Tom Yum soup in Austin (or other delicious cures for the common cold)?
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?
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.
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).
211 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
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.
1205 Round Rock Ave Ste 135, Round Rock, TX 78681
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.