Like what most of us would think, me inclusive. I had the conception from the name of the restaurant that it only serves soup, or maybe mostly soup dishes. It was until I went up to have a look at the menu that I realized, it was just like any other Chinese restaurants – like Dian Xiao Er and PuTien – it’s a high class zhi-ca, where you order dishes to go along with a bowl of rice, in general.
Interior design was pretty intricate – I do think that the designs of Chinese restaurants generally are, more often that not. Comfort level is definitely higher than that of Dian Xiao Er’s (they have bigger tables for the many dishes coming up), but lower than that of PuTien’s. After some tough decision-making, we narrowed it down to some of the dishes we thought would suit our appetite that evening.
Beggar Bowl Rice with Chicken ($5.50++) :: Reason why we ended up ordering this on top of our bowls of plain rice is mainly because we wanted to both look at what exactly a Beggar Bowl Rice is, and how it tastes like. Now, that’s why our Marketing Lecturer used to remind us the importance of capturing the interest and curiosity of customers, lol. Stirred and mixed with the small side dish of garlic, this bowl of rice is definitely worth more than just its name. If you like garlic, you’d like how it goes well with the chicken, the rice and its gravy.
Sambal Kang Kong (Small) ($7.80++) :: Even though we unanimously agreed that Dian Xiao Er’s rendition of this is tastier, I personally still think that this at least hits the average mark. It’s not too bad, although it might come across a little too salty.
Fried Venison with Ginger and Spring Onion ($13.80++) :: This is one that disappointed me a lot. I’ve always been a fan of venison (ie. deer meat), especially when it’s done with black pepper. This dish was way too salty for all of our likings. Furthermore, it was served last, which wasn’t very tactical, because we were almost done with our portion of rice that we ended up eating it without the company of plain rice to neutralize the saltiness. Could have been done better.
Hand Chopped Minced Pork with Salted Egg ($8.50++) :: This new series of hand chopped minced pork (only 30 servings are served per day) comes with either salted egg, salted fish or waterchestnut. We went ahead with the one with salted egg. Portion was just right for 4 persons, although we wouldn’t complain if we could have more. I don’t know, but to me, the sauce, the pork, the salted egg, it all blended well together, it was a good dish.
Fried Man Tou ($4.00++) :: I was slightly taken aback at the number of pieces it served at only $4 – 8 pieces, so it’s about 50cents per piece, I thought it was quite reasonable in such a place. If you eat it alone like the way it is, it’s quite bland. But what we did, we dipped it in the gravy of the Minced Pork dish – it was considerably compatible :D
Waisan & Ginseng Roots with Chicken Soup ($5.80++) :: Again, we ordered this so that we actually tasted Soup Restaurant‘s soup. This is one of their popular dishes. It is said to be for those who are fatigued and for stress-relieving. I love this soup and how it tastes – considering their kitchen to be MSG-free, this is impressive.
Subjectively, I feel that the food here at Soup Restaurant is comparable to that of Dian Xiao Er’s, but PuTien‘s is definitely a notch higher. Worth trying. Service I received here is surely the best though. Very courteous waitpersons around.
—> Note #1: Hand towel’s $0.40 per piece, and so will the starters be charged. If you don’t wish to pay, you can ask the waitpersons to remove them. Iced/Warm water’s free though.
—> Note #2: Payment is done at the counter and not table.
—> Note #3: I had my dinner on a weekend. Queue was rather long, so in case you are rushing but still want a good meal, you might have to think twice.
—> Note #4: They have specialty dishes in respective outlets. You can check out their website for more on the dishes they offer in the different outlets.
Address (Outlet in context): 1 Jurong West Central 2, Jurong Point, #02-33
Telephone: 6790 7797
Photos by Kathleen.