Las Vegas is known for excess—the shows, the all-you-can-eat buffets, the sheer amount of neon. Practically everything about Sin City screams “Indulge! More! More!” That’s why it’s no surprise that of all the places in the world, it is the home of what is most likely one of (if not the) world’s most expensive soup.
If you’re game, the bowl of soup costs $688 and is served up at the Talon Club, a VIP private gaming room which is located in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The price 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.)
The Cordyceps soup at The Talon Club is made with black-skinned chicken breast, longan berry, and red date, served in a tea-like broth featuring a quarter ounce of Cordyceps in every bowl.
No wonder it costs $688 — caterpillar fungus is valued at over $14,000 per gram, and this fancy fungus in particular was hand sourced from the Himalayan Mountains.