We brought the Princess for an Urban Street Art workshop at Ion Orchard last Sunday. I’ve been seeing many friends ‘checked into’ this Paradise Dynasty restaurant on Facebook and drooled at photos of these petite Xiao Long Baos (steamed pork dumplings) which came in a myraid of colours. Since we were at Ion, we decided to give ourselves a treat at the restaurant.
Even though a queue was forming at lunchtime, we were led to our seats in less than 5 minutes. Service was efficient and very swift, leaving a good first impression. The interior of the restaurant is decked out in opulent, contemporary Oriental setting, giving the dining experience a visual boost. The grand dining hall sports a high ceiling, with windows offering panoramic views of the bustling Orchard Road. There’s also an open kitchen where Xiao Long Baos and La Mian are freshly made in full view of diners.
|The table setting…|
Once we were seated, we placed an order for their Signature 8 Flavour Xiao Long Bao Platter. It was served piping hot after a short ten minutes’ wait. Dana exclaimed in delight when she saw the colourful Xiao Long Baos. There was an ‘instruction pamphlet’ placed on each table which explains to diners which flavours you should start with: Original, Garlic, Ginseng, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Cheese, Crab Roe, and Szechuan. After the first bite, we were sold. These Xiao Long Baos are not only visually appealing but very juicy and yummy too. They are so much more tender and superior that what we were used to eating at Ding Tai Fung. We’ve finally found a good alternative to ease our Xiao Long Bao cravings!
|The signature Xiao Long Baos at $13.80 per platter.|
Besides the dumplings, we also ordered Seafood Fried Rice and La Mian with Sliced Pork in Signature Pork Bone Soup. The rice was cooked to perfection, just how I like Fried Rice to be – with each pearl of rice coated with egg, balanced with fresh ingredients and just the right dash of seasoning. Dana enjoyed the Fried Rice so much she asked for second helping. The broth of the Pork La Mien was rich and flavourful, the noodle springy and the pork slices so soft and tender. The hubs loved the broth so much he devoured every single drop. It even came with half a lava egg which I love! We concur the La Mian here is one of the best we’ve tasted and definitely worth a mention!
|The outstanding La Mien in Signature Pork Bone Soup at $9.80.|
With such palatable food at affordable prices, it’s no wonder they’ve won a slew of awards since they entered Singapore’s food scene two years ago in 2010. If you craving for good Chinese comfort food in Orchard Road, you’ve got to try Paradise Dynasty. We enjoyed our lunch and have made another mental note to return!
|Enjoying my Xiao Long Bao with Vinegar and lots of Ginger!|