Paradise Dynasty at S Maison Conrad's Xiao Long Bao and More!

If there's a xiao long bao overkill happening soon, count me in. I'm so there!

How can you not love xiao long bao? Sure, there's a little difficulty factor when it comes to eating them, but that is outweighed by how good they are...when done right. And Paradise Dynasty knows how to do them right.

Paradise Dynasty at S Maison Conrad's Colorful Xiao Long Bao

Paradise Dynasty at S Maison Conrad is a satellite branch of the famous Singaporean restaurant that specializes in xiao long bao and la mian among other things.

The stylish interior is modern while still bearing a good touch of traditional oriental design. The narrow dining area above leads to the more spacious spot of the restaurant with the Manila Bay as backdrop.

There's also a function room located in the main dining area. 

Watching the experts prepare the xiao long bao is actually pretty relaxing. This glass-paneled working station is right along the hallway leading to the main dining area. You won't miss it.

Paradise Dynasty at S Maison Conrad's Colorful Xiao Long Bao
Original (10 pcs.) PhP 298  /  Szechuan (10 pcs.) PhP 380  /  Black Truffle (10 pcs.) PhP 540  /
Cheese (10 pcs.) PhP 380  /  Garlic (10 pcs.) PhP 380  /  Foie Gras (10 pcs.)  PhP 540

Paradise Dynasty has 8, count them, 8 xiao long bao variants. Each one has a uniquely rich flavor including the original. I just realized that I only took a photo of the 6 flavors. Sorry about that. Anyway, the other two are Crab Roe {PhP 540/10 pcs.} and Ginseng {PhP 540/10 pcs.}.

Here's why I like their xiao long bao: the soup is delicious, the wrapper is thin but not delicate enough to make it rip apart with half a poke, and lastly, they're not selfish with the filling! 

Paradise Dynasty Xiao Long Bao Black Truffle

I can't say that all 8 are created equal. That will depend on which flavors you fancy. For example, I personally don't like ginseng in general, so that's a no for me. The Black Truffle, Foie Gras, Crab Roe, Cheese, and Szechuan are my favorite. And then there's the Original xiao long bao. Now that one has the right to be called the best.

The different flavors are available in 6 and 10 pieces per order. You can also have one of each in a single bamboo steamer, by the way. The price for that is PhP 388.

Yang Zhou Double-boiled Meat Ball with Crab Roe Soup
Yang Zhou Double-boiled Meat Ball with Crab Roe Soup  PhP 238

The rich yet clean flavor of the Yang Zhou Double-Boiled Meat Ball with Crab Roe Soup is a great way to prime the belly for what's to come. The huge {maybe 3/4 of my fist}, flavorful meat ball is more than enough to make you feel satisfied.

Chilled Jellyfish and Seafood in Vinaigrette
Chilled Jellyfish and Seafood in Vinaigrette  PhP 328

If you prefer to take the cold route, this refreshing starter is a good pick. Fresh shrimp, squid, and seafood were calmly soaking in the flavor of the vinaigrette while my friends and I snapped away. A little heat from the chopped chili spiked up its flavor.

Steamed Egg White with Fish and Conpoy
Steamed Egg White with Fish and Conpoy  PhP 328

This one looks really simple, but it is packed with great flavor. I promise. The yolk and conpoy or dried scallops are carefully mixed with the delicate egg whites before it is served. It's creamy, slightly salty, and just simply delicious.

Stir-fried Shredded Pork in Black Bean Sauce
Stir-fried Shredded Pork in Black Bean Sauce  PhP 288

I initially thought that this was a Hokkien Mee. I love Hokkien Mee! This turned out to be something better. Holding the thin strips of pork together is a generous splash of velvety black bean sauce. 

As you can see below, we got schooled on how to properly eat this one. Place the filling on the middle of the thin crepe, fold all sides over the filling, close your eyes, have a bite, and cry.  

Paradise Dynasty La Mian with Spiced Beef
La Mian with Spiced Beef  PhP 380

You gotta save some room for the La Mian with Spiced Beef. The fat-speckled, milky broth is rich enough to see you through tough times. Underneath the slices of tender beef are the springy la mian. One bowl is big enough for two.

Stir-fried Spinach with Minced Garlic  PhP 238

This bowl of greens is not an atonement for all the other dishes. The whole lot is actually definition of healthy, that is. The Stir-fried Spinach with Minced Garlic is good, but there's nothing extraordinary about it. It is as straightforward as it gets.

Crispy Sweet and Sour Pork  PhP 288

My good friend Richie is my Sweet and Sour Pork Connoisseur. I sometimes think that the dish is sort of his criterion on whether the restaurant is good or not. He gave his seal of approval for this one, and so do I. The lightly coated pork slices are, as the name of the dish suggests, crispy on the outside and really tender on the inside. They are doused with a sauce that has a perfect balance of sweet and yes, sour. So delicious!

It's best to get a reservation especially on the weekends. The best tables on the house are at the back of the restaurant where you can get a clear view of the bay. Oh, and by the way, Paradise Dynasty's Water Chestnut is a must-drink! 

Paradise Dynasty
2/F S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, 
Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
Tel. no. (+632) 828.83.33
Operating Hours: 11 AM - 2:30 PM
                               6 PM - 9:30 PM
Facebook: Paradise Dynasty
Twitter: @dynasty_ph
Instagram: @paradisedynastyph

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