Last Updated: May 3, 2020
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From its early beginnings as a small humble hawker stall retailing popiah and kueh pie tee, to the renowned brand specialising in wholesale and home delivery today, Fortune Food has braved through Singapore’s gruelling F&B industry, emerging as a house-hold name known to all.
Having spent most of their childhood helping out at Fortune Food, sisters Wei Ting and Wei Ling have since witnessed the growth of their family-run business. Stepping into the increasingly competitive environment, instead of simply continuing the legacy passed on to them, they decided to venture out of the box, bringing the business to greater heights by giving their family’s well-known recipe a brand new twist. This led to the birth of Souperstar.
With the aim of keeping vanishing traditions alive through their creative reinterpretations of one of our local favourite snack, popiah, Souperstar was created to reintroduced popiah to public, not just as an afternoon snack found in hawker centres or food court, but as a hearty and comforting meal on its own.
Prepared using handmade popiah skin jazzed up with unconventional fillings, Souperstar serves their fusion popiah together with Western-styled soups for a healthy and satisfying meal. As an attempt to see how well their popiah and soups will hold when delivered, I decided to opt for their Traditonal Popiah Souper Combo, Modern Popiah Souper Combo and an a la carte order of their new Masala Chicken Popiah to try.
Featuring Fortune Food’s signature Traditional Popiah, the Traditional Popiah Souper Combo (from S$11), also comes with a choice of six different soups. Indeed, Fortune Food’s popiah never disappoints. Exactly like how I remembered it to be, the thin popiah skin tightly enveloped a generous amount of turnip and peanut filling. It was wrapped so compactly that it made cutting through the popiah a breeze.
Its chewy skin had an incredibly satisfying bite when eaten together with the slightly crunchy stewed turnips. Doused in sweet sauce with a burst of piquant notes from the minced garlic, this popiah was the epitome of sweet savoury salty and nutty all mixed together in a bite, complementing each other in the best way ever.
As part of the Traditional Popiah Souper Combo, I had the Classic French Onion Soup to go along. Featuring tender, caramelised onions simmered with herbs in a clear and flavourful vegetable broth, the Classic French Onion Soup sat on the sweeter side of the spectrum.
Caramelised to perfection, the onions were rich and tender creating a deep, intense flavour when boiled with the meat-free stock. Sitting on the onion soup was a butter cheese toast, which was fully soaked when it arrived, coagulating into a lump waiting to melt into the broth.
To me, this was rather a pity as I would prefer my toast to have that bit of texture and crunch. It probably would’ve been better to leave it by the side so that diners can choose to heat it up before dumping it into this bowl of soupy caramelised delight.
Straying away from tradition was their Modern Popiah Souper Combo (from S$13) of which I got a Seafood Wasabi Mayo (+S$1) and a bowl of Creamy Thai Tom Yum soup (+S$1.20). The Seafood Wasabi Mayo was a great combination of fresh prawns, tuna chunks, and crab sticks rolled together with sliced cucumbers, wakame seaweed, cherry tomatoes and mixed lettuce. Smeared with light wasabi mayonnaise, the entire wrap resembled a salad bowl densely packed into a roll.
The trio of seafood complemented each other well with the prawns stealing the limelight as it had a subtlety sweet taste and firm bite. Perhaps due to the slight watery nature of the tuna chunks and the light wasabi mayonnaise, I felt that the filling was a tad bit too wet for my liking. Thankfully, the crunch from the wakame seaweed and the fresh crisp of the mixed lettuce managed to bring the dish together by balancing its texture and flavours.
Aroma of lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves wafted up to my nose the moment I opened the cover of my Creamy Thai Tom Yum. Just its fragrance alone made me salivate as I excitedly dived heads into the bowl of creamy orange goodness.
As a fan of the classic clear tom yum soup, I never expect myself to enjoy anything more than that. But boy, Souperstar’s Creamy Thai Tom Yum made me a changed person. Retaining the distinct sourish and briny flavours, Souperstar toned down on the spiciness of their Creamy Thai Tom Yum and made it richer by the addition of cooking cream and coconut milk. This resulted in the perfect consistency and flavours for a warm and comforting soup which went hand in hand with the Foccacia Bread given as part of the combo.
Finally for my last wrap, I decided to take on a stronger flavour with an a la carte portion of Masala Chicken Popiah (S$5.80). For those who enjoy intense, bold flavours, this wrap is definitely the one you should try.
Consisting of generous chucks of chicken masala, paneer cheese, crispy curry leaves encased with shredded cucumbers, red onions, and mixed lettuce, this wrap truly brought out the exuberance of Indian cooking. The chicken masala was absolutely tender. Seasoned with ample spices, it was robust in flavour and had a slight kick to it which paired beautifully with the paneer cheese. Mild and milky, the paneer cheese worked its magic by adding a layer of rich nuttiness rounding the flavours of the entire Masala Chicken Popiah.
Funky popiah and soups aside, Souperstar has also recently launched a new product catering to our daily home cooking needs—the Souper Dashi Packs (from S$14.80). Since we are all in ‘Circuit Breaker’ mode and are spending more time experimenting on new dishes, why not ensure that our family members are getting all the nutrition they deserve?
When cooking soups, stews, congee and even steamboat, forgo the store-bought broth packets and stock cubes. Instead, why not consider these Souper Dashi Packs? Made 100% with natural ingredients sourced from different regions of Korea, these dashi packs which are available in four flavours, are definitely healthier and more nutritious for preparing broths. If you are not sure on how to use these packs, check out Souperstar’s easy recipes for cooking ideas!
Craving for some popiah and soups already? Souperstar is currently offering islandwide delivery for a flat rate of S$5.50 with a minimum order of S$25. Alternatively, if you are staying around their stores, feel free to pre-order and pick your meal at your convince to avoid the crowds!
Expected Damage: S$3.30 – S$17 per pax
Our Rating: 4 / 5
7 Wallich Street, Guoco Tower, #B2-31 , Singapore 078884
7 Wallich Street, Guoco Tower, #B2-31 , Singapore 078884