Words by: Arielle Choy / Photos by: Paolo Pareno
As someone who grew up in a Chinese family, I have eaten quite a lot of Chinese food and tried many different Chinese restaurants. One of my favorite dim sum items of all time is xiao long bao and I can eat quite a lot of it in just one sitting.
Even though I’ve eaten xiao long bao in many different restaurants, never before did I come across one that has eight different types of xiao long bao on their menu. Yes, you read that right. Paradise Dynasty serves their speciality xiao long bao in eight different flavors.
Speciality Dynasty Xiao Long Bao (8 flavors), Php388 (8 pieces)
All of Paradise Dynasty‘s xiao long bao are handmade from scratch in store. Each xiao long bao features 18 intricate folds on the skin and is filled with Paradise Dynasty‘s signature broth. With all the care and attention they put into making their xiao long bao, your palate is sure to get a treat, regardless what flavor you get.
Aside from xiao long bao, Paradise Dynasty also serves a variety of different dishes.
Radish Pastry, Php138 (3 pieces)
The Radish Pastry is something you should definitely try when you visit. It is Paradise Dynasty‘s version of the traditional radish cake. The pastry’s crust is flaky and buttery while the inside is filled with tasty radish bits.
Crispy-fried Crystal Prawns Tossed with Salted Egg Yolk, Php588
Their Crispy-fried Crystal Prawns tossed with Salted Egg Yolk are also must-tries. The tender yet crunchy prawns will really melt in your mouth while the flavor of the salted egg add a bit of sweetness and depth to the dish.
Spicy Szechuan Crispy Chicken, Php298
The Spicy Szechuan Crispy Chicken is also something that you shouldn’t miss out on. This insanely flavorful dish may insanely spicy at first because of all the Szechuan peppers used to garnish the dish, but don’t let that scare you off from having a taste. All the peppers do is add a little kick to the dish to elevate it further.
Chilled Baby Spinach with Vermicelli, Php288
Vegetable lovers should try the Chilled Baby Spinach with Vermicelli. All of the vegetables at Paradise Dynasty, including the spinach used in this dish, are all imported from overseas. The dish itself is really light and crunchy. You can really taste the freshness of the ingredients with each bite.
If you’re craving something heavier, Paradise Dynasty has got you covered, as well. The La Mian with Scallion and the Scrambled Egg White with Fish and Conpoy are both really tasty dishes that can really fill you up even when you’re on a budget.
La Mian with Scallion, Php200
Scrambled Egg White with Fish and Conpoy, Php328
Charcoal Custard Lava Bun, Php188 (3 pieces)
For dessert, you cannot go wrong with the Charcoal Custard Lava Bun. The black charcoal colored bun is filled with creamy custard filling infused with salted egg flavor. This dessert really hits the right spots when it comes to taste and texture.
Paradise Dynasty is definitely the place to go to if you want to taste authentic Chinese food and dim sum. Not only is the food really good, but the restaurant itself also has an amazing atmosphere. Not only are the restaurants’ interiors really elegant and classy; but it is very spacious, as well. All in all, the restaurant can seat around 120 people. They also have two VIP rooms for private functions.
Despite the reasonably affordable prices of the food, its quality and dining experience will make you feel like you’re dining in a really fancy restaurant. With that said, what are you waiting for? Head to Paradise Dynasty now to try out their spectacular dishes!
Address: Level 2, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Level 2, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City