9.303 Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao


4 (Sun) November 2018

Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao (WHAT)


at Paradise Dynasty (SM Aura Premier) (WHERE)

-BGC, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines-

with the Boys

Paradise Dynasty is a Chinese restaurant chain.  Founded in Singapore in 2008, currently 25 branches across Asia, including 3 in the Philippines.  The house specialty is xiao long bao.  Also offers a selection of Szechuan dishes.

All of a sudden, there it was – the latest addition to the SM Aura restaurant family.

But first, the other stuff.  Generally, the dishes were competent, nothing to write home about (as I am doing here).

The Stir-Fried Shredded Pork in Black Bean Sauce Served with Chinese Crepes, on the other, was outstanding.  Super juicy strips of pork, perfectly seasoned in a savory-sweet black bean sauce, mixed with shredded scallion for a touch of freshness, wrapped in hand-made pancakes – awesome.  Reason alone for a return visit.

Stir-Fried Shredded Pork in Black Bean Sauce Served with Chinese Crepes (3.5)


To set itself apart from the well-established giants in the industry, Paradise Dynasty invented an array of multi-colored, multi-flavored fusion dumplings that is now the chain’s signature dish.

A speed-date breakdown, in descending order of preference:

  • Szechuan (3.0) – nice mouth-numbing kick from the Szechuan pepper, complementing the base flavors, though I wouldn’t want more than maybe 2 dumplings
  • Garlic (2.5) – a touch richer in flavor than the original
  • Signature Original (2.25) – acceptable, if otherwise unremarkable
  • Ginseng (2.0) – slightly bitter, perhaps enjoyable for anyone who likes ginseng
  • Crab Roe (2.0) – crab roe and pork seem lost in contrast to each other
  • Black Truffle (2.0) – not sure whether the ammoniac funk of the truffle works within the flavor profile
  • Foie Gras (1.5) – weirdly fatty
  • Cheese (1.0) – weird

This could be a fun meal, at least the first time around.  To fully enjoy the experience, however, it would require the capacity to eat 8 dumplings in one sitting.


Overall, not overwhelmed.  Worth a second shot.

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