Updated: November 07, 2018
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Michelin-Starred Cuisine Starting From ¥380 At TimHoWan in Hibiya! No Wonder There's Always a Line-Up!

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In April 2018, TimHoWan, a dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong, called the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world, has made its appearance in Tokyo's Hibiya neighbourhood. We went to see what it is like a little bit after their opening.

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The world's cheapest Michelin-restaurant, now in Japan!

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TimHoWan, a highly popular dim sum restaurant from Hong Kong is said to be the world's cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant. They finally made their appearance in Tokyo, more precisely, in Hibiya.

TimHoWan's chef, who was awarded 3-Michelin stars for 4 consecutive years has decided to open his own resto by himself.
In 2010, he was awarded a Michelin star and is a very popular resto in Hong Kong.

*Please note that it is not possible to make a reservation.
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Since it's opening, TimHoWan's popularity doesn't seem to be dying out, there is a long line in front of the resto every day!
As the resto opens at 11 AM, it is said that the best time to go is around 9:50 AM because it is the shortest waiting time.
Also, you can try going on weekdays between 2 and 3 PM as it is the calmest part of the day.

Everything in the menu is between ¥380-¥680!

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TimHoWan has a rather casual feel where you can enjoy authentic Cantonese cuisine. Everything on the menu is between ¥380-¥680, where the most expensive menu item is ¥680! It's quite incredible to be able to enjoy Michelin cuisine for that price!

We tried the steamed egg cake, which is a rather standard dish in Hong Kong. It is slightly sweet and very fluffy. You can have it as part of your meal or as a dessert, either way it's delish!

Every day, everything is home-made!

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Absolutely everything is home-made every day at TimHoWan, from the dough and dumpling skin, etc.

The dish shown above is the steamed shrimp roll with Chinese chives (¥580), it is served with Chinese soy sauce and a secret home-made sauce.
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The dumpling skin is made with rice flour and has a very soft texture, similar to "mochi". The texture is sublime, you will feel like you can eat an infinite number of these beauties. The shrimp also adds a lovely texture.

Is this a "melon pan"? This is the resto's #1 menu item

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The BBQ Pork Buns are definitely a must-try menu item! This is an original dish that can only be eaten here! They are proud to say it is their most popular dish!

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The outside really looks like Japan's famous sweet, the "melon pan", a sort of cookie dough is added on top, which makes the outside deliciously crispy.
There is some roasted pork inside, which is slightly sweet and goes perfectly well with the dough.
By the way, this dish can be taken to-go so you can bring it back for someone.

Daikon rice cake

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The last item to be introduced is the daikon rice cake (¥480).
This is also a popular dish in Hong Kong.
It is served with a spicy and vinegary sauce.
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You would imagine this dish to be springy like mochi, but since the daikon is cut in very fine pieces and there are some tiny shrimps added too so the texture is surprisingly crunchy. It's really delicious.

Finally...

The resto now offers 27 menu items, but the menu will be expanding soon enough. There will be many more delicious dishes to try from now on.
The line-up is inevitable, however, when you think that Michelin-starred cuisine is offered for that price, it's well worth the price!
Go check it out for yourself and see what the fuss is all about!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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