This week I’ve been nursing a head cold that seemed to get passed around our house faster than I could grab a tissue to wipe my nose.
Yesterday, despite my stuffiness, I still ventured out to see my refugee friend to help her with English since I haven’t seen her for a while.
After we finished up our work together, she insisted I stay for some food. She went into the kitchen and within minutes whipped up a delectable meal of noodles, meat, spices and some other yummy goodness that I still don’t know what it was.
She told me, “Sweat good. Make achoo, achoo go bye-bye.” Loving ethnic foods as I do, I happily devoured this delicious bowl she set in front of me. However, I must disclose that I wasn’t skilled enough to eat it with the chopsticks, I resorted to taking her up on a spoon and fork that was waiting for me nearby .
Regardless, this got me thinking as I made a homemade batch of chicken noodle soup for my own sick family this week. It’s what I’ve always eaten when I wasn’t feeling well, but it brought to my awareness that not every culture and person chooses ot eat or believes in the power of chicken soup. Instead, other people may eat a spicy noodle bowl or something else all together.
So, I scoured the Internet to see what I could find. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a challenge, but I was still able to come up with some other alternatives to chicken soup. Take a look at what other people eat around the world when they aren’t feeling their best or just need to indulge in some good-old-fashioned-comfort-food.
(Click on the name of the food to be taken to a recipe for this item.)
Japanese – Kayu or okayu– A rice porridge, often garnished with umeboshi. Get the recipe here
Chinese – Congee – Chinese comfort food, topped with onions, ginger, parsley and soy sauce
Jewish – Matzoh Ball Soup – It has a similar base as chicken soup, but the matzoh balls set this food apart
Mexican/Spanish – Menudo – Latin inspired soup with a beef base
Australian – Toast with Vegemite – A vegetable and spiced spread for toast, usually eaten at breakfast
New Zeleand – Marmite on Toast
Vietnamese – Pho/Noodle Soup – A rice noodle and beef, broth based soup
Puerto Rican – Asopao – A thick soup with ham and chicken
Korean – Bibimbap – Mixed rice with meat and vegetables
Cuban – Ropa Vieja – Shredded flank steak with peppers, onions and spices served over rice
Indian – Khichdi – A rice and lentil dish
Ukrainian/Russian – Borscht – A beet soup
Thai – Tom Yom Soup – A soup of lemongrass, Kaffir and galangal
Dutch – Stamppot – Mashed potatoes with a variety of vegetables
Filipino – Sinigang – A sour and savory soup with tamarind –
For some other comfort food recipes from around the world, check out this post here. It includes fried rice, baklava, and Japanese rice balls.