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neilmcginnis Aug 21, 2013 02:58 PM

I love soup but I know of very few places to actually get the really good stuff. Please exclude Pho from your listings because even though I really like it, I am currently looking for more intense flavors. I have heard references to TJs Seafood market for chowder but I have not experienced it for myself.
I don't think I have ever had a soup I didn't enjoy, but keep in mind I live an hour south of Dallas so if you send me to a restaurant with just okay soup I am not going to be a happy foodie : )

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    demigodh Aug 21, 2013 03:11 PM

    More info por favor. There are a million soups for different occasions. I'd feel weird recommending menudo from a taqueria, chowder from TJs, and sul lung tang in the same post. Are you looking for a noodle soup as a meal or a soup as a starter? Creamy or a lighter broth? Spicy? Asian? This is just too broad, it's like asking for the best noodle dish in town or the best Asian food. Maybe it would be best to have multiple specific posts?

    All that said, I know you mentioned bold flavors so I will give one recommendation off the bat. Get the consomme at Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo. It is unbelievable. And, it's on the south side of town off 175 so closer for you.

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      twinwillow Aug 21, 2013 03:34 PM

      A big second for the amazing consomme at Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo. Be sure to also try their excellent lamb tacos. Open Sat. & Sun. only and, they're closer to you as they are on the south side of Dallas.
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/barbacoa-estilo-hidalgo-dallas

      I also like the soups served at Celebration (A true gem of a restaurant open 42 years) on Lover's Lane. Especially the Wednesday special, Italian Sausage & Greenbean soup.
      Celebration serves the best "home style" cooking in Dallas using locally sourced food.
      http://www.celebrationrestaurant.com/...

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        Mike C. Miller Aug 24, 2013 02:06 AM

        I can't speak to the Wednesday soup, but I can give a hearty second to the general recommendation of Celebration. I've been eating there since the late 1970's. And I think they're better these days than they've ever been!

        As to soups, I'm very fond of the Tom Kha Gai, a spicy coconut milk soup at Bangkok City Thia in near East Dallas. I think the Gai specifies it's got chicken, but they will ask if you prefer shrimp. I like both, but the shrimp is a bit better IMHO.

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          twinwillow Aug 24, 2013 07:33 AM

          Mike, I also love the Tom Kha soup served at Thai restaurants.
          My favorite is the one served at Si Lom on Oak Lawn. Amazing flavor that's redolent of lemongrass and Thai herbs. Theirs is the only one I've found where the chicken is actually still tender after cooking. However, like yourself, prefer my Tom Kha with shrimp.

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            Mike C. Miller Aug 24, 2013 09:47 PM

            I'll have to admit, that the one drawback of the Tom Kha at Bangkok is that the chicken is too chewy when the soup comes. But it is a very full bodied soup, full of lemongrass and cilantro (and a bit of thai basil) as you describe.

            I'm going to have to try Si Lom soon. Haven't been and it's not that far from my Dallas place. How are their curries, particularly the duck curry?

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              twinwillow Aug 25, 2013 08:24 AM

              I haven't tried the duck curry but I'd like to try it on a future visit. We're usually at Si Lom for lunch and not being a big eater anymore, I will most likely have a large bowl of Tom Kha with shrimp and an appetizer.

              I'd be most eager to have your personal opinion of Si Lom after you've been there. I've read your previous posts and I know you really enjoy a good meal.

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                twinwillow Aug 25, 2013 05:48 PM

                My son and I had a late (3:00) lunch at Si Lom today. We were the only people in the restaurant at the time.

                Aside from the Tom Kha soup and fried corn patties, we also shared an order of the oven roasted garlic basil duck breast and it was fabulous! Loaded with peppers, Thai veggies and plenty of fried basil all sitting in a most delicious sauce.

                After our appetizers, we were served a small complimentary dish of orange sorbet as a palate cleanser. Soooo good!

                After one spoonful, I decided to save mine for dessert.

                We'll try the duck curry next time.

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                  neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 09:24 AM

                  that all sounds delicious.. I think I will put that on my list

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                neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 11:18 AM

                I was asking for lots of flavor so it sounds great.. thai people might even enjoy the chewy chicken in the soup although i'm not thai. lol
                I think I may go this week to get that soup

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          neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 07:13 AM

          I see what you mean although my interests are so varied that I would be content with whatever you deemed worthy of mentioning despite the vastness of the category.
          I would love you to recommend menudo, chowder and sul lung tang whatever the hell that is... I like creamy AND light.. I appreciate the dynamics of both and I have no problem eating chowder in the dead heat of summer. lol. If you think they are amazing soups then it doesn't matter what type really.. I haven't had as good of luck with my asian soups because they are usually sublte flavors.. What i've had so far anyway. The only asian soup flavors that were intense that I have experienced were the thai coconut curry which explains my interest in that particular flavor combination.
          Ok I will go to Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo then next.

