The opening of the shopping link between Raffles City Shopping Centre and Esplanade MRT station has heralded a slew of new eateries in the basement of Raffles City. I recently had lunch with Ang there, and we were just spoilt for choice. I mean, there's practically a restaurant for every single craving and tastebud.
One of the newly opened restaurants is Soup Broth Asia, an offshoot of the very popular-with-women-and-the-health-conscious Soup Spoon. The Soup Spoon franchise is apparently so hugely successful that it's decided to venture into local classics. Where the Soup Spoon serves western-style stews and thick cream-based soups, Soup Broth Asia focuses on herbal concoctions and double-boiled clear soups, Asian favourites.
I got the Hainanese Fish Maw Soup ($10.20), choc-a-bloc with sliced fish, carrots, white fungus, mushrooms, and cabbage. The soup was very delectable, delicate and light, yet full-bodied and with depth. This was pure comfort food.
Ang got the Salted Vegetable and Duck Soup ($9.60), a Peranakan classic also known as itek tim. The duck was perfectly fork-tender, it's obviously been simmered for hours. Tomatoes lent a tangy sweetness to the otherwise one-dimensional salty and rich soup. The soft and smooth beancurd complemented the salty overtones of the preserved vegetable with its plain and clear flavour.
A choice of plain white rice or Yam Rice (additional $1) is provided as a side to any order of a soup. This was nicely fluffy and well-flavoured.
Soup Broth Asia
Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road
Tel: 6338 6909
Open Sundays to Thursdays from 10.30am to 10pm;
Fridays and Saturdays from 10.30am to 10.30pm