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Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 by Jan Caine via Windows PC. (75)

I don't like waiting in line for a table in a restaurant. Whenever there's a "hot" new restaurant in town, I wait it out. Wait until people stop lining up for a table. Just like Yabu, it took me more than year before I was able to go to Yabu. Here comes another one, Tim Ho Wan.

THW has been around for some time now but people still keep on lining up for this. They just opened a branch in Glorietta 3. The restaurant is just beside the Entrance/Exit of the mall. And it's just few meters away from the gym. I have been wanting to eat here for days but I just did not have time to waste lining up.

Last Saturday night, I went to the gym around 10pm but the gym was already closed. I totally forgot that the gym closes at 9pm during weekends. I was devastated. I did not know what else to do with the rest of my night. I thought of just going home and rest but I saw that THW was still open and there were no people waiting in line so I went in and tried it out.

I was not sure what makes THW so popular so I just ordered what I like, rice topping. Rice with Beef and Fried Egg. I've heard people talking about their baked buns so I ordered it too. The rice topping, in my opinion, was delicious. The waitress who served my food asked if I wanted their "special sauce", I had no idea what it was so I just said yes. I wanted to ask what it was but she was in a hurry. She hurriedly poured the sauce on my rice topping then she left. The food was good. The beef was like sticky rice. Sticky beef? I liked it but there was less meat and a whole lot of rice. The meat was not enough for me. I expected more meat. I was not able to finish and eat it all up because there was so much rice left and I have already devoured all the meat.

The baked buns, I don't get it. I don't know why people are raving about it. It's just a bread with BBQ meat inside. It tastes good but it is so expensive, it's php145/3pcs. So it's around ~php48 a piece. The pork bun, a bread with BBQ meat inside and a whole lot of space for air. When served fresh, it's messy to eat. Not because of the BBQ meat but because of the bread crumbs. I did not enjoy eating because of the mess it makes. I only ate one piece and took the other two home.

As you can see, the baked bun consists of thin bread, less BBQ meat and a whole lot of space for air. Photo from ThePickiestEater
The taste of the baked bun actually got better. I ate the other two about an hour later. I tasted the sweetness of the buns and it was no longer messy. The taste got better but still, it's still tooooo expensive. I told a colleague about the baked buns, he said that I might have tried a "substandard" buns. He said when he tried the buns from the other branch, his buns were loaded with meat. So much meat that it did not leave any space for air. Yeah, maybe! I guess, I'll give it another try. Or I'll just eat ASADO siopao from Chowking.

They said THW is popular in HK and SG. People should go to Davao City and try Mandarin Tea Garden. In my opinion, Mandarin is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than Tim Ho Wan. It's a lot cheaper too! Also, people can try Dimsum Diner.

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