Thursday, June 21, 2012

Father's Day Dinner at Canton Paradise

For Father's Day, we were deciding between bringing dad for Chinese roast meats or German pork knuckles or Ang Moh lamb rack. Meats he like. LOL. In the end we decided Chinese was the way to go that night.  

We made reservations at Canton Paradise at the fairly new I12 Katong. It was our family's first time at the restaurant and my parents first time at the new shopping centre. Macchiam adventure. Moohehe.

The BBQ Combination of 3 Varieties ($22) allowed us to pick 3 roast meats. Unfortunately both versions of char siew were sold out! @#$%^&; So we ended up with the Crackling Pork Belly (meaty and would have been moore awesome if crackling was more crisp), Signature Roast Duck and Steamed Kampung Chicken in Canton Style (rustic and simple). Portion wise was good for 2-3 people but would suffice for 4 if one ordered more of other dishes. My favourite here was the duck- tender with good bite and a very fragrant skin! :D

Simple dish of Stir-Fried Kai Lan with Garlic ($12.80). The stalks were peeled and trimmed to expose only the tender stems. In addition to the minced garlic that was used to stir-fry the veggie, there was a sprinkling of fried chopped garlic that added texture and fragrance. Nice touch and details to a simple dish.

We ordered the Steamed "Ling Zhi" Spring Water Tofu with Minced Pork and Salted Fish ($12.80) because dad likes salted fish. I'm not sure which spring the water is from but the tofu was smooth and clean-tasting. The minced pork patty with bits of salted fish was tasty and beckoned for rice. Interesting to note that the tofu took on a different colour (purplish) if you leave it for a certain time. Not sure why though?

Steamed Fish Head with Minced Garlic and Ginger ($16.80) featured steamed Song fish aka Snakehead with copious amount of chopped garlic, ginger and spring onions. As with most freshwater fish, there is a slight "muddy" taste but the chopped aromatics certainly helped. Pretty appetising and good with rice.

Oh and we did order a Fan Kok (arrowroot) Soup ($16.80 for a pot; good for 4 pax) but I forgot to take a shot! :p

Happy Father's Day, pa!

I12 Katong
Tel: 6344 8201
Opens: Monday-Friday 11am-10pm
Saturday, Sunday & PH 10.30am-10pm

Chew On This:
Corkage is just $10. I found this bottle of Bordeaux lying around in the wine fridge so decided to kill this. Past its prime but still ok drinking with softness and currants.


FoodieFC said...

wa thats a lot of garlic on the vege.

The Hungry Cow said...

FoodieFC: Yess and very fragrant! :)