• Maria Mousa

Most Bizarre Soups


For years soups have been a simply way to make a good meal out of what you have. Sometimes what you have may be more than your traditional chicken noodle soup. With that here are the top most bizarre soups that span the globe.


Menudo

Some may find cow stomach soup to be a little odd. Menudo is a traditional Mexican soup that is very popular and often made for special occasions. It is also widely known as a cure all for hangovers. Menudo consists of tripe or cow stomach, onions, cilantro, oregano, chilis and hominy. It takes anywhere from seven to ten hours to make, as the meat needs to cook for an extended time to make it tender.


Supu Soup

Supu simply means soup, but the breakfast version of this Tanzanian soup is the most extravagant, made from goat lungs, heart, liver, head, cow stomach, intestines and tongue. If you are lucky, you might even get a cow hoof and tail thrown in. The hooves are sometimes boiled and is called supu ya makongoro. The soup eaten for breakfast is a traditional dish in Tanzania and is also widely known to cure hangovers.


Bird Nest Soup

One of the most expensive soups , Bird Nest Soup is made from the nests of Swiftlet birds. The Chinese soup is a delicacy, and sells for as much as $30 to $100 per bowl, a kilogram of the nest can cost up to $2000. Soups made from nests are almost entirely from the birds own sticky saliva. The nest dissolves and becomes gelatinous with water. The bird’s nests have been in Chinese cooking for centuries usually in the soup. Swiftlet birds make their nests in caves by the male and take over 35 days to build. The cup shaped nests are interwoven strands of salivary cement. Some common health benefits that are associated with the soup are, focus, improved asthma, and the immune system.


Fruit Bat Soup

In the islands of Palau, this soup is again a delicacy in town. Although I am starting to think many of these “delicacies” came from unknowing tourists willing to try anything. The island has two types of bats, the insect eating and the large fruit bats. The latter are cooked in coconut milk, ginger, spices and boiled for several hours. At some restaurants, the customer is able to choose his or her bat before cooking it alive in boiling water. Many people who have tried the soup stated it is delicious.







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