Five warming soups to get you through Vancouver’s pre-spring cold snap

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      Vancouverites and Metro Vancouver drivers are breathing a collective sigh of relief today after yesterday’s snowfall didn’t stick to the ground—but that doesn’t mean we’re not feeling the chill. 

      As the cold snap tightens its grip on Vancouverites—temperatures are expected to drop from zero degrees to -3 in the coming days—seeking warmth becomes a top priority. What better way to combat the chill than with a steaming bowl of comforting soup? Here are some cozy spots in Vancouver to indulge in during the upcoming more-winter-than-spring weather.

      Hot Pot at HAIDILAO Hot Pot

      3204 West Broadway, Vancouver

      HAIDILAO Hot Pot is one of the most revered hot pot spots in the city, providing an event of eating. With several boiling soup bases to choose from (sichuan, mushroom, tomato, pork, and chicken), you can customize your hot pot experience with thinly-sliced meats and veggies, and cook to your liking. 

      Matzo Ball Soup at Solly’s Bagelry

      368 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

      Solly’s Bagelry owner Leah Markovitch fondly calls this soup “Jewish penicillin.” Solly’s matzo ball soup reigns supreme among other Jewish treats like knishes and challah. Boasting a rich chicken broth simmered for hours and filled with tender matzo balls, as well as parsley, carrot, parsnip, celery, and garlic, this soup is legendary with locals. It’s the perfect remedy for a cold or flu—or a chilly day.

      Chowder at A la Mode

      137-1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver

      Fancy a walk along the water on a rainy day? A la Mode overlooks False Creek at Granville Island’s Public Market, the spot offering up classic comfort food and fish-based chowders. Order a bowl of the salmon chowder in a pot pie for a cozy meal.

      Tori-Paitan at Maruhachi Ra-men

      270 Robson Street, Vancouver; 780 Bidwell Street, Vancouver; 2858 Main Street, Vancouver

      Many ramen aficionados will know this famous Japanese noodle soup for its tonkotsu (pork) broth, but Maruhachi Ra-men has done something a bit different. The chain (which has several locations in Vancouver, plus others in Surrey, Burnaby, and Richmond) developed its signature Tori-Paitan, or creamy chicken broth, back in 2013 and boasts an entire menu using the recipe. Loaded not only with noodles, but also chicken and fresh vegetables, this soup is a must try (and a must-return-to).

      Wagyu Beef Pho at Lunch Lady

      1046 Commercial Drive

      Pho and luxury don’t always go together, but Lunch Lady makes it so. If you’re feeling cold but rich today, try Lunch Lady’s Wagyu Beef Pho. Featuring Snake River Farms wagyu zabuton, sliced beef shank, roasted bone marrow, and a slow-poached egg in a 24-hour beef broth, this pho is a decadent take on the classic Vietnamese comfort dish.