Soon Huat Dining House 順發美食之家 has a heartwarming story which may remind us of what Christmas is all about. It is a story about how an ex-convict who cooked for death row prisoners had a fresh start in life and went on to give fresh starts to many ex-offenders in the Soon Huat group of restaurants.
Located on the 2nd level of Chinatown Point, Soon Huat Dining House 順發美食之家 is a casual diner offering bak kut teh, curry fish head and a selection of zhi char dishes.
Below are pictures of sections of the menu of Soon Huat Dining House. The full current menu can be viewed on the restaurant’s Facebook Page (link below).
We visited Soon Huat Dining House recently. Orders are made by ticking on a menu chit and handing it over to the wait staff. Food will be served to the table. Payment is made at the cashier’s counter after the meal.
We ordered two items for a quick lunch – Seafood White Bee Hoon ($9.90) and Fried Prawn Rolls ($9.90)
The prawn rolls had thin crispy skins. The filling was dense and had lots of different ingredients. They seemed like a combination of the typical
The seafood white bee hoon was served on a large flat dish. The gravy was dark because bak kut
Soon Huat Dining House 順發美食之家 may seem like an ordinary casual restaurant for ordinary patrons staffed by regular people. In fact, Soon Huat Dining House is a social enterprise with a mission to “provide ex-offenders, drug abusers and the less privileged in the community meaningful employment opportunities”.
The heartwarming story of Jabez Tan is told in an article in the Straits Times. Jabez was introduced to a secret society at the age of twelve and got involved in all kinds of gang activities. He became a drug abuser and even started dealing in drugs. He was in and out of prison and given twelve strokes of the cane. In his last stint in prison, he requested to work in the kitchen. Due to his outstanding skills, he was promoted to be a main chef and selected to prepared meals for condemned inmates. While cooking last meals for prisoners waiting to be hanged, it dawned on him that if he did not change his ways, one day someone else might be cooking
In another Straits Times (ST) story – Former jailbird flies high in
It is a touching story about a person being transformed by having faith in a transcendental God and going on to make a difference in the lives of many. Perhaps that is why many celebrate Christmas – the Christmas story is also about a fresh start and a God asking us if we want to be transformed and to make a difference in the lives of many.
Soon Huat Dining House 順發美食之家
133 New Bridge Road
Chinatown Point #02-38
Tel: +65 6677 6286
Opening Hours: 11 am – 9.30 pm
Nearby MRT Station: Chinatown
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He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.
– Titus 2:14 (The Message)