Ah, Singapore, farewell you will be missed – it has been two weeks since I left the Lion City. It is known as a foodie place to visit and great place to go on a soup crawl!
Besides the food I will miss the fine tropical hot weather, the clean streets, and awesome efficient and safe MRT system that serves millions of people a day. There are so many wonderful differences in Singapore to the Western World that I thought was adorable there. For example gum is illegal, no wonder the streets are so clean! Also I see toddlers, teens and adults all booting around on foot scooters as they are super popular here – it was a fad in North America a few years back. Driving a car is a big luxury (costs $100,000 for a license to drive a car for 10 years) so most people walk, use scooters or the transit system.
For my stay in Singapore, I tried as many soups I can when venturing out. I wanted to learn about some different soups as well as taste some soups that may be familiar in North America. The most memorable soup is the Shrimp Laksa, which I want to try and make myself someday soon!
The thirteen soups below are ranked by taste. #1 being the best tasting and the last (Original Sliced Fish Soup) not so good.
#1 Rank: Majestic Bay – Fresh Nori Hot and Sour Seafood Soup (spicy)
Price: $9.00 SGD
Had the Fresh Nori Hot and Sour Seafood Soup (spicy) with their signature Pan Seared Chili Crab Buns and Steamed Rice Roll with Scallops & Asparagus. Great combo. This soup is one of the best soups of my Singapore soup crawl and probably the top hot & sour soup I ever had in my life! Crab, shrimp and scallops, cooked just fine and chopped in little tidbits with burst of flavor with a yummy broth. Nicely shredded carrots and fine seaweed.
Prettiest presentation with little elegant dishes and when brought to the table, the waitress took off the lid for my soup and poured the sauce over my rice roll dish!!
Highly recommend this place during a visit of the Gardens By The Bay!
Soup Mistress Rating for Majestic Bay – Fresh Nori Hot and Sour Seafood Soup (spicy):
#2 Rank: L’Atelier Joel Robuchon – Shrimp Consommé with Onion Custard
Price: $98.00 SGD (for the 4 course dinner)
This soup is the cream of the crop! Shrimp consommé with onion custard, with itsy bitsy onions and veggies that “pop” in your mouth. And let’s not forget about the bread to die for that is made in-house and the show watching the chefs creating in a oh so ever sparkling kitchen in the open! The broth was so clear, yet packed with flavor…that would take some great culinary skills to get a broth that fine!
Soup Mistress Rating for L’Atelier’s Shrimp Consommé with Onion Custard:
#3 Rank: Crystal Jade (Vivo City) – Spicy and Sour Soup with Bean-curd
Price: $9.80 SGD
Spicy indeed and broth very delicate yet bursting with flavour! The green onions are a nice touch with the straw mushrooms and bean curd was a silky delight. Still high in my ranks but does not surpass Majestic Bay’s Fresh Nori Hot and Sour Seafood Soup.
Crystal Jade restaurant in Vivo City has Shanghai food at its best and impeccable service. The colorful chef specialty Long Boos (Dim Sum) were a great accompaniment to the soup. The yellow (cheese Xiao Long Bao) and black (Black Truffle Xiao Long Boo) were my favorites!
Soup Mistress Rating for Crystal Jade’s Spicy and Sour Soup with Bean-curd:
#4 Rank: KU DÉ TA Singapore at Marina Bay Sands. – Ramen Soup
Price: $105.00 SGD (soup was included in my multi course brunch)
Ramen soup on top Marina Bay Sands. Definitely worth the 57th floor elevator ear pop! This soup was like breakfast in a bowl with bacon and egg and also had my favourite mushrooms -Shimejis! I would have loved to have the egg as a perfectly very soft and runny boiled egg though. A fried egg is not that pretty in a soup, in my opinion. The soup was very good and filling, I could have had that alone instead of my endless courses that were included in my fancy brunch.
I did wonder if there was anything special with the broth or if the noodles were made in-house, but the food was not really upsold, so I am assuming that the udon noodles were just normal dried noodles. I think this restaurant being on the roof of Marina Bay sands should really try to offer something special for the prices or at least sell it better to me on what I am having.
