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Too Cute to Eat: Hello Kitty Dim Sum in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty Chinese CuisineAre you a huge fan of Hello Kitty and looking to satisfy your insatiable hunger for the iconic and well-loved feline character? The Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine Restaurant in Kowloon, Hong Kong might be the perfect place for you. In this new restaurant, you can feast your eyes, and more importantly your taste buds, with everything Hello Kitty.

From the outside to the interiors, the establishment overflows with Hello Kitty elements. Kitty's face adorns walls, furnishings, decor, bowls, chop sticks and most specially the food! The popular Sanrio character was even depicted as the Four Beauties of ancient China, painted in traditional Chinese style! If not her all too familiar visage, it is Kitty's iconic bow that decorates everything.

The Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine serve a wide range of Chinese dishes including stir-fried beef and noodles. The best sellers, however, are the dimsums which range in variety, from savory to sweet. A basket of  custard bun costs HK$42 while shrimp dumplings are at HK$48.

Taste-wise, the Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine will give other Hello Kitty-themed restaurants from other parts of the world a run for their money. Impeccably plated, each dish tastes good as it looks.

Founded by Man Kwong, an entrepreneur running a Chinese-language health magazine, the restaurant makes each dish from scratch, using only healthy and organic ingredients. For instance, no artificial coloring were used for the dim sums. Kitty's bow got its vibrant pink hue from beetroot while squid ink was used for her eyes and whiskers.

Making the dim sum is no ordinary fete. The dumplings alone take twice as long to prepare  compared to your ordinary dumplings. Decorating each bun requires 17 different steps! Before the restaurant can open its doors to the public, executives from Sanrio were flown in from Japan to taste and approve every dish. It took Kwong 18 months to conceptualize and finally get the restaurant up and running.

Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine is located at Shop A-C, G/F Lee Loy Mansion, 332-338 Canton Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Be prepared to fall in line to get a table and expect some of the young girl diners to shriek when they open their dim sum baskets.

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