The 43 Types Of Deliciously Famous Soups Of The World

Did you know that records of the first types of soups dated back to 6,000 BC? And that the main ingredient was the hippopotamus? Yeah.. it’s unimaginable but it’s true. Every culture in the world have their own types of soup. Some are thick, some are thin, some are spicy, some are taken with a side dish like bread. Below are soups drank by the world over.

  1. Ajiaco
  2. From Colombia, you have the Ajiaco, which ingredients typically include chicken, corn, at least two kinds of potatoes, sour cream, capers, avocado, and guasca.

  3. Avgolemono
  4. Avgolemono in Greece means egg-lemon. This soup contains chicken, lemon and egg as it’s main ingredient.

  5. Borscht
  6. The strong red coloured vegetable soup from Eastern Europe that includes beet roots as it’s main.

  7. Bouillabaisse
  8. Bouillabaisse, originating all the way from the city of Marseille of France, is usually a fish stock containing different kinds of cooked fish and shellfish which usually are complemented with garlic, orange peel, basil, bay leaf, fennel and saffron.

  9. Caldo verde
  10. From the province of Minho, Northern Portugal comes this soup made of mashed potatoes, minced collard greens, savoy cabbage, kale, onions and slices of chorizo.

  11. Callaloo
  12. The thick, creamy soup made with okra and crab meat from Trinidad and Tobago

  13. Chlodnik
  14. A cold variety of borsch — beetroot soup traditional to some Northern European and Slavic countries made with sour cream, soured milk, kefir or yoghurt, radishes or cucumbers, garnished with dill or parsley.

  15. Cock-a-leekie
  16. From Scotland, the soup dish of leeks, potatoes, chicken stock and sometimes with a hint of prunes.

  17. Cullen Skink
  18. From the town of Cullen in Moray, on the north-east coast of Scotland comes the soup that is often served as a starter at formal Scottish dinners. Always thick with smoked Finnan haddock, potatoes and onions as its ingredients.

  19. Egg Drop
  20. A Chinese soup of beaten eggs, chicken broth, and boiled water. Condiments such as table salt, black pepper, and green onion are also commonly added.

  21. Erwtensoep
  22. A thick pea soup, eaten in the Netherlands as a winter dish, traditionally served with sliced sausage.

  23. Faki soupa
  24. Lentils as it’s main, this Greek soup is both healthy and filling. It has since been made popular in the Middle East and Mediterranean. Others include onions, carrots, olive oil, parsley and possibly tomato sauce or vinegar.

  25. Fanesca
  26. Traditional to Ecuador, Fanesca is usually served the week before easter and typically includes figleaf gourd, pumpkin, and twelve different kinds of grains (representing the disciples of Jesus), and salt cod (due to the belief that you must not eat red meat during these days).

  27. Fasolada
  28. Sometimes referred to as the ‘national food of the Greeks’. Fasolada is a soup of dry white beans, olive oil, and vegetables.

  29. French Onion Soup
  30. An onion and beef broth or a beef stock based soup traditionally served with croutons and cheese as toppings.

  31. Fufu and Egusi
  32. From Nigeria, Fufu and Egusi soup is made with vegetables, meat, fish, and balls of wheat gluten.

  33. Gazpacho
  34. Hailing from Spain, this vegetable soup is popular in warmer areas and during the summer, particularly in Spain’s Andalusia and Portugal’s Alentejo and Algarve regions. Gazpacho is a concoction of bread, tomato, bell pepper, garlic, olive oil, salt and vinegar.

  35. Ginataan
  36. A dessert soup from the Philippines whose name is derived from the Filipino word for coconut milk, ‘gata’, the main ingredient in the soup.

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  37. Ginseng
  38. A very popular type of health soup found in Chinese & Korean communities made out of Ginseng roots. Chicken and other herbs and spices are often added to it.

  39. Goulash
  40. The Hungarian spicy dish, made of beef, onions, red peppers, and paprika powder. Goulash draws its name from the Hungarian word for a cattle stockman / herdsman.

  41. Gumbo
  42. Originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century, gumbo consists primarily of a strongly-flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and the vegetable holy trinity of celery, bell peppers, and onions.

  43. Kimchi jigae
  44. A variety of jjigae or stew-like Korean dish made with kimchi and other ingredients, such as scallions, onions, diced tofu, pork, and seafood, although pork and seafood are generally not used in the same recipe.

