10 Soups to Warm You Up This Rainy Season
During a cold day, a bowl of soup is a metaphoric jacket.
(SPOT.ph) A bowl of soup is like a sweater for our soul-it comforts us from the inside and envelops us in a contented sense of well-being. Aside from the physical warmth it brings, it acts as an elixir that cures us of the foul mood that comes with cloudy skies.
To be brief: soup makes us happy.
In the middle of a mild drizzle or torrential rain-or even when you just need to feel mothered-immerse yourself in a bowl of warmth against the cold rainy season.
This list is a mix of soup varieties, including Filipino versions which are also considered viands, and well as starter soups. This list is not ranked.
1. Champetre’s Gratinated French Onion (P340+)
Chef Marc Aubry’s turn on this classic is as traditional and as good as it gets. Generous gunks of melted Emmental and Gruyere cheeses top crusty bread soaked in caramel-colored broth developed from simmering and rendering sweet onions. No fuss, just straightforward satisfaction guaranteed.
Champetre Boutique & Restaurant is at G/F Net One Center 26th Street corner 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City; Tel. No. 815-8801.
2. Brasas’ Caldo de Costillas (P370)
It’s the South American version of our local bulalo and nilaga. The flavor is mild but warm, and it’s the dish that makes Brasas chef, Nathaly Montoya, miss her home the most. In Colombia, she explained that they’d make it in a big bonfire during street parties and invite everyone to partake. Thankfully, this throwback is in a more manageable bowl chock-full of slow-cooked beef brisket, carrots, potatoes, and white corn. A side garnish of pickled cilantro, spring onions, and carrots helps boost that modest profile. It may come from Chef Nathaly’s home, but it’s a flavor that’s both familiar and exciting to us.
Available only at the SM Jazz Makati branch
3. Wildflour’s Tomato Soup (P90/cup, P180/bowl)
Really, how delicious could tomato soup be? Cue Chef Allan Buhay’s version of this classic. It’s so tasty and comforting that we actually ran out of oxymorons (rich but light, creamy but zingy) to describe it, but really, how many times can you say delicious over and over again? If you need extra coddling (like we usually do): get it with either a salad (Caesar) or a sandwich (grilled cheese), and watch how a delicious-there we go again-meal can turn around a gloomy day.
Wildflour has branches in Bonifacio Global City; Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City; The Podium, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.
4. Bistro Pamana’s Salmon Belly sa Sampalok and Pinya (P260)
This is then gold standard when it comes to toeing the line between tradition and novelty. This tangy creation is Chef Happy Ongpauco-Tiu’s own recipe: fatty salmon belly, greens and beans, okra, and tomatoes mingling in a broth flavored with the intense lipsmacking prowess of tamarind. The pineapple spells the difference. It adds a different type of tart to the soup, and when you bite into one, you’re rewarded with a burst of sweetness.
Bistro Pamana is at Greenbelt Mansion, 109 Perea Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
Photo by Janina Rafael
5. Manna Bakery and Cafe’s Clam Chowder Bread Bowl (P198)
Have your bowl and eat it too. Manna’s scrumptious and filling clam chowder is served in a super-soft sourdough bread bowl that could be considered a meal in itself. Its thick, creamy broth has a generous amount of clams, carrots, and potatoes, and breaking off bits of sourdough to dunk in your chowder (while making sure it doesn’t spill over) makes the entire experience more enjoyable.
Manna Bakery and Cafe has branches at 286 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City; and SM City BF, Parañaque City.
6. R & J’s Bulalo (P219/regular, P269/special)
Nothing soothes the Filipino soul like this beef bone-marrow soup. This little eatery along Boni Avenue i’s not the most convenient spot to go to when it’s raining, but no flood can keep us away from this big bowl-complete with a few reassuring leaves of cabbage. Tempt us with steaming-hot rice, and we’d swim our way there. Its magic is better eaten when it’s pouring.
R & J Bulalohan is at Bonifacio Avenue, Plainview, Mandaluyong City. Tel. no. 533-4811, 746-5432.
7. Ba Noi’s Pho Ga (P230)
Did the damp weather also bring you the sniffles? Feel better with a bowl of chicken noodle soup, Ho Chi Minh-style. The clean broth with its subtle and herbaceous flavors is a perfect match to the thin, flat noodles.
Ba Noi’s has branches at East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City; UP Town Center, Quezon City; and Perea Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
8. Sarsa’s Batchoy (P170/Regular, P240/Special)
Like everything in this popular BGC eatery, Chef JP Anglo’s take on the noodle soup from La Paz has clean and very approachable flavors-for something so hearty. Aside from the usual toppings of fried garlic bits, liver, pork, and spring onions, his special batchoy is not only garnished with a glistening yolk but also with fatty, unctuous bone marrow (available only in the Special order). Be still, our hearts.
Sarsa Kitchen and Bar is at Forum South Global, Federacion Drive corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Tel. No. 0927-706-0773.
9. CIBO’s Minestra di Funghi (P220)
CIBO is a Manila tradition. After 17 years of consistently good service, it’s become one of those default choices that you can count on for a good meal no matter what you order. One of their habit-forming dishes is the mushroom soup. It’s often overshadowed by the Crema de Zucca, but this flavorful soup is a brawnier alternative, thickened with spelt-an Old World grain that curiously caresses your palate like arroz caldo-and seasoned with rosemary. Take a sip, and you’ll realize that this is how mushroom soup should be done.
Click here for a list of CIBO branches.
10. The Fireplace’s Chocolate Soup (P550)
When all else fails, this doubly decadent, doubly comforting cake is the answer, not just to the cold weather but to all of life’s problems. Underneath that crumbly cake crust is rich, runny, spoonable chocolate made over-the-top with cream and ice cream. Many establishments have copied this chocolatey marvel, but no one has ever come close to that wonderful ratio of chocolate and batter.
The Fireplace is at Hyatt Hotel and Casino, M.H. Del Pilar Street, Malate, Manila. Photo by Rain de Ocampo.