Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Seeking a slice of paradise

After a whole day out at the shops, dinner was not simply for the hungry. 
It was for the weary.

Taste paradise seems always to have a ridiculously long queue and the fact that they close in between lunch and dinner service brings the rest of the crowds over to Paradise Dynasty.

And before you start to think this restaurant is nothing but a second best,
I'll have you think again by the end of this post.

I've tried the colorful xiao long baos once too many a time, 
I now only stick by the originals.

These little intricately wrapped parcels of minced meat and juicy soup goodness.

Goes perfectly with a dab of vinegar topped with fresh ginger slices.
There is a recommended way of enjoying this.
First, bite off the dumpling skin on top.
Let the steam escape.
Before you slurp up the soup.
And devour the rest.
At the risk of a burnt tongue,
I let the steamer sit for a bit before I attempt to take a delicate parcel
and pop the whole parcel in. 
Let the juices explode in my mouth.
Is a slice of paradise reached :)

Spicy minced meat noodles is the Chinese answer to the bolognaise I'd like to think.
Firm pulled flour noodles boiled and drained before being topped with a generous amount of spicy minced meat sauce.
Does that not make a bolognaise?
I love them both. Chinese or Italian.
This bowl comes covered with generous greens of refreshing cucumber slices and freshly chopped spring onions.
This may get a little bit too oily for one.
Which is why I always opt to share.
So that I could add another item to the order list.

Now this.
The same firm pulled flour noodles.
With shabu thin slices of pork and chopped seaweed.
This time with a healthier and no less hearty soup base.
A signature milky pork bone broth.
I could never get enough.

Who said anything about second best?

And it just gets better with their weekday promotions. :)
Enjoy $8 Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao with every order of 2 La Mian
*Valid Mon to Fri from 11am to 3pm, excluding eves of PH and PH. Other terms and conditions apply.
Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao + Choice of 1 Shanghai Dim Sum @ $15
*Valid Mon to Fri from 3pm to 5.30pm, excluding eves of PH and PH. Other terms and conditions apply.
To find out more, visit PARADISE DYNASTY at ION Orchard, #04-12A

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