Taste of China’s bold flavours
Writer: Brenda Ch'ng
Published: Fri, 15 Jun 2012
Lovers of spicy Szechuan cuisine can now set their taste buds ablaze with the fiery flavoured dishes served at Paradise Dynasty which has now opened its doors at its first and only outlet in Malaysia, at Paradigm Mall.
La mian in signature meat bone soup served with pan-fried chicken chop.
Located on the mall’s first floor, patrons no longer need to travel far for a taste of fine northern and southern Chinese cuisine which features bold flavours from the use of garlic, chili peppers, peppercorn and ginger.
“The concept of Paradise Dynasty is to bring to our customers the finer points of a bygone era’s cuisine. Our dishes are an example of the fineness of Chinese cuisine,” said Paradise (F&B) Malaysia Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Elyna Tan.
Choose to either sit beside the small indoor stream which snakes its way through the centre of the restaurant or opt for one of the two semi-private rooms for small gatherings.
While getting cosy, order up a serving of their famous “xiao long bao” (steamed soup dumpling) which comes steaming hot in a traditional bamboo basket.
Dubbed the “legandary xiao long bao”, patrons will be amazed with the chef’s creativity at colouring the dumpling in eight different ways to help distinguish the various unique fillings inside.
Unlike the original soup dumpling with the marinated meat filling, Paradise Dynasty offers foie gras (orange), black truffle (black), crab roe (light orange), cheese (yellow), ginseng (green), minced garlic (grey), Szechuan (pink) and of course original (translucent white).
If patrons can’t get enough of one or two particular flavours, not to worry as customers are allowed to order a basket of only one flavour or mix and match as they please.
It is recommended to take a small bite to break the skin, suck up the juices and soup in the dumpling, dip it into vinegar, top it with ginger and lastly stuff the whole thing into the mouth.
Prepared by chef Yan Wei from Nanjing, China, Paradise Dynasty’s fusion dish attracts the young and old daily and receives overwhelming orders of the foie gras and black truffle dumlpings.
Their next bestseller is their silky handmade “la mian” (hand-pulled noodles), which are prepared fresh everyday in front of diners, where patrons can see them work through the transparent glass panel.
Made by chef Ge Sheng from Henan, China, the noodles can be eaten either dry, soup based or tossed in meat sauce.
Their signature noodle dishes are the “la mian” with dried shrimp and scallion and the one with poached marble beef Szechuan style.
Both dishes will simply make your mouth water for more with every bite, as each offers a blend of different flavours from China.
One special thing about “la mian” noodles is that you would have to bite it to break it or cut it personally in the bowl as the noodle resembles a never-ending ball of yarn.
Also, be sure to order up their flaky radish pastry, which is hand-made by the chefs and should be eaten while it is still hot.
A bite into it and compliments for the chef will be flying out of mouths as the flaky crispy outside breaks apart to reveal a ball of warm and soft chopped radish stuffing.
For a moment, if felt like we were eating crispy “popiah” (spring roll), as the white radish filling was perfectly seasoned to taste like those stuffed in “popiah”.
If you love that, be sure to order their other Shanghainese dim sum dishes such as steamed Tianjin buns, pan-fried dumplings and dumplings soaked in hot Szechuan sauce.
For the more adventurous, try their hot and cold appetisers, chilled assorted eggs loaf done Yang Zhou style and assorted beef and organs in Szechuan sauce, which were specially created by the chefs themselves.
The assorted eggs loaf is a blend of a few eggs into one unique cold dish, namely the century egg, salted egg and normal chicken egg.
Another unique dish that patrons can’t find in any other restaurant is the glutinous rice dumplings in fermented rice wine.
This dish only caters to patrons with an eccentric tastebud, and not many might agree with the taste of it, just like those who think that almond pudding has a pungent smell.
If you think you are full, clear your tummy for some dessert as the pastries are simply delightful.
A must-try are their panfried pumpkin pastry, souffle egg white balls stuffed with red bean and banana, glutinous rice ball topped with grated nut (black sesame filling) and their chilled mango pudding.
Paradise Dynasty is located at Lot 1F-15 Paradigm Shopping Mall Kelana Jaya.
CIMB credit card holders are also entitled to a 10 per cent discount from now until Dec 30.
For more information, visit www.paradisefnb.com.my and www.facebook.com/paradisegroupmalaysia