Most Malaysians can relate their diets with Soup as most of us growing up associating with Soup so when the proud Malaysian brand- Souper Tang (汤师傅) opened a new branch at Gurney Plaza, we were not surprised to see the long queue of curious gourmands scouting the new restaurant. Souper Tang is known to offer invigorating Chinese double boiled Soups that are believed to bring medicinal health benefits and a variety of wholesome Chinese dishes. Price points are high and the service staff lacked proper training so the waiting time can be rather long. Souper Tang is just opposite to Canton-I at 1st floor of Gurney Plaza.
Souper Tang Signature Soup/ 汤师傅招牌汤-参鸡汤 (Rm 43.90/ 2 pax)
Mee Suah with Herbs and Ginger Wine/ 药材黄酒面线 (Rm 18.90)
Dried Scallops & Petite Abalone Mixed Rice/ 干贝鲍仔烩饭 (Rm 22.90)
Sesame Drunken Chicken served with Ginger Paste/ 姜蓉芝麻鸡 (Rm 32.90)
The Souper Tang signature Soup was rather a disappointment, it did not come across as thick and rich as we would have hoped. But the real reason that "killed" the soup was the temperature... it was served to us warm and not piping hot. Probably the Cantonese in us were too particular on this but no, we do not settle with warm soup, it must be boiling hot. Also, the flavors were rather mild; probably my mom did a better job for this type of soup.
My parents seemed to enjoy the Mee Suah with Herbs and Ginger Wine, the noodles were smooth and beautifully cooked. Though not al-dente but the texture was better and firmer than the usual local Mee Suah. The flavors were bold, with a mellow boozy touch; not too shabby but can be rather monotonous to finish it entirely on your own. The Dried Scallops & Petite Abalone Mixed Rice on the other hand, fared better in comparison with the Mee Suah. The starchy, thick Scallop gravy was the soul to the dish. The flavors were robust and concentrated- the full flavors of the voluptuous Dried Scallops were accentuated, we bet it works fine with any other Rice/ Noodles. If one thing Souper Tang needs to improve, it would be the texture of the Rice.... it was too soft and mushy to our liking.
The Sesame Drunken Chicken was decent, though we did not detect a hint of alcohol but the texture and marination was brilliant. But we thought the price was a little too high for that portion. We washed down with a serving of their home-made Plum Tea, which was absolutely delicious... with a balanced medley of sweet and sour notes.
Beancurd with Ginger Caramel/ 焦糖姜汁豆花 (Rm 6.90)
Souper Tang Plum Tea/ 汤师傅酸梅茶 (Rm 14.90)
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: Yes 6% *prices shown are inclusive of GST*
Address: Lot No 170-01-31, Gurney Plaza, Persiaran Gurney, 10250, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: N/A