Tired of MSG laden soups or soups with too strong a body? Soup Guru intends to change this, with their mini restaurant launch at 313@Sommerset. With reasonably priced soups, one can start the day, or end the day on the right note with their variety of options.
Classics like the Old Cucumber Pork Ribs Soup ($5) has a subtly sweet finish and is apparently good for detoxifying the body - ideal after a night of partying.
Other light soups include the Papaya Pork Ribs with White Fungus Soup ($5) which is well balance on its levels of fruitiness and savoriness.
Need something heavier, the Buddha Jumps Over the Wall ($8) comes with a dry finish from the many hours of boiling in its high end ingredients. Alternatively, go for the Ten Tonic Ginseng Chicken Soup ($8) which is very strong in taste and would warm your body up on a cold rainy day.
Looking for something peppery? They have the Gingko Pork Tripe Pepper Soup ($5.50). This milky white soup may be one of the strongest soups on offer, but it will not kill your throat like some of the bak kut tehs out there.
My favourite soup though had to be the Pear and Apple Pork Ribs Soup ($4.50), which is light and slightly sweet. I am not much of a fan of fruits in soup but the way it is done here, in its level of lightness makes this an ideal dish to try. I also liked that not too much pork was used, which means that the pork only comes at the finish and does not dominate the soup.
Overall, I must say that I enjoyed the soups on offer at the stall and it is certainly one of the better soup places out there.
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Mdm Saw Lye Chong, who was a judge for ASEAN games (taiji), explained to us the benefits of drinking soup. You cannot tell she’s 70-something. Obviously, the soups are working! She said, “I don’t have many skills to do charity work so boiling soups is my contribution to return something to the society.” She also said that it is very different for a person her age to “走出社会,” that is, to continue working at her age because many doors are closed to her. Ageism–as with other prejudices–is terrible. We admire and salute her zeal and spirit. Add oil!
The soups at Soup Guru is boiled at constant fire (老火) from 7am with fresh ingredients delivered to the stall daily. A constant fire ensures the essence of ingredients are infused into the soup. No MSG. Soups are refillable.
A section of the food court is reserved just for Soup Guru patrons.
For a detailed analysis of benefits of each soup, please visit Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow.
How to tell if you have strong or weak constitution:
After drinking the soup, if you can’t sleep at night, it means you have a weak constitution and should improve it by drinking more soup.
If you sleep well like a baby (which I did), it means you have a strong constitution and should maintain it by drinking more soup.
Mdm Soh also told us that drinking soup at different times of the day have different effects:
It means if you drink in the day, you will be healthy. Drinking soups at night gives you longevity.
Tastewise, the soups are one of the sweetest I’ve drunk in my life, naturally sweetened by the hours of slow boiling. Using the same base broth, they taste similar. The sweetest soup–good for children–is the pear and apple. The lightest is winter melon soup. Gingko pork tripe soup is the spiciest while the most complex goes to Buddha.
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With the hectic working life in Singapore, many of us do not cook at home nowadays. Not to mention brewing and drinking a bowl of soup to get the necessary nutrients and strengthen the health. Many may have known of Mr Sham's popular "老火汤" at Chinatown which has several outlets around the island now. Mr Sham having imparted his soup recipes and skills, has encouraged his eager disciple Mr Simon Sim, to start up his own brand and hence Soup Guru (汤大师).
Soup Guru (汤大师) is co-founded by both Mr Simon Sim and Madam Saw. Madam Saw is a passionate lady in promoting the culture of soup drinking by making soups more affordable and accessible. Soup Guru (汤大师) was launched at Food Opera, ION Orchard on January 2012 and now its flagship restaurant at 313 Somerset Food Republic in March 2012 offering affordable and healthy Hong Kong's traditional method of prolonged cooking over constant fire soups.
3 different flavours of rice are available on Soup Guru's menu. One can choose to have the Brown Rice, Pumpkin Rice or Yam Rice to complement the soup making it a complete meal.
The light Pear and Apple Pork Ribs Soup ($4.50) has a lingering sweetness and is recommended if one has any throat discomfort. The used of Chinese Pears and Fuji Apple in the soup help to disperse heat and moisturize the throat, detoxify the body and enchance beauty.
The sweet-savoury Lotus Root Pork Ribs Soup ($5) is most suitable for diabetics. Lotus Root is also known as "Underwater Ginseng" is good for the liver and lung. The soup helps to dispel heat and nourishes the lung and liver.
The subtly sweet Old Cucumber Pork Ribs Soup ($5) is suitable for the hot and humid Singapore weather. Old cucumber contains a huge amount of nutrients that can help to dispel heat and detoxify body. It lowers blood pressure, disintergrates fat in the body and can help prevent heat stroke.
The milky white Ginko Pork Tripe Pepper Soup ($5.50) has a mix of sweet and peppery spiciness. The proteins, vitamins and minerals from the ingredients is good for the stomach and helps improve complexion.
The fruity and savoury Papaya Prok Ribs with White Fungus Soup ($5) is recommended for people working long hours. The use of papaya and white fungus is believed to prevent wrinkles and keep the skin supple.
The light and pleasant Winter Melon Barley Detoxifying Soup ($5) is good for the stomach. It helps to dispel heat and improve acne. Barley's rich vitamin E content improves complexion for glowing skin. This soup is not suitable for chronic patients.
Soup Guru uses only Chinese Yam from Japan for the Chinese Yam Wolfberries Pork Ribs Soup ($6.80). The soup has a denser and sweeter taste compared to the rest of the clear soup. It is recommended for pregnant women as it strengthens the bones and back. However, for people having colds, please avoid drinking it.
The Ten Tonic Ginseng Chicken Soup ($8) is a classic Chinese medication that uses 10 different herbs (ginseng, codonopsis, atractylodes, poria, baked licorice, angelica, chuanxiong, white peony root, cinnamon and astragalus) that helps to strengthen the body. I don't really enjoy this soup because of its overpowering herbally taste.
Buddha Jumps over the Wall ($8) is a delicacy that used to be only served at restaurant and it didn't come cheap. Not comprising on the ingredients, high end ingredients (abalone, ginseng, sharks' fin, scallops, dried oysters, mushrooms and chicken) are put to boil for hours to provide the bowl of high nutritional value soup. The soup helps to strengthen the body and nourish the complexion.