Flavored Xiao Long Bao Should Be on Your Must-Try List

They have crab roe and black truffle-flavored xiao long bao!

IMAGE Riell Santos

To the uninitiated, these soup dumplings oftentimes referred to as XLB, require a bit of effort to eat (the dumplings are usually dipped in a soy sauce-and-vinegar dipping sauce and placed on a spoon. You poke a hole to release the broth, slurp the broth, and eat the dumpling). Best eaten when the dimsum basket is placed on your table, these delicate morsels are a combo of savory broth, minced pork, and dumpling skin. It’s a play of textures and flavors in one satisfying mouthful.  

 

Try all eight flavors when you get the Specialty Xiao Long Bao (P388/ eight pieces).

 

At the newly-opened Paradise Dynasty in S’Maison in Pasay, soup dumplings take on a whole new dimension with flavored xiao long baos. Paradise Dynasty isn’t the first to put a spin on these traditional soup dumplings but they boast having not just one or two flavors, but they have seven flavors aside from the traditional XLB.

 

Original xiao long bao and the Black Truffle xiao long bao.

 

There’s a ginseng xia long bao, which infuses subtle herby flavors to this ginseng-and-pork dumpling, foie gras, black truffle, cheese, and even garlic xiao long bao. The crab roe and Szechuan xiao long baos are the more flavorful ones on the taste spectrum: the crab roe xiao long bao has pronounced notes of sweet succulent seafood while the Szechuan xiao long bao has enough spice for those who like their dishes with a bit of heat.

 

The flavored xiao long baos are inspired by French macarons, each xiao long bao owning a particular color to reflect its flavor. Paradise Group CEO Eldwin Chua and his team of chefs settled on these eight flavors after a series of testing and tasting. A team from China are currently training the local staff so the kitchen can churn out Chinese dishes as you would find them in different provinces across China.

 

The original xiao long bao is priced at P188/ six pieces; or get the Specialty Xiao Long Bao  priced at P388/ eight pieces, which has all the eight flavors of the soup dumplings.

 

Paradise Dynasty is at the 2F, S Maison at the Conrad, Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

 

 

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