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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