Soups, ramen and noodle bowls of any kind are enjoyed as a way to comfort and warm the body. It is simply the best liquid medicine around. Got a cold or flu bug? A little itch in your throat? No better way to heal yourself than with a hot, steaming bowl of satisfying noodle soup.

If you prefer soups with an international heritage that are full of flavor, ancient spice and a bit of heat, then KC has you covered.

Columbus Park Ramen Shop

“Breakfast by day and ramen by night” is the rallying cry for married chefs Josh and Abbey-Jo Eans, who opened Columbus Park Ramen Shop in October 2015 in the 450-square-foot garage space behind their current breakfast-and-lunch spot, Happy Gillis Cafe & Hangout.

Choose from four different kinds of ramen—tonkotsu, shoyu, kimchi and mushroom. To drink, choose from canned craft beer and jellied sparking sake, for the kiddos get one of their interesting Japanese sodas.

Vietnam Café

 

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Vietnam Café is family-run, friendly, inexpensive and delicious. Located in Columbus Park, this is a fantastic pit stop to hit after shopping at The City Market.

The pho is a stand-out here. An incredibly rich and flavorful broth is cooked with your choice of meat and served over noodles with fresh bean sprouts, sweet basil, cilantro, sliced jalapeno, and lime wedges on the side.

Sama Zama

Sama Zama, which means “varied” in Japanese, now calls Westport home. Looking for comfort in a bowl? Get Owner Erika Koike's Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen (dine-in only) with its light, pork-based broth, topped with tender slices of pork over ramen noodles. 

Big Bowl Pho

Make Big Bowl Pho (owned and operated by, and located right next door to Tasty Thai) your spot to grab a bite coming from or going to Kansas City International Airport.

Get the Deluxe Pho, which features rice noodles floating in a umami-rich, earthy broth filled with thin slices of beef shank, brisket and tendon with fresh herbs. 

BŌRU Ramen

Quickly becoming one of the hottest ramen spots south of Downtown, BŌRU brings a delicious Japanese culinary experience to the Waldo neighborhood. Six different styles of ramen anchor a menu that also features steamed steamed baos, poke and other must-try bites.

iPho Tower Vietnamese-French Bistro

Owner Spike Nguyen opened his original location on Independence Avenue as Pho Hoa, but when he decided to open his second location on Broadway last spring, he renamed both locations iPho Tower. (Get it?)

Made with pork broth and featuring slices of beef brisket and beef meatballs over vermicelli rice noodles, the Spicy Bun Bo Hue soup has a fantastic depth and spice to it, with aromas of anise or five spice in the broth.

Nguyen Pho & Grill

Married couple Kim and Jack Nguyen decided to jump on the chance to open Nguyen Pho & Grill Vietnamese restaurant because they loved the bustling City Market corner location found right next to a KC Streetcar Stop.

The hotspot serves up the family recipes featuring pho, vermicelli and bahn mi. Try the Combo Charbroiled Lemongrass Pork Vermicelli with shrimp and a crispy egg roll—it’s a sweet and sour take on the traditional noodle bowl. 

Shio Ramen Shop

Simple, gourmet flavors reside at Shio Ramen Shop, where the noodles are homemade and a seasonal menu keeps guests coming back for a traditional dining experience in the heart of Midtown. 

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