Soul Food: Eat Great, Do Good

Since its beginning in 2010, Soul Food has gone from strength to strength, recently relocating to larger premises at Enabling Village, a stone’s throw away from Redhill MRT Station. The restaurant was founded by Gerald Png, who was motivated by his daughter Cheryl who has special needs.

The social enterprise not only provide employment to persons with special needs, but also trains them to acquire the necessary kitchen and serving skills, and thus build their confidence.

Soul Food’s dining area is decorated with simple furniture that makes for an easy-going charm. This is a fantastic and convenient place to hold parties- guests enjoy an appetizing spread prepared by Soul Food’s staff team of 9 (of which 7 are persons with special needs), in a spacious setting.

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The 700 square feet kitchen has ample room for the staff team to work comfortably.  It’s not an easy task to train persons with special needs; an immense amount of effort and time is required to learn the many skills in the kitchen. Gerald’s passion, patience and perseverance are commendable. And it pays off. They are happy, fulfilled and enjoy a sense of achievement.

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These young people not only hone their skills in the kitchen, they also perform serving and cashiering duties. This is Cheryl, the inspiration for Soul Food.

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Now, let’s start on the food shall we? Soul Food serves a set lunch every weekday, and the menus can be view on their Facebook page. At $30 nett, this is excellent value as the quality of ingredients and execution are superb.

The Potato and Leek Soup proves to be a bowl of comfort, with depth and layers of flavor, rendered by the fragrant sautéed leeks. I also love its light and velvety texture.

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If you’re a fan of ribs, run, don’t walk. Absolutely mouthwatering is the BBQ Prime Pork Ribs, slathered with house-made BBQ sauce, which was not overly sweet. Expect tender and moist meat that slides off the bone easily. Satisfaction guaranteed!

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Made from scratch, the Salted Walnut Choc Brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream, hits all the right notes. I’m usually not a fan of brownies, as I find them overwhelmingly saccharine. Soul Food cleverly uses salted walnuts to balance out the sweetness of the brownie.  Studded throughout are chocolate chips, which add to the dessert’s texture and mouth-fill. Oh, what a lovely sweet indulgence this is!

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The set lunch also includes a cup of Italian Illy Coffee or Dilmah tea.

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At Soul Food, you can feel a lot of attention goes into every item they serve. Sincerity and heart are the bonus ingredients added in the food here, which is increasingly rare these days.  For reservations, events and catering, contact 9823 4455.

Soul Food Enterprise
20 Lengkok Bahru #01-10
Tel: 9823 4455
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