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Best Chicken Noodle (or Other Nourishing) Soup in Boston?

Wordsy Dec 2, 2009 08:39 AM

So I have a dreadful cold and want nothing more than a hot, comforting bowl of chicken noodle soup. Good chicken noodle seems to be something of a lost art. Any suggestions? I'm open to other curative soup suggestions but nothing creamy or beef-based.

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    chocojosh Dec 4, 2009 07:48 AM

    Not standard chix noodle soup but the curry chicken noodle versin at Xinh Xinh is great.

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      teezeetoo Dec 4, 2009 12:50 PM

      New England Soup Factory for chicken soup; Sunrise Cafe in Dorchester for Can Chua which is totally restorative. Lemon Grass in Brookline does a decent version but not nearly as good as the Dorchester vietnamese joints.

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      BlueTrain84 Dec 4, 2009 07:15 AM

      I have tried nearly all of the soups made by Flour and I haven't had one I don't like yet! I usually get a bowl with two slices of bread to dip in it and it is a perfect light wintery dinner. Hope that you are feeling better soon!

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        Wordsy Dec 4, 2009 06:21 AM

        Thanks for all of the suggestions! I've only tried the Zaftig's so far because I was feeling pretty wrecked and they delivered. You're right about it not being traditional, but the matzo ball and noodle combo was somehow comforting on its own. I'm feeling a little more mobile now so may be hitting up some of these other suggestions in the next few days.

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          sallyt Dec 2, 2009 10:39 AM

          I love the chicken soup at New England Soup factory - Needham/Newton or Brookline - you can add matzoh balls or noodles...

          1. SaraASR Dec 2, 2009 10:22 AM

            I like the Matzo Ball soup from Zaftigs. Not incredibly traditional, but has large pieces of chicken and veggies in it which I love.

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              hckybg Dec 2, 2009 10:36 AM

              I think that the matzo ball soup at S&S is the standout of their menu--the main attraction is typically pretty light but with some firmness, and the chicken soup itself is straightforward with some vegetables. The place gets its fair amount of criticism, but I think the soup works well.

            2. nsenada Dec 2, 2009 10:12 AM

              I got some great suggestions here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/666342

              For a standard chicken soup I like the Delicato Cafe's chicken and rice soup - it's definitely homemade. They are by the old city hall.

              1. MC Slim JB Dec 2, 2009 09:58 AM

                The soup noodles at Vinh-Sun are something I've enjoyed recently, fine chicken stock, quite restorative. Pho ga from a good Vietnamese place always picks me up when I'm feeling under the weather: Xinh Xinh is a standby for me.


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                  9lives Dec 4, 2009 07:36 AM

                  Same here.

                  Penang has a pork/cabbage soup with big slices of ginger in it that's also great for a cold. I'm not an MD but I do find that ginger has some type of healing/cold curing effect and sometimes add it to the soups at Xinh Xinh.

                  Vinh Sun also has a good chicken broth with wontons.

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