If you think Chinese herbal soups are bitter or hard to drink, Souper Tang will be a game-changer.
When you’re feeling stressed out or anxious, what can be more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of soup? Even the simple act of slowly sipping your soup helps to calm your anxieties and soothe any frayed nerves. If it isn’t already obvious, I love Chinese soups. I love the painstaking process that goes into preparing each pot of soup, and I love how the unique combination of ingredients promotes a variety of health benefits.
This is why I was especially chuffed to discover Souper Tang has made its way to Singapore. I first discovered this Malaysian restaurant during a weekend trip to JB, and promptly fell in love. The food at Souper Tang is hearty and unpretentious, making you feel like you’re enjoying a home-cooked meal. One of my favourite dishes is the savoury, oh-so-juicy Home Braised Pork Belly in Rich Dark Sauce, which is cooked with oolong tea, angelica root, star anise, and orange peel for 45 minutes.
Of course, the wide array of soups are the main stars at Souper Tang. Despite being prepared with various Chinese herbs, there is none of that bitter flavours typically associated with Chinese herbs. Souper Tang founder Datin Sri Dato’ Cynthia Teh explains, “It is very much about the soup base that we use. Unlike typical soups that use plain water to kickstart the brewing process, Souper Tang’s versions are made with a proprietary base that has already been simmered for eight hours. Other ingredients are then added, and the combination is cooked for a further two hours. The resulting soup has an incomparable depth of richness and taste.”
It’s true – every soup I’ve tried on the menu is rich and brothy, with all the ingredients working together in harmony. There isn’t any particular ingredient that overpowers the other flavours. If you’re having trouble deciding which soup to order, here are some recommendations from Datin Sri Dato’ Cynthia*.
Feeling stressed? Try the Ning Shen Remedying Soup.
“Traditionally, this blend of herbs is known for its calming properties; Souper Tang’s version is made with classic ingredients such as wild yam, codonopsis root, ginseng root, and Solomon’s seal, and is a light soup that is gently enhanced with the aroma of ginseng. This ‘warming’ soup promotes better sleep and helps calm the mind.”
Having problems with your gut? Try the Signature Souper Pesto Hotpot.
“This standout hot pot is made extra special with the brand’s in-house (and secret) pesto mix of green vegetables and other ingredients such as basil, mint, daun kesom (laksa leaf) as well as pine nuts. Suitable for vegetarians, this soup is accompanied with a basket of vegetables such as Chinese spinach, corn, enoki and eryngii mushrooms, thick beancurd skin and beancurd sheets, tau kwa (firm tofu), a unique variety of black fungus known as “Little Cloud” and red sweet potato noodles, making it extremely healthful.”
If you find yourself falling sick easily, try the Souper Tang Signature Soup.
“This pot arrives at the table teeming with conpoy (dried scallop), shiitake mushrooms, American ginseng slices, ginseng root, cordyceps flower, and fish maw. Whole pieces of chicken and glutinous rice wine are also added to the broth for depth of flavour. This soup helps you regain vitality and ‘qi’ (energy flow) while boosting concentration.”
or the Shi Quan – The 10 Herbs Soup
“One of the most common herbal formulas in Chinese medicine, this ten-herb soup gives the body an all-round boost. The mix includes angelica root, rehmannia, and osmanthus bark. Souper Tang’s version also features pork ribs for a delectable meaty bite. It is a ‘warming’ formula that helps nourish the immunity system by stimulating the appetite. The herbs also reduce vertigo and help ease the symptoms of insomnia.”
For women just before or after their period, try the Gelatin Ba Zhen Nourishing Soup.
“This soup is brewed with the feminine wellness in mind and contains herbs like angelica root, tuber fleeceflower, and fritillaria bulbs. It helps with pain management and rejuvenating of the body.”
*Note: These are general health recommendations and should not be taken as medical advice. If you’re feeling unwell, it’s best to seek advice from a healthcare professional.
Souper Tang is located at #02-52 The Centrepoint, Tel: 6737 6772
20 Jan 2017