There is something to be said about a steaming bowl of soup when one is considerably under the weather. It soothes unsettled stomachs and congested noses, calms fevered brows and goes easily down sore throats. Even if one’s maladies aren’t physical – say, a bad case of the blues – a bowl of soup never comes amiss.
Whole-meal soups – those broths enriched with cream or pureed vegetables and made chunky with chopped meat and more veg – are particularly comforting especially on days when one is short on sleep and one’s body is screaming for rest but can’t because of workaday demands.
Normally, whole-meal soups are served with sandwiches or a good slab of warm bread. Today’s lunch, however, pretty much scrapped the need for a sandwich or bread – for the basic reason that the sandwich was in the soup!
I got this particular cup from Soup-tastic Gourmet Soups, a little table that serves three different soups every day. Today’s menu featured crabmeat and corn, a chicken and corn egg drop soup, and this chunky little number: the cheeseburger soup.
Don’t turn your nose up at the notion as it actually works – and it works well. It’s essentially a rich, creamy chowder made with chicken stock and cream with pre-grilled and chunked beef burger patties, potato cubes, chopped celery, grated carrot, and diced mild cheese. The flavors are perfectly balanced and even the smallest size (P 45.00) is enough to see you through from lunch till the end of the day. Bread is absolutely unnecessary and hold the ketchup and mustard.
Soup-tastic Gourmet Soups – Galleon Food Avenue, Ground Floor – BA Lepanto Bldg., Salcedo Village, Paseo de Roxas, Makati.