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Feb 7, 2007 06:55 AM

Chicken Soup: Help me help you

The rain is about to start and it isn't going to stop for a while. You will catch a cold and then, just as it seems you've recovered, you'll catch a new cold. You'll travel home wet and irritable, cursing at the people who block the BART turnstile without having their passes out.

You know what could really help us out?

Some chicken soup.

That's right: some warm, soothing, chickeny deliciousness. Where do you find a bowl of chicken soup to lift your spirits on a nasty day?

My top picks...

Turtle Tower. Get the pho ga, which is served with cilantro, green onions, and toothsome noodles in a light but flavorful broth. When I have a nagging cold, this is my go-to bowl of chicken noodle soup.

El Delfin. A few weeks ago I fell in love, and his name was caldo de pollo. A rich, hearty broth served with hunks of vegetables and chicken on the bone.

Yummy Yummy. Order the bun cari ga, a robust chicken curry noodle soup served with bits of fried potato floating in the broth. Ask for egg noodles instead of the vermicelli that comes standard but is too limp for this bowl of goodness.

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  1. Always love a good bowl of soup. Thanks for the tips.

    1. I think the Thom Kha Gai at Chang Mai on Geary and 14th is great, too.

      1. The caldo de pollo at Chava's btwn. 24th and 25th on Mission in SF. It will heal you.

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        1. re: srr

          Just gotta let you know that I sought out that soup last time I was sick (November-ish) and it was terribly salty (and I am a salt lover).

          I will chalk it up to a one time thing, but the inconsistency is worth noting.

        2. I really like the new PPQ Chicken Pho place on Irving and 20th.

          1. Mr. Pollo, on Mission between 24th and 25h, has a really good chicken soup I tried last night. It had a thick broth, a section of corn on the cob, an entire drumstick, chunks of potato and I think there was a baby potato floating around in there as well. Topped with crema and capers (you may have to ask for the capers). Don't think they have it every day. The last time I was there, I had a chicken and rice soup, which was decent, but not as good.

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            1. re: vinchar

              Does Mr. Pollo still close at 7? Did you try the arepas?

              Dave MP

              1. re: Dave MP

                Yeah, they still close at 7, sadly. Yeah, the arepas there are fantastic, as are the beans. The last couple of times I have gone, the chicken has been fried rather than roasted. I think I liked the roasted better.