Like bacon, soup is not exactly food fodder for August, (although it's not really summery or hot or anything), but I bring it up anyway because it's what I plan to write about for the food section in September-ish, probably sometime after the bacon dessert story.
I stopped in at Infinite Soups last Thursday to talk soup with co-owner Wendy Clapp (full disclosure: Clapp and Infinite cohorts Laura Adams and Todd DeShazo used to run Cafe Trib here). I ordered a cup of avocado corn chowder and we chatted about the making of soup. Good, delicious soup. She'll be a great source for the story.
I'd like to branch out into soups of varying cultures and construction. Like the samlah kako soup at Mitapeap Khmer, a Cambodian restaurant off of 72nd and Portland. I lunched with Arts & Entertainment editor Craig Sailor there a few weeks ago and we started a conversation with chef and co-owner Tharath Eang about his samlah kako. He says the flavor punch in the green curry soup is roasted rice powder. Agreed. I like the chunks of pumpkin and eggplant that make this deeply flavored soup a seriously hearty fall dish. Yet still, I crave it in August. Such a good soup. In the category of stew, Eang used to have a great beef stew on the menu. It was deliciously hearty and punched with star anise, the kind of stew that commands an accompanying baguette. He says he'll bring the stew back on the menu soon, but will make it if a customer requests. Believe me, I will be requesting. So should you.
So forget that it's August. Help me get started on the soup story. Who else should I talk to? Which restaurants here have great soups? Tell me, I might be able to score you a recipe.
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Infinite Soups: 445 Tacoma Ave. S., Suite B, Tacoma; 253-274-0232
Mitapeap Khmer Restaurant: 1314 72nd St. E; Suite A3, Tacoma; 253-414-2262.