We love Taste Paradise’s dim sum, but we weren’t in the mood to endure the long waiting time. Despite having made reservations, we always land up waiting for 20-30 minutes for our table to be ready because diners in the previous seating arrived late. Talk about poor time and crowd management! At its sister establishment, Canton Paradise (ARC branch), this frustrating issue is absent (even though they also have multiple seating arrangements). We could start our dim sum brunch without annoyance. For more information about Canton Paradise, check out my earlier blog post here.
Congee with Century Egg and Shredded Pork ($7.20) is not something I’d recommend. Bland and slightly grainy, it’s a far cry from the velvety smooth congee I’ve sampled at other dim sum restaurants.
Mini Egg Tarts ($4.30) was alright, flaky but failed to melt in the mouth.
Crispy Honey BBQ Pork Bun ($5.30) had a textured polo crust, stuffed with sweet lean meat. It could have been better if the bun was more pillowy.
Fried piping hot with crispy skin, Prawns in Beancurd Skin Fritters ($5.30) were filled with juicy crustaceans with a crunch that can only come from being fresh.
Once again, the freshness of the prawns shone in the Steam Prawn Dumpling “Har Kao” ($5.80). Dunk it into the accompanying chilli oil for some heat.
Steamed BBQ Honey Pork Bun ($4.60) could do with a fluffier bun
Pan-fried Radish Cake ($4.30) was impressive-melt in the mouth texture with strands of radish and bacon bits embedded within.
Steamed Custard Bun ($4.90) is love! Just imagine molten custard with salted egg yolk bursting in your mouth. Although it’s not the most intense or flowy rendition I’ve tried, it’s appealing enough.
Steamed Pork Dumpling “Siew Mai” ($5.80) was disappointing. Roe was overcooked. Nuff said.
I didn’t find the Steam Tofu stuffed with Seafood Paste ($4.90) enticing, so it’s not something I’d order again. My in laws were fond of it though.
The last dish we had was XO Wok-fried Cheong Fun with XO Chilli Sauce ($5.30). Because it was numbingly spicy, we could not fully appreciate the flavor of the XO sauce.
Canton Paradise’s dim sum is not the best, but the tummy’s satisfied. Because it’s only slightly cheaper than Taste Paradise, so I’d rather pay a little more for elegant and quality morsels at the latter.
Canton Paradise @ Alexandra Retail Centre
460 Alexander Road
#02-30 PSA Building