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Tom Yum soup in Austin (or other delicious cures for the common cold)?

Dave Westerberg Dec 19, 2010 05:35 AM

Well Cold Season is here, and when my wife or I is ill, the other goes out to get Tom Yum soup take out. Who has a TY soup you like? Any other great cold-cure soups in town?


  1. slowcoooked Dec 19, 2010 06:37 AM

    Our go to for proximity and deliciousness is the uber affordable caldo pollo at Maudies. we get this every night when we have colds. it's a light but rich clear broth with tender pulled breast meat, small dice softened onions and green bell pepper, cilantro, a touch of jalapeno, and avocado slices added right before serving so they're slightly melted over the 5 min ride home.

    1. tom in austin Dec 19, 2010 06:54 AM

      Reputable 'hound Achtungpv calls Hao Hao's chicken soup "the best soup in town."

      Whenever I'm sick with any nasal-sinus-throat-respiratory issue, this is what I crave.


      The Tom Yum I had at Little Thailand was actually the best soup I think I've ever had in my life, but that place isn't in Austin, and I'm not even sure it is open still, given Dick's passing. Haven't made it over there in a couple years.

      Hao Hao
      1205 Round Rock Ave Ste 135, Round Rock, TX 78681

      1. rudeboy Dec 19, 2010 07:59 AM


        A friend of mine was just absolutely raving about a soup called Tom-Jeud Wood-Sen, at Titaya's on Lamar. This was just last week, so I haven't been able to make it over there yet.


        Third one down. She said that the soup is way better than the description.

        Obviously, I like several soups at Madam Mam's. If I have a head cold, the Tom Khlong or the Kao Soi works well. If my tummy hurts, then the "Rice Soup" works well. It has such a boring menu description that I never ordered it until someone else recommended it on this board. Here's another one that I haven't tried, but I'm curious about it:

        "Gang Jeud (Chicken, Pork, Beef or Tofu) Choices of meat w/ baby bok choy in very tasty pork broth topped with fried garlic and ground white pepper. Served w/rice"

        Has anyone had it? It seems like it would be tasty, but light on the stomach. FYI - I do NOT like Madam Mam's Tom Yum, one of the only things that I do not like there. It's way to thick for me.

        Elsi's makes a great pozole, but it is only served on the weekends. I guess I'd call it a "green posole," as it has a green tint to it. It is definitely not a red posole. I do miss the white posole at Las Manitas. Elsis is like that one, but it seems like they add a bit of green mole to the broth (which is a great idea if that's in fact what they do).

        Las Manitas
        211 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

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          reinadetostones Dec 19, 2010 04:45 PM

          I have adored every soup I have had at Lily's sandwich shop in the Chinatown Center. Deep, complex broths, slippery but firm noodles, and plenty of heat. The bun bo hue is very good and the crab soup is heavenly.

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            foodiegal71 Dec 20, 2010 01:11 PM

            I love the Tom Yum at Madam Mam's. Super spicy and good for what ails ya'. Also, Pho at Pho Saigon in Chinatown Center and Mexican Lime Soup from Galaxy Cafe. Shrimp dumpling soup at Din Ho and First Chinese BBQ are also great.

            1. dinaofdoom Dec 20, 2010 01:23 PM

              usually i get my tom yum for free in conjunction with a lunch special at thai cuisine.
              since i'm in far northwest austin, i consider myself "geographically challenged".
              but, this is all good info for future reference.

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              1. re: dinaofdoom
                thebodytx Dec 21, 2010 07:35 PM

                Try the Tom Yum and Tom Kha soups at Chon Som, Wells Branch/Surrender Ave.

                Chon Som
                2013 Wells Branch Pkwy, Austin, TX 78728

                1. re: thebodytx
                  dinaofdoom Dec 27, 2010 11:34 PM

                  this is on my staycation list of places to try.
                  the lunch specials seem really good.

              2. Helind Dec 20, 2010 02:17 PM

                I'm not a coconut soup aficionado, but I had a delicious bowl of Coconut Chicken Soup at Ming's Cafe this afternoon. It was spicy and a little sweet (but not cloyingly so). Maybe it wasn't the soup, but I've felt fantastic all day.

                1. luckyfatima Dec 22, 2010 06:37 AM

                  Traditionally, in East and South East Asia, congee is thought of as a good option to consume when you are feeling under the weather. It is best home made and for me I love it with a full bodied stock taste with the duck or chicken fat coloring it a very pale yellow. It can be very delicious and is not only meant to be had when sick.

                  Most restos do make it quite bland. You can find it on a dim sum cart with tea egg in it and season it to your liking at the table. TCNoodle House offers several varieties on the menu ---it gets a special section as "porridge." I prefer their chao do bien or seafood congee there, but it is inconsistent and sometimes the broth is totally flavorless. If I am craving it but too lazy to make it (perhaps because I am feeling under the weather), I have sent a family member to pick it up to go and then doctored it up with a stock cube and some white pepper.

                  Pho is the beefy chicken soup for my soul and I often have that when I have a slight cold or am having a hard time with allergies. Austin has a lot of great pho options. I frequent Pho Saigon, Pho Dan, Pho Hoang, and Pho Van.

                  I haven't found fabulous tom yam in Austin. I am eager to see which places posters recommend.

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                    winedrinkinfool Dec 22, 2010 12:25 PM

                    My husband and I really like the Tom Yum and Tom Kha soup from Maung Thai at 620 and 183. Their papaya salad is also really good and split with the two soups makes a nice light meal.

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                    1. re: winedrinkinfool
                      dinaofdoom Dec 27, 2010 11:34 PM

                      i went there last week and didn't even make it to the soup.
                      i got the green curry and that helped with my cold-y-ness because of the chiles.
                      but i plan on trying it next time.

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                      Winehole23 Dec 27, 2010 08:23 AM

                      The Tom Yum and Tom Kha at IM Thai are outstanding.

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                      1. re: Winehole23
                        SidDelicious Dec 27, 2010 09:53 PM

                        The first thing I thought of was the Tom Kha at IM Thai!

                        IM Thai Cuisine
                        5207 Brodie Ln #200, Austin, TX 78745

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