11 Asian Soups to Make you Forget About Chicken Noodle

Korean spicy clam soup, Hanoi-style breakfast pho, and more

From the simplest miso soup with scallions to noodles in dashi with glazed pork belly, soup in Asia doesn't fall under one clean descriptor. Some are noodle-y, others brothy; some have a straightforward, fragrant flavor, while others have a kick-you-in-the-face pungence. From the simplest broth to the most complicated ramen, these 11 Asian soups have something for everyone.

Noodles in Dashi with Miso-Coated Pork Belly
Noodles in Dashi with Miso-Coated Pork Belly
Red miso paste, more fermented than its blond counterparts, adds piquancy to pork belly cooked with brown sugar, mirin, and sesame seeds.Andrea Fazzari
Thai Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reua)
Thai Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reua)
This spicy, delicious Thai noodle soup is enhanced with a touch of crimson pig's blood.Ingalls Photography
Hot and Sour Soup (Suan La Tang)
Hot and Sour Soup (Suan La Tang)
Mild ingredients—mushrooms, tofu—are nestled in a fiery, vinegar-laced broth.Todd Coleman
Tantanmen (Sesame and Chile Ramen)
This Tokyo-style ramen, made with a rich, chile- and sesame-spiked chicken stock, is served with ground pork and topped thinly sliced scallions.Todd Coleman
Korean Clam Soup
Korean Spicy Clam Soup
A simple, light soup not short on heat or spice.Matt Taylor-Gross
Danny Bowien's Hanoi-Style Breakfast Pho
Danny Bowien's Hanoi-Style Breakfast Pho
This dish, which Danny Bowien serves on his breakfast menu at New York City's Mission Cantina, is inspired by the Vietnamese soups he ate at Turtle Tower in San Francisco when he was a culinary student.Joseph De Leo
Miso Soup with Scallions and Shiso
Miso Soup
This clean-tasting, simple miso soup from chef Chris Fischer is made with dashi, a fish broth reinforced here with kombu and bonito flakes.Elizabeth Cecil
Sichuan Noodle and Pork Shoulder Soup (Yu Xiang Pai Gu Mian)
Sichuan Noodle and Pork Shoulder Soup (Yu Xiang Pai Gu Mian)
Chengdu noodle shop owner Ma Yingjun shared his recipe for this dish of stewed pork over noodles. See Matt Gross's article Flavors of Sichuan for information on hard-to-find ingredients.Ariana Lindquist
Makombu-Squash Soup
Makombu Squash Soup
Any root vegetable—squash, carrots, turnips, potatoes—can be used to make this silky, umami-rich soup from award-winning Japanese cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo.André Baranowski
Mo Gu Niantiao Tang (Mushroom Noodle Soup)
A homemade chicken broth flavored with ginger, garlic, and scallions, is the key to this soup's richness.Ariana Lindquist
Tainan Style Noodles
Of Fukien origins, this noodle dish is now synonymous with Tainan—thanks to the expertise of noodle cooks like those at Slow Season, who gave us this recipe.Jun Takagi