Canton Paradise @ JCube

Hey everyone!

I’m on a quest to clear as many pictures in my phone as possible and being a glutton means that I’d take a lot of food pictures. I can’t think of anywhere else to share this whole collection of pictures (Facebook is kinda obsolete for me already) so ta-dah! Here’s another food post!

Boyfriend and I were at JCube last week because we initially wanted to indulge ourselves in some fresh half-priced Salmon Sashimi (this promotion had been going on for quite some time) at Itacho Sushi. But the outlet was closed due to major renovations in the mall! 😦 I’m not sure if it’s a permanent closure but many other (affordable) eateries like Kungfu Paradise are gone as well. But I do hope that Itacho Sushi would resurface again once J.Avenue (the new concept that Jcube is currently constructing) is opened.

We went around the mall in search of other eateries to dine at and came across Canton Paradise on the second level, which was relatively quiet and empty at 9pm+. We even thought that the restaurant was already closed for the day. Gosh, the construction of nearby JEM and Westgate has clearly taken a toll on the businesses at JCube! We decided to dine there anyway because our budget allowed for a good meal in a Hong Kong-style restaurant!

We ordered a lot of food to satisfy the hungry beast in us that night.

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Cold Milk Tea (S$3.60++)

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Each of us got Dry Roasted Duck Noodles (S$8.40++) as our main dish

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So happy coz I was given the thigh area! Look at the skin glistening under the light.

The noodles were very springy, but it would be better if there were a little more dark soy sauce for me to mix with the noodles. As a result of the insufficiency, my noodles were drier and less flavourful than how I’d like it to be. The duck meat however was tender and juicy and its skin had the right amount of crisp!

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The soup that came with the duck noodles

If you’re not a soup person, this may not be to your liking. I really love the soup though! But it has this unique taste (very mild bitter aftertaste) that Boyfriend didn’t quite like.

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Prawn & Mango Fritter (S$5.30++ for three pieces)

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Batter looking deliciously moist and crispy at the same time

Don’t be deceived by the crispy-looking batter as it is definitely not dry nor oily on the inside. Instead, each bite revealed the succulent mixture of the two things we absolutely love, topped with some mayonnaise to enhance the overall taste. It was a unique combination which went well with our taste buds. If you’re wondering where the “mango” is, it’s actually blended into the cake beneath the batter.

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The full prawn in the fritter

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The mango paste at the end of the fritter. So, so good.

Of course, a dining experience at Canton Paradise is never complete without ordering its famous custard buns.

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Custard Bun (S$4.90++ of three)

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This topped my list of the best custard buns in Singapore until I tried Mouth Restaurant’s. Comparisons aside, Canton Paradise deserves to be among the best because it had very flowy and creamy molten custard. I’ll also give extra points for its pillowy bun that was thick enough to prevent the custard from leaking while I ate.

Last but not least… dessert!

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Mango Puree with Sago and Pomelo (S$4.50++)

Told you we love mangoes. No matter which restaurant we patronise, our dessert would always be Mango Sago Pomelo (unless it’s not available) so no surprise there. I’ve tried so many that I can probably create a list of the best Mango Sago dessert in Singapore lol but I’ll leave this job to the food connoisseurs.

The Mango Puree came in a rather small bowl but still enough for the both of us (since we already had so much food earlier on). The puree isn’t exactly a puree as it’s more watery than creamy. Nevertheless, taste wasn’t discounted as it was still pretty sweet.

Including GST and service charge, our bill totalled to $41.31. It’s quite a reasonable price for the amount of food we ordered I’d say! So I will definitely be back again 🙂

That’s all for this post and thanks for reading!

Canton Paradise (JCube)
2 Jurong East Central 1
#02-09
Singapore 609731
Tel: 6684 5080
Business Hours
Mon – Fri: 11.00am – 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)
Sat, Sun & PH: 10.30am – 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)

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Mouth Restaurant @ Plaza Singapura

Hey everyone!

Ever since I moved into our new (temporary) place, I’ve been travelling to Orchard and Dhoby Ghaut quite often because there is a direct bus service to town! Whoops, this makes meet-ups with Carousellers so much easier. But I’m not going to talk about my hauls just yet (that’s coming pretty soon). Instead, I want to introduce you to my newfound favourite restaurant at Plaza Singapura if you haven’t been there yet. It’s called Mouth Restaurant!

I had walked past this restaurant several times because boyfriend and I used to dine at Itacho Sushi, which is smacked right beside Mouth Restaurant, a lot. But we never went in to try their dishes because being unadventurous, we’d rather patronise a more established restaurant (like Crystal Jade) for Chinese cuisine to ensure that our money is well-spent. Then recently, there was this article on TheSmartLocal about the best Liu Sha Baos (custard buns) in Singapore History and Mouth Restaurant made it on the list! That’s when I knew I had to dine there someday even though the author’s feedback isn’t very favourable. To each his own, right? 😀 Let’s also give Mouth Restaurant a chance to redeem itself!

