Being a bit under the weather recently, I’m glad I chanced upon this restaurant located in the New Wing of 1 Utama. The name “Tang Shifu” translates directly to “Soup Master”, so it doesn’t take much to decipher that this restaurant’s forte lies in its nutritious and nourishing soups. Their food philosophy rests very much on using the freshest and highest quality ingredients with no preservatives. Lots of Chinese herbs are used and they all help in balancing the yin and yang of our bodily needs. Well, at least that’s what I understand, judging from their menu which has little descriptions on the “goodness” of each item served, particularly the double-boiled soups.
There are items which help in “improving sleep”, “rejuvenating skin”, “regaining your voice”, “improving blood circulation”, “enhancing eyesight“… and the 3 vital “R”s – revitalize, regenerate, recuperate … now aren’t these welcoming incentives?
The chicken pieces used in the soups are all skinless, which further strengthens their “healthy food” branding. You can have brown rice, brown rice porridge or mee suah (rice vermicelli) served with the nutritious soups.
Go for the “dry version” of meesuah if soupy noodles are not your scene. The smooth slippery meesuah was really good, smothered with dried scallops and abalone sauce. You can have this in a set (RM19.90) (which comes with soup and condiments separately) or order it a la carte.
Set meals come with condiments of black beans and braised pork…
I love the Steamed Aubergines with XO Scallop Sauce (RM15.90) – it came steaming hot in a little metal wok which kept the tender aubergines simmering throughout my meal. The gentle heat totally worked in the scallop sauce and every bite of the smooth aubergines was infused with the sweetness of the sauce.
I just had to try the Black Sesame Buns (RM12.90) because on the menu, they look so interesting. Well, they did not disappoint… take a look at what’s served…
Not so interesting? Haha… well, at first I thought they were just black buns to be dipped and eaten with the accompanying bowl of braised pork. However, when I took a piece and turned it over, I discovered that it’s actually “hollowed out” underneath…
You scoop the braised pork into the hollows and this is what you get…. before you plonk it into your mouth! Despite being hollow, the buns were soft and fluffy and went superbly with the sweetish-savoury braised pork.
Looking at those photos, don’t you think they look like little pestles & mortars?!
There are several dessert items on the menu – mostly double-boiled too. Things which rejuvenate your skin, anti-aging and are generally good for you – hasma, red dates, dried longans, white fungus etc. I tried their Double-boiled Snow Pear with Chinese Almonds (RM6.90), which promised to help me regain my voice and improves my throat.
Service is quick and friendly … yes, speed is important especially during lunch time! Do check them out the next time you are feeling stressed out and need some healthy wholesome nutritious food to nurse you back to better spirits!
LG-321 New Wing
1-Utama Shopping Mall