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            demigodh Aug 22, 2013 11:56 AM

            I guess I just eat a lot of soup so i need more specific direction. I had Bun Bo Hue at Pho Tay Do (that was fun to type) today for lunch. I had Wonton Soup from Lucky City Chinese BBQ yesterday. I had sweet corn soup with blue crab at Boulevardier on Sunday. This is a typical week, there are a TON of soup options.

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              neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 12:09 PM

              You are very anal when it comes to food.. I mean that in the best possible way. A perfectionist. That sweet corn soup with blue crab sounds great.. is that only for lunch? I have never had a wonton soup that I thought was very good but i'm open to it. What the hell is bun bo hue? Sounds like you are living the life of food luxury and i'm stuck here in a food desert. lol. I am jealous

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                neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 12:18 PM

                hhmm.. I do see why you want me to be more specific and i wish i could.
                Which one of these soups would you drive an hour for? Maybe that will narrow it down? I would be going to a different place every day if I could and then I wouldn't be so picky about where I go and what I try. I'm not sure how to narrow it down other than intensity of flavor or how unusual the ingredients are, such as menudo, because I like all types of cuisine. We do have a few good mexican restaurants down here so that is the only food i usually don't go for when in dallas but if you vouch for it then I am going to check it out, like the consomme.

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                  demigodh Aug 22, 2013 01:01 PM

                  Ha! I am anal in the sense that I want the best version of whatever it is I'm eating. From what I gather, the consomme is right up your alley (if you like an intense lamb flavor) and is worth the drive. You'll be very satisfied.

                  The sweet corn soup was a brunch item. I wasn't crazy about it but it had a very generous serving of crab.

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                    neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 01:30 PM

                    You already have me sold on that one. I have made plans to get the consomme by 12 on Saturday and take it home with me for the weekend. I am excited even though you are scaring me with intense lamb flavor. lol. I have had good lamb and bad lamb but i'm sure this will be good and I can't wait.
                    I still welcome more suggestions.. Most of the time I am in Dallas early, between lunch time and dinner.

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                      twinwillow Aug 22, 2013 01:41 PM

                      Aside from Richardson's, First Chinese BBQ's famous killer, shrimp won-ton soup, they do a fabulous chicken corn chowder. We love it! If you go, be sure and ask for chopped cilantro added to the soup.

                      http://www.google.com/search?client=s...

                      I forgot to mention, they're CASH ONLY!

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                        LewisvilleHounder Aug 22, 2013 01:53 PM

                        I have had the shrimp wonton soup from every First Chinese BBQ in the metroplex less the one in Arlington and it has just been okay. I keep trying it to see what it is about the soup that I am missing. I still have yet to find why it is popular. I get the whole fresh wonton thing but really the soup hasn't been built up with tons of shrimp stock to develop flavor.

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                          demigodh Aug 22, 2013 02:48 PM

                          @LH go to lucky city. way better wonton soup. Also, haven't been yet but the same friend who pointed me towards lucky city just told me about a new place that he's liking more. I think it's called Sin Lok Kee

                          @neil brush up on your spanish, they don't speak much english there.

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              neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 07:17 AM

              I have never had a soup I thought was too spicy so by all means recommend spicy.
              Where is this menudo and chowder you were referring to? lol.
              I have not yet had menudo but I know what it is but I wanted to have a good first experience with it at a quality restaurant.

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                neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 02:54 PM

                Feel free to include Stews as well as soups. since I was not making a distinction.

              2. Veggo Aug 21, 2013 03:22 PM

                I have had the tortilla soup at the Blue Goose Cantina in Addison about 50 times. It's a good meal.

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                  neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 07:01 AM

                  I do love tortilla soup but I have had MANY different versions and most are just okay. Is this one worth me putting it on my list?

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                    Veggo Aug 22, 2013 07:09 AM

                    I think so. Lots of chicken, tasty stock, the tortilla strips, avocado slices, and sour cream come on the side and you add them to your taste. I skip the sour cream. It's a meal.

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                      neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 07:14 AM

                      Cool. Thanks for the tip

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                        Veggo Aug 22, 2013 07:22 AM

                        P.S. The Blue Goose has several locations. I have only been to the Addison one, the Highland Park one may be more convenient for you.

                2. c oliver Aug 21, 2013 08:47 PM

                  OT but the pho I make is intensely flavored. Maybe you should look around and see it you can find some like that.

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                    neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 07:01 AM

                    Pho you make yourself? Well that doesn't help me unless you are a chef for hire. lol.
                    Please tell me where I can buy this pho and I will check it out. The only pho I have had was at Pho Bang and i loved it but not intense enough flavors for me. I was directed to Pho Bang as one of the better Pho places although I suspect you may have something to say that's contradictory.

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                      Veggo Aug 22, 2013 07:13 AM

                      The DFW area has some significant Asian communities, notably Chinese and Indian, but fewer Vietnamese in my experiences.

