Use of a bread bowl can add considerably to a soup's calorie count. Calorie counts posted at Au Bon Pain, for example, state that the bread bowl contains 620 calories in addition to those in the soup itself.
Coffin Lid (棺材板) is a Taiwanese variant developed in Tainan. It uses Texas toast, preferably those cut from the soft loaves popular in East Asia, deep-frying the bread to a crisp (see deep fry). A layer of crust is then cut away to expose the inside, which was then dug out, allowing stews to be placed in. The crust layer is then replaced on top of the stew.