Toronto Soup Co’s 5 Best Soup Bowls

It’s National Soup Month – which means there is no better time to unwind with a steaming bowl of deliciousness than in the cold depths of January in Toronto. The city is teeming with skilled wizards dedicated to pushing the limits of the luxury and beauty of a bowl of soup.

“Toronto is the best place for soup because of the incredible array of cultural offerings here. We also have access to great ingredients, local and imported, ”says Sara Schwartz Geller, co-owner of Toronto Soup Co.“ And most importantly, we have chefs who care and take great pride in what they do.

When it comes to the locals making top-notch soup, Geller and his partner, Matt Janssens, are perhaps the liveliest of the bunch. They have won a lot of hearts over the past few years with their social enterprise work, sharing a liter of soup with someone in need for every liter sold, filling community fridges, making daily drop-offs at shelters and responding. direct social media appeals to deliver food to food insecure people.

“There is something about me that needs to bring this comfort to others,” says Geller. “I always feel like there is no reason for anyone to feel distressed and that there is nothing that cannot be resolved with a bowl of soup and a connection. I wish it were that simple and I know it isn’t, but providing real food just feels right to me. “

Their creations are not only mouth-watering, but also healthy, with staples like classic chicken noodles and Thai carrot lentils and seasonal offerings like vegan cauliflower curry, chickpea stew and chicken in the Mexican. “Soup brings joy to people,” Geller says, “because it’s easy, basic, nourishing and comforting.”

Here are her picks for the city’s must-try soups.

Split Pea Soup with Noodles at United Bakers Dairy, 506 Lawrence Ave. (see “There is something about dairy products” on TO5)

“The inspiration behind our own split pea soup! Rich, comforting and classic, it shows that you don’t need a ham shank to make a super rich and satisfying split pea soup.

Roasted Chestnut Soup in Agio, 1351 Sainte-Claire Avenue West

“The texture is divine and obtained without using cream. The flavor is earthy, but in a different way than mushrooms: slightly sweet and absolutely delicious.

Cambodian soup with Khmer Thai, 1018 Sainte-Claire Avenue West

“Many curries leave me upset stomach because I don’t do well with too much oil, but this one leaves me feeling good and wanting more.” It is delicate and rich at the same time.

Soon Tofu at Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu, 2450 Sheppard Ave. E

“Nothing like a steaming bowl of spicy sweet tofu on a cold day. Served with ‘purple rice’ and an egg on top, this stew / soup can be served with all levels of spice and therefore makes a great, filling and affordable meal for the whole family. I prefer the vegetarian option or with kimchi, but you can also add meat or seafood to this classic Korean soup.

French Onion Soup at Gare de l’Est Brasserie, 1190 Dundas Street E.

“Strong, onion and gooey.” What more could you ask for on a cold night? You can taste the sherry and the Emmenthal (cheese) is top notch. This soup has the most amazing balance and mouth feel of any other French onion soup in Toronto. I love how generous they are with cheese and full-bodied broth.


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