Sometimes life is very fortuitous, as I found out about the most amazing soup place in Mapo the week before I got really sick. However with Autumn in full swing and Winter just around the corner you don’t have to be sick to enjoy a bellyful of soup. Souper is located just a short walk from Mapo station, and is really cute and quaint and has a very warm and welcoming kitchen-cum-living room homey feel. Think Sunday nights sat at the kitchen table doing your homework, while your Mum makes dinner kind of a vibe.
The menu consists of about half a dozen different soups, which are written up on a big mirror on the wall. The soups come in two sizes, with a side of bread. You can also add an extra side of rice or pasta if you want to make them even more filling. Taking into account my ravenous appetite, I ordered the large Mushroom Truffle Bisque (7,800). The second this came out I could smell the truffles, and the smell taunted me whilst I was taking the pictures. The soup itself was a touch on the thin side, but had such a creamy and mushroomy flavour I could forgive its skinny body. I also have to mention the very lovely, crispy yet chewy accompanying bread. I forgot to ask if it was home made but it was really good.
One of my dining companions ordered the New England Clam Chowder (7,400), which was lovely and thick but a tad fishy for my tastes. She enjoyed it though, especially the crispy pieces of bacon on top. While the other got the Lemon Chicken Orzo (6,800). Unfortunately when we visited they were out of the accompanying orzo so she had to have it with pasta instead. I definitely preferred this one over the clam chowder thought we all thought it should have been more lemony. I think of the three we tried I choose the most wisely for my tastes.
One of the girls also ordered a Chicken Avocado Salad (11,800) to split between us. It reminded me quite a lot of of the salad I had made for work that day. It had a nice mix of textures and good fresh ingredients. The balsamic dressing was also very tasty. If you aren’t in the mood for soup, I’m sure you would enjoy it, though it is a tad on the pricey side compared with the soups.
Overall I thought Souper to be super. Soups are a real staple back home where the weather is cold 8 months of the year. However the flavours that are so popular at home haven’t really caught on with Koreans. In fact I don’t think I have ever come across a western style soup place before in Seoul. We all thought the soups to be excellent value and we all left very satisfied, so I really hope this place does well.
Souper is located at 20 Samgae-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Map Station (line 5) and come out of exit 3. Turn back on yourself and walk towards exit 4 which is currently under renovations. Take the first left after passing exit four and walk straght down this road for a minute or two. You will see Souper just up ahead on the right hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-711-3518 or check out their instagram. They are open everyday 9am-9pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-8pm on Saturday & Sunday.