- The owner says Hello Kitty is much more popular in China than in Japan
- An amazing 37 dishes feature on the menu, all intricately created
- The interior is also inspired by the cartoon cat with Hello Kitty tableware
- Crowds are already flocking to the restaurant following its soft opening
Edward Chow For Mailonline
04:11 EST, 13 May 2015
06:05 EST, 13 May 2015
Brace yourself, Hello Kitty fans, the world is about to welcome its first ever Chinese restaurant entirely inspired by the celebrity cartoon cat.
The feline-featured restaurant, which is set to open in Hong Kong in June, will feature an incredible 37 dishes, about half of which will be in the shape of the cartoon cat.
And the media storm in China is so intense that the restaurant owner has to use a pseudonym for media appearances, reports the People’s Daily Online.
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A selection of the Hello Kitty themed food that will be served at the world’s first Chinese restaurant inspired by the cartoon cat
According to the owner, who goes by the nickname Wan Guang, Hello Kitty is much more popular in Hong Kong than it is in Japan.
And Wan is taking the responsibility seriously.
He has already experimented with hundreds of different dim sum dishes, and there’s still weeks to go before the official opening.
Crowds are already flocking to the soft opening of the restaurant, which is due to open officially in June
Steamed Hello Kitty buns with egg custard inside. The owner, who goes by the pseudonym Wan Guang, has already experimented with hundreds of recipes in preparation for the opening
The menu features a total of 37 dishes, about half of which will be in the shape of the cartoon cat
But as the publisher of a health magazine, Wan hopes the all the food served in the restaurant – his first foray into the industry – is naturally-produced and healthy.
The menu – along with the cat’s famous bows and whiskers – will include prawn dumplings and steamed buns, along with sponge cakes and lotus paste buns.
But it is rumoured in the business that the specially-made dim sum dishes are extremely complicated to create, with one requiring an intimidating 17 different steps.
But despite the intricate preparation process, Hello Kitty fans will be pleased to know that lunch will only set them back between £6 and £12, while dinner will cost between £8 and £16.
A sneak preview of the menu. Many of the dishes will be the exact image of the cat, while others are inspired by its accessories, such as the bow
And all of the recipes needed the authorisation of Sanrio – the Japanese company with the Hello Kitty copyright – before they could make it onto the final menu.
But the Hello Kitty theme doesn’t stop with the food.
The restaurant’s interior design will also be heavily influenced by the cartoon cat, along with the teapots, cups, chopsticks and tableware.
Steamed shrip dumplings with added whiskers. Some of the recipes are incredibly intricate, with one of the dim sum designs taking 17 steps to create
The interior of the restaurant is also inspired by the feline, with a traditional Chinese twist, with Hello Kitty tableware and art on the walls
Wan approached Sanrio with his ambitious idea at the end of 2013 and by April 2014 he had received authorisation to go ahead with the scheme.
The restaurant opened unofficially to the public on April 16th, as a trial run, and has proved to be a big hit with the residents of Hong Kong.
The June opening is expected to draw hundreds of the world’s biggest Hello Kitty fans to Hong Kong’s busy Canton Road, where it will be located.
Other Hello Kitty-themed restaurants have already found success around the world, although this is the first that will feature Chinese food on the menu.
Cafes inspired by the cat are already doing a roaring trade in Adelaide, Australia, and in Orange County, California, serving up everything from birthday cakes to high teas.
Cafes inspired by the cat are already doing a roaring trade, but this will be the first Hello Kitty Chinese restaurant