Soup is an inevitable part of most menus in many countries of the world. It comes in both cheap and expensive alternatives, depending on the ingredients that the restaurant uses. The question is, how much would you really be willing to pay for a good bowl of soup?
However, the ultra-exclusive Talon Club in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has added what is probably the world’s most expensive soup to its high-end menu. As some of you would expect it doesn’t contain gold or diamonds, but it has Cordyceps fungus, aka “caterpillar fungus”, that was hand sourced from the Himalayan Mountains and valued at over $14,000 per gram. So, no wonder why a bowl of Cordyceps soup costs $688.
Besides a quarter ounce of this priceless fungus per bowl, soup is made with black-skinned chicken breast, longan berry, and red date and served in a tea-like broth.
The price of $688 was designed to honor the Chinese belief in the number 8 being the luckiest number. (In Cantonese and Mandarin, the world for wealth sounds very similar to the word for eight, hence the luck.)
As of 2005, the world’s most expensive soup according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was called Buddha Jumps Over the Wall and could be found at Kai Mayfair in London. In 2005, it cost $190 USD, which would be roughly $238 today. Another strong contender would be the Presidential Beef Noodle Soup, which can be found at Niu Ba BA in Taipei City, Taiwan and retails for $325 (as of 2017).
But, this Cordyceps soup is obviously a new record holder.