Known to serve healthy, well-prepared Cantonese cuisine, MySoup 卖汤 restaurant in Central Park (just next to Jamaica Blue and Lime Cafe Thai restaurant) is much more than its name implies. Their menu covers seafood dishes, claypot rice dishes and both soup noodles and boiled dumplings. Their featured soup of the day (RMB 68) changes regularly, but you can always order their Fish Maw Chicken Bouillon Soup (RMB 88).
Ok, but enough about the food because what struck me most about MySoup was not what’s on the menu, but what you see once you step inside.
Walk through the tall glass doors of MySoup is an unbelievable amount of plants, trees, bushes and flowers hanging from the ceiling, from the walls, on the tables, beside your seat, everywhere. It’s an incredible sight and to dine surrounded by so much floral foliage is a luxury that we Beijingers are very much deprived of.
The photos below should prove that I’m not exaggerating in the least and though it may seem a bit excessive to some, I think it’s just delightful.
Outside Seating and Entrance Door
View Stepping inside
Stool Seating by the Entrance
Spotless Open Kitchen is Always a Good Sign
As much as I’d love to bask in the floral beauty of MySoup all day, I am actually a big fan of their dishes as well. While their seafood dishes are all a bit pricey – RMB 90-260 each for fish, crab, scallops, etc., the majority of their menu features very reasonably priced claypot rice dishes, rice bowls, soup noodles, and dumplings mostly ranging between RMB 40-60 each.
The portions are substantial and regular customers can also look forward to changing daily specials in addition to their standard a la carte menu.
The following meal was shared between two of us and it ended up being much more than we needed to order. If I’m on my own for lunch, I’m perfectly happy to order one portion of that beef brisket (RMB 40) that comes with a bowl of steamed white rice – ideal to drizzle that savory sauce all over! For a side of seasonal veggies, it’s only RMB 10 extra, which is a great lunch for just RMB 50 total.
Black Fungus with Mustard Sauce (RMB 20)
Beef Brisket Bowl Rice (RMB 40)
Boiled Seasonal Vegetables (RMB 10)
Braised Pork Bowl Rice (RMB 50)
Chinese Bacon Duck Leg Claypot Rice (RMB 60)
Overall, I was a bit disappointed by the Duck Leg Claypot because the duck was just way too salty, even with mouthfuls of white rice. As much as I like to try new dishes every now and again, I will stand by my favorite – the beef brisket rice bowl is a generous serving of tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef and the sauce is perfect to pour over your rice.
Next time I feel like splurging, I’ll probably go for a bowl of their daily soup, which I’ve heard great things about and I’m sure it’s filled with all kinds of healthy Chinese herbs and expensive ingredients, but I have yet to bring myself to spend RMB 68 on a serving of soup when a whole beef brisket meal is just RMB 40.
卖汤 My Soup’s Contact Details:
- Address: On the other side of Obentos if you’re looking at the yellow horse cut-out statue in the center of Central Park’s dining options (by Lime Cafe and Jamaica Blue). Bldg 1, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmen Wai Dajie
- Tel: 6597 0552
- Opening Hours: Daily 11AM-10PM
Kristen Lum has an accomplished background in PR, communications and events in China. Born and raised in California, Kristen has been based in Beijing since 2006 and is founder of the lifestyle blog called LumDimSum, covering mostly restaurant news and reviews alongside upcoming events around town that relate to Beijing’s muti-faceted, quickly-developing creative industries like art, music, film, health and fitness, fashion, nightlife, charity events, and travel tips.