Pani puri and tamarind water

Restaurant: The Chilli Pickle, Brighton.

Not quite soup, but gorgeous tamarind pepper water to have with these amazing pani puri from The Chilli Pickle.

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The crispy shells are filled with chick pea salad and tasty pea shoots and they come with the tamarind pepper water, herb chutney and chilli sauce.

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The pepper water is like a very, very light broth, and it tastes amazing if you pour a little into the pani puri. The whole thing pops with flavour in your mouth. Yum. I can’t really review this one, as technically it’s probably not a soup, but well worth letting you know about  đŸ™‚

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New York Deli soup off

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While we were in New York, we did a fun deli soup off, featuring soups from The Park Cafe in Manhattan. We were ordering a main course, but both fancied a cup of soup to start. I love the way you can get a small cup of soup to start or accompany a meal in The States, rather than having to order a whole big bowl.

Soup 1:  Chicken rice soup

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This soup was a revelation. A warming mug of goodness, packed with ingredients and glowing yellow in colour. The broth was rich, almost creamy, with a massive depth of flavour. There were chunks of celery, carrot and big pieces of roast chicken, along with rice. Only one word for this – amazing!

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Words and pictures @ladylavish

Soup 2:  Beef Barley soup

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This is a rich and hearty soup. Tasty, piping hot and just the right size for a starter. There’s a hint of tomato, along with big chunks of carrot and celery, plus barley and of course, beef. This is a really good soup, and would be the sort of flavour and goodness to make you feel better if you were ill. Thoroughly recommended.

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Words and pictures @madgie