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Jan 25, 2008 11:28 AM

Your Favorite places for Soup

On a day like to day what could be better and wanting the more healthy type-

I heard about the vegetable lentil soup at my neighborhood place called Tabou but never tried it. I did today simply amazed that all this time there is one of the best homemade soups to be had 1/2 block from my house. This is a true Middle Eastern ( Lebanese) classic soup- clear broth with a hint of lemon, the perfect amount of yellow lentils not too many, potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, parsley, rice and sprinkled with a smoky chili powder…heaven. No salt or pepper needed

I liked the onion at Liverpool Lil’s last I was there.

The chicken soup at Genova Deli in Oakland, it can be a bit salty.

The Harvest Market has the basis for good healthy soups, but I find they all can use lots of seasoning.

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  1. On days like this my favorite thing to have has always been a nice big bowl of Pho. Not exactly healthy perhaps but comforting.

    I also like the various soups at Daimo in Richmond, the wonton noodle, chicken corn soup or the seafood combination.

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      1. re: Lori SF

        My current Oakland favorite is Pho King on International and Huong Tra on San Pablo Ave in Richmond.

        They both remind me of my mother's homemade Pho broth, nice quantity of noodles and meat in their Pho Dac Biet, Pho Ga. Pho King's Pho Bo Kho is decent and Huong Tra has some good Goi Cuon.

        1. re: nicedragonboy

          Huong Tra gives a nice quantity of noodles/meat? Have they changed owners? I've been there a few times and have never felt that way. I usually end up at Pho Hoa Thai down the street now. Plus, Huong Tra is closed on Sundays.

          1. re: kc72

            That's funny, I've had the opposite experience at these two places. I felt like I got a bit gyped the last time I was at Pho Hoa Thai.

          2. re: nicedragonboy

            I tried Pho King today and thought their Pho Tai Chin was pretty good. The broth had a bit more clove than I like, but it also had nice depth and lightness.

            The garnishes were very fresh and helped enhance the broth, whereas other broths are so heavy, the garnishes do nothing frankly. I especially liked the Ngo Gai (culantro), I thought it cut the clove flavor and complimented the soup very well. Not many places serve this really.

            Noodles were perfect and steak and brisket were nice and tender.

      2. I know this might not necessarily be along the healthy lines (at least in terms of salting and seasoning) but I always feel Chef Leary at Canteen makes the best soup! I've loved each one I've tried there. Always full body and rich. But like I said, some may consider it too salty and therefore not healthy.

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        1. re: singleguychef

          never tried the soup when I ate there, next time.

        2. I've had some good soups at Soop in the gourmet ghetto (Berkeley). With 6 choices daily, there's bound to be one that's to one's liking, and they let you try before you buy.

          1. I love the samusa soup at Burma Superstar. Yummie House also serves amazing noodles soups, which are rich in flavor and spiciness. Lastly, Golden Era makes a veggie pho to die for. All are perfect (and vegetarian) for cold (as in temperature or sickness!) days:)

            Burma Superstar Restaurant
            309 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

            Yummie House
            6903 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA

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            1. re: rahir

              I'll second the samosa soup at BSS, as well as the catfish curry soup at Inya Lake, the Pho Ga at Turtle Tower, the Pho Bo at PPQ, and whatever homemade concoction they happen to be serving at Starvin' Marvin's.

              Turtle Tower Restaurant
              5716 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

              PPQ Vietnamese Cuisine
              1816 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

              Starvin Marvin
              932 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

              1. re: rahir

                I had the samusa soup at Burma Superstar very recently, and I don't get it. I think it's dull and the samusas in the soup have a very unpleasing texture. That said, my dining companions really liked it.

                I've been enjoying the noodle soup for lunch recently at Angkor Borei.

                We recently tried the seafood noodle soup at Red House Bakery and thought it was very good. The addition of peanuts was great.

                Angkor-Borei Restaurant
                3471 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                Red House Bakery
                2818 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA

                1. re: Atomica

                  Red House Bakey sound interesting, never heard of it.

                  1. re: Lori SF

                    We've started going there a lot for green onion buns and pork buns, mostly. A recent order of mapo tofu (eaten in-house) was very good as well.

              2. Golden Era details

                Golden Era Vegetarian
                572 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102