Kobitos Dim Sum Icon – Puking, Gross Milk Custard Buns & Other Strange Dim Sum
[Hong Kong] Kobitos? The Japanese can come out with the strangest things, and trust the Hong Kongers to turn them into baskets of dim sum.
But this takes the cake.
A character described as both kimoi (ugly) and kawaii, created by Japanese illustrator Toshitaka Nabata. Kobitos are grotesque looking boob-like dwarfs that got Japanese (and Taiwanese) children to fantasize about capturing and taking care of them.
Now, you can eat them.
They found their way into the dim sum menu, with offerings of Kobitos Steamed Rice Roll and Chill Sauce (HK$59), Kobitos Truffle and Mushroom Dumplings (HK$49), Kobitos Prawn Dumplings (HK$59), Kobitos Deep-fried Steak Mushroom (HK$79) and Kobitos Deep-fried Minced Chicken Dumplings (HK$49).
I must say that I came with ZERO expectations, and must give it to the store for decorating in full theme.
The walls, the accessories, the uniform, the plates, the teapot, the coasters, the merchandise, the mascot at the door… are all decked in Kobitos design. A documentary was playing on “How To Catch Kobito”. For real. (Which contrastingly reminds me of some Character Themed Cafes In Singapore done too half-heartedly.)
The ‘must-order’ is the pink-coloured Kobitos Milk Custard Buns (HK$49.00), imprinted with a ludicrous (or cute) looking face of Kobito.
You can really eat them as they are. But for Instagram, poke a hole through the mouth (or nostrils or eyes) and let the milk custard flow.
Actually, not too bad tasting. Having milk custard (and not the typical salted egg custard) kept the bun not too heavy on the palate. I wished the milk was thicker though, but I figured it would have to be this density to get the liquid flowing smoothly out of the mouth.
Obviously made for Instagram.
But can be disturbing, gross, unsettling.
Anyway, the Kobitos Steamed Pork Dumplings (HK$59 for 3 pieces) looked all lovely for photos, but had too thick skin for my liking.
If Kobitos are not your kind of fantasy, there is also a Gudetama meets Little Twin Star lookalike “Eggs Family Series” which features similar Chocolate Lava Buns (HK$39), Egg Yolk Buns (HK$45), and Custard Milk Tarts (H$35).
Mama cannot say, “Don’t play with your food.”
Dim Sum Icon TST
L308, 3/F, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
(Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit B1 or B2)
尖沙咀彌敦道100號 The ONE 3樓L308號舖
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon-Sun)
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