Harnessing the power of cute dim sum


Hong Kong is a very competitive market for new restauranteurs. The food must be good enough or at least be in a niche market to survive in Hong Kong. Instagram worthy cute (“Kawaii” in Japanese) food sells big in Hong Kong. In fact, there is a growing global obsession of marketing cute food to win customers. Cute food injects a bit of fun into our life. Life’s too short! Let’s have a bit of fun sometimes!

P/s: Drum roll please. Meet Lemme the Lemur! My faithful travel companion, born in Basingstoke, adopted in Kuala Lumpur. Lemme loves a warm bowl of soy milk dessert (“Tau Fu Fa”).

Guess Where’s Lemme going to next!

Fellow Instagrammers, if this cute food trend tickles your fancy, here’s a list of dim sum parlours vying for your attention. Plenty of Photo Ops!

YumCha (Central)

Do look out for their cute dim sum offerings of googly eyed hot custard buns, Percy Pig lookalike char siu bao, doggy sausage rolls (In case you are worried, the rolls look like a puppy but are not made of dog meat!), bird-shaped pineapple puffs with its own little bird cage to complete the presentation and snowman bun armies. You got to love them!

Check them out here: http://yumchahk.com/our-menu/ or on their instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yumchahk/

Address: 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong
How to Get Here: Sheung Wan MTR Exit E1

Dim Sum Icon

Beware of Gudetama and Shin Chan fans! For the uninitiated, Gudetama is a popular Japanese mascot that looked like an egg crippled by depression. I would be happy to put the cute Gudetama-esque custard bao out of misery at anytime! Shin Chan is a japanese manga written by Yoshito Usui based on a five year old boy as the lead character! Again, more piggy looking bao galore at this dim sum joint.

Address: The One, L308 on level 3 The One, 100 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How to Get Here: 2 min walk from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station Exit B1

Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine

Hello Kitty is a Sanrio Japanese cartoon cat-inspired character decorated with an iconic pink bow on its cute head. If you like Hello Kitty, don’t miss the chance to eat here.

Address:Shop A-C, G/F, Lee Loy Mansion, 332-338 Canton Road, Jordan.
How to Get Here:3-min walk from Exit F, Austin MTR Station

Crystal Lotus – Disneyland Hong Kong

Disneyland and uber cute does go hand in hand. So why not head over for some Disney and Pixar-inspired dim sum when you are next at Disneyland.

Tip: Disney Dim Sum is available on weekends and public holidays for lunch when you order at least 24 hours in advance. Please order at least 48 hours in advance for Monday through Friday.

Customer favorites include:

  • Mickey’s Seafood Glutinous Pancake
  • Three Little Pigs Barbecue Pork Bun
  • Duffy & ShellieMay Steamed Sweet Bun
  • Little Green Men Pork and Vegetable Bun
  • Baymax Bun
  • “Olaf” Steamed Red Bean Bun
  • Mickey’s Double-Layer Turnip and Taro Pudding

Address:Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
How to Get Here: Disneyland Resort MTR Station



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