It's long been established that soup is good for your soul – and your body, too. Soup cannot help being healthy and nutritious; a hearty meal that is packed with flavour and knows how to keep your energy levels high throughout the day. And, if you thought that soup was just for long, wintry nights, trying any of these top 4 soup options in London will definitely make you realise the error of your ways!
1.Le Tran Cafe - Fish Cake Noodle Soup
Broth is widely recognised as the cornerstone of Asian cuisine; it makes sense then to begin your pilgrimage at Le Tran Café, a family owned restaurant that specialises in traditional Vietnamese and Asian dishes. People come here for the Papaya salad, the fresh summer rolls – pork, prawn, rice vermicelli and herbs coated in peanut hoisin sauce and wrapped in paper thin rice paper – and the unexpected "Salted Egg Yolk Quail", but they stay for the soups. Phở noodle soup, a Vietnamese traditional dish with flat rice noodles served in a broth robustly flavoured with cinnamon basil, lime, cilantro, bean sprouts and chilli – you can add your favourite meat or tofu – or our favourite, the Fish Cake Noodle Soup – rice vermicelli noodles and mouth watering turmeric fish cakes served in a rich and fragrant broth.
2.Shoop - Moroccan Chickpea and Lentil Soup
Shoop introduces itself as a soup shop – hence, shoop. If you haven't guessed it yet, its signature dish is not one, but fourteen different soup dishes, so even the pickiest broth expert will surely meet their match in this soup heaven. You can try everything, from lamb fasolia (a uniquely hearty combo of braised lamb shoulder and white beans) to the aromatic shrimp island stew (shrimps in happy company with okra, plantain, corn, ginger, and coconut milk) to semolina beef dumplings with beetroot. Their vegetarian dishes are also insanely flavourful – try the refreshing watermelon gazpacho with tomato, olive, parsley or our favourite, Moroccan chickpeas and lentil served in a robust tomato and turmeric broth with orzo. Happy yet?
3.Pure - Chicken Noodle Soup
The people behind Pure are looking to inspire you by serving healthy, delicious meals that are freshly prepared and cater to all tastes and restrictions – here you will find a wide array of vegan and vegetarian dishes, as well as many gluten free, dairy free, and nut free choices; they include nutritional information and further allergy notices on every dish, too. Try the Sicilian tomato soup with sundried tomato puree – a delicately flavoured and heartwarming traditional dish – or the rich Thai green lentil soup with spinach and coconut. Our favourite? The Chicken Noodle Soup – a winning combo of the original chicken soup with carrot, celery, and noodles carrying more depth of flavour than you could ever imagine possible!
4.Miso Noodle Bar - Won Ton Soup
Miso Noodle Bar prides in offering pan Asian cuisine focused on Chinese dishes with a modern spin. Their rice dishes, noodles and dim sum (try the Mini Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf with chicken and pork) are packed with flavour, and their soups are heavenly. You can try the Char Sui, with thinly sliced Cantonese roast pork, their signature Miso Choice with almost everything you can hope for: chicken, beef, char sui, duck and prawn all in one. Make sure you try our pick: the Won Ton Soup, with delicately prepared prawn and pork dumplings, served in a marvellous broth with Chinese leaves, mangetout, Chinese mushrooms, spring onion, bean sprouts, coriander and of course, ramen noodles. Does it get any better than that?
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