We'd originally wanted to dine at Seah Street Deli because the BF was craving their root beer float. Unfortunately, the diner was closed so we headed for Soup Restaurant right across the street.
This particular outlet has a very "old Chinese teahouse" feel, with its conservation shophouse surroundings, traditional Oriental design, timber lattice details and ornate wooden Chinese furniture. Very old-school, very quaint. It's like stepping into a Chinese period drama.
We got the signature dish of Samsui Ginger Chicken ($14.80), boneless tender chicken lightly dressed with a soy and sesame oil mix. Throw in a kickass minced ginger and sesame oil dip, with refreshingly crisp lettuce and you've got a winning combination of aromatic and tasty flavours and textures.
The BF thought the samsui ginger chicken was too fatty so he ordered the Stewed Chicken Breast with Roast Pork and Tofu ($10.80). This was choc-a-bloc with Chinese black mushrooms, straw mushrooms, green and red peppers, fatty roasted pork and soft beancurd. I liked everything on the claypot, save for the chicken breast bits, they were tiny and tough, like they'd been re-fried.
Our obligatory greens of the meal were Ah Kon Fan Shu Leaves ($8) sweet potato leaves fried with sambal chilli. The sambal, despite its fiery hue, was mildly spicy. Palatable even for those with a low tolerance for spicy fare.
I like the Steamed Hand-Chopped Minced Pork with Salted Egg ($8.50), with water chestnut adding texture to the coarsely chopped mince. This was light and delicate.
Soup Restaurant's standard appetizer of Braised Peanuts ($3.50), fragrant and soft.
39 Seah Street
Tel: 6333 9388
Open daily from 12pm to 2.30pm for lunch and 5.30pm to 10pm for dinner