Paradise Dynasty “Legend of Xiao Long Bao” was probably the first Chinese restaurant here to offer an interesting and somewhat exotic range of fillings, for traditional steamed dumplings. I usually order the assortment of 8 different dumplings (S$13.80).
But beyond the xiao long baos, Paradise Dynasty serves really good food. I’ve been there 3 times since I took these pictures for the post. It is also a great place to bring overseas friends because it is located in the heart of Orchard, with nice decor, acceptable service and most importantly, a wide range of different Chinese dishes to choose from. The only negative is that they do not take reservations and if you visit at peak periods (especially weekends), your wait for a table can be from 30 – 60 minutes.
Paradise Dynasty serves many spicy dishes and my favorite is the Deep Fried Diced Chicken in Szechuan Style (S$10.50). I love the taste of Szechuan peppercorn and this dish has a lot of it. Be warned… it is spicy and leaves your mouth a little numb. That’s why it is described as “Ma La” (Ma – numbing, La – spicy). Other spicy dishes to try are the Ma Po Tofu (S$9) and Pork Dumpling with Chilli Sauce (S$5.80).
For our “carbohydrate” dish, we ordered a Stir Fried La Mian (Noodles) with Fungus and Pork (S$10). It tasted a lot better than it looked.
For desserts, I will always order the Pan-fried Pancake with Red Bean (S$6). This sinful pancake is crispy yet slightly chewy, with enough red bean paste.
#04-12A Ion Orchard
2 Orchard Turn,
Mon – Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat/Sun/Public Holidays: 10.30am – 10pm