Friday, September 30, 2011

樂天皇朝 Paradise Dynasty ... Legend of Xiao Long Bao, another option for good 拉面 La Mian and 小笼包 Xiao Long Bao

It's always interesting to watch and taste at the Paradise Group's new concept restaurants since they diversify from their seafood restaurant business and grow out of Defu Lane. We were impressed by the indulging Double Boiled Shark's cartilage soup in Taste Paradise, the perky Peking Duck roasted with apple wood from Paradise Pavilion and this time we applaud their new venture into the realm of 拉面 La Mian and 小笼包 Xiao Long Bao with Paradise Dynasty.

If you are a La Mian Xiao Long Bao fan since Crystal Jade open it's first Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao Outlet in Ngee Ann City, you'll notice some familiar faces among the service staff in Paradise Dynasty.

Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao We picked up the xiao long bao by the tip where the skin was thickest, laid them carefully on our spoons, bit through the thin moist skin that contains the filling and slurp up flavorful soup that flow out of the crack. By these standards, these Xiao Long Baos were level up to those of Ding Tai Feng, Crystal Jade and Nan Xiang if not better. Impressive. We all love the flavorful soup hidden in the skin. To take things further, Paradise Dynasty created 8 different flavors for their Xiao Long Bao. They come in multiple colors ranging from the more adventurous, Foie gras, Cheese, Ginseng flavors to the novel Sze Chuan, Garlic, Black Truffle flavors and of course we cannot leave out the more conventional but popular Crab Roe and Original flavors. Here you are peering at our Crab Roe flavor Xiao Long Bao .......

...... and our Original Flavor Xiao Long Bao. It's obvious that we weren't too adventurous.

The unassuming entrance to Paradise Dynasty opens up into a spacious opulence, with high back cushion seats .......

..... coupled with two majestic looking dragon motifs  on the ceiling that lights up the restaurant, making the enjoyment of La Mian and Xiao Long Baos such a grandiose experience.

La Mian in Signature Pork Bone Soup .... was sweet and close to pork bone soup of Japanese Ramen. It was sweet but yet not cloying. 

Apart from the tasty soup, the la mian was al dente. It's definitely giving Ding Tai Feng and Crystal Jade a run for their money.

.... served with Deep Fried Pork Ribs. However tasty the pork bone soup can be, we find flaws with the deep fried pork ribs that accompanied our la mian. The garlic was over cooked and gave the pork rib a bitter after taste. Just like rubbing salt to wound, one of the pork rib was just bone with very little meat. This is one minus point that blotched the impressive pork bone soup of the la mian. 

Paradise Dynasty's Pork Stickers. Even the crispy pork stickers had evidences of the tasty juicy soup as we sank our teeth into these nicely browned ingots.

Pan Fried Shanghai Pork Bun. I would have enjoyed this more if I didn't have the pot stickers because the pork filling in the pot stickers and these buns had essentially the same taste. The steamed buns were panfried at the base to give that slightly charred fragrance and that added crispiness.

Red Bean Pancake. The pancake was fried to a good crisp. Together with the sweet red bean paste, they made a formidable dessert.

Ginger Tea with Black Sesame filled Mochi Balls. It's amazing that spicy ginger tea actually goes well with sweet black sesame. I just love the taste of spicy ginger blended with the fragrance of black sesame. Ginger with many things and me just got that chemistry going.

Chilled Aloe Vera and Osmanthus Jelly in Honey Lemon Juice. This is a light refreshing dessert that will definitely do well to cleanse the palate after some major savoriness. 

The restaurant is so popular that they adopt the queue numbering system just like Crystal Jade's. So there's no reservation of tables. For a restaurant that serve good food, I always hate to share that there was lapse in their service. They're probably understaff as it took quite long for our tea to be refilled. For the love of good La Mian and Xiao Long Bao, HY and I will brave the queueing, close one eye to their service and return for more of Paradise Dynasty. 

2 Orchard Turn
#04-12A ION Orchard
Tel : +65 6509 9118

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