Paradise Dynasty 乐天皇朝 Hot
Paradise Dynasty is a casual dining restaurant by the Paradise Group that serves northern and southern Chinese cuisine. Opened in 2010, the restaurant is well-known for its xiao long bao, la mian and signature pork bone soup.
I would eat here everyday if I could.
Customers drawn to Paradise Dynasty are mostly attracted to their multi-flavored and extremely colorful Xiao Long Bao at first. They still offer the traditional Xiao Long Bao as well, with its supple skin, and juicy pork insides swimming in rich broth/sauce/ambrosia. If you make a trip to Paradise Dynasty, you are either going for Xiao Long Bao or you are wasting your time.
My first opinion of the "first of its kind" eight-flavor Xiao Long Bao was that it was interesting. They have it available in original, ginseng, foie gras, black truffle, crab roe, cheese, garlic, and Szechuan. However, when I tried it, I wasn't impressed. Maybe it was because I grew up with the traditional Xiao Long Bao with its plain skin and delectable insides, but I felt Paradise Dynasty's attempt at this version of fusion-food has fallen somewhat flat. In my opinion, by adding flavor/color to the skin, the 'empowered' skin around the pork and broth interferes with the rich savory flavors inside. I don't like that. If I had to made a choice between the 'first of its kind' eight flavor Xiao Long Bao or the traditional ones, I would go for the traditional ones. Some people do seem to enjoy the unique additions of black truffle or foie gras to their juicy, succulent meat, but I don't. It just doesn't make sense to me, alright? Xiao Long Bao is perfect as it is, why would anyone think 'Hey, let's add some Black Truffle to this, it's going to be awesome.'?
However, I do recommend people to try it at least once. To each their own, and you might find that you like the way your ginseng mixes with the rich broth. You only live once, right, so try it. Who knows, you might like it.
When I first entered the Paradise Dynasty restaurant, I immediately felt comfortable. The ION branch's lighting is somewhat dim in my opinion, but as long as your tablemates and food is visible, that's really all that matters. The waiters/waitresses are dressed in a shiny traditional robe, which is an unique and a rather interesting concept that adds to the overall atmosphere. The food choices available can be considered plentiful, ranging from small plates of cold dishes to fried rice and noodles. If you are not too hungry, or on a low-carb diet or whatever, you can avoid the main dishes like the fried rice or noodles and go for the various side dishes, all of which are served up piping hot and delicious. There is a considerable range of food available, although I'm afraid our vegetarian friends will mostly find consolation in the cold dishes.
The cost of the food at Paradise Dynasty is reasonable, but only if you go with a friend or maybe a party of four. Or if you are a ravenous beast emerging from the icy depths of your office looking for lunch. The dishes are usually of a standard size/serving best shared between two to three people, and on average costs about twenty-five dollars a head, if that kind of thing bothers you. If there is someone paying for you, all the better, because I have yet to try a dish at Paradise Dynasty that hasn't appealed to me!
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Signature 8 Flavour Xiao Long Baos A Must-Try!
I visited the Paradise Dynasty restaurant at Changi Airport Terminal 3 and on top of the great food, my family and I were treated to a lovely atmosphere as well as a view optimal for some people-watching. Perched on a protruding platform on the second level overlooking the departure gates, it was a very pleasant experience indeed to see all those excited travellers and busy airline crew dashing about as we had our meal.
One dish I would highly recommend for everyone to try at least once in their life is none other than their signature xiao long bao that comes in a whopping EIGHT different flavours, inclusive of the good ol' original.
The rest of the flavours, namely ginseng, black truffle, crab roe, cheesy, garlic, foie gras, and sze chuan, were all so tasty that I honestly can't pick just one favourite!
I've tried some other flavoured xiao long baos elsewhere (mainly black truffle ones) and I'm used to them tasting rather artificial and even "diluted" in the soupiness of the dumplings, but these definitely did not disappoint! Each of them packed a strong flavour punch and would probably leave you clamouring for more than just one.
Fair warning, the restaurant advises diners to save the sze chuan flavoured xiao long bao for last, and for good reason. It's so spicy that it'll leave your entire mouth area numb for a period of time, and your tastebuds temporarily paralysed, but in the shiok-est way possible.
Other dishes that are worth a try include the braised bamboo shoots and cold tofu with century egg, but very light and enjoyable dishes that make great appetisers to kickstart the rest of your meal.
Another interesting dish which I really liked was the bamboo shoots and asparagus with bacon. Lightly fried, very aromatic with some bits of chilli padi thrown in for that extra kick, the thing that surprised me the most was how well the savoury slivers of crispy bacon (which seems quite Western to me) tasted alongside such Chinese-style fare.
