We thought it wasn’t possible to love dumplings anymore than we do.
Turns out, we were wrong. We hadn’t considered the possibility of dumplings that resemble Hello Kitty.
In a few weeks, Hong Kong will be home to the first Hello Kitty–themed restaurant in the world, and we are very tempted to buy a plane ticket to scope it out.
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“Hello Kitty is more popular in Hong Kong than in [her native] Japan,” the restaurant’s owner Man Kwong tells TIME. Kwong’s vision includes all-natural ingredients and a hope to promote the space as family-friendly.
The 37-item menu will feature Hello Kitty–shaped dim sum and dishes, her face depicted on dumplings and buns with squid ink, beet root and high-quality flour to make for a playful eating experience. Acquiring the rights for that face proved less fun, as restaurateur Kwong negotiated with Sanrio for almost two years, but the payoff should be worth it: Hello Kitty is a $7 billion dollar franchise.
The iconic cartoon’s face on delicious dim sum? Dream synergy.
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The restaurant’s official launch is expected to be June 1.
—Maria Yagoda, @MariaYagoda