Souper Bowl Winners in San Francisco

James Lee

Every New Year is a perfect opportunity to leave behind the over-indulgent dinners, happy hours, and way too many “cheat days.” But let’s be real - eating healthy can be tough and menu planning can be even tougher. It takes some serious mental fortitude! Enter: soups! Adding nutritious (but delicious) soups to your meal plans can make keeping your New Year’s resolution becomes much more realistic.

Clam Chowder

New England style clam chowder in a Boudin sourdough bread bowl from Boudin Bakery

Invented on the East Coast of the United States in the 18th century, clam chowder quickly became one of America’s favorite soups. Fun fact: there are at least 8 different official variations of this soup, with the most popular ones being New England clam chowder and Manhattan clam chowder.

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Soondubu Jjigae

Soon Du Bu from Stone Korean Kitchen

Also known as “soft-tofu stew”, this soup has all the flavors and textures one can ask for. I ate this soup quite often growing up in South Korea and it’s still one of my favorites! It’s best served bubbling hot, spicy, and topped off with a raw egg (pro tip)!

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Pozole from La Hacienda Restaurant

This soup can be best described as hearty and full of different textures. A typical pozole contains chicken or pork, onions, radishes, cabbages, and hominy - after all, the word “pozole” translates to “hominy”. If you don’t know what hominy is, it’s dried maize (corn) that’s been soaked in a mineral mixture, pretty cool stuff! There are 3 different types of pozoles: Pozole Blanco, Pozole Rojo, and Pozole Verde. No matter which one you end up having, it always hits the spot, especially on cold days.

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Pho Bo Dac Biet from Turtle Tower Pho

A perfect blend of slow-simmered broth, aromatics, fresh vegetables, herbs, rice noodles, and some form of protein. This noodle soup dish was brought over to the States in the 1970s by Vietnamese refugees and since have become a staple at any Vietnamese restaurant in America. Read our Pho Origin Story to learn more about Pho and its Northern and Southern variants.

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