Friday, May 25, 2012

Paradise Dynasty @ Paradigm Mall

Singapore-born Paradise Dynasty is our top pick for now at Kelana Jaya's Paradigm Mall, thanks to its intriguing interior and innovative food selection.

Stroll past the open kitchen of surgical-mask-wearing cooks, take a table by the Buddha statue and order the Legend of Xiao Long Bao signature sampler of eight steamed dumplings, each with different-colored skin and different-flavored soup stuffed within.

Original, foie gras, black truffle, crab roe, cheese, ginger, garlic and spicy Szechuan (RM24+). The hot broth in each of these is distinctive and delicious _ bite into the truffle one and let its earthiness wash over your tongue; the foie gras and crab roe varieties, on the other hand, bathed our taste buds in uncompromising richness.

Somewhat less successful: la mian in pork bone broth with pork belly and boiled egg (RM18+). Essentially a ramen recipe, but with Japanese noodles swapped for Chinese ones. The soup tastes cleaner but less satisfyingly complex compared to, say, Menya Musashi's.

Finish with a flourish: scrambled egg white with scallops, fish, raw egg yolk and vinegar (RM20+). Mix it up for a luxurious softness that bears the flavor of shark's fin soup, minus the guilt.

No wine is available; customers can presumably bring their own and pay a corkage fee.

Paradise Dynasty is part of the Paradise Group that also runs the popular Paradise Inn at Sunway Pyramid and Kungfu Paradise (also here at Paradigm Mall), which is a little less lovable, but that's likely a tale for another time.

Prowling through Paradigm Mall in search of booze is a tough task, since few eateries here have liquor licenses, but Plan B saves the day. It's The BIG Group's second Plan B to open this month, following the 1 Utama branch; another may launch at Mid Valley soon.

Paradigm's Plan B is only serving a test run menu of coffee and cakes for now, but the service team obliged our wine request, even though no wine glasses were ready yet. Thanks!

Paradise Dynasty,
Level One, Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya.
Tel: 03-7887-5022
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45 comments:

  1. OMG! The scrambled egg white with scallops, fish, raw egg yolk and vinegar simply looks devine! =)

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    1. Ulric: it was one of my top 10 favorite things i've eaten this week :D

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  2. If you didn't mention anything about the noodles, I'd have thought it was ramen. Haha. The egg dish looks like a similar version to the one served by Dragon-i.

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    1. Chong: heheh, thinner noodles, i guess, and less chewy :D oooh, i wonder if dragon-i's version is also tasty. will remember to look at it sometime, tnx =)

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  3. I am smitten by the colourful xiao long baos! Can we order only one specific type?

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    1. Missyblurkit: yep, can! i think each type comes in a basket of four, if i recall correctly, with prices that average RM15 for four. or something like that :D

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  4. i tried the scrambled eggs dish when i was in singapore. it was sub par. my singaporean friend agreed too. but this looks promising!

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    1. Michelle: gosh, i love the one here. i think the yolk and vinegar make it great :D

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  5. I am so gonna try the xiu long baos... it's so attractive!!!;D

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    1. Eunice: ya, my camera couldn't capture the beauty of the colors, but they look even nicer in real life :D

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  6. I love the scrambled egg white dish! The best one I've taste was from Singapore's Crystal Jade (long time ago when it used to be the best). Now, the quality dropped so much!
    The cheese XLB sounds interesting... is it cheesy? or just like a hint of cheese? :D

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    1. Vien: oooh, but i figure it's something you'd personally be able to replicate (and probably improve on) in your kitchen :D it's cheesy! reminds me of a pizza topping. in fact, all the flavors for the XLB are very strong and potent :D

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  7. wow u r quick.
    I heard that is just open and you are there.
    in fact it is very near to my house . abt 5 mins.. :)
    I m going to check this out this sun and heard that justin lo frm HK is coming over.. kekeke.
    I like the rainbow siu long pau too..

