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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Miso Char Sui Ramen

Restaurant: Sapporo, Manhattan

No trip anywhere is complete without trying an Asian noodle soup, and as we didn’t want to walk far one evening in Manhattan, we found a nearby casual Japanese restaurant/café called Sapporo.

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We took a seat in our favourite location – the bar, and started to look at the extensive menu. There were lots of Ramen’s and we were a bit unsure what to choose. I’ve only had ramen a handful of times and everywhere seems to serve something different, so we went for something that sounded like it had familiar ingredients – the Miso Char Sui. We ordered this with a Katsu curry to share, not realising that would also come with a plain miso.

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The soup arrived in a classic ramen bowl. We were surprised to find minced as well as sliced pork and sweetcorn in the broth. The soup was topped with spring onions, scallions and bean sprouts. The broth was brown and cloudy – it had texture which could have been the starch from the noodles.

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In my mind, the noodles were the star of the soup – thick, golden and silky. They were perfectly cooked – I could have eaten a big bowl of noodles on their own.

For my personal taste, I found the broth too rich, and it’s not something I would order again. It wasn’t a flavour I could keep eating and I ended up leaving some of it, opting to finish up the noodles instead. With that in mind I would give the soup a spoon rating of 5, though if I were marking the noodles alone they would have got an 8!

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Words and pictures by @ladylavish