The Magical Elixir

23 Feb

I was totally amused when I got into the office yesterday, and found the Times Dining Section was in a chicken soup mood too. I was a little surprised that general consensus maintains that chicken meat tends to dry out when it is cooked in the soup. I’ve never found this to be true, but then again, since I do not make my own stock (waaaaaay too much trouble, even if I was that ambitious, it would make too much to store in my newly defrosted teeny tiny freezer!) or roast my own chickens I may never have made “real” chicken soup that would stand up to Mr. Levine’s sophisticated soup palette. But maybe someday… In the meantime, I stand by the flavor of my Sick Day Soup and her kin. They’re delicate in flavor, easy to make, satisfying and downright tasty!

The sidebar provided a good list of places to get chicken soup here in the City, but I wanted to submit some of my favorites as well:

  • El Maguey Y La Tuna – their pozole can be ordered with either chicken or pork and is supremely divine!
  • Pho Bang – as the name suggests, this place is all about Pho, they do traditional beef parts Pho, but also a luscious chicken option.
  • Veselka – it’s not just the chicken soup here, it’s all the soups. They remind me of my grandmother’s cooking.
  • B&H Kosher Dairy – Okay, since this is a kosher dairy, there’s probably no chicken in their matzoh ball soup, but I do love every soup I’ve ever had from here. Go for the split pea, stay for the pierogis.

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