Everyone is talking about ramen, and there’s a ramen shop in almost every East Bay neighborhood. But what about all the other delicious Asian soups out there with the same soul-warming potential? Here are ten soups (at eight venues) you might not have thought of.
Kate Williams grew up outside of Atlanta, where twenty-pound baskets of peaches were an end-of-summer tradition. After spending time in Boston developing recipes for America's Test Kitchen and pretending to be a New Englander, she moved to sunny Berkeley. Here she works as a personal chef and food writer, covering topics ranging from taco trucks to modernist cookbooks. In addition to KQED's Bay Area Bites, Kate's work appears on Serious Eats, Berkeleyside NOSH, The Oxford American, America's Test Kitchen cookbooks, and Food52.
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The almond milks that fill grocery stores these days are full of sugar and/or stabilizers, and (worse) they hardly even taste the nuts from which they’re made. It’s far better to make it at home. Nut milks are simple, and you don’t need anything more than a blender and a strainer. Kate Williams will show you how.
Pâte de Fruit candies are often served as after dinner treats at high end restaurants. But there’s no reason you need to shell out big bucks for a few bites of these chewy, fruity treats. They’re not much harder to make than a simple pot of jam, and the jewel toned candies make wonderful gifts. Learn how to make your own with Kate Williams.
Forget store-bought Cheez-Its. The best savory, cheese-filled nibbles are made at home with plenty of real cheese. Homemade crackers seem intimidating, but they’re basically just savory cookies — something anyone can make. Plus, a jar of these crackers makes a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the holidays. Kate Williams will show you how.
Homemade butter is shockingly easy to make, but the uncultured spread is only as good as the cream you’re using. By culturing the cream before churning, you can add enormous depth of flavor to even the least fancy bottles of cream. Kate Williams will show you how.
After Thanksgiving dinner is over, it is nice to send guests home with a little treat that’s not leftover turkey or a mason jar of mushroom gravy. Homemade pumpkin caramels make great bite-sized party favors that truly shine with the flavors of fall. Kate Williams will show you how to make them at home.
Making homemade Thai curry paste is simple once you’ve sourced your ingredients, and it adds great depth to quick weeknight dinners. Kate Williams will show you how to find the right ingredients and then make the most of them.
Homemade, naturally fermented ginger beer is far easier to make than you’d imagine. All you need is ginger, sugar, lemons, and a little patience. Kate Williams will show you how.
Homemade ice cream cones and sprinkles are fun enough to transport even Outer Sunset dwellers to a place with fog-free summers. Kate Williams will show you how.
Improve your summer camping trips with fun, customizable DIY snacks like savory beef jerky and sweet homemade “Lara Bars.” Kate Williams will show you how.
Homemade coconut milk makes for a wonderfully creamy dairy-free ice cream, but there are a few tricks to getting it right. Kate Williams will show you how.
Chef Dennis Leary and bartender Eric Passetti opened Cafe Terminus, a Financial District joint that operates as a restaurant by day and bar by night. Leary’s sandwiches have received much acclaim, but are they worth braving the lunch rush to eat? Kate Williams takes a look.
Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer, which is the best time of year for cool, icy cocktails. The queen of all iced cocktails is the gin and tonic—but it’s so often ruined by overly sweetened, mass-produced tonic water. Making your own tonic water is much easier than you’d think and far tastier than even the fanciest artisanal brands. Kate Williams will show you how.
Cholo Soy: Tiny Peruvian Restaurant in the Mission Serves Excellent Comfort Food and Fantastic Ceviche
Cool, spicy Peruvian ceviche is the perfect dish for the record-breaking warm weather that’s been hitting the Bay. Kate Williams visits Cholo Soy, the tiny Mission restaurant rumored to serve the best.
Canning is often thought of as a summertime activity, what with the bounty of fruits and tomatoes sure to head our way in a few short months. Yet the humbler spring produce now showing its face at farmers’ markets make gorgeous pickles. Kate Williams shows you how.