It’s about time Cebu finally gets a taste of what a Michelin- starred restaurant tastes like! Tim Ho Wan, the most affordable Michelin approved and starred dim sum restaurant, has finally opened their doors to eager Cebuano foodies after a year of waiting.
Tim Ho Wan started in 2009 when Chef Mak Kwai Pui and Chef Leung Fai Keun opened a modest 20-seater hole-in-the-wall eatery in Mongok, Hong Kong. A year after, it earned the coveted star in the 2010 HK and Macau Michelin guide, the international benchmark of good food and highest form of recognition in the culinary world.
Since then, the restaurant branched out around Hong Kong and brought its delicious and affordable dim sum overseas. Tim Ho Wan opened its first international location in Singapore in 2013 then the Philippines in 2014, followed by Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Macau, and most recently New York, USA. With six branches in Luzon, it opens its 360- sqm. branch in Cebu at the Upper Ground Floor, Mountain Wing of SM Seaside City. The yum cha restaurant seats 83 persons in its main dining area and 19 in its function room.
I paid a visit to this world renowned restaurant during their press & media launching earlier today and had a chance to sample almost all of their dishes. And although I won’t go into too much detail for each dish, this is basically my verdict:
As someone who frequently eats Oriental Asian food but doesn’t necessarily enjoy it, I can easily understand why many people enjoy Tim Ho Wan’s dishes. Their Big 4 Heavenly King dishes are delicious (Baked Buns, Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork & Shrimp) while some are quite foreign to me (pan fried radish cake & steamed egg cake) but altogether enjoyable.
Of all the dishes that we sampled, my top choices would have to be: the baked buns with BBQ pork, Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork & Shrimp, Vermicelli Roll with Shrimp, Chow Mien Stir Fried Noodles, Prawn Dumpling, Pork Dumpling with Shrimp, Beef Ball with Beancurd Skin and the Mango Pomelo Sago.
The best thing about Tim Ho Wan, along with every other dimsums, is the communal dining setting which encourages sharing diners to share each dish among one another.
Check them out:
Big 4 Heavenly Kings
[above] Vermicelli Roll with Sweet & Sesame Sauce- P 140.00
Vermicelli Roll with Shrimp- P190.00
Chow Mien Stir Fried Noodle- P 130.00
Prawn Dumpling- P 160.00
Pork Dumpling with Shrimp- P 150.00
Beef Ball with Beancurd Skin- P 120.00
Spinach Dumpling with Shrimp- P120.00
Braised Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce- P120.00
Glutinous Rice with Lotus Leaf- P 190.00
Rice with Chicken, Sausage & Mushroom- P 170.00
Steam Minced Pork with Dried Squid- P 170.00
To celebrate its arrival in Cebu, Tim Ho Wan Cebu will be giving one (1) complimentary order of Baked Buns with BBQ Pork every day to the first 100 quests with a minimum bill of P500.00 during its opening week from March 25- 31, 2017.
Tim Ho Wan Cebu is located at the Upper Ground Floor, Mountain Wing of SM Seaside City Cebu and is open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Seating for dine-on is on a first- come, first- served basis.
Follow Tim Ho Wan Philippines on Facebook and @TimHoWanPh on Instagram and Twitter for thr latest events and updates. For inquiries, contact (032) 341 5770 and 0917 118 6453.