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Dining on Delicious and Delightful Dim Sum for Din-Din

(How bout that alliteration, eh? I seriously thought about this for three days.)

If you are at all into good food, and plan on visiting Hong Kong, and have only a few dollars to your name (or even a lot), then you should know that the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant is located there. And, my god, it is delicious.

The restaurant is called Tim Ho Wan, located on Kowloon. It would be in a totally inconspicuous space if it weren’t for the hoards of people amassed outside. We had to wait over an hour to eat, but what do you expect? It is the CHEAPEST MICHELIN-STARRED restaurant in the WORLD! Of COURSE it is in high demand.

The chef worked at a five-star establishment at the Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong before venturing out on his own. Tim Ho Wan serves dim sum, and for those of you who don’t know what that is, dim sum is like tapas. For those who don’t know what tapas are, they are small dishes that are shared amongst a whole group at a sitting. Dim sum consists of dumplings, buns, etc.

Here is what we chose from the menu:

–          Steamed Fresh Shrimp Dumplings

–          Steamed  Dumplings in Chiu Chow Style

–          Steamed Beef Ball with Bean Curd Skin

–          Steamed Dumpling Filled with Bamboopith and Vegetable

–          Baked Bun with BBQ Pork

–          Deep Fried Dumpling Filled with Meat

–          Steamed Poached Fresh Seasonal Vegetable

–          Vermicelli Roll Stuffed with BBQ Pork

–          Tonic Medlar and Petal Cake

What the hell is tonic medlar and petal cake? It is basically gelatin filled with flowers. Does that sound good? No. Is it? Yes.

We both agreed that our favorite was the pork bun. They serve 750 of them a day. Yowza.

All in all, we spent $134 Hong Kong dollars, equivalent to about $17 U.S. dollars. Just so you know how amazing this is, I will make a comparison. A Michelin-starred restaurant in San Francisco is Acquerello. The cheapest meal we could order would be a three-course option at $64 a person. We would spend at least $128, not including drinks or tip.

So there you have it. If you are in Hong Kong, it is a must. If you were even to make a trip to Hong Kong just to visit Tim Ho Wan, I wouldn’t argue with you. It is that delish.

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