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Soup, Chowder and Chili Recipes

We became huge fans of Laksa (Malaysian curry noodle soup) when traveling through Malaysia and Singapore. This creamy noodle soup is full of spicy exotic flavors, such as lemongrass and creamy coconut milk, that we have come to crave when in Southeast Asia.   We quickly discovered that we weren’t alone in our adoration for this …

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Sausage Kale Potato Soup, or Caldo Verde, is a popular Portuguese soup recipe whose name translates simply to “green broth.” The soup gets its characteristic green color from hearty green leafy vegetables in the cabbage family (forms of kale or collard greens are often used). It gets its rich creamy texture from potatoes and a …

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Sopa de Lima Yucateca is a traditional Chicken Lime Soup from Mexico’s Yucatan region. It is similar to the better known Chicken Tortilla Soup but adds a fresh citrus flavor with the liberal use of fresh lime. The limes used in the Yucatan Peninsula for this soup are a variety called “lima agria”  or bitter …

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Supa Topcheta, or Bulgarian Meatball Soup, is a favorite traditional Bulgarian dish and comfort food at its best.   The hearty soup is filled with vegetables and meatballs made with a combination of pork and beef. There are many variations of the recipe, some using rice, and different vegetables such as tomatoes or chicken instead of …

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Hot Pot (or similarly Japanese Shabu-Shabu) is actually a fondue. Vegetables, thinly sliced meats, and often noodles and/or dumplings, are added to a pot with boiling broth.  Each person sharing the fondue adds their own ingredients to the broth. Food can be rescued by using a small wire basket or just cooked by “swishing” it …

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We came across this thick smoky bean soup (grah i varivah) while traveling through Croatia. Grah translates literally to “bean” which is the principal ingredient.  The Croatian Bean Soup (or stew – varivah) gets its rich flavor from smoked meat and paprika, along with a favorite spice blend used in Croatia called Vegeta. Vegeta is …

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