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Feb 13, 2008 07:06 PM

Best food when you're sick

I am a San Franciscan planning a trip to New York and have had the flu the last couple of days after weeks of reading this board. My fever thoughts have had this board in mind and I have been eating Tom Kha Gai for three days, mainly because I have a great Thai restaurant at the end of my street (Thai Corner, nee Thai House, corner of Market and 15th).

My question: What do you need when you're sick?

There must be a million things I don't even think about. What's yours?

Thanks for being here,

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  1. Hot & sour soup!!

    I've been fighting a nasty case of bronchitis since X-mas that I can't shake and that's the only thing that appeals to me ;-)

    5 Replies
    1. re: Trufflebaby

      Yes, Hot and Sour soup is the first thing my wife requests when she is sick...

        1. re: Melanie

          I love hot and sour or chick w/ matzo ball soup when I am sick.

          1. re: Kelli2006

            I love hot and sour whether I'm sick or not, but we went to NYC two years ago for Christmas, and ate at least four Chinese places. NYC h&s is the pits, IMHO. It's brown, and the only thing I taste is black pepper. Here in Toronto, h&s is red, and you really taste the heat from the chilis and the sour from the vinegar. I think Toronto has it all over NYC when it comes to Chinese food.

            1. re: KevinB

              This is so funny! I had no idea everyone else ate hot and sour soup for sickness. I honestly thought I had stumbled on some kind of miracle cure, the only thing better than my mother's chicken soup.

    2. Depends on the kind of sick. But for flus or colds, I like chicken noodle soup (aka Jewish penicillin), orange juice, tons of water, hot tea with lemon, toast, anything with ginger in it, all sorts of hot chilis to get the old sinuses running and Popsicles. I also swallow a large soupspoonful of honey to coat my throat about every 3 or 4 hours. And if none of that works, a hot toddy and bed.

      1. Jewish Penicillin, of course! Nothing like chicken noodle soup as a curative.

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        1. re: Passadumkeg

          Wonton soup for me. When my wife was pregnant, she ate a lot of chicken corn soup from a nearby NA-Chinese restaurant. She still orders it when she has the flu.

          1. re: Passadumkeg

            Accompanied with a PB&J sandwich on, of all things, Wonder Bland. I used to dip the sandwich in my soup; this horrified my mother.

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              If not any home made in the fridge, then simply Lipton Chicken Noodle soup...enough salt to soothe a throat, chicken flavor, and I get the "Extra Noodle" variety. Second plenty of liquids. Definitely don't need hot sauce to get the sinuses running, but add some Tylenol and you'll be good to go.

            2. Concur heartily with the chicken noodle soup, and would add in variants of this wonderful substance including matzoh ball soup, Korean Sam ke tang (chicken stuffed with ginseng and glutinous rice, Chinese dates and licorice root in a broth), and Chinese chicken congee.

              1. Concur with the above mentioned chicken soup, hot and sour soup and jook. But there are also times when I want soon du bu (sp?). Oh and most assuredly, I have to have hot tea near me and it depends on what type of sick I am that determines the type of tea. If I have a sore throat or cough, I like logan tea otherwise mint, green, brown rice, rooibos, or chrysanthemum are some of my favorites.

                Oh, and when I just really can't eat anything...this is probably odd, but saltines with 7-up. For some reason, the taste of saltines mixed with the soda is the only thing I can taste sometimes.