Para-para-paradise! The Flavors of Paradise Dynasty

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 If you’re a chinese cuisine lover like I am then I am genuinely happy for the both of us because Paradise Dysnasty has finally landed in Manila! Eversince I saw the giant “coming soon” tarps they had plastered on the walls of S Maison, with those rainbow-looking xiao long baos prior to the opening of the restaurant, I simply couldn’t wait to dine in. 

So imagine my delight when I finally got the chance to, as it opened its doors to the public a few weeks back! It was a particularly busy day for me that day, but as I stepped into the restaurant walls, it’s as if my senses knew it was time to relax and enjoy the kind of “Paradise” I was about to experience. True enough, it did not disappoint and I left the restaurant wanting more!

​For those who aren’t too familiar with the brand, Paradise Dysnasty is a casual dining concept by the Singaporean based restaurant group, the Paradise Group. Despite the highbrow/royal sounding name it has, it actually boasts serving authentic northern and southern Chinese flavors with their affordable and wide selection. There are currently seven branches in Singapore, with overseas presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan. Now Manila can finally enjoy their signature, first-of-its-kind 8 international flavoured xiao long baos, handmade silky la mian or hand-pulled noodles, and exquisite Chinese cuisine!

​These 8 Xiao Long Bao flavors can be ordered in one specialty sampling basket called the Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao! As soon as the basket was served, we were also given a flavor guide so we actually know what we were about to taste! Here’s a brief description per xiao long bao flavor:

Original – original color
traditional xiao long bao featuring fresh pork filling in a sweet soup broth *original

Ginseng – green
soothing herbal ginseng and pork soup dumpling

Foie Gras – brown
French luxury meets traditional Chinese

Black Truffle – black
An aromatic and luxuriously flavorful black truffle treat

Cheese – yellow
With silky and savory cheese, a hit for all ages!

Crab Roe – orange
Infused with pork and delicate crab roe

Garlic – grey
A simple twist on the traditional xiao long bao just by adding fragrant garlic

Szechuan – red
Contains a touch of chilli oil and peppercorns to spice up your palate

How cool right? This is exactly why they’re called “Paradise Dynasty: Legend of Xiao Long Bao!”

It’s also in this particular sequence that they suggest diners try the flavors, to fully appreciate each, making sure no flavor overpowers the other.

Clearly the spicy Szechuan is the most overpowering so it’s saved for the last. It was also one of my favorites because of its kick and strong flavor! Yes, I am a fan of spice! Other favorites were the black truffle, crab roe, and cheese!

Their XLB baskets can come in variants of 6 or 10. You can also order all of the same kind of flavor is you wish! Next time, I’m ordering an all cheese basket! Yum!

Aside from these colorful, flavorful, and unignorable xiao long baos, another winner specialty is their hand-pulled noodles! AKA La Mian! Their signature stock uses ingredients like pork bone, pork ribs, and whole chicken, simmered over slow fire for 12 hours before being served.

We had the La Mian with ‘Dan Dan’ Spicy Sesame and Peanut Sauce. It was savory, sweet, spicy, and I absolutely loved the firm yet chewy texture of the freshly hand-pulled noodles!

​Here are the other selections we got to try that day:
Stir Fried Beef with Scallion, Stir fried river shrimps with garden greens, Shanghai Fried Rice
Stir-fried Shredded Pork in Black Bean Sauce served with Chinese Crepe
Radish Pastry Lettuce Roll with Homemade Sesame Sauce
Stir Fried Cabbage
Chilled Glutinous Rice Roll with Red Bean Paste topped with Grated Nuts
Scrambled egg white with fish and conpoy – Another simple and personal Chinese favorite!
Pan fried pancake with red bean paste
Dynasty Crispy Chicken – YES. Order it!

​And, yes of course I had some company to share all these with!

Also got to try their Water Chesnut Drink served cold, complete with a tropical umbrella! Every time I dine at a new restaurant I always go for the unique choices that only they have, just like this beverage! It tasted a bit like wintermelon juice. Sweet, cool, and refreshing!

​I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the price range was not that pricey too, considering it’s premium location at the 2nd floor of S Maison, at The Conrad, Pasay City. Most a la carte orders are at 100-300 pesos per dish only. Not bad right?

They even have private dining rooms if you wish to hold more initmate celebrations with your family and friends! The ambiance girl in me totally approves of their fine interiors, complete with the beautiful view of the Manila Bay. We even got to witness the sun set that day. How romantic! It’s actually an A+ date venue too, and not just for families. I can’t wait for my next visit! Book your reservations ASAP because people, like me, have been getting confirmation that the hype is real. Thus, the lines have been constant! Now I’m craving for even more Chinese food after writing this post! Haha Who knows, we might even bump into each other in the restaurant!

For more info on Paradise Dynasty, click here!

Until the next!

Love,

Janeena

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