There’s something especially comforting about a delicious bowl of soup. Whether it’s the warm memories, soothing texture or zesty flavour, there are few other food items that can come close to the comfort of a warm bowl of soup.
Today, we take a look at how soups, stews and broths are enjoyed in cultures around the world. Perhaps one of these selections could be an inspiration for your menu today.
Country of origin: Korea
Kicking off our list is this stew-like dish from Korea. As its name suggests, Kimchi jjigae is made using kimchi and includes a huge array of other ingredients, including seafood, scallions, pork and onions. This soup is simple to make and great for diners who want just a little spice and touch of Korean flavour in their soup.
Country of origin: Japan
Another soup that’s simple to create, this one’s an ideal choice for vegetarian customers. You can enhance the flavour of this soup with loads of greens and mushrooms (which will make it more filling as well). This is an excellent choice for diners looking for a filling, one-bowl meal.
Zuppa di verdure all’agliata
Country of origin: Italy
Known as the Umbrian vegetable soup, Zuppa di verdure all’agliata includes a wide range of vegetables cooked lightly before being added to the soup, which helps bring out their natural flavour. The variety of ingredients in this concoction ensures that every diner (even non-vegetarians) will fall in love with it.
French onion soup
Country of origin: France
French onion soup is one of the classic favourites when it comes to soups. If you don’t already have this on your menu, you should consider making it a regular item. It’s ideal for restaurants as it can be made quickly and is very versatile – the recipe works well with both vegetable and beef stocks, so it can be catered to the taste of all customers. You can serve cheese and bread on the side with it too. Remember to be generous with the garlic and onions as well as the wine when making it!
Country of origin: Mexico
Let’s head to the other side of the globe and have a look at this aromatic soup from Mexico. This one does take a bit of time to prepare, but is filling and goes perfectly well with salads.