Before entering, we stopped to look at the menu to see what else they had to offer. We didn’t see their famed Liu Sha Bao anywhere on the a la carte menu so we asked if they still sold the buns (in case they had already discontinued it which is kinda impossible la). Turns out, the Liu Sha Bao was only listed in their set meal menu. Whoa, so famous until they don’t see the need to publicise it anymore, is it? o_O

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Menu 1 (click to enlarge)

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Menu 2 (click to enlarge)

Anyway, their Crispy Noodles with Seafood in Thick Sauce looked promising, so we got one to share as we had ordered quite a number of appetizers and a dessert. Food was served rather quickly and what came first was the highlight of the meal! Yay. Full marks for speed of service!

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Baked Salted Egg Yolk Bun (S$5.80++ for 3)

The appearance of the custard bun reminded me of the Char Siew Baos (barbequed pork buns) at Tim Ho Wan because they both have snow skin-baked crust. I knew immediately by the looks of it that the custard buns were gonna be AWESOME! And I was so darn right.

Boyfriend dug into his bun first and with just ONE bite, the molten custard splattered onto the table like nobody’s business. His fingers were covered with the gooey and delicious golden lava which he licked off without hesitation. Tempted, I took one bun, flipped it over and carefully sunk my teeth into a small corner of it, hoping that I wouldn’t trigger another explosion of custard. And I successfully did it! 😀 That, ladies and gentlemen, was SKILL! Haha.

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Awesome is an understatement

But that method didn’t work on my second bun. The molten custard still managed to leak out in the end -_- I guess that just shows how runny it was! I really hate it when custard buns turn out to be dry and not “流” at all. 😡

The second bun decided to break apart after my first bite :(

The second bun decided to break apart after my first bite 😦

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Managed to get a proper picture with better lighting of the flowy custard!

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Look how “流” it is? *drools*

Having said that, the custard buns were AMAZEBALLS (or should I say, amazebunz)! Possibly the best I’ve tasted, beat Swee Choon’s and Canton Paradise’s hands down. It came in the right size (thus pricier) and the molten custard was absolutely tasty and most importantly, runny. Some may find it too greasy which I kinda agree (after trying it on my second visit and you can tell in the above picture) but still, the thickness of the custard and its right balance of salted and sweet outweigh everything negative about the bun! I love it so freakin’ much oh my god but I had to stop myself from ordering another one otherwise I’d get that terrible bloated feeling again.

Okay, enough gushing over the custard buns. Let’s move on to other items I ordered!

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Cuttlefish Balls (S$3.80++ for 3)

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Yumz

The cuttlefish balls are covered with what tasted like  Mamee noodles crispy noodles but surprisingly they went well with the balls. The unique appearance is also what sets them apart from the other traditional fried cuttlefish balls. However the tough texture of it meant that it would be difficult to stick a fork into it. A bite of it reveals the cooked cuttlefish paste and some mayonnaise.

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Desert Prawn with Salted Egg (S$18++)

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Salted egg overload with a sprinkle of hazelnut

We ordered this mainly because it was a recommended dish on the menu. We were pleased with the presentation and all until we tried our first prawn. Taste wise, it’s a little too bland and it could be more buttery. Our prawns were very grainy and dry and we couldn’t really taste much of the salted egg. I would prefer the sauce to be more creamy than clumpy. We expected better since it was the priciest dish we ordered 😦

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Crispy Noodles with Seafood (S$16++)

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Very fresh prawns that are so crunchy on the outside and succulent on the inside

The sahng-min (“生面”, or crispy noodles as I always call it) came with a lot of fresh ingredients: prawns, sliced fish, cut squid, mushrooms, vegetables and carrots. Basically every part of it was very fresh. The thick and luscious gravy made every bite of the noodles so enjoyable!

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Chilled Pomelo Sago with Mango (S$4.50++)

Our dinner at Chinese restaurants typically ends with a Mango Sago dessert or its equivalent. Mouth Restaurant’s version was not too bad, but I hope it could be a little sweeter and thicker 🙂

It was a great meal in general and I will definitely recommend it to everyone! Furthermore there never seems to be a queue outside the restaurant (not sure why it’s so underrated) even during peak hours so if you’re one who hates queuing, you should give Mouth Restaurant a go! I will certainly be back again especially for the Baked Salted Egg Yolk Bun 😀

Thanks for reading! ❤

Mouth Restaurant (Plaza Singapura)
68 Orchard Road
#02-01 Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839
Tel: 63377446
Operating Hours (open daily)
Weekday – 11.30am to 5pm, 6pm to 10pm
Friday – 11.30am to 5pm, 6pm to 10.30pm
Weekend – 10am to 10pm
Public Holidays – 10am to 10pm

Mouth Restaurant (China Square Central)
22 Cross Street
#01-61 China Square Central
South Bridge Court Shop House
Singapore 048421
Tel: 6438 5798 , Fax: 6438 5623
Operating Hours (Open Daily)
Weekday – 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Weekend/PH – Weekday 10am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

Website: http://www.mouth.com.sg/