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What do you eat after being sick?

Dakgomtang

Dakgomtang

I’ve been sick for almost a full week now. I spent the majority of this past weekend on my back coughing, sweating, wheezing, etc…

This past Sunday, I was feeling a whole lot better so I ventured out to Suwanee’s Assi Plaza to get some Korean style chicken soup from Toh Dam Tofu. The soup is called dakgomtang, and is a simpler version of samgyetang, a chicken soup where a whole chicken is stuffed with rice, dates, ginseng root and simmered in water.

Korean soups are considered revitalizing if you need to recover from an illness, strenuous activity, or a long night of slinging back a few cocktails… or ten.

There’s another seaweed-based soup called myeokguk, that women are encouraged to eat after they give birth. And there are many that will help out hangovers (kimchi jjigae got me through college in fact).

How about you? What do you eat to help you recover from being sick?

- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

– Gene Lee writes about International Cuisine for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Eat, Drink, Man… A Food Journal.

48 comments Add your comment

Deanna

March 1st, 2011
1:14 pm

I don’t know why, but when I start recovering from an illness I always crave plain old Lay’s potato chips!

babs

March 1st, 2011
1:24 pm

Jalisco’s Chicken Soup!

Kristen

March 1st, 2011
1:26 pm

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese…so shameful. I only admitted that because it’s funny.

dean

March 1st, 2011
1:26 pm

We go with the Vietnamese rice soup Chao. Like Chinese congee but a much more flavorful chicken broth, pieces of chicken, mushrooms and other mild flavorings, topped with cilantro, bean sprouts, scallions and lime. It’s the Vietnamese version of chicken soup (even though they have that too).

Kimbo

March 1st, 2011
1:31 pm

My mom used to make what she called Korean bone soup (not sure of the Korean name). It was just beef bones and green onion, maybe a little soy sauce. She’d cook the bones in water til it made a broth. I always felt better when I ate that.

Liz

March 1st, 2011
1:38 pm

I’m convinced that a good, spicy Pho bowl and bubble tea can raise the dead…

Renee T

March 1st, 2011
1:46 pm

Homemade mashed potatoes, or Doc Chey’s Chinese Chicken Soup. Miso soup also has magical tummy healing powers!

absinthia

March 1st, 2011
1:51 pm

Last week while I had a regular cold I made Udon noodle soup and Hot & Sour soup, however when the sweating and nausea kicked in over the weekend, I only wanted box Macaroni & Cheese (with broccoli & asparagus added). There must be something in the chemical cheese?

M. Johnson

March 1st, 2011
2:01 pm

Ramen noodles!

StephieZ

March 1st, 2011
2:18 pm

Matzah Ball Soup.

K. Murphy

March 1st, 2011
2:23 pm

I agree with the Pho soup cravings after beign ill, but I most often want “cool and clean” also, like a fruit salad or jello.

Gene Lee

March 1st, 2011
2:35 pm

Great responses. I’m seeing for some of you that the food you crave after being sick are for comfort reasons as well. Confession – I may have sneaked in a bowl (or two) of chocolate ice cream over the weekend..

FoodFan

March 1st, 2011
2:47 pm

Pho cures what ails you. Gotta load it up with the sriracha so you sweat out the toxins and get your nose running. Then the spiciness and saltiness of the soup makes you guzzle a bunch of water (not to mention all the broth). That is what I always want when hungover or sick…

Owen Renn

March 1st, 2011
3:14 pm

Toh Dam Tofu is still around? I thought it closed down

TH

March 1st, 2011
3:25 pm

McDonalds cheeseburgers and a vanilla shake do the trick when I’m sick. I don’t know why. I never eat McDonalds other then when I’m sick (or hungover!!)

Lucy

March 1st, 2011
4:27 pm

kayla

March 1st, 2011
5:02 pm

Either Chik-Fil-A’s chicken soup or hot & sour soup.

Gene Lee

March 1st, 2011
5:29 pm

@Owen Renn It reopened under new ownership. It’s pretty solid Korean food.

Paul

March 1st, 2011
6:00 pm

Menudo. Anytime I get a cold, flu (none this year), etc. It’s Menudo for me! It is rich in vitamins and other healthy items. It is not just for hangovers! All this, from a gringo. Who would of thought it. Try it and you’ll become a believer.

Jessica

March 1st, 2011
6:15 pm

I am not a gringo, but I could never handle Menudo sick or otherwise! In fact, there was no quicker way to get me out of the house then when my mom started making menudo. That smell would linger all day long.

ROD BRIM

March 1st, 2011
6:16 pm

CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP ALWAYS

ROD BRIM

March 1st, 2011
6:16 pm

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Pameee

March 1st, 2011
6:48 pm

Pho is the best remedy

MecqTate

March 1st, 2011
6:50 pm

Any PHO does the trick. ….

