10 Tasty Asian Soups to Keep You Warm Over the Holidays

By Amanda Walujono

On those blistering cold nights, a steaming hot bowl of soup is the tastiest cure to the shivers and well, almost everything else right?  Now that the chilly weather is in full steam (sorry) ahead, here are ten different Asian soups, from the popular to the underrated, that you should try eating and possibly try making this winter!


1. Kuy Teav


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A Cambodian delicacy, kuy teav, is a Camobidan Chinese pork noodle soup made from a clear broth and flat rice noodles.  Kuy teav is usually enjoyed as a breakfast dish from street vendors, but we feel that its comfort will last throughout the day!




2. Soba


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Unlike the popular ramen, soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour.  Soba can be a year round dish and is typically served either hot and in a soup for winter or chilled with a dipping sauce for summer.  Soba also differs from udon in that soba noodles are thin while udon noodles are genuinely thicker.


3. Laksa


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A spicy Malayasian-Chinese fusion dish.  There are three main types of laksa: curry laksa, asam laksa, and sarawak laksa.  Curry laksa has a coconut curry base, while asam laksa has a sourfish soup base, and sarawak has a sambal belacan, a Malaysian chilli condiment, base.  No matter what type of laksa you choose, it’s sure to give you a kick!


4. Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup (also known as Hong Shao Niu Rou Mian)


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There are many different types of beef noodle soups out there.  However, the red-braised beef noodle soup was invented by Chinese refugees in Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War.  Today, Taiwan considers this red-braised beef noodle soup a national dish. With it’s tender beef and spicy broth, it is sure to be a comfort during those chilly months.

5. Tong Sui

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Tong Sui, also known as Tim Tong, literally means “sugar water” in Cantonese and is a soup dessert that is a Cantonese delicacy.  There are a variety of Tong Sui, including Black Sesame Paste, Egg Tong Sui, and Red Bean Soup.


6. Bakmi Ayam


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Bakmi ayam, or often shortened to mei ayam, is an Indonesian noodle soup that is very simple, but delicious.  The main ingredients are wheat noodles, chinese bok choy (cabbage), and slices of chicken and mushroom.  Eaten separately or together with the broth, the soup is delicious either way!




7. Sinigang


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Sinigiang is a Filipino dish.  A tamarind-based soup, Sinigiang is usually sour because of ingredients such as guava and ripe mango.





8. Soondobu Jigae


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Soondubu jjigae is a spicy Korean tofu soup.  It’s typically served in a hot stone pot with other dishes such as rice, meat, or banchan on the side.





9. Milagu Rasam


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Milagu Rasam is a pepper tamarind-based South Indian soup.  Supposedly, both the black pepper and tamarind are natural heat-inducing ingredients for the body.  Either way, milagu rasam is a tasty method to staying warm!



10. Bun Mang Vit

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Pho is probably the most famous Vietnamese soups, but Bun Mang Vit, a duck and noodle soup, is also another tasty option!  The main ingredients here are duck, bamboo shoots, and vermicelli noodles.  The addition of lemongrass, ginger, and chili give this soup a nice kick.



What soups will you be eating?