Whether you’re in denial about the weather growing colder or you’re the kind of person who can’t get enough of the crisp air, we can all at least agree on one thing: Hell yes, soup season has arrived. In Philly, there’s no shortage of excellent, warming soups to enjoy as you try to stay warm, but there are some especially good ones among Philly’s diverse array of Vietnamese, Korean, and Cambodian restaurants. To get you into the spirit, here are local photographer PJ Agbay’s five favorite soups to eat around Philly — from Korean jjigae to herb-filled pho.
Soft Tofu Jjigae with Seafood and Beef at Dubu
1333 W. Cheltenham Ave #102, Elkins Park
Dubu in Elkins Park serves its signature Korean soft tofu jjigae with seafood and beef and provides the option to up the spiciness level.
Chicken Pho at Pho Ga Thanh Thanh
1100 Washington Avenue, Washington Avenue Markets
A warming bowl of chicken pho, with all the herbs on the side, at Pho Ga Tanh Tanh on Washington Avenue.
Spicy Beef and Pork Noodle Soup at Cafe Nhan
1606 W. Passyunk Avenue, West Passyunk
A Vietnamese soup called bun bo hue dac biet made with marinated beef brisket, pig’s feet, steamed pork roll, and house-made blood cubes stewed in a spicy lemongrass broth.
Cambodian Noodle Soup with Fried Doughnuts at New Phnom Penh
2301 S. 7th Street, South Philly
Here’s a warming Cambodian noodle soup called hu tieu, served with fried doughnuts.
House Special Noodle Soup at Spice C
131 N. 10th Street, Chinatown
A Chinese soup made with sliced beef, tendon, and brisket and hand-drawn noodles at Spice C in Chinatown.