Xiao Long Bao, or as you may know them as Shanghai Dumplings, have always been my favourite ever since I was a child learning how to use chopsticks at Dim Sum restaurants. These delicious morsels have a thin skin surrounding a pillow of meat and soup (pork fat), which bursts in your mouth as you eat. But beware, not to burn yourself and to pick up the dumplings carefully as all the liquid goodness might break out.
Paradise Dynasty, offer a variety of Xiao Long Bao in different flavours as well as delicious La Mian (a handmade pulled noodle) and other Chinese dishes. I’ve been to this venue, up in Ion Orchard several times and have always enjoyed the selection. This trip, my friend and I decided to go all out and order two baskets of the Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao (8 flavours) ($14.80 SGD). The flavours are supposed to be eaten in order from Original, Ginseng, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Cheesy, Crab Roe, Garlic and Szechuan.
The Xiao Long Bao here are more robust than other restaurants, and some flavours were a hit while others were a miss. I thoroughly enjoyed the Truffle and Crab Roe, but flavours like Cheesy and Szechuan were slghtly overpowering. Overall, I still think the original flavour is the best.
We also ordered a serving of Minced meat and Mushroom sauce La Mian ($8.50 SGD) to share, which came out in a large bowl. From that point we knew we were way ahead of ourselves as the serving was very generous. These noodles are deliciously springy, and slightly spicy coated in the meat sauce.
Overall, the noodles here are delicious and it’s a nice place to share some Xiao Long Bao with the family. But beware, as this fancy Chinese restaurant on Orchard Road charges $1.80 for their serving of table peanuts, and 30c each for the moist towelletes.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Address: #04-12A, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn