It’s been soup season of late, with silver linings of a gloomy evening taking shape in steam-billowing bowls of soup laden with colourful comfort. Of course, there are soups and then there are Asian soups, bobbing in a broth calibrated with a depth of flavour and umami. Gathered here are a bucket list of these soups to slurp your way through, from ramen to laksa, pho and more!
Tailor your own rendition of a ramen bowl thrumming with veggies, vegan-friendly protein and shades of heat. Home chef Karishma Mehta shares an easy six-step guide, with inspiration for a Thai twist if you fancy a creamy cross-cultural spin! Get @BowledOverbyKari’s recipe, here.
The base of this soup is a spicy coconut milk curry, distinctive in colour courtesy the addition of fresh turmeric root. This is a one-pot recipe which is a substantive meal by itself, bringing colour, cheer and comfort to your table! Get Chef Guntas‘ recipe, here.
Pronounced SOON-DOO-BOO JIG-AY – this hot and spicy Korean soft tofu stew stars shades of heat from #gochujaru (Korean spice mix), with the creamy tofu imparting a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Serve it with rice of your choice (short grain rice preferably). Get @BowledOverbyKari’s recipe, here.
Vegan Udon Noodle Soup
A vegetarian-friendly “dashi” (Japanese soup stock) lends a baseline hum to this umami-rich soup, strummed by meatily-textured mushrooms and eggplant. The bowl is brought together by a healthy dose of udon noodles, which strike a soft and chewy chord! Get the recipe, here.
Pronounced “fuh”, this Vietnamese noodle soup is intensely-spiced and aromatic broth. While traditionally made with beef bones and fish sauce, a vegan-friendly version is just as thrilling, swirling with an earthy depth of flavour from mushrooms. Get the recipe, here.
Dan Dan Noodles
Mushrooms are also a starring factor in Chef Kelvin Cheung’s Dan Dan Noodles. Borrowed from The Foodhall Cookbook, this fiery recipe is set apart by Sichuan peppers which add a searingly spicy touch to this broth. Get the recipe, here.
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