Ham & Eggs............

Ham & Eggs............

Canton-i @ 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The origins of Hong Kong cuisine date back to the early colonial British rule when immigrants, mainly from the province of Canton, came in drove to the thriving city of Hong Kong to trade with the western merchants. Over generations, this exchange of goods and culture between the East and the West gave rise to new cultural identities, one of which we recognize today as contemporary Hong Kong cuisine. Reputed to be a “Gourmet Paradise”, it is the decorous consideration of the flavor, texture and presentation of each dish that has elevated Hong Kong’s cuisine to an art form and has propelled it into the ranks of other internationally acclaimed and prominent cuisines.
In bringing the very best of Hong Kong cuisine to Malaysia, Canton-i has invited renowned chefs from Hong Kong and Guangzhou to prepare a wide variety of authentic dishes using the finest imported ingredients meticulously chosen to offer a true taste of Hong Kong. Canton-i is located on the ground floor of 1 Utama, just opposite TGI Friday's. Upon arrival, expect a long queue outside especially during weekend. Ordering food here is very much like any others “chan char teng”, you are given a piece of paper catalog on it, and tick down whatever you want to eat. Here the menu serves noodles, rice, congee, dim sum items (fried, pan fried and steamed) and desserts.

Hong Kong Style Milk Tea, their milk tea is actually nice but not that good…. There are better milk teas somewhere out there….
All their wantan noodles are freshly made and in the menu, they provide a methodology of how to make it. So for the Japanese Stewed Pork Rib Wantan Noodle, the noodle is bouncy and you could taste the flavor of the fresh egg. As for the Stewed Pork Rib, it’s tender, sweet (because they used Japanese sauce) and quite tangy.
Char Siew Wantan Noodle, noodle is the same…… the char siew is alright but somehow lack of something…..hhmmmmm
Then the Congee with 3 combinations (deep fried pork intestine, 2 types of crackers), the congee is actually taste quite ok and mixture with the deep fried stuff, it gives a crunchy bite.
Pan Fried Rice Flour Noodle (Chee Cheong Fun) with XO sauce, unique taste with the spiciness from the XO sauce (ok ok lar)….
Another type of Chee Cheong Fun is the Steamed method with Bamboo Pith and Mixed Vegetables, much nicer here as compare to other places.
Then you could try this, Steamed Rice Flour Noodle with Chinese Dough Fritters, it’s basically deep fried dough (oil fried ghost) wrap with chee cheong fun…. The combination of chee cheong fun is too starchy while the condiments are bland.
After that, there is Steamed Shark Fin Dumpling in Superior Soup, the soup taste great and the dumpling, no doubt is tangy and quite a bouncy bite….
The Roast Goose, not much of places offer roast goose, but it is very succulent and juicy, furthermore tasty. One of the best in town….
The Stewed Pork Knuckle in Red Bean Curd, the pork knuckle is quite flavorful and tender, but some other places taste much better.
Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumpling (Siew Mai), quite big actually, maybe because of the price they offered (RM9), one of the most expensive siew mai in town or in Malaysia.
Then Steamed Mixed Vegetable Dumpling, it is an average dish, nothing to shout about it.
Deep Fried Aromatic Duck Spring Roll, quite a unique dish using duck meat into spring roll, must say that it’s crispy and one of the kind.
And Radish Cake. The dish is oily and just a below average dish.
Deep Fried Crap Fish Ball, a combination of crap meat and fish paste, making it a very unique and crunchy dish…yum
Next, Crispy Bun Stuffed with Honey-Glazed BBQ Pork, basically, a char siew bun deep fried. It looks very delicious and indeed a nice dish to recommend to the patrons…
Steamed Egg Yolk and Custard Bun, a very tasty dish and the bun is so soft and with a bite, warm egg yolk flowing out….MMMmmmMMmmm
For desserts, there is the Chilled Mango Glutinous Rice Pancake, very unique and points to their chefs in making such creativity dish.
If you prefer something else, try the Chilled Mango Pudding. Also a nice dish….
Overall, food is okay here but be prepared to pay extra for their atmosphere and environment. The décor here is Oriental theme, can be seen in interior decorating throughout Imagine you dining in Oriental grandeur among ceramic tea pots, elegant flower wood carvings and Chinese lanterns in pink hue. However, we find that the restaurant was filled to capacity, resulting in really tight seating.

Food Review

Food Type: Chinese (Non-Halal)
Address: G208, Ground Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Tel: +603-7729 7888
Price: Average RM40 per pax
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday (11am-10pm), Saturday and Sunday (10.30am-10pm)

Taste Rating: 8.5/10
Ambiance Rating: 7.5/10
Service Rating: 7/10
Value Rating: 3/10

Overall Rating: 6.5/10


Vincent Yow May 17, 2009 at 2:18 AM  

Is too bad I didn't try the Roast Goose because its sold out when trying to order.

Michael aka AhSi May 17, 2009 at 7:05 PM  

the roast goose is good and tangy...Maybe this is one of the best goose in town....

Cherry June 23, 2009 at 6:13 PM  

we went thr during Mother's Day. There were so many of us, we ordered so many different types of dishes... they are all nice some nicer than others. I had the pork intestine porridge. The price for this item was reasonable. 3 combination of meat for RM13+. Not bad for such an expensive place. Not worth ordering the dim sum cos very expensive. If I remember correctly 3 pcs of 'siew mai' is about rm10. so not worth it.


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