Whenever I crave Chinese food, one of the names that come to mind is Paradise Dynasty. The restaurant is famous for its signature eight flavors of xiao long bao, but many of its dishes deserve praise and return visits.
Here are some of my favorites:
Xiao long bao
A trip to Paradise Dynasty wouldn’t be complete without a basket of their xiao long bao. I recommend going for both the Signature Original and the famous Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao. The former is a basket of the classic dumpling, filled with a delicious gelatinized meat broth. Each bite is an explosion of flavors from the broth, pork filling, ginger, and dipping sauce.
The Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao is a leveled-up version of the dish with eight different flavors. The recommended way of eating this is by the intensity of flavor: start with the original (white) then go for the ginseng (green), foie gras (brown), black truffle (black), cheesy (yellow), crab roe (orange), garlic (gray), then the Szechuan (red). My go-tos have always been the original, black truffle, crab roe, and garlic.
Crispy Fried Crystal Prawns Tossed with Salted Egg Yolk
Another favorite is these crispy fried prawns generously coated with salted egg yolk. I love shrimp and salted egg has always been one of my favorite food trends so I’m happy that Paradise Dynasty offers this. This is best paired with rice to balance the strong flavor, so I suggest also ordering the Fried Rice in Yang Zhou Style.
Chilled Jellyfish and Seafood in Vinaigrette
I tried jellyfish for the first time in Paradise Dynasty and it’s surprisingly good. The texture is exactly how you would imagine it: firm yet bouncy like nata de coco. The dominant flavor is the vinaigrette, which is light, tangy, and refreshing.
The Radish Pastry is under the dim sum category but to me, it feels like a dessert because it’s sweet. It’s a light dish with warm, shredded radish wrapped in a crusty pastry.
La Mian with Braised Pork Belly in Signature Pork Bone Soup
This is a heavy meal so I’m happy ordering just this and the Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao on the side. The pork bone soup is flavorful and the braised pork belly is juicy. It’s the perfect meal for a rainy day.
I love, love, love desserts and Paradise Dynasty has good ones to cap off a decadent meal. My favorite is the Chilled Mango Pudding because… I love mangoes! The Glutinous Rice Ball with Grated Nuts is filled with what I think is black sesame. I also like the Pan-Fried Pancake with Red Bean Paste because… I like red bean!
Of course, every now and then I switch it up and try something new. Here are some dishes from Paradise Dynasty that I order every now and then:
Crispy Sweet and Sour Pork
The Crispy Sweet and Sour Pork is also a good addition to any meal. The pork is crunchy and the sauce is rich, flavorful, and sticky.
Deep-Fried Garlic Pork Ribs
The garlicky flavor of these pork ribs goes well with the rice. Try it with the Fried Rice in Yang Zhou Style!
Kung Pao Chicken
I’m not a big fan of spicy food but the Kung Pao Chicken is not as intimidating as it looks. The heat level is manageable and I can still appreciate the kung pao flavor.
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