I've been dealing with a headcold this past week, so I've been eating a lot of hot soupy stuff lately. Fortunately, I've never had better eating while suffering from sinus congestion.
Khao Soy egg noodles in red curry soup at Sripraphai ($7). This is one of my favorite solo meal items at Sripraphai. The curry is fiery, there's regular egg noodles and a nest of fried noodles for a good textural balance. Raw onions and pickled mustard greens are served as an accompanying garnish. Really wonderful nose-clearing stuff.
Ma-Po Tofu from the Flushing Mall food court hot-pot/Sichuan counter ($3.50). After the poster *Astoria* mentioned this dish at the Flushing mall, it has become a fairly regular stop for me, and it has served me well as a foil for this head cold. It's fiery but not numbing as you would find at Sichuan places that use lots of sichuan peppers.
Birria estilo Tierras Mexicanas at Tierras Mexicanas in Woodside ($4). Tierras Mexicanas is an otherwise unremarkable restaurant located almost across the street from Sripraphai, but their daily specials items have all been way above average. Their birria is a deep-red colored chili stew/soup with lots of goat meat. While you can find birria on the regular menu, I've only had it there when I see it as a daily special (posted on the front door). It's served with the typical onion/cilantro and lime and tortillas.
Other good headcold food that I've been eating this week are beef noodle soup from the Xi'an counter at the Flushing Food Court; Posole from El Poblano in Jackson Heights (I noticed they serve pozole rojo on the weekends -- I need to try this); Tom yum goon from Sripraphai, a no-brainer head cold remedy; Crabmeat and asparagus soup from Pho Bac in Elmhurst, a very soothing non-spicy soup to warm you up.