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                        c oliver Aug 22, 2013 08:02 AM

                        I don't think you could afford me :) Here's an article that might give you some ideas:

                        http://www.dmagazine.com/Home/D_Magaz...

                        By intensely flavored, I mean there's lot going on flavor-wise, not something spicy.

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                          neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 08:26 AM

                          Well if you are ever interested in doing some "pro bono" work then let me know. lol.
                          Intensely flavored is good, doesn't have to make me sweat.

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                      neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 07:16 AM

                      FYI.
                      I don't mind for my soups to make me sweat.. in fact I usually prefer that they do although it's not a mandatory requirement.
                      One reason I love soups so much is because I can order them to take home and they can be just as good or better the next day, generally speaking. And in this way I can eat good at home despite living in the middle of nowhere. The next goal is that I teach myself to cook these soups but sometimes it requires so much effort it is worth purchasing from people who do it professionally.

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                        twinwillow Aug 22, 2013 08:14 AM

                        Although with a few exceptions like Bamabu, I am not a huge fan of Thai food. However, I find the
                        Tom Kha lemongrass coconut soup served at Si Lom on Oak Lawn in Dallas to be extraordinary.

                        Very deeply flavored with lemongrass and made spicy hot to your specification. A large bowl with shrimp with a side of corn patties and I'm a very happy camper.
                        http://www.silomdallas.com/
                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/si-lom-dallas

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                          neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 08:17 AM

                          That sounds delicious... It's on my list

                      2. LewisvilleHounder Aug 22, 2013 11:46 AM

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/484930

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/630298

                        Here are two previous threads I either started or commented on. Also I can't tell you if it is just an okay soup or not that is a personal judgment. What I like demigodh might not like.

                        I had an awesome soup recently at a Laotian restaurant in FW that was so simple, Chicken stock, daikon radish and green onion tops....that is it but I liked the simplicity and depth of the flavor that was there.

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                          neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 12:39 PM

                          That sounds very tasty but I would prefer to be wowed with the flavor, i'm not sure i have yet evolved my palette enough to fully appreciate simplicity in my dishes. Right now i'm still looking for a slap in the face but i'm young so I suspect I will keep changing and will learn to appreciate simple ingredients more so. Right now i'm fascinated with experiencing foods I am unfamiliar with but eventually i will be familiar with all foods and then I must learn to appreciate the simplest of fresh ingredients but until then I might prefer complex over simple.

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                          gavlist Aug 22, 2013 12:51 PM

                          FT33 had a magnificent celery root soup, topped with tiny rye croutons and drizzled with hay-infused oil. It's no longer on the menu... but it (or something like it) will probably be back.

                          I also really like the french onion soup at Boulevardier.

                          And, don't know if it's what you have in mind, but... sambar is somewhere between a soup and a sauce. The version at Saravana Bhavan (served on vada) is the best I've had in the area.

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                            neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 01:11 PM

                            the celery root soup sounds very intriguing and right up my alley since it's unusual. Thanks for the tease. lol.
                            If possible I would prefer a cheap place with no atmosphere that makes great food. I only say this because I would like to purchase some soup and take it home with me to Hillsboro and eat on it for the weekend. Soup at FT33 sounds amazing and I will probably check them out soon but I can't go to a place like that without spending a lot of money. So even though that dish may be cheap I will spend all my money on other stuff there too so I need to try and concentrate on places where food is reasonably priced. Neighborhood secret type places like the consomme at the barbacoa place people mentioned.

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                              air Aug 22, 2013 01:31 PM

                              While I don't disagree with you on the dish, Saravana Bhavan is probably not a place that OP will like in general based on past threads on preferences. I say this because they're 100% vegetarian - but hey, I could be wrong.

                              I mentioned bun bo hue in another thread and I like that suggestion. I'd also look at kimchi jjigae for an intense soup. Unfortunately, the place I liked next to Hmart doesn't look like it's around anymore and I'm also in search of a replacement in the area.

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                                neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 01:46 PM

                                Thanks for helping sir.. Can you explain to me in laymen's terms what bun bo hue and kimchi jjigae are?

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                                  air Aug 22, 2013 02:33 PM

                                  Bun bo hue: Vietnamese soup with vermicelli flavored with fermented shrimp and congealed pig blood.

                                  Kimchi jjigae: Korean soup with tofu flavored with kimchi and other vegetables.

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                                    neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 02:38 PM

                                    They both sound very unique and delicious. I do like tofu so that sounds worth trying.

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                                  LewisvilleHounder Aug 22, 2013 01:50 PM

                                  Was this To Dam Gol that was next to H Mart?

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                                    air Aug 22, 2013 02:32 PM

                                    Yeah it's To Dam Gol. The place there now is nowhere near as good.

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                                      demigodh Aug 22, 2013 02:59 PM

                                      Agreed, the new place is terrible. I don't have a new jjigae spot but am always looking for one.

