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The best noodle soups in the world

Updated on May 6, 2011

Best noodle soups in the world

I am a Filipino who grew up eating noodle soup or just soup. Noodles and its derivative, the soup is part of Asian meal. My mother always cook it, everyday and I always anticipate it, however, I miss the way my mother cooks my favorite chicken noodle soup when I came to the city to study. I stayed in the dormitory, was fifteen by then. Nobody would cook for me during those times and we are not allowed to cook at that place. I would buy instant noodle soup, stock them, and eat once in the morning when I wake up, specially when I don’t have coffee to perk me up. Well, I can also eat them during the day, and it served as my meal.

During weekends, I will visit some relatives and eat at their house, still, I will look for noodles. Noodle soups are good specially during cold weathers, so I eat two noodle soups (two times) during the cold season. It is not so cold anyway in a tropical country, but I guess I am just too thin growing up, so I need some kind of warm food, to keep me warm of course. It has been my favorite food until now. I prefer cooked noodles unlike the packaged one available anywhere in markets and stores. The instant noodles soup available at the markets are little bit salty and have many preservatives on it. After eating noodles soup, it is good to follow it up with water, warm so that your teeth will not be affected by the sudden change of temperature from warm to cold.

Every year during my birthday too, I will cook something with noodles on it. It is believed that it is a good luck to have a long life.

During my travel abroad, I always look for noodle soups or just soup, I discovered it is not available in all parts of the world, and I had to contend with soups without noodles, that will do for me. But I can say i am a bit blessed because there are numerous Asian restaurants here in the US. I like rice noodles, yakisoba (buckwheat), or ramen noodles, anything which is noodles anyway.

Filipino chicken Mami soup, picture courtesy of http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_1V3rDVgiJyg/RXT2ka82DJI/AAAAAAAAAAU/oIVAn6gLgV0/s400/mamisoup7.jpg
Filipino chicken Mami soup, picture courtesy of http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_1V3rDVgiJyg/RXT2ka82DJI/AAAAAAAAAAU/oIVAn6gLgV0/s400/mamisoup7.jpg

Best noodle soup in the world is mami soup

I love Filipino mami soup a lot because I grew up with it. It is composed of rice noodles soup (Mami) with onion, chicken of course, garlic, cabbage and carrots. You can also put boiled eggs on it, whew, yummy.

I wrote another hub about cooking techniques of noodles here --

Cooking Techniques in Noodle Soup

Tom Yum Kung is a classic spicy Thai soup picture courtesy of http://thaifood.about.com/od/oodlesofnoodles/r/tyumnoodles.htm
Tom Yum Kung is a classic spicy Thai soup picture courtesy of http://thaifood.about.com/od/oodlesofnoodles/r/tyumnoodles.htm

When I first tasted Tom yum kung soup in a Thai restaurant in my country, I fell in love with it, but the one I tasted in Bangkok Thailand is the best. Food is obviously best when you eat it in their place of origin, (but you cant just simply go to a place just to eat, hmmm, I wish I can be as rich to travel and just eat, any alternative for me is good enough though). In Thailand, they always served noodles at the end of the meal or towards the middle, and noodle soups have some kind of --sweet, bitter, sour, salty and hot--so that the palate is always adequately stimulated. Tom Yum Kung is a classic spicy Thai soup that can be eaten as a complete meal, or as an appetizer. It is my favorite soup, good for colds and immune system. Usually it has fish sauce on it, yummy.

vietnamese pho-beef noodle soup  picture courtesy of http://steamykitchen.com/271-vietnamese-beef-noodle-soup-pho.html
vietnamese pho-beef noodle soup picture courtesy of http://steamykitchen.com/271-vietnamese-beef-noodle-soup-pho.html

Another favorite of mine is Pho Vietnamese beef noodle soup, it is yummy with the condiments, Cock Sauce (Sriracha hot chili sauce) and Hoisin Sauce. It goes with some kind of pho vegetables and herbs (bean sprouts, limes,cilantro or basil) .You can choose whatever veggies you will put into the noodles. Its funny but my other son calls the veggies on it weeds, he asked me once, mommy are they weeds? This noodle soup is awesome too.

