Monday, March 2, 2009
Canton-i @ 1-Utama Shopping Centre (Old Wing)
The first time that I noticed this place was while shopping with Jenn at 1 Utama... at that time there were a lot of people outside waiting for their table so we didn't try the food. One day we decided to beat the dinner crowd and came here early before dinner time. The outside looked very nice and modern.
This time there are 3 parts - twice in 1Utama outlet and once in The Garden Mid Valley outlet. I think that I have to speed up and clear the old posts... lol!
They even set up a small takeaway corner at the entrance selling pastries.
similar to Dragon-i, it's kitchen is situated at the front and show you can see all the assortment of roasted meats hanging - duck, goose, siu yoke, char siew, etc... looked very tempting even from outside! I guess this is what attracts potential customer to enter... lol!
Once inside, you'd notice that the interior is white and magenta in colour. These pendant lights create some traditional Chinese look for the restaurant.
The chefs preparing dim dum while you were seated at bar-style counter.
Maple leaves decoration hanging down from the chrome platform on the ceiling.
This is a truly hong kong style food & beverage. From the menu, you can opt for dim sum, porridge (HK ppl call it congee), assorted roast meats together with noodle/rice (even a-la-carte), desserts and drinks. Just like Kim Gary, you have to tick on the food & beverage of your choice on a piece of order chit given.
I ordered their Roast Goose Noodles @ RM18 - this dish is more expensive compared to other types of roast dishes such as duck, chicken, pork belly and char siew. If you prefer drumstick, fork out another RM8! The egg noodles used were tangy and chewy and I loved it! It'd be too soft if over-cooked. The downside was that the goose meat tasted just like normal duck meat... only less fat and meat's texture was softer. It came with a complimentary bowl of soup.
Jenn opted for Carp Fish Balls & Lettuce Congee @ RM11.80 - the congee texture was silky and smooth and fragrant, unlike those teo chew style porridge. Hong Kong style congee is slowly cooked to perfection. Dried scallops are added during cooking process for an unforgettable aroma.
Congee is not complete without yaw char koay, so Jenn ordered their deep-fried dough fritters @ RM3 - very crispy as they prepared on the spot once you placed order.
Deep-fried silver fish with pepper and salt @ RM12 - crispy, slightly salty & not too spicy despite the presence of chilly. I love it!!
Lemongrass with iced jasmine tea @ RM10 - good presentation using lemongrass. However, I expected the lemongrass flavour to justify its pricetag. I was disappointed when I realised that the jasmine flavour is stronger without much lemongrass flavour.
Part 2 - 1Utama outlet as well...
Stir fried pork belly wanton noodles @ RM12.80 - less RM1 if you go for the soup version. I guess that the management knows that most people would go for its dry version so they marked up RM1 higher. Like part 1, the noodle was still chewy and tangy. The pork belly had mild spicy taste and slightly salty. I loved it...
Roast BBQ Pork Ribs Noodles @ RM12.80 - instead of char siew, they used pork ribs for its sauce... it was sweet and I enjoyed cleaning the whole ribs using my fingers.
Jasmine Faery @ RM5 - actually I was intriqued by the flower art tea. Using marigold, gold amaranth and chrysamthemum... it is placed inside a glass cup before poured with hot water. Flower tea is hand crafted tea om which edible flower are hand-tied in a call of tea leaves. The flowering can be seen to be slowly opened giving a visionable appearance of the blooming flower. However, being a tea drinker... I don't really like the taste of those flowers... I prefer pure Chinese tea instead.
At the beginning...
After a while... noticed that the flower is blooming?
Part 3 - The Garden Mid Valley outlet...
Designs are similar to 1Utama outlet.
They have semi-circle sofa for up to 4 diners...
Fried turnip cake with XO sauce @ RM12 - with shrimp, bean sprout, pickled vegetables and spicy XO sauce... this dish is not oily and delicious.
Stewed beef brisket wanton noodles @ RM12.80 - according to feedback from Jenn's father, the brisket was too soft. I guess that the meat was stewed for too long. The noodle however, got a thumb up!
Egg tart @ RM5 - Jenn and I were not hungry so we ordered some dim sum dishes. The crust was fluffy and crispy while the yolk filling was not too sweet. Perfect!
Steamed egg yolk and custard bun @ RM6 - the bun had flavour of yam which I loved, and coupled with the sweetness from the egg yolk + custard... it felt like heaven.
Steamed BBQ pork bun @ RM6 - nothing to shout of, as I had better ones elsewhere. Given the price here, I expect the quality to fare better.
Hong kong coffee and tea (yin yang) @ RM5.50 - no complaints.
Leo's verdict - it is part of Dragon-i group which is famous for its siu long bao. The whole setting and designs of the outlets. The combination of white and magenta colours with lightings created a modern & contemporary feeling for the diners. However the space is quite limited at their Mid Valley outlet. I prefer 1 Utama outlet due to the spaciousness. Their wanton mee is a must try!