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.
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.
My two neighborhood destinations for a bowl of chicken soup when I have a cold:
1109 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
this is a big bowl of soup:
3440 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 387-8226
...I also like the escabeche at Yucatasia
2164 Mission Street between 17th and 18th Streets
I had to post an update here for soup-seekers. It's not chicken soup, but I went to Chava's last night and had a delightful bowl of mutton soup. It was a rich, tangy broth with lots of meat, so much that I took half of it home for lunch today. A good deal at $8 per bowl, but note that they do not accept credit cards.