Korean sollongtang rice beef noodle soup http://www.trifood.com/sollongtang.html
Korean sollongtang rice beef noodle soup http://www.trifood.com/sollongtang.html

I have also cravings for Korean noodles soup, sollongtang . It is a rice beef noodle soup and it is good as a meal already. It consists of sesame oil and seeds, scallions and you can also put salt and pepper on it, sometimes if you like you can put rice on it too.


Japanese miso soup picturehttp://japanesefood.about.com/od/misosoup/a/aboutmisosoup.htm courtesy of
Japanese miso soup picturehttp://japanesefood.about.com/od/misosoup/a/aboutmisosoup.htm courtesy of

Japanese miso soup is also very nice. A miso is a seasoning with a thick paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt; used in Japanese cooking to make soups or sauces. You can mix broccoli, carrots and noddles to make a noodles miso soup, yummy.

There are lots of other noodles soup variations and you can try them if you want, specially during cold seasons. The once I mentioned here are some of the worlds best noodle soup.

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    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Oh, this Hub is pure comfort food! Yum! So glad you mentioned the boiled eggs in the noodles too - would never have thought of that. My lunch for tomorrow is set - thank you for answering my question.

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      Beth100 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Hey Maita! I have this craving for noodle soup and since I'm at work, I thought I'd just look and try to satisfy my craving!! These look sooooo yummy!! My tummy is rumbling!!!! XD I'm going to hunt down a good tom yum since this is one of my favs! Thanks for the visual lunch! Hope your doing well! ((hugs))

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks Springboard, visit Philippines, You will like it, and I can cook all those noodles, HOORAY, Maita

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      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      These soups look fabulous. Incidentally, quite a few Asian destinations I'd like to visit one day.

    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Yum I love soups too, you have listed some of my favorites (miso and pho beef noodle) I will look for the others. I hear a lot of people talk about The Noodle Company for noodle soups, do you go there Maita? Fun article!

      Ben

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thanks Beth, I love chicken noodle soup, miss it like the way we cook it there, Maita

    • beth811 profile image

      beth811 

      8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      I have always loved noodles esp. with chili in it & are fast & easy to prepare esp. when you're always in a hurry.

      Your hub pics made me drool, lol.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      oh Roman noodles, that is superb too, thanks for the read Janie, do you eat Asian noodles too? Maita

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      Mary Krenz 

      8 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      You have made me very hungry, alas, I will have to settle for Raman noodles. Good hub!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      nice to see you too today, have a great weekend, do you watch football?I came to like it when I came here

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      It's so nice to see you! have a great weekend!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi carolina muscle, you might want to visit again if you have time and resources. You said kumusta I said mabuti naman (I am good). it is almost lunch time now or past, salamat (thanks)

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Kumusta!!

      No... but I loved the people, and the food there!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      oh at Subic, hmmmm, have you gone back there ever since? kumusta means how are you, maybe you know that already...

      have a good day too...

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I was stationed at Subic Bay Navy Base in the 70's... but I know very little Tagalog. Have a great day!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      oh, good day to you carolina muscle, yes you're right,why do you know how to speak in Filipino? magandang umaga din sa iyo, (good morning to you also)

      HMMM yes these noodles are yummy, am hungry now and it is still early, I cook soemtimes when I have ingredients, I go to asian store here and yum yum yum, I love noddles too..

      thanks for dropping by,,,

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I love these soups!! Yum. Great post.

      Maganda umaga, kasing ganda mo !

      (I hope I got this out of my phrasebook right... )

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thanks for dropping by ms maudine, I miss Pinas too, and of course noodles prepared by my mother.

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      maudine_05 

      8 years ago from United States

      I miss "mami" I remember we have this in our "palengke" ...I miss 'Pinas....

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