Three Dishes One Soup 三菜一汤!

Sejong Korean Language School.

Sejong Korean Language School.

Peter, Ming and I went to Sejong Korean Language School Singapore at International Plaza to register ourselves for the next intake of beginner’s class and afterwards, our plan was to go for dinner and perhaps a drink at a karaoke pub.

According to Murphy’s Law, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Tonight… Anything that has been planned can become unplanned 😉 Peter’s daughter called him in the middle of registration pleading that she has not had dinner with him for a while now and wanted him to fetch her from the MRT station to the library before having dinner and watching Iron Man 3. He’s been summoned! Daughters are princesses to daddies 😀 Ming is down with flu so drinking after dinner is out, too. I myself did not feel too good so Ming, what do we eat? Ming sort of had a eureka moment and said, “Let’s visit the Soup Master at Kitchener Road.” Beep beep… we’re here!

Soup Master at Jalan Besar.

Soup Master at 200 Jalan Besar – near Kitchener Road, Singapore.

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You can ask for free refill of soup (not ingredients). They did not say how many times you may refill but the original serving is quite generous for one person.

It wasn't a busy night or did we missed the dinner crowd? I actually like eating in a busy place I dunno why, makes me feel like I made the right choice especailly coming for the first time.

It wasn’t a busy night or did we missed the dinner crowd? I actually like eating in a busy place/environment I dunno why, makes me feel like I made the right choice especially visiting for the first time.

Different variety of soups i.e. 10 Tonic Ginseng Herbal, Pork and Lotus, Watercress and Pork, Old Cucumber, Pig's Tripe, Pear, etc... etc...

Different variety of soups i.e. 10 Tonic Ginseng Herbal, Pork and Lotus, Watercress and Pork, Old Cucumber, Pig’s Tripe, Pear, etc… etc…

Soups that have been simmered for hours and piping hot in those pots.

Soups that have been simmered for hours and piping hot in those pots.

The print on pot said : Buddha Jump Over The Wall - Authentic Ingredients". The soup was good to the last drop and more as we went for the free refill of soup.

The prints on pot said : Buddha Jump Over The Wall – (真材实料), literally meaning real materials”. This was also our choice of soup that night. The soup was good to the last drop and more as we went for the free refill of thick broth.

When this soup was simmering on the street outside a temple, it was so fragrant, the monk jump over the wall to steal a taste of it.

Story had it that when this soup was simmering on the street outside a temple, it was so fragrant, the monk jump over the wall to steal a taste of it.

Mini Buddha Jump Over The Wall.

Mini Buddha Jump Over The Wall 佛跳墙 S$8- chock full of goodies like dried shitake mushrooms, red dates, dried scallops, dried oysters and a few abalone looking slices. May be mock abalone considering that an original Monk/Buddha Jump Over The Wall can cost a few hundred dollars but what the heck, they made me happy thinking I had abalone in my tummy and I feel better already 😉

Salted Egg Yolk Pumpkin Prawns.

Salted Egg Yolk Pumpkin Prawns – S$15.

Delicious, succulent and creamy.

Delicious and succulent prawn dish. Sauce is a little grainy due to the salted egg yolk and the pumpkin provides a velvety full bodied creamy sauce. Ming loved this.

Kailan with oyster sauce and friend shallots.

Kailan with oyster sauce and friend shallots – S$5.

Tomato Egg.

Tomato Eggs here is fragrant and the eggs aren’t overcooked – S$7.
You can savour the fluffy texture of the omelet.
The tomatoes aren’t overly sweetened and the  overall mouth-feel of this dish was so wonderful I am posting a recipe and video link below. Please try out this recipe.

Traditionally, we always order one more dish than the number of persons partaking a Chinese meal. The equation is something like this: 2 persons = 3 dishes + 1 soup. 3 persons = 4 dishes + 1 soup. I can go on and on but you get the drift. Our total bill including one cup of barley drink S$1.50 comes to S$38.50.

