The Soup Restaurant 三盅两件, which has its humble beginning in 1991 in a Chinatown shophouse, celebrated its 25th anniversary last year by opening several new outlets including one in the iconic Raffles Hotel. Soup Restaurant is now a business listed on the Singapore Exchange with many restaurants in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. It has expanded its menu to introduce new dishes and even serves chili crab. The signature Samsui Ginger Chicken is still on the menu. We went to the Soup Restaurant at Suntec City to see if the delicious lush chicken dish was still as good as we remembered it to be.
The first thing we noticed about the Soup Restaurant at Suntec City was the elegant contemporary Chinese interior design. The atmosphere was still casual and inviting but the decor was quite a few notches up from the fairly basic and ordinary look of Soup Restaurant outlets we visited a few years back.
The menu has also been updated. Their popular dishes like sweet potato leaves, Samsui chicken and traditional soups are still on the menu. However, a wide range of typical Chinese restaurant dishes is now offered by the Soup Restaurant. Tofu, vegetables, fish, seafood and meats prepared in a variety of styles are available together with rich and noodle dishes like Hokkien mee and Penang fried mee sua. Below are a few pictures of random sections of the menu of Soup Restaurant.
Two of us went to the Soup Restaurant at Suntec City for dinner. We wanted to have the Samsui Ginger Chicken, which came in 2 sizes – Large or Larger, which meant we could not really order much else if we did not want to stuff ourselves or waste food. We ended up ordering the smaller portion of Samsui Ginger Chicken ($19.90) and Kang Kong with Fermented Bean Sauce ($8.90) as well as plain rice ($1.20 per bowl). Tea was $2.50 per person and the usual Chinese restaurants charges for appetizers and wet towels would apply. GST and service charge would be added on top of all that.
The Samsui Ginger Chicken was nicely presented with a bowl of the secret recipe ginger sauce in the centre of a large plate ringed by pieces of steamed chicken and cucumber slices. Fresh cabbage leaves were served on a separate plate.
The Samsui Ginger Chicken could be enjoyed in a number of different ways. The succulent steamed chicken could be eaten on its own or with plain rice. It was lightly seasoned but was tasty. The chicken could be eaten with the special sauce of ginger and sesame oil. The fragrant ginger sauce was not just a dip. The sauce was the essence of the Samsui Ginger Chicken dish. It added layers of taste to the chicken; transforming the steamed chicken into a really enjoyable delicacy. We could also wrap the chicken with a generous amount of ginger sauce in the lettuce leaves. The refreshing and crunchy lettuce combined well with the strong ginger sauce. There was a contrast of textures and each bite was delightful.
The stir-fried Kang Kong was a simple fuss-free dish. The hollow-stemmed vegetables were cooked just right to retain a nice crunchiness. The light, savoury and flavourful fermented bean sauce brought simple tasty goodness to the humble vegetable dish.
We wish Soup Restaurant would serve their Samsui Ginger Chicken in smaller portion. The chicken was still as good as we remembered it to be but we would like to try more of their other dishes. The Soup Restaurant now has quite an extensive menu with a number of interesting dishes. The prices are quite reasonable. We would certainly like to visit the Soup Restaurant again to try other items on their menu.
Service : 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
三盅两件 The Soup Restaurant
Suntec City Branch
3 Temasek Blvd, 122 Suntec City Mall,
Tel: : +65 6333 9886
Lunch: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm
Dinner: 5.30 pm – 10 pm
Sat,Sun,PH : 11.30 am – 10 pm
Nearby MRT Stations: Esplanade, City Hall, Promenade