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Seafood-noodle soup with red chiles at Thai Hut is a fine choice for National Soup Month.

Here’s one way to celebrate National Soup Month

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Thai restaurants continue to pop up around the Sacramento area, which mostly is a good thing. Frankly, not all are up to the task of maintaining the quality of the traditional cuisine.

One of our longtime favorites is Thai Hut, owned and operated by husband-wife Ten and Tuck Siri. We dropped by the other night for delicate potstickers with ginger sauce; marinated shrimp wrapped in egg rice paper, deep-fried and served with sweet ‘n’ sour sauce (and spoonfuls of hot chile sauce); and pad see ew (wide noodles) with chicken and crisp veggies.

January is National Soup Month, so we went with the flow with a big bowl of steaming soup. The broth was chunky with green-lip mussels, fish, calamari, prawns, chile peppers, noodles, green onion and garlic.

We ended dinner with slices of sweet mango from Mexico, which were good enough. However, Tuck Siri informed us that the mangoes will be better in a few weeks. We’ll be back to find out and sample some of the five mango-centric specials on the whiteboard. Mango fried rice and stir-fried fish with mango sound about right.

Thai Hut, 5800 Madison Ave., Sacramento, (916) 348-1880,

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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