Restaurants serving Chinese food are some of the most abundant spots here in Manila. There are a chosen few, which separate themselves from the rest- Paradise Dynasty is one of them.
A new player from Singapore, they offer exquisite flavors from Northern and Southern China. I was fortunate to be invited last week, with other blogger friends in tow for a memorable feast that was fitting to start the New Year.
We began with the star of the paradise, Xiao Long Bao in different colors and flavors. Paradise Dynasty served first the Original (Php 188 for 6 pieces, Php 298 for 10 pieces), with signature savory ‘soup’ inside it. It was followed by Xiao Long Bao Specialty Dynasty, (Php 388), a delightfully crafted series of 8 colored dumplings with different tastes. They were all so attractive to look at, not to mention delectable.
We were advised to eat these starting from the mildest flavor to the strongest. Aside from the original, included in this set were: Garlic, Ginseng, Foie Gras, Szechuan, Cheese, Crab Roe, and Black Truffle. If you love XLBs, this should be in your must have list.
For their other Dimsums, they served the ones not found in other Chinese restaurants. We had spiced up Pork Dumpling In Hot Chili Vinaigrette (6 pieces for Php 168) and Radish Pastry (3 pieces for Php 138), which were surprisingly not oily and were reminiscent of mille-feuille pastry.
An ample serving of other starters ensued next. We were presented with Steamed Glutinous Rice Stuffed In Red Dates (Php 238), a sweet filling appetizer with subtle date taste; Lettuce Roll With Homemade Sesame Sauce (Php 288), a plate that could could turn any reluctant greens eater to a veggie lover; Chilled Baby Spinach With Vermicelli (Php 288), a vegetarian friendly and a colorful sumptuous plate; Chilled Tofu With Century Egg (Php 188), a typical part of a laurait plate made even better; and Chilled Jellyfish And Seafood In Vinaigrette (Php 328), for the ones who enjoy tangy dishes.
While we were busy indulging in a miriad of appetizers, hot dishes started trinkling in. Stir-fried Shredded Pork in Black Bean Sauce Served with Chinese Crepes (Php 388), greeted us initially. This was a show stealer, not for its size or look, but it exemplified Filipinos love for carbs. Everything savory should come with some form of carbohydrate. I live in that mentality too.
My top pick of that day came next, a classic dish with Paradise Dynasty twist on Kung Pao Chicken (Php 298). I loved its tender cubes of chicken, combined with a nice balance of sweetness and spice. I had to order a cup of rice for this!
If you are into seafood, the wonderfully no “umay” Crispy-fried Crystal Prawns Tossed With Salted Egg Yolk (Php 588) could be your bet here. If eggs are part of your everyday diet, don’t miss out on Scrambled Egg White with Fish and Conpoy (Php 328). This was quite similar to costly Bird’s Nest soup.
The paradise also has familiar Stir-fried French Bean with Minced Pork (Php 238) and Stir-fried Broccoli with Garlic (Php 288). These healthier picks are important to have when we have too much guilt pleasures.
Spicy food lovers can also rejoice with what Paradise Dynasty has. They know how to bring the fire with these courses- Poached Sliced Fish In Szechuan Chilli Oil (Php 788), and Spicy Szechuan Crispy Chicken (Php 298). Both has white peppercorns to tame the flame. It will actually numb you mouth for awhile.
For noodles, we tried the La Mian With Scallion – Dry (Php 200). It was very rich in flavor and can be compared to our staple “pancit canton”, but somehow more endearing in many levels.
As the feast was winding down, we were served with two Desserts to cap off the flavor filled menu- Pan-fried Pancake With Red Bean Paste (Php 168), which was crispy, sweet, while not being overpowering to the palate; and Pan-fried Pumpkin Pastry (Php 138), recommended for those who like Nian Gao or “tikoy”.
Paradise Dynasty also offers their signature drinks of Homemade Barley Tea (Php 80) and Water Chestnut Drink (Php 80), which are refreshingly invigorating, regardless if you choose the hot or cold variant.
If you want to treat yourself and your loved ones to experience magnificent Chinese cuisine without leaving town, Paradise Dynasty is here! Visit them at the 2nd floor of the newly built Podium in Ortigas. They also have another and branch in S Maison, Conrad, Mall of Asia complex.