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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 3:10 pm

Winter on the Island has arrived. Cool temperatures, scattered rain here and there. That’s the bad news. The good news you ask? Local restaurants gear up for some of there delish soups. Hearty tasty and offering a special with your favorite sandwich on the side. So many soup specials to choose from. Potato, Creamy Tomato Basil, Chicken Noodle, Charro Bean soup…and the list goes on. So many to choose from.

What if one of the restaurants decided to try a soup recipe from another country? Would you try it? Would you question the name or make your own guess as it? Would you ask what was in it? In case a local chef decides to get a little creative and think outside the box by trying a soup from a different country, let me help you decide.

Here is a list of soups that are a norm cuisine or a delicacy to many.

Enjoy.

DEER PLACENTA SOUP: JUST IN TIME FOR DEER SEASON.

All the way from Shanghai, China, this soup has the bragging rights stating that it will help you in bed, your kidneys, skin and vitality. Made from mushrooms, flowers, black chicken and deer tendon in a broth. While the soup sounds good, the placenta is look it up. But I will give you a hint: The placenta is expelled after birth. Note: Whatever Kim Kardashian West revealed she planned on eating her placenta after the 2015 birth of her son, Saint, to help ward off postpartum depression. Only in Hollywood.

BIRD’S NEST SOUP: Expensive Saliva

For the past 400 years, Chinese cooking has been home to one of the most expensive delicacies in the world, bird’s nest soup.

The high cost of bird's nest soup comes from the dangerous retrieval process of the nests, and the painstaking cleaning they go through to become safe to eat.

Made from edible bird nests, called the “Caviar of the East,” bird’s nest soup is extremely rare and extremely valuable. The main ingredient, the nest of the swiftlet bird, costs anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 per kilogram, resulting in a single bowl of soup that will set you back anywhere from $30 to $100.

Native islanders in Malaysia often visit the Madai Caves to scout for swifter nests, risking their lives in the process. I am having a problem thinking there is more than saliva caught up in the nest. And for that kind of money, I can think of other things to spend it on. Maybe an all you can eat soup and salad buffet.

SUPU SOUP: Did Someone Say Menudo?

A traditional Tanzani dish in a and is also widely known to cure hangovers.

Supu means soup. Made from goat lungs, heart, liver, head, cow stomach, intestines and tongue. If you are lucky, you might even get a cow hoof and tail thrown in. I have had Menudo. I actually like it. It is not something I eat often, but I am from Wisconsin. Chicken Booyah, Butter Burgers, Duck Blood Soup, Pickled Pigs feet Cannibal Sandwiches…Menudo ain’t got nuthin’ on us, yeah, you betcha, for sure.

KIBURU SOUP: Waiter, There’s a Twig In My Soup.

Chagga tribe that lives at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. They are a simple people with a simple way of life. Stherefore, their soup is just as simple. Really simple. Made of sweet bananas, beans and dirt (yes, dirt) or “earth” as they call it, the ingredients are all mixed together to form the soup including bits of twigs that happen to find their way in. The dirt supposedly gives the soup a saltiness and earthiness flavor. And you thought a child making mud pies was wrong.

CHICKEN TESTICLE SOUP: Where’s The Meat?

The Taiwan traditional chicken noodle soup except that it has chicken testicles instead of chicken meat. Made from testicles and vegetables is cooked in broth until tender. The testicles are creamy on the inside and very soft, similar to tofu but with tight skin like a sausage. Others have compared it to an under cooked egg with a custard consistency. Good news: The claim that the side effects offer good skin for the women and stamina for the men. There are black and white chicken testicles available for soups. Bad News: I never knew chickens had testicles. Then again, I never looked.

SOPI DI YUWANA: Leapin’ Lizards

When I think of the Caribbean, Vacation, exotic drinks…tropical Island. I do not think of Iguana Soup. Also, a popular soup in Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. A simple recipe. Cut open it’s belly, remove the insides, peel the skin off and toss it in with onions, tomatoes, green peppers. Some people say it taste like rabbit. Others claim chicken.

Now that the temperature has fallen in South Florida, watch for dead iguanas falling out of trees! This plague of big green lawn lizards was culled somewhat last winter by a cold snap that killed legions of the critters. The canal banks where they once basked sat saturated with rotting corpses.

South Florida could solve two problems at once -- hunger and lizard overpopulation -- by adopting this diet. Just sayin’.

IvyEasterly@LifesABeachSPI.com

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