Right now, the featured soup is Soup Joumou. A historically significant Haitian dish, as outlined in ChopTime Catering's recent post, it's traditionally made on New Year's Day and represents the celebration of the freedom of the Republic of Haiti in 1804 from enslavement under French rule. After winning their independence, soup joumou was enjoyed as it's filled with ingredients they weren't able to eat.
That being said, this hearty soup is comprised of two different types of pasta – one long like spaghetti and one short like rigatoni, thick beef chunks, butternut squash, kabocha squash, carrots, celery, scotch bonnet, thyme and epis.
Also selling epis in frozen packs for the ease of use in your own kitchen, Kusitor says it's a must in every single Haitian household. This flavourful, vegan-friendly seasoning base is a vibrant green as it's made of a variety of herbs, spices, leeks and garlic. Other than in soup, Kusitor recommends its use in sauces and marinades for meat and vegetables.
Every menu Kusitor creates features a vegan option. This one has a vegan soup bouyon, which is made from various vegetables including roasted onions, chili peppers, bell peppers, cassava, plantain, sweet potato and chayote squash. Plus you'll also find tender flour dumplings known as spinners inside as well.
Another Haitian condiment Kusitor has ready to be a staple in your fridge is pikliz. Often compared to a sauerkraut or kimchi, it's a spicy fermented cabbage salad made with Haitian spices and lots of citrus, making it crunchy and tangy.
"Every Haitian family has their own version of pikliz. No two recipes are the same and the same goes for epis," he says.