Food for the Sick?
I am sick. My head feels like someone filled it full of wet sand-every possible cavity. My throat hurts and my chest is tight. I am exhausted, and I have to be at work, cause, well, its WORK. Wimps call in sick.
Anyhow, My husband has been made aware that he's letting me go to town at Menchie's (by the way, a new one is opening soon in Sherman Oaks on Ventura), but where do we go for an "I'm sick, dammit" dinner before?
Chanpon at Kyushu?
Chili my Soul?
I'd get takeout too.
The tom yum and seafood soups from Krua Thai are my best "I have a cold and need something hot and spicy to clear my chest and sinus passages" option. But that requires driving there.
For takeout, I just had some hot and sour soup from Bamboo Forest on Burbank (just east of Kester). It's the best Chinese hot and sour soup I've found in the Sherman Oaks/Encino/Van Nuys area.
I prefer Bamboo Forest's hot and sour soup to Hong Kong 88's. Bamboo Forest's has the right amount of tang for me. At times, it could have more spice, but generally it has a good balance between the hot and sour sides. Hong Kong 88's seemed pretty bland by comparison.
I find most of the other dishes I get from Bamboo Forest to be superior to Hong Kong 88's.
There was a similar thread like this a while back: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/566404
My personal favorite is the Sopa de Fideo with chicken at Tere's (Melrose just west of Vine) - it is homemade, has just a little spiciness and comes with freshly made tortillas. I feel better immediately.