Say Hello to the World’s First Hello Kitty Chinese Restaurant

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Not everyone can quite understand the fascination with Hello Kitty, but one thing for sure, the cat with no mouth is extending her domination worldwide. This time, Hello Kitty has found its way into a Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong.

Oh yes, think Hello Kitty’s face staring back at you from that dim sum steamer basket.

Photo: Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine

Photo: Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine

Restaurant owner Man Kwong first started selling his idea to Sanrio, the company which owns the Hello Kitty copyright, in late 2013. It was only almost half a year later before he got Sanrio on board in April 2014. Since then, he and his team of chefs have experimented with hundreds of different dim sum dishes to get the nod from Sanrio executives before the final menu of 37 items materialised.

Photo: Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine

Photo: Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine

The menu of the restaurant – which was given a no-brainer name of Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine – comprises regular dim sum items such as prawn dumplings, steamed buns, sponge cakes and lotus paste buns, except that all will be shaped like Hello Kitty. Apparently, making the items is not easy – there are as many as 17 steps involved in creating the buns alone.

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Photos: Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine

Diners can also rest assured that the dishes are also all made from natural ingredients. For instance, the Hello Kitty eyes are dotted using squid ink and beetroot juice is mixed with flour to get the pink colour for the Hello Kitty bow.

The restaurant is set to officially open on 1 June 2015. However, it already had a soft launch in April. Needless to say, long queues have been snaking out of the restaurant since then. If you dread the queue, you’ll be happy to learn that the restaurant will soon be introducing an online system for making reservations on its website.

Long queues form outside the Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine restaurant in Kowlon, Hong Kong. Photo: Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine

Long queues form outside the Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine restaurant in Kowlon, Hong Kong. Photo: Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine

Visit www.hellokittychinesecuisine.com.hk for more information.

Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine
Shop A to C, Lee Loy Mansion
332-338 Canton Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 8202 8203

Opening hours: 11 am to 11 pm

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Katherine Goh is the managing editor and co-founder of Asia 361. On days when she is not writing, she spends her time dreaming of becoming a travel photographer. For editorial matters, she can be reached at email: [email protected]

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