Sick day soup: Pho ga at Pho Hoa

I haven’t been feeling my best the past couple of days and figured that a nice bowl of chicken soup might help. My friend recommended getting a bowl of pho ga (P250) at Pho Hoa. It was definitely worth the trip.

Pho ga, Pho Hoa

I ordered only the small bowl, but it was pretty big and filling, more than enough to warm me and make me feel better; I was actually sweating halfway through my meal. The noodles were plentiful, there was a generous amount of shredded chicken, and there was a nice sprinkling of cilantro, too. Best of all, it tasted really fresh and not salty at all. Highly recommended for days when you just need comfort food.

Garlic soup

Garlic soupThis was another one of my experiments from a few years ago: garlic soup. I may or may not have used vegetable broth here, but I did use a lot of minced garlic. While the soup was simmering away, I cracked an egg into the pot and scattered it all over. I topped the soup with pepper, oregano, basil, and homemade garlic croutons. I should try making this again!

A yummy cream of mushroom soup

My sister and I recently went to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health for a day of yoga, classes, and relaxation. Meals were included in our day pass, so I was looking forward to trying out the food there as well. The meals were primarily vegetarian, although there were also other dishes such as scrambled eggs for breakfast and chicken with lentils for dinner. I wish I could say I remember the names of all the food available during the buffets, but I had to sweep through the line and let everyone else have their turn. There were, indeed, a lot of vegetables, from the salads to roasted cauliflower and steamed kale.

What I remember extremely clearly is the marvelous cream of mushroom soup they had.

Cream of mushroom soup

I had about two helpings of this soup, and would have had two more if only I weren’t so full. This was absolutely nothing like the canned mushroom soup you normally get. I had a look at the ingredients and remember that the soup included a lot of spices, butter, milk, and mustard. I’m definitely looking forward to recreating this soup when I get home.