Tim Ho Wan, meaning ‘add good luck’, was established by Mak Kwai Pui and Leung Fai Keung, who are both highly acclaimed dim sum chefs from Hong Kong. Their Chatswood eatery was the first of a growing group of restaurants, now boasting three more venues in Sydney, one in Melbourne, and casting a net to other countries. Tim Ho Wan is conveniently located above Chatswood train station, and offers an open-concept dining experience.
The placemat serves as the menu, with photos and simple descriptions of each dish. Ordering is done via a small paper on which customers write the quantity of each dish they would like. The baked bun with barbecue pork is a highlight, with a slightly sweet bun that is both crispy and satisfying in texture and taste. The filling has an abundance of sauce and authentically seasoned marinated pork. Another standout is the Chinese spinach and shrimp dumplings. They are perfectly cooked, with a great balance between the sweet shrimp and finely chopped spinach and garlic.
PSST! Bookings are only accepted for the 12-seat private room, so arrive early if you wish avoid the queues.