Tourist tip: You should visit this place just for the view, don’t pay the $30 to do the tourist elevator ride alone, just go up to Ku De Ta for a bowl of soup and get the view for free!
Soup Mistress Rating for KU DÉ TA’s Ramen Soup:
#5 Rank: Madam Kwans (Vivo City) – Shrimp Laksa
Price: $11.20 SGD
First try of Shrimp Laksa and not the last that’s for sure! A Singaporean favourite – a spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan (Chinese and Malay cuisine). It had some nice fresh Thai basil, some fluffy deep-fried puffs (perhaps bean curd), scrumptious perfectly cooked big pieces of eggplant. The bowl seemed like could feed 2 people but the good parts I got through all by myself! I do wish it had more sprouts though with less noodles. Also, I got only 4 shrimp in that large bowl…felt a tad shorted but was still satisfied on the taste.
Soup Mistress Rating for Madam Kwan’s Shrimp Laksa:
#6 Rank: Hong Kong St Fish Head in Chinatown – Red Garoupe Fish Head Steamboat
One of my first soup experiences, I felt very adventurous going into the hole in wall place on the whim. I was the only Caucasian person who was not speaking Chinese in this bustling Chinatown restaurant. I asked the waitress for the favourite dish and she served me the Red Garoupe Fish Head Steamboat.
Great presentation of the pot on the burner to keep your soup bubbling hot or warm once your turn the flame down. Lots of white fish seemed similar to me, kind of like snapper / halibut meat . Cabbage and seaweed had great veggie depth making the soup not too fishy. Great chili sauces on the side were served and the rice was a great balancer and cooled my tongue off from the spices . Once in while, I had big chunks of ginger too…that was nice.
Funny though, I’m not sure if I really had a fish head in my soup. Perhaps it did break apart while it was cooking and I ate the cheeks, but I did find the fishtail! Perhaps that is a signal for good luck!
Soup Mistress Rating for Hong Kong St Red Garoupe Fish Head Steamboat:
#7 Rank: Shrimp Bisque at Saltwater Cafe
This was my very last night and I was staying at the Village Hotel in Changi close to the airport. I had dinner in the hotel restaurant and I must say this shrimp bisque was not bad at all. I was first disappointed on first impression, the presentation needs a little help. At first, I wondered where is the shrimp? They should have sliced or butterflied the shrimp and used it as a garnish on the top. It did take me three spoonful tries to finally find actual shrimp in the soup and they were chopped pretty small. It was good bisque though, but I would expect a tad more. I think this one I want to try at home someday, with coconut or cashew cream and with prettier shrimp on top!
Soup Mistress Rating for Saltwater Cafe Shrimp Bisque:
Healthy (+ slimming + low sodium): (3/5)
#8 Rank: Real Food @ Central – Kombu Shitake Soup
Price: $8.50 SGD
For my meal I had the Kombu Shiitake soup with leafy veggies and tofu + stuffed veggie with capsicum, beetroot and carrot patty, mashed potatoes, onions, miller and coriander. Served with fresh greens, olives, radishes and avocado.
This soup did not blow me away. Nice big shiitake mushrooms and silk tofu with healthy bok choy and seaweed made me feel quite content along with my wheatgrass juice and salad. The shiitake played well with soup and lapped up the tasty broth. The broth seemed so packed of flavour yet delicate. I’m thinking I need to make some kind of shiitake soup in future.
Soup Mistress Rating for Real Food Kombu Shitake Soup:
#9 Rank: Candlenut Restaurant – Bakwan Kepiting: Crab Meatball Bamboo Soup
Price: Barwan soup $8.00 SGD and Durian soup $9.00 SGD
Refreshing grub at Candelnut! Got the tip to eat here from watching Anthony Bordain’s show on Singapore the other night!