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, it was quite crowded on wednesday when it opened. i even saw a former friend there whom i've not seen in years, heheh :D
      wah, five minutes to your house, that's so convenient! i took one hour to drive here from my office =)
      ya, i noticed there are quite a few chinese celebrities coming for the grand launch this weekend. i thought they were malaysian chinese celebrities though :D

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  8. The colorful XLB looks intriguing - I've seen my Instagram friends in Singapore post them many times before, is it true that they look nicer than they taste?

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooh, i had low expectations for the XLB, cos i had read some singaporean reviewers saying the flavors were too mild. but i was pleasantly stunned by the XLB here at paradigm mall. the flavors are all concentrated in the broth. the skin and the meat stuffing are all the same, but the soup inside is all extremely flavorful and rich. and each taste is distinctive and unique, so you can tell exactly which one is foie gras, which one is ginger, etc :D

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  9. I have the Paradigm Mall radio add stuck in my head! The one where everyone tries to pronounce the word and screws it up. So annoying!

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    1. AHHAH that's a funny ad! Pala-dig-em? lol!!

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    2. The Yum List: heheh, it's kind of a silly ad, but it's also quite endearing. and it's catchy :D

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    3. Drops of Contentment: heh, now everyone in KL knows how to pronounce 'paradigm' =)

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  10. Foie gras XLB? I'm going to order that for sure! :D

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    1. CK: i think you'll enjoy it! the flavor is very nice :D

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  11. man 8 diff ones, how to share? looks like it has to b 1 basket per person!

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    1. Joe: oh yeah, it's impossible to share! everyone will want the foie gras one, heh =)

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  12. Ooh, I second what Joe said. And that scrambled egg white must have made you really happy, O Great Lover of Anything Eggy! :P

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    1. Kenny: heheh, true, we each ordered our own basket of eight XLB :D and ya, when i saw the scrambled egg dish on the menu, there was no doubt in my mind about ordering it =)

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  13. Ahh.. the mall has opened! Are they any other eateries at Paradigm Mall?

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    1. Hmmmm...let's c...Suki-Ya, Watami, Sushi Zanmai, Pasta Zanmai...here's a list of the F&B tenants there:

      https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.333798866691195.76829.148181168586300&type=3

      =)

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    2. Smitten By Food: lots of eateries! everything from italian to chinese and japanese. it's kinda like a little bit of mid valley gardens, a little bit of tropicana city mall :D

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    3. Ulric: yeah, about 80 percent of the tenants listed have opened so far

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    4. Thats quite a lot of F&B outlet! Thanks thanks!

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  14. Oh wow those are the most colourful siew long baos I've ever seen! It takes great will to eat such artistic creations. =D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: heh, but don't stare at them too long! gotta eat 'em while they're hot! :D

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  15. wow i see huge buddha there. their xiao long bao is so special, but the price stuns me too. i think this place is definitely better than dragon-i!

    -FiSh
    @ ohfishiee.blogspot.com

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    1. Fish: oh yeah, that statue seems to be the centerpiece of the restaurant! =) it's been quite a few years since the last time i visited dragon-i, but i remember enjoying their XLB and other food also :D

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  16. Looks like a nice place to check out soon. Yep, that eggy soup thingy is gonna be on my order, LOL!

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    1. Pureglutton: hope you like the place. and i'm betting you'll definitely enjoy the egg dish :D

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  17. Wow, you're really fast! We haven't even been to Paradigm Mall. Foie gras in xiu long bao? Wow, that's something really new, and I've never seen them in different colours before, haha, how creative!

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    1. Eat Only Lar: ya, it's not a very large mall, so you'll just need to allocate about three hours there to walk around and grab a good bite. and yeah, the first stop should be for xiu long bao! :D

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  18. Good that this outlet is here and I can eat the colourful dumpling again without lining up at Ion Orchard.

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    1. Eiling: ooh, i've not tried the original one at ion orchard, but i'm thinking the dumplings here at the malaysian branch are equally tasty :D

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    1. Joana: thanks for the kind comments =)

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