Let us be your tour guide for all the soups you didn’t know existed


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Siam Orchid, Tom Yum seafood.
Siam Orchid, Tom Yum seafood.
House of India, lentil garlic soup.
House of India, lentil garlic soup.
Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano, meatball minestrone.
Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano, meatball minestrone.
Beijing & Tokyo. hot & sour soup.
Beijing & Tokyo. hot & sour soup.

We all know about traditional soups. You know, the ones like chicken noodle, tomato and french onion that you can find on the menus of many fine establishments you frequent on a daily or weekly basis.

There are others like clam chowder, chili and vegetable that are also quite common, but by now you should know that we’re always in a never-ending search for the uncommon and different.

So that’s why we wanted to take you on a little walking soup tour of downtown Concord. But not just any soup tour – we left our trusty Insider pod in search of international flavors and unique combinations. And here’s what we found.

Tucked away off to the side of Depot Street is Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano. We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of it, and many of you have probably eaten there, too. A staple on the menu is the meatball minestrone (middle photo on the right). It’s your classic Italian soup made with hand rolled meatballs, vegetables like celery, carrots and onions along with white beans and a made-from-scratch tomato paste. And depending on what day you go in, there is a rotation of other Italian favorites, like creamy tomato Florentine and Tuscan white bean.

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Main and Pleasant street intersection is the House of India, where you can find coconut soup and tomato shorba soup – an Indian twist on the classic tomato – but on this visit we learned about the lentil garlic soup (bottom left). It’s about as Indian as you can get in the soup department with yellow split lentils, mixed veggies, beans and a wide array of spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic and cilantro.

Head down South Main Street and soon you’ll come across Beijing & Tokyo. On the Japanese side there’s miso soup. For those in search of Chinese soups, there’s hot & sour soup (top), featuring a collection of vegetables, tofu and bamboo. Bet you thought that was only for pandas. The one that intrigued us the most was the egg drop soup. Did you know that it’s made by pouring the egg into a swirling pot of boiling broth? Yep, that’s how it’s done, and the egg even magically cooks.

The place for Thai soup is Siam Orchid, where you will find appetizer portions and soups fit for a meal. The Tom Yum seafood (bottom right) is a traditional Thai hot and sour broth using lemongrass (also a big deal in Thai cooking) mixed with shrimp, seafood or chicken. The chicken coconut soup uses coconut milk, which we learned is huge in Thai food creations. There also a collection of noodle soup bowls.

And don’t forget to check out some of the funky combos at the Concord Co-op and Wellington’s Marketplace. They always have something outside the box to put directly into your tummy through the use of a spoon.

Are you hungry yet?

Author: Tim Goodwin

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