Friday, September 5, 2008

Canton I @ 1Utama

The "I" Group (not really their real name, of course) following their success in Dragon I, have now ventured to the Hong Kong cuisine and spreading their wings to Canton I.

Having been opened for the longest of times and blaming the distance that 1Utama is from my humble abode, we finally stepped in the bustling eatery with big warnings of "lack of space" and "busy crowd".

True enough, the lack of space is very apparent, with tables that are barely 5 cm apart. Provided that you are lucky enough, you can also be lucky enough to have a corner of your own where you can have a conversation without being overheard.

If anything, i wish that maybe LaFite can have separate tables 5 cm apart, so that we all can dine with our respective Shangri La Card! Separate tables means separate bills!

Space apart, the busy crowd coming in and out indicates something is being done right, so lets have a look at food.

So food we had and alot too!

The Milk Tea is a must, smooth and silky with a strong aftertaste of tea

Fresh plump shrimp wantons that gave a slight reminiscence of the Hong Kong wanton noodles

Seeking high and low, a decent char leung! The cheong fun skin is thin but unfortunately it came lukewarm. The soya sauce came separate as to not soak the yau char kuey.

The "lau sar" bun came with a less then desirable amount of filling. Instead of salted yolk custard spilling out, it was half full and it came trickling out instead.

The Mom commented that the Stir Fry Raddish Cake was done rather well, with Concorde Hotel as a benchmark, i must say this is a good effort.

The Har Gau was fresh and stuffed with bouncy and juicy prawns. Simplicity at its best.

The porridge was smooth and looks like it came out from a blender, and now now, it doesnt mean its bad! Full of flavour, my only wish is that i didn't have to share!

The Siu Mai looked abit miserable but with all the true pork fans, this i am proud to tell, comes with pork.
The roast duck wanton noodle, be warned, the drum stick comes at an extra cost of RM5! If breast meat is your thing, then save the RM5 and order a milk tea instead.


My apologies..

The Char Siew and Siu Yoke Combo (provided if the cut is half lean and half fat) is as good as it can get. In fact i am starting to make comparisons with the legendary Pudu siu yoke and Tengkat Tong Shin char siu without the sour face and the sweat.

The prawn cheong fun was decently done

The tau foo fah was ok. The double boil milk though (no picture) was awesome and well recommended.

Address and contact details:
G208, Second Floor,
1 Utama (Old Wing)
Bandar Utama

Tel no: 03-77297888

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. For RM40 per pax, i suppose we splurge rather luxuriously on the many items on the menu, otherwise for a more reasonable RM20-25 per pax meal (which the owner's son insist thats the norm), this is a rather sensible place to get some hong kong food without having to take the plane. Did i mention the noise and the crowd gives me that Hong Kong nostalgia as well?


Life for Beginners said...

Yes, it does seem kinda pointless to dine on Cantonese cuisine without all the noise and bustle, right? Gives it an added flavour... ;)

worldwindows said...

Nothing breeds success like success. Hope the quality do not drop. Your Japanese food blogging is good. There is always wisdom in what mom says. Thanks for bringing mom!!!

Seaqueen said...

Ah, so you've tried it. I saw it in their brochures when I visited Dragon-i last week. Hmm...wondering now when can I try. The har gau looks yummy!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kenny: haha just like props to a movie..

worldwindows: haha and thanks the Dad for paying the bill!

kampungboycitygal said...

yeah i hate the tight seating..other than that, ntg much to complain about their decent food

J2Kfm said...

dunno why, but Dragon-i itself was not so appealing, and comparing the XLB with Din Tai Fung, I'd go with the latter, hands down.

Canton-i and Dragon-i serve almost the same dishes, no?

Nic (KHKL) said...

no wonder that "i" sounds so i know! hehehe

eh, no order of siu yoke and egg tarts? i thought they are famous there one. anyway, i have yet to try (malu onli, i)..haha!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: haha not that you mentioned it..i have the pic but didnt post!..wait ar..let me amend

j2fkm: on the contrary i disagree that the xlbs in dtf is better then dragon i..if u looking for soup..dtf doesnt have that kinda slurp u want..canton i is more hk food whereas dragon i is shanghainese

kbcg: yeah lor..its almost like seating together but not seating together..

traveleo said...

omg looks good... :D it's been forever since i had super dim sum.. i shall be heading there tomorrow eheh!

btw blog's changed to wordpress now... cheerios! Leo

wmw said...

Eee...I like lau sar pau, but here not enough filling. For that, still the Golden Sand from Little Dim Sum Kitchen in SS2 is best...flow out onto the palm of your hands if not careful.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wmw: yeah i agree..the little dim sum place memang got alot of filling..

leo: ahah back in blogging! giv it a try and let me knw how it went

seaqueen: well c when u can giv it a try!

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

u really r a dim sum boy!

JunJun-Riko said...

very yummy ler the food... *drooling*

Kok said...

In Miri, I just couldn't find any Cha Leong. I've no idea why.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kok: its been 2 years n i have seen char leong in a handful of places in its going b awhile to get it miri man..

junjun: yes it is!

terri: yeah i realised..perfect morning brunch

- m i c h e l l e - said...

I went to Canton-I before and the food was quite disappointing to my liking. Hmm, maybe I should give it another try next year.

CUMI & CIKI said...

talk about bumping elbows at dins! everyone seeing what i eat and hearing my conversations is not a good thing... :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: isit? lets go again when u get back

c&c: yeah lor..

fatboybakes said...

is this the one beneath pick and brew??? aiyo, so cruel, you never visit jackson ah?

i love canton-i food btw.

Henry Yeo said...

looks good, does it smell great?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: so full to go for more coffee..i still need to visit him n eat a proper meal there..sigh

henry: haha its been pretty sure it smells..haha

Jun said...

i hate canton-i for their exorbitant prices, but i like canton-i for its atmosphere, nice wanton noodles, and piggy-shaped tau sar paus *hehe*

mimid3vils said...

so many decent foods ar? Must gather more ppl to go so can try them all!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: yeah definitely need more then 2

jun: hmmm i must say its steep..dim sum r proper restaurant prices..

ling239 said...

i remember having that raddish cake... the prawns was succulent while the cake tasty !! ^_^