We may all think that a soup’s a soup, right? It’s one of those beautifully simple, you-know-what-you’re-getting-when-you order-it kind of foods. Wrong. It turns out there’s a whole other world of soup…delicacies out there that we’ve never had the pleasure of being introduced to! So, although we’re accustomed to our trusty chicken, mushroom, tomato and celery varieties, there’s a whole heap of other, slightly more unusual ingredients out there that people are using to make some very weird soups!
We’ve done some research and discovered the weirdest soups from around the world. Have a read and see if any of these take your fancy…
Chocolate Ramen Soup
The basis of ramen soup is noodles, and then it’s usually paired with egg, vegetables and sometimes chicken. But not this weird soup! In this version, chocolate is used as a main ingredient. It was first brought into existence for Valentine’s Day as a collaboration between Japanese sweet maker Lotte and a popular chocolate brand called Ghana. Although combining chocolate with savoury food isn’t a new thing, we’re not sure how we feel about melting chocolate over a bowl of noodles…
Here at Campbell’s we’re in support of making meals out of what you’ve got to hand, using up ingredients and not wasting anything. However, a tribe that live at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro have taken that philosophy to a whole other level! Due to it’s remote location, the people in this tribe have to live off the land and the food they can produce there. That’s predominantly bananas, coffee and…dirt. It’s those three ingredients that make up their very own Kiburu soup. Apparently, the dirt is the secret ingredient and adds a salty, earthy taste, unsurprisingly!
Yep, you heard it here first, beer soup. Invented by the Germans, a nation of beer-appreciators, it spread across Europe during the medieval period. It’s made from a roux and the main ingredient is, undoubtedly, beer! We’ve been told that you can definitely taste it in this soup.
Bird’s Nest Soup
This soup also features in our roundup of The World’s Most Extreme Soups, mainly because it’s so expensive! Made from the nest of Swiflets, this soup costs a bomb because the collection of Swiflet nests is limited and those that do collect them have to risk their lives scaling the walls of caves to bring them back. However, by far the weirdest thing about this soup is that the nests are typically made from the saliva of the birds!
This soup is just plain weird. Originating from Mexico, it’s used to cure hangovers and apparently tastes excellent. However, we have our doubts because the main ingredient is cows stomach. If you can get over that, this soup is simmered gently for hours to create rich and meaty flavours, so we’re told…
Chicken’s Testicle Soup
Last, but by no means least, there’s a soup made from chicken’s testicles. Although we’re big fans of our own Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Chicken soup, we’re not sure how we feel about using that particular part of a chicken! Having said that, there’s a lot to be said for using up all of an animal and promoting sustainable eating.
What do you think about these weird soups from around the world? Would you like to see any of these on your supermarket shelves? Let us know your thoughts!
If you prefer to stick to the flavours you’re more used to then check out our range of Campbell’s soups!