by Kristy Kim
What better time to talk about soups than in fall? Whether it be thick or clear, spicy or sour, translucent or chunky, soups are definitely a worthy topic to talk about. On a rainy day, the first thing you want would be to cozy up in your room with a bowl of soup in your hands. But why confine yourself with the basic kinds of soups when you can explore and expand your love to other kinds of soups from other cultures?
Our first soup is from Thailand and is called Tom Yum soup. I first tried this soup when I traveled to Thailand with my family in 2016. This soup was found in nearly every restaurant, and was packed with intense flavors. It is a spicy soup mixed with lemons, so you can really taste the citrus flavor. Mixing citrus and spice together was a new experience, but definitely one worth trying. This soup will also be a hit for those of you who enjoy seafood, because it is typically filled with shrimp and various vegetables.
Pozole soup is from Mexico, and definitely a comfort food to eat on a gloomy day. This soup is more chunky and packed with pork, chillies, onions, cabbage, radishes, and more spices that just make you feel so loved and nourished. You can eat this soup with tortilla chips or bread or even on its own. Either way, it is a winner in all scenarios.
Pho is the go-to soup to eat on a rainy day. It originated from Vietnam, and it is a noodle soup, which makes it ten times better to slurp while it is raining outside. The best part of eating this soup is by putting hoisin sauce or sriracha on top of it. You can even customize the spice levels to your likings. This soup will most likely be available in every Vietnamese restaurant you encounter, and definitely worth your time and money in trying some out during this fall season.
Pumpkin soup just screams October. What better way to end your day than with some pumpkin soup after a long day at the pumpkin patch! This soup originates from Australia, and can be found all over the US today. Not only is it tasty, but it is filled with so many health benefits because of how nutritious it is. Pumpkins are low in calories and high in Vitamins A, C, and other antioxidants, which will boost your immune system. It is a very simple soup to make, and you can pair it with bread on the side or a nice grilled cheese sandwich.
Lastly, we have a soup all the way from North Africa, Guatemala, and Peru to really bring fall to its full potential. Butternut Squash soup is one of our favorite soups, and it is the soup you look forward to after a long week of midterms. This soup also contains antioxidants and potassium, which is good for lowering blood pressure. It is a creamy soup packed with butternut squash, nutmeg, broth, garlic, and all the good stuff to satisfy your stomach. If you ever feel homesick or under the weather, try out this soup and you’ll jump right back into that fall spirit!