It’s been awfully chilly these past few weeks, and when the weather outside is frightful, a hearty bowl of soup is in order. But who has the best soups around town? Here are a few of my current favorites:
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the nabeyaki udon soup I tried at Crystal Fish (Monterey) a couple weeks ago.
This soup has it all — chicken, shrimp tempura, fish cake, tofu skin, poached egg and seaweed. It was such a unique combination of flavors, especially when I broke the egg yolk into the soup.
Between the stress of the holidays and the chilly weather, this is usually the time of year I find myself getting sick.
Just last week, one of my friends came down with a bug. Here’s my (not-so) top-secret cold remedy that I shared with him: a big bowl of pho ga soup with extra jalapeños at Chopstix (Monterey, Seaside).
Chicken pho soup is the unsung cure for the common cold, and the extra jalapeños help bake out the bugs.
If you’re looking for a vegetarian-friendly soup for lunch, try Happy Girl Kitchen (Pacific Grove). They feature a daily soup, lately favoring hearty potato combinations. The potato kale soup is a bit of a cult favorite around town — it’s filling, with deep, rich flavors, plus it’s vegetarian!
And don’t forget, the Red House Cafe (Pacific Grove) always makes some rich and filling soups. The other night, I sampled a delicious creamy mushroom soup, full earthy mushroom flavor.