Everyone long for a comforting bowl of congee or soup during the rainy days or feeling under the weather. Since ancient times, we know there are various benefits and nutritional value in soups. Having said that, not everyone is able to enjoy and savour soups at the comfort of their homes. However, there is a simple alternative for all who crave for one. Therefore, if you are looking for a home made bowl of soup, Tan Ser Seng Herbs Restaurant is a place you can head to with your family or friends.
About Tan Ser Seng Herbs Restaurant
They are a restaurant that was founded in 1946 by the current owner’s grandfather which specialises in home made soups. Their specialty soups are clay pot turtle soup and black chicken soup. In addition, they also have cordyceps chicken soup that was introduced a few years ago. They believe in the medicinal and nutritional value using only fresh ingredients so that all customers may enjoy the health benefits!
The Origin Of A Humble Soup Shop
The restaurant is currently run by the third generation since its humble beginnings. The founder was a cook who brought his trade from China and began peddling his herbal broth on his shoulders along Orchard Road and later Mei Shi Jie. Customers would either squat or sit on a tiny stool to enjoy the soup. The family would wake up as early as 2AM to prepare the traditional herbal mixture for the lunch time crowd. Originally for the royalty to feast in China, turtle soup was a dish that needed no introduction in Singapore. Established as a healthy and potent source of nutrients, Tan Ah Sai’s turtle soup drew crowds and long lines on a regular basis. Using quality herbs and fresh ingredients, he was constantly innovating and improving his recipe.
The Age Old Tan Ser Seng Herbs Restaurant Recipe
The restaurant is suitable for all who are health conscious or simply enjoy a warm, nourishing bowl of soup. The current owner would like to to increase awareness that turtle soup is not something new and has been in the market for generations and generations, and its beneficial medicinal effects. The turtles used are not the endangered wild life sea turtles that many people presumed. The key to their soups are that they only use fresh ingredients that are prepared daily, and portions are larger.
Reaching for the Star
Allan Tan, the third generation owner of Tan Ser Seng Herbs Restaurant is grateful for the heritage and history that his father has left for him. Furthermore, he hopes to take it a step higher than what his father has achieved. They are very grateful for all the customers who has been supporting them all these years. Allan believes that his hard work will pay off. By pouring his my heart and soul, he believes that he will eventually achieve the dream of getting a Michelin Star for the restaurant.
“seeing parents bringing their families over and the smiles and satisfactions that glows on their faces keeps me going.”
– Tan Ser Seng Herbs Restaurant
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