Please pardon the slightly grainy and off-color photos! The result of dim lighting plus neglecting to fiddle with the camera settings (too hungry!), they don’t do full justice to the food.
I’ve been wanting to check out this famous dish for ages, but somehow have not gotten around to doing so. Well, I’m glad we finally did!
Beautifully presented, the samsui chicken tastes as good as it looks! The way to eat this cold dish is to dip a piece of chicken in the ginger sauce and then wrap in a piece of lettuce leaf. The combination of succulent chicken, tasty ginger dip, and refreshing, crunchy lettuce makes it oh-so-addictive!
No wonder it’s a dish that everyone orders when they come here. It’s truly perfectly executed; I can find no fault with it.
For the interesting history behind samsui chicken, click here.
The rest of the menu at Soup Restaurant is mainly homestyle Cantonese dishes like double-boiled herbal soups, stir-fried sweet potato leaves, and steamed sang yu (snakehead fish).
We tried one of the recommended dishes, the tofu prawn. Essentially, it’s fried silken tofu and prawns in a thick, tomato-ey gravy that tastes identical to chilli crab gravy.
While the prawns were fat and the gravy excellent with plain rice, I thought this was not that outstanding. At $16.00++, it was also kinda pricey.
Being curious, we ordered the yao mak chye, thinking it was some kind of exotic vegetable. When it came, I was surprised to find out that yao mak chye was actually romaine lettuce!
It’s supposed to be stir-fried with preserved dace with black beans, but the restaurant had run out of it, so our order was simply stir-fried with garlic. Pretty tasty and generously portioned, but nothing special.
Overall, I’d describe the food here as nostalgic, home-style Cantonese dishes professionally executed and elegantly presented. The decor, reminiscent of a traditional Chinese teahouse, and great service, contribute to the experience, too.
Total bill: S$48.70, inclusive of rice, tea, peanut, 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Tel: (65) 6333 6228