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The world's cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant to open branch in Bangkok

One of Hong Kong's best-known dim sum restaurants is coming to town, finally.

By Carl Dixon | May 17, 2015

  • The world's cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant to open branch in Bangkok
    Original Tim Ho Wan dim sum restaurant. Photo: Chika Watanabe via Flickr.
  • The world's cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant to open branch in Bangkok
    Spotted at Terminal 21
  • The world's cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant to open branch in Bangkok
    The famous BBQ pork bun. Photo: Tim Ho Wan Facebook.

Tim Ho Wan, the Hong Kong hole-in-the-wall restaurant that surprised the world by gaining a Michelin star, is Bangkok-bound. While there’s yet to be an official announcement, new signage spotted at Terminal 21 mall (3/F, see slideshow) all but confirms the restaurant’s arrival for August.

Tim Ho Wan, which translates roughly to “add good luck” in Cantonese, was founded by renowned dim sum chef Mak Kwai Pui (Le Meridian, Lung King Heen) in 2009. One year later it was awarded a Michelin star.

The Bangkok move follows a spate of new openings around Australasia including branches in Hanoi, Manila and Sydney.

Arguably the restaurant’s most famous dish is the BBQ pork bun, a crumbly baked bun filled with oozing sweet-and-savory barbecued pork. Other highlights include the light and spongy egg cake and the vermicelli roll with pig’s liver, but you can also expect a long, long list of dim sum classics.

The best thing is you can enjoy a top dining experience for typically little more than 1,000 baht.

We’ll have to wait and see if the Bangkok branch follows the example of the original 19-seater Hong Kong venue by implementing a strict no-bookings policy. However, it’s fair to say we can expect a long queue on opening day.

More news to follow. Keep an eye on Tim Ho Wan Thailand’s Facebook page.

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