Irvine’s First Michelin-Star Restaurant, Tim Ho Wan, to Open at Diamond Jamboree

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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International dim sum specialists Tim Ho Wan will open their first-ever California location at Irvine’s Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center in May. The 129-seat restaurant will be the first in the U.S. to offer a takeout window in addition to a full-service, dine-in restaurant.

What began 10 years ago as a humble, 20-seat restaurant in Hong Kong has become a worldwide sensation known for authentic Cantonese dim sum in modern, convivial surroundings. Founded by chefs Mak Kwai Pui and Leung Fai Keung in 2009, the original Hong Kong location earned a Michelin star within its first year of operation and gained a cult following as the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant at the time.

dumplings in bamboo steaming bowls

Tim Ho Wan’s dim sum-focused menu features a variety of pan-fried, baked, and steamed specialties, all of which are handmade to order using fresh ingredients. Highlights include baked BBQ pork buns, steamed shrimp dumplings (Har Gow), steamed pork spare rib with black bean sauce, pan-fried turnip cake, sticky rice in lotus leaf, and steamed rice rolls with BBQ pork, minced beef, or shrimp and Chinese chives. The Irvine restaurant will also offer yet-to-be-announced items exclusive to that location alongside draft beers, eco-friendly wines, and a private sake label.

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