Paradise Dynasty Opens at Conrad Manila
Paradise Dynasty joins the Xiao Long Bao market by bringing in their eight flavors of Xiao Long Bao and many Chinese dishes featuring Szechuan Cuisine.
We were invited to try their dishes especially the eight flavors of Xiao Long Bao. Xiao Long Bao is what you call the “soup dumpling” and usually dipped in black vinegar and garlic. Inside the dumpling you would taste the pork filling and the clear broth. I usually eat this by nibbling on the dumpling to drink the broth and eat the dumpling in one bite.
So how’s my short xiao long bao lesson? Anyway…
Paradise Dynasty has eight flavors for the Xiao Long Bao. It was inspired by the different flavors that are available to French Macarons. The available flavors and colors are the following: This is also the order that they are recommended to be eaten (if you would eat all eight flavors).
- White Original
- Green Ginseng
- Brown Foie Gras
- Black Truffle
- Yellow Cheese
- Orange Crab Roe
- Grey Garlic
- Red Szchuan
Their Xiao Long Bao was great! It had a nice balance of broth and pork fillings. Be careful with it though because it tears easily; losing the broth in the process. In terms of the flavors, I got to try the cheese only (yes I need to go back!). The cheese had real cheese mixed with the pork; giving it a mild salty / cheesy taste. It was a very safe choice if you don’t want to explore.
I liked this yummy dumpling with a light spicy kick. It serves as a perfect appetizer.
This was like eating radish cake but with a crunchy exterior.
But wait because here were our…
Among the three appetizers, I was only familiar with chilled tofu. It was my first time to eat the glutinous rice wrapped in red dates and it was ok. It was sweet and chewy. The red dates (served as the wrap or skin) takes a while to get used too though. The assorted eggs were a mix of century eggs and normal eggs. Protein rich but I just ate a few because I’m not fond of century eggs.
On to the main course and we were surprised at the amount of dishes they were bringing out!
A simple dish that requires you to go for their dip else, it would be bland.
This was one of my favorites. It was crunchy (the breading wasn’t too thick), had a good amount of pork and that aroma of garlic… yes. Favorite!
This looked good! I initially thought this was congee. It was like a chunky soup with loads of fish and conpoy (scallops). Delicious!
Think of this as Chinese Shawarma where you would wrap the shredded pork into the crepe. The pork can easily tear the crepe so don’t add too much. Messy to eat!
Look at those spices! This was mildly spicy but the chicken was crunchy. A bit addicting so one piece isn’t enough.
whew… now we move on to the….
Rice and Noodles
Fried rice that was darkened by Soy Sauce. Good for two or barely three. I would suggest to go with the noodles instead.
Paradise Dynasty offers a lot of noodle (La Mian – hand pulled) dishes. It uses pork bone soup and we had the plainest one of all to savor the broth more. It comes with different toppings for variety.
Finally we have…
Dessert was very fun at Paradise Dynasty. We enjoyed each dish and they just come in bite-size (a few or two bites in reality) that’s easy to share and wouldn’t overwhelm you.
Despite overwhelming odds, we still emerged victorious in our quest to explore what Paradise Dynasty has to offer. I would categorize Paradise dynasty as a casual fine-dining Chinese restaurants. The prices won’t be as cheap as those you can find in binondo but it won’t be as expensive as those upscale super fine dining Chinese Restaurants.
good food; scrap that.. delicious food! It is also a learning experience for me as a lot of items in their menu were dishes that I haven’t tried yet or seen based on my personal experience. I usually have a staple or safe set of dishes when I go to a chinese restaurant (e.g beef with brocolli) and at Paradise Dynasty, I would have no choice but to explore.
Disclosure: Paradise Dynasty paid for our meal.
Till next time,
Second Level, S Maison,
Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way,
Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
Restaurant by Mall: SM Mall of Asia
Restaurant by Location: SM Mall of Asia