Two sisters in their twenties decided to start a food business that would serve “hearty meals that fuses the best of local and the world’s food heritage”. They bravely decided to offer popiah in a variety of flavours and pairing it with popular soups from around the world. That was how Souperstar was conceived. The first Souperstar outlet was in Eastpoint and there are now several outlets in Singapore including a popular one in the basement food hall of Tanjong Pagar Centre. As the saying goes, fortune favours the brave.
Souperstar Tanjong Pagar Centre
We visited Souperstar in Tanjong Pagar Centre recently. The casual dining space in Tanjong Pagar Centre is well designed. It is aesthetically pleasing and the most is made of the small area to put in a fair number of seats.
It is a self service eatery. You order and pay at the counter and collect your food and beverage when your number appears on the electronic screen.
From the name, you know that soup is on the Souperstar menu. However, it has a range of popiahs as well as sandwiches, salad and rice sets. Besides the traditional popiah, there are sesame chicken popiah, sweet Thai chicken popiah and seafood wasabi mayo popiah. Below are pictures of sections of the menu boards. The full menu is on the Souperstar website (link below).
Soup & Popiah Combo
We ordered a Soup & Popiah Souper Combo ($9) which allowed us to choose a bowl of soup, a roll of popiah and a hot drink. We opted for the Shroomy Soup, Traditional Popiah and Coffee.
The mushroom soup was quite good – rich and tasty.
The popiah was made fresh to order. It had all the usual ingredients but with more healthy greens. The popiah skin was soft but tough enough to hold everything in without breaking easily. On the whole, the popiah was as good as those you would find in typical popiah hawker stalls.
Local popiah and Western cuisine soup might seem like an unlikely combination. It took courage to offer the unusual Souper Combos but it worked out well for Souperstar.
Beef Brisket Combo
We also had a Braised Beef Brisket Stew Combo ($13.50), which comprised a bowl of beef stew, salad, rice andgenmaicha.
Souperstar’s Beef Brisket Combo was quite a heavy meal. The stew had generous amount of chunky beef as well as a dollop of mashed potatoes. The meat was tender and rich thick gravy was full of herbal flavours.
The genmaicha or Japanese brown rice green tea had a slightly nutty flavour and subtle aroma. It paired well with the rich beef stew. The stew combo was a hearty and enjoyable meal.
We would be happy to eat at Souperstar again. It is a place where can get a good hearty meal at very reasonable prices.
Besides the eatery in Tanjong Pagar Centre, Souperstar also has outlets in Eastpoint, Century Sqaure and Fusionpolis. The two brave sisters certainly have done well for themselves. Perhaps it helps that they come from a family with a food business that specialises in popiah. A small hawker stall in Geylang Bahru Hawker Centre selling freshly made popiah has become a successful award-winning family F&B business with its own central kitchen. The family business is known as Fortune Food. So perhaps for the Hong sisters, it is true in more than one sense that Fortune Favours the Brave.