Souper Tang (汤师父) is a familiar name in Malaysia. Actually, they were previously known as Taang Shifu but has undergone a rebranding as Souper Tang. Sis and I always visited their City Square outlet in Johor Bahru whenever we were there for some retail therapy. I was thrilled to learn they have just opened its doors in Singapore, right in the heart of Orchard Road, within a new F&B cluster in The Centrepoint.
Gone are those days when herbal soups are always bitter and hard to swallow. Thanks to the skillful chefs, the double-boiled soups are exceptionally appealing and tasty, yet retaining the maximum benefits out of the various Chinese herbs.
I like the fact the benefits for each soup are stated in the menu, making it easy for us to choose from.
This pot arrives at the table filled with conpoy (dried scallop), shiitake mushrooms, American ginseng slices, ginseng root, cordyceps flower and fish maw. Whole pieces of chicken and glutinous rice wine provided a further depth of flavor.
Benefits: This soup helps to regain vitality and ‘qi’ (energy flow) while boosting vitality and concentration. It also boasts anti-ageing qualities.
One of the most common herbal formulas in Chinese medicine, this ten-herb soup gives the body an all-round boost. The mix includes angelica root, rehmannia, and osmanthus bark. The addition of pork ribs provided a delectable meaty bite. Personally, I’m not a fan of that sweet bitter liquorice after taste on my tongue but it was a hit amongst my dining companions.
Benefits: It is a ‘warming’ formula that helps nourish the immunity system by stimulating the appetite. The herbs also reduce vertigo and help ease the symptoms of insomnia.
The codfish fillet was delicately braised in a flavor-rich seafood stock with fish maw, red dates and stalks of leafy nai bai.
This unassuming looking bowl of dry Mee suah tossed in homemade XO sauce and abalone sauce was an umami bomb of flavors. The homemade XO sauce was so addictive I actually asked the server if they sell them. Unfortunately, they don’t.
This Home braised pork belly in rich dark sauce 茶花卤肉 definitely has a melt-in-your-mouth texture and faint hint of oolong tea, angelica root, star anise and orange peel . It is served with homemade spinach mantou (bun) which I though was a little too dry for my liking. The cucumber sticks coated with a crispy walnut, sesame and broad bean sauce was refreshing.
This humble dish of Stir fried French beans with pu er 四季普尔香 is elevated by a richly-flavored topping of braised minced pork and pu er tea.
Vegetarian diners will enjoy this standout Signature Souper pesto pot 活力绿叶汤 made with in-house (and secret) pesto mix of green vegetables and other ingredients such as basil, mint, daun kesom (laksa leaf) as well as pine nuts.
This soup has an unique variety of black fungus known as “Little Cloud” and red sweet potato noodles.
The Steamed chicken with cordyceps flower and essence of chicken 虫草花鸡精蒸园鸡 is a worthy dish comprising free-range chicken, ginger, goji berry and red dates. The pièce de résistance is the addition of Souper Tang’s power-packed bottled chicken essence that helps to improve overall immunity. The broth is robust with a pleasant sweetness from the red dates with a hint of ginger juice.
A must-try here is the homemade Caramel ginger beancurd 焦糖姜汁豆花, so silky that a spoon can glide through it effortlessly. The ginger juice-infused caramel syrup provides a lovely spiced contrast to the milky dessert.
Souper Tang serves its own home brewed drinks such as Souper Tang plum tea 汤师父酸梅茶, Luo han guo with longan and honey drink 罗汉果龙眼 and Osmanthus red dates tea 桂花红枣茶.
Souper Tang also sells its own products in a retail corner located within the restaurant. Customers may purchase beautifully packaged items such as pre-packed herbs for soups, floral teas, bottled essence of chicken and bird’s nest with white fungus, canned seafood such as abalone, clam and top shell, as well as bottled wild honey, honey vinegar and apple vinegar.
Having grew up in a traditional Cantonese household, Chinese soups played a big part in my life and our daily meals wouldn’t be complete without having a bowl of warm soup. Thanks to our hectic lifestyles, making soups let alone double-boiled soups at home proves to be challenging for most of us. I’ll definitely be bringing the parents and family back again whenever in need of a comforting and nourishing meal.
*This is a collaborated post in partnership with Souper Tang.
176 Orchard Road, The Centrepoint, #02-52 & #02-K01, Singapore 238843
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Daily: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm