A glutton’s loss is his co-writer with irregular working hours’ gain as I get a chance to attend the exclusive media launch of Samsui Ginger Sauce as a standalone business.
Hosted by Soup Restaurant’s Managing Director and Executive Directors on the tremendously scenic Sky on 57, the gloomy weather outside was forgotten as I indulged in a six-course meal prepared by our very own Chef Justin Quek.
The menu features some of the dishes inspired by Soup Restaurant Group’s Samsui Ginger Sauce. The home grown sauce was crafted through a process of meticulous selection of ginger and was made in mind to be a healthy accompaniment for your familiar humble household dishes. The sauce is also the company’s entry into Fast Moving Consumer Goods, which they see as a chance to introduce health benefits of ginger to many more people.
Though better known for adding flavour and zest to soups and stir-fried dishes, it also has nutritional benefits such as alleviating gastrointestinal discomfort and remedy for motion sickness.
Nordic Salmon :: Drizzled in Samsui ginger and soya dressing, the very appetizing looking Nordic Salmon “Yu Sheng” is garnished with micro greens. The ginger sauce gives that little kick to your palate to keep it refreshed with every bite.
JQ’s Signature Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao :: I must say the presentation of this dish peaked my curiosity. If you are not told what the dish is it keeps you in mystery until you get your first bite. The Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao is served in a bowl of rich leek velouté that compliments the taste of the foie gras. The foie gras is not overpowering so don’t let that put you off trying this playful dish.
Steamed Egg Custard :: Topped with minced chicken, prawns, chestnut and the Samsui Ginger Sauce, this dish is my favourite on the menu. Simply because of its simplicity and how good it tastes. The different ingredients, when mixed together in your mouth become something new altogether. You can taste the minced chicken and prawns at the same time as the nice crunch provided by the chestnut. Top it off with the subtle zing of the ginger sauce, it sums up the maxim of the Samsui Ginger Sauce perfectly – to be a humble accompaniment to your mother’s food that is available to everyone.
Maine Lobster :: Another visually appetizing dish, the Maine Lobster is fresh and rich in flavour. The presentation itself looks a little bit like an art piece, showcasing Chef Justin’s knack for different kinds of presentation. It comes with roasted young vegetables, carrot pureé and fresh herbs.
Wok-fried Kurobuta Pork Fillet :: Served with Oriental Yellow Chive and the Samsui Ginger Sauce, this is another memorable dish. Again I am impressed by how the ginger sauce elevated the taste of another simple dish. Sprinkled with the ginger sauce, the tender pork is ideal with porridge or even eaten on its own.
JQ’s Signature :: Ending the day off is JQ’s Signature. Crispy baked apple tart served with banana fritter and salted palm sugar ice-cream makes up the dessert. Take a bite of the tart with the ice-cream. The mix of flavour is pretty unforgettable.
Available in NTUC Fairprice supermarkets and most of its Soup Restaurant outlets, be sure to pick up the Samsui Ginger Sauce at an affordable price and try it out with your Lunar New Year dishes!
Special gratitude to Farhan and the Catherin Ong Associates team, and the Soup Restaurant and Sky on 57 team for the hospitality and hosting the media tasting session.
Words & Photos by Kathleen.