Since the new year began, my home has been a breeding ground for viruses. When we recovered from one, another was creepily waiting in line to join us. We just couldn’t catch a break!
Mom’s Don’t Get Sick Days
As a mother, getting sick is prohibited.
Okay so we can’t help it. Living in a home with little people that go to school and bring back a wonderland of germs, it’s inevitable. No matter how many times we disinfect every surface in our home or wash our hands, it’s coming for us. But being sick doesn’t stop us from doing what we need to do every day. Mother’s don’t get sick days! At least in this home, that’s the case.
Sure there are days when I’ve had the “I need my mommy!” type of sickie germs, but after that passes, I realize I’M the mommy here and my kids need me to get my sorry behind out of bed, chug down the cold meds and mosey along.
Eat Your Sickies Away
I am a big believer that what you eat and drink aids in your overall well-being. It’s a known fact that upping your vitamin C with OJ and chicken soup bone broth does wonders to help fend off cold viruses. Growing up in my moms home, we usually took it a step up with our soup broth and added lots of garlic and spice to really open up your sinuses and help you feel better, faster. And always with an egg, either scrambled into the soup or boiled.
However you like to eat your soup, it’s all about the broth! You can add noodles, your choice of protein (in this recipe I added chopped Char Siu which is Chinese BBQ Pork) and green onions. When I’m serving this to my children, I typically reduce the spice quotient so they don’t turn into little fire-breathing dragons, and I add chicken.
When I don’t have pre-prepped homemade chicken bone broth, I swap with a rich chicken broth I buy at the grocers. For the spice, I use garlic chilli oil which I purchase ready-made at my local Asian grocers. I’m not sure if they have this available at regular grocery stores but I believe they should have plain chilli oil. It’s usually found in a small jar and a dark red colour. For the noodles, I buy the readily available fresh chow mein noodles or yaki soba noodles.
Tip: Make sure that you only add the amount of noodles you require for each individual bowl or a bit of noodles at a time to the pot of broth, so the noodles do not get soggy in one big batch (I learned that the hard way a few years ago!).
This soup is so delicious and it will certainly have you feeling a bit better during those sick days when your senses need a little awakening. Enjoy and feel better!
- Your choice of protein
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
- 2 tsp of sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 cups of rich chicken broth
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 2 tbsp of soy sauce
- 1 tbsp of garlic chilli oil (or less depending on your taste)
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream
- 2 baby bok choy, chopped (optional)
- 5 oz fresh noodles (either chow mein or yaki soba)
- Boiled eggs (optional)
- 1) In a deep stock pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and ginger and sauté for about 30 seconds.
- 2) Add the protein of choice, chicken broth, half the green onions and baby bok chop (if adding) to the pot and simmer for 10 minutes.
- 3) Meanwhile, cook the noodles in boiling salted water, drain, and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
- 4) Add the soy sauce, salt, chilli oil and heavy cream. Stir and simmer and then taste. Add more salt if you need to.
- 5) Add noodles to individual bowls or a bit at a time into the broth. Allow broth to continue simmering on low heat.
- Top with chopped green onions, browned garlic (if using - see notes) and half a boiled egg.
- - My mom likes to add browned garlic to the soup which she browns in a separate small pan. It adds a nice flavour and ups the potency