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Mouthwatering baked BBQ honey pork bun
I’ve never eaten in Canton Paradise before, but there is one thing that I’ve tried from there, and that is their popular baked BBQ honey pork bun. And boy, am I glad I’ve had the privilege of tasting this beauty before!
The skin of the bun is crispy on the exterior, yet still managing to retain its inner fluffiness and softness. The char siew filling, a fatty sweet and savoury blend, was also divine. When eaten hot, the sweetness of the meat is amplified, and the filling just oozes out into a delectable explosion in your mouth.
My friend felt that it was not as good as Tim Ho Wan’s, but since I’ve never tried it, there was no basis of comparison. To me, Canton Paradise is still one of the best char siew bun in the country.
Good enough for Chinese fare
The branch at Compass Point starts to close pretty early at about 9 pm, but then again, so the the rest of the outlets at this shopping centre., so if you don't wish to be hurried like we were, it will best to go earlier.
My friend and I dropped in to catch dinner at about 8.30 pm, but by that time, some of the items on the menu were not available, including the congee and some dim sum items. But that also meant that we needed to eat our food quickly as they were starting to put away the condiments on the empty tables.
But still since we were too hungry anyway, the partial menu and compressed time were sufficient for us. We chose a couple of items including the fried rice with egg, the French beans with dried shrimp paste, the pear soup, chee cheong fun with char siew filling and for dessert the yam with red beans.
The striking purple yam with red beans on the menu was just calling for attention, so I guess it was not too be missed - although in reality, even though it was well made, the yam pudding was not as impactful as it could have been, so you will mostly taste the red beans.
The fried rice with egg was competent enough but it would be sad if any Chinese restaurant cannot even get this right.
The best of the lot has go to be the pear soup with soft pork bones, it was (double) boiled to perfection and although the portion was small, the soup was tasty thanks to the sweetness of the pear. I do like the soft bones which were simmered to just the right texture with no strong pork smell. It seems like the Paradise Group of folks has gotten soups down to a T, as the rest of the chains seems to offer pretty consistently good soups.
The French beans and even the chee cheong fun with filling were pretty ordinary as you can get similar tasting ones at hawker centres these days. If you crave HK-style tea or coffee, Canton Paradise does provide rather authentic tea and coffee which is completed in appearance, as they are served in similar HK-styled cups and saucers that you find at the cafes in Hong Kong.
All in all, it was pretty good Chinese fare and the total cost was slightly less than 40 bucks which puts them in direct competition with the other mid-range Chinese restaurants for casual dining.
Splendid Food but amateur service!
Been to the I12 Katong Shopping Centre twice and the food makes me want to go back for more. However, their service on the other hand was quite a let down. But before I go into the service aspect, let me discuss more about their food.
Well, the fact that my family and I had no intention on having our lunch there, and we managed to get a table despite the lunch crowd in roughing 15mins was pretty impressive I must say. We ordered quite a number of dishes from the famous custard buns to their roasted pork meat which you guys have to try it dipping it in the asian mustard sauce. It is so good. However, their Wanton Noodles was mediocre. Other good dishes you have to try would be their xiao long bao which was succulent and indeed worth it.
Their standard dim sum menu was rather wide as the choices were many and I remember trying some interesting new dishes such as the cheese roll and other fried stuff.
However, here comes their bad service. Well, all the dishes we ordered were served swiftly with the exception of one, our chee cheong fun. We waited about 30 mins more after we were done with all our dishes just for the chee cheong fun to be served which could have been eated up in 5 mins. This was unacceptable.
Other than this, the experience could have been much enjoyable.
The Paradise group of restaurants is going from strength to strength. Ever since they hit the highly competitive Singapore pseudo-HK dining scene, they have managed to hold their own against established players such as the Crystal Jade and Imperial groups. Very exciting, sort of like a HK triad food fight!
