We could all do with some much-needed comfort food. And what speaks comfort better than soups? So, just for you, we have brought a soothing list of the most loved soups from around the world. What’s more comforting than staying at home with a big ass bowl of soup that won’t just keep you warm but, will also satiate your hunger? Nothing, am I right? So get ready to dig in!
Here Are 20 Delicious Soups From Around The World You Absolutely Must Try When You Get The Chance
1Borscht (Eastern Europe)
Mainly common in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, this tangy soup is a Ukrainian native. It is made with fresh beetroots, beef shank, onions, carrots, potatoes and cabbage. It is then topped with sour cream and wisps of dill to give an enriching flavour.
2Sopa Azteca (Mexico)
This traditional Mexican soup literally translates to ‘tortilla soup’ and therefore obviously contains fried corn tortilla pieces. But before the garnish, the soup is made from a base of tomato, garlic, protein-rich beans, chile de árbol and epazote. It is then topped with pieces of pasilla chiles, chicharrón, avocado, fresh cheese cubes and sour cream.
3French Onion Soup (France)
Rich French onion soup is usually based on meat stock and slightly caramelised onions and often served with crunchy croutons and a hunk of bread topped with gruyére cheese.
Pho is Vietnam’s national dish comprising of linguine-style rice noodles (bánh phở) in a flavoursome broth topped with meats and/or vegetables. The delicious broth of this soup is enriched with vegetables along with herbs and your choice of meat (usually beef or chicken). It’s very healthy and amazingly tasty! It’s one of the most well known and loved soups from around the world.
Originally a Chinese dish, ramen was once just a labourer’s supper but now has been featured in many Japanese restaurants and events, as well as in anime and manga. And today, most regions in Japan make their own unique variations with different broths, noodles, seasonings, and toppings of their own ramen. It is one of the most popular dishes not only in Japan but all over the world. It has that intoxicating allure when it arrives at your table steaming hot, asking you to take that first giant slurp!
6Cullen Skink (Scotland)
Cullen skink is a thick soup made with smoked haddock, potatoes, and onions. A speciality of the town of Cullen in the northeast of Scotland, but is now widely eaten across the country. ‘Skink’ is a Scots word for a chunk of beef, and as it was usually used in soups, it is also used to refer to that. This is one of the most hearty soups from around the world. It can be made with milk, water or cream depending on the variation. It is usually served with bread.
7Caldo Verde (Portugal)
A popular Portuguese soup, Caldo Verde has garlic, onions, savoy cabbage, kale, collard greens, potatoes, olive oil, black pepper and salt. Some recipes also add meat, such as smoky pork sausage.
The traditional bouillabaisse is a wondrous medley of shellfish, saffron, fennel, tomatoes, and garlic. Originally from the port city of Marseille, Bouillabaisse is served first in a soup plate with slices of bread and rouille (a sauce that consists of olive oil with breadcrumbs, garlic, saffron and cayenne pepper), and then the fish is served separately on a large platter
9Bean Soup (Italy)
This creamy vegetarian soup is packed full of proteins. Made with a combination of different kind of beans such as chickpeas, kidney beans, flageolet beans, Cannellini beans, this hearty soup is then garnished with cabbage of your choice (for example kale or savoy).
This traditional Hungarian soup is usually made with lamb, mutton, pork or beef. The soup is either served with sour cream on the side (in a separate bowl) or it is made by mixing the cream as well. Vinegar or lemon can be used to enhance the sour taste, while dill is used for decoration.
The rich stew originated in southern Louisiana centuries ago and is made with a strongly flavoured meat or fish broth, which is thickened with flour and celery, bell peppers and onions. It is finished off by adding shellfish and spices.
12New England Clam Chowder (USA)
This American classic is milk or cream-based chowder made with bacon, pork, potatoes, onions, celery and, of course, clams. It can also be garnished with parsley or bay leaves along with crushed oyster crackers.
13Wonton Soup (China)
Wontons are similar to jiaozi, but have thinner skin and are relatively flatter. They are also usually served in broth, rather than being eaten with dipping sauce. Here preparation varies by region and often contains ground pork, garlic, and minced cabbage filling. Wontons can either be boiled (when served in soup) or deep-fried. Wonton noodle soup is a speciality of Guangzhou (Canton) in southern China, while those boiled with spicy chilli oil, sesame seeds, and scallions are a Sichuan speciality.
This traditional soup or stew dish dates back to the Aztecs when it had ritual significance. Pozole is a hearty, restorative soup made from hominy (dried maize kernels) cooked in broth with meat (typically pork) along with a variety of sauces, including with a red chilli base like guajillo or ancho; green with tomatillos, cilantro jalapeños or pipitas; or white — without the use of either base. The stew is generally stewed for hours, often overnight and then served with toppings such as cabbage, chilli peppers, onion, garlic, radishes, avocado, salsa or limes. Mexican people commonly eat this dish at special occasions such as Mexican Independence Day, Christmas or birthdays.
15Hot and Sour Soup, China
While this soup has various versions all over Asia, traditionally it is a meat-based soup that contains ingredients such as day lily buds, wood ear fungus, bamboo shoots, and tofu. It is flavoured with spices such as ginger, white pepper, spicy chilli paste and vinegar. Originating from China’s Sichuan region, this warming and tasty soup can sometimes also contain carrots and pieces of pork.
Probably one of the most well-known soups from around the world, this thick Italian soup is commonly made with beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes. While there is no set recipe for this filling soup, often pasta or rice is also added with the vegetable broth. It can also be non-vegetarian or contain an animal bone-based stock (such as chicken stock).
Although there are different versions of this Columbian dish, this traditional chicken soup is typically made with three varieties of potatoes, corn and the herb Galinsoga parviflora (known locally as guasca or guascas), which gives it a distinctive flavour.
This healthy white bean soup is filled with vegetables, olive oil, herbs and of course the nutrition-rich dry white beans. It is a signature food in almost all Greek houses and is even called the “national food of the Greeks”. Sometimes also called fasolia, it has its origins in Ancient Greece and variations can be found in Turkey (kuru fasulye), the Middle East (fasoulia), Italy (fagiolata), Spain (fabada) and Romania (fasole).
19Tom Yum (Thailand)
A very Asian flavoured soup that is one of the three famous soups in the world, it’s a blast of spicy, sweet and sour taste all at once added with shrimps, lemons and chillies. This is also served with rice and noodles. Lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, shallots give it a herbal kick and coconut milk adds to its creaminess making your taste buds dance within. You can also ask for a vegetarian variation.
This yummy, spicy soup is known to have potential cancer-fighting properties. All of these ingredients are strong anti-oxidants and inhibit cancer growth.
A native of Andalusia on Spain’s southern coast, this cold soup is typically a tomato-based soup that also contains cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, and Worcestershire sauce. It is seasoned with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper.
So, Which Of These Soups Are You Waiting To Try?
These soups are not only delicious but they are also healthy and heartwarming. Many of these soups pack enough energy, nutrients and yumminess to serve as a meal in themselves. And if you can’t sample some of these soups in their place of origin you can always try to make it yourselves at home. So, have you already tried any of the soups mentioned here or have we missed any of your favourite soups from around the word? If yes, let us know in the comments below!