I've got a stubborn Autumn cold and I feel like all I've been craving for the past few days is soup. I had a couple of canned soups I had on hand, then wanted something fresher and more exciting, so today I went to Simpang Asia for lunch and picked up an order of Soto Ayam (which I'd never had) to go. When I got home, I thought they'd made a mistake because there was an extra container in my bag, but when I opened it... Lo and behold, it was full of shredded chicken, sliced hard-boiled egg, sprouts, noodles, lime, a packet of ketjap manis, and a little container full of some kind of hot chili sauce. I gleefully put everything in, and expected to eat about half since my appetite hasn't been great, but after I had beads of sweat on my brow and my nose was running, I ate the entire thing. This is my new favorite soup, even for when I'm not sick (can't wait to bring the hubby back there!). Sooooo good!!
Does anyone have any other suggestions for good places to get soup when you're sick? (So, preferably not cream-based soups or anything too heavy. I've been searching in vain for a Peruvian chicken soup called caldo de gallina, as I read that this is the Peruvian answer to the matzoh ball variety, but with no luck. I would prefer places on the Westside, but would also be willing to travel a bit if the soup is that good, and to-go is better, especially since I don't want to annoy neighboring diners with my sniffling.