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An overhead photo of a bowl of Cambodian soup with doughnuts and green chopsticks. Paolo Jay Agbay

Hey, Philly: It’s Soup Season

As the weather gets colder, try these five soups in Philly to warm up

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.

A close photo of a small bowl of soft tofu jjigae Korean stew.

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.

A bowl of pho and a plate of meat on the side with herbs and spices behind it.
A red bowl of additional hot sauce.

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.

A bowl of soup with beef and onions sliced thin.
A bowl with soup piled high and a spoon to the left with a plate of herbs out of focus to the right.

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.

An overhead photo of a bowl of Cambodian soup with doughnuts and green chopsticks. Paolo Jay Agbay

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.

Spice C

131 North 10th Street, , PA 19107 (215) 923-2222 Visit Website


1333 West Cheltenham Avenue, , PA 19027 (215) 782-3828 Visit Website

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