With temperatures dropping and rainy clouds looming over Doha these past few weeks, it's the perfect time to get cosy and enjoy a hot bowl of soup or stew!
There are so many soups around the world that deliver comforting flavours and warm you up. Here are soups to try from different cuisines and where to eat them in Doha!
The traditional Japanese noodle soup, Ramen, features a richly flavoured broth, a selection of meats and vegetables, and is often topped with a boiled egg.
Different types of Ramen have varying flavour profiles and consistency, such as miso with a strong savoury taste, shoyu with a salty and tangy soy sauce flavour, and much more!
Pho is a clear bone broth soup with deliciously soft rice noodles, thinly sliced beef topped with herbs, limes, sprouts, and chiles. The flavours are fresh, soothing, and not too heavy.
Jjamppong is a must-try Korean spicy seafood noodle soup dish. It is a rich and hearty bowl filled with seafood favourites and vegetables. The broth is generously flavoured with aromatics such as garlic, ginger, gochujaru (Korean red chilli flakes), and gochujang (fermented chilli paste).
Tom Yum is an aromatic, spicy, and sour soup famous in Thai cuisine. It features the strong flavours of lemongrass, fish sauce, ginger, and lime and is typically full of seafood. It is traditionally served and eaten with rice.
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A hot pot is a Chinese culinary experience where the soup is left simmering throughout the meal. Raw ingredients such as vegetables and meat are added to the boiling broth to cook. Diners are free to add ingredients and seasoning as they like.
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The Philippines' savoury beef dish, Bulalo, is a crowd favourite for its rich broth, a hefty serving of meat and bone. It typically also includes cabbage, string beans, and corn.
Another popular Asian spicy-sour seafood soup dish to try is the laksa! A household favourite in Malaysia and Singapore, this soup also features a creamy coconut flavour and is served with thick noodles, seafood, and meat toppings.
Another hearty dish to try is the paya from Pakistan. It is a rich soup made with bone broth, an animal's trotters, and flavored with herbs and spices.
Bouillabaisse is a spicy French stew with flavours from various fish and shellfish. It is typically eaten with your choice of toasted bread.
The Minestrone is an Italian pasta-based soup full of vegetables and aromatics. Just like pasta, it is best topped off with parmesan cheese. It's a versatile dish that can be made with most kinds of vegetables and pasta of choice.
Try the creamy chowder soup made from shellfish, potatoes, onions, milk, or cream! It's a hearty, comforting soup that originates from the Americas. Top it off with crunchy croutons for that extra texture!
Enjoy a traditional Moroccan tomato soup with lentils and chickpeas, and try the Harira soup! It features fragrant and zesty flavours.
Try the traditional Georgian soup that contains beef, chopped walnuts, cherry plum purée, and rice. It's a hearty beef stew that provides warm comfort with each spoonful.
Ukrainian borscht is a hearty soup known for its bright red color from one of its main ingredients: beets. The soup is also full of beef and a variety of vegetables and is often eaten with a sour cream garnish.
Looking for something a little thicker? The egusi soup originating from Nigeria, is a popular soup in West Africa that features the distinct flavors of egusi melon seeds, that is flavored with various vegetables, palm oil, and meat. It is best eaten with fufu, a "swallow" food made from boiled cassava, yams, or plantains.
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