Lentil superstars satisfy but Tuscan is the treat
Health Valley Organic Potato Leek Soup
HK$22 for 425g can, City'super
The disclaimer was clear on the can - 'no salt added' - so it's not fair to fault this chunky soup for being bland. A good sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper did help, as did a couple of slices of warm, crusty buttered bread. This scored for its potatoes - the spuds had surprising bite, though they looked like mush.
Verdict: not gourmet, but a quick meal for a rainy day.
Amy's Organic Lentil Soup
HK$28 for 411g can, City'super
Lentils are nutritional superstars: virtually fat-free, high in protein and full of cholesterol-lowering fibre that helps keep blood sugar levels in check. But lentil soup is a rarity in Hong Kong, so I was happy to find this at the supermarket. At 302 calories, eight grams of fat, 10 grams of fibre and 13 grams of protein per can, it makes for a nutritious weeknight dinner.
Verdict Amy's 'mum's favourite recipe' will satisfy.
Le Piagge Zuppa Toscana
HK$50 for 300g bottle, City'super
Fifty dollars could buy you a freshly made bowl of soup at a good Italian joint, so why spend that much on a bottled version? Well, for one, this hearty soup has a fantastic home-made flavour and is chock full of borlotti beans, potatoes, beets and other green goodness.
Verdict: great if you want honest Tuscan fare at home.