                                      However, a few doors down from old To Dam Gol is WD Smoke which I've been loving lately. And, to stay on topic, they have a Korean sausage stew that is great. It fits all of the requests: bizarre (blood sausage and other offal), intense flavor, and relatively cheap.

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                                        neilmcginnis Aug 23, 2013 08:12 AM

                                        Thanks for meeting all the criteria : )
                                        That sounds perfect.
                                        I hear from the reviews (yelp) that WS Smoke also has good kimchi jjigae? Is that true? What is the name of korean sausage stew? I ask because some places they don't speak english so makes it hard for me to communicate what I want.
                                        On a similar matter, can anyone recommend somewhere for me to go tonight after work? It would be for about 7:30. Is WD Smoke open until then?

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                                          air Aug 23, 2013 09:05 AM

                                          Yeah they'll be open, go on and give that a shot. Believe the sausage one is soondae bokum.

                              2. LewisvilleHounder Aug 22, 2013 01:49 PM

                                I can't really place any soup that I would drive an hour for. I have had many great soups and most are part of an entire great meal experience.

                                Some that stick out were the following:
                                Summer squash soup at Lola (closed)…might be some of the same soups at Lucia in Dallas
                                English green pea soup during RW 2009 at the Mansion at Turtle Creek in Dallas

                                Soup that are simple that I do like but might not be worthy of an hour long drive:
                                Sinigang (Tamarind Savory Soup) at Palayok in Plano (again some Filipino spots in Grand Prairie that are popping up recently)
                                Sambar (thin Lentil soup) and Rasam (Tamarind Soup) and eaten with idly (Steamed lentil cakes) at Saravanaa Bhavan in Irving/Valley Ranch
                                Chupe de Camarones (Peruvian Shrimp Stew) at Inca’s Café & Lounge in Carrollton
                                Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque at Whole Foods
                                Potato Soup at Everything German in Bedford
                                Beans at Adobo Puerto Rican Café in Irving
                                Gaeng Nor Mai Som (Fermented Bamboo Soup) at Bambu in Richardson
                                New England Clam Chowder and Seafood Gumbo at TJ’s Seafood Market in Dallas
                                Fresh Sweet Corn soup with peach bitters, Spanish chorizo, house crème fraiche and corn foam at Restaurant Ava in Rockwall (closed)
                                Chilpachole at Mesa in Dallas
                                Minestrone Soup at Two Guys from Italy in Dallas
                                Spicy Beef Noodle Soup at Noodle House in Plano
                                Consommé at Birreria Y Taqueria Colima in Lewisville…haven’t had it yet at Estilio Hidalgo

                                Dishes that really aren't soups but I like:
                                Pozole - Verde or Rojo...found a friend at work that makes that or I get it at Gorditas Aguascalientes on Bissonet in Houston….yes it is that good that I save it for my Houston trips
                                Gaeng Som (Thai Fermented Bamboo Shoot Curry) at Jasmine Thai - Spring Creek and Custer in Plano
                                Dwejigogi Soondubu (Spicy Tofu Stew with Pork) at To Dam Gol in Carrollton
                                Haleem (Chicken and Lentil stew...real thick) at Lal Qila in Carrollton
                                Beef Nihari (Beef shank in a spicy gravy) at Lal Qila in Carrollton
                                Dinuguan (Pork Blood Stew) at Palayok in Plano....might be some closer spots in S. Grand Prairie that has this
                                Gaeng Hoi Bai Chapoo (Snail Curry with Betel Leaves) at Bambu in Richardson
                                Chargrilled Point Judith Squid Shiitake Mushrooms, Thai Chile, Taosted Chili and Tom Yum Gai broth at Driftwood in Dallas
                                Sweet Corn Panna Cotta from Mansion at Turtle Creek at D Magazine 100 Best Restaurant Party at Trinity Groves in Dallas
                                Chinese Five Spice Braised Pork Belly with Bamboo Shoots at Senmiya in Plano
                                Ma Po Tofu at Little Sichuan in Plano
                                Arroz a la Tumbada at Mesa in Dallas
                                Goulash at Jorg’sCafe Vienna in Plano

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                                  neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 01:57 PM

                                  Technically I drive an hour mainly to buy groceries and I also go out to eat. Those sound like really good suggestions and I appreciate the effort it took to post that. I printed the list and it will be taken with me next time I go to Dallas.
                                  Maybe i should start a new thread that asks "What food would you drive an hour for??" But then you guys would get on to me for being too general : )
                                  One problem with the really nice restaurants is the damn menu always changes. Of course that is good and bad.
                                  I picked soups as a topic just because I usually enjoy them and that was a way to narrow down the suggestions since I have been accused of being too vague on multiple instances.

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                                    air Aug 22, 2013 02:34 PM

                                    Being specific is necessary in this forum to nail down what people are looking for. The more specific you are, the better suggestions become.

