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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.