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This place was highly recommended for its unique taste of Cantonese food.
As we were walking towards our destination, we saw a big banner showing Chef Kang with newspaper and magazine write-up about his signature dishes.
We decided to sample some of the must-try recommendations :
1. Bacon-wrapped prawns in mayonnaise cream
We cannot visualize how this can be good but then, one bite into the prawns, hoolala.. you can taste the freshness and sweetness of the prawns with the bacon melting in your mouth. The prawns were crunchy and with the mayonnaise cream, it really made a good combination of sweet, salty and creamy delight
2. Pork Ribs in two sauces
There were two versions of pork ribs – One version was marinated with honey ( or sweet fruit sauce ) and the other version cooked in coffee. These double taste ("yuan yang") pork ribs were delicious - crispy on the outside and tender with each bite. The coffee-flavoured coating on each rib was also generous.
3. Fried Eggplant with Pork Floss
The eggplant was sautéed to get the flavour and topped with fluffy pork floss. Quite an unique dish. It was not oily and the after taste was quite seductive that we ate non-stop until the next dish arrived.
4. Steamed Crab
This dish was the restaurant’s masterpiece and almost every table of diners ordered it. We were lucky to get Sri Lanka crabs steamed with fried glutinous rice, garlic and mushrooms. The whole dish was then presented in a dim sum basket. Although the glutinous rice was soaked with the sweetness of the crab, it was not soggy. Instead we found it to be very chewy when eaten with the strong aromatic garlic.
In all, the food were fantastically good with kudos to true wok hei ( fire ).
Ambience is average and service is bearable as most of the staff are employed from China. But all in all, with these yummy authentic Cantonese food, we can choose to remember only the good sides of things…
When I first ate at Canton Wok some 2 years ago, it was housed in a non air conditioned coffeeshop in Serangoon and prices were relatively reasonable. 2 years on, we are at its new premises along Joo Chiat Road for dinner. Canton Wok is now housed in a refurbished old bungalow which can seat more people than its previous shop space at Serangoon. Its air conditioned too by the way, unless you opt to sit outside together with the cars. After a quick browse of the menu, we ordered the Bacon Prawn Rolls with Mayonnaise Cream, Beancurd with Scallops, Double Taste Pork Ribs and the Stir Fried Xiao Bai Miao(?)(someone please ID this vegetable for me, I forgot the name. Thanks!), which wasn't in the menu.
The Bacon Prawn Rolls with Mayonnaise Cream was essentially prawns wrapped in bacon with mayonnaise added to it. Nothing too special about it, but I liked it because the mayonnaise made the whole dish a little creamy and complemented the saltiness of the bacon. A pity about the small prawns used and the ridiculously small portion. Next up was the Beancurd with Scallops, which was soft and silky, but it had quite a strong raw taste due to the scallops. Which leads me to the scallops. There were but a few strands present in the gravy, which I didn't notice until we had finished all the tofu.
The Double Taste Pork Ribs sounded interesting, but it was merely one small serving of Coffee Pork Ribs and another small serving of your normal Pork Ribs. Both renditions were very well done though. Of notable mention is the Coffee Pork Ribs, which was very well seasoned and had a strong coffee taste, unlike the one I had at Szechuan Court. The meat was also tender and cooked to perfection. Our greens for the day was the Stir Fried Xiao Bai Miao(?)(As above, someone please ID this vegetable for me, I forgot the name. Thanks!) It was particularly fragrant and the gravy exceptionally tasty, so much so that all of us suspected that it had been fried in pork lard, although we couldn't visually detect any traces of it. So if you are health conscious, you might just want to steer clear.
Dinner for 4 pax came up to $60.06 after a 20% discount, which isn't very expensive, but the portions were a tad dainty for 4. 3 pax would have been a better bet. Although the food is good, I don't think I'll be back in the absence of the 20% discount unless I'm feeling rich.
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