I had the sparking bitter lemon drink with basil + Bakwan Kepiting: crab meatball bamboo soup + Wing Bean Salad – with prawns and dried fishies + the Durian Soup for my sweet tooth. The Durian soup was a must have, even if those fruits are smelly and not allowed on the metro. It was very rich and tasty!
The Bakwan Kepiting had a rich chicken broth, which is supposed to be simmered for 5 hours. The broth was clear and tasty. I liked the bamboos shoots, they were perfectly al dente. I am guessing that the bamboo shoots must have not been mushy canned ones and fresh. I would like to use them in a soup in future instead of noodles. Broth was very nice but I didn’t like the fact that it was chicken broth since I try to be vegetarian most of the time. Crab meatballs tasted good. But wished the meat was less refined. The crab balls were minced and pressed too perfectly like they were processed but I guess that I should give this restaurant the benefit of doubt – they must be homemade?
If you ever go to this restaurant I highly recommend that you try their Wing Bean Salad with prawns, crispy sweetened fish, shallots, lemongrass, chili, cashew nuts, mint , coriander, and lime dressing. Yummy delight! Awesome salad. Sweet and salty and sour all in one. Nice dried sweet fish, fish sauce with awesome lime dressing. The wing beans are so pretty too – like little stars!
Then I had the Durian soup, it had creamy durian ice cream. Was very rich and good. I can smell gaseousness of durian (a well-known trait that people hate about it) but my taste buds like it!
Soup Mistress Rating for Candlenut’s Bakwan Kepiting: Crab Meatball Bamboo Soup:
#10 Rank: Woo Lee Jeeb @ Food Republic – Kimchi Soup
Price: $6.00 SGD
My second last day I ventured back to Vivocity. I fancied Kimchi soup and came to this spot. The soup was very hot and spicy. The broth was yummy and made my nose water. I am sure that this soup would be awesome for when you have a cold. My roommate in my 20’s (Gail) use to make me a sauerkraut tomato soup with kolbassa that had a broth that tasted very much like this one. It was my favourite go-to soup when I had a cold and she made it for me many times.
You must have the rice with this soup (it is included), it cools down your mouth from the spicy goodness. It had big pieces of tofu, but the tofu seemed very bland and poor quality. I think this soup would be good to make in future but with an organic good quality tofu.
The broth was very good and I wanted more but the soup overall was missing something for filling me up. Perhaps some crunchy sprouts or something like potatoes would be a marriage in souplandia!
Soup Mistress Rating for Woo Lee Jeeb Kimchi Soup
#11 Rank: Prive @ Keppel Bay – Forest Mushroom Soup
Price: $13.00 SGD
Beautiful setting in front of Keppel Bay Marina! I never saw such big yachts and can’t even image how they would look inside. I had the Forest Mushroom soup with the Charred Octopus & Potato salad. The soup was good standing but nothing spectacular and tad short of the truffle oil – wish they weren’t so shy on the truffles! The salad oh my, I want to recreate at home and took note of all ingredients!
Soup Mistress Rating for Prive’s Forest Mushroom Soup:
#12 Rank: Serentiy Vivo City – Gazpacho Anda
Price: $9.80 SGD
Ok, so below is the picture of the soup presented in the menu. I was sold by its pretty presentation and having the ingredients individual so you can add them yourself. But above is the actual soup that was served to me. It totally looks mediocre and it tasted the same way. The taste was very bland like my grandma served me tomato juice with stale croutons and threw in some veggies. The soup was missing acidity and fresh tomatoes I am sure of it.
Soup Mistress Rating for Serentiy Gazpacho Anda:
#13 Rank: Original Sliced Fish Soup (Raffles City)
Price: $6.00 SGD
Big lesson learned today – I beg to differ that the longest line = good food!!!
I have not much to say about this one – I wasted my foodie time on this!
This soup is terrible *blah*, the worst on my Singapore soup crawl and will be ranked at the bottom. It’s totally like kitchen sink water! (must have been cheap eats line up/demand and not tasty line up!)
Soup Mistress Rating for Original Sliced Fish Soup: