- How We Started -
Tan Ser Seng Herbs (Turtle) Restaurant was founded by Tan Ah Sai in 1946.
In the dawn of Singapore’s hawker scene, he brought his unique trade of turtle soup from China, and begun peddling his herbal broth along Orchard Road and later Mei Shi Jie.
In a time where hard work and diligence was key to survival, Tan Ah Sai and his family would wake up as early as 2AM to prepare the traditional herbal mixture for the lunch time crowd. They would then push the soup on a cart from Paya Lebar Kampong all the way to Taiseng to sell.
Originally reserved 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.
Tan Ser Seng Herbs (Turtle) Restaurant is a popular destination for many tourists and a local favourite in Singapore
As one of the remaining few turtle soup restaurants, their authentic recipe with over 20 quality herbs and ingredients draws a constant crowd even on weekdays.
More than just an exotic delicacy, their turtle soup is a tonic for the body; a traditional broth fit for royalty at an affordable price.