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                                      neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 02:44 PM

                                      Unfortunately the meals are separated in my head by how tasty they are, not by what type of cuisine, thus being specific for me is somewhat difficult since I really do not care what type of cuisine you choose. I just want the best of the best in DFW, no matter what ethnic background that may be. I also welcome you to include Waco suggestions but I don't think they have much.

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                                        demigodh Aug 22, 2013 03:08 PM

                                        I understand it's hard to request a specific dish when you don't know what you don't know. That said, this is too broad. Think of anything specific and start there (e.g., best cream based soup, korean soup, latin soup, herbaceous soup, spicy soup etc...). Next time ask for something else. It's not like you're gonna hit all these soup places this one weekend anyways right.

                                        As an aside, I hope you don't take this personally. I feel that you have personally energized the Dallas forum and that's great.

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                                          neilmcginnis Aug 23, 2013 07:04 AM

                                          seriously? ok you sound a little grumpy... I honestly never considered that SOUP would be too broad of a category. I feel like I am being scolded by a teacher but you are helping me so ok.
                                          Please don't assume I won't go to all these places in one weekend because stranger things have been done by me. I also like to have back ups because I have followed someone's lead before and later realized the place was closed at that time of the day and had incorrect hours posted on website. I have also come across a place that was then closed permanently and I stupidly didn't check before going so there are a few reasons I need a couple of options. FYI. I go to 3 different grocery stores when grocery shopping so I may be weird like that.
                                          Anything Asian should probably be in a category of it's own so maybe we can remove that genre to narrow it down.
                                          How about the best cream based soup and the best spicy soup? That sounds good. But this is hard for me because I honestly do not care what type of food it is, I only care that it is as good as that type of food gets. My brain categorizes food by how good it tastes, not what ethnicity or background it's from so this goes against my grain. If something is truly remarkable, like the consomme must be, then tell me. That seems to be so universal I can almost guarantee I will like it and that is all I am looking for.
                                          Also I may decide to go out Saturday and Sunday and over the weekend nobody answers my posts so I will be out of luck unless I get a few options now.

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                                  neilmcginnis Aug 22, 2013 02:45 PM

                                  FYI.
                                  I don't mind for my soups to make me sweat.. in fact I usually prefer that they do although it's not a mandatory requirement.

                                  1. jinet12 Aug 26, 2013 03:28 AM

                                    Would never drive an hour for soup. Having said that, I like the Mushroom Soup at The Grape and pretty much any soup offered at Houston's in Addison, especially the Tortilla and also the New Orleans style Bean Soup.

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                                      neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 06:41 AM

                                      Then it sounds like you have something against soup so you won't be able to help me. lol.
                                      If you would drive an hour for some other sort of food but not soup then you don't have the same affinity for a good soup that I do.

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                                        twinwillow Aug 26, 2013 06:49 AM

                                        A hearty second for the delicious mushroom soup at The Grape. Well worth the drive.
                                        http://www.thegraperestaurant.com/

                                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-grape-res...

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                                          neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 07:37 AM

                                          cool.. will put that on the list, thanks.
                                          I went to "Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo" Saturday morning and the Consomme was awesome. Very unique and deep flavors and a little spice from the chile. I got 2 grande orders and i'm still finishing some up today. I will go back again for sure.
                                          On a separate note the Barbacoa was dry and not seasoned well. They are very generous with the cilantro and onions and all that but all the wonderful condiments don't make up for the meat that was lacking. The quesadillas with cactus were very good although I would like to add meat next time.

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                                            twinwillow Aug 26, 2013 07:47 AM

                                            Neil, did you have the roast lamb tacos at Hidalgo? They were delicious on my last visit.
                                            My mouth waters every time I think about their amazing consomme.

                                            I'm very happy to see your report and also look forward to seeing more reports from you.

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                                              neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 08:26 AM

                                              No that is the one thing I have not yet tried but I will try that next time i go back for more Consomme.. Their menudo is also seasoned perfectly and I was very impressed with it too despite the fact that the stomach lining and stuff is slightly offputting. I wish they sold the menudo without the chunks because the broth is so boldly flavored and spicy with a hint of funkiness from the intestines and whatnot... I loved it's flavor almost as much as the consomme.

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                                                twinwillow Aug 26, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                Yes, be sure to order the roast lamb tacos on your next visit. I'm certain you will enjoy them.
                                                Regarding the menudo, ask them if they would serve you just the broth. I'll bet they would.
                                                Personally, I don't eat menudo.

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                                                  neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                  lol. I will eat anything if it tastes good. That is actually the first time I ever tried menudo so I was skeptical. Yes I will try the lamb then.. damn i wish I had known that. Thanks for helping, I love that place and I will be back in the future for sure.
                                                  I'm finishing up the consomme right now.. soft rice, little chunks of meat, red chili and what looks like hominy... yummy

                                                   
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                                                    twinwillow Aug 26, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                    Enjoy! My son and I are going to Seafood Shack on Webbs Chapel for lunch today. Amazing shrimp tostadas with extra avocado slices on top. Delicioso! And, half price on Mondays!
                                                    http://www.seafoodshackdallas.com/

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                                                neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                What is the road lamb called? pansita?

