Soup requires what many of us sadly lack: time to sit down for a meal. It isn’t a friendly on-the-go option. If you’ve ever tried to eat soup while walking, you know the consequences: the splotch that always lands in a conspicuous place on your shirt, the dribble down your chin, strands of hair getting caught in it, the burn when it drips on your hand.
Across from the Golden Gate in Kiev is the walk-up window for Soupculture. It’s inconspicuous, except for the chalkboard outside featuring what soups are available: mushroom, cheese, Mexican and lentil. You’ll then see the curious and colorful ice cream cone-like bread cups through the window. What you won’t see: instructions for eating. Or a spoon, for that matter, since you’re supposed to drink the soup and eat its delicious container as you go.
THE SOUP DOESN’T SEEP THROUGH, THE BREAD WON’T BREAK AND YOUR NOSE WILL AVOID TAKING A SOUP BATH.
Designing a suitable bread cup took many attempts, according to founder Kyrylo Puzenko. A major hurdle was creating dough that would not stick to the molds, and the use of clay cups covered in dough and baked in the oven yielded awful results. Work to perfect the bread cup continues, and soon, a new press oven will be able to bake two different sizes.