Soups to try in Qatar this winter

Soups to try in Qatar this winter

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

With temperatures dropping across Qatar, one of the best ways to keep warm is by enjoying an appetizing bowl of soup. Soups are packed with nutrients, flavorful and considered healthy to have during the winter.

A melting pot of cultures, Qatar’s culinary sphere features food from around the world and soups make no exception. From a thick and creamy seafood chowder to an inviting bowl of laksa, here is a list of soups from around the world to enjoy this winter in Doha.

Ramen

A Japanese noodle soup, ramen is made of savory liquid broth, soft noodle and tasty toppings. The liquid base comes in either soy soup, clear chicken soup, creamy chicken soup or miso. Noodles are generally wheat based, and essential toppings include garlic, sweet corn, spring onion and charshu (chicken breast ham). A bowl of ramen is a hearty meal to have on a cold rainy day!

Recommendation: Ninja Ramen
Ninja Ramen is one of the few restaurants in Qatar that lets you customize your bowl of ramen. You can choose from different soup bases, toppings and extras to make a bowl of ramen that tantalizes your taste buds.

Rates: From QAR 35 to QAR 45 (Depending on your choice of ramen and toppings)
Location: Al Mana Hotel, Al Matar Street and Doha Al Jadeed Metro Station – Red Line

Laksa

A spicy noodle soup hailing from Southeast Asia, laksa is a rich bowl of soup featuring Chinese noodles and Southeast Asian curries. Typically available in two varieties; curry laksa features a creamy coconut milk and curry paste base while asam laksa relies on a lighter broth making the dish an excellent comfort food for cold spells of weather, wherever you are. 

Recommendation: Mama Rozie
Mama Rozie’s is a crowd favorite when it comes to authentic Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine. The laksa at Mama Rozie’s is a creamy Malaysian noodle soup cooked with traditional spices, served with homemade yellow egg noodles, topped with your choice of chicken or prawn, fish balls and boiled egg.

Rates: From QAR 32 to QAR 37 (Depending on addition of chicken or prawn)
Location: Al Muntazah

Seafood chowder

A popular dish in North American cuisine, this hearty bowl of soup generally features milk, onion and potatoes to form a hearty soup base, and is topped with different varieties of seafood making it a rich and flavorful dish to relish during winter.

Recommendation: Little Sailor Seafood
The seafood chowder at Little Sailor Seafood does not disappoint in terms of quantity and taste, bringing you a large bowl of soup featuring crab, crab-sticks, prawn and fish.

Rates: QAR 30
Location: visit your nearest branch

Tom yum

Hailing all the way from Thailand, tom yum is a hot and sour Thai soup, usually cooked in a prawn base and of two types; clear tom yum and creamy tom yum. The creamy version, referred to as ‘Tom Yum Kha’ includes a splash of coconut milk and chili paste added to the clear version of the soup referred to as ‘Tom Yum Goong’. The galangal and lemon-grass included in the tom yum enhances the tanginess and zest of the soup, and is considered go-to soup for an itchy throat or the sniffles that come with the colder season.

Recommendation: Busaba Bangkok Thai
A popular Thai restaurant in Qatar, Busaba serves both versions of the tom yum, a tantalizing treat for any season.

Rates: QAR 49 – QAR 58 (Depending on choice of tom yum and toppings).
Location: Mirqab Mall

French onion soup

The modern day French onion soup is a popular staple in French cuisine and typically features a meat stock and onion base topped with bread and cheese, then gratinéed to a rich, creamy layer that’s an absolute delight.

Recommendation: Paul Arabia
The French onion soup at Paul Arabia consists of onion and mozzarella cheese, served in a homemade bread bowl.

Rates: QAR 36
Location: visit your nearest branch

Lentil soup

Popular throughout the Middle East, and widely favored around the world, lentil soup is predominantly made with a lentil base, onions, garlic and fresh greens. In some instances carrots, celery or tomatoes are added for extra flavor. The ingredients featured in the dish are packed with wholesome nutrients that is generally recommended year-round. 

Recommendation: Baladna restaurant
The savory lentil soup served at Baladna restaurant is accompanied by crouton toppings for an extra crunch, and a squeeze of lemon.

Rates: QAR 28
Location: visit your nearest branch

Harira

Originally from Morocco, Harira is popularly enjoyed in North Africa. Harira comprises a chickpea stew, durum wheat and toppings. The stew is cooked with tender pieces of lamb or meat, a variety of spices and a rich tomato broth.

Recommendation: Mssamen & Atai
The Harira at Mssamen and Atai is freshly prepared and served with dates and lemon, a crowd favorite in Qatar.

Rates: QAR 25
Location: Qanat Quartier, The Pearl Qatar

Pho

With Vietnamese origins, pho is a soup consisting of a bone broth, rice noodle and thinly sliced meat; sometimes served with an addition of bean sprouts, fresh herbs, limes and chilies. Topped with succulent pieces of braised meat, the Vietnamese pho is a delectable dish to be enjoyed this season.

Recommendation: Tuk Tuk Saigon
The Vietnamese pho at Tuk Tuk Saigon includes a traditional chicken or beef broth, rice noodles, herbs and sliced chicken or beef.

Rates: QAR 37 –QAR 42 (depending on chicken or beef)
Location: Bin Mahmoud

Bulalo 

Hailing from the Philippines and alternatively referred to as beef shank soup, Bulalo is a light colored soup that is made of a light meat broth, leafy vegetables, corn on the cob, scallions, onions, garlic, ginger, and fish sauce. 

Recommendation: Bos Geo Pares 
Featuring a chunky piece of bone marrow and appealing toppings, the Bulalo at Bos Geo Pares is enjoyed year round by the Philippine community in Qatar.

Location: Rawdat Al Khail

Tortilla soup

A Mexican dish, the tortilla soup is traditionally made with chicken broth, tomatoes, garlic, onion, chiles, and fried tortilla strips. Mildly spicy, the tortilla soup is a heavenly meal to enjoy this winter.

Recommendation: Viva Mexico by Mr Taco 
The tortilla soup at Viva Mexico comprises of a chicken broth with tortilla chips, chicken, avocado, ancho chilli, halloumi cheese and sour cream.

Rates: QAR 31
Location: Msheireb, Qanat Quartier-7, The Pearl-Qatar

Looking for more options? Check out our list from last year featuring some crowd favorites in Qatar. 

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