The “ballsiest” soup in the Philippines: Soup No. 5

We are in the Philippines. Here Soup Number Five is well-known, as are its purported aphrodisiac and healing properties. Originally served by roadside eateries, some men even believe that eating it will give them the virility of a bull: Cebuanos know it as “lanciao” and is believed to give the physical attributes of the animal to anyone willing to take a sip. Or, at least, increase their libido even if, nutrition-wise, a serving of Soup no. 5 gives less zinc (the mineral which increases libido) when cooked. According to others,…

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Senate bean soup: since time immemorial on the menu in the U.S. Senate ~

Bean soup has been served in the Senate dining room since time immemorial. However, its origins are as murky as what’s in the bowl. Apparently, around 1904, a bean soup showed up, and it’s been on the Senate menu ever since that time. According to legend, in 1903, Idaho Democratic Senator Frank Dubois demanded that bean soup be available every day at the Senate dining room, where it’s stayed on the menu for more than a hundred years, but no one has ever located any evidence of that resolution. Another…

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Doodle Soup: a Bradford, Tennessee, favorite for decades~

Try to imagine a truck rolls through Bradford, Tennessee, pulling a sign declaring “God, Family, Doodle Soup.” Well. Probably you never heard of doodle soup. And the reason is simple: it’s a specialty of Bradford, a small town in the western part of the state. Its population was only 1,053 souls, according to the 2011 census. But what it lacks in density it more than makes up the acidic, cayenne-spicy punch of doodle soup. Quite simply the collected drippings of a roast chicken, augmented with copious amounts of vinegar and…

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