Paradise Dynasty: Legend of Xiao Long Bao

Paradise Dynasty

Paradise Dynasty – 2F, The Podium, Mandaluyong City

Immerse in the imperial culture and savour the exquisite flavours from the northern and southern China at Paradise Dynasty. Paradise Dynasty, a concept originated from Singapore captures the finer points of bygone eras in contemporary style. Be awed by the experience, the refreshing take on delicacies and the dragon’s impeccable presence at Paradise Dynasty.

“Poised as a diners’ paradise for Oriental cuisine, the Paradise Group offers gourmet menus of exceptional value in a wide variety of restaurant concepts together with a catering arm.”

Every restaurant experience starts at the receiving area where you should feel welcome and a priority. The staff at Paradise Dynasty will do just that + genuine smiles on their faces, which we had the entire time we were inside the restaurant – who wouldn’t love that?

“Promising a sensorial experience, every concept immerses the diner in an atmosphere that captures the finer points of Chinese culture, particularly the finest from its rich array of culinary delights.”

The atmosphere inside was a mix of elegance and tradition, and every corner shows a bit of Chinese culture even in simplest forms. Tables and chairs measured to cater small to big groups, solo diners need not worry!

We were comfortably seated in a function room good for 15+ pax, with the same ambiance as the main dining area, only more intimate.


Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao

Price: (₱388/~$7.28 for 8 flavours)

When I saw these dumplings on our table, I gasped with amazement. I’ve never seen anything like them ever before, even in Taiwan. I was very excited to try them, but just as I was about to, they’re gone 😦 I felt a little sad when the staff said there won’t be any more of it. But I’m sure they all taste good, based on the facial expressions and reactions the group had upon tasting. After all, this is the WORLD’S FIRST 8 INTERNATIONAL FLAVORED XIAO LONG BAO.

Signature Original Xiao Long Bao

Price: (₱188/~$3.50 for 6 pcs & ₱298/~$5.60 for 10 pcs)

When I had my very first taste of XLB in Taiwan, at a restaurant most renowned for this product, I immediately fell in love. For a dim sum lover like me, a bite into a Xiao Long Bao means happiness. And the moment I tried Paradise Dynasty’s Original XLB, that happiness became immeasurable. This is the bomb I’m telling you. From the moment you get the XLB from the bamboo steamer, to the burst of eclectic meaty-umami build of flavor in your mouth, best classic XLB ever!

Radish Pastry

Price: (₱138/~$2.59 for 3 pcs)

This pastry has some magic in it. Believe it or not, the radish inside does not taste spicy or anything close to not wanting to finish the whole thing. It actually has a balance of sweet and savory, and I love it! I’ll order more than 3pcs plate when I come back, that’s for sure =)

Chilled Jellyfish and Seafood in Vinaigrette

Price: (₱328/~$6.15)

The sharp body of vinaigrette complimented both the rubbery-snappy texture of the raw jellyfish, and the company of other seafood in the bowl. The addition of chili, garlic, and other suitable spices made it a full-bodied bowl of goodness.

Pork Dumpling with Hot Chili Vinaigrette

Price: (₱168/~$3.15)

Another vinaigrette-based dish, this time in harmony with hearty pork dumplings. the bowl may look too spicy because of the chili vinaigrette, but trust me, if you love pork dumplings, you’ll love this spicy-rich combo.

Chilled Tofu with Century Egg

Price: (₱188/~$3.53)

I would have loved this as an appetizer, but after a spicy dish, chilled tofu certainly helped haha! (and I could already sense we’ll be served more spicy food hmm). Anyway, the silken tofu’s soft custard-y body will break gently in your mouth, and a blanket of soy-silky goodness that will envelope your precious taste buds. I’m not a fan of century eggs, so I didn’t try them. Sorry!

Stir Fried French Bean with Minced Pork

Price: (₱238/~$4.47)

Hooray for french green beans! they were – as expected – more tender than regular string/green beans, and the mix of minced pork is a nice touch – add of color, aroma, and overall balance. People who like vegetables will surely adore this classic dish.

Stir Fried Shredded Pork in Black Bean Sauce served with Chinese Crepes

Price: (₱388/~$7.28)

I was not able to take some snaps of the Chinese crepes, but I think you get the picture of this one – get a spoonful of the shredded pork, wrap it with a crepe, then eat. The shredded pork was a mix of sweet and salty – thanks to black bean sauce. But don’t worry, you’re gonna eat it with crepes for balance of flavor.

Steamed Glutinous Rice Stuffed in Red Dates

Price: (₱238/~$4.47)

I really haven’t had dates in my life – at least the edible ones, so I wouldn’t know how it tastes like without the glutinous rice inside. But as a first timer, I could say that this could be an easy win in snack gaming, but definitely heavy in the stomach.

