Six International Soups That You Should Look For In Your Deli


As the weather cools down, more and more people are seeking out their favorite soups. Soup is remarkably popular in America, with Americans eating more than 10 billion bowls of soup each year. Why? Well, for one thing, soup is a great comfort food, being flavorful, easy to eat, and quick to warm the stomach. Everyone seems to love at least some kind of soup, though women are twice as likely to order it for lunch as men. In fact, in 2016 it was reported that 32.1% of deli operations were planning on enhancing their soup stations, reflecting a growing demand for different kinds of soups. It’s no wonder that soup is so popular among those stopping by delis on the go — it’s easy to grab a hot soup container and be on your way. Hot soup containers are perfect for maintaining the warmth of the meal, therefore soup can be easier to maintain than other types of on the go foods that might lose their flavor or heat at a faster rate. Of course, soup is about more than its convenience — there is a wide variety of soup globally, with practically every country having some kind of soup to its name. Below, we’ll explore some different types of soups around the world. Before you know it, you’ll want to pick up a hot soup container and try them out.


Pozole is a type of Mexican soup, originally traced by to the state of Guerrero. The great thing about this soup is that there isn’t a single right way to make it, allowing for a bit of creativity among different chefs. Usually, chicken or pork is included in pozole, along with red or green chiles. This soup is quite thick, almost like a stew, and is always supposed to be spicy, thrilling those who want to add a little bit of extra heat to their soups.

2. Caldo Verde

Caldo verde is actually a Portuguese soup, and is notable for including kale in its recipe. Kale is in fact one of the main ingredients of this soup, along with chorizo. It’s ultimately a very simple soup, and it’s advisable that you serve it with broa, a Portugese cornbread.

3. Borscht

This Russian soup is perhaps one of the country’s most famous foods, though its deep red color may initially throw some people off. Borscht is a soup you might have to adventure to find, but it’s well worth the effort if you’re up for something new. Borscht can be served hot or cold, so you might not always need a hot soup container for this type of soup, but it should always have a beet base, occasionally with cabbage or potatoes added for a bit of extra flavor.

4. French Onion

Obviously hailing from France, this soup is a staple and very well known to those who want something classic, rich, and hearty. With a caramelized onion base, French onion soup is often topped with croutons and a variety of soft white cheeses, though perhaps provolone goes best with the savory soup. Chances are that you’ve had this soup before — but sometimes, it’s comforting to go back to old reliable.

5. Matzo Ball

Matzo ball soup is a distinctly Jewish dish, hailing from Eastern Europe and often associated with Passover, though it can be found in a variety of delis. Don’t think of this soup as something purely holiday — you’d be missing out if that was the case, as matzo ball soup is flavorful and filling. The most interesting thing the texture of the matzo ball itself, which can be quite dense in some soups and light and fluffy in others.

6. Mulligatawny

Mulligatawny is a soup resulting from the mixture of English and Indian cuisines. It has a base of Indian spices and lentils, while the British added to it meat and a number of different options, including vegetables and even apples!

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