It's undeniable: we are in gloomy autumn territory here in Vancity, which means it's prime comfort food season. Luckily, with an amazing selection of ramen, pho and dumpling soups in this city, Vancouverites never have to look far for their next slurp-worthy noodle soup fix.
There are endless great noodle soup spots around the city (the West End being a particularly awesome haven for Vancouver's ramen-lovers), and it's easy to get caught up in the labyrinth of amazing choices. So here are 6 of the best noodle soups in Vancouver that will undoubtedly warm your soul and satisfy your taste buds:
Pho Bo from Linh Cafe // 2836 West 4th Ave
Linh Cafe is one of 4th Avenue's most delightful little spots. The French and Northern Vietnamese restaurant balances influences from both cultures, providing simple and flavourful meals ranging from foie gras to bun cha. But their pho is the stand-out dish of the menu, with plenty of rice noodles in a light beef broth topped with braised beef flank. Just the thing to get you through November!
Southern Thai Beef Laksa from Fat Mao Noodles // 217 E. Georgia St.
Fat Mao Noodles is a newer addition to Vancouver's ever-growing selection of impressive modern Asian restaurants. Its menu focuses on Thai-Chinese noodle dishes. While the entire menu is solid, their laksa is especially incredible, featuring a hot spicy broth, beef shin, peanuts, dried shrimp and your choice of noodles. Pair it with thai iced coffee or local craft beer - either way, you can't go wrong.
Tamago Ramen at Marutama Ra-Men Canada // 780 Bidwell St.
Marutama's signature bowl is famous for a reason. The inimitable creamy chicken broth and homemade noodles are made fresh in-house daily. Topped with perfectly braised pork, a marinated soft-boiled egg, and aosa (seaweed lettuce imported directly from Japan), this simple and authentic dish is both healthy and ridiculously delicious.
Spicy Tangy Dumpling Soup from Peaceful Restaurant // multiple locations
Filling, reasonably priced, and the perfect combination of spicy and tangy, this soup will satiate both your dumpling and hot broth cravings. The handcrafted pork dumplings are perfectly complimented by the black vinegar and chilli oil broth. Not too hot, not too sour: Peaceful gets it just right.
Vegetarian Ramen from Harvest Community Foods // 243 Union Street
Finally, a ramen option for all the vegetarians out there. Truth be told, vegetarians and vegans are often left out of the ramen and udon game. But at Harvest Community Foods, an adorable restaurant-meets-community-shop in Strathcona, the menu features options for all. Their vegetarian ramen, done with squash and miso broth, scallions, radish and sesame is completely outstanding and exactly the thing to nourish your body and soul on a grey Vancouver day.
Pho Dac Biet from Pho Goodness // 1183 Davie Street & 3079 Main Street
Does that photo give you pho-mo? Honestly, though, everything at Pho Goodness is beyond pho-nomenal. A long-time staple on Davie Street, there is now a second location on 15th and Main. Both locations offer cheap, reliable Vietnamese goodness by the bowl. For an extra $1, you can add satay broth (aka spicy peanut and coconut deliciousness) to an already impeccable bowl of noodles.
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