What better winter warmer than a steaming hot bowl of soup? It fills you up and warms the cockles of your heart. Soup is the best comfort food in winter. Here are just five of my many favourite winter soups:
You might think that 19 B is a funny name for a soup. In the late eighties and early nineties two Chinese restaurants in Lahore, Tai Wah and Hsin Kuang were run by the same family. Both were very popular and featured a soup with the long name of “Chicken, shrimp, mushroom and egg flower soup” which was listed as number 19 B on the menu.
Both restaurants have gone out of business, the owners having migrated to Canada but this soup is currently very popular in Lahore. You can find it served at formal dinners, weddings, informal house parties as well as pop-up cafes and kiosks all over the city. The soup is a fragrant, richly flavoured thick chicken soup with bits of shrimp , beef, carrot, onion. It is a thick and hearty soup. Add to it a couple of sides like fish crackers, prawn tempura or wonton and you have a complete meal .
This thick yellow soup is a legacy of the Indo-Pakistan sub continent’s colonial past. It consists of red lentils cooked in chicken stock, flavoured with turmeric and garam masala. What many people don’t know is that it also contains small quantities of apple and carrot, Since it is blended to a lovely smoothness before serving, this is hardly surprising. Garnished with a little boiled rice and shredded chicken, this is not just a soup but an experience. At the table, you add a dash of freshly ground black pepper and a squeeze of lemon to taste. Accompanied by soft warm rolls or bread sticks, it becomes a meal in itself.
This is a thick tomato soup with cubes of potato and zucchini together with slices of carrot The small pasta that is an important component adds flavour and nourishes winter appetites. Italian spices like oregano and basil give it an exotic flavour and aroma. You can keep things simple and pair it with garlic bread or you can accompany it with bruschetta or a salad.
Tom Yum Gai
This aromatic Thai soup tastes a bit like Thai Green Curry which is also a big hit with me. Tom Yum Gai is thickened with coconut milk and is mildly spicy and tangy. Although welcome in any weather, it is a surefire winter warmer.
Instant/Cup A Soup
What would winter be without this pantry staple? Stuck in a hotel room or working late at the office, instant soup sachets can be life savers. All you need is a source of hot/boiling water.
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