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                                                  twinwillow Aug 26, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                  Sorry, I don't remember. See if they have a "Yelp" review. Sometimes you can find a menu.

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                                                    neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                    I have a picture of menu up but all they say is barbacoa taco and pansita taco. I know barbacoa CAN be lamb but I have no idea what pansita is. I had the barbacoa and it was very dry but I should have tried the pansita. Even googling pansita is not telling me what it is.

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                                                      twinwillow Aug 26, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                      I went to the translator on my Mac and pancita in Spanish translates in English to "belly". Nothing for "pansita" however.

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                                                        neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                        I came up with the same info... Yea "belly" sounds good to me.. Maybe lamb belly? lol. Sounds unlikely but I am going to try it next time for sure.

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                                                          demigodh Aug 26, 2013 09:32 AM

                                                          The pancita is a bunch of organ meat all stewed together. Heart, lung, liver etc.... It's awesome if you like that stuff. It reminds me a lot of bhutwa from nepalese restaurants.

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                                                            neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                            ooohhhh... I was wondering about that. That sounds terrible but I will try anything at least once. Does it have a strong gamey taste?

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                                                            twinwillow Aug 26, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                            Hmm, I'm wondering now if their "Barbacoa" is actually their roast lamb. (???)

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                                                              demigodh Aug 26, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                              It is. :)

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                                                                neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                So what is the pansita?

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                                                                neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                That's what I was afraid of but it seemed just like goat to me so I couldn't tell. I get barbacoa down here in Hillsboro and it's actually better than that although I have never gotten so many bags of cilantro, onions and sauces. One of my biggest issues is food being too dry and it was very. I took a bite and was planning to quickly swallow like slow cooked roast (what i'm used to) and me and my wife almost choked because we weren't expecting it to be so firm and dry. The tortillas were homemade and very good although it was corn and I usually prefer homemade flour tortillas but I may be weird in that. Maybe it's not always dry but this time it was. It is also possible that I have a few places down here (El Taco Jalisco) that have me spoiled in the barbacoa area.. The soups they don't have though.. I don't think. lol. I wouldn't even know. I guess I should explore there too. Jalisco definitely doesn't look nearly as authentic as Hidalgo since it is in an old fast food building that used to be Dairy queen.
                                                                FYI- I ordered a pound of meat, not a taco so not sure if that made a difference.

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                                                                  twinwillow Aug 26, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                  Sorry about that. The roast lamb tacos were delicious the last time we was there. Not dry at all.

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                                                                  neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                                  You "guys" (don't know if you are guys. lol) are going to hate me for saying this but Campbell's soup has a new line of soups appealing to foodies and one of them is a Thai chicken and rice soup that is honestly amazing.. Best soup i've ever had out of a can and it beats 50% of the soups i've had in restaurants. I am being serious, no bullshitting. They have a coconut curry soup too which is decent but nothing like the chicken and rice. Technically they come in bags not cans. : )

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                                                                    Veggo Aug 26, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                    I'm not big on canned soup, but the Campbell's Chipotle Chicken & Corn Chowder is a winner.

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                                                                      twinwillow Aug 26, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                      I actually like many canned soups but they're usually to high in sodium for me.

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                                                                        neilmcginnis Aug 27, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                        These didn't TASTE like they were high in sodium but I guess they probably were. I think the thai flavors hide it well.. The spicy, sour and sweet combat the salty

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                                                                        neilmcginnis Aug 27, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                        I will check that out.. try the thai chicken and rice.. seriously dude

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                                                                          twinwillow Aug 27, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                                          I will. Thanks, Neil.

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                                                                            Veggo Aug 27, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                            Thanks Neil. I haven't noticed it but I'll look for it.

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                                                                              neilmcginnis Aug 27, 2013 08:57 AM

                                                                              Cool. I did not see it in Walmart but I came across it in a Central Market I think. But it's campbells so shouldn't be too hard to find. The rice is like a poridge to thicken the soup. I didn't think I would like it but it was the best. I am thinking about buying a case online.. that's how good. I have never done that before with a canned soup

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                                                        foiegras Aug 30, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                        I really like the mushroom soup at Bugatti's ... though it's been years since I've had it.

                                                        Have heard good things about The Grape's, but haven't tried it yet. Lots of other good things there ... great burger, really good hash (for brunch).

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                                                        teegee Aug 26, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                        Neil I can't wait to hear your first-hand reports on all these soups! Looking forward to reading your reviews!!! Which of course you will post here on chowhound and not some other online review site, I HOPE?!