  45. Menudo
  46. A traditional Mexican soup largely made out of tripe and hominy. It is considered by some as a cure for hangovers.

  47. Minestrone
  48. From Italy comes this vegetarian soup, made thick with the addition of pasta or rice. Beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes are commonly added to it.

  49. Miso soup
  50. Japan’s most famous soup made from fish broth, fermented soy and ‘dashi’.

  51. Mulligatawny Soup
  52. An Anglo-Indian curried soup which means ‘pepper water’ in Tamil.

  53. Iskembe Corbasi
  54. A type of tripe soup often seasoned with vinegar or lemon juice, prepared in Greece, Turkey and the Balkans.

  55. Pho
  56. The Vietnamese beef/chicken soup cooked with scallion, welsh onion, cherred ginger, wild coriander, basil, cinnamon, star anise, cloves and black cardamom.

  57. Pozole
  58. A pre-Columbian soup made from hominy, with pork, chile, and other seasonings and garnish, such as cabbage, lettuce, oregano, cilantro, avocado, radish, lime juice.


  59. Scotch Broth
  60. A filling soup from Scotland which principal ingredients are usually barley, a cut of beef or lamb, carrots, turnips or swedes, cabbage and leeks.

  61. Shark Fin
  62. A Chinese delicacy commonly served as part of a Chinese feast, usually at special occasions such as weddings and banquets as a symbol of wealth and prestige.

  63. Shchav
  64. A sorrel soup in Polish, Russian and Yiddish cuisines made from water, sorrel leaves, salt and egg yolks which is often served cold with sour cream.

  65. Solyanka
  66. Cabbage soup from Russia made of mainly three different kinds of main ingredient being either meat, fish or mushrooms. All of them contain pickled cucumbers with brine, and often cabbage, salty mushrooms, cream and dill.

  67. Sopa Negra
  68. Black bean soup Costa Rican style made of black beans, chicken broth, eggs, fresh cilantro, onions, garlic and sweet pepper.

  69. Sour Soup
  70. A Vietnamese dish made with rice, fish, various vegetables, and in some cases pineapple.


  71. Tarator
  72. A cold soup popular in the summertime in Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia made from yoghurt, cucumbers, garlic, nuts, dill, vegetable oil, and water.

  73. Tom Kha Gai
  74. Made with coconut milk, galangal, lemon grass and chicken. The fried chillies add a smoky flavor as well as texture, color and heat, but not so much that it overwhelms the soup.

  75. Tom Yam
  76. One of the most famous dishes in Thai cuisine known for its distinct hot and sour flavours made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, shallots, lime juice, fish sauce, tamarind, and crushed chillis.

  77. Torpedo
  78. Found commonly in parts of Malaysia especially Penang, Sup Torpedo is a type of exotic soup that includes the penis of a bull as the main ingredient. It is reputed to be an aphrodisiac.

  79. Trahana
  80. Dried foods based on a fermented mixture of grain and yoghurt or fermented milk, usually consumed as soup found in Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Iraq. The Turkish tarhana consists of cracked wheat, yoghurt, and vegetables fermented then dried. The Greek trahana contains only cracked wheat and yoghurt.

  81. Vichyssoise
  82. A French style soup made of puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock traditionally served cold.

  83. Waterzooi
  84. Means “watery mess’ in Dutch. Made of fish or chicken, carrots, leeks and potatoes, herbs, eggs, cream and butter.

  85. Zurek
  86. A soup made from soured rye flour and meat, which is specific to Poland and other northern Slavonic nations such as Slovakia.

PS : Tell me, did I miss anyone’s favourite?


54 thoughts on “The 43 Types Of Deliciously Famous Soups Of The World

  1. You did forget one: Malaysian Curry Laksa. Actually, you could probably find one or two more for your list in Malaysia/Singapore cuisine.

  2. I agree.. I feel that french onion is at LEAST a bit better than miso soup!

  3. You didn’t miss them – Tom yum is definitely my favorite. However with that many really delicious looking exotic soups, I wish there were some links to the recipes for each of them. :)

  4. What about American chicken noodle? You know the type your mom makes when you are sick with chicken stock and homemade noodles?

