Chicken noodle, Chinese style
They say that every culture's cuisine includes some form of dumplings (whether ravioli or jiaozi or gyoza or samosa or pierogi or tamale).
I'm guessing, since we all get sick, just about every country also has their own version of chicken noodle soup.
Having fought off an attempted recurrence of the flu recently, I've had four opportunities in the span of a week to order CNS from one of my favorite work standbys, Chef Yu, 520 8th Avenue and 36th Street.
So just a shout out to their Shredded Chicken Noodle Soup, a great deal at just $5.75. Its fresh vegetables (including bean sprouts), clean-tasting chicken and appropriately-salty broth make you feel better instantly.
I generally get the soup with a side order of their pan-fried pork dumplings.
(When you're not sick, I also highly recommend their authentic Spicy Stewed Beef Noodle Soup).
It all even stays hot after a 25-minute subway ride home.
Generic AP photo of Chinese-style chicken noodle soup by Larry Crowe