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But the best one came from a reader who is so passionate about chicken soup that he just wanted to share his story. Here's an excerpt:
"Thank you for your article on pantry chicken noodle soup taste tests, I read it with some amusement. I particularly like your comments on the one, one-half, and no star varieties. I have been cooking since I was five years old, and I'm sixty-five now. I am perpetually on a quest for the perfect chicken noodle soup...,
Oddly, the two best chicken noodle soups I have ever eaten were both from Miami Beach area Cuban restaurants, and not fancy or expensive ones either. Just earlier this month, my wife and I were staying at the Miami Lakes Towneplace Suites hotel, we do the antique show at the Beach convention center every February, and a fellow antiques dealer asked us to join her for dinner at a Cuban restaurant right across the street from the hotel, in a little strip mall. They made a homemade chicken noodle soup with the richest broth and best homemade noodles that you can imagine. And it was stupid cheap, to boot. I went back the next day and bought a quart for takeaway...
God knows I have tried a dozen different strategies to make the best possible homemade chicken noodle soup," he continues, adding that he would love to find a really great canned broth starter that would help him to duplicate that unforgettable bowl of comfort.
I shared with him two tips: Check out Savory Choice, a brand of concentrated broth that comes in foil vials. It has more chicken flavor than any canned broth I've ever tried. Their new Pho flavor that I tried at the San Francisco Fancy Food Show is also terrific.
The second option is the new line of Chicken Soup for the Soul broths. I didn't try them, but I did try the soup starters and other products in the line and they are just stellar.