I heart dim sum and must say that the selection here is commendable. I like that the price point is affordable considering the standard of cuisine. I even like the somewhat gaudy "cheena" decor that is a hallmark of the Paradise dining experience.
good ambience with delicious dim sum
I ate at Canton Paradise to celebrate the New Year. Of course, there were many people, and it was fortunate that we had made a reservation in advance. However, we had to wait for around 15 minutes before being seated. I wonder how long those queuing took...
The dim sum is delicious, and the decoration of this restauarnt is rather modern, though I did feel that the colours used in the lighting were rather gaudy D: but then again, different people different tastes! (:
Staff are attentive and helpful, and it is a good place to relax and unwind. If it wasn't such long a wait, I definitely would come back here again, especially since the mall it is situated in has a lot to offer in terms of both food and retail stores (:
cheap and good dim sum!
When Canton Paradise first opened its branch at Compass Point, there was such a long queue almost every weekend that I have to give it a try. I fell in love with the food there instantly.
I love many of the dim sum in Canton paradise. Some of my favourites are their Char Siew Bun being served sweet and piping hot, the custard bun with the “sauce” flowing out, their xiao long bao, har gao and many others. In fact I really like them so much that I went there for a few consecutive weekends. I’m not a fan of wanton thus I always ordered their plain noodles so I can try more of their dim sum which never disappoints me.
After a while, I was dampened by the really long waiting times, which can often lasts close to an hour and thus have never go there as frequent as before. But while writing this post I’m starting to miss their dim sum already!
A true Hong Kong paradise
Canton paradise, truly a Hong Kong Food paradise.
One of the very unique drinks they serve is the Original iced milk tea which comes without ice. This traditionally comes from Hong Kong and it is rare to spot it. Without dilution caused by the ice, the strong aroma of the milk tea blends in your mouth smoothly. It instantly quenches my thirst. And I would forever have this overwhelming craving for it whenever I’m in Katong I12.
The soup Wanton Mee is also simply delicious. The noodles texture is chewy and bouncy which gives you a very irresistible feeling when you chomp on it. The Wanton skin is also very smooth, making you slurp the whole piece down your throat, and still wanting more. But that’s not all, because I never get sick of their Dim sum which are all freshly served and affordable.
You will be spoilt for choice!
Affordable and decent dim sum and noodles in a restaurant setting
The experience starts from the moment you stand at the entrance, waiting for a table. A staff will walk briskly to the front, let you know how long you will have to wait for a table, and then take down your name and contact number if you still wanted to wait.
Once seated, they will ask you if you would like any drinks served first.
After ordering, the food will be served in about 15 minutes. And you can then dig in to the delicious Hong Kong food.
The last time my partner and I were there, we had ordered the dim sum, the beef brisket noodles, and the dumpling noodles. All were not too bad and not expensive as well. The expensive dishes are the sides dishes that you would order with rice. Such as the salted egg yolk prawn.
We had went to the branch at Jcube and the air-conditioning there was a bit too chilly. However, since it is my partner's new favourite restaurant and it is near to where I live, I guess I will be visiting this place again soon.
small portioned dim sum
My family and I had dim sum at Canton Paradise one Sunday afternoon. Having tried and liked the food at most of the restaurants under the Paradise Group, this trip to Canton Paradise did not disappoint.
Though I felt that the portion of dim sum was pretty small, they were pretty delicious. I specially liked their chee cheong fun. The skin was soft and thin while the sauce was light yet flavorful. The generous serving of prawns which came with the chee cheong fun was huge, juicy and fresh.
The interior decor and ambience was modern yet oriental. A very comfortable place to spend some quality family time on a Sunday afternoon. Would definitely head back there again!
I love my Chinese dishes - so it's no surprise that when the new Canton Paradise appeared at Compass Point, I went to check it out.
I particularly enjoyed their Poached Sea Bass with Pickled Cabbage in Fish Stock. It was salty and had enough flavour to justify presenting the meal in that way. Other similar dishes that I tried at other restaurants didn't impress me - this was the first place to recreate as authentic a dish as possible. The restaurant seems to be fairly popular with people as well, so if you are thinking of heading down for dinner, perhaps it would be advisable to reserve a table before making the trip.