Tang Shifu

tang shifu

Tang Shifu literally translates to “soup master”. I was surprised that there is a place which has soup as the predominant feature of it’s menu. There is just a token nod to other dishes (probably half a dozen or so) but their menu is filled with pages and pages of soup! :)

tang shifu cheesie

I went there with Cheesie last week for lunch. I didn’t feel like eating a huge meal and a place that serves up soup (no, it’s not a soup kitchen) sounds pretty appealing to me so we headed over to Tang Shifu. It is actually a franchise with most of it’s branches in Johor but there’s two outlets in the Klang Valley.

tang shifu soup

American Ginseng Bei Qi Sharks Bone Chicken Soup (RM 19.90)
This is supposed to be a souped up version of chicken soup. It claims to replenish blood cells, calms the mind and nourishes the lungs. Ringo had this for lunch.

american ginseng sharks bone chicken soup

I like how they serve it – it comes in one of those containers you use for Cantonese style double boiling soup.

dried scallops petite abalone mixed rice

Dried Scallops & Petite Abalone Mixed Rice (RM 15.90)
To be honest, I ordered this one coz it looks good in the menu. Heh. It’s supposed to nourish and strengthen your physique and I like how they mix the steamed rice into the soup.

petite abalone

I’ve never seen abalone like these either. The petite abalone is *tiny* – it’s the size of a piece of contact lens…that’s how small it is. It tasted pretty healthy (which means it’s blander than the stuff I normally eat) and you have to consume it quite rapidly before the rice starts soaking up the broth but it’s good soup. :)

snow jelly with gingko

Snow Jelly with Gingko (RM 8.90)
This is Ringo’s dessert – it’s a classic one, and the menu says it revitalizes and moisturizes your skin, calms your mind and regulates breathing.

dried pear with chuan bei

Dried Pear with Chuan Bei (RM 6.90)
I also went with this coz it looks appealing in the menu. It’s supposed to help with coughs and clear phlegm in addition to relieving heat. I don’t know about that but it tastes pretty good. ;) It’s the presentation more than anything – the slice of dried pear with the assortment of other things you’ll usually find in a Chinese herbal shop in a bowl, chilled.

tang shifu us

Tang Shifu has stuff like Buddha Jumps Over The Wall (RM 69.90) too. However, it doesn’t seem to be very popular – the lunch time crowd was decidedly absent, we had the place to ourselves except for two other tables and Tang Shifu is a huge restaurant…that specializes in soup. (of all things)

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12 thoughts on “Tang Shifu

  1. HB, I thought you are not into soup which is understandable due to your country weather is warm. Did you feel warm after having that soup for a while? I do like Chinese soups but now they say herbal soup is not good for people with health problem like hp and heart problem. My mom have try some and got ill from for her hp went sky high from it. Taiwan like to add herbs to their steam boat which a customer ended up ill also due hp. He allmost went blind with eye blood clot.

    Restaurants think adding herbs make soups taste yes but herbs are also medical use and cooks know not what herbs are for in it.

    • Yeah, I’m not a huge fan of soups. :)

      I’ll eat it during dinners and receptions and stuff like that, but I usually won’t order it myself.

      It’s nothing to do with the weather, just a personal preference. :D

  2. Not many people are into herbal soups due to the Chinese medicinal taste. I like but I wouldn’t want the rice in the soup though – for dunking like that, I would use mee sua.

    • Yeah, that was why I ordered it, all the other soups are soups only.

      …and this one has rice dunked inside it.

      I thought it’s rather interesting, kinda like the stuff my grandma will force me to eat when I’m sick. :)

      Mee sua sounds much better, I totally agree.

    • Heh! Indeed Michelle!

      Yeah, I won’t normally go to this place but I wanted to see what it’s like.

      A place that serves only soup. :)

    • It’s in Damansara Uptown bro.

      There’s also another branch at 1U, I think (it was printed on the menu) but the bulk of their outlets is in Johor.

      You’ll like it if you’re into soup. :)

    • Well, I wouldn’t say it’s all that good to be honest, but maybe I’m biased coz I don’t really enjoy soups. :)

      I can appreciate a healthy meal though…

      …and the dessert soups (tong sui) is awesome. :D

  3. another one such place is friendship herbal soup at ss2 near KAYU, but that place does offer a lot of other things like steamed fish, vege. etc

    • Yeah, I would imagine that would be more practical from a business standpoint – to have other dishes instead of just predominantly soup.

      I think they’re doing alright though – can’t have that many outlets if they’re doing it wrong. :)

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