At one time it was the world’s most inexpensive Michelin-starred restaurant. Now Hong Kong dim sum specialist has made its second American home in Waikiki’s Royal Hawaiian Center.
The Hong Kong location was opened in 2009 by chefs Mak Kwai Pui of three-Michelin-starred Lung King Heen and Leung Fai Keung of Ho Choi Seafood. It quickly became a success with locals and visitors who enjoyed the no-frills approach to quality dim sum at reasonable prices. The Waikiki location opens daily from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and serves many of the classic dim sum dumplings like har gau (steamed shrimp dumpling), siu mai (pork and shrimp dumpling), and baked char siu buns alongside a few Waikiki-only dishes that incorporate local pineapple. Baskets of 3-4 dumplings are all under $6, making it more expensive than a Chinatown jaunt, but not a pricey endeavor for those seeking a top notch yum cha experience.
Tim Ho Wan
Royal Hawaiian Center
2233 Kalakaua Ave, Suite B303
Daily 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.