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copied as an idea from the Wash DC/Balt board...who has the best soup? What is the restaurant & what is the soup? (or chili)

My favorite are ANY from Carmine's in Narberth- they have all been delicious! I always get the tasting menu so I can't recall exact kinds

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  1. Shrimp wonton from Lakeside Deli
    Matzoh Ball from Kibbitz
    Village Pea from Rangoon
    Canh Chua Tom Cay from Hoa Viet
    Most of the Pho's from Pho Cali

    maybe the Jambalaya from Grace's Tavern, though of arguable soupiness

    still haven't gotten around to trying the menudo at La Lupe's, that's next on my soup list.

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    1. re: joypirate

      oooh, and I forgot that, "Tasty Place" the little place in the basement of the Chinatown mall at 143 n 11th regularly has a 'soup of the day' that's usually really, really good and ridiculously authentic (beef knuckle w/melon, that kind of thing).

      1. re: joypirate

        one more, the Java Mee from Banana Leaf. Shrimp, thick noodles, a heavily spiced almost-gravy consistency broth (in a good way, I promise), a sliced hard-boiled egg for good measure, topped with a scallion-pancake-ish thing and some fried onions. tasty.

      2. re: joypirate

        stopped by Kibbitz Saturday after RTM and picked up some matzoh ball soup- best one I've tasted out around here that's not homemade-thanks!

      3. and forgot to mention Hot & Sour from Lee How Fook! although I'm sure someone would mention it.

        1. I haven't been there in awhile, but Cucina Forte has a wonderful soup. I think it's called Maria's special soup or something like that. Anyone?

          1. Tom Ka Gai, Chiken and Coconut Milk at Siam Cuisine. There are also some winners at Rangoon (both Chinatown)

            1. Sank Kee's Wanton Duck Noodle both at the Reading Terminal and in China Town is my favorite( next to my own home made Matzoh Ball and Mexican Turkey Albondigas soup )that I have ever had.My entire family is nutty for this soup and we drive from all over the Phila. area to have a bowl.

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              1. re: missclaudy

                OOOPS! That's Sang Kee not Sank Kee.

                1. re: missclaudy

                  I assume it's also "wonton" soup, though the idea of soup made of wanton duck is strangely appealing ;-)

                  1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                    Yeah, wanton ducks are the most delicious albeit hard to find and usually very ornary. I MUST learn how to spell one of these days.

              2. Sang Kee in Wynnewood has excellent wonton noodle soup too. Tonight mine had lots of round, light wontons, chopped chinese greens, fresh noodles, and large chunks of roast duck.
                I sat at the bar had a communal meal with former strangers, passing dishes and tips to eachother. We sat in view of the steaming, sizzling kitchen. An experience full of heart.

                1. Of the non-Asian place soups, I've never been let down by the soups at N. 3rd. The chef comes up with new ones nightly, and last night there were 3 options: a spicy gaspacho, a tomato bisque with garlic croutons and parmesan, and a split pea with bacon and chives. With the dreary, cool weather, my wife and I tried the two hot soups. The tomato bisque was outstanding, with big chunks of ripe tomatoes throughout. The split pea contained a nice amount of smokey bacon and was very good. Washing it down with a Sly Fox stoudt was the perfect match for a damp, cool night. I had a sweet potato soup there last fall that I still think about. Definitely worth checking out, and at $5 for a very big bowl, they're a good bargain.

                  1. Carmine's in Narberth once did a cold Watermelon and crab soup that kicked-ass!! Havent caught it again in recent visits, but when its onthe menu..get it!

                    1. Cream of Mushroom at Friday Saturday Sunday.

                      1. I see your cream of mushroom, and I raise you one at Rose Tattoo (which is way better than FriSatSunday's version, IMHO)

                        so look, though, none of you have provided ample recommendations for tastey soup near 17th and market - what are you waiting for - what about my lunchtime needs? :)

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                        1. re: rumdrinks

                          Tasty Korean soups from Miran at 21st and Chestnut. Too far?

                          Also in the soup thread, I'd add the best value is the $1 bowl of congee from Greenland Tea House on 210 North 9th Street (preserved duck egg, roast pork and scallions).

                        2. what's korean soup like? maybe i'll hold out for the NEW korean at 16th and Sansom (Gigi? Giwi? I forget its name) - sched to open this week.

                          21 and Chestnut isn't too far - but i guess during the day I fear actually taking lunch - 3 blocks is the farthest I can go. :(

                          congee makes me think of gelatin - so this $1 congee does nothing for me (esp with that egg action).