Saturday, May 13, 2006

Pho as a restorative

I have just enjoyed some delicious pho and it was quite restorative. I've been very fatigued for the past several days with little appetite and even less ability to move around. I think the salty chicken noodle soup at Pacific Cafe was just what I needed.

My pho had poached chicken, a nice wad of noodles, and a flavorful broth. to that I added bean sprouts, the requisite hoisin and siracha and just a few leaves of mint. Something in that combination really helped. I may go back tomorrow in hopes that I can get better by Monday.

I know I've asked before, but do you have a meal or dish that is restorative when you are feeling cruddy?


Stef said...

I've actually never tried pho, but this sounds delicious.

Good old tried and true chicken noodle soup really works for me.

Danielle said...

My tried and true is a nice bowl of mac and cheese. My number one comfort food.

rebecca 1.0 said...

fettucine alfredo (true comfort only achieved with homemade sauce) or sushi (preferrably the fatty tuna. yum.)

Barbara (Biscuit Girl) said...

I'm with Danielle. A big bowl of homemade mac 'n' cheese. And if I don't have time for homemade, bring on the Stouffers.

DC Food Blog said...

Stef- Pho is just amazing! Very much a chicken noodle soop the way I have it, but with some tasty herbs and sauces in addition.

Danielle- Love the mac and cheese. I'm lactose intolerant, so sometimes not so good for me when sick, but we're both big fans

Rebecca- I could so go for a ton of sushi right now. Thanks, thanks a a lot.

Barbara- I think my brother lived on Stouffer's mac and cheese for about 7 years. I still like it!

Danielle said...

Food Blog: I too am lactose intolerant, so I use chicken broth and splurge on the cheese! Rach Ray has an insane recipe that is quick and easy! I too love love love sushi. Totally forgot about that being comforting, especially Unagi. LOVE Unagi!

Anonymous said... gift to you:

This isn't fancy; its not inspiring in any way shape or form--yet I get tons of requests for it--once its been tried. This is purely for medicinal purposes--straight from Bangladesh (literally)

Bengali Chicken

1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 small head cauliflower, cut up
4 - 5 chicken legs or thighs, skinned and scored
3/4 c water

spice mix:

1 tsp curry
1 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp turmeric
3/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cardamon
1/4 tsp coriander
1/8 tsp ceyenne
2 cup hot cooked rice

Couldn't be simpler. In a large deep saucepan, fry the onion in the oil. Add the cauliflower, spices, chicken, and water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes, stirring once or twice to make sure the chicken cooks immersed in the liquid. Cauliflower should be an unrecognizable yellow mush by the time its finished. Serve over hot rice with the following salad:

I use a mandolin and a potato peeler to get the right feel for this:

1 tomato, sliced extremely thin
1 tomato, same--on the mandolin
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced paper thin with a potato peeler
1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and minced fine

Put all that in a bowl. Sprinkle with a generous sprinkling of salt; a tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Squeeze together with your hands. Leave in fridge while rice and chicken cook.

The whole thing is done in about 30 minutes. To have this authentically, you eat it with your hands, but we're just as happy to mush the chicken mixture and rice together--with a little of the salad to make a bite--with a fork.

Perscription: serve with good friends and family. Wait three days to take phone calls for recipe requests.