Roach

March 1st, 2011
7:45 pm

hot and sour soup does it for me. as a matter of fact i had some today!!

Lisa

March 1st, 2011
7:50 pm

cream of wheat, red box. But it’s what I had as a kid and what I want now.

Atlanta Academic

March 1st, 2011
7:51 pm

Campbell’s Vegetable Soup. My Mom always gave me this whenever I was sick. It did the job; always made me feel better. I have not been sick for years, actually decades. Maybe there is something to that “Umm Umm Good.”

Disclaimer: I have no financial interests in the aforementioned company.

Valstake

March 1st, 2011
7:55 pm

Saltine crackers.

anon

March 1st, 2011
8:10 pm

A nice spicy bowl of soondubu from Cho Dang Tofu House off of Buford Highway always does the trick for me.

anon

March 1st, 2011
8:10 pm

A nice spicy bowl of soondubu from Cho Dang Tofu House off of Buford Highway does the trick for me.

Mainer

March 1st, 2011
8:25 pm

My stepmother swears by macaroni and stewed tomatoes. It always helps an upset stomach or even just a case of anxiety. Plenty of black pepper and parmesan if we were feeling rich.

Debbie

March 1st, 2011
9:28 pm

Pappadeaux’s Crawfish bisque. I call it my “healing crawfish bisque”. If I feel something coming on, sore throat, achiness, feverish or the start of a cold, I can stop on the way home from work and get the bisque and the chopped salad and I will immediately start feeling better.

tc

March 1st, 2011
10:37 pm

McDonalds quarter pounder with cheese, fries, and a coke then work three hours in the yard cures my hangover.

tc

March 1st, 2011
10:38 pm

greezy mexican food is good too

Dixie Cybill Presley

March 1st, 2011
11:09 pm

Since the sixth grade when I had mono and the first thing I wanted to eat way KFC original recipe. To this day when ever I get the flu or something similar KFC original recipe is what I want with mashed potatoes & gravy and slaw.

Panties

March 1st, 2011
11:15 pm

You folks have made me very hungry. My MAMA won’t feed me anything that tastes good.

Gene Lee

March 2nd, 2011
12:07 am

@Atlanta Academic Best comment ever.

Atlanta Academic

March 2nd, 2011
12:45 am

@Gene Lee Thank you. It was very nice of you to say that. I will keep trying; as much as experience allows.

Sarafina

March 2nd, 2011
1:41 am

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle with saltines and hot, sugary, lemony Lipton’s Tea for a true illness. For a hangover, nothing beats Nabayaki Udon from RuSan’s. I think it’s the egg they poach in the broth that always perks me right up.

Betsy

March 2nd, 2011
8:22 am

My mom used to make “sick soup”, which is basically chicken broth with cornmeal stirred in (think a very, very thin polenta) and pieces of the poached chicken. Soo good and so comforting.

If I don’t want to cook, then I get spinach and tofu soup from the local Chinese place.

Gayle

March 2nd, 2011
1:43 pm

Krystal Hamburgers. Go figure.

Grasshopper

March 2nd, 2011
3:04 pm

While sick — Fig Newtons and Gatorade.
After being sick — Red meat and noodles.

Edward

March 2nd, 2011
3:11 pm

Add me to the phở group. It has become comfort food to me, even though I grew up a southern white boy from the mountains of Virginia.

RL

March 2nd, 2011
4:10 pm

I wish I could say that I wanted something cool and exotic but when I am sick all I want is cheese flavored instant grits. Not real grits, it has to be the orange, cheese flavored, instant kind.

Rodney

March 2nd, 2011
5:50 pm

I’m in the pho group as well although I tend to want/need it more WHILE I’m sick rather than after. But after is good, too. Before is good too, come to think of it. :)

Mainly for me it’s not so much a particular thing after I’m sick, it’s the act of getting up and getting out and feeling like I’m not Quasimoto-ish anymore. Hell, at that point, someone could offer to take me to the Kroger deli and I’d be happy.

Eatin' in ATL

March 3rd, 2011
12:22 am

Wonton soup is usually pretty kickass, or at least tasty. I need to try pho, not sure which place in Duluth/Suwanee has the best though. :/ I have eaten a full bowl of hot n sour soup once, when my sinuses were so inflamed I lost all sense of taste. My face was on fire, but it didn’t hurt. Very odd.

I think people crave boxed mac n cheese or instant grits because of the creamy saltiness. Just my opinion.

Edward

March 3rd, 2011
3:47 pm

If you’re in Duluth, go to What The Pho?, never had a bad bowl there.

Kaye

March 6th, 2011
4:22 pm

After being sick, I like to eat minute steak with over medium eggs.