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Dec 29, 2006 03:32 PM

What do you eat when sick?

I’ve had a nice fever and nasty cold for the past few days and have been eating chicken soup with rice and steamed pork dumplings on the side.

I’m just curious to see what other people crave when they are sick.

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  1. Used to be hot & sour soup, too bad it seems all I can get anymore is tasteless brown dreck. Also like non-herbal tea with milk & honey, mmmm comfort.

    My husband got deathly ill in New Orleans few years ago (bad oyster?) & all he could keep down was won-ton soup, luckily there was a great carryout a couple blocks from our (awful) hotel!

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    1. re: bkath

      Usually from oysters, it's a parasite. I got one, and thought I was going to die. I was bedridden for four days.

    2. Whenever I have a cold or a stuffy nose I crave spicy (It's all I can taste)and crunchy (for the texture) food. The last time I had a cold I ate a whole jar of mini dill pickles because of the texture.

      When I have a stomach ache I eat alot of oatmeal and potatoes (baked, mashed, french fries).

      1. I have a cold now and I can't get enough juk. Tom yum soup is another big one.

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Yes Tom Yum for a cold!
            And ginger ale for stomach problems is the only time I drink any soda at all.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Not sure if it's the same, but Tom Ka Gai is spectacular when you're sick

              1. re: mellycooks

                Tom kha gai and and tom yum gai are related, but tom kha gai has coconut milk in it and tom yum gai doesn't.

              2. re: Das Ubergeek

                I like juk too when I'm sick--chicken soup base and just juk with a little bit of salt if I am super sick.

              3. My comfort food is congee - plain or with fish.

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                1. re: Teep

                  Same here! Always want the simplest congee, sometimes with the salty eggs on the side.

                  If I want sweet I will have hot creamy oatmeal.

                  Because things that are soupy and hot and simple in taste will be what I want when I am sick.

                  1. re: Teep

                    Usually just plain juk. Sometimes I'll add the pork sung in if I feel like some flavor.

                  2. Tis the season - everyone I know is sick, including me! For me, I crave basically really spicy broths - hot and sour soup, spicy pho, chicken with plenty of hot sauce...