Ethnic Pantry: International Soups


Having a well-stocked pantry allows you to experiment with soup recipes from around the globe.

Although it's difficult to fully describe a nation's cooking styles and flavors with a few key ingredients, this guide will help you get a general idea of what goes into some of the tastiest international soups.

While we recommend making your own stocks if you have the time, keeping some good quality low-sodium chicken broth on hand gives you a base to which you can add some of the ingredients listed below for a quick and tasty soup with an ethnic flair.


Ginger, Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Eggs, Rice Wine, Mushrooms, Five-Spice, Noodles, Star Anise, Cornstarch


Ginger, Miso, Shiso, Tofu, Mushrooms, Mirin, Soy Sauce, Green Onions, Noodles


Lemongrass, Fish Sauce, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Coconut Milk, Galangal, Ginger, Garlic, Shallots, Thai Chili Peppers, Noodles, Shrimp & Chicken, Jasmine Rice, Tamarind, Basil


Mirepoix, Mushrooms, Leeks, Wine, Beans, Duck, Seafood, Chicken Stock


Potatoes, Cabbage, Beets, Mushrooms, Vinegar, Sausage, Sour Cream


Lemon Juice, Vinegar, Feta Cheese, Olive Oil, Garlic, Lentils, Oregano, Olives, Mint


Yuca, Plantains, Olive Oil, Garlic, Ham, Green Pepper, Cumin, Oregano