Japan (London Times): To slurp or not to slurp? That is the question taxing Japanese society as the young cast aside traditional etiquette in favour of Western lifestyles. Junichiro Koizumi, the Prime Minister, slurps when he eats noodles, as do most male members of his Cabinet, but noisy eaters are a dying breed in Japan, where a vogue for eating noodles silently is taking hold.
England (Sir James Richards, early 20th century): There are three kinds of man you must never trust: a man who hunts south of the Thames, a man who has soup for lunch, and a man who waxes his moustache.
“Who is the head of a soup factory?” “Souperman” (7-year-old Marguerite)
“How do you make gold soup?” “With 22 carrots.”
“Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!” “It must have committed insecticide.”
“Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!” “Okay, I’ll bring you a fork.”
“Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup!” “So what? There’s soup on your fly.”
These little gems are from Soupsong, a delightful compendium of soup recipes and lore, including Soup Jokes, Theatrical Soup, and True Soup Confessions.
One of my favorite meals is soup, bread, cheese and wine. Hard to beat! I don’t have a favorite soup because there are too many kinds I love. Butternut squash! Tomato! Hot and sour! Kale and veggie sausage! What’s your favorite soup?
Spicy parsnip soup, made in 20 minutes. Personal favourite.
That sounds great! I don’t think I have had parsnip soup before–I’ll have to give it a try. What do you put in for the spiciness?
And maybe a little slurping?
Slurping is a must 🙂
Mmmmm. Homemade tomato soup with a maitake mushroom and gruyere grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough on the side. The best.
OMG, that is definitely my kind of soup/sandwich combo. I do love sourdough bread. And grilled cheese. And mushrooms…
I like tomato soup ( not cream of) and an asparagus soup I used to make, served with a parmesan custard over which the soup gets poured. The custard causes the creaminess in an otherwise creamless soup. Oh – and potato/leek soup ( no cheese thank you)
Oh, potato and leek! Another great old one I’d forgotten.
It’s a good one for a cold day.
That is very interesting about the custard–a trick I’ve never heard before. I’m very fond of potato and leek as well.
Oooh yes, potato and leek is good 🙂 I also like the German sausage soup – http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/german-potato-soup-kartoffelsuppe/#b2a6s1jr3D4SKmBQ.97
That’s really a vegetarian soup, with sausage as a garnish! I would put some (veggie) sausage in the soup too. It works great with kale.
Yeah, Jamie just has it as a garnish, Germans have chunks of sausage in it – might actually give making it a bash!
Lisa @ cheergerm said:
I think it’s sad that the Japanese slurpy tradition will most likely be lost. I am with you, too many soups to choose. But I love an Indian veggie lentil or a traditional veggie Soup loaded with celery, or spicy cauliflower or…yup, so much soup so little time. Your tomato soup looks tops!
Oh yes, lentil soups are a whole category of their own. I love a spicy red lentil soup, Turkish style.
Maybe we can revive the slurping thing 🙂 Shows respect for the cook!
Love soup! it’s the ultimate comfort food 🙂 Tomato is one of my favourites, back home it’s not a creamy variety but a clear one and we thicken it up with some rice 🙂 I love sour tasting ones, versions of borscht, yum! Or thai chicken one.. or so many other varieties, even without cheesy bread though it does add something to it. I sometimes use seeds or croutons to give it an added boost, kick 🙂
Ah, borscht is great. It works very well as a vegetarian soup. I like croutons in my soup too. Especially the classic French onion, with a giant crouton and gruyère cheese… mmm. I make it without beef stock and it’s still good and rich and oniony.