I’m a huge fan of Xiao Long Bao & I’ve heard a lot about these colourful ones. Finally, I managed to grab a friend & headed to Paradise Dynasty @ ION for our little adventure.
We marvelled at the sight of these 8 multi-coloured dumplings @ S$13.80 when the basket arrived. Well, Let me introduce you to the fillings inside together with minced pork:
White - Original, Yellow – Cheese, Green - Ginseng, Pink - Szechuan, Beige – Crab Roe, Black – Truffle, Grey -Garlic, Orange – Foie Gras.
Perhaps we were too overwhelmed by these attention-grabbers, resulting in having too high expectation. Of course there were some outstanding ones like the Truffle Dumpling which topped the list & the Cheese Dumpling was surprisingly yummy.
The Foie Gras Dumpling tasted more than Prawns & we didn’t like the scented Szechuan Dumpling. Besides these Signature Dumplings, we also ordered:
Overall, the food was not too bad & prices are kept reasonable. It's just that I think the Xiao Long Bao is over-rated. I guess if you’re in some funky mood & would like to try something unique, the casual eatery is a place to have your meal after shopping at ION.
For those who’ve not tried Soup Dumplings, here’s an instruction briefly extracted on their menu on the right way to eat these baos:
- Lightly lift the soup dumpling from the basket to your spoon, placing extra care not to break the skin.
- Chew off a portion of the dumpling skin from the side to allow cooling of the broth & pork filling. (Dumplings are very hot; do not eat the entire dumpling immediately to avoid scalding)
- Seep the broth from the opening you chewed off earlier.
- Complement with ginger slices & vinegar.
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