In "Vendetta", episode 23 of Batman the Animated Series, Alfred says to Batman: "I've made your favorite, French onion soup".

While this may just be a throw-away line, helping to lead into the "crock/croc" revelation Alfred and Batman share (it's the first Killer Croc episode), this scene made me wonder: Is Batman's affinity/fondness/love for French onion soup mentioned elsewhere in canon?

I will accept answers showing evidence that Alfred, or any member of the Wayne family, has made a mean bowl of French onion soup in the past, and could have swayed Bruce from an early age.

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    of course batman loves french onion soup, everyone loves french onion soup
    – revenant
    Nov 4, 2015 at 7:24
  • Are the onions French, or the soup? Looking at Wikipedia, a) probably the soup; b) the French just call it “onion soup”; and c) this may be my currently-mostly-Soylent diet talking, but it looks amazing. Nov 4, 2015 at 15:17
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    @PaulD.Waite - In the US, French Onion Soup is usually caramelized onions in beef and/or chicken stock with a touch of sherry. It is put into a heat resistant crock. A couple of croutons are floated on top, then covered with cheese, usually Gruyere. The whole thing is placed under a broiler so the cheese gets melty and browned.
    – Wad Cheber
    Nov 4, 2015 at 16:59
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    what's Batman's favorite soup? Alphabat soup.
    – Valorum
    Nov 4, 2015 at 20:04

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There are no other canon sources for Batman and his love of French onion soup.

However, according to Batman Vol 1 #701 (2010) we find out that Batman's favorite food is mulligatawny soup, not French onion. This may imply that the writters do believe he loves soup, but cannot decide on the type.

Alfred: Likewise, master Bruce. A tense few days, but I knew you'd work it out in the end. I prepared mulligatawny soup, your favorite.

injured Alfred telling Batman he made soup

For those wondering what exactly is mulligatawny soup, it is as follows:

The original version of this soup consisted of a broth from chicken and lamb, fried onions and curry powder. Today it normally designates a thickened soup that is strongly spiced with curry powder and nutmeg. Often, strips of vegetables, nuts and rice are added, sometimes also port wine. -- Wikipedia - Mulligatawny

bowl of soup and spoon

  • 2
    Dude, you're the man.
    – Dpeif
    Nov 4, 2015 at 15:16
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    fried onions ~ french onions, seems like he likes onion soup regardless of extras. Nov 4, 2015 at 15:28
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    I guess when you're rich, you can put wine in anything.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Nov 4, 2015 at 17:10
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    What is with Batman and soup? Batman Returns features a funny gag where Alfred brings a bowl of soup to Bruce, who begins to slurp absent-mindedly, only to spit it out and proclaim "It's cold!". Alfred retorts "It's Vichyssoise, sir.", and adds, after receiving a blank look from Bruce "It's supposed to be cold." Bruce shrugs, and then digs in. Wikipedia states that Vichyssoise "a thick soup made of boiled and puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock." so, we can now definitively ascertain that Bruce likes soup with onions in it.
    – vynsane
    Nov 15, 2017 at 21:46
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    Why can't a man's tastes change? Why does he have to have just one favorite?
    – Paul
    Feb 12, 2019 at 16:21

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