Thai food and dim sum, together at last.
Every Malaysian has been there: what do I want to eat? At Paradigm Mall, Ginger Forever Thai & Canning Heritage Express has got you if you’re ever craving two very different types of cuisine.
Ambience & Amenities
Both restaurants are located on the Concourse (CC) level of Paradigm Mall. At the main atrium, go down the corridor where the Nando’s is. Canning Heritage Express will be inside the mall whilst Ginger Forever Thai will be in the partially outdoor section past the glass doors. Neither restaurant has a toilet, so go before or after your meal.
Canning Heritage Express
Canning’s vibe is a bit more casual than its neighbour. It’s more exposed to passers-by, but there isn’t much foot traffic in this part of the mall anyway.
Ginger Forever Thai
Ginger feels more comfortable with its corner location and nicer furniture. They also have an abundance of plants for screening purposes and decoration.
These two restaurants are unique in that you can freely order off of either restaurants’ menu no matter which one you choose to dine in. Simply ask the server to provide the other restaurant’s menu when you sit down.
Ginger Forever Thai
Ginger Forever Thai’s menu has an emphasis on large dishes, especially seafood, but there are a few rice sets where you can have smaller servings of several different foods. Their drinks and dessert selection is better and more expansive than their neighbour. There’s no overlap in options between the two restaurants, except for the Chinese Tea, which costs a little less at Ginger if you only want one glass.
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Canning Heritage Express
Canning Heritage Express is all about Hong Kong dim sum. Pork is a big star in Hong Kong cuisine, but Canning’s menu has gotten a Halal overhaul. Siu mais and paus are made with chicken or prawns, and larger chicken dishes (roasted chicken, Chinese-style BBQ chicken) round out their menu. Their chicken sets with noodles or chicken rice look like good value, while the personal sets make these a full meal with the addition of some dim sum, veg and even a dessert if you want.
My Thai Iced Tea (RM5.50) was barely sweet – not at all like some other Thai iced teas I’ve had – but I didn’t mind this. Many times, Thai iced teas are ridiculously sugary so it was nice to enjoy one where I could actually taste the tea. The Pandan Cooler (RM7.50) looks like alien juice, but this was amazing. Strong pandan flavour is generously sweetened and there’s some hidden konyaku jelly at the bottom of the glass for chewing.
The Chicken Pad Thai (RM12.90) doesn’t look particularly authentic but the taste was standard. Nothing special about this, we only ordered this as a grain side for our other dishes.
The Fish Fillet in Thai Sauce (RM16.90) is boneless chunks of white fish tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce. The fish is well-breaded – it remains slightly crunchy under the sauce, and doesn’t separate from the fish when you bite into it.
One very annoying thing about the Spinach Dumplings (RM9.80) was that the edge of the dumpling skin was not firmly sealed. As soon as we picked it up with our chopsticks, the dumpling opened and the shrimp ball inside slid out. This was just a really difficult, slippery thing to eat, and a little boring to boot.
I love baked paus, so I couldn’t resist trying some deep-fried ones. The Fried Mini BBQ Pau (RM7.80) are three attractive golden brown spheres with dough indentations still visible on their tops. The outer fried shell is thin, so there’s a short satisfying crunch before getting to the pillowy pau. There’s a good bun-to-meat ratio. I could barely tell that the meat wasn’t pork, but the BBQ flavour was just a hint sweeter than I’m used to.
Many of the sit-down restaurants at Paradigm Mall are very samey to me. Ginger Forever Thai and Canning Heritage Express are the few places offering something other than Korean/Japanese, or bowls of noodles. I would eat at either of these two restaurants again the next time I’m at Paradigm Mall. Although none of the dishes blew me away, the food is appetizing enough where it would fill any cravings I had for this kind of cuisine, as it did on this day.
It’s also super convenient to be able to order two very different kinds of food under the same roof during those times when I’m indecisive, or when Mark doesn’t have the same food cravings as me. The sets, drinks and desserts are good value for a mall restaurant, and the rest of the dishes seem to be an affordable mid-range price.
Price for 2 Pax: RM70.05
Chicken Pad Thai: RM12.90
Fish Fillet in Thai Sauce: RM16.90
Fried BBQ Pau: RM7.80
Spinach Dumpling: RM9.80
Pandan Cooler: RM7.50
Thai Iced Tea: RM5.50
10% Service: RM6.04
6% SST: RM3.62
Ginger Forever Thai & Canning Heritage Express
Lot 18 & 30, Concourse (CC) Level, Paradigm Mall, No. 1, Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Selangor
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm
Alcohol Served: No