I trekked all the way from Downtown Brooklyn to the end of the N line in Astoria – working my way through the puzzle of a screwed up weekend subway system – for some Greek soup with MS. It took an hour to get there, and it was bitter cold, so I was praying for a soup that was worth my effort.
MS ordered the special lentil soup, while I ordered the designated Trahana ($5.50, which is a $1 increase from 2009). Now, if you just look at the photo, you can see that there’s not much to the Trahana. Sometimes, the simplest can be the tastiest, but not this time. Clear, vegetable broth with teeny tiny bits of semolina pasta, strings of tomato that might as well not be there, and chewy globs of kasseri cheese that gave an overwhelming flavor made up this simple bowl.
In my notes, I had written “tastes like goat cheese?” When I looked up what kasseri cheese was, I found out that it’s a sheep’s milk cheese that has “very little, if any, goat’s milk mixed in,” according to Wikipedia. I definitely tasted the goatiness, which I never love, but I also think that, had it not been there, this soup would’ve just tasted like bland salt water.
New York magazine called this soup a “rarity,” and I’m ok with it staying that way. MS’s lentil soup was much better – lots of flavor and spices.
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