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                                                          neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                          I will certainly report back here first and foremost. Thanks for caring. lol. I wasn't sure if anyone was interested.
                                                          I already commented on the Consomme at Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo in South Dallas; VERY tasty, unique, much depth of flavor. I do recommend getting it although don't get the barbacoa because it's dry.
                                                          I also went to TJ's Seafood market and they were out of chowder!! They did have the lobster bisque which is good but not something I will get again. However a couple doors down from TJ's Market was Rockfish which I stopped in at and had their chowder which was very good, the best chowder I have had so far but i'm no expert. Being so close I wondered if rockfish bought their chowder from TJ's but maybe that's a dumb question.

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                                                            twinwillow Aug 26, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                            I realize it's probably further than you might wish to travel, but you should try Sea Breeze at one point in time.

                                                            http://www.seabreezefish.com/
                                                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/sea-breeze-fi...

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                                                              neilmcginnis Aug 26, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                              I will go to Plano if it's for an amazing food experience. Unfortunately it seems like everything I like is up in that direction.

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                                                                twinwillow Aug 26, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                At Sea Breeze, I love their authentic Maine style lobster roll.
                                                                $13.95 including two sides. If you go, be sure to order their "Asian" style purple cabbage slaw for one of the sides.

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                                                          jinet12 Aug 26, 2013 11:20 PM

                                                          Nothing against soup but I've found that the most satisfying are those made in your own kitchen. A homemade vegetable beef soup can't be beat In my opinion

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                                                            neilmcginnis Aug 27, 2013 07:15 AM

                                                            Respectfully, that is not at all true, speaking for myself only. I can't eat the same soup the rest of my life. If I did that I would be bored with soup too. I had an oyster truffle soup at Spoon Bar and Kitchen (Don't think it's even there anymore) and it was one of the best things I've ever had in my life and i've been to many 5star restaurants.
                                                            Unfortunately I think you haven't really been exposed to what can be done with soup so i'm asking you to keep an open mind in the future, please. I will, however, agree that most places are not doing soup very well so I can see how you could get that impression. I am also very critical of my own cooking, even though it can be very good, I enjoy food more when someone else cooks it. If i do it I will focus on how I could have done better and not appreciate what I do have. I am very interested in the culinary arts and I believe you must be critical of yourself if you intend on improving your skills.

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                                                        AuntieSocial1 Aug 26, 2013 09:18 AM

                                                        I don't often order soup in restaurants because I have found them mostly disappointing. A definite exception for me is the broth in the tortilla soup at Luna de Noche. At this moment I cannot recall what I thought of the ingredients (chicken etc.) in the soup as the broth a real standout. Excellent. Good luck in your search for Soup Excellence!

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                                                          jinet12 Aug 26, 2013 11:16 PM

                                                          Awesome tortilla soup

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                                                          neilmcginnis Aug 27, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                          Update:
                                                          I just tried some sort of gumbo (that wasn't what it was called) from TJ's Seafood Market and it was the best cajun style "stew" i've ever had although in the past I have never been a big fan. It was very good although I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. I wish they had chowder in stock but they didn't so I don't know about that.

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                                                            Veggo Aug 27, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                            You reminded me how good the gumbo is at Nates in Addison. They have 2 versions, go with the dark roux.

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                                                            neilmcginnis Aug 29, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                            Update:
                                                            The journey for the best soup continues...
                                                            Last night I made my own soup that was amazing; The broth was made with white miso and grade A foie gras bits and also put chicken thigh meat in there to make it more filling although I think it was best before I added the chicken because the chicken flavor is so strong.. It tastes like an amazing soup version of thanksgiving giblet gravy. It required no seasoning except a tiny bit a salt because the miso and foie flavored the entire dish brilliantly. I threw in some cilantro at the end (to replace green onions i didn't have)

                                                             
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                                                              foiegras Aug 30, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                              Very interesting! I think you have just raised the bar for homemade soup around here. Did the foie just liquify, or were the bits still there?

                                                              I like to make a chicken/corn/poblano chowder (with uncured bacon from Central Market), inspired by one I saw Dean Fearing make on a cooking show many years ago. Quite good.

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                                                                Veggo Aug 31, 2013 04:44 AM

                                                                I make a pink shrimp, sweet corn and poblano soup that is popular.

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                                                                  neilmcginnis Sep 2, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                  It seemed like 10 percent turned into oil, another 10 to little chunks of tasty soft liver pieces and the rest disappeared into liquid. Literally required no seasoning aside from foie and miso and a dash of pepper. I would love to have your recipes for those soups both of you mentioned. I want to learn how to make soups but with the ingredients I used you would have to be dumb for it not to taste good

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                                                                    foiegras Sep 2, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                    I kind of feel that way about all food, but I know it's not easy for everyone ;)

                                                                    I cook without recipes because that's how I started out. For most things, I don't understand why they're necessary :) I just get chicken (tenders or chicken breast, whichever is less), poblanos, uncured applewood smoked bacon from CM, onion, chicken broth, corn (fresh is good, but in the winter I get frozen organic) and a little carton of organic cream. Then I season to taste (the heat of the poblanos varies) with cayenne, salt, black & white pepper, whatever else looks good in the spice cabinet--oh, I think I may use a bay leaf or two. I believe that's it. Try it, you'll like it :)

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                                                                      neilmcginnis Sep 3, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                                      Will you please come cook for me and my wife some day? : )
                                                                      Thanks I will try that for sure.

