Friday, 30 April 2010

getting soupy in sydney

On FBI Radio today: Everyone I know (including our beloved Sweetie) has been sick recently. With a spate of lurgies being passed around the greater Sydney area, try this to ward away the sick fog:

1-2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar in water, three times daily. It's gross, but it's supposed to alkalise the raised acidity levels in the body. Raw apple cider vinegar has a natural balance of good bacteria that also help to keep the body's balance in check.

Once that's done, let's get onto more interesting things. Like soup. Jewish mothers swear by matzo ball soup for curing what ails you, but if you don't have access to Yenta and a the Moriah mother's cookbook:

1. Phở


Spicy, aromatic stock, a heap of onions, mung beans, lemon juice, and Vietnamese mint - this fragrant noodle soup now vies for top dog when it comes to Sydney's favourite Asian soup. Best ordered with rare beef (so that the beef cooks in the heat of the soup), and with added decorations of beef meatballs, tripe and other offally goodness, it's guaranteed to keep the winter chill at bay.


An Restaurant
27 Greenfield Pde
Bankstown 2200 NSW
Phởne: (02) 9796 7826

709 George St
Haymarket, NSW

2. Wonton Noodle Soup


Dumplings. Noodles. Soup. Love 'em all. Combined in a bowl, they're even better especially when you add slices of glazed char siew pork, plenty of spring onions and if my opinion counts, prawns in the dumplings. And a drop of red vinegar on the dumpling before you pop it in your mouth - a throwback from a colleague I worked with in Hong Kong.


Din Tai Fung
644 George St
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9264 6010

The New Dong Dong Noodles
428 Anzac Parade Kingsford NSW 2032
(02) 9662 1877

3. Old School Soup


Pumpkin. Roasted tomato. Minestrone. They're all part of the national must-drink list during winter, but aside from making it yourself, where can you find these classic soups around Sydney? One institution does it all year round, but we love Betty's more in the winter for the doorstops of fluffy white bread, smeared with butter and the range of old school Aussie comfort soups as well as kid-nostalgic fish fingers, salad with iceberg lettuce and bangers and mash.


Betty's Soup Kitchen
84 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
(02) 9360 9698


missklicious said...

Pho is the best medicine for a cold!

Simon Food Favourites said...

chicken noodle soup is the best for colds :-) or a nice homemade vegetable soup made with chicken stock