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Dec 19, 2010 05:35 AM

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?


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  1. 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. 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

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      1. re: tom in austin

        This is quite an old post, so not sure if I'll get a response, but I'll give it a shot!

        I'm curious about this chicken soup, since it's right in my area. All I could find on the menu online for the WC location was Pho Gai – is that the thing to get, or is it an off-menu hot & sour chicken soup? You've definitely piqued my interest :)

        1. re: popvulture

          It's on the menu as vietnamese hout & sour chicken soup. I'm not sure why the old Chow location targeting picked a RR location; I frequent the WM (and many years ago, the Dobie).

          1. re: tom in austin

            Not sure if I said this before or just thought it, and the place gets maligned, but the best Tom Yum for me is Thai Kitchen.

            Saps and Madam Mams has a chicken rice soup.that's good for a cold.

            1. re: tom in austin

              Ah nice, only saw the pho – thanks for clarifying. I'll try this soon!

            2. re: popvulture

              Since I didn't mention it the first time around, I'll mention the spicy seafood soup at Buffet Palace. It's the leftover kimchi and shrimp from the day before in a chicken stock. Super sinus cleaner. Kills any nasties in the gut, too. Ignore the over-cooked shrimp that's been simmering in the soup all day and add the fresh peel and eat shrimp from the buffet instead. They will sell you a quart container for $5 if you don't want the whole buffet.


          2. Dave,

            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

            1. 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.

              1. 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.