Tuesday, April 6, 2010

RM1 Chicken @ Canton-i

If you reside in the Klang Valley, you'd probably have eaten at Canton-i or its sister restaurant, Dragon-i. The latter is famous for their Xiao Loong Pau - one of the best you can get around here.

Canton-i in 1-Utama is a favourite lunch spot for me as my office is just about 128 steps from the place.


Both Canton-i and Dragon-i are having a "RM1 Chicken" dish promotion, in appreciation of their customers, or so they say lah. It sounds good, right? They've put up some posters & stuff advertising this promo but what they didn't inform everyone is that this promo is ONLY available from 6.00pm until 10.00pm. So, don't go there hoping to eat their RM1 Chicken during lunch time! They're very strict about the 6.00pm thingy - the waitress refused to put in the order even if it's 5.59pm!

OK, coming back to the Chicken... well, at Canton-i, they serve the "Roasted Chicken with Red Beancurd" - basically, it's roast chicken with nam-yue marinade. (Dragon-i serves a different version, I believe) You get a whole chicken if there're at least 4 people in your group.

As there were only 3 of us that evening, we were given half a chicken. So, there we were, eagerly anticipating our el-cheapo chicken. When the plate of fowl finally reached our table, we were really "amazed" by the tiny portion! Man, it was really a very very small chicken, I kid you not!


Yeah, from the pic, it looked pretty decent-sized, but let me assure you, this was like an adolescent spring chicken, really it was.

Oh well... for RM1, just treat this as a Side Dish... you know, something like that dish of pickled chillies/sambal you always have on the side...



That mini plate of chicken could only fill a teeny weeny corner of our tummies. Even the whole chicken served (on other tables that I saw), well... the whole chicken could sit on a 10"-diameter plate with lots of space to spare!

So... to fill our still-growling tummies, we had to order stuff like these...


Noodles with Roast Duck (RM12.80)- you can never go wrong with this!


Rice Rolls with Bamboo Pith (RM9.80) - a refreshing change from the usual rolls stuffed with shrimps or char siew.


Spinach (they had a fancier name for this veg, can't remember what!) in soup & century + salted eggs (RM16.80) - very generous with the cholesterol, as you can see.


Steamed Fish Maw Dumpling (RM13) - I liked this... the spongy chewy fishmaw went very well with the fishpaste filling, all freshly-steamed.


Steamed Beancurd Roll (RM8)- quite ordinary.

So, there you go - if you want to catch the RM1 fowl, do so before the end of this month. At the sizes they go, I totally believe them when they said (in the media, recently) that they're confident of serving 50,000 chickens (or more) to their customers. It's sup-sup-soei to devour 1 whole chicken there lah!

So, hop on over & get your fowl-ly side dish, people!


foodbin said...

we were there at 8.45 pm the other night, disappointed wqhen told that the Rm1 chicken was sold out-only 100 birds /night.

Precious Pea said...

The last time i went, they served me semi-raw roasted goose and the waitress initially insist that it is cooked when you can clearly see pinkish flesh and blood in the bones!

thule a.k.a leo said...

Ah.. I think that I'd missed out on this offering :)

PureGlutton said...

foodbin: Tough luck huh! Next time better go early then.

PureGlutton said...

P.Pea: Hmm..yeah, service there can be rather erratic. I wanted to try their goose the other day, but it was sold out.

PureGlutton said...

Leo: You still have this whole month to go grab the chicken, haha!

minchow said...

Haha, I like that it's 128 steps fr yr office... nothing like knowing it's within step-counting distance to make it worth yr while! Fish maw dumpling looks yumm... the chicken, not so much :-P

babe_kl said...

LOL you actually counted the steps??? i really salute you!

btw you noticed their rice rolls also shrunk tremendously?

mimid3vils said...

last year I had a whole bird for this RM 1 Chicken promotion which was quite big in size :)

HairyBerry said...

is this the "mou zhau gai" promotion? i've heard and read so much about it! ;D

try the carp ball porridge next time. it's quite nice. :D

PureGlutton said...

minchow: Yeah, one must always know the exact stats, right?! The fish maw was really good.

PureGlutton said...

Babe KL: You know how mindless & random i can be, LOL! I think, besides rice rolls, some other portions have shrunk too.

PureGlutton said...

mimi: I guess compared to last year, price of chicken had risen, hence the smaller birds this time round!

PureGlutton said...

HairyBerry: Must be the same chicken promo, i guess!
Hmm... i always go for the Porkballs porridge. Carpballs is a whole new ballgame to me!

ck lam said...

I heard much of this promo but have yet to drop by.