  5. How exactly is it that a pre-Columbian recipe contains pork?

  6. How about Tom Kha Gai from Thailand?

    It’s a hot sweet soup made with coconut milk, lemon grass, and chicken (and sometimes with fried chillies).

  7. You forgot Hashira, the soup eaten to break the fast during Ramadan.

  8. sopa negra!
    costa rican black bean soup with cilantro and sort of a poached egg in it. it looks terrible but tastes amazing. and it’s also a great hangover cure.

  9. Would have been nice to have seen Camembert Soup up there too! That is soooo delicious and unfortunately fattening

    Oh and don’t forget Fruit Soup for desert!

  10. Maybe the most exotic and strange soup of human culture has been omitted. Bird’s Nest soup.

  11. lentil soup… Turkish style if possible… hmmm squeeze lemon and dont forget to add red peppers once its served.

  12. On UK TV recently they had a new invention of soup in a bun. Apparently not so new – photo 37 of your list is of soup in a bun.

    The bloke on tv used a twice baked bun to retain it’s structure for longer, and used a butternut squash soup. It looks fantastic fun to eat!

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  14. Gumbo, Matzo Ball, Congee (or is that more of a rice porridge?), Bird’s Nest and American Chowders!

  15. Ginseng soup is nowhere near as popular as kimchee jjigae in korea. fantastically flavorful, spicy soup. also commonly made with various seafood. nomnomnom

  16. Falto el sancocho y el cuchuco. Son platos tipicos colombianos deliciOOSOS

  17. Distinct cultural variations before your eyes people.
    Proof we are all different, but one race!

  18. Thanks for such a nice collection. However, I feel that there are few more soups form the world definitely worth mentioning.

    1. Moroccan Harrira – wonderful soup/stew made of slowly cooked lamb, tomatoes, lentils, saffron and other. Very-very traditional for the Middle East.

    2. All american clam chowder – in my opinion, this is the best what the american cuisine has offered to the world.

    3. She crab soup – follows the clam chowder.

    4. Czech drstkova polivka (tripe soup) – this is the greatest for the winter time

    5. Mexican spicy crab soup. It might have its own name but, unfortunately I don’t know it. It is based on slightly roasted garlic and tomatoes, mashed with chilli peppers in the blender, and cooked with the seafood (crab legs is the must), olive oil, and garnished with greens and avocados.

    6. Russian okroshka. Cold soup based on the local bread beverage “kwas”. Excellent for summer.

    7. Russian ukha (oukha) – simple, yet very tasty fish soup.

    8. Russian gorokhovy (bean soup) – slowly cooked with beans and smoked pork and beef.

    9. Russian gribnoy (mushroom soup) – based on porchini mushrooms, potatoes, noodles, carrots and so on (recipes vary from family to family). Strongly recommend.

    10. Chinese hot and sour soup. It is quite different from the thai tom-yum.

    11. Chinese seafood soup. Very tasty!

    By the way, I wouldn’t call goulash a soup – it is a stew, similar to chilli.

    Hope this helps and thank you once again.

    • Actually, you are incorrect. Gulyas (or goulash) is, in fact, a soup. Many make the mistake of thinking it’s a stew!

  19. The Institute of hotel and restaurant management Dona Paula will be featuring NATIONAL SOUPS in its TRAINEE RESORT AND RESTAURANTS in the month of January 2013.
    Special emphasis will be given to National Soups…from this website..(very well done with recipes)
    Bon Appetite.

    Regnauld Mortimer

  20. Im surprised lobster bisque didnt make it on this great list of soups.

  21. Zurek is the best soup ever, please mind that polish cuisine is one of the biggest in soups area, Borscht is also perfect taste to try

  22. LOVED this! I’m a food writer for the SAN DIEGO UNION/TRIBUNE, and hope to find recipes for some of these fascinating soups for an upcoming article I’ve been assigned. I’d like to interview you (with credit to your blog, of course) by email, about these and any other diverse fall/winter soups of the world that you may know of. If interested, please contact me at tuckerhinkleyt@gmail.com. Thanks so much! Terry Tucker Hinkley, Food Writer.

    • Just press “ctrl + s” on your keyboard.

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  24. Critical omission – Ramen – large and varied category but hugely popular.

    Also – Sambar which is quite popular in S. India.

  25. Fufu and egusi is not from ghana..it is a Nigeria Soup…Nigeria owns the soup not Ghana..please make that correction..Thank

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