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I feel like death, suggestions to lift my soul?

I am sick with a respiratory infection and have been bedridden for 4 days .. truly one of the worst experiences in recent memory. I've been banned from celebrating Easter this Sunday with family (for fear of spreading the illness, of course) and need something, anything, to lift my spirits.

I'll be wearing a mask and toting an antimicrobial agent to cleanse my hands at all opportune times .. but please, I must get out of the house and eat something other than manischewitz matzos and macaroons (my mainstay during these difficult times).

I believe my boyfriend is willing to drive, but we're in Wilshire Center..

BCD was done a week ago, so was Pho .. and matzo ball soup was a seder delight ..

Any other ethnic 'chicken soups' out there? Goulash?

Oy gevalt.

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  1. Shamshiri Grill in Westwood makes some delicious herby Persian soups:


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    1. re: mojoeater

      The panir al sabzi appetizer (fresh herbs, pita, nuts, feta) followed by wonderful lamb fesenjan really helped clear up a respiratory thing for me. Maybe takeout?

    2. How about some ramen at RamenYa in santa monica? or go to K-Town for some korean tofu. Might be a little spicy though.

      1. If it were me, I'd make the trek over to Mi India Bonita (4731 E. Olympic Blvd., (323) 267-8505) in East LA and have big bowl of al bondigas, caldo de pollo, or caldo de res. I would then get a second order to go to take home for tomorrow. MIB's al bondigas is like happiness in a bowl.

        If you're feeling more adventurous, you could go to Little Sheep (227 W Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, (626) 457-5599) and get the medicinal herb hot pot. Plus, all the steam in that place would probably be good for your lungs.

        1. Not close, but the seafood soup from Krua Thai in North Hollywood is my go-to soup when I'm sick (though chance had it that mom made matzoh ball soup for Passover, so I had it this week when I was sick). A good Thai spicy and sour soup, with or without coconut, might be good for what ails you.

          There must be a good caldo de pollo from one of the small Mexican places near you, but I don't know of any place in particular.

          The birria at Guelaguetza is in a soupy broth with dried chiles, avocado leaves, and herbs. Actually, they have a chicken soup with rice (and beef and tortilla soup). I've never tired any of them.

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          1. re: Jwsel

            My go-to is tom yum goong (or tom kha goong) from Krua Thai, as well. What a shame I live in Orange County now, no Krua Thai for me!

          2. maybe it was because you said macaroons, but the macarons at boule always lift my soul a little bit. and they come in easter colors!

            1. I'm no doctor, but if it were me, I'd self-medicate with a steamy, healthful bowl of congee (which is a rice porridge, for the uninitiated; also known as jook). Surely the thing practitioners of Eastern/Chinese medicine would prescribe. Get it with chicken, duck, and/or scrambled egg and green onion - mmm! Good and good for you! Try any Sam Woo location.

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              1. re: sanangel

                I always get it "pay dan sau yuk" -- lean pork and preserved eggs. Good for the soul.

                1. re: sanangel

                  Mom always made me chao (vietnamese version of conjee/jook) when I was sick. Also when the braces were tightened and my teeth were sore. If you want it southeast asian style, go to a vietnamese place and they'll load it up with fried onions, bean sprouts (often already at the bottom of the bowl and slightly cooked), and lime on the side. Also take some chinese donut (chau quay), cut it up and throw it in and mix it up.....delish! Since chao is usually a little on the runnier side, all this will make it nice and porridge-like in consistency. Most popular is the chicken variety or with various chicken orgaans, but they have beef and pork blood around, sometimes you'll see beef meatballs too.

                  1. re: groover808

                    Hi Everyone, Please keep "soul lifting" suggestions focused on actual places in the LA area where they may be found. Items to be prepared at home should be posted to Home Cooking. Thanks!

                    1. re: The Chowhound Team

                      Sorry for the digression, I'm relatively new here. I'll make sure to have places where people can find the goods. Thanks!

                2. Get yourself a bowl of ramen at Orochon, spicy level 1.


                  1. for korean style chicken soup (whole chicken + date, ginseng + sweet rice + chestnut)

                    korean restaurant in k town. on western ave, a little north of pico blvd in a plaza on the right side of the street as u go north on western. it's next to a quizno's.


                    1. I've been sick lately and found great comfort with the French onion soup at Doughboys and some of their hummingbird cake (carrot + cinnamon + bananas + nuts)

                      1. Mishima near the Beverly Center for a big steaming bowl of udon.

                        8474 W 3rd St.

                        1. The Bagel Factory in West LA usually has a choice of three soups each day - very tasty and easy on the salt. They're loaded with fresh ingredients, and if you buy a quart, you get a couple bagels with it as well... they do have great bagels and bialys too!