Hello Kitty-themed restaurant offers 'economy rice' set at RM2

Last update: 04/11/2019

By Rozainah Abdul Rahim

IPOH, Nov 3 -- Hello Kitty, very famous Japanese cartoon character and its endless pink outfits, needs no introduction as it has been a worldwide phenomenon since its first introduction by Sanrio in 1974.

Based on cartoon character popularity, a restaurant owner in Ipoh, Nur Akma Mohamad Nassier, decided to adopt Hello Kitty as the premises’ theme to make it stand out as she was also self-professed fan of the adorable cartoon character.

For Ipoh residents, the 3 Generation Restaurant, located in front of the Institute of Teachers Education (IPG) Ipoh campus, has been a familiar eatery to go to for the past seven years, not only for its affordable prices but also to enjoy its cheerful atmosphere while enjoying sumptuous dishes.

Nur Akma, 30, said her restaurant prepared more than 30 types of Malay dishes daily to patrons at very affordable price, with the highlight would be the ‘economy rice’ set at only RM2 including free drink.

Commenting on Hello Kitty-themed decor, she said she wanted it to serve as the restaurant’s trademark so that it would attract fellow fans of the cartoon character.

Nur Akma, a mother of two, said the idea came about when she was pursuing a certificate in Hotel and Catering at the Selayang Community College for two years from 2011.

“Apart from Hello Kitty as its theme, the restaurant also offers interesting souvenirs to customers on special days such as calendars and chocolates.

“On top of the shop signboard printed in pink, the restaurant pink wall was also adorned with Hello Kitty posters and the water dispensers are also coordinated in the same colour shade complete with the famous cartoon character images affixed to them,” she told Bernama here recently.

Another specialty of the restaurant, Nur Akma said, was honey-coated chicken (ayam madu) which were sold as little as RM1 per piece and available daily.

On the economy rice set, Nur Alma said it would consist of white rice with vegetables and a choice of chicken, fish or egg dishes where customers had to inform the staff at the counter first to obtain it.

“Although we don’t make much profit, we are happy to have many people to come to our restaurant and the idea of providing economy rice set came from my father so that we can do more of charity while running a business,” she said.

The restaurant opens daily from 8.30 am to 4 pm except Friday.