Paradise Dynasty is one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in Manila. I love their xiao long bao (especially the eight-flavored ones), the gooey Charcoal Custard Lava Bun that tastes like salted egg yolk, and the many flavorful dishes that will make you want to order everything.
Recently, Paradise Dynasty expanded their menu and decided to add four new dishes, and I got to try them before it was launched late last month. They’re the Fried Duck, the Grouper with Pine Nuts and Fruits, the Grilled Grouper with Tofu in Mapo Tofu Style, and the Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly.
Here’s what I thought:
Fried Duck (P1,288 for half a duck)
I wasn’t a fan of duck before because of its tough consistency, but I love the fall-off-the-bone meat of Paradise Dynasty’s new dish. For the Fried Duck, the restaurant marinated duck with white peppercorns and Sichuan pepper, then wrapped them in a fluffy white bun. The bun is the perfect balance between the duck’s flavors and the hoisin sauce, and it can get addicting. Bonus: there will be enough duck to be eaten on its own!
Grouper with Pine Nuts and Fruits (P1,288)
This dish is a great combination of flavors, from the sweet fruit to the sour sauce to the crunchy peanuts and the fried flavor of the fish. This is one of my new favorites in the restaurant.
Grilled Grouper with Tofu in Mapo Tofu Style (P1,288)
This new fish dish is quite interesting. The fish is grilled and topped with tender tofu, but what really sets this apart is the mouth-numbing effect of the spicy Sichuan peppercorns. I’m slowly getting accustomed to spicy food so I got to appreciate the unique heat of the peppercorn.
Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly (P588)
The Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly is the most sinful of the bunch. Generous slices of tender pork belly are glazed with a rich sauce that’s both sweet and salty. This is best enjoyed over a cup of steaming rice.
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