Filipino dim sum lovers rejoiced in 2014 as Tim Ho Wan opened its doors to diners, bringing their take on classic Hong Kong small plate fare. The band’s founder Mak Kwai-pui opened the first branch in 2009 in Hong Kong. A former chef at the three-Michelin-starred Lung King Heen restaurant, Mak set out to make the best dim sum he could possibly make. This risky venture would eventually pay off in the form of all four of his early Tim Ho Wan branches earning the coveted Michelin Star rating in five short years.
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), the largest Asian food service company, invests P1.74 billion to acquire a 45 percent stake in the Asia Pacific franchise of the dim sum restaurant chain. JFC Chairman Tony Tan Caktiong said “this investment gives JFC the opportunity to have a significant interest in the Tim Ho Wan franchise in the long term and will bring very healthy financial returns to JFC.”
We at MBites can’t help but let our imaginations run wild with possible food mash-ups or pairings. Imagine a world where the crispy baked buns we’ve all come to love came filled with an equally beloved peach-mango filling, the crispy-sweet crust cracking giving way to a deluge of tropical fruit compote. Or perhaps, deep-fried bean curd skin rolls packed with a Cheesy Bacon Mushroom Yum filling, with each thin bean curd layer letting off individual crunches as you bite in and reach the cheesy-meaty core. And perhaps, crisp umami strips of radish cake tossed in a flavorful powder and topped with dressing, just like Jollibee’s Over the Top Fries. Alternately, imagine Tim Ho Wan serving Chickenjoy chicken feet; where ChickenJoy breading meets traditional chicken feet sauce. It doesn’t have to be confined to those two restaurants though: While Chowking’s menu might be in a great position right now, it wouldn’t hurt to add a few Tim Ho Wan-inspired offerings to the roster. The Spare Ribs Rice of Tim Ho Wan would find a nice spot among Chowking’s many Chow Fan rice topping combos. Red Ribbon would also be a great place for another Tim Ho Wan favorite, the Steamed Egg Cake.