Try a Strange Soup on Your Travels
If you have grown up with classic British tinned soups like Cream of Tomato and Chicken Broth then you might be surprised to find how many weird and wonderful varieties of soup there are in other parts of the world. The following are a few to look out for.
Mexico is a country with a lot of food which the typical British tourist won’t be used to. Even if you are a local in your town’s Mexican restaurant it won’t fully prepare you for what you will find once you get here. F or example, a classic soup eaten here is called menudo. The name makes it sound pretty harmless but the fact that the main ingredient is a cow’s stomach makes it sound just a little bit more worrying. The stomach gets boiled for hour after hour and you might find some hot chilli peppers in their as well.
Bird’s Nest Soup, China
You have presumably heard of this soup before but have you ever stopped to think about how they make it. It has been a hugely popular soup in China for centuries and basically involves putting a bird’s nest into a pot of boiling water. It seems that the bird’s saliva gives the soup a thick consistency. As you can imagine, it is also a bit of an acquired taste, The fact that it is also pretty expensive might be enough to you off trying it, although it would be a memorable meal in one way or another if you tried it.
Deer Placenta Soup, China
We might as well stay in China for the next strange soup on the list. Deer placenta is said to be very chewy and it is a bit of an unexpected addition to the world of soups if we are being honest. It is popular due to the fact that it is said to give you improved health, vitality and libido. If you can forget for a few minutes what it contains you might be surprised at how much you like it.
This soup is a popular birthday treat in Korea but you might come across it even if you aren’t celebrating your birthday while you are there. It is made of edible seaweed. In fact, the plant typically used is one which his called sea mustard in English. Mothers who have recently given birth are also given this, due to the high amount of calcium it contains.
If you are ever in Tanzania then this soup is a popular breakfast treat you might want to try. Like the Mexican menudo, it contains cow stomach but there is more to supu than just that. You will also find the likes of the cow’s tongue, goat lungs and maybe even a head or a hoof in there. The look of it might put you off but try it once and you could find that you enjoy it even more than the British soups you are used to slurping.
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