In 1991, Soup Restaurant started serving our customers from a shophouse in Chinatown with only 6 staff and 6 dining tables. After 29 years of conscientious effort in improving the quality and consistency of our food and service, we have grown into a restaurant chain with outlets spread across Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Soup Restaurant specializes in serving traditional Chinatown home-cooked dishes which are collectively known as Chinatown Heritage Cuisine. At Soup Restaurant, our unique Samsui Ginger Chicken, steamed minced pork and herbal soup remind our customers of the tasty and nutritious meals that have bonded families for generations.
The recipe for our signature Samsui Ginger Chicken was handed down from the Samsui Woman, who was among the pioneers who built modern Singapore. In the 1920s and 1940s, she immigrated to Singapore from southern China in search of employment. With her trademark red-clothed headgear, she toiled in the construction sites, working with her bare hands. Every day, she looked forward to her daily ritual of a simple meal with her sisters from her home town. During Chinese New Year, they gathered to enjoy their favourite dish – Samsui Ginger Chicken.
An icon of Chinatown known for her strength of character and resilience, the Samsui Woman leaves behind a heritage of unspoken simplicity and humility. At Soup Restaurant, we believe in simplicity and we strive for extraordinary results out of the ordinary.
Soup Restaurant HERITAGE
We continuously strive for excellence and we do it with passion and dedication to preserve our heritage.
From the experiences accumulated over the past 29 years, we have now launched “Soup Restaurant HERITAGE ” with a wider variety of Chinatown Heritage dishes offered in a new Heritage Menu, a new 4th generation dining ambience and enhanced customer-focused service.
“Soup Restaurant HERITAGE ” elevates our customer’s dining experience to a whole new level.
TEAHOUSE by Soup Restaurant
During the 1950s to 1970s, there were many renowned tea houses in Chinatown where enjoying a pot of hot Chinese tea with dim sum delicacies was a daily ritual for the locals.
At “ TEAHOUSE by Soup Restaurant“, we serve a wide variety of Nanyang inspired Dim Sum, such as our special “4 Beauties ( Samsui Ginger Bao, Earthen Bowl Carrot Cake, Spinach Dumpling with Prawns and Crispy Prawn Cheong Fun)”, “ Ma Jie Chives Dumpling” and more.
Amidst an authentic tea house setting, customers can now relive the good old days while enjoying our handmade Dim Sum and Chinatown Heritage Cuisine.
The dining experience at CAFE O is a showcase of Singapore’s unique coffee shop culture where locals can find comfort and familiarity – think “kopi O, teh tarik, roti prata, nasi lemak…”
CAFE O’s design concept reinterprets the atmosphere and dining experience of traditional local coffee shops. Customers can enjoy kopi-siew-dai and half-boiled eggs while seated on timber chairs or 1950’s-style formica benches over a tiled mosaic floor. True to CAFE O’s multi-racial focus, metal grille handrails in our cafes are decorated with motifs inspired by Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian heritage and traditions. Pendant lamps in a variety of forms and colours add to the effect of being in a cultural melting pot. Old picture frames, as well as photos of Singaporean families and their day-to-day activities, are displayed for customers to soak in the nostalgic atmosphere and relive the good old days. At CAFE O, we pay tribute to Singapore’s unique multi-racial culture, and more importantly, provide a truly Singaporean dining experience for all to enjoy.
POT LUCK is a restaurant concept that offers affordable and home-style zi char dishes in claypots prepared on the spot over charcoal fires in an old Chinatown setting that will bring you back to 1960s Singapore.
Within the rustic ambience of POT LUCK, against a backdrop of vintage black and white movies, an eclectic collection of pots, pans and cooking utensils of that era and formica chairs and tables, you’ll also be served by Ali, our “Satay Man”, Ah Huat, our “Rickshaw Boy”, Ah Fong, our “Samsui Woman”, Tao Jie, our “Mah Jie” and Muthu, our “Kacang Puteh Man” for an authentic back alley Chinatown experience!