Tim Ho Wan

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Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists[1]
Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists, Broadway Macau shop.jpg
Tim Ho Wan Broadway Macau branch
Restaurant information
EstablishedMarch 2009 (2009-03)
Current owner(s)Mak Kwai-Pui
Food typeChinese Restaurant, Dim Sum[2]
CityHong Kong
Reservations(852)2332 2896

Tim Ho Wan (Chinese: 添好運) is a Chinese dimsum restaurant chain that originated in Hong Kong. It now has 45 locations around Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, United States, Cambodia and Japan.


In 2009, Mak Kwai-pui, formerly a chef of three-Michelin-starred restaurant Lung King Heen, opened a 20-seater dim sum restaurant in Mongkok.[3][4] Tim Ho Wan would eventually earn a Michelin star of its own in the 2010 Hong Kong and Macau Guide, a distinction which some have stated was a move in response to the criticism that the Michelin Guide was "elitist" and "out of touch with local tastes."[5] In 2015, its Sham Shui Po, North Point and Tai Kok Tsui branches had all received one Michelin star.[6] Since then, the restaurant has been dubbed as "the world's cheapest Michelin-star restaurant."[7][8]


A Tim Ho Wan outlet in Westgate shopping mall in Singapore
A Tim Ho Wan outlet in Hibiya, Tokyo

From its original Mongkok location, five additional branches were opened in Hong Kong; Sham Shui Po, Central, North Point, Tai Kok Tsui and Tseung Kwan O. In 2013, the original Mongkok branch relocated to Olympian City due to an increase in rent.[4]

Tim Ho Wan began expanding overseas in 2013, with the opening of its first international location in Singapore's Plaza Singapura.[9] It also expanded to the Philippines in 2014 with the opening of a branch at SM Megamall in Metro Manila[10] and in Australia the following year with the opening of a branch in Chatswood and subsequently in Westfield Sydney and 580 George Street. Another branch opened in Jakarta at the end of March 2015. The chain also has branches in Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur,[11] Bangkok (opened in August 2015), Nakhon Ratchasima (opened December 2016), and New York City (opened December 2016).[12][13]


In May 2018, Jollibee Foods Corp (JFC) announced that it would invest US$33.4 million (S$45 million or Php 1.74 billion) in a private equity fund that is set to acquire the master franchise of Tim Ho Wan in the Asia Pacific. Tim Ho Wan Private Ltd. holds the exclusive long-term master franchise to run Tim Ho Wan within the Asia Pacific region, excluding ones in Hong Kong. Dim Sum Private, on the other hand, owns and operates Tim Ho Wan chains in Singapore. [14]


  1. ^ "Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists, Hong Kong - Restaurant Reviews - TripAdvisor". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists - Hong Kong Style Dim Sum Chinese Restaurant in Central Hong Kong". OpenRice Hong Kong. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  3. ^ Wranik, Michelle (3 February 2010). "Tim Ho Wan restaurant, Hong Kong: the hottest meal ticket in town". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b Lee, Robyn (May 16, 2013). "Snapshots from Hong Kong: Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan, aka the World's Cheapest Michelin-starred Restaurant". Serious Eats.
  5. ^ Li, Zoe (November 27, 2009). "Holy dim sum! Michelin Guide 2010 goes cheap and cheerful?". CNN.
  6. ^ "Michelin Guide". Hong Kong Tourism Board. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  7. ^ Cramer, Rob (May 3, 2014). "World's 12 Most Affordable Michelin-Starred Restaurants". TheRichest.
  8. ^ Hong, Brendon (25 September 2014). "The Cheapest Michelin-Starred Restaurant in the World Is Also One of the Best". VICE. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Tim Ho Wan's dim sum feeding frenzy in Singapore". Her World Plus. April 15, 2013.
  10. ^ "Manila branch of Tim Ho Wan opens May 20". ABS-CBN News Online. May 19, 2014.
  11. ^ Boys, Callan (March 27, 2015). "Just Open: Tim Ho Wan, Chatswood, Sydney". Good Food.
  12. ^ Robb, Adam (December 22, 2016). "Tim Ho Wan, World's Cheapest Michelin-Starred Restaurant, Opens in NYC With Long Lines and Tasty Bites". The Village Voice.
  13. ^ Ryan General (10 January 2017). "Cheapest Michelin-Starred Dim Sum Restaurant Opens In NYC". NEXT SHARK. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  14. ^ Loyola, James (9 May 2018). "Jollibee acquires 45% of Asia Pacific franchise of Tim Ho Wan". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 20 June 2018.

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