Sunday, 9 November 2008

Canton-i Restaurant @ 1-Utama, Petaling Jaya

Back home in Manchester now. However, there is still plenty for me to write about regarding my culinary exploits in KL / PJ during my visit. The last few days since I have been back has been rather dull, as far as eating is concerned. But this always happen after every visit to Malaysia. After a couple of week of extreme stimulations of the tastebuds, all the food here seems rather bland and unexciting. Even when I went to a nice restaurant yesterday, it failed to recreate the buzz and high of tasting Malaysian food in Malaysia itself.


Here is place I have read about in many blogs and have had it on my list as a must-visit when I visited Malaysia next, so here I was.

The front was very modern, clean and had a rather upmarket look to it, despite having the image of selling popular Hong Kong hawker / cafe food. It was around 12pm on a Saturday and there were already loads of people going into the restaurant. I would have liked to have lunched a little later but seeing the crowd, we thought we'd better grab a table there before they were full up.

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Here we can see the cooks doing their stuff in a kitchen exposed for all to see. No spitting into the food here! So, you can safely return the food if you dont like it!
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The char siu wantan noodle dish was very nice. The char siu was tender and fresh with just enough charring to avoid the bitter taste. This was definitely Malaysian style char siu rather than the red and blander Hong Kong style. The wantans were huge.. like siu mai, and plenty of juicy prawns and pork filling within. The noodle was nice too, but not outstanding. The sauce, however, was just ok. Not as good as an old fashioned Malaysian style wantan mee sauce from a hawker.
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The ngau nam meen (beef brisket noodle) is as good as any I have ever tasted. Neither better nor worse. I dont think anything ordering this would be disappointed, but neither would they be wowed.
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I ordered an indivudual plate of crispy roast pork (siew yoke) and roast cuttlefish, after reading good reviews about the former. I was not disappointed with the former, as the skin was really crispy and meat was juicy and tender. However, the cuttlefish was really tough. I have had much better in the UK. I have not seen this kind of cuttlefish being sold fresh in the local markets here, so maybe the quality of the raw cuttlefish was not so good.

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My overall impression was that it was just ok, especially given the price of around rm80 for all the above dishes. Ok, so its still about half the price I would have to pay in the UK in an average Chinese restaurant. However, I expected it to have cost a lot less in South East Asia, even if the quality was above average.

Some of the other blogs that made me visit this place:

Babe in the city
Masak Masak
Ling239

15 comments:

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

this place is definitely not cheap..especially all the side orders here and there

backstreetgluttons said...

You have put it in a way which we have always felt, food in swanky places may appear upmarket with impeccable "class " but coming to strictly food appreciationa and taste ( wow factor ) the streets are still the ones to beat ...across thw world yes , manchester included !

As they say these are places to impress others , but not oneself

Nic (KHKL) said...

you'll be surprised to know that i've not been to canton-i eventhough it's relatively near my place! haha! i heard the egg tarts are good.

wmw said...

A shame I didn't have time to bring you to my fave char siew place ;o). Next time!

Hazza said...

joe,
plus the tax and service charge... adds another 25% to the bill!

bsg,
indeed, street is indeed best, but sometimes, you eat with your eyes too, and I must give credit to these upmarket places as they do feed the eyes.

nic,
if you've not been, keep it that way and save the money to have more of that Seremban char siu you took me to!

wmw,
The one nic took me to? Seremban char siu near aman suria?

ling239 said...

the cuttlefish is huge!!

wmw said...

Hahah...Oh yah! I forgot. I'm making a visit there soon.

sc said...

for a good old stlye wantan mee, it's always ho weng kee at SS2 for me :)

Hazza said...

ling,
it does look an awesome sight from the window!

wmw,
I envy you! Wish I had some of it now!

sc,
I will make a not to try that place next time!

Hazza said...

ling,
it does look an awesome sight from the window!

wmw,
I envy you! Wish I had some of it now!

sc,
I will make a not to try that place next time!

Hazza said...

ling,
it does look an awesome sight from the window!

wmw,
I envy you! Wish I had some of it now!

sc,
I will make a not to try that place next time!

dolphing said...
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dolphing said...

I have a bad experience there and I wouldn't think I will be there again.

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