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Chicken Soup: Help me help you

pane Feb 7, 2007 06:55 AM

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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    lamster RE: pane Feb 7, 2007 07:58 AM

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

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      Maya RE: pane Feb 7, 2007 08:55 AM

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

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        srr RE: pane Feb 7, 2007 09:09 AM

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

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          Absonot RE: srr Feb 7, 2007 01:27 PM

          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.

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          Problem Child RE: pane Feb 7, 2007 09:12 AM

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

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            vinchar RE: pane Feb 7, 2007 10:30 AM

            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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              Dave MP RE: vinchar Feb 7, 2007 01:24 PM

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

              Dave MP

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                vinchar RE: Dave MP Feb 7, 2007 01:36 PM

                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.

            2. Dave MP RE: pane Feb 7, 2007 01:26 PM

              I recently had a nice chicken soup at Izalco on 24th St. in the Mission. Here's a link:


              I think El Delfin's was better overall, though I liked all the chayote in the soup at Izalco. I think El Delfin's had some chayote too.

              Dave MP

              1. Cynsa RE: pane Feb 10, 2007 09:23 AM

                My two neighborhood destinations for a bowl of chicken soup when I have a cold:

                Cocina Poblano
                1109 Fillmore Street
                San Francisco, CA 94115
                (415) 447-8420

                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

                1. pane RE: pane Feb 12, 2007 12:15 PM

                  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.

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