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Fall’s Fragrant Fare: Islamabad’s Top Five Soups to Savor

As the leaves change color and a cool breeze fills the air, it's a clear sign that autumn is upon us, and with it comes the promise of cozy nights, warm blankets, and the delightful return of soup season. The transition from summer to fall marks a culinary shift, with many eagerly awaiting the opportunity to savor hearty and comforting soups. 

Soup season is a beloved time for many, and for good reason. There's something inherently comforting about a steaming bowl of soup on a chilly day. It warms both body and soul, making it a culinary embrace that transcends generations. Whether you're a fan of classic chicken noodle soup or enjoy exploring exotic flavors like Thai coconut curry, soup season has something for everyone.

Let’s explore the magic of soup season, the diverse array of flavors it brings, and some tips for making the most of this delicious time of year.

If you're in Islamabad and looking to savor some delicious soups during the upcoming soup season, here are a few places that offer fantastic soup options

  • The Monal Restaurant:

This iconic hilltop restaurant not only offers breathtaking views of Islamabad but also serves a variety of soups. Their hot and sour soup and cream of chicken soup are especially popular.

  • Loafology Bakery:

Loafology Bakery in Islamabad is renowned for its artisanal bread and pastries, but their exceptional soups have become a highlight. For heartier options, their Rustic Mushroom Soup combines a medley of mushrooms with a savory broth, elevated with truffle oil and fresh herbs.

  • Asian Wok:

Asian Wok, renowned for its diverse Asian cuisine, presents a range of soups that capture the essence of Asian culinary traditions. Among their offerings, the Tom Yum Soup stands out with its bold blend of lemongrass, chili peppers, and coconut milk, creating a memorable Thai delight.

  • BLT:

While known for its sandwiches and snacks, BLT also serves comforting soups like Cream of Mushroom Soup, Minstrone Soup.

  • Yum Chinese & Thai:

Yum Chinese and Thai in Islamabad offers an enticing selection of soups that encapsulate the flavors of Chinese and Thai cuisines. Their Tom Kha Gai is a Thai coconut soup that beautifully balances the creaminess of coconut milk with the zestiness of lemongrass and Thai herbs, while their Hot and Sour Soup provides a hearty and flavorful start with its blend of tangy and spicy elements. 

If you want to enjoy a homemade soup instead of going out, try this easiest yet yummiest recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup. With simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen, this comforting and delicious soup comes together in no time. It's the perfect choice for a cozy night in, a quick and satisfying meal, or whenever you're craving the classic flavors of homemade chicken noodle soup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Carrots, Peeled & Sliced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 6 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Chicken, Shredded
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 1 Cup Egg Noodles

Instructions:

  1. In a pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sliced carrots. Saute for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
  2. Pout in the chicken broth and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the vegetables to become tender.
  3. Add the cooked chicken to simmering broth. Add uncooked Egg noodles to this point as well. Let the soup simmer for another 5-7 minutes.
  4. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve your homemade chicken noodle soup with crusty bread or crackers for a complete and comforting meal.

This simple and delicious Chicken Noodle Soup is perfect for warming up on a chilly day or when you need a quick and comforting meal. Enjoy!

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