Mood for Food: Tim Ho Wan

A Mood for Food collaboration with senior journalists Kathryn and Christen. 

It is said to be the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the world. In the realm of the food industry, there is no higher recognition than the Michelin star. Chefs across the globe spend their lives trying to pursue this ultimate acclaim. Tim Ho wan is an authentic Hong Kong dim sum restaurant that serves exquisite Chinese dishes at an affordable price.

Tim Ho Wan is one of the most affordable Michelin-Star restaurants in Singapore.

Tim Ho Wan was started by chef Mak Kwai Pui and chef Leung Fai Keung in Hong Kong, who opened a cozy 20-seater dim sum restaurant that quickly became recognized globally. This “humble and unpretentious restaurant” has an old-school and simple design, as quoted from the Tim Ho Wan website; the kitchen areas are open, and the walls are adorned with the decor of bamboo dim sum baskets. After earning its one Michelin star in the city of Hong Kong in 2009, Tim Ho Wan opened its first international chain in Singapore in 2013.

Dim Sum is a style of Chinese cuisine that is characterized by small bite-sized portions of food that are served in small steamer baskets, and often come in the form of some kind of dumpling. The word “dim sum” translates into “drink tea” in English as these dishes are often paired with hot tea. Tim Ho Wan not only uses fresh and quality ingredients, but their food is prepared with nothing less of precision and attention.

The spicy prawn and char siew noodle was one of our top choices. Photo by Kathryn Wilson.

While we were at the restaurant, we had to try their most famous dish, the “Baked Bun with BBQ Pork”. These buns are perfectly crisp on the outside, and soft on the inside. Tearing the bun reveals a savory barbecued pork filling that is completely mouth-watering and fragrant. We also ordered the “Spicy and Sour” dumpling, which are steamed meat dumplings that are tossed in a unique savory and tangy sauce. These hand-wrapped dumplings were very spicy, but full of flavor.

Tim Ho Wan’s “BBQ Pork Vermicelli Roll” looked too delicious to overlook. As the waitress served us the dish, she delicately poured a waterfall of hot broth on top of the vermicellis, adding even more flavor to the roll. The soy-flavored broth complemented the roll’s supple pork, creating a masterpiece in our mouth. In addition, we ordered a “Pork Congee with Egg,” which is a dim sum classic. While the flavors were subtle, they felt like home with its warm feel and slightly salty taste.

The steamed Spinach Dumpling surprised us, as it was packed with rich flavor. Photo by Kathryn Wilson.

We also ordered the “Spinach Dumpling with Prawn.” The majority of the dumpling consisted of spinach, with hints of chopped shrimp filling our mouths. This dumpling was not only unique, but a healthy option, one that we highly recommend. Lastly to finish off our meal, we ordered the “Char Siew and Prawn Noodle.” While the noodles were quite spicy, they were packed with tender strips of meat and crunchy vegetables, making it the perfect end to an amazing meal. The meal totaled up to be $37.50, split to an affordable $18.75 per person. Tim Ho Wan’s price point is very attractive, making it a must-have spot for students looking to save money.

Being an international student, the majority of the cafes students flock to consist of western food (or the classic Din Tai Fung), which can get quite repetitive. For those who are looking to expand their library of cafes and try something new, make sure to visit Tim Ho Wan for an affordable and delicious meal!


  • 68 Orchard Rd, #01-29A, Plaza Singapura, Plaza Singapura, 238839


  • +65 6251 2000

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 10pm
  • Saturday to Sunday: 9am to 10pm

Author: Christen Yu

Christen Yu is a senior and one of the co-editors for the eye this year. She has been a student at Singapore American School for fourteen years, and despite having been born in Southern California, she considers Singapore her home. A few of her favorite things include wasting time and money on Bachelor, Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise episodes, and overusing the snapchat dog filter. She finds happiness in drinking bubble tea, and making friends laugh. She can be contacted at

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