Spicy Szechuan Crispy Chicken

Price: (₱298/~$5.59)

Aside from dim sum, chicken is my next favorite food. I can’t think of any chicken dish I didn’t like, and this dish, as I’ve expected, was somewhat spicy – in the tolerable margin. Just don’t eat the huge chili’s. The chicken itself was fried perfectly, meat was tender, and the spicy coating wasn’t overpowering. I think this dish is great with beer.

Scrambled Egg White with Fish Conpoy

Price: (₱328/~$6.15)

After another spicy dish is something to calm down your tongue that just caught fire. The yolk will be mixed with the scrambled egg white, and believe it or not, the yolk will somehow be cooked, because the egg white will be served hot. Taste-wise, this dish is palatable, and if you’ll be ordering a lot of spicy dishes, tip: better get one or two of this.

Poached Beef in Szechuan Chili Oil

Price: (₱788/~$14.79)

Tissues please! I literally ugly cried in front of all guests after a sip, yes A SIP. Not for the faint of heart, this rather terrific dish will bring you to spice heaven – that is if you are into super spicy soup/dishes. The beef was very tender, and the addition of noodles somehow counters the kick. A very memorable dish for me indeed.

Crispy-fried Crystal Prawns tossed with Salted Egg Yolk

Price: (₱588/~$11.03)

An instant favorite of mine, I really liked how the prawns were coated with salted egg yolk – which by itself is already finger-licking. I would have loved it more if the salted egg yolk was somehow a little bit more attached or latched onto the prawns. I could eat this everyday!

Charcoal Custard Lava Bun

Price: (₱188/~$3.53 for 3 pcs)

I don’t wanna spoil the fun by showing you what this huge charcoal bun hides inside, so you should discover it yourself! and what I thought to be a dessert was actually dim sum! they were served in a bamboo steamer, like the XLB’s so the temperature inside would stay warm even if you decide to eat this a little later. Break open the bun and you’ll see rich sweet custard filling, but not too heavy so you’ll want more than one.

Update (September 2018)

Behold the newest additions to the already deli-eclectic-ious lineup:

Deep-fried Duck with Steamed Buns (half)

Price: (₱1,288/~$23.8)

“Perfectly marinated duck with white peppercorns and Sichuan pepper, carefully fried to ensure crispy texture” – I fell in love with this dish. The crispy duck skin, the meat’s extraordinary flavor, and addition of some greens and the steamed buns all worked like a charm. Paradise Dynasty’s staff will shred the duck on the spot, and will show you how it’s prepared, or you can do it yourself for a more “personal” serving/portion size – if you know what I mean lol.

Grouper with Pine Nuts and Fruits

Price: (₱1,288/~$23.8)

“Meticulously fried to become golden in color, then topped with a special sauce and grilled pine nuts” – Grouper is locally known as Lapu-lapu. They’re one of the most expensive fishes in the Philippine market right now, and it’s just right that they landed at Paradise Dynasty so we could them in the most terrific way of cooking possible. Pine Nuts and Fruits? already guessed how this dish tastes like? You must find out yourself, so head over to Paradise Dynasty Podium Branch asap!

Grilled Grouper with Tofu in Mapo Tofu Style

Price: (₱1,288/~$23.8)

“Grilled Grouper smothered in tender tofu cooked in an aromatic and spicy sauce” – The spiciness level of this dish is somewhat comparable to Paradise Dynasty’s Poached Beef in Szechuan Chili Oil (I think they used the same chili oil). Certainly not for the youngsters, though adults would most definitely love the flaming fusion of grilled grouper cooked mapo tofu style. The lapu-lapu was very tender, tofus weren’t overcooked, overall a “strong” contender in the seafood category.

Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly

Price: (₱588/~$10.9)

“A very famous dish in China where the pork belly is accurately glazed with various special sauces to achieve the right flavor” – Truly meat lovers paradise: It’s perfectly savory tender! You can slice them with your chopsticks! For me, I didn’t need to slice them, because they are served in flawless generous portions – yup, rice please!, best enjoyed with fat still attached – lol.

Bok Choy with Garlic

Price: (pending)

“Authentic bok choy cooked slowly to encapsulate the fresh taste of garlic” – Bok Choy is a type of Chinese cabbage, given a unique and tasty twist at Paradise Dynasty – veggie heaven! The garlicky taste wasn’t overwhelming, hence, it further enhances bok choy’s crisp and delicate taste.

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“True to our mission to improve, advance and create for our customers’ ultimate experiential enjoyment, the Paradise Group marries tradition with innovation – a match that, as they say, is made in heaven.”


‘Twas an awesome and flavorful time at Paradise Dynasty indeed, and If I were you, I’d give them a visit, and try all their delectable dishes ASAP =)


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