Signature soups around the world
Craving something tasty and warm for the colder weather? Take a look at some of these unique soups from countries around the world. From the famous Vietnamese Pho to the Mexican pozole, the options are endless!
Pho – Vietnam
Pho is a famous Vietnamese soup made with beef broth and other spices. It is served with flat rice noodles, different cuts of meat and herbs. Pho is typically made with beef, but it can also be made with chicken broth.
Lohikeitto – Finland
Lohikeitto is a creamy salmon soup in Sweden and Finland. The soup itself is made from fish broth and cream which gives it a comforting buttery sensation. Inside, the soup contains chunks of salmon fillet, soft diced potatoes, and carrots. It is then topped with dill and served with a side of lemon wedges and bread.
Gumbo – Inspired by Africa
Gumbo is a very popular stew in the state of Louisiana. It is made from a strong meat and seafood broth, along with vegetables such as celery, peppers, and onions. It is said to be inspired by African orka soup which suggests that the gumbo was originally made with okra.
Tom Yum – Thailand
Tom Yum is a sweet and sour (and spicy) soup characteristic of Thailand. It is cooked with shrimp, vegetables and lemongrass. Tom Yum comes from the two different Thai words “Tom” which means the boiling process, and “Yam” which means a spicy and sour salad that reflects the flavors of the soup.
This French soup is made from beef broth and (of course) onions. The onions are caramelized with butter making this a rich and warm soup. It is served with a piece of bread with melted cheese on top or croutons.
Minestrone – Italy
When you think of Minestrone, think of pasta but with soup! This Italian broth is made with a mixture of vegetables. Common ingredients found in this soup are beans, onion, celery, and carrots, but it can really be made with any vegetable. But pasta or rice are a must.
Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup made from dashi broth mixed with miso paste. Dashi stock is a type of fish stock used in Japanese cooking. The miso soup bowl is usually served with soft tofu and seaweed bits. It is a simple classic soup that is excellent to accompany a meal.
Dutch Split Pea Soup – The Netherlands
This is a hearty Dutch soup made with lots of vegetables (especially peas) and pork. It has a stew-like consistency and is known as the “winter soup” of the Netherlands. It is traditionally served with rookworst, which is a type of smoked sausage.
Sundubu Jjigae – Korea
Also known as spicy tofu soup, this is a traditional spicy Korean dish made of silken tofu, vegetables, and optional meat and seafood. It is made from gochugaru (Korean red pepper powder) and is usually eaten with a hot bowl of rice and another banchan on the side.
Pozole – Mexico
This flavorful slow cooker Mexican soup is made with pork and dried chiles. It is a hominey dish that is made with coarsely ground corn to make grits that gives the Pozole a stew-like texture. The soup is then garnished with cabbage, chili, radish, lime, and/or avocado.