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!