Sick and want soup to go in the East Valley!
- Das Ubergeek Jan 18, 2007 04:07 AM
So here's the dilemma. I'm sick -- achy, sneezy, coughy, feverish. I desperately need soup, but I am at heart a civilised man and I don't want to infect the rest of you by sitting there in a restaurant. So I need soup to go.
The other problem is that the medicine I've been given makes me slightly dizzy, so I probably shouldn't drive -- at least not very far, anyway.
I live (for the next three weeks) near Victory and Coldwater in Valley Glen (a.k.a. North Hollywood -- we're east of the arroyo).
Pho 999 won't work for me, because pho just doesn't travel well even when they pack it all separately (but if you have suggestions, I'd love to hear them, because it's exactly what I want!)
I've had the various soups from the various Thai places on Sherman Way and I'm done with tom kha and tom yum.
It may be that there aren't a lot of choices, and that's OK, I'd just rather know -- but my brain is fried, and to be totally frank my usual policy of "think in a spiral from your house" is making me woozy just sitting here in my chair.
Help me out, if you can... otherwise I'll be forced to eat Campbell's from Vallarta.
Find the nearest T.J.'s and get a couple of their boxed soups. Actually quite good - Tonight I made Matzo Ball w/2boxes of their Organic Chicken broth, T.J's. Kosher chicken breast, about 1/2 cup barley, sprinkling of tarragon, mini carrots and my homemade matzo balls which are really easy to do. Far better than Brents, or maybe even Greenblatts! I also have had their tomato and roasted pepper soup. Feel Better! :)KQ
Check out the soup offerings at any Whole Foods Market. Generally there will be 3 or 4 soups offered near the prepared foods counter, and additional fish-based soups near the fish counter.
What about chicken soup from one of the Mexican restaurants? I can't recommend a particular place near you, but I know many of the places have good soups with broth, chicken, and veggies. I think Tacos El Zorro on Sherman Way and Coldwater Canyon has a full menu that has soups.
Art's Deli has a decent chicken soup.
I know you've been having Thai soups, but my medicine for cold is the Krua Thai seafood soup.
While Jerry's Deli may be too far, their mozza ball soup is probably the best thing on that long menu. Likewise Art's if you prefer.
Whole Foods at Coldwater/Riverside has those previously mentioned soups at the elbow where the meat counter makes its sharp turn toward the back of the store. Get in early enough, either pre-lunch or pre-dinner so the traffic will not be tooooo bad.
Soccoro's on Victory just west of Van Nuys has a good Caldo de Res, as does Tacos Lagos on Vanowen & Woodman. I also can handle Solley's matzoh ball soup; not a fan of Jerry's.
I just created a topic about jook (you mentioned "juk" on another thread). Sorry to be inspired by your sickness, but pure rice gruel might just be the most tolerable thing you can handle sometimes. I can imagine, though, you can take only so much jook. Blah. Hope you feel better!
Pho will travel if you ask the restaurant not to cook the rice noodles. Be sure to go home quickly due to the raw meats depending on the version you selected. When at home, boil a pot of water and cook the rice noodle for ten seconds. Be sure to reboil the broth especially if you expect the raw meats to cook. Put everything back together and pour boiling broth over it andd you will have reasonable pho at home. You may also buy extra containers of the beef broth that you can mix with other noodles choices at home. Usually $1.50 to $2.00 for each extra container. Hope you feel better.
A truly great place for soup that may be worth a bit of a drive (or is at least worth a mention) is Nippon Ramen on Reseda (north of Vanowen). I think the address is 6900 Reseda. I went there the other night for the first time. It's in the corner of a small strip mall, and upon entering I got that feeling that I had stumbled into a great food find. I should note that all the menu items are under $10. I got the Spicy Miso Ramen combo with gyoza. The soup itself looked intimidatingly fiery, however while packing some punch in the heat department, it did not distract or overwhelm from the tastiness of the soup. And while I wouldn't recommend that particular soup for everyone, solely on account of the heat factor, the gyoza were delicious and they will certainly accompany my meals on all future visits. It was the best ramen experience I've had, hands down, ever! Give it a shot... and if the drive is too much now, it's worth a visit when you're feeling better.
When I'm feeling sick the first thing I think of is chicken soup and then add some heat; however, since you've probably already thought of that & rejected that, might I sugest an old European remedy (add heat as needed):
#15 - BIGOS: Polish Hunter Stew: a mix of stewed sauerkraut, mushrooms, polish sausage and chunks of pork (at/from):