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Food Review: Canton Paradise opens at Marina Bay Sands | Finally an affordable (and good) restaurant here

The Place I love museums. Singapore has splendid museums. But what sets Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum apart from others in Singapore is that the food in the vicinity is totally overpriced, so I usually bring my own food and eat sitting along the waterfront before trooping in to gawk and wonder (and take selfies) at the exhibitions. Well, I fret no more, because Canton Paradise opening at Marina Bay Sands means that I can enjoy yummy Chinese food at affordable prices. 真开心!

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The Food On my good days, I pretend to hate carbs. On my honest days, I wolf them down like oxygen. BREATHE IN BREATHE OUT because the porridge and noodles here are to die for. If you see how much I eat you will know I mean that literally.

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The Handmade Meatball Congee (S$9.80) is prepared with two types of rice grains; Japanese pearl and Thailand jasmine, because we are worldly that way. The sliced crispy dough rolls give awesome crunch to the silky thickness of the porridge. This is a pretty large bowl though so you might want to share it (or not).

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Growing up in the heartlands of the East, my formative years gave me the huge blessing of wonderful hawker food, and of course my resulting fat face from all that chomping. There’s a saying in Singapore that goes, you are either a noodles person or a rice person. I am through and through a noodles person. When we saw the Dried Shrimp’s Noodle (S$8.80) and the BBQ Pork Belly with Honey Sauce (S$22.80) descend upon the table as if from the heavens above, I just let it rip. The noodles are Really Very Good. It has that je ne sais quoi that only the best noodles have, and the dried shrimp lend it a gentle sharpness. And the meat – The Meat Is Fabulous. I am usually not a fan of fatty meat (shoot me) but this one has an embodiment of caramelization. Like the caramelization is so good that the meat truly embodies what it means to be caramelized. I am serious. This is legit of the legit. The fleek of fleeks. The – okay I stop.

So anyway I took all the noodles and all the meat. #sorrynotsorry #fitspo

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The Rantee was a little under the weather and that was great for me because I basically ate all his food. When it came to the Steamed Kampong Chicken in Canton Style (S$13.80) though he held steadfastly to his serving and even stole some of mine.

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Dried Sakura Shrimps with Scallion Oil Tofu (S$13.80) is the most understated, regular, ordinary dish you could think of, and it was absolutely one of my favourites during this meal. The tofu is prepared using mineral water (atas right? I’m totally moving up in life) and the crispy sakura shrimps are imported from Japan. Also, the tofu is handmade at the branch daily. Dabs.

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You ever had one of those stuffed pastries, or stuffed anything really, where the stuffing is meagre and the whatever outside is thick as a cement wall? Well, rejoice with the Sweet Red Bean Pastry in a Bag (S$4.80) because the filling is generous and the pastry is thin and crispy. Like your favourite thin-crust pizza with overflowing ingredients, except Chinese. Boom.

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Truthfully, enjoying life in Singapore can sometimes cost a lot. Especially when it comes to dining out in comfort, yumminess, and style. That Canton Paradise is situated in Marina Bay Sands, right beside where ArtScience Museum is, is entirely awesome, and their prices actually match the quantity and quality of their dishes. So here’s a happy poem to celebrate this momentous discovery:

Canton Paradise
Oh you are so wise
And kind to give us awesome food
And 50% off – so good!
On weekdays between 3 and 5
For Dim Sum, Congee, Noodles – why
I will be eating far too much
And dining with you, I’ll now have to wear Large.

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Rants There’s a 50% during weekdays 3pm to 5pm. But, can there be just someone who gives 50% off when I can actually go? Don’t you need to work? What kind of good life do you have? Hates.

Will I Return Again?  Try to keep me out.

TheRantingPanda says:
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5

Canton Paradise
2 Bayfront Avenue
#01-02, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018972

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday: 10.30am to 10.30pm (Last order at 10pm)
Friday to Sunday, Eve of PH and PH: 10.30am to 11pm (Last order at 10.30pm)

On weekdays at 3pm to 5pm, dine in at Canton Paradise to enjoy 50% off Dim Sum, Congee, and Noodles across 6 Canton Paradise outlets, excluding Alexandra Retail Centre. These exclude noodle dishes that have roast items, and are not applicable on the eve of public holidays or on public holidays. Other terms apply, please check with the staff members for more details.

Ranted by The RanBee

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