Eats Yummy: Soup District – Visiting the flavors of Asia
Soup District: Flavors of Asia
Sipping on that warm bowl of soup while enjoying Baguio’s cool climate is truly a perfect combination. Much better if you sip on different Asian soup flavors that will definitely make you want more! That’s why I am taking you to Soup District!
At Soup District, their aim is to bring the different flavors of Asia all in one setting – specializing in soups at that. Also, their objective is to diversify the existing soup options in the City. This is to make locals and tourists alike explore more in the world of soup and noodles!
Their featured soup bowls include Vietnam’s “herby” Pho, Japan’s “soy-rich” Ramen, Korea’s “mildly spicy” Kimchi Jjigae, and Thailand’s “tangy” Tom Yum. They have focused on different Asian soup flavors as they deem that Filipinos are soup-loving people.
Alongside their signature and flavorful soup bowls are rice meals that will make you explore what Asian Cuisine is all about! They will bring you the flavors of Asia right in front of your soup bowls! As rice is also a staple food in Asia, they also have included some rice meals on their menu.
As new gastronomic innovations are becoming a fad nowadays, restaurant owners try to make different and out-of-the-blue but delicious food concepts. In this case, Soup District specializes in different and popular Asian soups for their customers to experience Asia in a bowl.
Pronounced as “fuh,” this popular Vietnamese clear-broth soup dish is made from the long boiling of meat and spices topped with different herbs and spices. In Soup District, this noodle soup dish is infused with onion leaks and other complementary herbs that will give you that rich soup.
Thailand’s Tom Yum
A portmanteau of two Thai words, “Tom” and “Yam,” Tom Yum rose into popularity as one of the main ‘soup highlights’ of Asia.
This soup dish is also served in Thailand’s neighboring countries: Cambodia, Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore. Soup District’s version of Tom Yum is personally one of my favorites as it has the perfect balance between spicy and sour. The explosion of flavors in a bowl of tom yum just makes me want for more!
Ramen has been present in the Baguio Culinary scene as far as I can remember. As early as High School I have heard of some restaurants that offer Ramen, authentic or with a twist.
This wheat noodle soup dish is made from fish-based broth, usually flavored with miso, topped with sliced meat, dried seaweed, and green onions. Soup District’s version of Ramen is somewhat a balance of sour and salty, as compared to another Ramen house just nearby the establishment.
Korea’s Kimchi Jjigae
Kimchi Jjigae is a stew-like Korean soup dish that is made of kimchi, scallions, onions, sliced tofu (usually diced), and other seafood.
This spicy-and-tangy soup is not new to the Filipino tongue and palate. As many Korean restaurants have proliferated in Baguio’s culinary scene, their popular kimchi is very common in Baguio. Adding to this diverse Korean noodles choices is Soup District’s own version of Kimchi Jjigae! Now at least you have a lot of restaurants to choose from when craving for some Korean food! Yum!
On the other side of the Table
On the other side of their menu, we have tried their very own creation of desserts, the “mestizaje” and the green tea pannacotta.
Mestizaje is a dessert the owners made from scratch matching complementary sweet ingredients topped with ice cream! The dessert just melts in your mouth as an explosion of sweetness takes over. As the owners also manage a known dessert shop here in Baguio, they diversified their menu by adding this dessert made of Brazo, silvanas, and meringue.
Their green tea pannacotta, on the other hand, is a variation of a typical pannacotta dessert infused with powdered green tea adding to that “Asian flavor” Soup district is promoting.
They would also launch their “Soup of the Month” in the near future in order to showcase other soup dishes in Asia (also to widen their menu choices.)
They are also promoting an advocacy wherein part of their proceeds will go to a chosen charity to help in one way or another to the community. (Talk about Corporate Social Responsibility!)
|Bestseller Dish + Drink||Vietnamese Pho + House Iced Tea|
|Price Range||PhP 70 – 295|
|Type of Service (plated, buffet, self)||Plated|
|Contact Details||+63 74 442 4859|
|Business Days and Hours||Daily
(1100 H – 2300 H)
|Social Media Account||Facebook: @soupdistrict|
|Location/address||Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City
(below Grumpy Joe, near 50’s Diner)
Verdict: 9 / 10
The experience at Soup District is amazing. With its intimate space, everything has fallen into place. With good lighting from its windows to its alfresco setup, Soup District gives its customers that warm homey feel. Also with their offering of different and famous soup dishes from all over Asia, I can say that their menu is diverse and there is a lot to choose from.
They also serve generously as every soup bowl is filled to its rim! Their hearty meals are what made me feel at home. Their staff is also accommodating and knowledgeable about their offerings. The restaurant is also accessible as it is located near the Central Business District. Major jeepney lines ply to Leonard Wood Road, one of the major roads in the City, making it easily seen by passersby. If coming from Session Road by foot, it will only take you 10-15 minutes to reach Soup District.
I personally gave it a rating of 9 / 10 because of space. I agree that their food items are delicious but space would not suffice the volume of customers especially during peak hours and weekends. But overall, Soup District is a restaurant you should visit.
Soup District invited some bloggers from Baguio City to their opening last 19 May 2016 to try on their food items and some beverages. They sponsored our meals for us to feature their restaurant.