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Charming Delights at Paradise Inn


The dinner at Paradise Inn at Sunway Pyramid came timely as I knew I would be deprived of good Chinese food during my Bali getaway. Interestingly, Paradise Inn isn't just another Chinese restaurant in town. Its a restaurant, a tea house and a dessert house under one roof. And i just have to add...finally Paradise Inn in in Malaysia. 
I arrived 20 minutes earlier and spent some time absorbing the elegant decors of Paradise Inn while enjoying my pot of tea. Hubster dined here last December and has been telling me about the wonderful tea offerings on the menu. It was a good selection of teas. I have to admit that I was a wee lost as to what to choose. I wanted to try something hot and becaus eit was a warm day, I wanted something cold too.

As usual I resorted to one f my fave childhood ryhmes "Inky pinky ponky, father bought a donkey. Donkey died. Father cried. Inky pinky ponky" My choice was jasmine, Osmanthus, Dried Longan and Chrysanthemum. Apparently this tea nourishes the heart and spleen, improves eyesight and immune system. It was a soothing drink to sip before dinner. It was equally soothing and enjoyable when I stayed back to chat with some of the girlfriends whom I have not seen for a few weeks.

And since I wanted something cold, I took some of Andrew's Very Berries Iced Tea. Tangy and refreshing, its a good drink to wake one up and to work out an appetite.

The dishes at Paradise Inn weren't overly salty. Thus there wasn't a need for white rice if not for the gorgeous gravy accompanying some of the dishes.

Good to eat on its own and perhaps highly recommended when you have children dining with you would be the Crisp-Fried Fish with Preserved Bean Paste. Generally we're accustomed to this bean paste preparations with meats. The use of bean paste with fish is interesting and makes an interesting dish to get kids to start eating fish. Crispy and flavourful on the outside while the inside were tender fish.
Crisp-Fried Shrimp Paste Chicken is also another children friendly (and I reckon adults too) dish that should be ordered while we decide what dishes to order from the menu. The fried chicken is marinated with a special prawn paste imported from Hong Kong rather than the local prawn paste or belacan that many places use. 
Crispy outside and succulent chicken inside
I've always loved ducks. Paradise Inn's Sliced Tea Smoked Duck was absolutely brilliant. Rather addictive to be eaten non its own or with a mouthful of rice. Every bite was an alluring mix of tender meat with flavourful fats. 
i could eat a whole bowl of rice with this smoked duck!
Poached Chinese Spinach with Egg Trio and Minced Pork in Superior Broth was certainly one of my fave dishes for the night. It wasn't because spinach is one of my fave vegetables.  Every mouthful was soft spinach with a generous accompaniment of salted egg and century egg
If you hate eggplants, then the Stewed Eggplant with Minced Pork and Salted Fish in Claypot will probably change your mind about eggplants. The eggplant is soft and absolutely flavourful with the aromatic salted fish and little bites of minced pork
It does seem that coffee pork ribs is becoming quite a popular dish at many eateries these days. The Coffee Pork Ribs had a very light hint of coffee. Each piece of rib is coated generously with the sweet sauce that makes you want to have yet another piece. 
Tofu is one of my fave comfort and health food. However this is only of the tofu is rich and beany. The Braised Tofu with Crystal Prawns is made in house. Each piece of tofu is eggy smooth and silky with a rich soya bean taste.
We had 2 types of prawns. I preferred the Crisp-Fried Crystal Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk. I loved the idea that the prawns were shelled and as such every bite was coated with the richness of the  creamy salted egg. 

The Crisp-Fried Crystal Prawns in Wasabi Mayo Sauce for last so that it does not overwhelm our taste buds with the wasabi. A light hint of wasabi with creamy mayonnaise this dish was tad plain for my taste buds since I love my wasabi to be fiery:P
The Braised Vermicelli with Pork Trotters was amazing. Hubster enjoyed this dish when he was invited for the opening of Paradise Inn. And when I tasted it, it was simply awesome. Juicy tender pork trotters braised in soya sauce. The vermicelli soaks up the goodness of the meat juices and sauce making one totally forget what plain vermicelli actually taste like.

Paradise Inn dishes out an amazing Supreme Seafood Fried Rice. Looks can be deceiving This plain looking fried rice was cooked with enough "wk hei" necessary in bringing out even the plainest fried rice. Coupled with a generous mix of tobiko (fish roe), scallop and prawns, this is quite a luxurious rice with amazing flavours.
I am a Cantonese girl and soups are a must. I was delighted to see the double boiled soups piping hot and aromatic.  There were 2 soups for dinner - Double-Boiled Water Goby with Spare Ribs and Fresh Apple and the Double-Boiled Sea Whelk with Spare Ribs and Chinese Yam (RM39.90). Each soup was absolutely flavourful and was just as good as how granny makes them. Such happy nostalgic feelings...I will return for the soups to nourish my body and my soul.
Covered yet one can smell the beautiful aromas. Each pot serves 2 to 4 persons.
Definitely piping hot.
Double-Boiled Water Goby with Spare Ribs and Fresh Apple is nourishing
 Double-Boiled Sea Whelk with Spare Ribs and Chinese Yam 
And I save one of the best for last. Stewed Pork Belly served with Lotus Bun is highly recommended. The stewed pork belly is also commonly known as "kao yok". Good to eat on its own with its rich tender melt in the mouth meat or make a Chinese sandwich.
Soft fluffy buns
Sinful melt in your mouth goodness
Sandwich the meat, a little lettuce and lots of gravy...yummeh!
The teas and dishes were lovely. And desserts were just as fabulous. Take your pick from the list if hot and cold desserts. My favourites for the night is the Double-boiled Hasma with Red Dates and Longan. I must admit that was impressed that the hasma was properly cleaned (quite a tedious task actually) and the tongsui (sweet syrup) wasn't overly sweet and has a delightful red dates flavour to it. Red dates and hasma are good for our skin and this is something I definitely need with my recent bout of breakouts.
If one has over eaten and need something to soothe the palates and stomach, then the Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Lemonade would be your solution. 
Andrew's choice of Mango Sago was a good choice too. Creamy real mangoes make this a healthy dessert with a thick rich mango puree with bits of sweet delightful pomelo.
This restaurant is relatively new in Malaysia. However its definitely here to stay as it is actually part of the Paradise Group in Singapore reknowned for its quality Chinese cuisines. So hop over to Paradise Inn for a taste of authentic chinese dishes complete with an Oriental ambience without burning a hole in your pockets.
Paradise Inn (Blue Zone near Starbucks)
OB3, Lower Ground Sunway Pyramid
T: +603-5637 8822
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun (10:00 am – 10:00 pm)