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Mel Markon's Sweet-And-Sour Cabbage Soup

Mel Markon's was an old Southside Chicago delicatessen, which has long since closed. This is the best Jewish-style cabbage soup I've found. Source: Gourmet Magazine December 1980.

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  • Boil meat in water using a stainless steel or enameled kettle. Skim froth as it rises; then simmer for 1 hour, Transfer meat with a slotted spoon to a cutting board and trim away bones and fat. Skim fat off broth.
  • Cube meat into small pieces then add back to broth. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 to 60 minutes.
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"Mel Markon's was an old Southside Chicago delicatessen, which has long since closed. This is the best Jewish-style cabbage soup I've found. Source: Gourmet Magazine December 1980."
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  1. lorri
    This recipe will do right by your cabbage soup cravings! Back in the day, I would have said Mel Markon's for French Onion soup, and that little deli behind Michigan Avenue (Was is Mel's?) for Sweet 'n Sour cabbage soup. Either way, this recipe meets the challenge. Add 9 whole allspice berries and a couple of bay leaves, and it's even better. Easy to make -- and (for soup) it's also quick. Thanks!!!
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  2. nursekp4
    Love this soup! I've always made it with tomato paste in place of tomatoes because I want the smooth consistency. Otherwise, made as written. Best take to work lunch in winter/fall months. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. coobs
    Very Good Easy to make. Just like the original I use to have at Markons on Lincoln Park West in the 80s. Used sirloin top roast instead of the short ribs cut in small pieces and used beef broth. Otherwise as is. Yum!!!
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  4. coobs
    Very Good Easy to make. Just like the original I use to have at Markons on Lincoln Park West in the 80s. Used sirloin top roast instead of the short ribs cut in small pieces and used beef broth. Otherwise as is. Yum!!!
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  5. malchan
    Sooo good and very easy! I added a few extras - celery seed, worchestershire, and caraway seeds. Ate it over hot cooked rice. Everyone loved it!
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