Hello Kitty Dim Sum

Hello Kitty Dim Sum

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Sanrio’s multi-billion dollar cat has been around since the 1970s, and from humble origins as a kawaii or ‘cute’ character aimed at Japanese children, has grown to world domination. You can find Hello Kitty pretty much everywhere from fashionable accessories to kitchen appliances and even extremely expensive jewellery. And food.

I have seen plenty of sweets and cookies shaped like Kitty or simply her famous bow, but dim sum came as a bit of a surprise. We happened to inch past this restaurant in a Hong Kong traffic jam, without quite realising what it was, but when I saw it advertised in a food guide later, I knew I had to go back.

For Hello Kitty fans, this restaurant is a must see. Everywhere you look – furniture, crockery, pictures, light fittings – that famous face stares back. I would say smiles, except of course that Hello Kitty does not have a mouth…

Being by myself, I could only sample a small number of the themed offerings on the menu, but, quite apart from looking amazing, everything I tried was very tasty indeed and I enjoyed myself immensely. It probably helped that I was surrounded by giddy Asian girls taking endless photos, and a highly amused, very friendly staff.

So –  flaky char siew (barbeque pork) pastries, translucent rice flour har gau (prawn dumplings), and chicken vegetable pao (steamed buns), all decorated with cute Kitty faces and pretty pink bows. Even the paper underneath the dumplings in their steaming baskets was a Hello Kitty shape.

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It was all a highly entertaining interlude, and (by the time the very nice manager had brought me a chocolate and mango Kitty dessert on the house) so filling I did not manage to eat dinner later. Which, since this cost almost HK$200, was probably just as well. And I promised, should I ever be in Hong Kong again with daughters #1 or #2 in tow, I will be back…

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