Laksa to Locro: Spicy Soups from Around the World

I’ve started becoming rather fiendish for spicy foods in the past few years, and now it’s starting to infiltrate my soup repertoire. But doesn’t a bowl of savory broth spiked with bird’s eye chilies and minced ginger sound perfect for a chilly evening? Here are six soups that are sure perk up our taste buds and warm us to our toes.

The irony is that most of these soups come from warm-weather climates where the spiciness is meant to help you deal with the heat. No matter! A spicy soup is welcome in my kitchen no matter the season.

Penang Assam Laksa from Rasa Malaysia - This Malaysian fish soup gets its tang from a hefty dollop of tamarind paste.

Hot and Sour Soup from Gourmet - White pepper gives this classic Chinese soup a heat that's more like a slow burn than a spicy flame.

West African Peanut Soup from the Gracious Bowl - Sweet potatoes, carrots, ginger, and chili peppers round out this West African staple.

Doro Wot from Saveur - Hailing from Ethiopia, this spicy chicken stew is a good one to let simmer on the back burner all afternoon.

Gujarati Mango Stew from Leite’s Culinaria - Madhur Jaffrey recommends the ripest mangoes you can find for this hot-sour Indian soup.

Locro de Papa from Laylita’s Recipes - While Ecuador is usually given ownership of this milky potato and cheese soup, various iterations can be found throughout South America.

What other spicy soups do you love?

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