Our 17 Best Asian Soup Recipes To Make You Forget All About Chicken Noodle

From breakfast mi xian to spicy ramen, these Asian soups are perfect for fall

For some, soup is reserved for a sick day cure or easy appetizer, but don't overlook soups as hearty breakfasts and main-course dinner stars. Asian soups are some of our favorite fall soups. Traditionally prepared in broth without milk or cream, soups are a staple in a wide range of Asian cuisines, from Thai to Japanese. Whether you're in the mood for noodle-based soups like ramen and Hanoi-style breakfast or something non-traditional like egg drop soup boosted with spinach and edamame, our best Asian soup recipes are tasty meals that will warm you up in the cold weather.

Beef Short Rib Pho
pho
Parboiling the bones for this broth is sufficient for a clean, pure, traditional pho. But for a beefier broth with deep, rich flavor, roast the bones before their long simmer. This recipe is adapted from Madame Vo in New York City. Get the recipe for Beef Short Rib Pho »Michelle Heimerman
Yunnan-Style Breakfast Noodle Soup
Yunnan-Style Breakfast Noodle Soup
This popular breakfast in China's Yunnan Province starts with fresh rice noodles and ground meat in a bare-bones pork broth, then gets customized with as many as a dozen condiments. Yunnan mi xian noodles (round and spaghettilike) or mi gan (flat and wide) are traditional, but any size rice noodle works, and dried varieties are fine in a pinch. Find fresh rice noodles in the refrigerated section at most Asian markets. Get the recipe for Yunnan-Style Breakfast Noodle Soup »Matt Taylor-Gross
Doenjang Jjigae (Fermented Soybean Stew)
Doenjang Jjigae Korean Soybean Stew
It took chef Hooni Kim one year to perfect his recipe for dashi, which he uses as the base of this everyday Korean stew. Gochujang adds a subtle layer of heat to the broth, and doenjang boosts its richness and silkiness. Get the recipe for Doenjang Jjigae (Fermented Soybean Stew) »Jason Lang
Japanese New Year's Soup
Japanese New Year's Soup
In Japanese homes on the first day of the year, the dish to eat is ozoni, a good luck soup composed of pink-rimmed fish cake, daikon, carrot, and shiitake mushrooms floating in a rich dashi (kelp and bonito broth) along with mochi, chewy rice cakes, which are oven-toasted until they resemble fire-licked marshmallows. Get the recipe for Japanese New Year's Soup »Ingalls Photography
Pork Noodle Soup with Shrimp Paste (La Paz Batchoy)
La Paz Batchoy
A Filipino soup packed with egg noodles and pig parts, La Paz batchoy was born in the La Paz district of Iloilo city, in the province where chef Dale Talde's mother was born. Talde's version streamlines the traditional recipe, keeps the liver and intestines optional, and applies just enough shrimp paste to keep things funky. Get the recipe for Pork Noodle Soup with Shrimp Paste (La Paz Batchoy) »William Hereford
Hot Soba with Chicken and Egg
Hot Soba Noodles with Chicken and Egg
Is there ever a bad time for soba noodles? Definitely not. Get the recipe for Hot Soba with Chicken and Egg »Dylan + Jeni
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. Get the recipe for Thai Boat Noodle Soup (Kuaytiaw Reua) »Ingalls Photography
Spinach and Edamame Egg Drop Soup
Spinach and Edamame Egg Drop Soup
A handful of soybeans and fresh spinach lightens up this Chinese restaurant favorite. Get the recipe for Spinach and Edamame Egg Drop Soup »Farideh Sadeghin
Korean Spicy Clam Soup
Korean Clam Soup
A simple, light soup not short on heat or spice. Get the recipe for Korean Spicy Clam Soup »Matt Taylor-Gross
Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen)
Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen)
Toasted sesame oil and hot chile oil spice up this porky ramen. Get the recipe for Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen) »Todd Coleman
Danny Bowien's Hanoi-Style Breakfast Pho
Danny Bowien's Hanoi-Style Breakfast Pho
After bringing it to a boil, Bowien simmers simple chicken broth for just a short period, believing that the flavor goes flat if cooked for too long. Get the recipe for Danny Bowien's Hanoi-Style Breakfast Pho »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. Get the recipe for Miso Soup with Scallions and Shiso »Elizabeth Cecil
Home-Style Chicken Ramen
Chicken Ramen
When Kyle Itani of Itani Ramen makes ramen at home, this chicken version is his go-to. The broth is a relatively simple but deeply flavored chicken base layered with fresh ramen noodles, poached chicken breast, soft soy eggs, and a delicate fennel oil. We recommend Sun Noodle for fresh ramen noodles, but if you can't find them, dried will do in a pinch. Other common toppings you can buy include: Bamboo shoots, fish cake, pickled mustard greens, and corn kernels. Get the recipe for Home-Style Chicken Ramen »Matt Taylor-Gross
Hainanese Rice Noodle Soup With Pork and Pickled Bamboo
Hainan Rice Noodle Soup
This vibrant noodle soup, a staple of nighttime street-food stalls in Wenchang, is built on a fragrant broth, so be sure to use a homemade version. though these food stalls typically make the noodles by hand, thick Filipino "luglug" noodles are a good alternative. Get the recipe for Hainanese Rice Noodle Soup With Pork and Pickled Bamboo »Jason Lang
Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth
Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth
For this deconstructed noodle soup, dip cold noodles into the hot broth, then slurp them quickly—the technique preserves the integrity of the tender, fresh noodles. Get the recipe for Cold Soba with Mushroom and Leek Seiro Broth »Dylan + Jeni
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. Get the recipe for Noodles in Dashi with Miso-Coated Pork Belly »Andrea Fazzari
Green Curry and Taro Stem Soup with Bacon
Green Curry and Taro Stem Soup with Bacon
This Cambodian soup is full of complex flavor from smoky bacon, crisp, cleansing taro stems and prahok (Cambodian fish paste). Get the recipe for Green Curry and Taro Stem Soup with Bacon »Christopher Wise
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. Get the recipe for Makombu-Squash Soup »André Baranowski