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                                                                        foiegras Sep 3, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                        If you'll make some foie gras for me I definitely will :) We should have a Chowhound potluck sometime.

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                                                                          neilmcginnis Sep 3, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                          Yea honestly I think that would be really cool but to do but my house is tiny so sadly would not be sufficient, not to mention I live in the middle of nowhere and nobody would want to come this far, thus hosting is not really a viable option for me at the moment. My father has a nice pool cabana area with a kitchen that would probably work now that i think about it but I'm some what of a computer nerd with freckles so getting me outside in the summer is a challenge.

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                                                                            foiegras Sep 3, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                            I could probably be talked into hosting ... I have just a normal-sized kitchen (and house), but it does have two counter areas for prep.

                                                                            A stovetop accessible from both sides of an island (not what I have) would probably be ideal ...

                                                                            twin, do you cook, or just eat? :)

                                                                            Oh, I also have a small refrigerator right now. I have bought a vintage one that will be restored in December or so ... I'll have it next year.

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                                                                              neilmcginnis Sep 3, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                              I have been trying to teach myself for 5 years but i'm lazy so progress is slow. lol. I can cook a single item pretty well but no ability to compose an entire balanced plate. I basically only do one thing at a time like flawlessly searing a steak but not even having a side to go with it because i'm not organized or prepared with a plan. I'm sure I would catch on really quickly but my exposure has been limited to TV and rednecks grilling in the backyard. I just recently started juicing too so I am certainly into all aspects of the food culture although the history of the culture will still put me to sleep.
                                                                              FYI- My email is "username.neil@gmail.com"

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                                                                                foiegras Sep 3, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                Sounds good--will be in touch. The ability to cook one thing well sounds perfect for a potluck :)

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                                                                        neilmcginnis Sep 3, 2013 09:16 AM

                                                                        Damn that foie gras at D'Artagnan must have been a typo at 2lbs because now I see that it is 1lb. Wish I had bought the other day. lol. Still a decent deal at $60 for 2 lbs but not as good as I thought.

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                                                                          Veggo Sep 3, 2013 09:20 AM

                                                                          Neil, that's a good deal. If you pass on it you'll regret it later.

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                                                                            neilmcginnis Sep 3, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                            I think I will make the purchase today.. it's cubes of foie gras but that should be good for making soups and stuff

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                                                                        Veggo Sep 3, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                        For my pink shrimp, sweet corn, and poblano soup:
                                                                        Gotta have good quality of the 3 main ingredients.
                                                                        Blister, peel and seed 6 poblanos, roasted long enough they will puree easily.
                                                                        6 ears fresh sweet corn boiled 3 minutes, kernels then cut off, save the ears.
                                                                        Boil 1 lb 16-20 (or 12-16) pink Florida shell on shrimp in a large carton of chicken stock 1 minute, remove, de-shell and slice lengthwise (easy to de-vein, and pretty), save the shells. Break corn ears in half, boil them 3 minutes in the stock, remove ears.
                                                                        Add shrimp shells to stock, boil 2 minutes, strain out shells. You may want to have a 12 can of chicken stock handy if a lot cooks off.
                                                                        Add corn kernels, shrimp halves, pureed poblanos to stock, plus 1 pint half-and-half.
                                                                        Heat but don't boil or overcook, serve with a sprinkle of cilantro leaves.

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                                                                          foiegras Sep 3, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                          Cilantro is good with my soup as well ;) (There you have one advantage of a recipe ... you remember all the ingredients :D)

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                                                                            neilmcginnis Sep 3, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                            I don't ever use recipes either but I will take the steps you people listed and incorporate them when I try to make it myself. It's good to know the basics and that it can taste really good to motivate me to try it and then make it my own. Thanks for the info I will save it.

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                                                                          neilmcginnis Sep 2, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                          Its 35 dollars on d'artagnan website for 2lbs of foie gras cubes. Im buying that next. I got the miso at tjs seafood market which is also where everything with shrimp tastes like straight up chlorine.

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                                                                            foiegras Sep 2, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                            Yikes, I hate even the smell of chlorine, won't allow it in my house.

                                                                            Foie gras cubes sounds good ...

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                                                                              neilmcginnis Sep 3, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                              Yea i'm a naturalist, or a hippy, so I don't use crap like that either so maybe I am more sensitive to it's smell than most would be. Yea the cubes are an amazing deal and they say it's the same grade A lobes, just small pieces they have to sell for cheaper. Perfect for all cooking and they say you can even sear them as bites of foie gras but that may not be efficient. At gourmetfoodstore I spent like 120 for 1.6lbs. Never again. As soon as I get that order going I am making some more of that delicious soup. That's the first time I had ever touched white miso that now I have only good things to say about it.

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