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favorite soup in philly?

So the weather's turned cold and already I'm thinking of soup. What are some of the best soups in Philly?

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  1. Hands down, the PHO at PHo 75 on Adams Ave. Of course, that PHO is a meal in itself. If it doesn't really cure colds, it sure fools me. I always get #12 large, but others are good also.

    1. I love pho as well. But one of my favorite soups is mushroom bisque. Fri/Sat/Sun and Rose Tatoo have great mushroom bisque.

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      1. re: mschow

        I don't know where you are located but Mediterrranean Grill in Bryn MAwr has really hearty soups -- Lentil and their own special Ashe. A nice bowl of one of those and a pita dipping of their delicious hummus and maybe some stuffed grape leaves, and you've got yourself a lovely lunch.

        1. re: idia

          Love the shrimp noodle soup @ sang kee, or the house special soup which is wontons, shrimp, pork, chicken and veggies and noodles. the broth there is super tasty too. great for the cool weather.

          1. re: hhshames

            I'm going to have to disagree with your comment about the broth (though totally agree that the wontons are great). The broth is good, just not great. All the flavours are there, but there's just a little bit of depth missing, something that comes through more when all you're having is wontons in broth.

            1. re: Ali

              Add a touch of soy, a bit of fresh hot mustard ,and a little chili paste and the flavour of the soup is brought out quite nicely. Try that and tell me you don't like the broth. Certainly I re-season, but I find very few places that season perfectly to my taste.

              1. re: hhshames

                I didn't say I didn't like the broth, simply that I disagree that it is super tasty. Of course you're supposed to re-season, and I most certainly do that, but that doesn't mean that I don't think that homemade is superior, and homemade is what I grew up eating whenever I had wonton soup.

      2. Shrimp dumpling noodle soup at Sang Kee.

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        1. re: hungry100

          Roast pork shrimp dumpling noodle soup from Sang Kee/Pagoda.

        2. Cucina Forte -- I think it's called Maria's soup.

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          1. re: JanR

            It's called Dream soup - or Maria's Dream Soup. I had forgotten about it, but may have to go there this week for some!

            1. re: Bigley9

              YES YES YES!!! i am a soup addict and just tasted this for the first time ever last weekend (shame on me for living around the corner from cucina forte for my whole life/the whole time it's been open). so good that i am going to stop in sometimes this week for a takeout container.

              i also love the thai wonton soup from cafe de laos, the seafood beancurd soup (no mushrooms) from shiao lan kung, marra's escarole soup is a comforting taste from my youth and that might be it for favorites that me and mine don't make.

          2. Pork Noodle Soup at Sang Kee
            Matzoh Ball Soup at Hershels (provided it's fresh)
            Wonton Soup at Lee How Fook

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            1. re: jessicheese

              The hand drawn noodle soup at Nan Zhou is pretty good on a cold day.

              Jessi- is the matzoh ball soup fresher at some times than others at Hershel's?

              1. re: bluehensfan

                It's definitely homemade, but a few times I've wondered if I got the bottom of the pot. Little to no veggies or chicken, or slightly oily. A large soup and a spinach knish is my current go-to lunch and I've had maybe 2 bad bowls out of 10. I will say that when it's on, it's on. Reminds me of my Nana's- not too salty with the taste of dill, flavorful matzoh balls, and a good amount of veggies. Keeps me coming back=)

                1. re: bluehensfan

                  ah good call on Nan Zhou - I don't know how I keep forgetting about that place!

              2. Not a specific soup per se, but N. 3rd has awesome special soups nightly. Some are a little funky, some are updates on classics (I had an amazing Italian wedding soup there, and I was skeptical of even ordering it) ,but they're always good. Call ahead and see what they're serving that night, and take the plunge.

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                1. re: bee cue

                  i've had a couple yummy gazpachos at n3rd... i know, not too in-season! :)

                  several soup faves as of late:
                  the tom yum at the thai place at RTM
                  the sweet & sour tomato soup at vietnam palace
                  the tortilla / avocado / cheese / tomato soup at las cazuelas (was a special for the night)

                  1. re: rabidog

                    oh my goodness how could i have forgotten my favorite soup ever?!??

                    the indonesian tofu soup at pagoda noodle house in old city. why is this place never mentioned here? everything i've had from them is damn good asian comfort food. a great poor man's (or woman's) place, too: the indonesian tofu soup is entirely filling and $6.

                    also recommend the singapore noodles, substituting mei fun for ho fun noodles. that was one of the best asian noodle dishes i have ever had. gingery and lightly spicy and perfectly cooked. perfect with egg and tofu (they are excellent with vegetarian substitutions).

                    perfect date night - go share a bowl of soup (it comes in a BIG bowl and if you say you will share, they will bring 2 smaller bowls), then share a noodle dish, then share the fried banana dessert, then head next door to the ritz east to see the darjeeling limited (your girlfriend will thank you). i highly recommend it all - so much so, that i think i'm going to it again myself tonight!!

                    1. re: rabidog

                      p.s. the indo tofu soup is mad salty. you should know what you are getting yourself into. perfect for those of us who dream of installing a salt lick on our cubicle walls. ;)

                2. Szechuan Tasty House Seafood Hot and Sour Soup. Any of their Hot and Sour soups actually. Best I've had in Chinatown.

                  1. I think I may have found the best soup in Philly, and it s not in China town, but it is Chinese. Just last weekend I went to Hello, in South Philly. This place is fantastic!!!! I had a duck noodle soup that hit the spot. The broth was out of this world delicious. It is on Washington a few blocks Mummers Museum in a strip mall.