A fantastic experience overall. Give the not-so-typical dishes a shot next time you head down to Paradise Dynasty! You may be pleasantly surprised :)
Ultimate "Go To" Place
Whenever I can't decide where to eat, I often find myself heading towards paradise dynasty's outlets. The food there are mostly very savoury and dining there almost always ensures a happy stomach and a satisfied me - even if I didn't know what I felt like eating at the start.
Personally, I love their yangzhou fried rice and get monthly cravings for it! I just can't get enough of it ;) Their soup has been highly raved about and yes, it deserves them raves. Also, a MUST ORDER side dish that I'll recommend is the Scrambled Egg White with Fish and Dried Scallop. It has a soft texture as most of it is made up of egg white and it is super appetizing!
I would also add that their food is reasonably priced and the service is prompt. The restaurant's ambience is relatively pleasing, with a serene atmosphere and chinese decor to boost. The furniture is comfortable and the warm lighting makes it a cosy place to dine in and catch up with friends, esp so for the ion outlet!
However, although the restaurant is said to be famous for its colourful and different flavoured dumplings, I still prefer the dumplings from crystal jade or din tai fung. I guess it may be because I like my classic xiaolongbaos in their original flavour.
Generally, I've had enjoyable dining experiences at their different outlets so I can safely say that their quality is rather consistent throughout. You should definitely check it out if you love chinese cuisine (:
For colourful XLBs and braised pork belly!
Okay, I guess the colourful XLB is the star here, and I have to agree. I love the different flavours of it, especially the cheese and the foie gras one. Some have commented that they can't really taste it, but for me it's really distinct enough. Maybe it'll be helpful to follow their own guide on the sequence of XLB to eat so that to maximise the taste.
The other dishes are stellar too. I love the Braised Pork Belly. The fats really melt in your mouth. Eat with caution though. It was so good I couldn't keep my chopsticks off it. But they can be inconsistent with the fattiness of the pork. There was an occasion where the fatty layer was rather disappointing. A good dish, nonetheless. They have very hearty bowls of la mian as well. They are not exceptional but I think they are rather great for the prices at about $10 per bowl. I always have the fried rice as well, but that's nothing to shout about.
A good meal here came up to about $30ish per pax. I think that's pretty affordable for a mid-range restaurant like Paradise Dynasty. Haven't tried the other dishes because the ones we know are so good. Definitely will come back, even if it is just for the XLBs and Braised Pork Belly.
Good noodle soup
This place is famous for their colorful XLBs but after having tried twice, I still prefer the normal XLBs. The colorful ones just didn't appeal to me that much.. I found the ginseng one really weird. For their normal XLBs, it is average and I still prefer XLBs from Din Tai Fung and thus this place isn't where I will visit for my XLB fix but rather, noodle soup!!! I usually visit the ION branch because I love the ambience and decor of the whole restaurant. It feels so grand, clean and Chinese-y. I like the dim lighting as well.
The noodle soup dishes are simple and comforting Noodles are always chewy and has a nice texture to it, never overcooked or undercooked. I usually request for my noodles to be cut so that it will be easier to eat/share. The soup is thick, hot and flavorful and goes really well with the noodles. Meat is tender and fresh. Everything adds up to a simple and wholesome bowl of la mian!
Do avoid visiting this place during peak hours because the queue can get quite crazy (they do have a queue number system though). If you're alright with outdoor seating (at the ION branch), you usually get to skip the queue but my advice is don't take the outdoor seats. I tried sitting outdoors once and it was so warm and I was seated near to those "spare chairs" and a big gray heavy-duty machine. Please do remember to make a reservation or visit during off-peak hours to save time!
Oh my love
I love Paradise Dynasty.
Having the membership at Kungfu Paradise meant many unnecessary trips to Paradise Dynasty just because I can convince myself that my discount is worth the xiaolongbaos.
In my old days of xlb obsession, I must have patronized this place twice a week with different groups of friends, just to look less obsessed. My orders were standard. Two servings of xlbs and nothing else.
My friends would try their noodles and their rice and I would look upon them with smugness knowing that I have the best dish in the house.
I don't like their multi flavoured xlbs despite the big hype. Their original is king. The rest are uncles throwing to covet the throne.
But don't worry original flavour.
You have a friend in me.
Feast like an 'emperor'!
Paradise Dynasty is well known for its colorful xiao long baos which consists of xiao long baos decked in rainbow colors. Most people found it interesting initially hence the hype at Paradise Dynasty. I found it to be a little underrated though as most people flock there mainly for the colorful xiao long baos. However, the wide variety of food there does not disappoint and is very tantalizing to the tastebuds too!
