9 Soups to Shoo Away Your Cold

Yuk gae jang and banchan at Kimchi Time (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Soup soothes the soul, but it’s unrivaled in battling a cold.

While soups don’t necessarily cure the cold, they sure do help you feel better in various ways. Hot liquids help clear congestion while salt soothes sore throats. Broths also provide hydration and nutrients in a form that’s easy to swallow.

Don’t settle for canned chicken noodle soup. Tucson is packed with Mexican and other ethnic options that are worth cuddling by a fire with.

Any Soup at Birrieria Guadalajara

304 E. 22nd St.
Albondigas at Birrieria Guadalajara (Credit: Candice Dionzon)

Albondigas at Birrieria Guadalajara (Credit: Candice Dionzon)

Birrieria Guadalajara isn’t just “a place to get braised goat in the style of Guadalajara.” Though their jugo de birrieria is expectedly delicious, they also have a wide selection of soups and soup specials including albondigas, caldo de queso, chicken soup, cocido, menudo, and posole. They even have champurrado, which is a masa harina-based spiced hot chocolate. Be aware, it’s cash only.

For more information, visit Birrieria Guadalajara on Yelp.

Avgolemeno at Fronimo’s Greek Cafe

3242 E. Speedway Blvd.
Avgolemono Soup (flickr/avlxyz)

Avgolemono Soup (flickr/avlxyz)

Another difficult-to-pronounce cold weather contender, Avgolemono Soup features chicken broth, rice, eggs, and fresh lemon for a hint of summer brightness. It’s a soothing Greek alternative to chicken noodle soup.

For more information, visit fronimos.com.

Braised Beef Brisket Noodle Soup at Jun Dynasty Chinese Restaurant

2933 E. Grant Rd.
Braised Beef Brisket Noodle Soup at Jun Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (Credit: Jun Dynasty Chinese Restaurant on Facebook)

Braised Beef Brisket Noodle Soup at Jun Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (Credit: Jun Dynasty Chinese Restaurant on Facebook)

For something on the spicier side, order a bowl of the Braised Beef Brisket Noodle Soup at Jun Dynasty Chinese Restaurant. The chunks of beef are braised to melt in your mouth for easy consumption. The fragrant broth makes the yellow noodles addictively slurpable.

For more information, visit jundynasty.com.

Matzo Ball Soup at Shlomo & Vito’s Delicatessen & Pizza Kitchen

2870 E. Skyline Dr.
Matzo Ball Soup at Shlomo & Vito's Delicatessen & Pizza Kitchen (Credit: Shlomo & Vito's Delicatessen & Pizza Kitchen)

Matzo Ball Soup at Shlomo & Vito’s Delicatessen & Pizza Kitchen (Credit: Shlomo & Vito’s Delicatessen & Pizza Kitchen)

Although schmaltz, or chicken fat, is a signature flavor in Matzo Ball Soup, the Shlomo & Vito’s version keeps things light with two large, fluffy matzo balls, tender-but-not-mushy carrots, and juicy chunks of chicken.

For more information, visit shlomoandvitos.com.

Menudo at Taqueria Juanitos

708 W. Grant Rd.
Menudo with bread at Taqueria Juanitos (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Menudo with bread at Taqueria Juanitos (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This hearty Mexican classic is loaded with gelatin from tripe and tendons. Nubs of hominy provide something more toothsome while fresh onion, cilantro, and lime bright up the bowl. Soft bread or tortillas will sop up whatever stock you haven’t sipped. It’s available on Saturday and Sunday only.

Keep up with Taqueria Juanitos on Facebook.

Pho at Miss Saigon

1072 N. Campbell Ave. / 4650 W. Ina Rd. / 47 N. 6th Ave. / 250 S. Craycroft Rd. / 8225 N. Courtney Page Way, Ste. 100
Pho xe lua dac biet at Miss Saigon in Tucson, Ariz.

Pho Xe Lua Dac Biet at Miss Saigon (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Rice noodles and beef broth do a mighty fine job getting you on your feet. Keep it simple with thin slices of steak or go crazy with fatty slices, meatballs and tripe. Chicken pho is also available if you’re craving something closer to chicken noodle soup. Just make sure to slurp down all of that wholesome, slow-cooked broth.

Keep up with Miss Saigon Downtown on Facebook.

Posole at Welcome Diner

902 E. Broadway Blvd.
Posole at Welcome Diner (Credit: Welcome Diner Tucson on Instagram)

Posole at Welcome Diner (Credit: Welcome Diner Tucson on Instagram)

While Tucson is packed with authentic posole, Welcome Diner’s take has mole-spiced black pudding, pickled onion, and cabbage. It has an accessibility edge by being a late-night option. It’s available as a dinner option from 5 p.m. – midnight every day and as a brunch option from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Ramen at OBON Sushi Bar Ramen

350 E. Congress St.
(Credit: OBON Sushi Bar Ramen)

(Credit: OBON Sushi Bar Ramen)

Although OBON offers six varieties of ramen, go for the namesake OBON Ramen or Tonkotsu Ramen. The porky broth and silky egg yolk not only taste fantastic, but just plain feel nourishing. If you’re extra congested, opt for the spice bomb with habanero to get you sweating.

For more information, visit obonsushi.com.

Yuk Gae Jang at Kimchi Time

2900 E. Broadway Blvd.
Yuk gae jang at Kimchi Time in Tucson, Ariz.

Yuk Gae Jang at Kimchi Time

Another spicy beef stew option, Yuk Gae Jang features shreds of beef with scallions, bracken fern and other veggies in a steadily spicy broth.

What’s your favorite local cold remedy? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Myles A. Berry

    Replace Obon with Ikkyu and this is a better list.