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29 Delicious Asian-Inspired Soups

As we enter month four of this never-ending winter, it’s time to spice up your soup game.

1. Spicy Pork and Mustard Green Soup

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Between the flavorful but light broth and the abundance of greens, this soup will warm you up without weighing you down. Recipe here.

2. Buttercup Squash Soup with Coconut and Curry

Buttercup squash and kabocha squash are almost identical, so make this soup with either variety. They’re starchier than butternut, but not as dense as sweet potato, with an earthy, slightly sweet flavor. Recipe here.

3. Udon Noodle Soup with Vegetables

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Recipe here.

4. Korean-Style Short Rib Soup

Let your short ribs go for six hours in the slow cooker, then add noodles for a complete, super satisfying meal. Recipe here (via Just Call Me B).

5. Quick Vietnamese Noodle Soup

John Kernick / foodandwine.com

Great for when you need something quick and healthy, but the thought of another salad is too much to handle. Recipe here.

6. Spicy Thai Green Curry Ramen

Recipe here.

7. Thai Shrimp and Coconut Soup with Lemongrass

Seth Smoot / foodandwine.com

So many bold Asian flavors in a single bowl. Admittedly, some of these bold Asian flavors are sold only at Asian markets and specialty stores. Recipe here.

8. Chicken Khao Soi

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Homemade curry paste is what makes this recipe really special, but if you’re in a bind — or if your grocery store doesn’t stock the ingredients and you don’t feel like taking a trip to the Asian market — this red curry paste ($2.50) is an OK shortcut. Recipe here.

9. Miso Ramen with Crispy Shredded Pork and Burnt Garlic Sesame Oil

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt / seriouseats.com

Disclaimer: making proper ramen at home is a) super delicious and rewarding, and b) a serious project. This recipe is a quicker version of The Food Lab’s tonkotsu ramen broth, which involves boiling the crap out of chicken bones and pig trotters for upwards of 12 hours. Still, it’s not exactly simple. Recipe here.

10. Spicy Korean Seafood Soup

Chici Wang / seriouseats.com

Recipe here.

11. Curry Laksa

In Southeast Asia, this perfect bowl of creamy, spicy, carb-y nourishment is breakfast. Who wants to take a trip with me? Recipe here.

12. Miso Shiitake Soba Soup

Recipe here.

13. Green Curry Soup with Cauliflower and Leeks

This gluten-free, vegan soup gets its richness from a coconut milk mounted with a little bit of coconut butter. Recipe here.

14. Mo Gu Miantiao Tang (Mushroom Noodle Soup)

Ariana Lindquist / saveur.com

Mushroom-based. Bacon-enhanced. Recipe here.

15. Milagu Rasam (Spicy Tomato and Tamarind Soup)

Todd Coleman / saveur.com

It’s not enough for a meal, but this unique, broth-based soup makes a great side dish to a simple stir-fry dinner. Or, add noodles and a soft boiled egg. Recipe here.

16. Canh Chua Cá (Sour Fish Soup)

Penny De Los Santos / saveur.com

Recipe here.

17. Egg Drop Soup

Emma Christensen / thekitchn.com

Recipe here.

18. Spicy Chickpea, Coconut, and Tomato Soup

This is what would happen if tomato soup met bean soup and the two of them went backpacking together in Thailand. Recipe here.

19. Hot and Sour Mushroom, Cabbage and Rice Soup

Faith Durand / thekitchn.com

Super quick and budget friendly. Recipe here.

20. Salmon-Miso Sinigang (Filipino Sour Soup)

Recipe here.

21. The Best Coconut Soup

To make this vegetarian, the recipe suggests soy sauce, salt or tamari as a fish sauce substitution. Recipe here.

22. Coconut-Lime Chicken Noodle Soup

Made with rice noodles, this soup is gluten-free. And, a liberal amount of lime juice cuts through the richness of the coconut milk, making it warming and refreshing at the same time. Recipe here.

23. Curried Cauliflower Soup

This intensely coconut-y, vegan soup tastes so much more decadent than it actually is. Recipe here.

24. Kimchi Jiegae (Korean Kimchi, Tofu and Vermicelli Soup)

Recipe here.

25. Asian-Style Chicken Soup

Recipe here.

26. Gai Tom Kha (Coconut and Lemongrass Soup)

Tom Kha is traditionally made with chicken, but this vegetarian version calls for tofu instead. Recipe here.

27. 15-Minute Tom Yum Noodle Soup

Curry in a hurry! Well, curry-like soup, anyway. Recipe here.

28. Vietnamese Pho (Beef Noodle Soup)

Click through to the recipe for a really great pho tutorial that explains how to make the best broth, what kind of beef to use, and which garnishes are best. Recipe here.

29. Kimchi Ramen

Recipe here.

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