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I have a head cold that's been lingering for a while. I usually go to Pho Hoa for one of the beef selections (and a bit of gambling), but that's clearly out for "Act of God" reasons. Pho Pasteur is probably jammed, as per usual. Any recommendations for a good decongestant soup (not the most appetizing terminology), Pho or otherwise, in the Financial District or nearby?

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Pho Pasteur Restaurant
682 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

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  1. Well, if you want enough for dinner, too,get the Seafood inClay pot from Taiwan Cafe. AKA Death by Seafood.A huge clay pot filled with crab,clams, mussels, tofu, baby shrimp, cellophanenoodles, and decongetant broth...$13.95, I think...
    Or bun rieu or Spicy Sour Soup (chicken or fish) at Xinh Xinh...

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    Xinh Xinh
    7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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    1. re: galleygirl

      Second Xinh Xinh which is better than Pho Pasteur fo sho. Get the bahn mi bo kho and you'll be feeling like new in no time.

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      Xinh Xinh
      7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

      Pho Pasteur Restaurant
      682 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

      1. re: yumyum

        Third for Xinh Xinh. I prefer the pho tai, but the pho ga is good for a cold (like your Vietnamese grandma's chicken soup).

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        Xinh Xinh
        7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

        1. re: MrsCheese

          I like pho tai when I'm healthy and pho ga when I've got a cold. However, last time I had a cold I got pho ga from Pho Pasteur (because Xinh Xinh was closed) and then from Xinh Xinh a few days later and I actually preferred the soup from Pho Pasteur a bit. Mostly because it was lighter. I found the soup from Xinh Xinh to be a bit greasy. Which I might've enjoyed when healthy, but when I'm sick I want something a bit gentler. Still super delicious, though.

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          Xinh Xinh
          7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

          Pho Pasteur Restaurant
          682 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

    2. I like Pho Hoa--good broth. And for the non-Asian route, I'd make the drive to New England Soup Factory for Chicken Vegetable with a Matzoh Ball. Worth the trip, in my opinion. Also, more of a stew than a soup, but Qingdao Garden's Boiled Fish in Fiery Sauce will burn just about anything outa your system.

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      Qingdao Garden Restaurant
      2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

      1. I've got no scientific support but in Chinese's culture we always have congee when we don't feel good and an absolute no-no for anything that has chicken in it.

        1. Not your location, I'm afraid, but, I had a beeyotch of a cold a few weeks ago-- Hot and Sour, Pho Hoa, none were doing it for me, and then I tried the Kimchee Udon, at the Korean/Japanese stall in the H-Mart in Burlington. Ahh... sweet relief.

          Perhaps there is a Korean/Japanese restaurant in the Financial District that can make you some.

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          Pho Hoa Restaurant
          409 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

          H-Mart
          3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

          1. Personally, there are two things I drink down when a serious cold or flu starts rearing its head. The first is a wintermelon soup, heavy on the ginger and simmered for hours. I haven't seen this prepared as well outside of my Chinese granny's kitchen, but if anyone knows where to get it do chime in.

            The other standby is soon dubu jjigae, that lovely spicy, soft tofu Korean stew that steams your face off when served to you in the small, bubbling cauldron. I'm a personal fan of the curative properties of the doenjang, or fermented soy bean, variety. Kimchee jjigae is also good if you need your sinuses cleared up. To add additional home remedy status, ask the restaurant for a side of sliced raw garlic to eat with it. Any decent place will oblige without question. As per the OP request, maybe Apollo Restaurant or Suishaya in Chinatown for OK Korean. I can't vouch for either.

            1. Thanks for all the recs! I think I am finally well enough to haul myself out to Xinh Xinh today to give it a try, and am intrigued by Korean soup options. I have up until now only been well enough to get to the Delicato Cafe, which makes a decent and seemingly homemade chicken rice soup.

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              Xinh Xinh
              7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

              Delicato
              8 City Hall Ave, Boston, MA 02108

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              1. re: nsenada

                Got the rare beef pho at Xinh Xinh - definitely hit the spot, and I'm hoping it put the nail in the headcold's coffin. I was jealous of my DC's grilled pork plate, though.

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                Xinh Xinh
                7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                1. re: nsenada

                  Thanks to this post, i just returned from xinh xinh and had a delightful and very hot (temp wise) bowl of chicken curry vermicelli soup. Perfect for the chill this afternoon - although I don't have that nasty cold - yet. the place was packed too.

              2. I'm not recommending a particular place, but when I have a cold, a good hot and sour soup does wonders for my sinuses!!!

                1. Is Pho Hoa in Chinatown still closed?

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                  Pho Hoa Restaurant
                  409 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

                  1. Late to this thread, but a recent bout with a cold sent me to New England Soup Factory for matzoh ball soup. I absolutely credit it with my recovery, along with a steady intake of hot water laced with shaved ginger, lemon and honey.

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                    1. re: allgimbel

                      I like NESF but those matzoh balls are wayyyy too big for my liking - they're softball sized.

                      1. re: Prav

                        Ahhh...I liked them, because it helped me stretch the smallest size over two meals. To each his own though.