The $5 Lunch Challenge: Tim Ho Wan

Food, Things to Do — By Phillippa Stewart on June 9, 2010 at 6:05 am

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chikawatanabe/4099148301

Hong Kong is home to the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant so where better to grab lunch for less than $5?

Tim Ho Wan, is a small restaurant in Mongkok. It can only sit 20 people and there are always long queues to get in – reservations can’t be made in advance. However, it really is worth the wait and you can always visit the local seven 11 next door and grab a drink for the queue.  Diners can expect to wait for an hour or so over the lunchtime period.

Queuing itself can be fun though (honestly I’m not just saying that because I’m from the UK – the home of the queue). If you’re new to the city it is a great place to chat to locals and find out where they recommend you eat, and what to visit while you’re here.

The restaurant is owned by the former dim sun chef at the Four Seasons Hotel, Mak Pui Gor. Dishes include sweet pork buns (especially tasty), steamed rice noodle rolls (cheung fun), pork livers, jellies, beef meatballs and turnip pudding. The most expensive thing on the menu (noodles) costs around $4.

The name translates to “add good luck” in English, not that you need it when visiting the restaurant – the food really is  both cheap and delicious. If you are looking for a truly authentic Hong Kong dining experience Tim Ho Wan can be highly recommended.

Address: Tim Ho Wan: Shop 8, Taui Yuen Mansion Phase 2, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mongkok, Kowloon,

Contact: +852 2332 2896

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