We have it pretty good in Vancouver; while we wake up to snowy and slushy photos on Instagram from the rest of Canada, our biggest dilemma is usually deciding if today is toque weather. But even though our winters are mild compared to that of some of our neighbors, we still get cold and we still deserve a comforting bowl of soup to warm up with. And when it comes to soup, we also have it pretty lucky in Vancouver. With our food scene’s Asian influence, your soup options are exponential and it’s unlike anything else you’ll find in Canada!
In Vancouver, there is definitely no shortage of places to go for a bowl of soup. Depending on your craving and how cold it is, there are many different options to choose from:
The Perfect Dumplings
When you have dumplings, you don’t need much else other than a spoon and some chopsticks. At Mui Garden, their dumplings are plump, their broth tastes just like grandma’s and they have two locations in Vancouver and one in nearby Richmond to choose from. And like any good Hong Kong style cafe, they have over 200 items on their menu to choose from!
Mui Garden locations:
4265 Main Street, Vancouver, BC.
5797 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC.
5960 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond, BC.
You know that deep chill you feel right to your core when it’s been raining for eight days in a row? Yes, that chill. The only soup cure for that is congee. Congee in its simplest form is essentially a rice porridge that can be served plain or 100 different ways. As the name Congee Noodle House would imply, they have everything you’d ever want to find in your congee from sliced beef, seafood, white fish and mushrooms (pictured), preserved egg with sliced pork or any other type of combination you can think of!
Congee Noodle House location:
141 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC.
If congee is the ultimate cold weather soup, I would say that pho is a very close second! Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, various kinds of meat or seafood and tons of bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, lime and chilies. It seems as if there is a place for pho on every street in Vancouver and that’s really not an exaggeration! So the good news is that you rarely have to go far for pho. Some places that have dished out a comforting bowl of pho in Vancouver are:
Pho With a Twist
Sometimes, the good ‘ole pho just doesn’t suffice and you need something with an added kick! Pho Bo Satay is just that and you can find it at Pho Tan. As the name implies, it’s a Satay beef noodle soup in a peanut and coconut milk broth. It’s rich, sweet and a little spicy. If you’re looking to warm up your entire body from head to toe and go for something a little out of the ordinary, this is the bowl of soup for you!
4598 Main Street, Vancouver, BC.
There are bowls of soup for every craving, it’s just a matter of finding the one for the right occasion. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!
Dining in Vancouver, BC