Hae-soo Kim, of Bellingham, said she has just started her seventh life.
A semi-retired mother of one, financial worker, commercial real estate agent, missionary and world traveler, Kim has recently settled in Whatcom County to pursue a job in one of her long-time hobbies – cooking.
Despite numerous career changes, the Korean-born Kim said cooking has been a consistent hobby all her life and she frequently volunteered her services cooking for 300 to 400 people through the University of the Nation, a Christian university offering coursework in 50 languages and based in Kona, Hawaii.
When she moved to Whatcom County about two years ago, she volunteered for Soups On, a non-profit organization that serves meals to the homeless. But after the real estate bubble burst, work slowed to the point where she needed another plan.
“It’s been my hobby throughout my entire life,” she said. “I had been cooking and entertaining for a lot of people in my home and everyone was always telling me I should open my own restaurant, so I did.”
The curry chicken salad is a winner with chunks of apple, crunchy, whole pecans, cranberries and a light mayo curry dressing and comes atop a bed of shredded green cabbage.
Other favorites were the mixed vegetable tofu curry, smoked salmon maki roll and the Bibimbap, a spicy Korean staple that loosely translates into “mixed rice” and traditionally features a goodie bowl of sizzling rice, seasoned vegetables, mushrooms, meat and a fried egg (the dish is typically stirred together just before eating).
Sweet Tangerine is located at 1733 H Street in Blaine and can be reached by calling 393-4803.