Piping-hot, savory, and delicious. These are just some of the things you can describe when eating beef soup. For the carnivore within us, being able to appreciate a steaming bowl of rich beef broth, lightly seasoned and garnished with vegetables, with chunks of beef in,
There are many ways to prepare beef soup. Despite the differences in many countries, they all share one or two things in common. To start with, beef is boiled in a pot of water, seasoned with salt, pepper, and other spices (depending on the dish and the preference of the cook). The dish is cooked until the meat becomes tender. Cooking time depends on the equipment used. Some could prepare beef soup in half an hour using a pressure cooker, while others prefer a slow-cooker for a truly savory soup.
Each country has their version of beef soup, and it does make for an interesting comparison. The list below is only a sample of the different kinds of beef soup. Take a look at each one and take note of their unique qualities and then click through to get the recipe.
BEEF SOUP RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
This is an Indonesian beef stew that is slightly sweet and seasoned with soy sauce native to the country. This is often served in many traditional events like weddings and birthdays.
A Vietnamese classic, bo kho is a deliciously savory and sweet dish that is often served at home. This is often slow-cooked to tenderize the beef, although modern cooking equipment can speed up the process.
Beef Bourguignon Recipe – France
This is a traditional French recipe that uses red wine while zcooking beef. Carrots, potatoes, and whole onions are the usual garnishes for this dish.
Bulalo Recipe – Philippines
A traditional Filipino beef soup that calls for beef shanks and the marrow. Take note that true bulalo needs to use the bone marrow while simmering in order for the flavor to mix in the dish.
This Belgian beef stew is a good example of beef being cooked with beer. Take note that beer has excellent flavor-enhancing qualities on meat. The bitter taste of the beverage actually improves the taste of the finished dish.
Gaisburger Marsch Recipe
A German beef stew common in the Swabian region. The beef is also slow cooked until tender, and then garnished with crispy onion rings and chopped parsley. This is great with a cold bottle of beer or a glass of wine in the evening.
A thick Pakistani beef soup recipe that uses wheat as a thickener. This certainly not a diet dish, since it is very high in calories. Even so, this makes for a delicious main dish.
An authentic Indian dish that is popular in the northern regions. This a spicy beef stew that makes is ideally served in special occasions. Whether it is served with rice or a piece of chapati (Indian flatbread). This is also a dish that is widely appreciated by Muslims because of its filling (and halal) status.
Although more focused on potatoes, this recipe is still considered a beef soup dish since slices of beef are needed to add flavor to the soup. This is ideal for those looking for a lighter take on beef stew. It does have the taste of beef, but it has the goodness of vegetables.
A Vietnamese beef and vegetable stew. This is a simple and hearty dish that is best served hot with rice noodles. The clear broth and fresh vegetable makes for a lighter version of other beef soups.
This is a popular beef dish that originates from Colombia. The savory flavor and rich texture makes it a filling meal. This is ideally served along with bread or a plate of hot rice, depending on preference.
This is a popular beef dish around the seaport areas of England, like in Liverpool. Norwegian sailors brought this idea to England when their ships docked in the area. It has a rich broth and savory flavor that is ideally served with ale.
A Portuguese original, trinchado calls for beef cubes marinated in Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce to make the meat tender. These are then simmered with wine or brandy, depending on the tastes of the cook.
Obviously, we did not share every countrie’s recipe. We’d love to hear from you. What’s “the” typical beef stew or soup from your country? Let us know in the comments section below.