Critically-acclaimed Tim Ho Wan, possibly the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world, is a legendary dimsum place in Hong Kong known for its pork buns. The great news is Tim Ho Wan will soon open its doors here in Manila, with a new branch on the upper ground floor of SM Megamall set to start operation soon.

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Chef Mak Kwai Pui started serving dimsum at his humble 15-seater restaurant to cater to Hong Kong’s hungry residents. People used to line up for hours just to sample his dishes. Eventually, word of his food got around, earning him global acclaim and his first Michelin star in the 2010 Hong Kong and Macau Michelin Guide.Β From its humble origins along Kwong Wa street in Mong Kok, Tim Ho Wan later spread its reach by establishing new locations at Sham Shui Po, North Point, and in the IFC Mall at Central. Tim Ho Wan has also branched out internationally, opening a restaurant in Singapore and now, in the Philippines.

Have you tried Tim Ho Wan overseas? Are their pork buns true to the hype? Do you think that dimsum restaurants are making a comeback in the Metro Manila food scene? Which other international dimsum places do you think should branch out to the Philippines (Din Tai Fung, Paradise Dynasty)? Sound off in the comments section below!

17 Responses

  1. hi ! Noticed that you are doing pretty well at SM Megamall in spite that your store is at the upper floors. At the back of SM Mega Mall is our mall, ST. FRANCIS SQUARE. We have an available ground floor with street access. 63 sq. Meters more or less. If you are interested to lease said space, please call me up at 0928-50104990. Thanks.

  2. pwede mag apply dimsum staff. from edsa shangrila ako. dimsum summer palace restaurant.

  3. Had it in hongkong…I’ve been craving for dimsun and i’m so excited for its branch here in the Phil. They also have one oprning in Makati.

  4. it’s great that more and more international restaurants are opening here, which means we’re in the “radar” now. speaks well of our local economy? i have heard of a group who has been trying to bring in ippudo ramen many years ago but the principal was not keen then. but now they’re all coming! i just hope filipino cuisine get similar hype and fame overseas as well.

  5. follow-up: Din Tai Fung is from TW and Maojia is a Sichuan dish, but if you check the menu, they have almost same food choices, which is why I thought Din Tai fung isn’t legendary at all, it doesn’t bring out the best food in TW. If you want delish TW food, go to their night markets! yummeh! πŸ˜€

  6. Good thing is that there’s going to be an authentic HK resto here, bad thing is that knowing business people here in the Philippines, they might not maintain the quality as expected. But I’m happy it’s opening, not that it’s the best food u can eat in HK, but bringing it to manila is great! πŸ™‚
    Din Tai Fung isn’t as legendary as it seems, yeah the menu line-up is great, you can try Mao Jia at Ronac Center, they serve legendary sichuan food there (spicy , better than Din Tai Fung! Promise! πŸ™‚

    1. I think they’d be able to maintain the quality, since it’s a franchise, they’re expected to maintain it for the good name of the company internationally. I think Shi Lin is also a franchise from either HK or Taiwan, which they have here, their cuisine is almost exactly like Din Tai Fung, which I heard will open here too.

  7. I know three other places that have the same or better dimsum. That’s the advantage of having Chinese relatives who live in HK. They bring me/us to under the radar places.

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