We celebrated Pops' 52nd birthday here over the weekend. I usually stay away from United Square and its hordes of screaming precocious kids, but Pops wanted to have dinner near his home. Oh well, what the birthday boy wants, the birthday boy gets.
Pops likes the traditional Chinatown heritage cuisine served here at Soup Restaurant. I don't really know what "traditional Chinatown heritage cuisine" is, but it apparently refers to the dishes commonly sold at the bustling night bazaars of old Chinatown. The menu at Soup Restaurant seems to be a select few Cantonese classics, with a focus on steamed dishes and double-boiled soups.
The Hand Chopped Minced Pork with Salted Egg ($8.50) is one of the specialties here. Apparently, the process is so painstakingly tedious that only 30 servings of this are sold at each outlet everyday. I can't taste the difference between hand-chopped minced pork and machine-minced pork though. That said, the dish was flavoursome with the generous soy marinade, and the mince had a nice chunky texture.
Somehow, a lot of us were down with the cough, so we ordered fish instead of chicken as our meat(the Chinese believe that eating chicken makes one cough more). The Fried San Yu with Ginger and Spring Onions ($16) was mild, delicate and light. The fish slices were thick and smooth, with that delicious clean fresh taste.
The Hometown Tofu ($17 for large) is another specialty here, the crisp, lightly battered tofu was silky soft, it just slid down the throat.
We also got our greens, the Ah Por Fan Shu Leaves ($8 for small), sweet potato leaves in an oyster sauce gravy, simple, soft and aromatic.
Soup Restaurant offers a fairly wide variety of double-boiled soups on its menu. The Double-Boiled Soup of the Day ($11.80 for medium) was the Old Cucumber and Pork Ribs Soup, light, clear, cooling. Classic comfort food.
The appetizers, Braised Peanuts ($3.50), so soft no chewing is required.
101 Thomson Rd #B1-10
Tel: 6254 0400
Lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner from 5.30pm to 10pm
Sat,Sun,PH from 11.30am to 10pm