Tomato Eggs Recipe ([蕃茄炒蛋 / 西红柿炒蛋] serves 2 or more if with other food)
Ingredients:
3 large fresh Eggs, beaten well.
¼ teaspoon Chicken Powder, optional (to be beaten with eggs).
3 Tomatoes, sliced into thin wedges.
½ – 1 teaspoon Salt.
2 teaspoons Sugar.
A few dashes White Pepper Powder, to taste.
1 tablespoon Spring Onions, chopped.
¼ teaspoon Sesame Oil.
½ teaspoon Hua Tiao Chiew (Chinese Yellow Wine), optional.
2 tablespoons Groundnut Oil.

Method:
1. Heat oil in wok.

2. Pour eggs into when oil is hot and let form a nice omelet. Break omelet into big pieces with the spatula.

3. Push omelet pieces aside. Add tomatoes into the wok.

4. Sprinkle salt directly on tomatoes and stir well. Add sugar and stir well again. Drizzle hua tiao chiew, if using, along the sides of wok to evaporate the alcohol but retain the wine’s fragrance.

5. Ladle egg on top of tomatoes and cover wok. Simmer for 1 minute over medium heat.

6. Adjust seasonings, more salt and sugar if needed, then add pepper and sesame oil. Give a quick final stir.

7. Sprinkle the spring onions on top and serve hot with rice or noodles/pasta.

Pumpkin Rice.

Pumpkin Rice S$1 each.

Three Dishes One Soup 三菜一汤

Three Dishes One Soup 三菜一汤 = S$35.

Ming called for my attention and caught me off guard. I actually spilled some rice and was covering them up with my left hand.

Ming called for my attention and caught me off guard.
I actually spilled some rice and was covering them up with my left hand.

Ming and I both agreed that the meal was delicious and the price reasaonable by Singapore standard. This is the second time I ate from Soup Master. The first time was in the cafeteria in a hospital when I visited my mother-in-law and it tasted yucky.

This Soup Master (老火汤 – directly translated as “old fire soup”) shop located at 200 Jalan Besar is something different. It was one of the four original shops owned by the Hong Kong soup master himself before he started franchising out the shops and created more than 70 shops/outlets in Singapore. The flagship shop is in Chinatown. The waiter was very helpful when taking our orders, recommending alternatives when what we wanted were sold out. After our meal, he came over to ask if everything was to our satisfaction. He offered some knowledge of how stringent the franchisor is with the soup’s standard and that no msg is added or the franchisee may face serious consequences. The food however, may have msg as I felt thirsty and needed a coke to quelch the dehydration.

Relaxing after a full meal and coke at the alley seating.

Relaxing after a full meal at the alley seating.

Happy eating 🙂

Soup Master 老火汤 at 200 Jalan Besar.

Soup Master 老火汤 at 200 Jalan Besar.

Soup Master
200 Jalan Besar,
Singapore.
Tel: +65 63966864

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Comments
10 Responses to “Three Dishes One Soup 三菜一汤!”
  1. Laura Lynn says:

    I wish they had a restaurant like that here in Seattle, looks so wonderful. VERY pretty pictures of you, too.

    • Sam Han says:

      This egg recipe is easy and perhaps you can taste a little of soup master in your kitchen. Thanks for the kind compliment, Laura. Will be looking forward to your next post 😀

  2. Peter Archbold says:

    Wow looks like one to add to my long list of must eat places in Singapore! I think I’d love that salted egg yolk and prawn dish with the mini buddha jumps over the wall.

    If they say they don’t use msg but you felt thirsty maybe it was high in salt? Did you find the dishes overly salty at all?

    • Sam Han says:

      The waiter cleverly said strictly no msg in soup but he did not vouch for the other dishes coz I think only the soup is under franchisee 🙂

  3. lignumdraco says:

    This looks very good.

    • Sam Han says:

      They tasted good except for my thirst. Could be my own fault for not drinking enough water throughout the day or could be the msg but I was gauranteed no msg in soup. I’m going back to try the bigger version of Buddha Jump Over The Wall served in claypot 😉

  4. renxkyoko says:

    Sometimes we add potatoes to the tomato/egg dish. But mosrrly tomato… although adding sugar is a new thing.

  5. Melisa R says:

    Note to self: Stay away from Bonding Tool or Sam’s blog when desperately hungry… I will have beautiful dreams of that prawn dish.

    • Sam Han says:

      Brilliant compliment! My head is doubled in size, lol… The prawns were really good. I was a little spooked by the colour when the dish was served but boy the pumpkin and salted egg flavours did blend well together 😀

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