Friday, April 4, 2008

Canton-i @ 1U

G-208 Ground Floor
1 Utama Shopping Mall
1 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama
Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-77297888

As some of us may know, Canton-i is the "sister restaurant" of the popular Dragon-i. Some of the dishes served here can be found in Dragon-i but generally, Canton-i serves mostly "fast" dishes like wantan noodles, congee, fried rice, dim-sum and some stir-fry dishes.

Their Wantan Noodles are fabulous - the texture is springy and light - you don't get the jelak feeling even after consuming lots of it! I absolutely love their shrimp wantans - these are huge balls of superfresh shrimps wrapped in thin wantan skins. For the size and freshness, it's money well-spent (RM12.80) on these balls of delicious goodness and springy noodles!

If you don't fancy shrimps, then their barbecued meats must not be missed as accompaniments for the noodles. The Roast Pork is really one of the best I have ever tasted! The cuts of pork belly are carefully selected - only those with even layers of fatty & lean meats are used and the skin is roasted to perfect crispiness. Mind you, their roast pork runs out very fast and we have experienced waiting a good 20 minutes for the next batch to be ready before we got our serving! It's so popular that you can see this on almost every table!

If pork is not your fancy, try the Roast Duck. This is another must-try. There's not much fat underneath the crispy skin, and the juicy well-flavoured meat will satisfy even the most discerning roast duck critic!

The Fried Radish Cake - a similar dish can be found in Dragon-i, but I think Canton-i's serving tastes much better. It has enough "wok-hei", with generous portions of their superfresh shrimps, eggs and beansprout. Peppered with bits of choy-poh and spring onions, this dish remains a firm favourite with us.

On one of our visits to Canton-i, we sat at the counter table and had the opportunity to watch the chefs at work. One of them was making the Steamed Rice Rolls (HK Chee-Cheong-Fun) and we just could not resist ordering a portion. Hot from the steamer right onto our table, the plate of rice rolls came with a generous portion of HK vege (sawi) - rather unusual but certainly very welcome! As expected, the rice rolls were very smooth and the shrimps were absolutely succulent.Now coming to the sweet stuff, the Taro Skin Custard Pau was lovely to look at. We watched the chefs steaming baskets of these pretty paus and just had to order some. The purplish rings on the pau made it almost too pretty to eat...and once you bite into it, the smooth buttery milky custard filling just oozes out.

Anybody who goes to Canton-i should not leave the restaurant without trying their Egg Tarts. Theirs is absolutely one of the best egg tarts I have ever tasted... and most of the patrons there agree with me because the egg tarts seem to be a standard order on almost every table!
From our vantage point at the counter table, we could see how busy the chefs were coping with orders of these delectable tarts. The pastry is flaky and light and the eggy custard, with just the right amount of sweetness, is a real delight to the taste buds. Every order of egg tarts is served piping hot from the oven. At RM1.50 each, one can easily wolf down a few, with no regrets, hehe!

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