei
Take exit A2 of Yau Ma Tei MRT station or MTR Mong Kok E2 exit
9-11 Fuk Wing Street,
Sham Shui Po
*Note: sad to know, there are many negative feedbacks on the new branch of Tim Ho Wan. Review HERE