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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Paradise rainbow dumplings in Singapore

Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao, clockwise from top:
Black truffle, garlic pork, cheese, sichuan pork, crab roe, ginseng, pork, foie gras
Soft tofu with "century eggs"
Cucumber with smacked garlic
Cold potatoes with capsicum
"La mian" with sliced pork in signature pork bone soup
Won ton dumplings with chilli oil
View to kitchen
One of many dumpling chefs
LOCATION: Paradise Dynasty, #04-12A ION Orchard, Singapore
CATEGORY: Chinese, regional Chinese, Shanghai soup dumplings and pulled noodles (xiao long bao and la mian)
DRINK: Pu'erh tea, water
WE THINK: We were skeptical when we discovered that Paradise Dynasty's claim to fame is that the've taken a winning dish (i.e. the Shanghai soup dumpling or xiao long bao) and added fancy stuffing and color to it. Maybe we are boring, but we love the normal pork, or occasionally the pork and crab, soup dumplings (see our favorites here), so we were ready to get annoyed with the "Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao", a selection of 8 colorful dumplings which include a yellow cheese(!) dumpling, a green ginseng dumpling and a dark grey black truffle dumpling. Much to our surprise, they were really lovely! (yes--even the--gasp--cheese ones...) The pork, Sichuan, crab roe and foie gras dumplings were positively delicious. The plain pork xiao long bao--probably still our favorite of the lot--was full of delicious broth and the skin was delicate and silky smooth, making it as good as the xiao long bao at our other 2 favorite xiao long bao spots in Singapore: Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao in Takashimaya shopping mall and Din Tai Fung in Paragon shopping mall (in our opinion, the best Din Tai Fung branch outside of Taiwan). We also ordered a delicate pork bone broth la mian noodle soup (the Chinese dish which is the original inspiration for Japanese ramen) with thin, hand-pulled noodles--on its own enough to satisfy us. Finally, we had some incredibly yummy chili wonton and some cold dishes. This ruled!

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