Upon stepping into Paradise Dynasty at Ion, you will feel as if you have been transported back in time to the ancient times, as the furniture and decorations there seem to portray an ancient Chinese feel. Thus, it kind of makes you feel like an emperor. The waiters and waitresses are decked in traditional robes too. Ambience, check! Next, on to the food, which I have no complaints about! The colorful xiao long baos are indeed unique as they are of different flavors each. I particularly like the cheese and crab roe ones and due to personal preference, I dislike the garlic one as the garlic aftertaste is very strong and seems to linger in your mouth. The skin of the xiao long baos are quite thin, just the way I like it. When you are there, you ought to give their la mian a try too. Not only are there quite a few choices to choose from, their la mian also contained flavorful broth and they are not stingy with their ingredients as well. Seafood la mian is a must order for me. Prawns, scallops and bamboo shoots with la mian - all my favourites in a dish! The serving is quite huge as well so do go with an empty stomach, if not you would not get to try many of their dishes at one go! The service there is prompt too and the waiters and waitresses are very attentive to your needs, refilling tea every now and then. So, great food and service, check and check!
With that, I think that it is quite value for money to patronise Paradise Dynasty. Even though it is located at the one of the higher floors of Ion (where the higher floors you go in Ion, the more expensive and branded the shops get), the food here is really affordable and not forgetting to mention, delightful to the stomach as well.
First things first, try to visit the restaurant at non-peak periods as they do not accept reservations, and they only allow you to get your table only after everyone in your group arrives. My friends and I usually wait around half an hour before we are able to get a table.
I like the setting and interior of the place. It's very wide and spacious, and the colours and lighting gives the restaurant a very classy setting. Most people usually go for their famous 8 flavour xiaolongbaos, but I'll say don't bother getting those as some of the flavours such as szechuan and garlic are not that fantastic. Instead, just get a basket of the flavours you want. My favourite will be the cheese and black truffles. Cheese sounds weird when paired together with xiaolongbaos. but the taste is surprisingly light on the palate.
The restaurant has decent lamian too. I like their pork bone soup base because it is very flavourful yet not oily at the same time. Shows how much effort they put into their soup. The prices of the dishes there are a little on the high end though, so try to go with more people so that you can order more dishes to share.
Good ambience and good food
I accidentally stumbled across this restaurant when my family and I were walking around looking for a place to dine at. The setting of the restaurant was very unique, from engraved pillars to waitresses wearing long golden robes, allowing you to have a special dining experience.
I had a bowl of spicy beef noodle, and it was one of the best I have ever had, with just enough flavour and a generous serving of meat and vegetables. Their Gou Bu Li pau is highly recommended; the soft warm pau with meaty filling is bound to have you want to reach for one more.
Paradise Dynasty also cater to many groups of people, from families to friends to colleagues, and all will enjoy a good meal together.
how to eat a Xiaolongbao?
I went to Paradise Dynasty a few days ago but did not leave feeling deeply impressed. I imagine it must've been the wrong kinds of food being ordered but nevertheless this place also has its own strong points, namely their xiaolongbao. On every table, there is a slip of paper showing the different flavours of xiaolongbaos and on the other side of the paper are instructions on how to eat a Xiao long bao. Now this may sound ridiculous but it brings much amusement as to how serious Paradise Dynasty takes its signature dish.
The assortment of flavours of the xiaolongbaos are appealing and it certainly does not disappoint. Those who are more conventional may frown upon such a culinary dish and may only like the original, normal xiaolongbaos. PD's original xiaolongbaos are not disappointing but the flavoured ones can do better- such as having a richer flavour or taste. The fried chicken fillet is good too, but the white one tastes weird since it's meant to be nearly raw.
PD's service staff are largely young and inexperienced, but they delivered a fair performance. Overall it is a good place, it just depends on what you order.
Cheaper alternative to Crystal Jade
This place reminds me of the Crystal Jade chain of restaurants, specifically the La Mian Xiao Long Bao one.
Exactly the same concept, this place sells very similar dishes, from homely cooked chinese dishes to handmade flour noodles and hand pinched soup dumplings. Their pulling factor must be their multi flavored XLB and their cheap prices. With one of their branches at ION orchard, it shocked me when I walked in at how economical the prices were. No wonder we had to wait for over 2 hours to get a seat inside. The interior decor was also very well done, it is no wonder they don't accept reservations and have people all waiting patiently outside for a table.
I still prefer the normal soup dumplings though rather than the flavored ones.