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You Win Some, You Dim Sum

Tim Ho Wan, the world's “cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant” is coming to New York
Chef Mak Kwai Pui
Photo: Courtesy of Tim Ho Wan Sydney via Facebook

The words Michelin and cheap don't often come together, but when we they do, they make us very happy. Add the words dim sum to the equation, and you've really got our attention.

Enter Tim Ho Wan, the Hong Kong-based dim sum restaurant famous not only for its baked bun with barbecue pork, but also because it is apparently the world's cheapest restaurant to earn a Michelin star.

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The restaurant already has locations around the world, in Singapore, the Philippines, Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Australia. It just opened a new location in Melbourne last month and, according to the Village Voice, New Yorkers are about to get in on the action, too. Tim Ho Wan is slated to open in New York this September, occupying the former home of Spice on Fourth Avenue and 10th Street in the East Village.

Chef Mak Kwai Pui isn't stopping at the Big Apple either. He also has plans to open a location in Hawaii and is looking for chefs for both U.S. restaurants.

The original Tim Ho Wan opened in 2009, when Pui left three-Michelin-star restaurant Lung King Heen. It won its first star in the 2010 Hong Kong and Macau guide, and still holds one today.

The New York location, which will have a liquor licence, will focus on dim sum but eventually expand with dishes that cater to American palates, Pui tells the Village Voice. Pui has never been to New York, the Voice reports. We're sure New Yorkers will give him quite a warm welcome.

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